Thrifty Thursday – DIY Hair Dye

As a teenager I tried to dye my hair on many occasions. As I have very dark hair it was very resistant, until I learned  that I could bleach it – with disastrous results. Off I headed to the salon and never looked back…until now.

Nowadays I like more ‘ordinary’ coloured hair. When I was pregnant with Jelly I decided to stop going to the hairdressers to have my hair dyed, that I would let it be natural. That was when to my horror I discovered that I have LOADS of grey hairs. They had been hiding under my permanently dyed hair. So now, I have to dye my hair to get rid of the greys. Frustrating eh?

With this new found necessity for hair dye has come a reluctance to pay so much for it. I decided to try home dye kits for a change, and must say I have been quite pleased with the results.

I have gone for medium-dark brown shades, so that it doesn’t end up looking jet black (my hair takes to the dye quite easily). It takes 30 mins total to do and can be done in the comfort of your own home. Oh yeah and it will cost you about £5, a fair saving on a trip to the salon. An added benefit is the conditioner that comes with the dye – it makes your hair super soft and glossy. Winner!

In these hard times, more and more people are giving home dye kits a go. If it is your first time here are some tips…

  1. Use the gloves
  2. Use an old towel
  3. Stay in the bathroom
  4. Open a window
  5. Wash dye off the skin asap
  6. Make sure the dye is evenly spread through your hair
  7. If in doubt about shade go a shade lighter, it is easy to go darker
  8. Try a semi-permanant the first time

Happy hair dyeing!



  1. August 30, 2012 / 7:45 am

    Great post….I am a total home dye convert. I would rather pay out for a good cut, which v bit tricky to do yourself! Avrilx

    • linaloves2012
      August 30, 2012 / 4:07 pm

      A good cut is definitely worth paying for yes! Thanks for popping by! Lina x

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