2 Tips for Better DIY Hair Color Results

March 14, 2013 | By | Comments (5)

Woman highlighting her hair

Do you dye your own hair? Aside from a few times when I got highlights (terrible idea), I’ve always gone the DIY route. Once you get over the initial fear of changing your own hair color it’s surprisingly easy to do. Here are two tips to make the process more successful. One of them I already do, the other I’m starting the next time I put on those flimsy plastic gloves.

1. Line your hair line (including at the nape of your neck and behind your ears) with petroleum jelly. This will prevent any staining of your forehead from errant drops of dye. If you do get any dye on your skin, use a clarifying shampoo on a cotton ball to wipe it off.

2. Set the time from when you start putting the dye foam or gel in your hair. Otherwise you risk leaving it on too long and ending up drying out your tresses.

What tried-and-true tips do you have for dyeing your hair at home? We have more DIY hair color tips here.


  1. Jaclyn

    A quick swipe with a baby wipe will remove any drips of color with much less fuss

    March 17, 2013 at 2:51 am
  2. Kim Raines

    I got better color results once I started purchasing dye and developer separately–the 10 or 20 volume developer in the kits wasn’t powerful enough to lift my hair to the right level. I need 30 volume–plus, I save a ton of money buying them separately.

    I also do my own Brazilian Keratin treatment. I have kinky/curly/wavy hair that freaks out in even a small bit of humidity. I used to spend $450 several times a year to get bkt done– ridiculously expensive but the only thing that’s ever made my hair look good and not frizz. I started doing it myself with Uncurly and my results are at least as good as my hair stylist’s were but it costs me only about $20 each time–and it’s easier than dying my hair.

    March 18, 2013 at 11:18 pm
  3. Marie Roxanne

    Because I have grey/white hair, I must leave it in as long as possible,. I am dyeing my hair today because I have an event to go to tonight, and my skunk line just won’t do!

    March 26, 2013 at 8:02 am
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    March 26, 2013 at 9:56 pm
  5. Nirani

    Those two DIY hair coloring methods are super easy to follow. I’m having some gray hair and want it to cover with hair colors. But before I do that, I’m following this white hair treatment guide http://gaizupath.com/white-hair-treatment/ . If I fail to recover, then I will sure cover my hair with black color

    November 4, 2014 at 8:57 am

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