How to Dye Your Hair At Home and Why You Shouldn’t Do It

8 March 2021 | Tincture and Colour

It’s spring, the end of lockdown is in sight and we’re ready to start a new life outside of our living rooms. What could match the current euphoria better than a brand-new hair colour? We’ve got you!

If you’re still in doubt about which colour you should dye your hair, get inspired by the latest colour trends for 2021. For more timeless looks, we guarantee you’ll get great natural-looking results by matching your hair to the colour of your eyes. 

You might be tempted to give it a try at home so here are our essential tips with you. But if you want to achieve an exact colour shade that lasts a long time, it might be worth waiting until April 12th.


How to dye your hair at home

Dying your hair at home involves a lot of preparation.

The process starts when you’re buying your colour

Here’s our problem with “box” colour. It takes hairdressers years to train. To understand colour theory and what colours compliment your eyes and skin tone. However, it takes seconds to pick a random box off the shelf. You might like the look of the model and the colour she has but the results on your hair could be very different.

48 hours before your colour transformation

Always do a patch test to ensure you won’t have an allergic reaction to the colour. Any good hair salon will ask you to do the same before starting with your service. It is essential that you always follow manufacturers instructions as that’s what we always do in the salon.

Once you’re ready

Make sure to wear an old shirt and gloves to avoid staining your favourite top or your fingers.

Then, follow the mixing instructions to the T.

And here comes our most important advice…

Get your colour mixture and THROW IT IN THE BIN!


Why you shouldn’t do it

Look, we know that sometimes, needs must be met. But we’re on the home stretch now, just a few more weeks of living with your roots before we can look after you.

9 times out of 10 there will be an issue with home colours; its patchy, it’s damaging, it’s gone too dark, it’s gone too warm… The list goes on.

What’s worse, you don’t know how you’re going to affect your ability to have what you want when you go back to the salon.

Colouring your hair at home can be a quick fix for now but it can be costly to fix if it goes wrong.

Colour corrections tend to be lengthy and expensive. A £6 box colour might end up being a £300+ colour correction when you do manage to get an appointment after lockdown.


Are at-home hair colours as good as a professional service at the salon?

Admittedly, we might be biased. But there are a few undeniable advantages of getting your hair professionally dyed at the salon. Even if your stylist uses the same brands, the results can be different.

  • Avoid breakage

Once it has broken off, it might take years for your natural hair to grow back. Hair colour and especially bleach can dry your hair out and damage the structure. That’s why it’s so important to have a professional analyse the texture of your hair and decide on the right shade and the correct duration to leave the colour in the hair.


  • Get the colour you really want

While store-bought hair dyes give you an indication of what the finished result will look like, it’s not guaranteed that you’ll end up with the results you were hoping for. A dark brown might turn out almost black and depending on the undertones in your hair, the advertised ‘honey blonde’ will look more orange. A professional hairstylist will know how to get you the exact colour you want using professional products and toners.


  • Get advice on the best hair care

Once you’ve achieved the perfect hair colour and seen how beautifully it reflects in the light after a great blow dry, you will want to keep the results as long as possible. Your hairstylist can advise you on anything from purple shampoo to the weekly treatment to keep your lengths shiny and new for as long as possible.


We do Colour Corrections

If you aren’t happy with your current hair colour we’re here for you. We know how to get the yellow out of your blonde and how to achieve an even tone from root to length. All while prioritising the condition of your hair and keeping it as healthy as possible throughout the process.

Whether you’ve given it a try at home or are unhappy with a colour service from a different salon, just give us a call or stop by to get professional hair colour correction advice from us. Get in touch or book an appointment. We’re here to truly listen to you and achieve your dream colour.