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Hard economic times call for creative budgeting, and expensive trips to the salon may be one of the items that has been relegated from your “essential” to your “wish” list of monthly expenses. A salon hair colour in the UK costs on average £35, and in London this can be much higher.

The good news is that the beauty industry is responding to this shift with all the gusto expected from a business that sees a new moneymaking opportunity. Popular hair care brands have obligingly developed improved ranges of home hair-products that easily rival those on offer in any salon, and at very affordable prices, starting from around only £5 for a hair dyeing kit.

Home hair colouring is one of the easiest ways to save money, but can be a little daunting if you have never tried it before. Here is our simple guide to DIY hair dyeing to help you get started.

Pick the Right Colour

The simple rule of thumb is to choose a shade that is similar to your current colour. Professionals advise never to wander more than three shades lighter or darker than your natural hair colour. Your exposed roots will give you a steer on this. To select a shade that suits your skin, try holding your hand close to the picture on the box – if the colour shown picks up the pinkness in your hand, then the colour should complement you. Also bear in mind that the colour on the pack will vary according to your own hair colour and skin. You are buying an impression, not an exact colour.

Choose an Easy Application Method

Recent trends have been towards colours that can be applied directly onto dried hair. Anyone who has attempted to dye hair that is damp knows that the inevitable drips and runs can be a pain to manage. Modern mousse applications are easy to use and very effective, and will not leave a trail worthy of Hansel and Gretel behind you as you wander around the house waiting for the hair colour to set.

Do a Test

Most people will never experience an adverse reaction to the chemicals in hair dyes. For those who do, the pain and misery can be awful, with burns, facial swelling, and severe itching all possible if your body reacts badly to the chemicals. Always do a skin test if you have never used a particular dye before. In fact the experts recommend testing every time, as your body can change.

Woman Having Her Hair Dyed

And Begin …

• Be prepared – get towels, clips, brushes, and all the elements of you dyeing kit to hand

• Read the instructions

• Use the protective gloves

• Get a friend to help if you are not confident

• Apply the product in front of a mirror

• Keep a careful eye on the clock – follow the recommended timings carefully

• if you feel any discomfort, tingling, itching or burning at all, then rinse immediately and try a different product

• When you are done applying, take a few minutes to remove any dye from your face, neck, ears, hands and arms with a damp cloth – this a dye, and it will stain anything it is left in contact with

• Rinse thoroughly and carefully, and do use the kit’s product that is generally supplied for the rinsing process, as it helps to seal the colour in the hair

• If it goes wrong, seek professional help from your local salon. Trying to undo or rectify a home colour that has gone wrong can cause more problems





About Cally Worden

About Cally Worden

Seasoned freelance writer Cally Worden lives with her family and dog in a quiet corner of rural France. A love of the outdoors, and a fascination with her children's ability to view life with fresh eyes provide the inspiration for much of her work. Cally writes regularly for various websites and UK print publications on subjects as diverse as parenting, travel, lifestyle, and business, and anything that makes her smile.

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