How to Colour Hair at Home

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
May 18, 2013
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DIY Hair Color Guide

Colouring hair at home has never been more popular. Not only is that a cheaper and more comfortable hair colouring option than dazing away into the ceiling at the parlour, but also as easy as changing your clothes. Whether you want a makeover, need to hide grey hair or just brighten a shade or two, you can do-it-yourself with ease.

Here is a DIY hair colour guide for you.
First, you will need to choose an appropriate hair colour and product. There are endless options at retail stores that can promise permanent, semi-permanent and temporary varieties. If you are not yet sure of the colour, go for a colour that complements your skin tone. For warm skin tones, red and gold hues appear good, whereas pick up ash hues for cool skin tones.

  • Get acquainted with the hair colouring process by reading the label on how it works. The instructions on how to use will be mentioned on the packaging label. There may be a difference in the amount of time that hair colour brands need. It is better that you perform the suggested strand test to figure out the exact time duration needed to colour the strands.


  • Mix the hair colour solution, but make sure you have put on gloves before unpacking the colour pack. You can apply petroleum jelly around your hairline and on the tips of your ears to prevent staining. In case the colour does stain your skin, massage the area with your facial exfoliator.


  • Always apply the colour mixture to dry hair, beginning with the roots and working your way down to the ends of your hair. In order to saturate and cover every strand, it is better to part your hair in sections.


  • Pile your hair on top of your head. If necessary, use a plastic head wrap and secure with a hair clip. Let the colour stay for the time period indicated on the strand test. The strand test is also important to ensure colour compatibility of your hair and make sure that there is no allergic reaction to the colour.


  • Rinse your hair after 30 minutes with cold water until the remnants of the colour product is removed and the water runs clear.


  • Use a conditioner to soften your hair and replenish moisture. Most of the hair colouring packs come with a deep conditioning product.

It is better to go for one or two shades lighter/darker than hook a complete change of colour. If you don’t get the desired results, wait for two weeks and re-colour your hair to prevent damage.


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