How to mix hair dye at home

Updated February 21, 2017

Colouring your hair at home is cheaper than visiting a hairdresser. However, to avoid damaging your hair, you should know how to dye properly. While packet dyes offer the convenience of doing the job for you, they carry greater risk of hair damage and are generally of lower quality than those used in salons. Learn how to mix hair dye that prevents damage and gives you great colour.

Browse dye colours and find the one you like the best. Before moving on, evaluate whether this colour can be used at home. If it's more than two shades lighter than your original colour, you should have your hair dyed by a professional.

Read the back of the packet and follow the directions to find the level of developer you need to get. If this is your first time mixing your own colour, ask a sales assistant for advice.

Buy supplies including gloves and a plastic bottle with measurements on the side to mix your colour in. Also grab a deep conditioning treatment for after you've dyed your hair. Many shops offer single-use deep conditioners, some specifically designed for just-dyed hair.

Start mixing your dye. First put on your latex gloves to protect the skin from chemicals and take a look at the measurements required on your colour tube.

Pour the required developer into your bottle first, watching the side to make sure you are pouring in the right amount.

Add the required amount of colour to your bottle, replace the cap and shake vigorously until the mixture is well blended. You now have your mixed colour and can begin dying hair. After you've rinsed all the dye out, apply the deep conditioner to help nourish and prevent any further damage.


Remember to stay close to your original colour. If you want to make a drastic change and aren't experienced, then a trip to your hairdresser is advisable.

Bleaching hair at home is not advised, because bleach can damage your hair.

Never dye clean hair, as natural oils will help protect your scalp and take in colour better.

Follow up your dye with weekly deep conditioning treatments to keep hair healthy.

Things You'll Need

  • Hair dye
  • Developer
  • Deep conditioning treatment
  • Gloves
  • Measurement bottle
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Amy Davidson is a graduate from the University of Florida in Gainesville, with a bachelor's degree in journalism. She also writes for local papers around Gainesville doing articles on local events and news.