Hair colouring at home using a box kit is popular and easy these days. Men, women and teens enhance or change hair colours frequently, and most of the time, easily. Still, colouring your hair at home can be a little bit scary and messy. Additionally, if you don’t follow directions and don’t know what you are doing, you could end up with some unintended results.
In this article, we will tell you how to easily colour your hair at home using a boxed hair colour kit – how to dye your hair at home by yourself. We will also provide some good tips on making smart choices in colours and products. Read on to learn more.
Make it a luxury treatment
Colouring your hair will take an hour or so. It takes a few minutes to apply the product. You must allow the colour to develop for as long as 45 minutes. Then you need to rinse it out and style your hair.
It’s hard to get anything done while you have dye on your hair because you don’t want to make a mess, and you can’t really get involved in anything because you’ll soon have to stop and rinse your hair. Why not just make a spa treatment of it?
First and foremost: Begin by reading the instructions on your product thoroughly so that you know exactly what you should do and what you should expect.
Clear your work space (e.g. bathroom counter) of anything you do not want to dye. You may want to cover the area with newspaper.
Assemble all the equipment you will need, including but not limited to:
- The contents of your hair colour box.
- A plastic bag or roll of plastic wrap.
- A jar of petroleum jelly.
- Old towels, an old bathrobe and comfy slippers.
- Facial mask and nail care items.
- A good book or other diversion.
- A cup of tea, glass of wine or other refreshment.
Once you have everything ready, unplug or turn off your phone and focus on what you are doing. It’s best to go into the bathroom, close the door and strip down to your birthday suit to do this because then you won’t get dye on anything. Be sure your old bathrobe is close at hand so you can slip into it if you need to step out or if you get chilly.
For short or medium length hair, follow these steps:
- Brush your hair to remove dust, dirt and excess product and to eliminate tangles.
- Apply a finger-width band of petroleum jelly along your hairline and over the tops of your ears to prevent dying your skin.
- Follow the instructions included with your kit to carefully mix the dye and developer.
- Apply the mixture to your hair right away. It will only be effective for a set amount of time.
- Put on the plastic gloves that come with your kit and begin applying the colour mixture along your hairline. Apply a little at a time and massage it in with your finger tips. Stroke it into your hair to deliver an equal amount from roots to tips.
- Continue working your way back toward the back of your head to get even coverage.
- Once you’ve gotten the front done, you may find it easier to bend over the sink, tub or shower to apply the remainder of the dye to the back of your head and the rest of your hair.
- When you have thoroughly covered your hair and/or used up the dye mixture, massage it through your hair as if you were shampooing. This ensures even coverage.
- Some colour kits come with a plastic cap. If yours doesn’t, wrap a plastic bag or plastic wrap around your head turban-style. This helps the dye develop evenly and protects surfaces from accidental contact with your hair.
- Remove your gloves by pulling one off and holding it in your gloved hand and then pulling that glove off over it so it ends up wrong-side-out. This makes a tidy little ball that you can toss in the trash without getting dye on anything.
- Check your arms, neck and face for dye drips. Wipe them away with a damp paper towel. Use a little lotion, petroleum jelly or cold cream to remove any stubborn stains.
- Quickly check your countertops, sink, tub and shower for spilled hair colour. Wipe it off right away with a damp paper towel and/or some surface cleaner. If you get it quickly, before it has a chance to develop, it should not leave a stain.
Rest & relax
Now you have a little time to kill. This is a good opportunity to:
- Give yourself a natural (no polish) manicure.
- Enjoy a refreshing beverage.
- Soak your feet in a foot spa.
- Apply a face mask.
- Take a warm bath.
- Do a little reading.
- Listen to music.
Set a timer so that you can simply rest and relax for a little while. When the time is up, shower, rinse your hair and apply any conditioner that came with your hair colour kit (or your own conditioner). Don’t shampoo your hair as this will have a negative impact on your colour.
This video gives good guidance on colouring short-to-medium-length hair.
If you have long hair, it can be a little more complicated as shown here:
How to choose your product
If you are new to colouring or unsure, you may want to just use a rinse or a semi-permanent hair colour that washes out after a set number of shampoos. A permanent colour has a lot of durability. This can be a good thing, but it can also be very bad.
Colour corrections can be difficult. If you go too dark (especially black) it can be almost impossible to make corrections. It’s always best to choose a shade that is a bit lighter than your natural colour. It’s much easier to go darker next time than to correct a colour that is too dark.
Conversely, you don’t want to go too light. It can be hard to get a platinum blond shade, and you may need to bleach your hair in order to get it light enough. This is really a job for a professional. If you try to go too light using a box kit, you may end up with an orange or brassy effect. Just stay within a couple of shades of your natural colour.
If your hair has gone grey and you want to restore it to the colour of your youth, choose a shade or two lighter than your natural colour. It is likely that your skin tone has changed along with your hair. A lighter shade is more likely to look natural and flattering with your current skin tone.
Your natural hair colour will influence the shade you end up with. This is especially true if you want to go red. Dark hair will dampen the colour, so you may just end up with auburn highlights. Grey or pale blond hair can end up looking orange. To correct these variations, choose a slightly lighter shade of red for very dark hair and a darker, more subdued shade to cover grey.
Grey hair can be resistant to colouring. Semi or demi-permanent colouring may leave your hair looking a bit streaked, and this can actually be a more natural look. If you don’t get the results you want with rinses or semi-permanent colour, you may need to use permanent colour for full coverage. You may also need to extend the amount of time you allow the colour to develop. Up to 45 minutes is safe.
When it’s time to re-dye, just colour the roots. If you colour over all of your hair again and again, you will destroy its condition. Also, it will just get darker and darker or lighter and lighter until it is not the colour you are attempting to attain. This video gives good instructions on colouring just the roots.
Hair colouring at home is an easy, economical way to look your best. Refer to the information presented here and carefully follow the instructions that come with your product for best results.