- Step 1: Choose your colour
The first step in colouring your hair at home is to decide which type of colour you want to choose. There are multiple options like permanent, semi-permanent and even temporary. Once you finalise it, the next step is to choose a suitable colour. Consider your skin tone, natural hair colour, and any prior colour treatments you've undergone. If you're unsure what colour to go with, go for one that's just a few shades lighter or darker than the current one for a more subtle change. Alternately, you can use the hair colour virtual try on tool to decide which colour suits you the best.
We recommend using the Casting Creme Gloss Range by L'Oreal Paris, which is ammonia free and has up to 13 colours to choose from. This hair colour leaves your hair with a classy gloss and lasts for up to 28 hair washes.
- Step 2: Gather your supplies
There are different types of hair colouring techniques and each one of them need a set of supplies. So, before you start colouring, make sure you have all the necessary supplies for the process. You'll need a hair dye kit (which includes gloves, colour, developer, and instructions), an old towel or a coverup, petroleum jelly, a comb or brush, and a hair colouring brush depending on the hair colour technique, and clips to section your hair.
- Step 3: Prepare your hair
Before we get into the tutorial on how to colour hair at home you need to prep it well. Make sure your hair is clean and dry. Wash it at least a day before colouring your hair. Avoid using any styling products or conditioners that can create a barrier between the colour and your hair.
- Step 4: Protect your skin
If the hair colour stains any part of your skin, it is likely to catch the colour and be visible for more than a week. Apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly around your hairline, ears, and neck to avoid staining your skin.
- Step 5: Mix the colour
Mix the colour and developer according to the directions given on your hair dye kit. Make sure you fully mix the colour so that it is even and consistent.
- Step 6: Section your hair
Sectioning your hair is important to ensure the hair colour is applied evenly. Using clips, section your hair into manageable parts. Begin by sectioning your hair at the back of your head and working your way forward.
- Step 7: Decide the hair colouring technique and apply the colour
Before we get into how to colour hair at home, we need to decide the hair colouring technique. You can either colour your entire hair with a single shade, or colour only the tips of your hair giving it an ombre effect. You can also highlight certain sections of your hair instead of going all out with your hair colour. Now wear the gloves given with the kit, and apply the colour evenly to your hair from the roots to the ends. To avoid patchy or uneven colour, ensure that you saturate all the areas uniformly. Begin at the back of your head and work your way up.
- Step 8: Wait for the colour to develop
Follow the instructions given on your hair colouring kit to determine how long you should leave the colour on your hair. This depends on the brand and the colour you're using. We recommend not letting the colour stay on your hair for more than the suggested time period.
- Step 9: Rinse and condition
Once the colour is completely set, thoroughly rinse your hair with lukewarm water until the water runs clear. To restore moisture to your hair, apply the conditioner given in the kit. The L'Oreal Paris Excellence Creme Hair Colour, the Casting Crème Gloss Ultra Visible and the Casting Crème Gloss ranges come with a post-colour care treatment that includes a conditioner.
- Step 10: Style and enjoy!
Now that your hair is coloured, style it as you desire and enjoy your new look! Don't forget to take care of your hair by using a colour-protecting shampoo and conditioner and avoiding excessive heat styling.
Things to keep in mind while colouring your hair:
Now that you know how to colour your hair at home, you need to take care of certain things before and after the process. Always perform a patch test 48 hours prior to colouring your hair to rule out any negative reactions. To get the best results, carefully follow the directions written on your hair colouring kit. Remember that the hair colour can be unpredictable, and the results may vary from person to person.
Colouring your hair at home can be a fun and satisfying experience, but it's important to take the necessary precautions in order to achieve optimal results. By following the step-by-step guide on how to colour your hair at home and taking care of it, you'll be able to enjoy your new colour for weeks to come! For more suggestions and shades, browse through the wide range of Hair colour products by L'Oreal Paris and pick one that suits you the best.