Do you need a touch-up on those stubborn grays or do you simply want to refresh your look, here you will find a manual for how to dye your locs at home!

If you’re anything like me, you like to change out the color of your hair every once in a while. Others do it according to the trends. Yet, others do it to create to see their complexion more illuminated.

Going to the salon is not always possible and as the days go by, the color tends to fade and the roots start to show through. The difference in tone becomes apparent.

The good news is that dyeing your locs at home is a simple process, especially for those with a single tone, and that requires few elements.

Many people are afraid to dye their hair at home, wondering if the color will settle well. In this article, we provide some information on the different methods and tints that you can use to lose some of your fear and encourage yourself.

Choose the right tint

First things first: select the color you like best. To do so, consider the color of your skin, your base tone, and, last but not least, the condition of your locks.

Once chosen, consider the thickness and length. If you have thick, long hair, you’re going to need more dye than someone with short or fine hair.

If you’ve never dyed your locs and your base is dark, choose a shade darker or lighter than your natural color, meaning no more than two shades apart to make sure it works.

Prepare your locks

What you do before dyeing your hair at home is as important as the process and has a direct impact on the result.

One of the most frequently asked questions has to do with washing. Should the hair be washed first?

The answer is no, you have to do it a day or two before dyeing it. Why? Because the natural oil in your hair will help the color adhere better.

In turn, this helps prevent dry and damaged hair, a product of the chemicals in the dye.

It is also necessary to do a hair dye allergy test beforehand. For that, two days before dyeing your hair at home, apply a little of the mixture on your arm or belly.

If there are no abnormal symptoms such as itching, redness, or irritation, then you can move on. Otherwise, wash with plenty of water immediately and abandon the product.

Dyeing your locks at home – step by step

  1. Place a towel over your shoulders to avoid staining your clothing. You can also use an old t-shirt that you don’t mind getting dirty.
  2. Apply petroleum jelly or baby oil to your face, neck, ears, and areas around your hairline to prevent the dye from staining your skin.
  3. Mix the dye solution in the bowl according to the instructions on the box. In most cases, this contains a tube of cream and a bottle of hydrogen peroxide.
  4. Comb your locks well and divide them into four sections.
  5. Wear plastic gloves and apply the mixture to locks with a brush or by hand, first at the roots. The tail of the brush or a comb can help you work the sections evenly and neatly to completely cover the roots. Then, apply from mid-lengths to ends. When you have covered everything, put on a shower cap and let the dye work as indicated on the box. If you only want to touch up the roots, simply apply the mixture to the rest of the hair five minutes before the time is up.
  6. Once the time has elapsed, rinse your locks with water (it is not necessary to use shampoo and conditioner at this time). If the box came with a conditioner, apply it and allow it to sit for five minutes before rinsing.
  7. Dry and style your locks as you normally do. How was the new tone?

More Tips

  • You should only take on dyeing locs if you feel confident that you can do so without disturbing the locking process. Try to keep your locs moisturized. Continue to use a leave-in conditioner for at least four weeks after you color your hair
  • Re-tight your locs every 4-6 weeks.


Some color options 

  1. Garnier Hair Color
  2. More colors

It contains a formula with intense pigments that will cover your entire hair in the most effective way. In addition, it will leave your hair soft and silky thanks to the rose oil which presents a powerful combination of vitamins, antioxidants, and sugars.



If your locs become darker than you expected, don’t worry, they will lighten with washing. When washing, please use warm water first.

After applying shampoo and conditioner, rinse with cold. This action will prolong the dye.

Finally, use a highly moisturizing and reconstructing treatment at least once a week to restore the damage caused by the dye.