Looking to dye your hair at home? Use our tips to learn how to dye your hair to enhance your color or try a bold new look at home!

If you can't visit your favorite salon, but are looking to freshen your color or try a bold new look at home, you’ve come to the right place! Our easy guide gives you hair dye application tips for how to make your new color look its best! Whether you’ve been dyeing your hair for years or this is your first DIY dye job, keep reading to discover everything you need to know to achieve the perfect at-home hair color.

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How to Pick the Right Hair Color

The first step to choosing your perfect color is to identify your current shade. With a wealth of hair dye colors to choose from, this can seem like an endless task! To fool-proof choosing your perfect color, a color-level number has been assigned to each shade of our Precision Foam Hair Dye. A level 2 represents our darkest black color and a level 10 represents our lightest blonde shade. When choosing your color, we would recommend staying within two shade levels from your current color for natural-looking results.

Difference Between Semi-Permanent and Permanent Hair Dye

Semi-permanent hair dyes temporarily dye your hair for a no-commitment look or a color refresh between salon visits. Semi-permanent dyes, often known as hair gloss or hair glaze, can add incredible vibrancy and color to your hair. These glosses and color glazes tend to last around eight washes. If you’re new to coloring your hair or aren’t sure which color works best for you, semi-permanent color can be a great way to try new shades without permanently changing your hair.

On the other hand, permanent hair dye permanently changes the color or your hair for lasting color changes. During the dyeing process, permanent hair color opens up the hair shaft and adds color to your hair. If you’re looking to change your hair color or cover up greys, permanent hair dye is an excellent option for at-home hair color.

How Often Should You Dye Your Hair?

How often you should dye your hair depends on the condition of your hair and how much maintenance is involved with achieving your perfect shade. However, we recommend dyeing your hair every 4 to 6 weeks to keep your color looking fresh. If you’re going for a bold shade, like unicorn hair, or coloring your hair to get rid of greys, you may need to dye your hair more often to maintain your color.

In between colorings, take time to revitalize your hair with color-safe conditioners and hair masks to keep your hair feeling healthy and smooth. If your hair is dry and damaged from coloring, you may want to take a break from dyeing your hair. Instead, try a root blur to cover and touch up your roots without having to dye all of your hair.

How to Prepare Your Hair for Dyeing

Preparation is key when it comes to achieving a professional-looking color. For best results, we recommend washing your hair 24 hours before dyeing to ensure that it is clean of any styling products or dry shampoo. Any excess product on your hair will impede proper penetration of the dye.

Step-By-Step Guide to Dyeing Hair

Step 1: Buy Two Boxes if You Have Long and Thick Hair

You don’t want to get half-way through dyeing your hair and run out of dye! So if you’ve got extra long or thick hair, think ahead and buy more than one box. When mixing the dyes together, make sure to use a plastic or glass bowl—a metal one can cause the dye to oxidize and change color.

Step 2: Split Your Hair Into Sections

For an even application, it’s best to split your hair into sections. Start applying the dye to the bottom sections first and work up.

Step 3: Apply the Dye as per Box Instructions

Read and re-read the instructions. Every dye can be different, so make sure you read and follow the instructions for the best results. A foam hair dye is great for beginner dyers because non-drip formulas make for easy application and flawless coverage.

Pro Tip: use as much foam as you can—the more you massage, the more foam you will create, and the better your coverage will be.

Step 4: Let Your Color Develop With Your Hair Down

Once you’ve finished applying the dye, leave your hair down instead of tying it up. Keeping your hair loose helps ensure even coverage in your hair.

Step 5: Use Conditioner to Seal Your Hair

Use a color-safe conditioner after applying hair dye to keep it looking rich and vibrant. Conditioning your hair after coloring gives you a glossy style and helps prevent fading.

How to Care for Dyed Hair

You’ve got your perfect color at home, now’s the time to keep your locks looking their best until the next time you dye it!

If you dyed your hair blonde, try a purple shampoo to neutralize brassy tones and follow with a purple conditioner to moisturize your hair. Blonde hair can be more prone to breakage and dryness, so treat your tresses to a blonde hair mask to nourish fragile hair before and after lightening. Your hair color will also fade over time, so a color-refreshing blonde gloss can aid in color vibrancy. Dyed blonde hair can be a high-maintenance look, so use our blonde hair care guide to learn how to treat your locks and protect your color.

Did you take your hair color to the darker side? Seal in your brunette color and moisturize with a shampoo and darkening conditioner designed to nourish brunette hair and bring out its vibrant hues. Keep your hair color looking luminous by using a color glaze for brunettes to add shine and dimension to your colored hair.
If you know you can keep your hair luminous but are afraid of your roots looking dull over time, especially when dying your hair a lighter, caramel brown, use a root touch up to keep it in check.

For dyed red hair, keep your locks vibrant with our color-intensifying red-boosting shampoo, and protect it with a color depositing red hair conditioner to keep your red hair looking brighter for longer. Red hair is prone to fading, so maintain it with a color refreshing red hair gloss to keep your hair vibrant. Protect your bold color with a color-safe hair mask designed to illuminate dull, color-treated hair.

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