How to Dye Hair Evenly

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How to Dye Hair Evenly
Well-conditioned hair is the key to even colour. (beautiful young girl with red hair image by Andrejs Pidjass from

Everyone's heard the horror stories of an uneven home hair-colouring experience. From patches of brown on the back of the head to bright red hair at the roots, those men and women who colour their hair at home are always looking for ways to prevent these mishaps. Fortunately, following a few steps before colouring your hair can help to keep the colour even and balanced throughout your tresses.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Spritz the ends of your hair with water to prevent uneven coverage at the bottom of the hair strands.

  2. 2

    Comb hair into four quadrants on your head; separate the hair down the middle of your forehead and then from ear to ear to make four sections. Pin each section with a plastic clip.

  3. 3

    Put on rubber or plastic gloves. Mix the dye according to package directions. Dab petroleum jelly on your hairline, tops of your ears and neck to prevent the dyeing of your skin.

  4. 4

    Unpin one section of hair and begin to work the dye through the hair, starting at the root and going down the shaft. Saturate the hair in that quadrant before moving on.

  5. 5

    Apply dye to each section and set the timer according to hair dye package instructions. Wash out the hair dye with the included conditioner or per package directions in cool water. Avoid washing hair with shampoo for three days to allow the hair to absorb the dye fully.

Tips and warnings

  • Condition your hair with a deep, 20- or 30-minute conditioner one week before you intend to dye your hair. Avoid drying out the hair with excessive blow drying and styling the week before the dye, as dry hair absorbs colour unevenly.
  • Trim the ends of your hair at home or go to a salon to have the ends of your hair cut, as dry ends can refuse dye and create patches in your new colour.

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