Hair Colour At Home: First Time Dyer Guide

If you’re looking to freshen your colour or try a bold new look, but don’t want to pay salon prices, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve got a mistake-proof guide from prep to hair dye application and tips how to make your colour look its best! So whether you’ve been dyeing your hair for years or this is your first DIY dye job, keep reading to discover everything you need to know to achieve the perfect at-home hair colour...

Picking the right hair dye for your colour

The first step to choosing your perfect colour is to identify your current shade. With a wealth of hair dye colours to choose from, this can seem like an endless task! To fool-proof choosing your perfect colour, a colour-level number has been assigned to each shade of our Precision Foam Colour collection. A level 2 represents our darkest black colour and a level 10 represents our lightest blonde shade. When choosing your colour, we would recommend staying within two shade levels from your current colour for natural-looking results. 

How often should you dye your hair?

It completely depends on your hair, however we recommend to dye your hair every 4-6 weeks to keep your colour looking fresh! 

How to prepare your hair for dyeing

Preparation is key when it comes to achieving a professional looking colour.

For best results, we recommend washing hair 24 hours before dyeing but no sooner, ensuring that the hair is completely clean of any styling products or dry shampoo, as any build-up or product on the hair will impede proper penetration of the dye.

Dyeing hair step-by-step

Step 1: Get enough dye for your hair length

You don’t want to get half-way through dyeing your hair and run out of dye! So if you’ve got extra long or thick hair, think ahead and buy more than one box. 

Step 2: Split your hair into sections

For an even application, it’s best to split your hair into sections. Start applying the dye to the bottom sections first and work up. 

Step 3: Apply the dye as per box instructions

Read and re-read the instructions. Every dye could be different, so make sure you read and stick to the instructions for the best results. Our Precision Foam Colour is perfect if you’re a DIY beginner as its non-drip formula makes for easy application and flawless coverage. 

Our top tip: use as much foam as you can - the more you massage, the more foam you will create and the better your coverage will be.

Step 4: Let your colour develop with hair down

Don’t give in to the temptation to tie up your tresses and keep your hair loose once you’ve applied the dye to ensure even coverage.  

Step 5: Use the conditioner to seal your hair

Think that conditioning your locks after colouring just gives you a super glossy style? Not only does a conditioner do this, but it locks in the colour to prevent it from fading and help keep it looking rich and vibrant. 

How to care for dyed hair

You’ve got your perfect colour, now’s the time to keep your locks looking their best until the next time you dye it! 

If you’re loving your new light locks, try our Sheer Blonde Flawless Recovery Shampoo and Conditioner. We know that blonde hair can be more prone to breakage and dryness so treat your tresses to our  Go Blonder Lemon Miracle Masque to strengthen fragile hair before and after lightening .

On the darker side? Seal in your brunette colour and moisturise with our Brilliant Brunette Colour Protecting Moisturising Shampoo and Conditioner

Daring red? Red hair is prone to fading, so keep your locks vibrant with our colour-intensifying Radiant Red Red Boosting Shampoo and Conditioner. 

Want more advice on how to keep your coloured locks looking their best? Check out our top tips of to How To Make Your Hair Colour Last Longer.

Now you’re equipped with the skills and knowledge to achieve the perfect colour, try our easy-to-use Precision Colour Foam range here.

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