From haircare concerns to tips and tricks for removing dye stains, here are the answers to some of your most frequently asked questions about colouring hair.


    1. My hair is brittle, very dry and breaks easily. Can I colour it?
      First take care of your hair and make sure it’s in good condition before you even think of colouring. Trim split ends and use moisturising products and hair masks. Also remember not to use oil moisturiser, hair food or treatment at least two days before colouring your hair.

    2. How do I prevent the colour from staining my skin and hands?
      Always wear protective gloves (they come with some hair dyes, otherwise buy them separately). The oldest trick in the book is to apply Vaseline Petroleum Jelly around your hairline. Don’t forget your neck and ears. Apply carefully as the colour won’t penetrate your hair if the Vaseline touches it.

    3. Henna is affordable. Can I use that instead of dye?
      If you use henna, stick to henna as it forms a coat around your hair that won’t allow other products (such as relaxer and hair dye) to penetrate it. If you use henna you can’t relax or colour your hair. You have to grow out your hair or cut off the henna ends.

    4. Can I use a relaxer and colour my hair at the same time?
      No, as this could make your hair fall out. Some experts suggest waiting at least two weeks after relaxing before colouring your hair.

    5. How much dye should I use if my hair is really short?
      You only need to use half the pack. Give the rest to a friend as dye has to be used immediately once it’s been mixed.

    6. What if the dye stains my skin? How do I get rid of it?
      Use cotton wool dipped in a bit of milk and apply it to the stained areas. You can also try any type of hair spray on cotton wool. If it doesn’t come off, another trick is to take some cigarette ash (if you happen to have a smoker in the house) and apply it in circular movements to the stained areas. The ash serves as a light exfoliator.

    As adapted from Huisgenoot, YOU and DRUM by Shoprite. This article does not carry the endorsement of the aforementioned publications.