Top tips for DIY home hair colouring

19 Sep 2010 05:00 AM | Posted by Editor
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Don’t want to colour your hair at home because you’re too scared you’ll screw it up? Well, it’s high time you faced your fears – in the most informed way possible of course! We’ve pinned down L’Oreal Paris’ National Education Manager, Bronwyn Fraser, to get her top 10 tips on doing it DIY-style – they’re guaranteed to get you colouring your hair like a pro, all in the comfort of your very own bathroom…


1.) Choosing your colour

The end result is determined by your natural hair colour, so a good guide is to select a shade that is within two shades lighter, or two shades darker than your natural hair colour. If you already have colour in your hair, keep in mind that this too can affect the end result.

2.) Preparation

Keep a couple of old towels on hand as the product may stain/bleach them, and wear an old/pre-loved T-shirt or button-up shirt to avoid spilling on your favourite outfit. Before you start applying your colourant, always ensure you have all the components necessary (such as gloves, instruction leaflet, comb, clips, water spray).

3.) Amount of product needed

The amount of product within a pack is sufficient for short to medium-length hair. For very thick shoulder-length or long hair we recommend using two packs to ensure a true colour result.

4.) Where to start the application

This will depend on the particular product you’re using (some require roots first, while others call for mid-lengths and ends first), so be sure to read and follow the enclosed instruction leaflet. However, when covering grey hair it is usually best to start at the whitest area first.

5.) Ensuring the best and most even coverage

To ensure an even application, part the hair into four sections – straight down the centre from front to back, and across from ear to ear (like a hot cross bun!). Then apply the colour section by section, to ensure even coverage.

6.) Timing from start to finish

This will also depend on the particular product being used, as some will involve more than one step in the application process. However, to be on the safe side, I would set aside 60 to 90 minutes from start to finish.

7.) Colour development

Before a product hits the shelves, extensive testing has already been done with the formulation to ensure its effectiveness in a given amount of time. The development time is always specified in the instruction leaflet and must be adhered to, in order to achieve the best possible result.

8.) The colour of the mixture while it is developing

The actual colour of the mix while it is developing is not always an indication of the final result, so if in doubt use a paper towel to wipe a strand of hair to get a better idea.

9.) Stained skin

A little bit of Vaseline applied around the hairline (before you begin colouring) will help prevent staining, but be sure not to get it on the fine hairs or it will prevent the colour from taking in those areas. If you do get some staining, a little mouthwash or light perfume containing alcohol will help remove it.

10.) Fading and special care

We recommend using a shampoo and conditioner specifically formulated for coloured hair – especially for plum, burgundy and bright red shades, as they are the quickest to fade. L’Oreal Paris Elvive Color Protect contains UV filters to help prevent fade and maintain the colour’s vibrancy.

Click here to see the home hair colourant range from L’Oreal Paris…

Need More Information?
The L’Oreal Paris and Garnier Advisory Bureau are a team of qualified hairdressers who are available to answer any enquiry and offer assistance from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm EST. For more information visit or call:
L’Oreal Paris: 1300 659 359
Garnier: 1300 651 743