Everything you wanted to know about colouring your hair

Colouring your hair at home can be a tricky business. But it is also very convenient when you don’t have time to visit your colourist, and need to hide your greys, or simply want to add some radiance to your dull strands.

We got Neeru Radhakrishnan, a L’Oreal certified Hair Colourist and founder of Play Salon, Bangalore to share a few pointers so that you can get salon-perfect tresses at home.

Avoid drastic colour change: If you want a radical change in your hair colour, then go to a professional hair stylist. When colouring at home stick to colours that are close to your natural hair hue. Unless of course, you feel like going rainbow!

Find the right hair hue: Check out your skin tone first and choose a colour that is within two shades of your natural hair colour. You can either go light or dark. Indian complexion looks best in shades of chocolate, caramel, honey, burgundy, and deep brown.

Go for full coverage: Don’t try to do your own highlighting or low lighting because it’s not really easy to get the placements right and the at-home hair colours are made for global colouring to add freshness to dull hair.

L Oreal Paris Casting Creme Gloss

L’Oreal Paris Casting Creme Gloss

L Oreal Paris Excellence Creme Hair Color

L’Oreal Paris Excellence Creme Hair Color

Pick the right formula: Permanent hair colour has ammonia which lasts longer and is fade resistant. If you have normal strong strands this works just great. Try L’Oreal Paris Excellence Creme Hair Color. However if you have very brittle hair or thin hair you should pick the ammonia-free variety, often called casting. They are gentler on the strands but last a little less than permanent colours. You could try L’Oreal Paris Casting Creme Gloss.

Organic Harvest Hair Spa for Dry and Damaged Hair

Condition Your Hair: To make sure that your strands are strong, and can handle the chemicals in the hair colour, do a moisturising hair mask like Organic Harvest Hair Spa for Dry and Damaged Hair two days before you plan to colour your hair.

Dirty Hair Works Best: Do not shampoo on the day you are colouring your hair. The natural oils on your scalp form a protective barrier and the pigments adhere to the strands without drying the strands out.

Stay Away From the Swimming Pool: Avoid getting into a swimming pool at least week after you do your hair colour as chlorine get into your hair shaft and turn the pigments brassy. Strands become weak.

Rusk Sensories Brilliance Colour Protect Shampoo

Rusk Sensories Brilliance Colour Protect Shampoo

Rusk Sensories Brilliance Colour Protect Leave-in Conditioner

Rusk Sensories Brilliance Colour Protect Leave-in Conditioner

Use Colour Protect Products: Once you have coloured your hair, you need to be gentle with it, and use a shampoo and conditioner for coloured hair. Try Rusk Sensories Brilliance Colour Protect Shampoo and Rusk Sensories Brilliance Colour Protect Leave-in Conditioner.

Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Moisturising Treatment

Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Moisturising Treatment

Toni &Guy Nourish Reconstruction Mask

Toni & Guy Nourish Reconstruction Mask

Deep Condition: Colouring your hair on a regular basis does dry out your strands, and they can become brittle so deep condition your strands once a week with a moisturising and repairing treatment. Try Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Moisturising Treatment or Toni & Guy Nourish Reconstruction Mask.

Wella Professional Oil Reflections Antioxidant Smoothing Oil

Protect from UV Rays: Use a colour protect serum or light oil like Wella Professional Oil Reflections Antioxidant Smoothing Oil to add shine and prevent your hair hue from fading because of UV ray exposure.

For more tips on colouring your hair at home, try these tips by beauty blogger Debasree Banerjee