How to Do Multi Tone Hair Color at Home: Budget Friendly and Time-Saving Tips

by Gabby

I know that we are all fascinated by the beautiful balayage hairstyles, or the highlights and multi tone color hair! But, let’s be real for a second – these type of hairstyles can be time-consuming and expensive as well. So, how to do multi tone hair color at home? What are the steps to follow for the perfect hairstyle?

Multi Tone Hair Color at Home: Budget Friendly and Time-Saving Tips

multi tone hair color at home

Women love to experiment with hair color and hairstyles! Especially now that it’s Summer, I have a lot of thoughts in my head about going blonde, for example, even though I am a natural brunette… But then I think – how many times should I visit the salon just so I can maintain the same result? It sure takes a lot of time and multi tone hair colors are not a budget-friendly choice. However, recently we have discovered that you can do it at home! Keep in mind that if you are a newbie like me, we don’t recommend doing it yourself for the first time, because there are a lot of things that can go wrong. If you are a natural brunette like me and want to do a lighter blonde color, it is better to go to the salon first. Now, let’s focus on the steps you need to follow to get the best results for multi tone hair color at home.

How Can I Do Multi Tone Hair Color at Home?

We are going to start by saying that multi tone hair color is pretty much like doing highlights. The effect is almost the same, however you can achieve it at your own home. It is very important to note that if you are new to this, you have to choose colors that doesn’t require hair bleaching, since this is going to make the process way harder. Also, ALWAYS use gloves when dyeing your hair! Now, follow these easy steps:

Triangle Sectioning Hair: Color Melting Technique

The first step to multi tone hair color at home is the right sectioning technique. The Geodesic sectioning technique will help you to melt the colors in the best possible way from your roots. Essentially, you have to divide your locks into triangles as shown on the picture below, which will help you choose exactly where to place the hair dye. You are also going to need hair clips to make sure your hair stays in place, while you dye it.

color melting technique at home triangle sectioning hair


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Hair Foiling Technique at Home

You have to grab your hair foil and use the good-old technique that we are all familiar with. Place a sheet of the foil below the hair section that you are going to dye. Apply the hair color and fold, creating squares. The foil plays the role of a barrier between the different colors that you are going to use. Make sure that the foil is tightly folded.

how to color your hair at home using foil

How to Dye Your Hair at Home?

Now it’s time to start with the dyeing itself! First determine which colors on which sections of hair will be, so that it does not become a chaotic experience. As we have already said, the dyeing is done only with gloves and a dye brush, which should be thin. Also, remember that the foil technique should be used for optimal dyeing and easier separation of the different colors. Once you dye your hair, you have to let it sit for a while. Depending on the hair dye you choose, it can take up to 1 hour for some. Read the instructions carefully. We also suggest using the same brand for all the colors that you are going to apply. Like that you are going to follow the same requirements for all hair dye.

How to Rinse Off The Hair Dye?

There is a technique on how to rinse off the hair dye as well. You should be careful, since there’s a chance that you can mix the darker and lighter shades, which will lead to muddy-looking colors. That’s why, we rinse off the darker shades first, until the water turns clear and there’s no dye anymore. After that you can also rinse off the lighter colors. It is recommended to use cold water, if you want to maintain the color properly. It is better to wash your hair in the sink and in front of a mirror, because you can separate the colors better.

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How to Maintain Your Color at Home?

Once you do a multi tone hair color at home, you have to learn how to maintain it properly, so you can keep the good results. The hair specialists recommend to always use a color-safe shampoo, when washing your hair. There are shampoos especially made to maintain a good hair color, so you have to opt for one. Also, try to wash your hair with cold water. If you notice that the colors start to fade, be quick and section the same pieces of hair and apply semi-permanent hair dye of the shades you used previously.

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