DIY Hair Colour Guide

Cindy Crawford,

the new face of Clairol Nice’n Easy

Home hair colouring can be a tricky business. I’m speaking from experience, having turned myself into Ronald MacDonald only hours before a big date. But at-home hair colouring doesn’t always have to end in tears. Follow our guide to foolproof home hair colouring and you too can be a DIY hair colouring goddess! Plan ahead

Most home hair colouring disasters can be avoided by planning ahead. You may have to do an allergy test, even a strand test. This can add up to two days to your at-home hair colouring timeline. There’s things you should and shouldn’t do before you colour, to make sure you get the best possible result – but more on that later.

Read the instructions

Well, duh! Sounds simple, doesn’t it? I know you’re keen to get in there and let the transformation begin, but if you really want to be transformed into a goddess, and not reduced to a red-eyed mess, do me a favour. Read the instructions. All of them. Boring, I know, but necessary if you want to show your face in public any time soon.

The allergy test

Doing an allergy test before you use a new colouring product, or even when you switch brands, is a great idea. Sure it’s a pain to mix up a tiny bit of the colour and smear a little bit on an inconspicuous part of your body, but it’s not nearly as much of a pain as coming out in a blistering red rash all over your face, neck and scalp. Trust me on this. If you are prone to allergies, I’d strongly recommend doing the patch test. If no irritation develops, you are one step closer to being a home-colour goddess.

September 23, 2003

DIY Hair Colour Guide (Contd)

Strand test

If you, like me, prefer to keep the element of a surprise to a minimum when colouring your hair, you should really do a strand test. While you’ve got your allergy test colour mixed up, you might as well do a strand test too. Snip a little hair from an inconspicuous part of the head, eg underneath somewhere, then tape the end with some sticky tape. Apply the colour and check the results after around 20 minute and then at 5 minute intervals. When you are happy with the colour, make a note of the timing so you know how long to leave it on when you’re colouring for real.When to wash

Don’t be tempted to wash your hair the day you intent to colour it – you want day-old dirty hair for optimum colouring results. Wash it the day before, especially if it’s full of styling products, as the residue from these products can give a less than even result.

When to colour

Colouring your hair for a big night out is a girly tradition that dates back to prehistoric time, when our cave-dwelling foremothers used the juice from crushed juju berries to add shine to their hair before a big night out, er, clubbing. But seriously… If you really want a fabulous home-colour job, you should plan to colour your hair a few days before the big night. Why? Well, you need time to do the allergy and strand tests AND you will need time to get used to your new look. You might need to adjust the shade of lipstick you usually wear, you might want to fiddle with the style a bit.

If you feel like a change, why not enter our fabulous Clairol Nice’n Easy hair colour competition? It’s easy…

September 23, 2003

At Home Hair Colouring Tips

The Home Do

More and more of us are resorting to dying our hair at home so SheSaid decided to uncover the dos and don’ts of the home do.Before you even think about putting a colour in your hair, always experiment with a temporary colour that will wash out. That bright orange hue you thought so fondly of after a glass of bubbly on Saturday night may not look that good at the office on Monday morning? Hairdressers always suggest you choose a colour that is within two to three shades of your natural colour and to remember that if you have any grey or white hairs they will take more colour than the rest of your hair. Hot tip: check with a professional before you start throwing a few new shades around yourself.

The Dos

Always read and follow all of the instructions

Don’t rip the packet open and

start dying without checking that you have all the necessary bits and pieces at hand.

Keep a note of the brand and colour for future reference.

Get out of that new tee and slip into an old top. Something you don’t care about – this can be messy stuff!

Be a pro. Get a tub of Vaseline and apply a thin layer around your hairline and ears. You don’t want to end up having a face full of dye as well do you?

Get some gloves -there’s no need to dye your hands as well.

A wide-tooth comb is the best for distributing the colour evenly. If you do slip-up and end up with a bit of colour on your skin, just grab a cotton wool soaked in shampoo and wipe it clean.

Don’t forget to set a timer.The Don’ts

Try to resist walking around once you have the colour in your hair. You don’t want to be dying your walls or bed linen.

Don’t make a phone call while you have hair dye in. You may forget about your colour and end up with a very interesting shade of a colour that doesn’t even have a name.

Never use blonde to lighten hair darker than a light brown – you may end up with orange!

Where the heck do you put your blusher?

Okay ladies, you’re looking a bit pasty and you’re in need of a natural glow. Well, here is a big tip about exactly where to add that colour.

Want to get that Sarah Jessica Parker rosy cheek glow? You need to learn how to apply blusher and do it like a pro. Obtaining a natural glow is one of the most important things a girl in the know needs to conquer when it comes to the make-up department. The best advice we can give is this: put it on your cheekbones. The best beautician will always say: “If you can see your blush from five feet away it’s probably time you put the brush down. Who cares if it is a cream or powder blush. Only apply it on the cheekbones and only from the hairline to a point even with the outside corner of your eye”.

Hottest blush around

Vincent Longo New York Get Stain/Angels Touch $42

Philosophy Supernatural Gel $52

Shu Uemura Glow On $48

February 15, 2002