If you’ve never dyed your hair before, it can be quite scary and intimidating – and it can be an expensive habit to get into if you have it done professionally. However, with a great range of at home temporary and permanent hair colours available, it’s easier than ever to get pretty much any shade you like.
How to choose the right hair colour for you
If you’re dying your hair for the first time but aren’t sure what colour would suit you, here’s a few tips to help you along the way:
- Warm toned blonde hair will suit olive skin with warm undertones
- Light blonde hair will suit cool, pinky undertones
- Bright red hair will suit those with a pink or blue undertone
- Your eye colour will also play a part in the decision – you should use the same sort of tones as those in your eyes. If you go for a colour along those lines your dyed hair will have a more blended, natural look
- Make sure your skin tone will complement your new hair colour – do you have warm, yellow or reddish tones or do you have cool, neutral, slightly pink tones?
- Black hair suits blue or pink undertones
- Dark brown hair works best on those with cool undertones
- Light brown hair is good for people with a more neutral tone to their skin
Semi permanent dye vs. permanent hair dye
The main difference between semi permanent and permanent hair dye is that semi permanent won’t last as long Semi permanent hair colours last anywhere from 6 to 24 shampoos depending on the class (refer to the individual product for further information).
Semi permanent, also referred to as temporary hair dye, is a lot easier to use than permanent because they don’t require any mixing, they can be used straight from the box. However, the final colour will gradually fade and they only tend to last around six weeks depending how often you wash it. It’s also worth noting that temporary dyes don’t contain any bleach so you won’t be able to make your hair any lighter – only darker. You may find that you’re limited to shades.
Permanent dyes require more commitment, and if you’re doing it yourself at home you’ll usually have to mix two parts together – an oxidizer and ammonia with the colouring agent – before you apply them. There’s definitely a wider range of shades available, whether you want to keep things natural or use a shade that’s totally different to your natural colour. Permanent dyes can be more damaging to your locks as the chemicals are stronger than those used in temporary hair colours, but results will last longer.
How to care for coloured hair
It’s surprising how many people have dyed their hair and don’t use the appropriate products for it. It’s important to choose colour treatment shampoos because they’ll lock in the colour more effectively than using something for dry or damaged hair. If you can, use conditioner that’s the same brand as your shampoo because the ingredients will be more compatible, meaning it’ll be more effective.
Using a deep, penetrating hair mask on your locks the day before you colour is also a good idea because it’ll hydrate hair and prepare it for the colouring process. Then, once your hair is dyed, avoid staying out in the sun or going in a swimming pool if you can.
How to look after blonde hair in the summer
The summer months can wreak havoc on your dyed blonde locks, but invest in shampoo and conditioner specially formulated for summer use because it will have UV protectors in it and they’re normally a lot milder than regular products.
It’s also worth keeping in mind that both sea water and chlorine have a damaging effect on hair, so always rinse your locks with bottled water after each dip in the ocean or swimming pool when you’re on holiday.
To prevent colour fading, the number one tip is to always keep hair covered – it doesn’t sound glam, but nothing will work better. Wear a hat or a tightly woven headscarf when the sun is at its strongest (from 12pm until 3pm).
How to keep red hair vibrant
Red hair is notorious for fading really quickly and is a tricky colour to maintain, but here are a few ways you can keep it looking vibrant for longer…
When you’ve first dyed your hair red, wait at least 48 hours before you wash it for the first time – this’ll help lock in the colour. Thereafter, try and only wash your hair up to three times a week. Red is such a vibrant colour so the more you shampoo it, the more it’ll fade. We also recommending washing with cool water – when you wash hair with water that’s too hot, it opens up the hair follicles and major colour fade happens.
One of the main problems with dyed red hair is keeping it in good condition. If your hair is naturally dull or damaged from over-processing it, then no matter what you do, the colour won’t hold well, so use an intensive repair treatment every fortnight.