The good news for those already familiar with DIY dyeing is, you’re about to get even better. And for those dipping their brush into the dyeing arena for the first time? Clever innovations and clear instructions are making it easier than ever to get it right at home. So alongside picking up a game-changing new skill to add to your expanding repertoire, you can save yourself money with fewer expensive trips to the salon in the future.
Our CVs are expanding. Over the past couple of weeks stuck at home we’ve had to employ some pretty #boss tactics to get stuff done solo. We’ve become our own IT team, our own source of entertainment (thanks to Zoom Come Dine With Me) and we’re brushing up on becoming our own at-home hair colourist, too.
But before you start, you need to know what you’re looking for. Things have moved on massively from a one-fits-all at home colour experience. Now, there are many options to help you create a custom, multi-dimensional finish. There are a few things to consider: How long do you want the dye to last? How do you want it to fade? And where do you actually need it?
The scenario: You want a long-lasting colour that looks glossy and multi-dimensional
The solution: Permanent colour
Permanent dye is the answer if you’re after a long-lasting solution that you can apply once. It’ll give you a rich, beautiful colour and 100% grey coverage that will see you through months without fading. What’s more, it’s the best bet if you want to go for a slightly brighter blonde, since semi-permanent shades have a hard time lifting colours lighter.
For a seamless finish, apply to your roots first (the hair here is fresher and less absorbent), before adding colour through the lengths (which are older, more porous and therefore absorb colour more quickly). Another tip? Dirty hair works best (provided you haven’t loaded it with styling products). Second or third day hair will give your scalp a chance to build up a layer of natural oils to provide a buffer between your scalp and your hair colour. For a natural-looking colour, stick to shades no more than two shades lighter or darker than your own.
The product: Clairol Nice’n Easy Crème
This is blended with three tones and highlights to give a pretty, multi-dimensional colour that mimics those found in natural, uncoloured hair. It’s infused with nourishing oils to ensure it’s extra gentle on the hair and scalp. And there are conditioners at every step, so you’re left with silky soft strands.
The scenario: You want something non-committal and low maintenance
The solution: Semi-permanent colour
If you want a non-committal solution that will fade to natural in a few weeks, go for semi-permanent. It’ll give you a natural boost of colour, without the worry of root regrowth. You can call on this for a one-time deal to experiment with colour, and then leave it to do its thing without having to maintain the shade you’ve chosen. (Then you can always go back in with another colour next time.)