Everything you need to know about dyeing your hair for the first time
Top five things we wish we’d known!
Switching up your colour for the first time can be intimidating, whether you're going for a bold new look or a subtle change. With so many colours and techniques available, making the best decision for your hair might become overwhelming. For many of us, making any change to our appearance takes a lot of consideration.
But it doesn't have to be a scary experience. With some preparation and our list of tips and tricks for dyeing your hair for the first time, you can achieve the hair of your dreams in no time.
Here are the things we wish we'd known before, during, and after dyeing our hair.
Before dyeing your hair, choosing your colour is one of the first and most important steps, and we have a few tips that can help you pick the perfect shade.
Understanding your skin tone can help you pick the ideal shade for your new look.
In a nutshell, cool skin tones suit cool ashy hair colours, warm skin tones look best in warm hair colours (like golden blondes), and if you’ve got a neutral skin tone, most hair colours will suit you (lucky you!).
You can get an idea of your skin tone by looking at the veins on the inside of your wrist - blue veins indicate a cool undertone, while green veins indicate a warm undertone. See both? You’re most likely neutral.
Still unsure? There are other methods you can use to determine your skin tone and pick your perfect colour.
You might want to switch up your dark brown locks for a beautiful platinum blonde look. Just keep in mind that your natural hair colour will play a big role in how quickly you are able to achieve your dream hair.
This doesn't mean you shouldn't take the plunge but make sure to follow our pre and post-dye tips for the best hair transformation results.
Always do an allergy test 48 hours before you dye. Don’t worry, it’s easy to do!
It’s also worth doing a strand test after your patch test. Just take a section from the underside of your hair and colour it. Let it process for the full time on the instructions, rinse and blow dry – so you know if you love the colour - or not!
Once you've chosen your colour, it's time to start preparing. Here are a few things everyone should know before dyeing hair at home (like how to avoid getting hair dye all over our furniture).
Celebrity hair colourists recommend dyeing your hair when it is completely dry.
In fact, you should avoid a hair wash altogether for 24 hours before you start the dyeing process. This allows your scalp to create enough natural oils to protect it from any hair colouring-related damage. But just in case, be sure to read the instructions in the box since certain brands may require damp hair.
Being prepared definitely helps the hair dyeing process run a lot smoother. We like making a list of the most important things we need to grab before we start colouring our hair. On our checklist, we’ve always got:
After we've gathered everything, it is almost time to start dyeing our hair. With your checklist ready, don’t forget to:
Now you can finally start the hair dyeing process! Follow our top tips for the best results:
To max out the lifespan of your hair colour, choose a colour-protecting shampoo and conditioner, use hair masks (once a week) and avoid too much heat (too warm water or heated hair appliances). It is also best to avoid heavy sun exposure. For UV protection, wear a hat or cover your hair when you're outside.
Washing your hair with lukewarm or cold water is a great way to ensure your new colour doesn't wash out. Adding dry shampoo to your hair care routine is also a quick fix for when you run out of colour-protecting shampoo.
For healthy hair, it’s also worth thinking about just colouring your roots next time and not your full head to avoid over-processing your hair – our Root-Touch Up product is super easy to use and gives great, natural results.
Top five things we wish we’d known!
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