Dying your hair at home: Dos and don’ts

We all felt the urge to try something new that we saw on TikTok, and we thought we could pull it off, too. Next thing we know, we have permanently damaged our hair, and the once beautiful colored hair looks like plastic. We will tell you everything you need to know about dying your hair at home, including the Dos and Don’ts.

Why shouldn’t you dye your hair at home?

There are numerous reasons for this. First, the quality of the dye you can purchase at a drugstore or online is often lower than what we use in the salon. This can result in an uneven color or even damage to your hair.

Second, the process of dying your hair can be complicated and requires a lot of knowledge about hair type, color, and chemistry. This is especially true if you’re looking for a specific shade or trying to achieve a certain look. Our training and experience as barbers give us the ability to customize the process to your specific needs and goals.

Third, dying your hair at home can be messy and time-consuming. The process of mixing and applying the dye can be difficult and often requires multiple steps. Additionally, cleaning up afterward can be a hassle.

Lastly, it’s important to note that some people may have an allergic reaction to hair dye. This is something we’re trained to look out for and can help mitigate in the salon.

How badly can you damage your hair at home, dying it unprofessionally?

Dying your hair at home without the help of a professional can result in some severe damage to your hair. The chemicals in hair dye can damage the hair strands and the scalp, causing dryness, breakage, and hair loss. Overlapping the dye can result in hair that is too porous and prone to breakage, and if left on too long, it can even burn the scalp. Additionally, using too much heat while blow-drying or using hot styling tools can exacerbate this damage. That’s why we recommend dying your hair at the barbershop.

What treatments can you do on your hair at home?

While dyeing your hair at home can be risky, there are a few things you can do to prepare your hair and help ensure the best results. Please consider these tips for a color retouch or a color shampoo.

  1. Make sure to clean your hair thoroughly before starting. Use a clarifying shampoo to remove any buildup or residue, as this can affect the color and how evenly it is applied.
  2. You may want to consider using a pre-treatment to condition and protect your hair. This can help to prevent damage and keep your hair healthy.
  3. Be sure to choose a product that is designed for your hair type and desired color. Follow the instructions carefully, and consider doing a strand test first to check for any adverse reactions.
  4. Use proper aftercare, including regular conditioning and avoiding excessive heat styling, to maintain the health and vibrancy of your newly colored hair.

What can you add to your haircare routine for color-treated hair?

Color-treated hair requires special care to maintain its health and vibrancy. Here are some tips that you can add to your haircare routine:

  1. Use a sulfate-free shampoo: Sulfates can strip the hair of its natural oils and color, making it look dull and dry. Select a shampoo that is free of sulfates and other harsh chemicals.
  2. Condition regularly: Conditioning is essential for color-treated hair, as it helps to restore moisture and prevent damage. Use a conditioner that is specifically formulated for color-treated hair.
  3. Protect your hair from heat: Heat styling tools like flat irons and blow dryers can damage color-treated hair. Use a heat protectant spray before using any heat styling tools.
  4. Limit your exposure to the sun: UV rays from the sun can cause color-treated hair to fade quickly. Wear a hat or scarf to protect your hair from the sun, or use a hair care product with UV protection.
  5. Get regular trims: Regular trims can help to prevent split ends and keep your hair looking healthy and vibrant.