Do’s And Don’ts Of Colouring Your Hair At Home

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Thinking about skipping the salon because you’re strapped for cash and time? At-home hair colouring may be the answer, but not before giving some practical tips a read. Trust me, these do’s and don’ts will save you loads of time, money, and aggravation. As a mum you recognise that preparation is everything – and this definitely holds true for colouring your hair at home. Follow these at home hair colour tricks and tips for achieving salon-worthy results.

DO: Prepare For Colouring

Schedule your at-home hair colouring when you are least likely to be interrupted (like when the kids are at school). Wear an old t-shirt and use an old towel (reserved for at-home dye jobs) to avoid ruining items that matter to you. Place a barrier cream (or vaseline) around the perimeter of your hairline so the dye doesn’t stain your skin (this is especially true if your skin is on the dryer side). Use gloves to prevent ruining your manicure or getting colour all over your hands. Lastly, section off your hair into four even sections to make colouring easier to manage.

DON’T: Avoid Following Instructions

Try colouring your hair the day after your last shampoo. Avoid applying color dye on hair that is overly dirty or has product on it as these factors may not allow for even colour saturation or absorption. Also, do not leave colour on for longer than instructed on the box as uneven colour may result. A common problem with colour that is left on for too long is that it results in hair that is too light at the root (commonly referred to as “hot roots“).

DO: Opt for Semi-Permanent Colour

Try semi-permanent hair colour versus permanent hair colour to avoid a pricey colour correcting session at the salon. Semi-permanent colour washes out after a few washes but permanent colour requires a professional to fix color-gone-wrong.

DON’T: Go Colour Crazy

Keep healthy expectations in mind! Avoid going lighter or darker as that typically requires multiple dye jobs across several weeks. Anything drastic may result in colour that falls flat (is non-dimensional), or not evenly distributed. Also, damage may occur if opting for a drastic colour change at home.

DO: Match Your Best Colour

Pay attention to your natural colouring so you choose colours that complement your skin tone. If you have a cool skin tone, for example, avoid colours that lean in that colour family as it will make your skin look drab.

DON’T: Select Your Colour Based On The Front Of The Box 

Pick a colour line you trust – ideally from a brand you’ve used before. If you’re prone to allergic reactions or have sensitive skin or scalp, do a patch test first and then stick to that brand if no reaction occurs. Note that the hair colour on the model in front of the box isn’t necessarily the colour you’ll end up with(due to color you may already have in your hair, etc.). Instead, refer to the before and after colour descriptions displayed on the side of the box for a more accurate portrayal of what you may expect to achieve. It’s also important to always use products from the same brand when colouring your hair as they are meant to work and activate appropriately together.

DO: Stay Within Two Shades

Avoid going too dark or too light especially if you want a more natural result. Anything more than one or two shades lighter or darker can be too harsh visually – and chemically. Also, it probably won’t yield in professional-looking results. A drastic departure from your natural colour is what usually results in brassy (reddish) tones. Skip unpredictable colour results by staying within your colour family.

DON’T: Dye Hair That’s Damaged

Avoid dying hair that is damaged as colour will not adhere properly and will result in uneven, spotty colour distribution and bands of ill-placed colour. Hair that is not healthy does not absorb colour the way healthy hair does. In addition, further colouring damaged hair may result in extra damage, dryness, breakage, brittleness and unpredictable colour results

DO: Pay Attention To Your Roots

If you’re focused on only doing root touch ups, buy products that are specifically designed for that like Root Reboot by Madison Reed. Applying all-over colour at the root can cause a band of colour that does not blend well with the rest of your colour. Best of all, you don’t have to colour all of your hair every time you’re in need of a root touch-up. Just colour your roots to maintain colour or hide greys.

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