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Picking the Perfect Hair Dye Brand

Are you looking for the best hair colour on the block? Want something bold, bright and beautiful? Then look no further than our incredible collection of hair dye, packed to the rafters with the hottest colours from all the biggest brands.

Here at Dye My Hair, we know that selecting the right hair dye for your needs can be a bit of a tricky undertaking. It’s not all about finding the right colour, factors such as longevity, colour undertones, ingredients and formulation all play a part in the decision-making process, which can sap the fun out of your search and make things feel confusing and overwhelming. However, we’re here to streamline this process and make it simple and easy to transform your look without getting bogged down with jargon!

Choosing the Right Hair Dye Brand

Curious about what makes these brands different? Want to know more about their key features and benefits? Check out our quick reference guide to our brands:

  1. Crazy Colour: Great for all hair types, this gentle dye conditions the hair whilst it colours. With a veritable rainbow of bold and bright colours, no matter what shade you seek, you can be sure to find the right one for you! 
  2. La Riche Directions: One of the most iconic ‘crazy’ colour brands on the market, we offer dozens of different shades of Directions dye! This vegan hair dye is PPD, ammonia and peroxide free, making it a great choice for anyone with fragile or damaged hair. 
  3. Manic Panic: These legendary dyes are great for anyone seeking vivid colour without commitment! Perfect for anyone with sensitive skin, these 100% vegan dyes are free from peroxide, ammonia and PPD, which makes them safe to use during pregnancy as well. With over 30 different shades available, the only limit to the looks you can create with these colours is your imagination!
  4. Paintglow: With a huge range of hair colours, UV reactive hair mascaras and chalks, this brand is the ultimate in funky hair colour! Great for fancy dress, parties or simply for experimenting with a funky new colour, these colours are dermatologically tested to ensure they’re kind to skin and are not tested on animals
  5. Splat: These all-in-one dye kits come complete with lightening bleach and colour, great for achieving a total transformation in one easy step. What’s more, you can mix a combination of colours together to create your own custom shade!
  6. Stargazer: Made without ammonia or peroxide, this temporary dye is suitable for use on virgin or pre-lightened hair. Plus, with a precision tip applicator nozzle for a mess free dyeing experience, this is a great choice for neat freaks!

It’s important to remember that the effectiveness of any hair dye is entirely dependent on the condition, porosity, base colour and grey coverage of your hair.

Hair Colour 101: What You Need to Know Before You Dye

Ever heard the phrase ‘prior planning prevents poor performance’? It’s a pretty sensible and apt way to prepare yourself for the hair dyeing process! A week or so before you want to dye, make sure you get your hair in the best condition possible by using deep conditioning or protein treatments and trimming any pesky split ends. This is also a good time to pre-lighten and tone your hair, as this will allow your hair to have a breather before you colour it. In the same organisational vein, we cannot stress enough how essential it is to make sure that you’ve got enough dye to comfortably cover your hair! You do not want to be halfway through applying colour and then discover you’ve got barely anything left in the tub, so if you’re in any doubt, grab an extra package of colour. If it turns out that you don’t need it, then at least you’ve got some on hand for next time! We also recommend laying out all your tools prior to beginning to colour your hair, just so you can see everything at a glance and don’t have to make a mad dash around the house to find something essential.

Whether you’re a dyeing novice or an old pro, if you’re considering a style such as ombre, hidden rainbow or even a pastel effect balayage, the chances are you’re going to need an extra pair of hands to help you out. It can be really tricky to dye the back of your hair, so avoid having a patchy dye job by enlisting a friend to help! Keep in mind that freshly dyed hair is generally a little more fragile than undyed hair, so it’s essential to treat it gently in order to keep it looking and feeling great. The easiest way to achieve this is by relaxing your heat styling regime, as this both weakens the hair and can accelerate the colour fading process. Furthermore, it’s wise to make sure that you use UV-protecting products or cover your hair with a hat or scarf if you’re going to be in direct sunlight, as this can also promote premature fading. In addition to adopting a minimal-heat approach, it's essential to keep your hair well-nourished through the use of intensive conditioners, hot oil treatments and hair masks. Combined with washing your hair infrequently as possible (Using the coolest water you can stand) and regularly trimming away any crunchy ends, you can be sure to keep your hair looking glossy, healthy and happy for longer!

