How to Dye Your Hair


Learning practical hair styling skill like cutting your own hair and how to dye your hair at home can save you a lot of money from paying professionals at the salon. It would also give you more control over the results that you want to have. Applying hair color can add depth to your hair and give it a fresh look. Of course, you can also use hair extensions which are the more temporary approach.

However, DIY hairstyles can be tricky if you’re don’t know what you’re doing. So, we’ve listed a few tricks for you to help you avoid major catastrophes when you dye your hair on your own at home.

Perhaps, the biggest fact that you should accept is that you should save any major hairstyle changes for the salon. These tips to dye your hair at home are for minor adjustments and nothing that would look too drastic. Extreme color changes involve multiple procedures and it’s best handled by a salon professional. However, this guide will show you the basic steps that you can do to dye your hair at home.

Tips for DIY Hair Coloring

Here are a few good things to remember before you dye your hair at home.

  • Buy 2 Boxes

    Do not risk running out of hair dye halfway through the procedure. It would make your hair look awkward and it could be really embarrassing. If you have a shoulder-length hair or longer, you need at least 2 boxes to cover your whole head. This would also depend on how thick your hair is. If you end up with leftover dyes, you can always use it for next time.

  • Test

    Before you do anything to dye your hair, first make sure to take a strand test. If you want to try a new shade, test it on a few trimmed hairs or those on hidden parts of your hair first. Look at the result before you continue dying big sections of your hair. There have been horror stories from people who dyed their own hair where their hair turned orange or purple.

  • Remove Clothes

    If you’re doing it alone, it’s probably best to dye your hair while you’re naked. This way, you don’t have to worry about staining your clothes and just focus on the hair coloring process. Otherwise, you can wear an old button-down robe so you don’t have to lift it over your head when you’re done. You can also wear a garbage bag instead of using towels so you don’t have to wash it after use.

  • Use Lip Balm

    Another good trick to avoid getting stripes of color on your forehead is to use a lip balm when you dye your hair. This will protect your skin from the dye. Simply glide a clear stick of lip balm along your hairline. A small amount will do.

  • Prepare All the Tools

    It would be a lot of hassle if you don’t have everything within reach when you start to dye your hair. It could even lead to accidents. So, get out all your tools and read the instructions before you proceed.

  • Use 2 Mirrors

    You might have difficulty dying the back of your hair so it’s good to have another mirror on hand. If you’re in front of your bathroom mirror, hold up a handheld mirror on your back to ensure that you are not missing spots.

Steps to Dye Your Hair

When you’re sure that you have all your tools ready and you’ve followed the tips above, you can start to dye your hair.

  • Wash Your Hair

    First, make sure that you wash your hair a few hours before you dye your hair but make sure that it’s dry when you’re ready. Brush it well after washing and before you apply the hair color.

    Proceed with the preparations in the guidelines above.

  • Prepare the Mixture

    Next, you should prepare the dye mixture as instructed in the box. This may vary per brand so make sure you read the instructions carefully.

  • Section Your Hair

    Using a comb, separate your hair into sections. This will avoid patchiness. To do this, create a middle part by splitting your hair into 4 sections. That will be 2 in the front of the ears and 2 in the back. Apply the dye from the back to the front.

  • Start from the Top

    The roots of your hair need the most color. It also takes longer to take effect on the roots so make sure you apply the dye to the roots first. Then, you comb through the rest of your hair. Make sure that it’s evenly distributed. Work in the 4 sections that you’ve separated. This will give you full coverage if that’s what you’re aiming for.

  • Add Shampoo

    For those with very dry ends, add shampoo into the mixture when you’re about to dye the ends of your hair. This should be 3 minutes before you rinse. Add 2 squirts of shampoo in the mix that’s left in the bottle and shake it. Apply it to the ends of your hair. It will make it shine more but still get a hint of the color.

  • Let Your Hair Down

    It’s best not to twist up your hair into a bun and cover it because it will not be even when you rinse it. Set the timer and leave your hair down until it rings.

  • Add Water

    A few minutes before you rinse, sprinkle a bit of water on your head and mush your hair around for a few seconds. This will emulsify the dye and you will not end up with any lines or streaks.

  • Adjust the Results

    After rinsing and drying your hair, and you are not very happy with the color, you can mute it by applying a deep conditioner. Dampen your hair with the conditioner and cover your head with plastic wrap or a shower cap. Then, wrap a hot damp towel around it for 20 minutes.

Finally, you should condition your hair when you’re all done. You can also use hair gloss to boost the hint of color and shine.