Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Colouring: 10 Tips

Coloring your hair like a pro: 10 smart tips

Even those who have coloured their hair before, sometimes have questions: can you mix colours yourself, like the hairdresser? How do you play with nuances after colouring? What is the best way to deal with your growth? With these 10 advice you can colour yourself like a pro!

1. Can you mix colours yourself?

It’s better not to: some combinations of colourings work against each other or even give you a completely different colour result than you had hoped for. If you like to work with different colour shades in your hair, leave it to the hairdresser or choose highlights or an ombré, which you can apply yourself.

Products recommended by Di: L’Oréal Paris Préférence Wild Ombrés / Préférence Glam Highlights / Colorista Ombré Effect / Colorista Balayage / Syoss Contouring

2. I have used a hennakle dye, can I use another colour after that?

No, you can’t: you’ll have to wait until your hemline coloring is fully developed or cut off. Only when your hair is natural again can you colour it with a colour that works through oxidation, as most colourings do. The reason for that? A hemp colouring contains components that prevent the colour pigments in a different colour from developing. Of course you can vary the colour within the henna range.

3. How can you go from very dark to light?

If you want to dye dark hair lighter, you can make it up to three shades lighter with a brightening product. If you want to go even lighter, you first have to discolour your hair, then you can apply the lighter colour. Darkening is no problem if your hair is already coloured: everything is possible.

Products recommended by Di: Schwarzkopf Blonde / Syoss Lightener / L’Oréal Paris Préférence Blondissime / Eugène Color Blonde Box

4. A little too much? This helps

Did your coloring turn out a little too bright or too dark? Washing your hair intensively can slightly reduce the effect of your colouring. Apply normal shampoo to your dry hair, wrap it in aluminium foil and wait 20 minutes before rinsing it out completely. You can repeat this if you want your colouring to be even less intense. The colour fading effect is even stronger if you use an anti-dandruff shampoo.

Products recommended by Di: Pétrole Hahn anti-dandruff / Elsève Phytoclear

5. Oops, too yellow!

Does that warm coloring you wanted have an ugly yellow shine? By washing your hair with a blue shampoo or a silver shampoo for grey hair you can get it out.

Products recommended by Di: Biorène anti-colouring shampoo / Schwarzkopf Reflex-Silver

6. That’s how you get everything even.

Do you want a nice even color over the entire length of your hair? If you have long hair, you can avoid a difference in colour by first applying the colour to the tips and lengths and only after about ten minutes at the roots. Because of the warmth of your scalp, the colouring works faster and more efficiently, the lengths and points need more time to absorb everything. Once you’ve done your roots, comb through everything again.

7. Decolouring? Choose your nuance well

If you first colour your hair to lighten it, your hair will often have a yellow or even orange undertone. If you don’t want to, you can prevent that effect by opting for a shade of ashton in the colour you want.

Products recommended by Di: L’Oréal Paris Préférence Les Cools / Syoss Professional Performance

8. Dark, an accurate work

With hair colours it’s just like painting with your nails: with a dark colour, small mistakes are much easier to notice. That’s why it’s important to use the colour along the edge of your hair properly: if you don’t work evenly and there are still light hairs left, it will look very messy. Therefore, massage the edge really well with the paint.

Products recommended by Di: Casting Creme Gloss Iced Chocolate / Syoss Gloss Sensation Blue Black / Poly Palette Perfect Gloss Glossy Black / Eugène Color Les Raffinées Marron Praliné

9. Copied from the hairdresser: the clip system

In order to make your colouring nice and even, it is best to work with smaller strands. The easiest way to do this is to divide your hair into sections – just like the hairdresser – and fasten them with clips. Divide the paint from top to bottom and from the inside to the outside. You can choose what you find easiest: work with a brush or with your hands. When you have distributed all the paint, massage them well into everything again.

10. This is how you tackle the outgrowth

Four to six weeks after permanent colouring, you will have an outgrowth and need to re-colour your hair. That doesn’t mean that you have to colour the entire length again, as this risks damaging your hair. If you only want to remove the outgrowth, first apply conditioner to the lengths of your hair and only treat the outgrowth. You can also treat the outgrowth temporarily with a washable colour spray. This way you can extend the time between two colourings. Some brands also have special outgrowth kits, with which you can only add colour to your roots.

Products recommended by Di: Schwarzkopf Grow kit / L’Oréal Paris Magic Retouch

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