Everything you need to know about dyeing your hair for the first time
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Dyeing your hair at home can be a fun and cost-effective way to change up your look, giving you so many great color options to choose from. But starting without going through all the different steps could make it go less smoothly and mean you have to fix any small mistakes later on.
We've put together a step-by-step guide for how to color your hair at home - full of ways to make sure you can easily get the look the way you've always wanted on your first attempt.
Changing your hair color can be an exciting way to express yourself, and deciding which color to pick can be fun but a little daunting. Breaking this decision down into a couple of steps can help keep it stress-free:
Before you start getting concerned about what dye might suit you, it's a good idea to gather some colors you like the idea of trying out — no need to overthink it. We're just gathering options to help us choose later on. If you'd like some more ideas, check out classic looks and some of our newest colors on Instagram.
You've already narrowed your choices by getting a range of colors you'd love to try. From the options you've been given, we need to think about which shades and tones would work for you.
It's worth considering how long you want your new color to last. For your first time dyeing your hair at home, you might want to think about only using semi-permanent dye so that any mistakes caused by lack of experience can be easily fixed later. But permanent and temporary dyes are both available if you'd prefer.
It's important to know if you're allergic to a product before you use it, especially if you're using an at-home hair dye for the first time. Doing an allergy patch test isn't one of the fun parts of dyeing your hair, but it's super important for ensuring you have the best experience with your new color.
Take a look at the final result and decide if it looks how you expected. If it is a lot darker or lighter than you imagined, there are a couple of things you can do to try and fix that:
Not following instructions can damage your hair. If you don't follow the instructions closely, it can lead to unexpected results and even damage to your hair. Also, make sure to check the expiration date of the dye before you start. Any packaged hair products will list an expiry date, and ignoring it could lead to unpredictable results.
You've spent a few days considering and testing colors, and now it's time to get started on the main event - actually dyeing your hair. Not long to go until you can achieve your dream color!
There are a few things to prepare before you get going:
Coloring the back of your hair is hard - ask someone to help you so you don't miss any spots. It's also just nice to have a friend ready to react to your new color! A three-panel mirror can also help you see all sides.
Use either clips or bands to divide the hair into sections, keeping a minimum distance of 1 inch between them to prevent overlap when applying the dye.
Start applying the mixed dye about an inch from your roots and follow the application and timing instructions on the box. Work in small neat sections to ensure an even final result. Make sure the color is evenly distributed by using your fingers, so the color is consistent.
Then continue onto mid-length and ends, still working along in small sections to maintain that even coating. Try to apply it as efficiently and quickly as possible to be sure that one part of your hair isn't exposed to lots more dye than another. Again, having a friend around can speed this step up and make it more enjoyable!
Set a timer for how long the instructions say to leave the product in. While your dye works, wipe any extra product off your neck and forehead with a wet cloth to make sure you don't stain your skin.
All that's left to do now is rinse your hair with lukewarm water and dry it. Rinse until the water runs clear.
Make sure you leave conditioning as long as instructed but don't leave it too long, as the dye will keep working until you condition it.
Hopefully, your new hair looks just how you imagined it, in which case you're ready to go and share it with the world!
If the new color doesn't match what you had in mind, our hair gloss treatment, Color Gloss Up, is available in a wide variety of shades. It can help you adjust and refine your color to create the perfect look while adding a layer of shine to your locks and preventing brassiness.
Looking after your new hair color is important for ensuring you enjoy the look and feel of it for as long as possible. To keep your newly dyed hair looking as healthy as possible, here are a few tips for maintaining your color:
And if you want even more tips, check out our guide for maximizing the lifespan of your color.
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