Lilac hair is the hot colour trend for this year with its soft, pastel vibes are the perfect mix of grunge and glamour. If you want to know how to dye your hair lilac at home, you’ve come to the right place.
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What is lilac hair?
Lilac is the sexy sister shade of purpley Lavender which is also one of the hot hair colour ideas that are all the rage this year. It’s the perfect blend of pink, blue and purple shades which means it will suit any skin tone – cool or warm.
Lilac can be soft pink, it can be bright, it can be pastel, electric or neon. And it looks completely fantastic with ombre, balayage or highlights styles.
Lilac is also a great complimentary colour for all kinds of silver and blonde hair shades. It’s not a colour that lasts long on your hair as it’s a light, pale colour. Enjoy it while it lasts!
Check out the latest looks for ideas and inspiration.
Can I dye my hair lilac at home?
Lilac can be an easy colour to achieve at home – with the right hair colour base. Which means you need to take the colour your hair is now into consideration.
If you have blonde and light hair: You have a great base to start playing with lilac. Although you may need to lighten your hair with bleach if you want to true pastel shades.
If you have light brown hair and darker: You’ll need to lighten your hair with a lightening kit to try pastel shades like lilac. Using off-the shelf lilac box dyes will not do for dark hair – sorry!
If in doubt – do a strand test!
What do I need to dye my hair lilac at home?
- A great Clarifying shampoo.
- A hair dye kit that will give you all the brushes and tools you need to apply your hair dye like a pro.
- A hairdressers cape to cover and protect your clothes. This allows you to move around freely unlike towels which fall off.
- A barrier cream to prevent the hair dye staining your hairline.
- A wide toothed comb to gently separate your hair and comb the product through your hair.
- A colour-safe shampoo to wash out the dye.
- A colour-safe conditioner to lock the colour in and restore moisture.
- A heat protection spray to protect your hair from heat before drying your hair.
- A hair dryer that’s suitable for coloured hair. Check out our Dyson Supersonic hair dryer review.
And your lilac hair dye of choice! Read more about each one in our Best lilac hair dye reviews.
Best lilac hair dyes at a glance
How to dye your hair lilac at home.
Step one: Get ready.
24-48 hours before you dye your hair use a good clarifying shampoo to rid your hair of any grease or grime that will stop the dye from fully penetrating your hair.
Washing your hair a couple of days beforehand will also give your hair a chance to build back up the natural oils that will protect it.
Make sure you apply the hair dye in a well ventilated room and set aside 1-1.5 hours to go through the process from start to finish
Don’t skip the strand test! Especially if you are new to hair dyeing. It will give you confidence that your hair will take to the colour.
Put on your hairdresser’s cape to protect your clothes, cover surfaces and the floor around you with newspaper to protect from any splashes. And open your chosen box of lilac hair dye,
Step 2: Get set.
Coat your hairline, ears and neck with your barrier cream before applying dye to your hair. Applying this coating will make and hair dye easier to rinse off and it won’t stain your skin.
Open up your hair dye and mix the colour and developer together as instructed. Pour the mixture into your hair dye bowl from your hair dye kit.
Step 3: Go! Section your hair.
If your hair has been previously dyed and has roots showing, use your comb to separate your hair into 4-8 sections, depending on thickness. Clip each section using clips from the hair dye kit to keep them separated from each other.
Step 4: Apply the dye.
Grab your brush and work the hair dye into your hair.
- For previously dyed hair – work the formula into your roots first to cover the new hair regrowth. Follow the instructions that come with your box of hair dye carefully and check the timing of how long you have to leave it in for.
- For hair that hasn’t been dyed – massage the dye into the whole of your head (you may not need to section it), starting at the roots and working down to the tips, making sure the hair is totally saturated.
- Don’t be afraid to use two boxes of hair dye to make sure you get great coverage. If you have thick or long hair, you will need to.
Step 5: Let it develop.
Pop your hair up in a shower cap to prevent it from touching and staining anything. You can also wear a towel on your head to help keep in the heat and help it develop. Leave the dye in for the right amount of time specified on the box hair dye instructions.
Check the progress of the colour development. If needed, you can leave the hair dye on for an extra 10 minutes to ensure it really takes.
If you feel any burning or itching – rinse it off straight away!
Step 6: Rinse the dye out.
Once your time is up, rinse your hair with warm water in the shower or over the sink. Keep rinsing your hair until the water runs clear.
Wash your hair twice with shampoo and condition your hair from root to tip. When your hair is wet, the colour will appear darker at first. Time to dry it!
Step six: Style and dry!
Make sure you use a good hair heat protection spray to protect your colour before using a hair dryer.
Dry your hair as usual and admire your new coloured locks!!
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How do I care for my new lilac hair?
Lilac hair is like red hair in that it will fade pretty fast if you don’t look after it. So you need to do all you can to care for your colour.
A colour shampoo will help prolong the life of your colour so look for ones that are sulphate free. We love Bumble & Bumble’s Full Potential hair shampoo as it’s kind on colour while locking it in.
Full Potential Shampoo by Bumble & Bumble.
You’ll also need to invest in the infamous little miracle potion that is Olaplex No.3 Hair Perfector to treat your hair in between colourings and restore you hair shaft bonds.
Once a week, use a hair mask like our fave Coco & Eve Like a Virgin Hair Masque to moisturise and nourish your locks.
And as always, make sure you follow the best advice in How to look after coloured hair and keep it luscious for longer.