I probably don’t have to tell you: I dye my hair A LOT! Even my friends say they hardly ever see me with the same hair twice. I just really like dyeing my hair, like other people enjoy make-up or nail art. Lately I’ve been asked about my hair dye routine more often, so I thought I’d share it with you!
I’m NOT a hair-professional. I haven’t had any training whatsoever. All I’m doing is self-taught and certainly not always the best way to do it. Also, my hair is crazy strong! It can handle way more than most peoples hair, so what works for me might definitely not work for you. If you have any doubts, please just go see a professional.
Having said that, here are some of my hairstyles in the last few years!
And these are BY FAR not all the colours I’ve had, but it gives a clear idea of how much I switch things up haha.
My Hair Dye Routine
I started doing my own hair a few years ago. I can’t remember why, but probably because you pay a lot when you get it done at the hairdressers and you have to sit and wait the entire time. But when you do it at home you can still do things. And I just really enjoy doing my own hair.
I ALWAYS use professional bleach products. I don’t even know if you can get bleach at the drugstore, but just don’t. These are some of the products I’ve used in the past.
From left to right:
GO! bleach powder – Schwarzkopf Igora bleach powder – ShowTime bleach powder – Schwarzkopf Igora Royal developer – XP100 developer
I’m not really brand loyal, I just use whatever has the best price at that moment. But I think I’d go for Schwarzkopf Igora Royal if I had to pick one brand.
When I want my hair to get really light, I don’t do all the bleaching in one go. I take up to 2 weeks to bleach it to the right colour. This means you’ll walk around like a yellow chick for a while, but that’s better than having no hair left.
I never ever bleach my hair without Olaplex. I know it’s pretty expensive, but it will literally save your hair. For the bleaching and colouring process you’ll need step 1, 2 and 3 of Olaplex.
This one might sound a bit crazy. But I don’t colour my hair right after bleaching it. My hair is dry and brittle and it needs some time to heal to really get the colour to stick. So I usually wait a day or 3.
Now these products I use to dye my hair vary a lot. From semi-permanent to professional to drugstore.
From left to right:
La Riche Directions hair dye – Schwarzkopf Poly Palette – Schwarzkopf Igora Royal Silver white
I use Directions hair dye for all of the bright colours. From light blue to orange and red. This is really my go-to brand. The instructions tell you to let it sit for at 15 to 30 minutes, but I always let it sit a lot longer. I even sleep with it if possible!
For my black hair colour I use a drugstore brand called “Poly Palette”. I find this black perfect for me because it doesn’t have a blue-ish glow and it’s semi-permanent, so if you want to change the colour again you’re not stuck with layers and layers of black. Also, when this colour fades it comes super close to my own hair colour so you don’t see my roots, yay!
And last but not least, if you wan’t beautiful silver hair: Schwarzkopf Igora Royal Silver White is your pick! I really loved this colour, but it’s pretty high maintenance and bleaching my hair this far did damage it, despite taking really good care of it. My best tip about keeping your silver-grey hair silver: Fanola No-Yellow shampoo. It’s really a life changer!
After bleaching and dyeing your hair, it really needs some love! Get yourself some amazing hair masks, your hair deserves it. While Directions hair dye doesn’t damage your hair, the bleaching before it definitely has. So you want to try and hydrate your hair as much as possible.
From left to right:
Olaplex nr. 3 – L’Oreal Elvive Rapid Reviver conditioner – Revlon Super 10R Hair Mask
I use the Olaplex right after dyeing it. And after that once every 2 weeks. Like I said, it’s pretty expensive so I don’t over-use it.
The conditioner I use everytime I wash my hair is L’Oreal Elvive Rapid Reviver. I really like this one because you don’t have to let it sit, just apply it, wash your body or face and rinse it out.
And if I feel like my hair really needs a booster I use the Revlon Super 10R Hair Mask. I usually apply this when I take a bath so I can let it sit for an hour or longer. It does make my hair greasy a bit faster, but the effects stay way longer and after one wash the grease is gone but the softness is still there!
So that’s it! Now you know what things I use in my hair dye routine.
If you want to dye your own hair, but don’t know where to start: Watch youtube videos from professionals! This really helps to see how they do it, what techniques should be used and also WHY they do it the way they do.
I hoped this might have helped, but I still want to say one more time: this is my personal experience. I’m no professional and what works for my won’t necessarily work for you too. Always be careful.