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Dye Your Hair at Home the Right Way

It is much cheaper to dye your hair from home and easier to experiment more often. This being said, it can also be more difficult and easy to have undesirable results. Here are some tips on getting a perfect dye job every time when you do it yourself.

Don’t try to change your hair dramatically on your own. If you’re simply covering up grays or going a few shades lighter or darker, you can do at home hair color easily. However, if you’re looking for a dramatic color change, especially going lighter or if your hair is damaged, seeing a professional is best.

Before you head to the store and stare at the aisles and aisles of options, check out hair color websites. Most of them have a questionnaire to fill out to figure out the right shade for you. This can be helpful if you don’t want to spend too much time in the store or don’t want to ask an employee for help.

When you’ve selected a shade that you’re “dyeing” to try, be sure to select temporary or semi-permanent if you’re new to trying at home hair color. Temporary color washes out in 6-12 shampoos and semi-permanent washes out in 20-26 shampoos. If you get permanent hair color, remember it will last for six to eight weeks or longer if you use color shield shampoos and conditioners. If you have very thick or long hair, you may need to buy two boxes of hair color.

Once you’ve got your hair color, you may want to enlist the help of a friend to make sure you don’t miss any spots while coloring. It may be easier to have a friend dye your hair for you as well, but don’t sell yourself short. You can do this! Make sure you haven’t washed your hair the day you are coloring it because freshly washed hair is lacking oils needed for the hair color to really stick. Be sure to wear an old shirt and use towels to make sure you don’t get the hair dye all over because it will stain. Vaseline is great for getting any hair dye off that made it on to your skin.

First, test a few strands of hair with the color to make sure you don’t get an allergic reaction and to make sure it looks like the shade you desire. However, looks can be deceiving because the color may look different while wet. You won’t know the true look of the color until you shampoo and style when you’re finished, so be prepared. Then follow the instructions that come with the kit and start in sections, first combing through the hair with a wide-toothed comb. The thicker your hair, the smaller sections you may want to use, as it can be hard to get the color thoroughly through the hair. Be sure to get underneath your hair and around your ears, as these are commonly missed sections.

Start with the roots and work your way down. Use clips to pin your hair up so you can see which pieces you’ve dyed and which ones you haven’t touched yet. After you’ve put on all of the hair dye and let it sit for the marked period of time, rinse and shampoo and you’ve got a whole new ‘do!

The best thing is they now have home coloring kits that range from normal color to highlights to the ombre effect. You can easily change your hair color at home for half the price if you have a little time. You can now even find more natural ways to dye your hair that don’t contain chemicals, such as the henna dyes at Lush.

Have you ever dyed your hair at home? How did it turn out? Tell us your stories!

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing