The Best Way To Dye It Yourself
It’s sometimes hard to tell how the hair colour will turn out just by looking at the chart or the hair
dye box. Having gone for other types of chemical processing recently (e.g. perming) can also change
the way your hair reacts to the dye.
One way to ensure that you are choosing the right colour is to consult a hairstylist about the shades
that are good for your hair type and skin tone.
The perfect DIY set
When shopping for DIY hair shades, remember to look for complete sets, or ask the hair colour
consultant for help with products that complement the job.
A perfect set should have:
- A serum to be applied before applying the dye
- A special conditioner for intense hydration
- A treatment mask for use once a day or week
- Complementary products that help your hair colour stay longer and look vibrant (e.g. after-
care shampoo for coloured hair)
Ingredients to look out for
Before your purchase, always remember to look out for the following chemicals in your hair dye.
This ingredient, in varying forms and strengths, determines how long your colour is going to last. It
bleaches your hair and is the reason behind ‘bleached, blond hair’.
In general, the larger the amount of hydrogen peroxide, the more harmful it is to your hair. Hence,
when using products that contain hydrogen peroxide, avoid contact with eyes and mouth.
This alkaline lightens the hair by acting as a catalyst when the permanent hair colour comes together
with hydrogen peroxide.
Like all alkalis, ammonia separates the hair cuticle (i.e. the outermost part of the hair shaft), allowing
the hair colour to penetrate into your hair.
Highlight or colour?
If your hair is mid-length or long, highlights can be very flattering. However, it is highly recommended
that you have them done by a professional.
Due to the growth of your roots, colouring may need more frequent touch-ups while highlights last
up to three months. What’s more, highlights are quite subtle.
Testing for colour
Just like you would for a new skin product, you should also test your hair colour before applying the
dye all over.
Cut a few strands of hair and bind them together with a scotch tape. Apply the colour as instructed,
rinse out, wait for the hair to dry and then check the colour.
It may take a bit more effort, but it’s worth the trouble and it reduces your risk of making
To avoid colour burning, rub Vaseline into the skin around the hairline before you start your DIY
colouring. Vaseline will act as a protective barrier.
Before DIY colouring
Avoid washing your hair a couple of days before colouring your hair. Unwashed hair is oilier, making
it easier to handle, and can absorb the product better.
If you intend to get a haircut, always get your colour done first. This way, you can see the effect the
colour has on your hair. You may want to have shorter hair if it is dark.
Things to note when colouring
Do remember to follow the instructions on the box and keep to the recommended time. Leaving the
dye on for too long can burn your skin and ruin your hair.
If the DIY colour does not include tools to mix the colour, use a glass rod or plastic chopsticks rather
than metal ones to stir.
Never try colouring your eyebrows with DIY hair colour as these chemicals are not formulated for
use on sensitive areas.