Skipping the salon? Tips to avoid damaging your hair with box dye

May 10, 2024
A beauty expert has provided some tips on how to master at-home hair colouring. Source: Getty Images.

In an era where every dollar counts and the cost of living continues to rise, finding savvy alternatives to pricey salon visits has become a necessity for many.

Amidst the juggle of budgeting, one often overlooked gem shines brightly: the humble box dye. Yes, you heard it right – that seemingly simple packet of colour holds the potential to transform your locks without draining your wallet.

Yet, despite its allure, the prospect of DIY hair colouring can stir up apprehension in even the most adventurous spirits. But fear not, for in this guide, Priceline’s Category Assistant Ashleigh McGregor unveils the secrets to mastering the art of at-home hair dyeing with confidence and finesse.

From steering clear of harmful chemicals to navigating the maze of instructions with ease, embark on a journey where frugality meets flair, and where vibrant hues blend seamlessly with budget-friendly beauty.

Avoid nasty chemicals

One of the main reasons people avoid dyeing their hair at home is because of the nasty chemicals some include. But, according to McGregor there are plenty of great options available that won’t damage your luscious locks.

Ammonia should be avoided where possible, she says, with the chemical known to cause damage to the cuticle which makes up the hair structure.

“If you’re looking for bright/fashion colours, I would recommend Kiss Tintations, it’s free from any ammonia, peroxide or sulfate,” McDonald tells Starts at 60. “It also has moisturising benefits of argan oil and olive oil and as if that wasn’t enough, it also has collagen and keratin.”

“If you’re looking for a semi-permanent hair dye, Garnier Olia is also ammonia free and blended with natural flower oils. [Meanwhile] With permanent colours it’s often hard to avoid ammonia but Solfine Crema Colour has a very low percentage of ammonia causing the cuticle not to over open so you can avoid damage. This range has benefits of coconut oil in it so it’s very hydrating for the hair.”

Follow the instructions

It may seem like simple advice, but McDonald says you should always follow the instructions on the packet and wear gloves and old clothes to avoid staining your skin or favourite outfits. For added protection from staining you should also place Vaseline around your hairline, ears and base of the neck.

“Start by applying product to the roots first and then work your way down,” McDonald says. “Pull the colour down through the mid-length and ends – your roots need more time to develop so give them about a 20 minute head start to allow new growth to absorb the colour.”

After-care is essential

After dyeing you should avoid washing your hair for two days to allow the natural oils in your hair to protect your scalp, McDonald advises. And when you do wash your hair it should be done with a colour care shampoo and conditioner that is sulfate free.

After this you should give your hair a break of two to three days between washes. This will keep the hair’s natural oils in and help to preserve the colour.

So, whether you’re chasing a bold transformation or simply refreshing your current shade, embrace the empowerment of DIY dyeing and let your hair become the canvas for your creativity, all while keeping your bank account blissfully intact.

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