The perfect hue
DIY hair dye
For the past few seasons, balayage – that messy look where the hair is dyed lighter at the ends – has been the answer to all our colour conundrums. But this year, it seems rich, solid tones are making a comeback. Thanks to the easy-to-use formulas and nourishing ingredients of the latest at-home hair colours, you no longer need to spend a small fortune to get an enviable mane.
Keep it real. For foolproof results, stick with a colour that is one to two shades away from your natural tone. If you've got thick or long hair, use two boxes to avoid spreading the colour too thin. Try the ammonia-free Garnier Herbashine, $15, garnier.com.au.
Create a barrier. If you tend to be a little slap-happy with your painting skills, always prep the hairline and ears with a barrier balm such as Vaseline to prevent the dye from staining the skin.
The good oil. Colour works best when applied to day-old hair, as the natural oils help to grab the dye and protect the scalp. Shampoo your hair and, to prevent product build-up, avoid using styling lotions for two days before you apply the colour.
Special delivery. Dry strands drink up colour, which is why the ends usually develop a few shades darker than the rest of the hair. For even coverage, start by blending the colour through the back section, mid-lengths and roots before working the excess down to the ends.