Dyeing hair at home can be daunting and intimidating, but it is certainly not impossible! With the global pandemic and home quarantine, everyone has become independent of their barbers and stylists. And, so can you! Dyeing hair at home is easier and more frugal than spending bucks at the salon.
If you’re sick and tired of how ‘boring’ your hair looks, try switching it up with some fun colour. Fresh colour and cut and can make you look sharp and Instagram worthy. You just have to know how to do it!
Every man around the world is dyeing his hair to deal with lockdown blues, and it’s not hard to see why. Dyeing hair is the easiest way to immediately add some edge to your look and most importantly it’s a grooming hack that can take your look from drab to fab.
Here are our top tips for dyeing men’s hair!
Know your dyeing hair color
First things first. You should know the look you’re going for. You can consult a hundred stylists or skim through a million dyeing hair videos on Youtube, but ultimately you’re your best critic and judge. You can take inspiration from Zayn Malik and go full black with a blonde quiff, or you can try what Charlie Puth does to his hair: natural brown.
Or, you can even go full Jack Frost and dye your hair platinum blonde. Whatever you do, make sure you pick a colour that suits your skin tone and personal style. And, the more natural-looking it is, the better it is for the long run. So keep that in mind!
How to dye men’s hair like a pro?
Now that you’ve picked a hair colour that suits your skin tone, personal style, and professional work requirements (if any), it’s time to learn how to do it! Dyeing hair can be extremely tricky if you don’t know what you’re doing. Therefore, you should be thorough with the process, especially if you decide to do it yourself.
Before you read our tips, make sure you read the instructions on the box of hair dye. Here is a step by step guide of how to dye men’s hair at home:
1. Dyeing Hair Prep
Before you do the deed, you have to make sure that you have everything you need. You definitely cannot run to the store midway bleaching your hair. The only pitfall during application is not being prepared, thus you have to reduce that risk at all cost, especially if you want to do it right.
Make sure you have everything you need in front of you: a timer, developer, bleach, hair colour, gloves, spare cloth, comb, etc. Dyeing hair needs time, therefore do it when you have plenty. It is also recommended to dye men’s hair while you’re shirtless or wearing an old shirt.
2. Prepping your hair
Your hair must be clean but not too clean. You should have washed it at least a day before dyeing hair. You need the natural oils in your hair. The natural oils and sebum will act as a protective shield between your scalp and the irritants from the hair dye. The sebum will protect your scalp from any risk of rash or irritation. You also have to make sure that your hair is completely dry. Colour won’t sit on wet or damp hair.
3. Using Stain Barriers
The biggest difference between getting your hair dyed professionally and dyeing hair yourself at home is the use of stain barriers. Stain barriers aren’t as complicated as they seem. They’re simply agents that act to protect your skin and hairline from getting coloured. Common stain barriers are Aloe Vera Gel or Vaseline. These are easily available at drugstores. Therefore, before dyeing hair, make sure that you use a stain barrier on your hairline and temples.
4. Dyeing your hair
Now, comes the actual process of dyeing men’s hair. Make sure you’ve performed all the necessary steps to prep yourself for the dye. Now, you have to open the packet of hair dye and simply follow the instructions. It’s not a complicated process, it’s just meticulous.
Put on your gloves and get to work! If you’re aiming for a full-coverage look, then typically you should start in the front and work your way to the back. Use the brush that comes with the hair dyeing kit, it makes it a lot easier. Don’t be afraid to use too much product. The more the hair dye, the better the results.
5. Letting the hair dye sit
It’s a known fact. The more you let your hair dye sit, the better the results will be. However, a long sitting period will also damage the natural texture of your hair. It’s tricky. You want a good saturation and colour in your hair but you also don’t want to damage it. The hack here is to, let it sit only for the recommended time. Hair dye companies know what they’re doing and in most cases, they have experts advising them. Therefore, as we said, follow the instructions to let the hair colour sit only for the recommended amount of time while dyeing hair. Not a minute longer.
6. Rinse and Condition
Once you’ve waited for the recommended amount of time and let the hair colour sit and settle on your hair, it’s time to rinse it. This is a crucial step and must be done very carefully. You have to be sure to rinse out every iota of colour and dye from your hair. If there are remnants, it can do more damage than good.
Thus, rine carefully and completely. Make sure that you rinse your hair till the water runs clear. After rinsing the hair dye from your hair, apply a conditioner. Dyeing hair can make it coarse, that’s why you need a conditioner to soften your hair and give it a good look. Only apply conditioner in the ends of your hair and the middle part, avoiding the scalp.
7. Dry your hair and wait for the results
Don’t be disheartened if you don’t see any results after rinsing your hair. Usually, the colour doesn’t show unless your hair is completely dry. If you’ve followed all the instructions properly and as advised, then your hair has turned out exactly as you hoped. So, all you need to do is wait for it to dry. Air drying your hair after dyeing is recommended as using heat can damage it. So, wring out the excess water with a towel and let it air dry!
These were all our tips for dyeing hair! Make sure to find a hair dye maintenance routine for your hair to keep it healthy and shiny looking. If you want to style your coloured hair with gel or wax, go ahead. But, remember to keep it healthy and nourish with natural ingredients once in a while!