At Home Hair Colour: How to Get Great-Looking Hair on a BudgetThursday, June 28, 2012
I am no stranger to colouring hair at home. My aunt owns a salon, so I get free salon-colouring whenever I feel like it, but sometimes I just feel like trying out new hair colours at the pharmacy or get introduced to this new hair colouring fad that I have to try. So what I'm saying really, is that I am no stranger to both salon-colouring and at-home colouring. I also get great advice from my aunt as to the do's and don't's of at-home hair colouring.
- An old towel and washcloth - to place around your shoulders and to clean up any drips
- A comb to ensure that the hair dye is evenly spread
- An area without carpets or light tiles so that any hair dye that falls down can be cleaned up without staining the area
- To deep-condition your hair a few days (a week is better) beforehand, to ensure minimum damage and better results
- Day-old (or two days!) hair - the oils from day-old hair protect your scalp from the hair dye, but too much oil can also mean that the dye is not able to coat your hair well enough
- A hair oil to protect the skin on and around your scalp from getting stained by the hair dye
- A toner that is alcohol-based (this is gentle on the skin, but strong enough to remove any stains that do end up on the skin)
- A timer
- Colouring your hair any more than 3 shades darker or lighter than your original hair colour
- Highlighting and/or lowlighting your hair
- If you have very damaged/coarse hair
- Getting Balayage or ombre hair
Use it regularly after you dye your hair as well, because it is very nourishing and works beautifully to eliminate frizz and flyaways, and improves the texture and health of your hair over time.