Beauty | What you need to know before you colour your own hair

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Regular trips to the hairdressers to top up on your colour can quickly take a big dent out of your budget. But you need to know a few things before you colour your own hair at home.

Colouring your own hair at home can save a lot of cash, and time at the salon. But there is also the big risk that a bad colouring job could do more damage to your hair, and inevitably costing you a lot more than you ever planned to spend. 

Before you select a colour, take heed of a few of our tips.

The number one rule when buying hair colour products is to ignore the lovely photo of the model on the box. She may have the perfect shade of brown that you want, but we do not know what her hair colour was like before the dye was added. Instead, go to the back of the packaging and look at the colour indicators that will show what shade it will turn when used on your own hair colour. 

Secondly, use your own colouring as the ultimate guide. According to the specialists, light-skinned and light-eyed women look more natural with lighter shades. Meanwhile, women with darker hair and skin look better in darker shades. If you have  a lot of pink in your skin, avoid warmth in a hair colour because it will make you look flushed. Those who have olive skin tones should opt for gold tones, which bring warmth to the face and make skin look less green.

Close to Natural Tone

 

Stay Within Two Shades of Your Natural Colour. At-home colour kits don’t contain the strong chemicals needed to radically change your colour. If you want a radical change, you need to go to the hairdressers.

Do a test drive before committing to a permanent colour. For home colouring, it is recommended to use semi-permanent as it won’t lighten your hair and it should wash out after about eight to 12 shampoos.  After this, you will know how your hair takes to the colour and you can then use a permanent one in that shade.

Don’t forget the patch test. Every colouring product is different so you need to do a patch test. Apply the dye on a small section of your hair, and see if the colour is too light, dark, or ashy.

Cleanse your hair before you dye with a clarifying shampoo. This will remove any product buildup and help even the hair’s porosity so colour takes evenly,