Dyeing Your Hair at Home: What Are Your Options?
Are you having one continuous bad hair day right now and can’t wait to be able to finally make an appointment with your hairdresser? There’s no need to despair! You don’t need to wear a hat 24/7 to hide your roots or your slowly fading colour. We have tips for at-home hair care and hair dyeing straight from a professional hairdresser.
Dyeing Your Hair at Home
It looks so easy – you just open a box of at-home hair dye and touch up your roots. But the result might not be quite what you expected. If you’re thinking about dyeing your hair without the help of someone else, try our tricks.
Why are the results of at-home hair dyeing so often disappointing? “Your colourist will usually prepare a hair dye which exactly suits you – we mix several different shades to achieve a result that the client will be happy with. This means that dyeing your hair at home will destroy whatever you’ve created with your hairdresser. I would also advise against bleaching your hair at home, because the results can be disastrous and your hair might take months to recover. I can maybe imagine touching up a black hair dye at home because, to be honest, not many women go to a salon to have their hair dyed black.”
How to Dye Your Hair Safely
Considering that dyeing your hair at home can be quite risky, we have tips on how to find other ways to cover your roots and imperfections in the meantime.
“The easiest method is to simply buy a root cover-up spray – a product normally popular especially with women who have grey hair and can’t afford to have a root touch-up every fortnight. Now it comes in handy for everyone. The general rule is to always go for a shade that is darker then your hair, because darker roots look better and don’t create as much of a contrast. Also keep in mind that most root sprays only last until the next washing.”
NOTINO TIP: L’Oréal Paris Magic Retouch cover-up spray in various shades adheres to your hair beautifully and dries really quickly.
A Touch of Colour
Another option is a tint instead of a dye!. “You can upgrade your usual mask for colour-treated hair to refresh your hair colour. Simply use the Kérastase Reflection hair concealer which you can add to your colour-protecting hair mask to revive your hair colour. This is a great method if your hair is brown, copper, or red.”
NOTINO TIP: Redken Brownlights tinted shampoo is ideal for maintaining cool shades of brown.
What to Do with Blonde Hair?
“If you need to tone down a red or copper tint in your blonde hair, it’s possible. These methods obviously won’t replace a permanent or semi-permanent dye, but they’re a great way to give your hair some spark. If your blonde hair is going yellow, you can, for instance ,try the Kérastase Blond Absolu Masque Ultra-Violet purple nourishing hair mask.
When you leave it on for 5 to 15 minutes, it neutralises yellow undertones without causing any unwanted effects that would make professional bleaching difficult in the future. But remember that everyone’s hair is different – your colour might end up with a grey, white, or purple tint. The basic rule is to start with smaller amounts of mask and shorter application time, and then increase the dose and leave it on for longer if you need to.”
NOTINO TIP: You can use the mask along with the Blond Absolu Bain Ultra-Violet shampoo from the same line.
How to Dye Your Hair at Home
Your hairdresser probably will not recommend it but if you do decide to try dyeing your hair at home, here are some basic tips:
- Read carefully all the information on the packaging, especially instructions on how to use the product.
- You can try a nourishing mask without permanent colour pigments. That way you’ll be able to revive your colour, and if the results are not to your liking, at least you know they’ll disappear in a few washes.
- If you don’t have grey hair, get a semi-permanent hair dye instead of a permanent one – a product that gradually washes out won’t make the roots so obvious.
- If possible, just call your hairdresser and ask what they recommend.
Ready? Let’s Do This!
If you’ve found the right product in the right colour, here’s some specific advice on how to dye your hair at home with the best possible results.
- Before you start, use any cream you have available to prep the skin around your hairline and protect it from stains. Make sure not to put the cream on your hair, because that might prevent the hair dye from working properly.
- If you can, find someone who can help you, so that the front part of your hair won’t end up looking completely different to the back part.
- Use a good hair-colouring brush.
- Apply the hair dye only to the roots, not down the length of your hair (or only for a very short time). Otherwise your hair might turn several different shades at once.
- While you’re leaving the hair dye on, carefully remove the cream from your skin.
- Leave the hair dye on for as long as the instructions recommend.
- Don’t forget about hair care! Wash the hair dye out thoroughly with a shampoo and apply a good hair mask down the length of your hair and to your tips.