Hair Color How-to: Your Guide to DIY Hair Color

We’ll walk you through the whole thing: from picking the perfect hair color for you right to the aftercare routine!  

Are you fond of experimenting with your hair to create new looks? Don’t limit yourself to just hairstyles by also trying various colors on your mane! And since we know going to salons can spell additional expenses and salon treatments can be pricey, we suggest going for DIY hair color. We’ll give you tips on choosing the right product, getting it done on your hair, and caring for your hair after the application. Can’t wait to get your hair colored? Read on!

Picking Your Product

DIY Hair color - girl with red hair color
Hair color how to: DIY-ing the right way. Credit:

If this is your hair’s first time getting colored, you might want to stay on the safe side first by going for colors that are close to your hair’s natural color. This way, you won’t be too surprised with your new look and avoid destroying your hair. For now, blondes and say, platinum, will have to take a backseat while you go for just two shades lighter than your natural hair color. How many boxes should you get, you ask? Well, if you have short to medium-length hair, get just one box, but if you have thick hair, you might want to make sure you have enough hair color by buying two boxes.

Prep work

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Preparation is key in DIY hair color success Credit:
  1. Skip washing your hair a day prior to coloring it to allow your scalp’s natural oil to cover your entire head and prevent irritation. Do you notice how your second-day hair is oilier? That’s actually useful for avoiding scalp problems associated with DIY hair colors.
  2. Before applying your DIY hair color, make sure your hair has no products on it to ensure even application of your hair color. Oil-based products and silicon prevent the dye from attaching to your hair, resulting in uneven coloring.
  3. Even if you feel you already know what to do, still, make sure to read the instructions to enjoy successful hair coloring.
  4. Take a little bit of petroleum jelly and spread it on your hairline and ears to keep the hair dye from staining your face.
  5. Use gloves on your hands, protective covers for your ears, and a cape for your shoulders. If you don’t have a cape, go for an old t-shirt that you don’t mind getting stained. This is because regardless of your hair’s length, the hair color will drip and definitely stain your clothes.
  6. Prior to starting the application, make sure you have all the tools you need laid out before you. It would be time-wasting stopping mid-process to look for a brush or a tail comb. This includes a roll of tissue to immediately wipe off drips and splatters.
  7. Color first the strands that are hidden before completely coloring your entire head with your DIY hair color.

Editor’s tip: While we recommend not to wash your hair the day before D-day (as in dye-day), prep your strands weeks before by washing with Dove Intense Repair Shampoo. It helps to keep hair strengthened and resilient to future damage which can be caused by the harsh chemicals in your hair dye.

Getting the (dye) job done

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Hair color how-to: getting it done. Credit: Raquel Brust

Sectioning your hair is important for hairstyling as it is for hair coloring. Make sure to divide your hair into four equal quadrants and secure them with clips to ensure even application. Then, place the DIY hair color mix in a bowl instead of squeezing the tube directly onto your hair. This is both economical and practical because it lets you control the amount of hair color you apply on each section.

Use a brush to apply the hair color, making sure to start near the roots and working your way down. Remember that the roots need more processing time, so you should start there to prevent the two-tone effect. It is also as important to maintain even amounts of hair color on all sections of your hair because that can also affect the results. Check your hair partitions and areas that can be exposed.

Post-color care

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The sky’s the limit when coloring hair. Credit: Shutterstock

You probably think you’re all done after you successfully color your hair. But your journey to beautiful hair doesn’t end there because you still need to take care of it to ensure the color doesn’t fade. Yes, there are post-color care tips to follow to make sure your hair color stays vibrant for a long time. For one, use shampoo and conditioner that’s specifically formulated for color-treated hair.

Editor’s tip: We recommend Cream Silk Color Protect Hair Reborn* Conditioner. It has a sulfate-free formulation that’s specially designed to protect colored hair from dryness and dullness from the first wash. Transform your colored hair, with enhanced vibrancy, with up to 80% color protection.

It’s also important to use hair treatments and masks to help repair the damage and restore your hair’s health in every strand. You may not know it yet but the chemicals used for hair coloring, even if it’s just DIY hair coloring, can destroy your hair.

If you like to have the items mentioned here, as part of your preparation to color your hair, you can now order these via Lazada and have it delivered to your doorstep. Here are the links:

Dove Intense Repair Shampoo
Cream Silk Color Protect Hair Reborn* Conditioner

Now that you have decided to amp up your hair color, do make sure that you are ready to take on the responsibility of taking care of your post-color hair. It’s one thing to choose to upgrade your hair color and it’s another to keep it vibrant and beautiful.

Next Read

If you are not yet ready to change the color entirely - DIY hair color or not, highlights is your answer. Check out this post on highlights for black hair and how streaks of color will add drama to your natural hair color.



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