If there is something that the pandemic has taught us, it is this: we can do everything, even to dye hair at home ourselves. And to many people it may seem easy, but it is no coincidence that a million photos with the hashtag #coronahair have gone viral on social media. Sure you’re smiling, because you know what I’m talking about.

So, as a way to prepare for the apocalypse and because every woman should know these maxims about dyeing (at home or in the salon), we bring you 10 tips so you don’t forget the next time you dye hair at home.

How to dye hair at home

We are going to tell you 10 quick tips so you can have a professional result. Save this post or share it on social media to have it handy the next time you dye your hair!


We tell you which ingredients to avoid in your shampoo and why.

Basic things about dye

1.- To prepare the hair it is necessary that you do not wash it the previous days (at least two). The stain or bleach mixture is strong enough to wash away the natural oil, so don’t remove it before dying, as it will lack protection and damage more than necessary.
2.- Read carefully: color does not lighten up over color. If you have a natural height level 8, shading it at level 9 is not going to lighten it. To proceed to lighten it, you must bleach or super-lighten (super lighteners have bleaching in their composition).
3.- Also, if you are going to bleach or dye, be sure to use the correct developer cream. Because it’s not about how light you want it, but about the type of hair and the result you want to achieve from where you are now.
If you only want to add color, you should use a volume 10. But, to dye at an equal or darker level, you should use 20. And if you want to lighten, you will need a volume 30, and it will be one or two shades of difference.
To bleach you will need a volume 20 if you have some damage or previous chemical treatments (if you have painted or bleached your hair before, if you have high porosity or if you have had straightening, perms, etc). If your hair has never been treated, you can use a 30, as the strands will be tighter. Never use 40 or more.
4.-Keep in mind that toning shampoos are just that, it is not color. It’s an easy way to temporarily correct unwanted warm or cool tones.


This are the ingredients to hydrate, nourish and repair your hair.

A few more tricks...

5.- When you lighten up long hair, put the mixture first in the length, starting about 10 or 15 cm below the root. So wait at least 15 minutes before painting the root area as well. Then do it, and when it matches the tone you wash it off. Near the scalp there is more heat, so the root area will lighten faster.

This is not necessary when you darken your mane.

6.- It is a very common mistake to wash hair with shampoo and conditioner after dying it. To remove the tincture you just have to rinse with plenty of water. Then you can use a moisturizing conditioner if you have low porosity hair, a conditioner with nourishing ingredients if you have medium porosity, or a heavy cream with restorative ingredients if you have high porosity. 

7.- Also, a good trick you can use is apple cider vinegar to seal the strands, after the conditioner. The color will last longer, it will not fade the next wash, it will not stain the towels or your clothes. Do you dare to try it? 

8.- Another one: to avoid those unwanted spots on the edge of your hair growth line and on the ears, use vaseline or some heavy cream. But don’t touch the hair! 

9.- If you lighten the hair, begin to apply the mix at the top of the head, and finish in the area of the neck. In this part, the scalp concentrates the heat more, so it will act faster there. 

10.- To avoid itching on your scalp, add a tablespoon of sugar to the mixture. Sugar is hydrating and will give your scalp a break without disturbing the dye mixture.

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