What Do I Need To Dye My Hair At Home?

At-home hair coloring can be an exciting method to alter your appearance or conceal those pesky grays.

With the proper knowledge and equipment, you can accomplish professional-looking results in the comfort of your own bathroom, despite the fact that it may appear intimidating.

In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know about at-home hair coloring, from preparation to maintenance.

What Do I Need To Dye My Hair At Home?

Things you’ll need to dye your hair:

Hair Dye

Pick a hair dye that is of great quality and comes in the color that you want. Make sure that it is the type that is appropriate for your hair, whether it be permanent, semi-permanent, or temporary.


A developer may be necessary, depending on the type of dye you select. The activator and the stabilizer are both functions that the developer provides for the hair color.

Mixing Bowl And Brush

The mixing bowl and the brush are required to properly combine the hair dye and distribute it throughout your hair in an even manner.


Wearing gloves, whether they be disposable or reusable, will prevent stains from getting on your hands. Gloves are included in the majority of hair dye kits.

Old T-shirt or Cape 

If you want to protect your clothing while coloring your hair, wear an old t-shirt or use a cape that is meant for coloring hair.

Sectioning Clips

Clips for sectioning your hair assist split it into manageable pieces so that the product can be applied more evenly.

Petroleum Jelly

Applying a small layer of petroleum jelly around your hairline, ears, and neck will help prevent dye from leaving a stain on your skin.

Plastic Shower Cap

After you put the dye on your hair, cover it with a plastic shower cap and let it sit for the time it says to.

How To Dye Your Hair At Home?

1. Choose Your Best Color

Understanding how to color your hair at home begins with the fundamentals. You should choose a color that is either two shades darker or two shades lighter than your original hair color.

2. Make Sure You Get Enough Color

Once you’ve decided on a color, make sure you have plenty on hand. If you have shoulder-length or longer hair, get two boxes.

If you’re in between lengths or have thicker hair, go for the longer length; you can always reserve the second box for later.

3. Perform A Skin Test

Now that you’ve determined your shade, you should conduct a skin test 48 hours before coloring.

Although it may be tempting to skip this step, you will be grateful if you have allergies or a bad response to the dye.

Follow the skin-allergy test directions on the insert that came with your color, and keep a close eye on the affected region for the next 48 hours.

If you have any reactions listed on the insert, do not color your hair without consulting your doctor.

4. Prepare Yourself

If you don’t know what you’re doing, dying your hair at home might be a disaster. So, when you’re ready to begin, put on an old, dark-colored T-shirt or a shirt or dress that can be readily removed and that you don’t mind having stained.

You should also tie an old, dark-colored towel around your shoulders and attach it with a hair clip. Applying a small amount of After Color on your hairline, ears, and neck will keep the color from coloring your skin and spare you from washing your forehead later.

5. Prepare Your Hair

Hair color deposits evenly when the hair is dry and unclean, so start with dry hair and detangle ahead of time for the best results. Section your hair after detangling to ensure that all hair is soaked with color.

Make a part down the center of your head, then divide your hair into four portions, two in front of the ears and two at the rear.

Plastic clips will hold the hair in place while detangling and sectioning it. Make sure to avoid using metal clips.

6. Apply Your Color

Put on the hair color kit gloves and mix the colorant and developer according to the directions.

Cover the bottle tip with your gloved finger and shake vigorously to properly mix the color mixture. Use the color mixture right away after shaking it.

7. Rinse And Condition

Before rinsing, add a little amount of water and massage hair into a lather for 1 minute, keeping your gloves on. 

Rinse hair thoroughly until the water flows clean. Finally, use the provided color conditioner is included in your kit. Leave on for 2–5 minutes before rinsing.

After rinsing off the conditioner, towel dry (with an old or dark-colored towel), style, and get ready to confidently rock your new color.

8. Maintain Your Color

Now that you’ve acquired great, salon-quality color, you’ll want to keep it up by avoiding the sun, water, salt, and chlorine.

While most people associate shampoo with fading freshly colored hair, simple water can also cause color to lift from your hair’s exterior layer.

Use dry shampoo to keep your hair clean and volumized while avoiding the chance of color loss. When it’s time to wash and condition, use a color-safe shampoo and conditioner.

You may have the healthy, vivid hair of your dreams without the time-consuming and expensive excursions to the salon by following these simple instructions for coloring your hair at home.

Tips For Dyeing Your Hair At Home

  • Don’t use at-home dyes to produce extreme changes to your hair color, such as going from blonde to dark brunette.
  • Your hairdresser may do this for you, and we recommend that you make any drastic color changes with the assistance of a professional.
  • Always color your hair while it is dry; wet hair will not absorb the pigment as well.
  • Don’t mix colors to make a ‘custom’ color; instead, choose a color you like and carefully follow the instructions on the package.
  • Wear loose-fitting, easy-to-remove garments that you can lift over the top of your hair to rinse it.
  • Apply lip balm around your hairline to protect your skin from the dye – Vaseline works well.
  • To avoid coloring your hands and nails, use the disposable gloves included in the package.

Hair dyeing at home can be a pleasant experience that allows you to express your style and originality. You can appreciate your new hair color and boldly say goodbye to grays or embrace a fresh look by following the methods given in this article and implementing suitable aftercare measures.

Thanks for reading. I hope you find it helpful.

Leave a Comment