From the moment me and the 99p sachets of wash in wash out hair day locked eyes many moons ago, I knew my fate as a serial home hair dyer was sealed and though my tastes have refined slightly since the days of ‘Shaders and Toners’, I still opt to dye my hair myself at home.
After home dying for almost a decade you’d think I would be a dab hand, which is sadly not the case as until quite recently I had to employ either my mother or a very patient friend to colour my hair.
However, back in October myself and the Beauty Resource team were invited along to the Schwarzkopf Academy London to attend a home hair colour masterclass with twice British hair colourist of the year Anita Cox-McMillan.
Anita essentially took us through all of the essential steps for dying our hair at home with Scwarzkopf’s new Palette range before we were all let loose with the hair colours of our choice. The day was information and advice, all of which can be viewed in the video below. However here were what I considered to be the ‘top tips’:
You can custom mix your desired hair colour – Though this may seem like something which is salon specific it is actually really easy to do yourself at home. I decided I wanted to go for a really glossy brown with subtle hints of red throughout. The reds in the Palette range were not as subtle as I wanted so I opted for a mix of Dark Brown 800 and Bordeaux 872. Into a mixing bowl with a lip I squeezed half a tube of each of the colour creams before mixing in a bottle of development solution and pouring back into the application bottle and applying. Et Voila…your own customised hair colour.
You can’t lighten pre-coloured dark hair – Trying to go from dark brown to medium brown isn’t going to work unless bleach is involved and this something which is best done by a professional colourist.
Use more than enough product – Don’t be skimpy as you may miss bits. For medium to long hair it is best to use two bottles.
Once the development time is up your hair will not go any darker/lighter – I asked Anita whether or not we should start our timers from the moment we began applying hair dye. Often it takes me between 10 and 20 minutes to apply hair dye myself, meaning the dye has already been sitting on certain sections for the maximum development time before I even reach the ends of my hair. According to Anita once the colour has developed for the maximum amount of time it won’t get any darker/lighter as it has reached its sticking point!