We spill it all on DYI hair dye, the only hair dye spill you’ll want.

DIY hair dye isn’t always the best method, here’s why.


We all love a little DIY but sometimes the risk just isn’t worth the outcome. Box hair dye ends up being more ‘out of the box’ than you hope for, you get a little less dye on your hair and a lot more on your face, neck and hands. Besides that, there is also the probable destruction; leading to a new paint job and needing something stronger than bleach in your bathroom to remove the evidence. Will this really be a cost-effective DIY hair dye or will it lead to more expensive complications?

If that is not enough for you to reconsider DIY hair dye, let’s talk about the more important risks (I know right, you’re probably thinking how could it possibly get worse than that).

DIY hair dye box methods can have a damaging effect on both the scalp and the hair. When we think about dying our hair, we forget the scalp health is just as important. The chemicals strip your scalp and hair of their natural oils (which your hair needs for health and healing). DIY hair dye can also often clog your hair follicles and create a scalp build up too. Your hair follicles produce hair proteins and you need to have a healthy balance to keep your hair healthy and your follicles clear for good growth to reduce the risk of infections and hair loss.

Box hair dye has a ‘one size fits all’ approach with a concentrated formula. This means that it isn’t specifically custom created to know if your hair is natural, uncoloured hair, coloured hair, permed or chemically straightened, thin, thick or coarse, dark or light and warm or cool.

This is where your highest risks are (depending on how clumsy you are too). Professional hairdressers not only know hair but they are like artists and know how to create unique colours best suited for you. If we’ve said enough to make you want to be given our custom colour treatment then it’s time you look after you (and your bathroom) by booking in here… if you’re curious to know more we have a lot of knowledge still to spill, and we can assure you, this is the only thing you want to be spilt when it comes to hair dye.


1. Choosing the right shade


Choosing the right colour shade with DIY colours can seem as easy as picking an outfit, except we can actually try before we buy when we choose clothes. We can find clothing colours that suit our warm or cool skin tones and our current hair colour. We can’t determine the shade on the box will turn out to suit or that it won’t interact with the current colours in your hair. Hairdressers are trained to recognise undertones and to know the best products for your desired result, so you can trust that we’ll mix up the perfect colour for you.



2. Going darker


If you plan to go darker than your current colour your risks are higher. Your current colour tone and the colour you choose can actually mix badly. Don’t think of it like painting on top of something but rather that you are mixing two colours of paint together. Dark browns without any red or warm pigments or gradual salon tinting can turn your luscious locks green.

If you haven’t leapt that far in colour tone choices and you’re a mid-tone brown and decide you want to be chocolate brown, the box dye can stain your hair deeply, and it can turn out much darker than you’d like. It’s also important to know that it is much harder to lift the colours of a DIY box dye due to the harsh chemicals. So, going lighter in a year or two won’t be that easy.


3. Going lighter


Going lighter has almost the same risks as going darker. You want to avoid the green shades and harsh chemicals. The difference in going lighter is that instead of adding to your hair you are stripping and taking away your colours with the chemicals. This is where you risk breakage and will need to strengthen and repair your hair for a long period of time to recover the damage of harsh products. Dying over pre-coloured hair can take longer to lift but if you’re lifting your roots too, they will lighten faster than any previously colour treated hair. The most difficult part in lightening is that it is hard to avoid overlapping in DIY and thus creates an uneven (or even blotchy) colour job. That’s where your trusty hairdresser can step in to assess your hairs condition, and make sure we are using the right products for you (so you get minimal breakage).


4. Still DIYing it


If you have read all this and still want to try DIY hair dye, we have some recommendations for you. Schwarzkopf has two products that are best if you are on a budget or in a rush for a short-term solution.

  1. Schwarzkopf – Chroma ID colour refreshers are inter-mixable colours to refresh your unique colour while keeping your hair strong.
  2. Schwarzkopf – OSIS pigmented dry shampoo suitable for blonde, light brown or dark brown can do the trick for a quick touch up on your regrowth or greys and it is water-soluble, a much safer quick-fix option.


5. Time for a treatment


We’re already DIY’ing everything else in our lives when we can. If there is something you should feel confident in; is that if you come to visit our salon you’ll receive a good hair analysis and consult, colour matching, salon-quality colours, no mess at home and a relaxing scalp massage while you take a moment to relax and forget about everything else you DIY. Sounds good right?

Feel free to book your appointment and let’s get that hair looking and feeling amazing again.