The Essential Guide to Dying your Hair at Home


June 11, 2013 by ginafashionistar


Image via Flickr creative commons from A Garden Waltz

Everybody knows that nowadays you don’t need to shell out a fortune at the hairdressers to get great results when dying your hair. There are many top of the range products available on the supermarket shelf for you to use at home, fuss free and with brilliant results.

Home dying is not without its common pitfalls, there are many stories of things gone wrong and most people will have a friend who has accidentally dyed their hair the wrong colour. To avoid these it is important you stick to a set of rules.

Choose a colour

Chestnut brown, platinum blonde, shocking pink – unless it is a crazy shade, most will recommend you stay within a couple of shades of your natural colour. Also, don’t think the colour of the wonderful looking model on the box is exactly what you’re going to get. The colour indicator on the side of the box is usually a better indicator. Also, your original shade will alter how the dye comes out. If you do want a big change, go to the hairdressers and let the pros do what they do best.


You can’t rush into these things, it is important to prepare your hair for the dying process. It will become slightly damaged during the process, so a few days beforehand use a deep-conditioning treatment. As well as strengthening your hair, it will help it absorb the colour more easily.

It may sound strange, but give your hair a wash the night before you put the dye in; the reason being your nails might scratch your scalp. Dye can be particularly nasty when it gets into an open wound.

Make sure you have all the essentials to hand before you begin. You’ll need a comb to separates sections of hair, hair clips and some petroleum jelly – put this along your hairline to prevent the dye from staining your skin.  Use an old button shirt rather than a t-shirt as it will be easier to take on and off when you have a head full of dye.

Try, be careful

Do a skin test before you jump in with both feet. Even though most products will have been thoroughly tested before reaching supermarket shelves, there is no knowing whether or not you will have an allergic reaction. It is also best to do this at least two days before you dye your hair.
If your hair has been damaged by heat or whatever else, it is best to leave it to the professionals. Similarly, if your scalp is easily irritated, don’t risk it.


It may sound obvious, but always make sure you read the instructions. They can differ from brand to brand – and just because you have done it 100 times before with one, it does not mean that process will work for another. Also, make sure you wear the gloves provided. They’re there for a reason.

During the dying process, go through your hair in sections using a wide-toothed hairbrush. Divide into four sections, quarters is usually best. Split it down the middle and then from front to back. Clip them into place before applying to the roots and running the dye through each one smoothly with your hands.


Wait the allotted time on the box and then rinse out. Make sure you condition your hair to restore some of its health and then dry it thoroughly as the colour will look different when wet. If it is not what you were after, call a number on the box and they should be able to talk you through the options.

One thought on “The Essential Guide to Dying your Hair at Home

  1. Great advice! You have to be extremely careful when dying your own hair 🙂

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