Over the last decade, I’ve dyed my hair nearly every natural hair color in the books (Aka, I have yet to have the privilege of dying my hair a glorious pastel purple).
Moreso, aside from one time – it was the first time I had my hair dyed and I was a little unsure of my own dying abilities during that time – I have dyed my hair at home. That’s right. I have stripped, bleached, and dyed my hair without going to a hair salon and getting it professionally done.
Now, there are multiple reasons for why I always choose to dye my hair at home.
- It’s a lot cheaper (Salon $150+ vs At Home $10+)
- I’m not a fan of appointments (Things come up. That’s life)
- You can get stuff done at home while your hair is processing, unlike having to sit in a chair in a salon.
So here are some tips and tricks to dying your hair at home and getting some amazing results.
Don’t Rush It!
When lightening your hair – which will always require some form of bleaching – it’s best to lighten your hair over a period of 1-2 weeks. Personally, I feel that 2 weeks is the ideal amount of time, but we all know there are some people who are just a little impatient. So, when lightening your hair, be sure to lighten your hair a shade at a time every two days until you reach your desired shade. The time between dye days will allow the oils of your hair to help prevent damage.
Yes, I may have said that I’ve dyed my hair every natural shade under the sun, but I never said all of them looked good. For example, as a naturally pale woman with dark green eyes, a warm skin undertone, and dark brunette hair, going platinum blonde wasn’t my proudest hair moment. It didn’t look realistic and looked downright cartoonish. The best way to avoid this is by dying your hair only 4-5 shades lighter or darker than your original color.
Whether you’re dying your hair a darker color or bleaching it a lighter shade, split ends are almost inevitable. There are multiple reasons as to why split ends form when you’re dying your hair. You could be using a hair dye with a high chemical concentrate, thus it dries your hair out more than the average hair dye. You could be too rough with your hair and pulling at it while applying the dye. So, the best thing to do – if you want a pristine finish – is to get those split ends cut AFTER you dye your hair. For some reason, people get their hair cut BEFORE dying it and – not only does that waste money because you are cutting off the dye – but you’ll only be left with split ends.
When dying your hair at home, always be sure to use an ammonia free hair dye. For those of you who don’t know what ammonia is – don’t worry, I didn’t know what it was for a while either – ammonia is a chemical that lifts the hair strand, thus allowing colors to penetrate and attach to the strand. And while this allows the hair dye to last longer, it’s extremely damaging to the hair. However, today there are multiple companies who have create ammonia-free hair dyes that last just as long, but without the damaging results. My favorite is Garnier’s Olia!
If you’re bleaching your hair, it’s all about the purple shampoo. It’s seen as the holy grail of bleachers. The reason for this is because purple shampoo is able to lift the brassiness from the hair. For those of you who haven’t dyed your hair blonde, it’s extremely common for hair to become a brassy yellow after the dying process (We don’t want that!). By applying purple shampoo/conditioner to the hair as a post-dye hair mask or adding purple conditioner to the bleach developer before the dying process, you can prevent and eliminate the brassiness from your hair.
- Dye your hair when it’s dirty
- Apply a coconut oil mask after dying
- Mix your developer with conditioner
- Use oil based dyes
- Always buy two boxes