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Hair Color | Dyeing

How To Achieve Perfect Hair Coloring 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 to dye your own hair 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, anytime and anywhere.


First off, 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 would. 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 hair dyeing tips and tricks, you can also use color treatments to completely cover up gray hairstyles, for example.

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Dyeing your hair yourself doesn't have to be difficult

When performing DIY hair coloration, you can thankfully choose any color you feel like! 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 own hair, keep in mind that changing your hair from dark to light or vice versa may create a jarring 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. When we discuss hair coloring, keep in mind 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. In terms of Schwarzkopf’s color options, there’s everything from Color Ultime 9 1/2 Light Natural Blonde all the way to Keratin Color 2.0 Soft Black, so ensure you check out our full range.

Other beneficial hair dyeing tips to remember

To begin, arrange all hair coloration 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 when you begin to dye hair. Don’t forget 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 own 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.
  • One of the best hair dyeing tips 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 hair serum once a week to help the color stay strong.

Touch-up tips for DIY hair coloration

Even if you only intend to touch up the hairline or begin dyeing your roots, 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 performing hair coloring. 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. Also, use Vaseline on the top of your forehead, ears, and neck to protect your skin.


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


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