Belinda Jeffrey is the go-to girl for colour in Australia. She's the one responsible for Sarah Murdoch's gorgeously natural-looking blonde hue. She's tended to the tresses of Megan Gale, Miranda Kerr, Jennifer Hawkins, Kate Bosworth, Rose Byrne, Jessica Biel and Kate Hudson and worked on movies such as Moulin Rouge, Fools Gold, Scooby Doo and Nims Island. She's also an ambassador for Clairol’s Nice’n Easy. So if you're looking to dye your hair at home, do so only after reading her top tips . . .
1. Thou shalt keep it real: Only ever going 2-3 shades in either direction (lighter or darker) of your natural hue. Anymore and you'll need expert help.
2. Thou shalt clock-watch: Always, always, ALWAYS follow the suggested time on the packet of box colour. It's there for a reason. You do not know better.
Keep reading . . .3. Thou shalt back it up: Make sure you have another mirror — hand-held, but still big enough for you to see out of. You'll need this to help apply colour evenly to the back of your head.
4. Thou shalt not wear white: Don't wear it. Don't use white towels. Don't stand near anything white. Especially if you're going for that gorgeous racy red like Christina Hendricks. No amount of stain-remover will help get that out when you do laundry.
5. Thou shalt grease up: Always apply Vaseline around the hairline, ears and neck line to avoid the dye running and ending up with that just-dyed look.
6. Thou shalt glove up: Always wear gloves and if you get dye above the glove line, wash it off immediately. Otherwise you'll be left with tell-tale signs of at-home dye for weeks!
7. Thou shalt rinse and shampoo: According to Belinda, many people think it's OK to just rinse the dye off, but you actually need to shampoo the hair after thoroughly rinsing, this will stop it from oxidising.
8. Thou shalt condition: Most dyes feature a gorgeous creamy conditioning treatment, which you MUST use. Not only does it leave hair feeling super soft, but conditioning closes the hair shaft, locking the pigment in to help it last for longer. It also helps get rid of that "dye" smell.
9. Thou shalt wait 48 hours before washing: Belinda always tells her clients not to wash their hair for at least 48 hours after. This will help your colour last longer, too.
10. Thou shalt hair swish with confidence: OK, this is my won commandment. But Belinda would say it, too. Totally. You've got an amazing new 'do so work it, girl!