What You Should Know Before Dyeing Your Hair for the First Time


Prior to any dye job, there is nearly always at least a bit of apprehension held towards it. After all, for every fantastic dye job out there, there is a horror story to behold too. Just look around most metropolitan areas and you’d see coloured hair with split ends galore or in horrendous shades that would make anyone gasp. Yikes!

Thankfully enough, we’ve made great advancements in hair care technology since the days of broomstick-like hair. Still, it would do dyed hair virgins well to bear a few things in mind before colouring their precious locks. Here are a some highlights (pun intended) to take note of:

1. Bring pictures of your desired hair colour to the salon


One of the most important things to do before heading to the hair salon is to make sure you’re on the same page as your hair stylist. Google the hair colour and style you’d like, or flip through magazines for it, then bring pictures of your desired look to the hair salon. This is so you won’t end up with a colour that’s completely different from what you actually want.

The shade of blue you want might not be the same as what your stylist has in mind, so let’s steer clear of hair colour disasters with this simple method!


2. The process takes time


While celebrities make changing hair colours look incredibly easy, it really isn’t. More often than not, it’s not a simple matter of simply walking into a salon and getting your hair done. Dyeing hair is a process that can take hours, even days to complete. So if you’d like to dye your hair? Make sure your schedule is clear, then book an appointment. Take particular note of this if you’re aiming to dye your hair a bright colour. The more drastic the change, the longer it’ll take!


3. Bright colours fade quickly


Alas, fun colours like blue and purple fade much more quickly than traditional colours do. If this, however, does not turn you off, then be ready for the amount of time and money that will go into maintaining your locks. Yes, the same concept applies even if you go for box hair dyes instead of going to the hair salon. Also note that bright colours don’t show up the way you’d want them to without bleaching your hair first. This is especially true for us dark-haired Malaysians.


4. It can get expensive


Unless you opt for something low maintenance like highlights or an ombre look, you’re going to spend a lot of money to maintain your hair colour. Think periodic visits to the hair salon for touch ups, and purchases for shampoo, conditioner and other hair products for coloured hair. If you’re not ready to break the bank for this pricey endeavour, you might want to consider going for, as mentioned, something low maintenance, or skipping it altogether.


5. It can change the texture of your hair


Dyeing your hair can change its texture, particularly if you bleach it. This means you could end up with dry, damaged hair over time, and even the volume of your hair could be different. This is why it is crucial to have a full consultation with your stylist before diving into this endeavour. When you know exactly what to expect from your colour change, you are less likely to be in for any nasty surprises—and of course, be better prepared in learning how to care for your hair.


And there you have it! Some of the most important tips to remember before breaking your dyed hair virginity. So what do you think? Ready to give a new colour a whirl, or even better, have some pre-dyed hair tips to share with us? Let us know in the comments section below!