Dye your hair at home or at the hairdresser?

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The big question! Is it okay to dye your hair at home or is it better to go to the hairdresser? At Keune we are not a fan of dyeing your hair yourself. Unless you have experience with professional hairdressing products. For example, if you have completed a hairdressing education. If you are not a professional, you run a high risk of a poor outcome and hair damage.

Leave it to the pro

Hair coloring is a profession. It is a process where you have to use the right formulas and coloring technique to get a beautiful result. In addition, a hairdresser can advise you about which hair color suits you best and how to care for your hair afterwards.

To prepare you well for dyeing your hair and having your hair dyed at the hairdresser, we have listed a number of frequently asked questions for you. The Keune hair experts give you all the answers you need.

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Is hair dye at the hairdresser better?

The quality of professional hair coloring at a hairdresser is better than a hair dye from a package at the drugstore. Hair dye from a drugstore is tailored to the average consumer with no hairdressing experience. This hair dye should work on any type of hair. Therefore, it contains higher percentages of chemicals than professional hair dye. This can be bad for the quality of your hair.

The coloring chosen by the hairdresser takes better care of the hair because it is tailored to your hair. A hairdresser mixes different colors to achieve the desired result.

The result

Hair dye from the drugstore contains one color, but can give varying results. That depends on your current hair color and the color of the hair dye. In addition, the color can turn out differently with dry, damaged hair. A hairdresser looks at your hair type, quality and color and whether you have had previous color treatments. Based on this, he or she comes up with a custom-made coloring.

How long does hair dye from the hairdresser last?

Hair dye from the drugstore is of lower quality and disappears from your hair faster than professional hair dye. Permanent hair coloring by the hairdresser lasts a very long time. The color fades very slowly. How fast that process goes depends on the hair care after coloring. Over time you will see regrowth at your hair roots. Hairdressers advise to update the regrowth every 6 to 8 weeks. Tip: the balayage technique reduces the visible effect of regrowth. A semi-permanent hair color disappears from your hair faster. You gradually wash this out of your hair.

What is the best hairdresser to dye your hair?

Before you have your hair dyed at a hairdresser, we advise you to do proper research in advance. For example, you can look at hairdressers who have won awards for hair coloring in competitions. Not sure which hair would look good? Then visit the hairdresser for a consultation. This way you prevent a hair coloring that you are not happy with. Find a salon near you.

Use the salon finder to find a Keune specialist near you.

Dyeing curly hair at the hairdresser

Curly hair is naturally more sensitive and fragile than straight hair. Because of this you have to be careful when painting it. Read all the do's & don'ts of dyeing curly hair here.

How long does hair dyeing take at the hairdresser?

How long it takes to have your hair dyed at the hairdresser varies greatly by hair type and color treatment. Of course, the longer and thicker your hair, the longer it takes the hairdresser to color. We have listed the most common color treatments for you, along with how much time it takes.

1. Bleaching

If you're going to bleach your hair, you can easily free up half a day to a whole day for this. The darker and longer your hair, the longer you spend in the barber chair. Especially when you want to go from very dark to very light, you may have to schedule several appointments. Have you had previous color treatments or red pigment in your hair and do you want to bleach your hair? Then this affects the bleaching process.

2. Highlights & Lowlights

Setting highlights takes on average between 1.5 and 3 hours. This also depends entirely on your wishes and your hair length.

3. Balayage

On average, it takes 3 to 5 hours to put a balayage in your hair. However, this can take longer depending on your wishes, hair length and hair structure.

4. From light to dark

Depending on your hair and the desired end result, it can take about 2.5 to 3 hours.

5. Outgrowth

Updating your regrowth takes about 1.5 hours. The advantage of painting your regrowth is not you

Do you have to wash your hair before getting it dyed at the hairdresser?

It is advisable not to wash your hair 1 to 2 days before the color treatment. The natural oils on your scalp protect the fragile skin during the dyeing process. This has no further influence on the result of the hair coloring.

How long do you not wash your hair after dyeing?

After a color treatment, we recommend you, not to wash your hair immediately when you return home. This can make the color fade faster. Wait at least 1 to 2 days for this. We recommend washing your hair 2 times a week; curly hair 1 time per week. To keep your new hair color beautiful for as long as possible, we recommend Tinta Color or Color Brillianz shampoo and conditioner. To repair hair damage from coloring, our Blond Savior (for bleached hair) or Bond Fusion Phase Three (for all color treatments). Use a mask for colored hair once a week for extra hydration. Give bleached hair a cool tone again with the So Pure Cool shampoo or conditioner.

How much does hair dyeing cost at the hairdresser?

Price indications:

  • Whole hair dye between €60,- and €100,-

  • Balayage between €80,- and €150,-

  • Update roots between €40 and €80

  • Paint highlights €50 and €120

  • Paints for men between €35 and €70

View the hairdresser's price list or visit the salon and ask for a price indication based on your wishes.

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About this collaborator

Asset Joanne van Hoeflaken
Joanne van Hoeflaken

Global Education Manager

At the helm of Keune's education program is Joanne. With the Education team, she trains and guides Keune hairstylists worldwide.

The international Education team knows all the ins and outs of cutting and coloring techniques, hair styling, and the latest hair trends.

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