If you’re the kind of person who likes to switch up your style on a regular basis, then you’re probably wondering “How long does semi-permanent hair dye last?”! In short, there’s no hard and fast rule for how long dye will last, as each brand has a different average wear duration. However, to make your decision process a little simpler, here’s our at-a-glance guide to the lasting power of each of the brands we carry:

  • Crazy Color: Up to 8 washes
  • La Riche Directions: Up to 6 weeks
  • Manic Panic: ‘High Voltage’ formula lasts for up to 6 weeks, the ‘Amplified’ formula lasts for up to 8 weeks
  • Paintglow: Up to 6 washes
  • Splat: Up to 6 weeks
  • Stargazer: Up to 6 weeks

With dozens of different shades on offer from some of the biggest and best hair colour brands in the industry, it’s never been simpler to find your ideal temporary hair dye than when you shop here at Dye My Hair!

As you’re probably well aware, if you want a truly vibrant, bright and dazzling result that’s true to the colour in the bottle, you’re going to need to pre-lighten your locks. If you’re a hair dyeing newbie, then the prospect of bleaching your hair can be a little overwhelming and daunting. However, if you’re struggling to work out what bleach kit is right for you, we’re here to help! The most important thing to remember with bleach is that you should ALWAYS make sure you’re using the right developer for your hair type. If you have fine and fragile hair, use a low volume (A 10 usually suffices) and if you have dark and coarse hair, a 30 or a 40 volume is your best choice. A 20 or 30 volume developer is suitable for most other hair types. If you’re a little perplexed as to what the numbers mean, then think of it this way; a 10 vol has the slowest development time, so it’s a relatively gentle product, whereas the 40 vol has the fastest acting development time and is a much stronger product. As with any hair dyeing matter, if you’re in any doubt about what product to purchase, how to use it or it’s suitability for you, please speak directly to your hairdresser or a qualified hair stylist.

If you don’t want to reach for the bleach, then we’ve got a fantastic range of semi permanent hair dye for dark hair for you to check out! With plenty of rich, deep and highly pigmented hues available, you can still be sure to achieve an amazing result without the need to lighten your locks. Dyes like Manic Panic’s Violet Night, Rock ‘n’ Roll Red, Enchanted Forest and After Midnight are great for using on darker hair, as they will provide a subtle yet stunning sheen of colour.

Considering Colour

If you’re contemplating a colour change, you may be thinking “What hair colour suits me?” and planning to choose your ideal shade based on what will flatter your skin tone, eye colour and maybe even your preferred colour of clothing! Here at Dye My Hair, we reckon that anyone can wear any colour, regardless of so-called ‘fashion rules’. If you wanna rock a neon yellow ‘do and wear lashings of fluorescent clothing, then you should just do it! There are so many amazing hair dye colours out there to experiment with and life’s far too short to have boring hair, so why not throw caution to the wind and express yourself colourfully? However, if you are keen to choose a shade that will be a completely compliment your complexion, then here’s a rough guide to selecting a hair colour that’ll set your look alight!

If you’ve got a warm skin tone, then you’ve likely got peachy, yellow or golden undertones to your skin (Regardless of your actual skin colour) that can lean towards sallowness. If you can’t quite work out your dominant undertone, an easy way to determine it is by looking at the colour of your veins on your wrist. If they appear to look green-ish, then you’re warm! The following colours are sure to suit all warm toned lovelies:

  • Red - Warm orange reds are a match made in heaven!
  • Yellow - Muted banana, mustard and copper tones.
  • Pink - Coral, peachy and orange toned pinks. 
  • Green - Yellow toned hues such as olive, hunter and leaf green.
  • Purple - Mauve, orchid and grape tones.
  • Orange - Tangerine, rust and ginger shades.
  • Blue - Teal, cornflower and Oxford blues.

Cool skin tones typically have red, pink or even blue undertones (Again, regardless of your skin colour) that create a slightly ruddy effect. When you check the veins on your wrist, they’ll likely have a blue-ish quality to them. These shades are a great match for any cool toned compadre:

  • Red - Blue toned ‘true’ reds are guaranteed to look phenomenal!
  • Yellow - Pastel lemon, primrose and neon yellow shades.
  • Pink - Fuchsia, rose and flamingo pink tones.
  • Green - Sea foam, mint and emerald hues.
  • Purple - Plum, violet and lavender shades.
  • Orange - Tigerlily, apricot and melon tones.
  • Blue - Cobalt, navy and periwinkle hues.

Perhaps you’re more interested in experimenting with hair colour trends? If you’re yearning for pretty pastel hair, sleek silver strands or a riot of rainbow hues, then you’re in the right place! We’ve got everything you could ever need to achieve your perfect hair ‘do, all under one roof. From semi permanent hair colour, pastelizers and toners to gloves, tint brushes and aftercare products, you can easily, simply and effortlessly transform your look in a heartbeat!

Need hair colour ideas? Then why not check out our Colour Inspiration boards over on Pinterest?