We’ve all heard the at home horror stories involving hair dye. In fact, the majority of us have probably experienced some kind of mishap ourselves.
However, if you don’t have the time or money to book in with a professional, it’s totally achievable to colour your locks from the comfort of your own home and the array of products readily available to assist us mean we can still be left with the salon-worthy shine.
Here are five hacks to help you on your way…
Make sure you have all the equipment
We’re talking a hair sectioning comb, plenty of clips and a towel you don’t mind getting dye on. Oh, and if you want to add some high or low lights, a toothbrush comes in particularly handy for applying colour to smaller areas.
Find your perfect colour match
The first thing to work out? Whether you have warm or cool toned skin, as this will help determine what shades you will suit. If you have warm undertones, you’ll have more of a peachy, yellow or golden complexion which means light blondes, golden blondes, chestnut browns and warm browns will complement your complexion perfectly. If you have cool undertones your complexion will lean more on the pink, red or blue side so ashy blondes, chocolate browns and aubergines are your go-to hues. Then head to the hair dye isle and pick your perfect match!
Give your locks some TLC first
Your hair will take on the colour and be left with a glossier result if your locks start off in a good condition. So, if your hair is feeling a tad on the dry side apply an intensive hair mask a couple of days before dying it. Schwarzkopf Color Expert Treatment, £2.66, helps rebuild the micro-bonds within your hair fibre, leaving your locks in a healthier condition before you apply any colour.
Protect your skin
It’s pretty annoying when you’re left with a line of dye trailing your hair line, so before you start dying your hair apply some coconut oil like Vita Coco Coconut Oil, £1, along your hairline to avoid a streaky forehead.
Give your locks a glossy finish
It goes without saying that dye isn’t the best thing for your hair as it can break down the bonds, leaving it dry and prone to breakage. So it’s only right you treat it to a little boost in nourishment post-application. Color Wow’s Kale Cocktail, £22, works its magic by reinforcing these internal bonds, and even promises to strengthen your hair by over 50% within just one use! Olaplex Number 3, £19.99, is also a dream for damaged hair, as the deep treatment reconnects the bonds that have been broken by any colouring or lightening.