I’ve been colouring my own hair at home for years now and it’s a lot easier than you think. I touch up my regrowth every couple of weeks and it’s the quickest and easiest (not to mention cheapest) way I’ve found to keep my hair in check all year round. I usually visit the salon once or twice a year to get a few highlights added but apart from that I maintain my hair myself. I was recently sent a box of the new Schwarzkopf Colour Specialist to try so thought I’d film a video using it to share my tips and tricks.
Take a look at my video below and scroll down for more tips on getting pro results at home.
MY TOP TIPS FOR DIY COLOURING
- Hair dye always comes out darker than the image on the box so be sure to buy one or two shades lighter than your desired colour. It’s easier to amp up a colour’s intensity than it is to tone it down.
- The best way to remove any hair dye that has stained your face, neck or ears is with the product itself. So if you can see any staining on your skin, before washing the colour off, simply get a little product on your finger tip and gently massage it into the stained area and wipe away with a damp cloth.
- Dirty hair always colours better so don’t wash your hair on the day you plan to colour it.
- Permanent dye is best for covering grey hair.
- If you’re not using a brush to apply the colour use the long nozzle on the end of the bottle that comes in the box to section your hair.
- Be sure to buy enough product. If you have really long hair you may need to buy two boxes. You’re better buying two than finding out half way through a colour that you need more product.
- Chapstick or a product like vaseline is great for running around your hairline to prevent the colour staining your skin.
- Wear a black singlet or t-shirt with a neckline large enough to slip off over your hips so you don’t need to pull it over your head to get in the shower.
- If you’re using a new colour, be sure to read the instructions in the box thoroughly as the application may be a little different.
- For the first time colouring your hair it’s best not to colour it after 7pm as most companies include an 0800 hotline. However, most of these hotlines close around 7pm on weekdays and are closed on weekends. So dying during business hours is always a good idea at first so help is only a phone call away.
- Really damaged hair is better left for the pros so if your hair is already damaged from colouring or heat styling then you’re best to visit a salon to avoid further damage.
Above: The Schwarzkopf Colour Specialist Supreme-Care Colour Creme with OmegaPlex in Cool Light Brown is my new favourite, $19.99.
SCHWARZKOPF COLOUR SPECIALIST
The NEW Schwarzkopf Colour Specialist is the first supermarket hair colour range to feature the salon ‘plex’ technology. The range features revolutionary professional anti-breakage technology OMEGAPLEX – the technology that changes everything!
Mixed into the colour cream, the exclusive OMEGAPLEX technology reinforces and protects the hair while colouring. This unique technology protects the hair from damage and dramatically reduces hair breakage. The Anti-Breakage serum is mixed into the colouration process and protects the inner bonds during colouring. The revolutionary Repair Sealer, used after colouring, strengthens and repairs microbonds inside the hair fibres to seal and extend colour intensity. Finally, the Repair Reviver is applied after three weeks to reseal the micro-bonds and reinforce colour retention. There are nine gorgeous shades to choose from too including my favourite shade above.
Availability: Supermarkets, Farmers, The Warehouse, selected pharmacies
For more information visit www.schwarzkopf.co.nz