How to colour hair?

Always follow instructions for the product you purchase, it’s important to do it correctly to avoid damaging your hair or ending up with a color you didn’t expect. Here are the general steps:

  1. Choose the Right Color: This is a crucial step. Always choose a color that’s no more than two shades lighter or darker than your current color if you’re doing it at home for the first time. Also, keep in mind your skin tone. Warmer shades work best with warmer skin tones, and cooler shades work best with cooler skin tones.

  2. Purchase the Necessary Supplies: Besides the hair dye, you’ll also need gloves, a dye brush, clips for sectioning your hair, a timer, and a towel or cape to protect your clothing.

  3. Conduct a Patch Test: This is to check if you have an allergic reaction to the dye. Apply a small amount on your skin (usually behind the ear or on the inside of the elbow) and wait 48 hours. If no reaction occurs, it’s generally safe to proceed.

  4. Prepare Your Hair: It’s generally best to apply hair dye to unwashed hair, as the natural oils can protect your scalp during the coloring process. Comb through your hair to remove any tangles.

  5. Protect Your Skin: Apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly along your hairline, ears, and the back of your neck. This will prevent the dye from staining your skin.

  6. Mix the Dye: Follow the instructions provided in the hair dye kit. Usually, this involves combining the color and developer in a bowl.

  7. Apply the Dye: Section your hair into four parts – down the middle and then from ear to ear across the crown. Start applying the dye from the roots with the help of the dye brush, and work your way down to the tips. Ensure every strand is covered. Use clips to keep the completed sections away from the others.

  8. Timing: Leave the dye in your hair for the duration specified on the box. This is usually between 30 and 45 minutes, but can vary depending on the brand.

  9. Rinse Out the Dye: Rinse your hair thoroughly with warm water until the water runs clear. Then, apply the after-color conditioner that comes with your hair dye kit. This will help seal in the color and keep your hair soft and shiny. Leave the conditioner in for the time stated on the instructions, and then rinse again.

  10. Dry and Style Your Hair: Avoid using heat styling tools right after coloring as they can cause damage. Air drying is the best option.

Remember that hair dye can cause serious damage if used improperly, so always follow the instructions on the box, and never leave the dye in longer than recommended. If you’re making a significant change to your hair color, or if you’re unsure about how to color your hair, it’s best to have it done by a professional.