If you can't visit your favourite salon right now, but are looking to freshen your colour or try a bold new look at home, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve got a mistake-proof guide for how to dye your hair at home, from prep to hair dye application and tips on how to make your colour look its best! So whether you’ve been dyeing your hair for years or this is your first DIY hair dye job, keep reading to discover everything you need to know to achieve the perfect at-home hair colour...
How to Choose Your Hair Colour: Picking the right shade for you
The first step to choosing your perfect colour is to identify your current shade. With a wealth of home 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, so you’ll be sure to find your shade of foam hair dye!
When choosing your colour, we would recommend staying within two shade levels from your current colour for natural-looking results. Going too light or too dark for your complexion could make you look washed out – so going natural is always best!
How often should you dye your hair?
The short answer is - It completely depends on your hair! However, we recommend to dye your hair every 4-6 weeks to keep your colour looking fresher for longer! Colouring your hair too often can damage your hair, leading to brittle strands, split ends and even breakage. If you have overdone it with the hair dye, using a deep conditioner is a great solution. Take a look at our piece on deep conditioning at home for tips on giving your hair some TLC.
What To Do Before You Dye Your Hair
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. Take a look at our different shampoos and conditioners to find the right one for your hair type pre-dye job!
How to Dye Your Own Hair: The Step-by-Step Guide
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 of our foam hair dye.
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 your way up towards the roots.
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 – it even provides 100% grey 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
Conditioning your locks after colouring gives you more than just a super glossy style. A conditioner for dyed hair will also lock in the colour to prevent it from fading and help keep it looking rich and vibrant.
How to Look After 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! Check out our product recommendations below to find the right post-hair dye hair care system for your colour.
If you’ve gone for blonde and want to keep it looking bold and vibrant, try our Sheer Blonde Flawless Recovery Shampoo and Conditioner. We know that blonde hair can be more prone to breakage and dryness so to deeply treat your tresses, check out our Go Blonder Lemon Miracle Masque to strengthen and protect fragile hair before and after lightening.
Have you gone to the dark side? To seal in your brunette colour after using your home hair dye, use our Brilliant Brunette Colour Protecting Moisturising Shampoo and Conditioner. This duo is great for replenishing dry, brunette locks and maintaining hair colour for any shade of brunette.
Opted for a daring red shade? Red hair is prone to fading, so keep your locks vibrant with our colour-intensifying Radiant Red Boosting Shampoo and Conditioner. This formula contains pomegranate extract and vitamin E to keep your red locks smooth and soft after every wash.
Want more advice on how to keep your coloured locks looking their best? Take a look at our article on 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 and find your shade.