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Top Tips for Colouring Your Hair at Home

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Published April 19th 2013
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Have you ever dyed your hair at home and ended up with a colour that was nothing like you expected? Have you tried to colour your hair before and ended up in tears? Well, this happens to people all the time. You hear horror stories of home dye jobs that have gone wrong, but with a few simple tips you can avoid all that.

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1. Keep it Simple. Unless you want a really radical colour change, keep to a shade that is close to your natural colour. Maybe just one or two shades lighter, or darker, is the best way to go.

2. Select a Colour. Don't get confused by all the different shades, brands and types of hair dyes on the market. Choose a brand that you trust. Revlon, Clairol and Loreal have websites that can help you figure out which shade is right for you.

3. Permanent or Semi-Permanent. If you're not sure of the shade you want to try, use a rinse or a semi-permanent dye. Choose carefully, you don't want to be stuck with a colour you hate. Rinses last for about 6 to 12 shampoos, semi-permanent hair colour will normally wash out in about 20 to 26 shampoos and permanent hair colour can last six to eight weeks or even longer.

4. Get Organised. Make sure that you are organised and have everything on hand before you start, old shirt, towels, gloves, comb, etc. It's annoying if you get half way through colouring your hair and realise that you have forgotten something. Remember, if you have very long hair you might need two boxes of hair colour.

5. Read the Instructions. Read and follow the instructions that come with the product. Not all brands are the same and some take different times to process. Make sure you do a strand test, especially on a product that you haven't used before.

6. Condition. Condition your hair well with a deep conditioner. Colouring you hair can be damaging so you need to replace the moisture. Most dye kits come with their own conditioner.

7. Washing. Wait for at least a day, or forty-eight hours, after colouring your hair, before you wash your hair again. This lets the hair colour fully penetrate the hair shafts. To help your colour last longer use a shampoo that is safe for coloured hair.

8. Ask For Help. Colouring your hair can be tricky so if you are unsure or it is the first time you have coloured your hair, ask a friend or family member to help you.

9. Go Organic. A. Perk up black or brown hair with a cup of coffee. Brew, cool and add it to your dry hair. Shampoo after 30 minutes and rinse well. B. Add highlights to dark hair by brewing a cup of strong dark tea, cool and use it as a final rinse after shampooing. C. Add sparkle to dark hair with walnuts. Boil a cup of chopped walnuts with one cup of water. Cool, strain, and pour it on. Leave for 30 minutes then shampoo and rinse well. D. Spray or comb a cup of strong chamomile tea into blonde or light brown hair. Leave for 20 minutes, then shampoo and rinse well.

10. Fix it. If you dye your hair and it turns out too 'bright', you can tone it down a bit by running a rinse, close to your natural colour, through your hair. If you really mess your hair dye up, go to a hair salon and ask for help. Trying home remedies can damage your hair further and make things worse.

These are just a few tips to help you get a great new hair colour at home without any fuss or tears. Remember to take care and follow the instructions when colouring your hair as it can be damaging or you could have an adverse reaction.
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