Go Forth and Dye Fearlessly: Dying Your Hair

'Go Forth and Dye Fearlessly' is a weekly feature on my blog for the next five weeks; as a hair-dye veteran I will be explaining what dyes and bleaches to go for, how to prepare your hair for dying, dying and bleaching your hair and appropriate aftercare. Of course, this is all stuff that has worked personally for me but as you're obviously not me don't take my word as gospel and please do as much research as your feel necessary to prepare yourself for transforming your hair.

So now your hair should be a lovely light colour suitable for dying. The first and one of the most important things I will say is use vaseline everywhere. I'm being seriously here when I say use it over your whole face, your whole ears, your neck, your check, and all the way up to your elbows from where your gloves end. This stuff stains. Badly. And especially if you are using a purple, pink or red. Trust me, you will end up with pink and purple splodges everywhere and only very hard scrubbing will get them off before you have to be in public again. As with the bleach cover all stain-able surfaces. Here's what you need to do;

1. Put your gloves on, to ensure your hands stay clean

2. Most dyes recommend using a tinting brush and pot but my usual technique is splodging a whole load onto one hand and massaging it in with the same hand, at my roots and upwards font-back. Only getting one hand messy is helpful if you need to pick something else up and you don't want to get dye everywhere.

3. When your hair is superficially coated in dye, as with the bleach before used your fingertips to work it in all the way through and ensure everything is covered.

4. Stick on a shower cap. This has a dual reason; it stops you spraying dye everywhere if you turn around and also speeds up processing.

5. Wait. Most companies recommend 15 minutes but I leave mine on 3 hours for really saturated colour

6. Rinse your hair. Do this as close to the plughole as possible, as grouting is very easily stained by dye. You should see my shower. It will take an absolute age for the water to run clear but keep at it otherwise your will be dripping dye everywhere.

7. Shampoo. Lots. I'm talking 4-5, maybe 6 times to ensure your hair comes out clean. Don't do this with less permanent dyes though as they could just wash out straight away. This is recommended for Elumen or SFX, for other dyes was 2-3 times.

8. Dry your hair and admire it's brightness!

next week: how to care for dyed hair


  1. great post your hair always looks great. :]
    Happy valentines x

  2. Aren't you a sweetheart! :) I'm about to dye my own hair for the first time by myself. Will use your recommendations!


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