You can achieve excellent results and save a lot of money by colouring your hair at home as long as you know a few basics about how to select the right colour and apply it correctly. Here are some tips to help you colour your hair at home.
Choosing a hair colour:
Here are some tips for selecting a compatible hair colour for your skin tone:
Dark/olive skin: Select darker hair colours.
Yellow skin: Go with dark, rich colours like deep auburn.
Pale skin: You can choose almost any colour.
Pink skin: Neutral tones like sandy or beige blonde or chocolate brown are best. Avoid reds or golden tones.
Gather a few materials together
It’s a good idea to gather a few materials together before starting: an old T-shirt, a few old towels and a washcloth that you don’t mind getting stained, some hair clips for sectioning your hair, a timer, and a hand mirror to see the back of your head.
Be sure to do an allergy test 48 hours before colouring to ensure there are no side effects.
Apply the colour
Read and follow package instructions. Minimize colour on your skin by applying face cream at the hairline. Apply bleach to the hair, avoiding the roots at first. Wait until you see the colour start to lift and then massage the bleach into the scalp. Wait for five more minutes and then rinse with a gentle shampoo and cool water (hot water would open the hair cuticle more, which is something you don’t want to do).
Some useful tips
Â· If your hair has been permed or relaxed, colour has to be applied carefully or it can weaken the structure of your hair. Do a strand test to make sure your hair can handle the chemical stress.
Â· Make a record of the hair colour product and shade you used, and how long you left it on the ends and the regrowth.
Â· Don’t use heavy conditioners and oil treatments after colouring… they can lift the colour.
Â· Use shampoos and conditioners formulated for colour-treated hair to prevent fading.
Â· Blow dry your hair when necessary and do it at the root level. Use a rounder and thicker brush to give your hair a lift while drying it. Avoid very hot air. Keep the drier at the mid-level of heat.
Â· If you have an important date or a function to attend, style or cut your hair four to five days earlier so that you are comfortable with it.
Â· Opt for deeper and richer hair colour tones. Use only a few highlights and apply a single colour in the shade of your choice – reds, browns and burgundies suit most faces and styles.