Fashion & Style Hair

How To Colour Hair

Published at 03/16/2012 03:42:39


How many times have you wanted to change your hair colour but eventually you got scared because the process seems too risky? Have you seen those celebrities that have rich hair colours that they can easily sport? Are you jealous of them?

Or do you want to colour your hair because you want to look younger and more beautiful? We all know that hair colour, when chosen properly, is able to soften and brighten up a dull look. It can accentuate your best features so that you will look good not only in pictures, but also in person. 

If you want to colour your hair in the comforts of your own home, read the following steps to be enlightened about this process. 

Step 1

First off, choose a hair colour that matches your skin tone. Hair dyes with coppery, ashy or deep bases work best on warmer skin tones. Meanwhile, those hair colouring products with bluish, yellowish and darker bases work perfectly for people with cooler tones on their skin. Also remember that the amount of hair dye you need to purchase should be enough to cover the entire length of your hair. For example, if your hair reaches down to your waist, then you will need at least three boxes of 100ml-dye.

Tip: If you want to go darker, choose a 6% coluor cream developer. If your hair is slightly treated, choose a 9% variant. If you want a drastic change in colour, choose the highest concentration, which is the 12% variant.

Step 2

Shampoo and condition your hair just the way you normally do. Your hair should be free from oil and other hair products before attempting to colour it. Your efforts will just be useless if you start off with your hair filled with products and chemicals. 

If your hair is chocolate brown to jet black, then it would be best to bleach your hair before using hair colour dye. Darker tones cannot easily absorb the particles of the dye.

Step 3

Section your hair. Start at the back part of your hair since it takes longer to process and change in colour in that area. Work your way up and outward until you reach the top of your head. If there is a certain amount of hair colour dye remaining, spread it evenly on the side where you usually part your hair. Additionally, concentrate on the more visible parts of your hair.

Step 4

See the hair colour dye box for the processing time. It usually takes about thirty to forty-five minutes for your hair to process, depending on its length and thickness. However, leave your hair for thirty minutes and cover with a plastic wrap. You can put a hot towel on your head or you can also apply heat by using a blow dryer.

Step 5

Take off the plastic wrap and spritz a small amount of water on your hair to emulsify the hair colour. Leave on for another 15 minutes. Once the time is up, you can already rinse it thoroughly. Shampoo and condition again to restore the hair's normal pH level.


Colouring hair is not an easy task, obviously. You need a steady hand, a clear vision and possibly a lot of patience to pull it off and finish the task perfectly. Because the hair is prone to damage, you need to be extra careful. If possible, ask someone to assist you as you colour your hair.

If you're still not confident about this method, then maybe it's time to go to a salon expert and let him do it for you. You can relax and enjoy your time, but of course - it's more expensive.


  • After applying hair colour, use a hair mask or a deep conditioning treatment to keep it from getting dry and brittle. 
  • For root touch-ups, use the exact shade that you used previously. There is nothing more unattractive than having mismatched roots.


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