Hair colouring is fun — it is one of the easiest ways to level up your hair game and give yourself a mini-makeover when you fancy a change. Now, between all the work calls, meetings and household work, we understand if you’re finding it hard to take a few hours off to visit the salon to get your hair professionally coloured. But why head out when you can easily colour your hair at home?
We know colouring your hair can sound daunting but not when you have a step-by-step guide on how you can colour your hair at home. This won’t just save you a few bucks, but you won’t have to leave the comfort of your home! So, scroll on and follow the steps to get a flattering hair colour right at home!
- Step #1: Wash your hair a day prior
- Step #2: Pick your colour and tools
- Step #3: Pre-lighten your hair
- Step #4: Time for colouring
- Step #5: Wash and dry
Step #1: Wash your hair a day prior
Make sure to wash your hair a day or two before you sit to colour your hair. This way, your hair remains clean and gives them time to restore the natural hair oil. The oil buildup on the scalp makes sure it remains irritation-free, and the colour blends naturally with your hair. This actually helps your hair colour stay longer too.
Step #2: Pick your colour and tools
It is important to spend some time choosing the colour you wish to go for. Whether you want to highlight or dye your hair completely, it is advised to pick a good quality hair colour. Next, make sure you have all the tools you’d need for the whole process. Make a checklist as you’d need towels, gloves, mixing bowls, wide-tooth comb, plastic clips, bleach brush, silver foil paper, and of course, your box of colour.
Pro Tip: Keep moisturiser or Vaseline Petroleum Jelly handy while colouring your hair at home. Applying a thick layer of this around your hairline, ears, and neck makes sure the dye doesn’t stain your skin.
Step #3: Pre-lighten your hair
Your hair can’t simply hold colour on your natural strands. Your hair needs to be lightened in colour for the colour to be seen. So, you’d need to prepare your hair before colouring them. Most hair colours come with a blonder powder and developer that helps in this process. If your colour box doesn’t have it, don’t worry as these products are readily available in the market. Mix them both and apply them to the area of hair you wish to colour. After that, wrap the coloured strands in silver foil. Let it sit for 30-45 minutes. Then wash your hair and dry it well.
Pro tip: It is always advised to do a strand test of the colour mix at least 24 hours before colouring them. This gives you enough time to check for any allergies or reactions that your skin might get from the chemicals in colour.
Step #4: Time for colouring
Once your hair has dried up, it’s time to put on the colour. Brush your hair nicely, leaving no tangles. Get the colour mix ready (as directed on the colour box), pick a strand of your hair, and colour the pre-lightened hair with the colour mix using the applicator brush. It’s best to colour your hair by taking sections of your lock. This helps in through application of the colour. Wrap each section of hair in the silver foil as you colour them, and let the colour sit in your hair for another 30-45 minutes.
Step #5: Wash and dry
Once you are satisfied, rinse your hair and shampoo them again with a colour protecting shampoo like the TRESemmé Pro Protect Sulphate Free Shampoo and follow it up with the TRESemmé Pro Protect Sulphate Free Conditioner this time. This combo is sulphate (known to strip hair colour) and paraben-free and contains the goodness of Moroccan argan oil, which protects your hair colour from fading faster and leaves your hair clean and moisturised. On the other hand, the conditioner forms a protective layer of your hair, trapping moisture in and giving you smoother, shinier and easy-to-detangle tresses.
You will see the colour running down the drain when you wash it, but don’t panic; it’s totally normal. You would see this happen for the first few days after you colour your hair.
Once you have washed your hair, let them dry naturally or blow dry them and see how the colour has turned out and that’s it! It may sound a little tedious, but it’s all fun and doable and will save you a trip to the salon, for sure!