Last month, Byrdie had the opportunity to host an event with dpHUE, the must-know brand that provides customized hair color, expert advice, and a wide variety of products that make it easy and convenient to achieve the hair you desire—in the comfort of your home. After getting a chance to test its product line, we were curious: Can you actually achieve salon-worthy color without a pro by your side? Justin Anderson, dpHUE’s creative director, assured us we could. “There’s a perception that coloring your own hair is difficult, when in fact it’s quite easy.” Below, Anderson spills his tips for finding the right shade and products to help prolong your color.
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Before you even pick a hair color, you need to answer one of the bigger questions: How committed are you to the change? Anderson says that dpHUE offers both semi-permanent and permanent hair colors. Not sure what’s right for you? Here’s a breakdown.
Coloring your hair can be exciting, but you shouldn’t go overboard, especially when you’re using an at-home kit. “We don’t encourage drastic changes,” explains Anderson. “We recommend sticking within one or two shades lighter or darker than your natural hair color. If you want to go darker than that, go a shade or two darker at a time.”
When selecting your perfect shade, Anderson says that “your hair color should always complement the tones of your skin.” Here’s his general advice for brunettes, blondes, and redheads.
Once you’ve found your color, you can finally get started on the application. “Start with coloring the most noticeable parts of your hair to give them the longest processing time,” says Anderson. He also suggests starting on your opposite side, meaning if you’re left-handed, do your right side first, and if you’re right-handed, do your left side.
Pro tip: To help prolong your color, use an apple cider vinegar-based hair rinse, like ACV by dpHUE. It cleanses and conditions without stripping the natural oils from your scalp.
Have you ever colored your hair at home? What tips do you have? Please share in the comments below!