I redyed my hair yesterday. I love having bright hair, I tried a couple of years of natural brown but I couldn’t cope any longer and a few months ago I started dying my hair again. My natural colour is mousey brown. I don’t bleach it before dying so the colour isn’t as bright as it could be. I used to bleach my hair and to be honest I can’t be bothered with having to rebleach my roots every month or so. I’m pretty pleased with how it looks without prelightening though.
I use La Riche Directions Semi-Permanent Conditioning Hair Colour. I’ve tried other brands but I’ve found this to give the best results. It doesn’t come with gloves though so make sure to get some of those before you start or you’ll have pink hands for weeks! I use Badger Balm around the hairline to stop the dye staining my face, ears and neck. The claw style hair clips are great for holding hair out of the way whilst you’re trying to dye other parts of it, much easier to use with gloved hands than hairbands.
I leave they dye on for atleast two hours, with my head wrapped in cling film to stop it drying. The good thing about this type of hair colour is that it isn’t damaging in anyway so you can leave it on as long as you like, the longer the better. After rinsing out, coat your hair in conditioner and leave for a few minutes before rinsing again. I recommend having an old towel for drying your hair with. However well you rinse, there will always be some colour that comes out on the towels.
As you can see, the day after dying I still have a bit of colour on my scalp too. I find it takes a couple of washes to get out completely. Rather than overdoing it with shampoo to get the colour out of the skin which will lighten the hair as well, use conditioner and massage it into your scalp instead. It helps lift the colour and gives your roots a treat too.
If you want more great tips on dying hair (and bleaching) check out Kaylah’s awesome hair dying tips over on her Dainty Squid blog