With all of us spending our time at home, we’re always looking to keep ourselves entertained, and so are the celebrities! Hilary Duff and Dua Lipa have spiked Instagram engagement by colouring their hair a bright blue and pink! With ample quarantine time still to experience and salons closed until further notice, we thought you could use some expert tips to get your hair colour right!
If you’ve ever wondered how your look will change with a change in hair colour, then just go for it and experience a new look. This is the perfect time to try out sun-kissed highlights, go natural or include in a cherry bright red and slay it with your colour.
However, before you tear open that colour box, make sure you read these DIY tips and follow them to a T.
- Choose the right shade
While dying your hair by yourself, stick to a maximum of two shades, a shade lighter or darker than your current hair colour. If you have a cool skin tone, choose shades that are cool-toned such as medium brown, chocolate, burgundy. However, if your skin is warm-toned then choose hair colours such as golden-toned, praline brown or black cherry. Select a shade that appeals to you.
- Do an allergy test
While it may seem like one of the less important steps, don’t make the mistake of ignoring the allergy test. It tells you exactly how the hair dye looks on your hair. You must do an allergy test 24 hours before you colour your hair. This can be done by swabbing a small amount of hair colour behind your ear. Wait for at least two weeks after bleaching, or use of a relaxer, perm or straightening process on the hair before applying this colourant. Most importantly, read all instructions that come with your DIY hair colour pack before you begin the process.
- Colour it the right way
Always start application from top to down, beginning from the roots since they need the most colour and processing time. Use a comb, divide the hair into four parts (the back of the head, two temples, and the forehead) and secure them with clips. Apply the colour over these parts. Start at the back of the head and move towards the forehead.
- Protect your skin
Once you’ve left your hair dye to set for about 20 minutes, ensure to wipe that extra dye away from your forehead, ears and neck so that it doesn’t come into direct contact with your skin. Use a cue tip, cotton swabs or wet wipes and get rid of the excess hair dye along your hair lines.
Pro Tip: Don’t forget that after dyeing your hair needs good care. This preserves the shade of the hair, as well as its health.
By Shilpa Joshi Halder, Sr. Scientist Managing Development of Hair Color and Care, L’Oréal Paris