Dying your hair at home is a process that can be both exciting and a little nervewracking. You might be looking forward to a change of hair colour, but it is understandable if you also feel a little concerned about the results. Although there are risks, if you follow the instructions, dying your hair at home can give you salon-quality results at a fraction of the price. Clairol is a leading manufacturer of hair dye and has produced over 50 different shades of colour.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
Choose your brand of Clairol product. There are six brands that produce different effects. Perfect 10 produces results in 10 to 15 minutes, Nice 'N Easy is a permanent dye that covers grey hairs and Natural Instincts is a healthy dye that is high in antioxidants and is ammonia-free. The other brands available are Balsam and Hydrience, which both provide conditioning hair colour, and Herbal Essences, which gives the hair a vibrant colour.
Select your shade. The packaging will show the shade that you can expect to achieve, although if your hair colour is much lighter or darker than your target colour this may vary. Clairol recommends seeking professional advice before colouring your hair two shades lighter or darker than your original colour.
Complete the pre-dye tests as advised on the packaging. These kits usually include allergy tests, which should be done 48 hours before dying your hair, and a strand test, which will involve you colouring a few strands of hair to determine exactly how quickly the dye will take effect on your hair.
Using the gloves provided, mix the colour and the activator as directed in the instructions. Once you have done so, you should use the dye mixture immediately to prevent it from leaking or exploding.
Divide your hair into sections, and apply the colour a section at a time. Start at the roots, ensuring the colour is evenly spread, and work your way to the tips.
Follow the instructions always, and use your strand test results to judge how long you should leave the dye on before washing your hair. Use a timer so you do not lose track of time.
When the time is up, rinse the dye from your hair using warm water. Apply any sealant, glaze or conditioner supplied with your dye, following the washing instructions supplied with the packaging.
Blow dry and style your hair as normal.
Tips and warnings
- Read the instruction leaflet before beginning to ensure that you fully understand the process.
- The colour of the mixture might be different compared to the shade on the packaging, but this won't affect the final results.
- Check with a professional hairdresser first if you have previously dyed your hair and want to change your colour.
- If you experience any burning, itching or stinging after applying the mixture, wash it out immediately.
- Do not leave the dye on your hair for longer than recommended. This could damage the strands and change the final colour.
- Wipe away any dye that makes contact with your skin; otherwise, it could stain.
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