I wanted to share some of my tips and tricks if you are planning on colouring your hair yourself at home. It is really simple if you are prepared and willing to put down a bit of time. The instructions you get in a colouring kit is usually quite good, but there are a lot of things they do not tell you...
First of all, when you buy your hair colour - check the contents before you go to the till. It has happened to me before that the actual colour is missing from within the package.
Depending on what kind of hair colour you use and if it is permanent or semi-permanent (as my hair colour is) you might need unwashed but damp hair or dry hair, so check this a day before you are planning to colour your hair. For my hair colour I need my hair to be damp but unwashed. When my hair is still wet, I comb it though properly and make sure to leave the ridges of the comb when going through my hair. This will help a lot in the process of colouring the roots!
Next step is to mix the colour. This is fairly straight forward, but I have to say that the way my hair colour has created a perfect holder for the tube in the package makes it so much easier!
If you are a rookie to colouring your hair and are scared that you will get colour everywhere, make sure to wear clothes that can take some spillage. Also, to protect your face and specifically your hairline from becoming very uneven (most important when colouring with darker colours) you can put some Vaseline just by your hairline to prevent the colour to stick in your skin.
When applying hair colour to the roots, the ridges made by combing your hair are now your new best friend. Use them by opening them up slightly and apply a line of colour along the part. Then gently massage into the hair and open up the ridger about 0.5 to 1 cm next to it and repeat.
I usually leave the bit nearest to the hairline by my forehead to do as the last step when the rest of the head is done. This eliminates any chance of getting a very hard and dark coloured hairline. Eventually, when all the roots are covered, leave in for the time stated on the package.
I usually use the last bit of hair colour to colour the lengths of my hair for the last 5 minutes as a semi-permanent hair colour acts as a deep conditioner to you hair and leaves it shiny and smooth. Then it is time to rinse - if you can keep a plastic glove, washing the colour out is much easier and will not stain the hand you use to massage your scalp to get all the colour out.
If you still end up with quite a harsh dark hairline, your saviour is peeling. If you have a mechanical exfoliator or a chemical exfoliator does not matter as it will still help to get some coloured dead skin cells off.
Leave it on for a bit or massage it into your skin and then rinse. Now, your hair is quite sensitive for the next 24 hours, so make sure not to wash it again within that time.
A few more tips:
The conditioner to set the colour you get with your hair colour is very valuable and if you could save some and not use all of it, it is great to keep using as a conditioner for the coming week to make sure the colour stays in as long as possible.
If your eyebrows are now a different colour to your hair, make sure to match them to your hair colour. You are not supposed to use this kind of hair colour on your eyebrows (as the package says). However, I always do this and it works fine if you are careful and only leave it on for a very short time. But don't tell anyone!!
If you were wearing makeup and especially foundation when starting to apply the hair colour - this could be a good thing and keep the foundation on! It acts as the Vaseline to prevent the hair colour from sticking to your skin around your hairline too much. Also, if you wash your face beforehand you will remove dead skin cells from your face and the hair colour will stick in your actual skin.
If you can get your coloured head around these things, you will be fine! With a few times practice you will never have to colour your hair in a salon again.
This was my result:
Have you ever coloured your hair at home?
How did it turn out?
Have you ever had any home colouring catastrophes?