12 Of The Best Drugstore DIY Hair Colour Kits That’ll Save You A Trip To The Salon
There’s nothing quite as transformative as getting your hair freshly coloured. Getting it done professionally at the salon, however, is both time-consuming and can be painful on our wallets. And if you’re not looking to get unicorn colours that require bleaching, a box dye is the way forward. We’ve rounded up the best drugstore options to do it yourself in the comfort of your home.
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Text: Michelle Chew / HerWorldPlus / September 2017
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Best for the scalp
Ryo Mild Formula Hairdye Cream, $18.90, from Guardian
Botanical extracts and essences from ginseng, red ginseng, sophora root and dandelion are added to make this Ryo hair colour nourishing to both the scalp and hair. Plus, it is free of harmful ingredients including ammonia, PPD and fragrance.
Easiest hair dye to use
Liese Creamy Bubble Color, $19.90, from Guardian or Watsons
This home colour kit takes the guess work out of dyeing your hair. It dispenses the dye from the bottle as a bubbly foam colourant, which you can spread onto your hair with gloved hands. You don’t even really need to section your hair as the bubbles can be massaged in. When you’ve applied all the foam, it holds up hair pretty well even without any hair clips. Liese has recently launched three new colours to their Design series, namely Cool Pink, Deep Violet and Forest Khaki.
Most playful colours
Aprilskin Turn Up Color Cream, $15, from Guardian
Looking to express yourself with fun, vibrant shades that aren’t the usual caramel, coffee or bronde? Turn to Aprilskin for shades such as pink, light green and ash grey. The hair colour is also formulated with nourishing ingredients including coconut, jojoba and camelia oil.
Ideal for people with sensitivities
Natur Vital ColourSafe Permanent Hair Dye, $29.90, from Guardian or Watsons
With ingredients like plant keratin, aloe vera gel and sunflower oil, the Natur Vital colours while conditioning the hair. It is also made without ammonia, parabens and para-phenylenediamine (PPD), a possible allergen commonly found in hair dyes.
Natural-looking and smells somewhat pleasent
Color Soin Hair Colour, $24.90, from Guardian.
This paraben- and silicone-free formula smells pleasent compared to the ammonia-laden types, and the colour payoff is natural and shiny.
Phyto Phytocolor Permanent Hair Color With Botanical Pigments, $39.90, from Redmart.
This brand is all about natural ingredients and botanical ingredients so it’s the safest for sensitive scalps. But that said, like with any other hair colourant out there, do a patch test just to be safe.
Most fuss-free colourant
Cielo Cream Hair Color, $17.90, from Watsons Or Guardian.
There’s no pouring or mixing involved with this simple kit. You just dispense the cream right from the tube onto the brush provided and comb it onto your hair.
Best tangle-free hair dye
Garnier Colour Naturals Hair Colour, $9.90, from Guardian.
This dye will keep your tresses silky and smooth. No wonder because it is packed with olive oil, to condition hair as it colours.
Best grey hair coverage & can be stored
Bigen Speedy Hair Colour Conditioner, $14.90, from Guardian.
This covers grey hair in as quickly as 5 to 10 minutes, depending on the intensity of the colour you pick, no need to wait 30 to 45 minutes. And the best part? You can store the remainder for use another time.
Most hair-loving colour
Bionike Shine On Hair Colouring Treatment, $39.90, from Guardian.
This is one of the priciest colour kits available, but is ammonia-free and doesn’t have that strong rancid smell.
Most value for money
Revlon Colorsilk Hair Colour, $9.90, from Watsons & Guardian.
This basic, no-frills colour kit is the most affordable we could find. It’s on sale on Guardian’s online store at just $7.40.
Best for damaged, dry hair
L’Oreal Paris Excellence Creme, $19.90, from Watsons Or Guardian.
This comes with a special pre-serum which you apply on your hair before the dye goes on. This helps to protect hair from chemical damage so it’s softer and smoother after colouring.