We’re never short of hair colour inspiration everywhere we look. Be it our most-watched celebrities to social media influencers, it’s no wonder Singaporean women routinely switch up their looks. But what happens if you don’t have the time to squeeze in a salon appointment? Get your hands on one of those DIY hair dye kit, of course.
Besides, there are all kinds of technological breakthroughs in new DIY hair dye kits. Not only are they able to provide root to tip coverage, there are also variations available now to “tone” your hair colour, cut out brassiness, temporarily letting you try out pastel hair without the commitment, as well as brilliantly packaged touch-up sprays that can help mask grey roots. Here, all the best tricks to know to achieve pro-like results, and above, the DIY hair dyes to try.
#1: Do A Patch Test (On Your Skin And Hair)
Before you begin, you should test a tiny bit of the hair dye on your skin. This allows you to find out if you will develop any allergic reaction to it, and is especially important if you have sensitive skin. All you have to do is apply a tiny amount of hair dye on the back of your ears and leave it on overnight. If there’s no itching or stinging sensation, that means you can go ahead and use the hair dye according to the instructions written on the label. If you observe any allergic reaction, wipe it off immediately and toss out the hair dye.
In addition, you should also test out how the dye will look on your hair. Sure the box comes with labels on how the dye will look on different hair colours, but there’s no way to guarantee it’ll work the same way for your hair. To do this, pick out a small section from an area where you can conceal, or trim off a small portion, and then apply the dye. Leave it on overnight, and if you like the way the colour develops, go ahead and use it.
#2: Use Vaseline
Dyeing one’s own hair is not the easiest thing to do when you’re not dextrous like a pro. Which is why it’s inevitable that many of us end up getting brown patches dyed onto the skin around our hair line or on our ears. However, this can be easily prevented by prepping your skin right with Vaseline. Before you start applying the hair dye, spread a generous layer of Vaseline or a thick and emollient lip balm along the hair line and on your ears. This forms a protective layer over the skin so that the hair dye doesn’t come in direct contact with it.
#3: Lay Out Everything You Need
The last thing you need to worry about while you’re halfway through reaching to the back of your head in order to spread hair dye evenly is to be scrambling for tools that you need. Which is why it’s super important to have everything you need within reach so you can easily access them. Some tools to prep include gloves, fine-tooth comb (preferably with a sharp end to make sectioning your hair easy), protective ear cups, a plastic sheet or old towel to cover your clothing, a brush to apply hair dye, hair clips, rollers, mixing bowls and a damp cloth.
#4: Section Your Hair
Remember how your colourist always sections your hair into four to six parts before applying the hair dye? They have a reason for that. This is to ensure that hair dye is evenly distributed throughout all your hair so that the colour doesn’t not end up looking patchy and uneven. It also means you only have a smaller section of hair to deal with at any time so that you have better control over your application.
In addition, you should also start by applying hair dye at the front of your head as it takes a longer period of time for the colour to develop at the roots. So if you start at the front of your head and focus on the roots first, the effect of your DIY dye job will be more even.
#5: Use A Brush And Mixing Bowl
While it’s easy to find DIY hair dye kits that come in various formats, each claiming to make the process of self-application easier and more effortless, if it’s a professional result that you’re after, stick to using a mixing bowl and a brush to apply your hair dye.
You can use any unwanted or old plastic bowl, and simply empty the contents of your hair dye kit, mix well before applying onto your hair. This method also enables you to control the amount of product that’s distributed on the different sections of your hair for the most even results.
Now that you know what it takes to master this in the comfort of your own home, try these hair dyes that can help cover greys, touch up your roots or take away brassiness: