Hair Colour 101: Top Tips & How-To Advice
3 STEPS FOR YOUR PERFECT AT HOME HAIR COLOUR
STEP 1: FIND YOUR PERFECT SHADE
Use our Color Match quiz to narrow down your perfect shade
STEP 2: TRY BEFORE YOU DYE
Use our Virtual Try On tool to make sure shade suits you
STEP 3: HOW TO DYE AT HOME
All the at home guides and resources you will need
IMPORTANT: Actual results may vary based on your hair colour and condition. For more information, please read our Terms page. Like how this shades looks on you? Make sure it works on your hair. Take our 1-minute quiz to be certain.
TOP TIP! IS YOUR SHADE RIGHT FOR YOU?
Choose a shade which is close to the one you have currently. Hair dye cannot lighten previously coloured hair, therefore if you are trying to go lighter you will need to bleach.
See our helpful chart below or speak to our advisors for more personalised information.
Browse Our Hair Dye at Home Videos Below
How to Dye Dark Roots at Home:
Retouch Roots at Home with Garnier
Follow Kumba Dauda as she takes you through the Garnier step-by-step guide to touching up dark hair roots at home!
How to Dye Hair Blonde & Retouch Roots at Home:
Retouch Roots Guide
Anna Whitehouse leads you through this video tutorial on dying hair roots blonde, safely and quickly, without having to visit a salon.
Dye Your Hair at Home with Garnier Nutrisse Ultra Color Intense, Vibrant colour hair dye
In this simple tutorial, learn how to dye your hair at home using Garnier Nutrisse Ultra Color Intense, Vibrant colour hair dye
Perform a patch test for permanent hair colour
Watch this simple tutorial and learn how to safely perform a patch test at home
How do I choose a shade that will suit me best?
Avoid anything more than two shades darker or lighter than your current colour. If your hair is already coloured, we recommend you go darker as it’s difficult to lighten coloured hair. If you want to go lighter, you may have to bleach first. If your skin’s warm or olive in tone, try a warmer hair colour. Cool and rose complexions work well with cooler shades. Try our Virtual Try On Tool to test shades on you. Also, make sure the colour you try on works on your hair. Take our 1-minute hair colour quiz with Color Match to be certain.
How many tones can I lighten my hair?
Olia, Nutrisse and Belle hair colour all allow 1-2 levels of lightening between shades 1 (black) to 7 (dark blonde) and 2-3 levels for the shades 8.0 (blonde) to 10 (very light blonde). For example, if your hair colour is a 7 - dark blonde - you can lighten your hair up to 1-2 levels. And from a natural 8 - medium blonde - you can lighten it 2-3 levels. If you want to lighten your hair more than this, you will have to use a Nutrisse or Olia bleach first! Try our Virtual Try On Tool.
What do the shade numbers mean?
Like all Garnier shades, the Olia and Nutrisse ranges are labelled according to a base number (between 1 and 10) followed by one or two reflect numbers after the decimal point (between 1 and 6). For base colours, 1 is black and 10 is a very light blonde; for reflects 1 is ash and 6 is red. For example: A 4.3 colour denotes a brown base colour with a .3 gold / warm reflect. For help finding your perfect shade, try our Color Match tool and our Virtual try on tool.
How long does hair colour last and will it work on grey hair?
Nutrisse and Olia are permanent hair colour brands and so we advised to apply it every 6 - 8 weeks, or when your roots start growing through. All Garnier brands will provide up to 100% grey coverage for between 6-8 weeks, but your root growth may occur sooner. Using box dye to touch up on grey roots is also an option. Remember - If you have resistant greys or resistant roots, leave the colour on for an extra 5 - 10 minutes.
My hair is already coloured, can I still use Garnier Colourants?
It is recommended to wait at least 4-6 weeks before re-applying colour to your hair. For already coloured hair, you can use Nutrisse or Olia in 2 ways:
Choose a shade which is close to the one you have currently. Hair dye cannot lighten previously coloured hair, therefore if you are trying to go lighter, you will need to bleach.
If your roots are starting to show, you can use our box dye to re-touch our roots. Watch Holly’s guide to re-touching roots Here.
How should I use Nutrisse or Olia Hair colour?
You must always read the instruction leaflet in the box. You can also use our Olia step by step tool or watch the how to video on YouTube –Nutrisse , Olia. Before you apply the product, please remember: You must do a skin allergy test without fail 48 hours before each use. For a full guide please use the instruction leaflet or watch out YouTube video here.
What if only my roots need colouring?
You may need to vary the development time throughout your hair. Follow the instructions leaflet for timings and application techniques, use our step by step tool from Olia or watch our YouTube Video on easy Root Touch-Up.
What if the colouration goes wrong?
If your colouration does go wrong, please get in touch with our customer service team on the following number - UKI: 0800 085 4376 or visit garnier.co.uk to submit a contact form or use our live chat service.
Are Garnier Hair colour products Approved Cruelty Free?
Yes!! All Garnier products globally are officially approved by Cruelty Free International, under the Leaping Bunny programme, the leading organisation working to end animal testing globally, and the recognised Cruelty Free Gold Standard. Find out more here.
What elements of the Garnier box dyes are recyclable?
RECYCLABLE - The outer box, developer crème, 5 oils conditioner and instruction leaflet are all recyclable.
NON- RECYCLABLE - The Colourant crème tube and gloves are NON- recyclable, but you can still recycle them through Terracycle. Find out more here: https://www.terracycle.com/en-GB/brigades/garnier-uk
RECYLABLE – Box, gloves, leaflet, applicator bottle (4) (not the cap)
NON-RECYLABLE – developer creme (1), Colourant tube (2), after colour care tube (3), applicator cap, but you can still recycle them through Terracycle. Find out more here: https://www.terracycle.com/en-GB/brigades/garnier-uk
RECYCLABLE - The outer box, developer crème (A), Nourishing Creme conditioner (C) and instruction leaflet are all recyclable.
NON- RECYCLABLE - The Colourant crème tube (B) and gloves are NON- recyclable, but you can still recycle them through Terracycle. Find out more here: https://www.terracycle.com/en-GB/brigades/garnier-uk
How do I go bold at home?
If you want to go bold at home, try our vibrant Nutrisse Ultra Color hair dye which provides up to 8 weeks of intense vibrant colour with a nourishing 5 oils conditioner. You can try any colour from our fiery red to a midnight blue or copper passion.
These hair dyes work on all hair textures and even on dark hair, so you don’t even need to bleach first!! Please watch our YouTube video here on how to go bold at home.