8 tips for home hair dyes and box dyes.

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A general guideline for choosing your colour is to stay within two shades of your natural colour, both lighter and darker. The safer option for basic DIY colouring is sticking as close to your natural colour as possible. For example, many brunettes will find their shade sits between a four and a six. However, if you’re naturally blonde and want to go brunette, or vice versa, it’s a risky task best left for a professional.

The other number(s) you’ll see on some boxes relate to the tone of the developer. At-home hair dye has a tendency to turn out warmer with orange and yellow tones, so look for shades labelled neutral, ash or cool. These are often represented by the numbers 0, 1 and 2. If you see a number with a decimal point (e.g. 5.15), that indicates the developer has a mix of tones. The first number after the decimal is the primary tone and the second number is a secondary…

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