Tips to Color Your Own Hair at Home

November 20, 2023 By Thea Off
Tips to Color Your Own Hair at Home

Today more and more women do their beauty routines at their home. Women do tanning, waxing and mani/pedis in the convenience of their home, and because top quality box dyes are available online today, they also do DIY hair color.


There is no reason why you can’t color your hair at home, providing you don’t want to color your black hair platinum blonde. It will cost you less if you color your hair at home but if you don’t know how to do it you could make an expensive mistake. In this article you can find some very useful tips on how to avoid that.

1. Unwashed hair is the best.

The hair’s natural oils are the best if you want to protect your hair as it processes so you should color your hair which hasn’t been washed lately. This is just one more motive why you should dye your hair at home – even if it is preferable, no women want to go to the salon with unwashed hair.

2. You should use olive oil and Vaseline.

When you want to color your hair you should always have some Vaseline near at hand, particularly if you chose a dark color. You can prevent the hair color from staining your skin by applying Vaseline along your ears, hairline, temples and neck.

Everybody knows that stains on your skin can be a real problem and this is efficient and inexpensive solution. And if you have some stains, you can eliminate them by dipping a cotton swab in olive oil and apply it on the affected areas. It really does a wonder.

3. Read the instructions on the box

The most important thing in coloring your hair at home is to opt for the right hair color. You should opt for the one which has the least amount of dangerous ingredients like ammonia, peroxide, and alcohol to evade superfluous dryness and breakage. Demi and semi-permanent hair colors will deposit color but it will not lift, making these colors much less hard on your hair then permanent hair colors are.

Also, when you want to color your hair you it is very important to choose the right shade for you. You shouldn’t only rely on the photo of the woman on the box because that may be tricky. Instead of that, you should pay attention on the numbers which determine the relative darkness and words used to detail the shade.

The number on the box determines how dark the color will be. Hair color is described on a scale from 1 (black) to 12 (platinum blond), so the higher the number, the lighter the shade. And if you see a woman on a photo who has a light blond hair and a box of hair color is labelled 4A (Ash Blonde), you shouldn’t trust the photo because on the scale of 1 to 12, a 4 is really dark! You should use the shade guide on the side of the box of hair color as a model on how the dye will be on your hair. This guide is much credible than the photo on the box.

Dyes described as Neutral may mean many different things, but they normally imply a blue base to the shade. Ash usually implies more green tones in hair colors and they are an excellent choice for the women who want to fight brassines. Colors described as Violet will have purple tones. Golden usually implies more yellow tones they are an excellent choice for the women who want to cover up grey hair.

4. Be cautious when coloring already-colored hair.

You should be careful while coloring your hair if it already has one or more shades of hair color. You should visit a professional to color your hair, because it could be a complicated procedure to get an even, unharmed outcome with pre-colored hair. The danger of hot roots, stripy or patchy color and overprocessing-related chemical haircuts are just too big!

So if you have colored your hair not long ago, you should think again about wanting to color over it, even if the color is the same.

5. Always follow preventive measures.

You should thoroughly read all of the directions on the box before starting to color your hair. There are some significant safety steps which you mustn’t skip. That section about the patch test?

Crucial, particularly if you want to try out a new brand. Some ingredients (particularly in dark colors) may trigger strange skin reactions, so you should make sure that will not happen to you.

You should always protect your skin and nails by wearing gloves. Most box color has one pair, but you should always have a second pair near at hand when you want to rinse color from

your hair) you don’t want the stains on your skin, believe us). Also, it is very important to color your hair in a ventilated room. Nobody likes to get woozy with a head filled with color!

6. You should have rational expectations.

You should know that the developer in box color (that makes the color to change) is normally 20 volume. The higher the volume is, the more color it can lift. You will be able to shift your hair up to 2 shades with 20 volume (it depends on what your natural hair color is), but no higher. If you want bigger changes, you should use a higher volume developer or color your hair few times – but for this, you should visit a professional.

This is the reason why people always say that it is not a good idea to try to go more than two shades darker (or lighter) than you natural hair color using a box color. The 20 volume developer can help you do this much! You should think about a box color as a tool to keep or make subtile changes to your hair color and not a tool which will help you to transform your entire hair.

You should visit a professional if you HAVE TO transform your hair color as drastically as you can.

7. You shouldn’t fail to remember the upkeep.

So now you have succeeded to color your hair the color you want without any serious problems. Congratulations! You look beautiful! But unless you want to ruin all of your hard work, you mustn’t stop there. Just as significant as the coloring procedure itself is the crucial upkeep which follows.

If you want your hair dye to last, you should follow these recommendations:

* You shouldn’t wash your hair too often. You should use dry shampoos such as Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo or Klorane Dry Shampoo Styler Kit

* You should use color-protecting products such as Garnier Fructis Color Shield Complete Defense

* You should protect your hair from the sun using hats and spray-on sunscreen such as Living Proof Restore Instant Repair Cream or L’Oreal Color Vibrancy Dual Protect Spray 5.1 FL OZ.

* You should condition your hair well and limit heat-styling.


Now you are ready to color your hair at home!