How to Color Your Hair at Home

You'll save a bundle using a coloring kit instead of heading to the salon every six weeks. Plus, dyeing your tresses at home has never been simpler.

You will need

  • A hair coloring kit that includes:
  • Colorant
  • Developer
  • Plastic gloves
  • Conditioner
  • Old clothes and a towel
  • Petroleum jelly

Step 1 Choose shade and product Choose a shade and product. Try to stay in the same basic color family as your current color.

Step 2 Wear old clothes or use towel Colorants can stain. Wear old clothes, and use a towel you don’t mind getting dirty. Wipe up any floor drips immediately; the solution can stain ceramic tiles.

Step 3 Mix colorant Put on the kit’s plastic gloves, mix the colorant with the developing solution, and shake vigorously.

Step 4 Apply petroleum jelly along neck and hairline Apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly along the neck and hairline before coloring to prevent skin from staining.

Step 5 Apply color mixture Apply the color mixture according to package directions. Use smooth strokes and work from the front toward the back of the head.

Step 6 Wait Leave the mixture on your hair for as long as the package directs. If re-coloring, apply color to the root area and wait 20 minutes. Then apply the remaining mixture to the rest of the hair, and let process for five minutes.

Step 7 Rinse Rinse your hair thoroughly with cool or lukewarm water.

Step 8 Apply conditioner Apply the conditioner that came with the coloring kit, and rinse according to directions.

Step 9 Shampoo less To maintain your new color, limit shampooing to every three days and use cool water, which keeps hair cuticles smooth and locks in color.