DIY Dyeing for Natural Hair

I dyed my hair. Again! I think you can now expect that at least once in the year, I will come to you with some new colour I am trying out. My first experience with bleaching and dyeing was pretty great. Remember when I talked about it here? I went back to my colorist one more time after that and when my bank account began to cry, I determined that there had to be a way to do this for cheaper. And hey! It does not get much cheaper than DIY, innit!

How to go about DIY Dyeing

What you will need

  • Creme of Nature Exotic Shine Color or any other ammonia-free hair dye kit
  • Plastic gloves (if not in kit)
  • Rat tail comb
  • Vaseline

The Process


  • I worked on old hair. I had not washed in a little over 2 weeks. You do not want to wash your hair right before dyeing so as not to jeopardize the health of your scalp (read, burn!). This whole dyeing process took me back to those relaxer days yo!
  • Follow the instructions in the kit and mix the developer with the dye inside the provided applicator tube. Wear your gloves now!
  • To begin, line the perimeter of your hair with vaseline to avoid the dye burning any part of the skin close to those areas
  • Section hair into 4 quarters
  • Working within each quarter, use the rat tail comb or your finger to part the hair into smaller sections (about an inch) and apply the dye beginning at the roots and working your way to the tip. As you apply, use your gloved up fingers to work the day through the entire length of the hair.
  • Repeat until the entire head of hair is saturated. The first time, I bought only one pack of dye kit and that was really not enough. So what ended up happening is that the roots retained the colour a lot more than the part of the hair further away. So two packs is what my hair needs (my low density hair, by the way).

  • This is when you go sit down, clean, or lounge with tea for at least 30 minutes, while the dye seeps into your hair strands little by little.
  • Once the timer goes off, jump in the shower and rinse the colour off. Wash and condition, preferably with colour safe shampoo and conditioner.

  • Style and enjoy your new colour!

Total Cost

$12.00 total. For a permanent dye job? Not bad at all! If I had to get this dye job at a hair salon, that number would have been multiplied by 10.

Final Thoughts

This was a very easy process. However, it appears that I was not able to get the dye evenly distributed throughout my hair. So there are areas that appear more red than others. And areas that still look black. I do like the colour result though. Like a burgundy. I also like that I did not have to dye my hair in order to get the colour to shine through. I’ll definitely touch up with this same colour a few more times before I try something new.

Would you try dyeing your hair on your own? What colour would you dye your hair? Let me know!



5 Replies to “DIY Dyeing for Natural Hair”

  1. It came out lovely and so did your outfits😀. I think about dyeing mine, but then you I read all the horror stories and with my hardwork which has gotten me to this length, I just chicken out.*sighs*. Anyhow I continue to live vicariously through posts like this and Pinterest. One day though….
    Do update us on how the color holds up.

  2. Dying my hair by MYSELF has being on my mind, but my mother would most likely cut off my head to get the dye job out. There’s too many MYs in this sentence,damn!
    If I eventually get it done, though, I’d rather henna. That way if I mess it up….still henna, wouldn’t cause as much harm as the store-bought products.
    Yours isn’t bad . For a first timer, you did a great job!

    1. Yes, henna powder is great though it is a looooong process. I did it last weekend but my goal wasn’t to achieve the red-orange color but as the first step in covering up my gray. The second step was to apply indigo powder which converted the henna color to black. Gray gone … for now! (Indigo, by itself, doesn’t cover gray hair.) The good thing about henna is that whether you achieve your color goal or not, it also conditions your hair. You can’t lose with it.
      #OldEnoughForGrayHairButTooYoungToLetItShow 🙂

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