<p>Hair tips: everything you need to know about dying your hair at home</p>

Hair tips: everything you need to know about dying your hair at home

by Paige Exell -

Earlier this month, Miley Cyrus posted a photo on Instagram reminding us of the dangers that come with dying our hair at home. The photo featured a long, thought-out caption that expressed regret for bleaching her hair out of boredom, although she did reassure us that changing your hair from time to time is a creative way to express yourself and your personal style.

Learned a valuable lesson in this meaningless process. Bleached my fucking natural healthy a$$ hair rebelling out of boredom while dealing with a consecutive amount of time off on the Woody project ( 2 months ago)! Sitting in a random apartment with nothing to do but smoke weed (which I should've just appreciated) and fuck with my hair obvi, something inside told me I'd regret it.... That hair color comes in a box (well maybe mine) therefore it's available to purchase and what grows from my scalp naturally is mine and and only mine!!! Not to mention I felt like a self obsessed psycho while real issues are out there in the world needing to be dealt with I was sitting in front of a mirror going thru strand by strand like my hair and what it looks like actually fucking matters! lol and now I'm out here looking like every Suzy Q & Sally B there is.... Either this shit needs to grow out at super speed or I'm about to go in for a fuckin hair cut realllllll quick!!! #imisstheoldme but I guess even writing this hunk of bull shit means I am thinking about my hair which is equally as lame and self obsessed as all of the above because really this fucking mop will make no difference to that fact Donald Trump is running for president (successfully) and climate change is extremely real and scary. So please fellow humans next time you feel that tickle in your belly while making a decision listen to what it says and know the true you can never be replicated or replaced you are the one and only you! So bad assssss! Ps if you ever start overthinking shit especially something as silly as hair.... go outside, smell a flower, center your thoughts and find something productive to do with your time.... I wish I would've taken a toke of my own medicine.... Everything is a learning experience.... Even hair LOL PPS this isn't to discredit hair cuts/color as a tool and creative way to express yourself!!!! So if a change is something that feels right to you - fucking DO IT! Don't over think it because in the end it is fucking hair and nothing you do is detrimental and will just be a new chapter for you my life is done chronologically in hair styles lol !!!!

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In other words, if you want to change your hair – go for it! Keep in mind that there is a time and place for professional colour (see: going platinum for the first time), but the DIY method, when done right, will award you with fewer trips and more cash to be spent on other essentials, like, beauty products, of course.

So, for everyone who gets overwhelmed by looking at all of the options for dyes on a drugstore shelf – or simply wants to avoid a mistake like Miley's, Get The Look has put together a few tips and tricks for successfully pulling off an at-home dye job.


Box dyes have come a long way in the past few years, giving us more options than ever when choosing the perfect DIY formula. Dyes now come in traditional liquid formulas, foam, mousse, or even crème. Since each colour formula is created for a specific purpose, it's important to know which type is best suited for your hair type and colour. If you're looking to cover up greys, a crème formula is your best bet; if you're looking for a specific spot touch-up, mousse is the ideal choice. As for foam, use this formula for an all-over application (from root to tip).


Once you've chosen the right formula, it's time for the most difficult part: choosing the right shade. If you're planning on transitioning from jet black to Taylor Swift-inspired platinum blonde, make a trip to your nearest salon to prevent any damage or unwanted colour mishaps. If you plan on staying within a range of 1-2 shades lighter or darker than your current hair colour, you can DIY.

Keep in mind that the darker and more natural pigment you have in your hair (red and orange tones) will contribute to your outcome shade. In other words, if you're looking for a cool brunette or blonde, go for an ashy shade to keep the tones in check.


If you've dyed your hair once or twice before, choosing a hair colour that is lighter than what is currently on your mid-shaft or ends of your hair won't give you a lighter lift all over. Instead, it will result in roots that are lighter and brighter than your ends – a look that nobody would be impressed with. If you have lighter ends, pick a dye shade that is 1-2 hues away from the mid-shaft shade to avoid this.


When performing a DIY dye job, ensuring an even application can be difficult to achieve. Before you start, make sure to section off your hair, and use a small mirror to see the back of your head once you've applied everything to ensure your entire head is covered.

If you're using a dark dye, apply Coconut Oil or Vaseline along your hair line before applying so that the dye doesn't stain the skin. But be careful not to get the product on the hair itself or the dye won't penetrate into your hair.


If you find yourself having an OMG moment after dying your hair at-home, like ending up with a colour that turned too orange, select a day in an ash shade to cancel it out. If your hair is too dark, too ashy or even green, you can mix baking soda with clarifying shampoo and a touch of lemon juice and apply it to damp hair for a few minutes. Follow up with a cleansing conditioner and let it sit on your hair to recondition.

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