If you regularly cover your greys, you know the hefty price tag that goes along with it. Frequent visits to the salon can really add up, especially when new grey hairs can pop up frequently and unexpectedly. At-home hair colour has come a long way, and you can now achieve salon-worthy results without having to pay a visit to your hairdresser. While purchasing the right at-home hair colour is the first step, make the most out of your box dye by following this step-by-step tutorial with L’Oréal Paris Canada Hair Artist & Expert Brennen Demelo. Using Superior Preference Hair Colour, Brennen breaks down everything you need to know about at-home hair colour and how to get professional-looking results from the comfort of your own bathroom.
Part 1 – Prep Your Hair
Step 1: Begin with clean, dry hair. This will help ensure that your colour goes on evenly and your final result won’t be patchy. Take the pre-colour treatment from the box and apply it to your hair starting at the middle of your strands running down to your ends. Avoid applying any on your roots. Expert tip: Don’t panic when you see the pre-colour treatment going on white. It will change to a darker hue as it processes into your hair.
Part 2 – Apply Your Colour
Step 2: First things first: Put on the plastic gloves that come in the box. This will prevent you from getting colour on your hands. Next, section your hair into even parts and add colour to the roots of your hair. Massage the colour into your grey areas at your roots using your fingers. Expert tip: To ensure that your colour goes on evenly and your roots are covered, it’s important to properly section off your hair. Using your fingers or a fine-toothed comb, divide your hair into four sections and then work with quarter-inch slices within those bigger sections.
Step 3: Using the same tube of colour, add an extra layer of hair dye along your hairline and massage it in. This will ensure that the grey at the front of your hairline is fully saturated.
Part 3 - All-Over Colour
Step 4: The last step in your at-home colour session is dying the rest of your mane. To get a professional-level dye job, massage the remaining dye into the rest of your hair. Expert tip: To keep your colour looking fresh and grey hairs at bay, use L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Hair Colour to touch up your roots every six weeks. This will help maintain your colour and keep you out of the hairdresser’s chair for routine root touch-ups.
Part 4 – Rinse
Step 5: Once the dye has worked its magic and the appropriate time has elapsed (typically 20 to 30 minutes), it’s time to rinse. Rinse your whole head with lukewarm water, massaging your head as if you had shampoo in it. This will ensure that all of the dye is removed. Keep rinsing until the water runs clear and you can feel that all the dye has been washed out. For an extra-hydrating boost, apply a hair colour-friendly conditioner to your strands and then rinse.
Part 5 - Style Your Hair
Step 6: Once your hair colour and conditioner are all rinsed out and you’re fresh out of the shower, gently towel-dry your hair. Keep in mind that your strands might be extra-fragile post-dying. If your hair knots easily, spritz on a detangling spray before brushing. If you’re using a blow-dryer or any hot styling tools, apply a heat-protectant spray to protect your hair. Continue to style your hair as necessary.
And just like that your greys are gone and you have a fresh new flattering hair colour. Keep this tutorial on hand for your next retouch in about six weeks time so you’re sure to get the perfect colour every time.