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Hair Color | Dyeing

How To Dye Your Hair For Perfect Results

Are you ready for lighter hair? Do you feel like giving blonde a break and trying out what something darker will do to your image? With so many shades and tones available from Schwarzkopf’s own color lines, learning how to dye hair at home will give you endless options to choose from. For many people, not having to visit a hair salon is both liberating and much more affordable. Here we’ll share with you all of our best hair dyeing tips and coloring secrets, so you can become a master at changing up the color of your hair at home.

At home hair color: An intro

Coloring Your Hair at Home
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Admire this medium blonde hair with slightly ash-blonde nuances and then dazzle with your own new hair color! You can do it at home in a jiffy!

Before learning how to color hair, it's important to know what hair color actually is. Hair coloring creates true color that does not disappear after a few shampoos like a tinting treatment. In hair coloring, hydrogen peroxide removes the natural color pigments from your hair while new artificial color pigments penetrate the hair shaft – this anchors the new color to your hair. When you know how to dye your own hair, you can also use color treatments to completely cover up gray hairstyles.

Hair coloring tips: Big steps or subtle moves?

When coloring hair at home, you can choose any color from vivacious red hairstyles to some daring dark hairstyles, but what is the right shade for you? Hair experts recommend using colors that are no more than two shades lighter or darker than your natural hair. By doing this, you’ll have the most natural-looking results. When learning how to dye your hair, keep in mind that changing your hair from dark to light or vice versa may create a dissonant appearance because the eyebrow and hair colors don’t match. Consider using an eyebrow pencil to darken naturally lighter eyebrows to resolve this problem.

You also need to consider the color of your complexion before putting red, copper, or gold nuances into your hair. Red is usually not a matching color for olive skin tones but it is ideal for a complexion that is very light or slightly pinkish. You should also consider when coloring hair at home that dark hair could make an already light complexion look very pale. Ash brown hair against pearl tones has a way of making yellowish complexions appear colorless and grey. By contrast, pearl nuances can look lively with fine gold or reddish streaks or on people with reddish undertones in their complexion.

Other helpful hints for how to color hair at home

To begin, arrange all hair coloring items within easy reach and don't forget the timer. A good idea is to wear an old t-shirt to protect your skin, but a towel around your neck is also fine. Put on the gloves included with the coloring treatment to begin coloring hair at home. Remember that if you leave dye in your hair for too short or long a period, it can turn a different color than you expected! This is especially important when going blonde, so see how to bleach hair the right way.

  • When learning how to dye your hair, always perform an allergy test 48 hours before using any hair color. You will find the instructions for this test on the package insert along with the coloring instructions.
  • Apply the color according to the instructions. Be sure to check whether the color should be applied to dry or damp hair.
  • A hair dye tip to be aware of: Residual dye from previous colorings may cause the resulting hair color to look slightly different from the advertised color on the package.
  • The coloring results may be quite surprising if you have colored your hair using henna or are changing from biological to artificial hair dyes for the first time. 
  • Use shampoos and conditioners formulated for hair that’s been colored, so that your hair color retains its luster and stays healthy. You can apply a conditioning mask once a week to help the color stay strong, as well as using Gliss® Color Guard® shampoo and Gliss® Color Guard® conditioner.

Touch-up tips for hair color at home

Even if you only intend to touch up the hairline or the root portion of your hair, make sure that no color lands on clothing that you wear on a regular basis. Old towels are perhaps the best with which to protect your skin when coloring hair at home. Hair dye can sometimes leave temporary stains on fingers and nails, so be sure to wear the included gloves while you apply the hair color.


Remember: Always read the instructions in the package before using a new or unfamiliar product.