Want a hair colour makeover during the pandemic without breaking the bank? We’ve got you (and your hair) covered! After scouring the shelves of our local drugstores, here are 12 affordable DIY hair colour kits we absolutely love! Soon, you will be able to achieve salon-worthy hair, and all in the comfort and safety of your own home!
- 1. For Fuss-Free Colour: Liese Creamy Bubble Colour
- 2. For The Hair Chameleon: Aprilskin Turn-Up Colour Treatment
- 3. For Sensitive Skin: Natur Vital Coloursafe Permanent Hair Dye
- 4. For Plant-Based Pigments: Phytocolor Permanent Hair Colour
- 5. For K-Pop Blackpink Fans: Mise En Scene Hello Bubble Foam Dye
- 6. Value For Money: Garnier Colour Naturals
- 7. Vegan And Cruelty-Free: Arctic Fox Semi-Permanent Hair Colour
- 8. 2-In-1 Bleach And Colour: Gatsby Natural Bleach Colour
- 9. Herb-Infused: Daeng Gi Meo Ri Medicinal Herb Hair Colour
- 10. Organic And Homegrown: Dixmond SG Hair Dyes
- 11. For Grey Hair Coverage: L’Oréal Paris Excellence Crème Hair Colour
- 12. Long-Lasting HD Colour: Revlon Colorsilk Beautiful Colour
- Bonus! Hair Colour Protection: The Cosmetic Republic Forever Colour Wrap
1. For Fuss-Free Colour: Liese Creamy Bubble Colour
Liese has been around for quite a while now, and it’s still one of our go-to hair kits for easy, fuss-free colour. Like its name suggests, this hair dye comes in a foamy bubble form to help coat every strand of hair thoroughly and evenly. Plus, it’s extremely easy to use, and you can apply it like you would your shampoo. The formula itself contains lanolin acid to protect your tresses during the entire process. After rinsing it off, your hair will feel silky smooth, just like it would post-treatment at a hair salon! We love that Liese comes in 16 colours with cool undertones for a soft and natural finish.
2. For The Hair Chameleon: Aprilskin Turn-Up Colour Treatment
Are you a hair chameleon who loves trying a new hair colour every week or two? Then this one by Aprilskin might just be the one for you! With 7 fun K-Pop idol-inspired temporary hair tints to choose from, you are free to wear your hair however you like without having to commit to any one shade. Also, as this hair tint contains 20 herb extracts like sage and jojoba oil, you won’t have to worry about it damaging your hair whatsoever! But before you dash out to stock up on Aprilskin’s hair tints, bear in mind that these tints work best when used on pre-bleached or light-coloured hair. So if your hair is still a few shades lighter from your last salon visit, go for it!
Where To Get: Aprilskin Turn-Up Colour Treatment, $15 is available at Guardian.
3. For Sensitive Skin: Natur Vital Coloursafe Permanent Hair Dye
Do you have sensitive skin that’s prone to allergic reactions, redness and irritation? Then you might want to give this one by Natur Vital a try. It contains hair-loving ingredients like keratin, organic sunflower oil and aloe vera gel to condition the hair as it colours. Brownie points because it’s completely free of stinky ammonia, parabens and paraphenylenediamine – common allergens found in typical hair colour kits.
Where To Get: Natur Vital Coloursafe Permanent Hair Dye, $29.90 is available at Watsons.
4. For Plant-Based Pigments: Phytocolor Permanent Hair Colour
This is one if for you plant-lovers out there! Five dye plants contribute to the botanical pigments of this ammonia-free hair colour kit by Phyto. Available in 16 essential shades, this hair dye is an excellent choice if you have sensitive skin, and who want long-lasting natural colour free from skin irritations.
Where To Get: Phytocolor Permanent Hair Colour, $29.90 is available online at Phyto Singapore.
5. For K-Pop Blackpink Fans: Mise En Scene Hello Bubble Foam Dye
Blackpink fans unite! Who wouldn’t want gorgeous-looking tresses like Lisa, Jennie, Rose and Jisoo from this iconic K-Pop girl group? Well, you can now get a hair colour that’s just like your idol’s, all in the convenience of your own bathroom. Mise En Scene’s Hello Bubble Foam Dye contains a nourishing serum called a “magic ampoule” to keep your hair soft and smooth after colouring. We’re also really digging its floral scent, a welcome change to the choking ammonia stench of regular hair dyes.
Where To Get: Mise En Scene Hello Bubble Foam Dye, $15 is available on Shopee.
6. Value For Money: Garnier Colour Naturals
Ammonia-free, 100% coverage, 8 Asian skin-flattering shades with an 8-week lifespan for less than $8? Sign us up please! Yes folks, Garnier’s Colour Naturals box dye is the ultimate value for money hair colour kit! And for the cherry on top, it contains the enriching goodness of 3 nourishing oils – almond, avocado and olive.
Where To Get: Garnier Colour Naturals, $7.69 is available on Shopee.
7. Vegan And Cruelty-Free: Arctic Fox Semi-Permanent Hair Colour
We do love it when brands come up with vegan and cruelty-free alternatives. And this one by Arctic Fox has certainly coloured its way into our hearts! Instead of sticking to regular hair shades, Arctic Fox thinks outside the (dye) box to create a vibrant collection of 22 shades. From neons to pastels, there’s something for just about everyone!
Where To Get: Arctic Fox Semi-Permanent Hair Colour, $21.90 is available on Shopee.
8. 2-In-1 Bleach And Colour: Gatsby Natural Bleach Colour
Ah, the great Gatsby. This popular drugstore hair dye has been around for years, and with good reason. It’s reliable, and is terrific for colouring stubborn Asian hair. This multipurpose kit by Gatsby bleaches and dyes your strands for a more vibrant colour. Additionally, it contains arginine, proline and amino acids to protect the hair from damage. Quick tip: To achieve a truly pale ash shade, use 2 boxes for optimal results.
9. Herb-Infused: Daeng Gi Meo Ri Medicinal Herb Hair Colour
If you like vintage-looking packaging and the smell of herbs, then this one by Korean brand Daeng Gi Meo Ri (DGMR) is a great option. Think of it as a Korean version of henna hair dyes. Instead of harsh toxic chemicals, DGMR uses natural herbs like Korean ginseng and chrysanthemum to nourish the scalp and alleviate inflammation. Besides herbs, this herbal hair kit contains keratin to strengthen your strands during the colouring process.
Where To Get: Daeng Gi Meo Ri Medicinal Herb Hair Colour, $29.80 is available at Watsons.
10. Organic And Homegrown: Dixmond SG Hair Dyes
We love supporting local brands, and it’s a plus when you actually love their products! Creating hair colours since 2016, Dixmond balances effective organic ingredients with a wide variety of vivid shades. With 24 brilliant shades to choose from, Dixmond hair dyes deliver maximum impact with minimal bleaching damage.
Where To Get: Dixmond SG Hair Dyes, $12.90 is available online at Dixon Singapore.
11. For Grey Hair Coverage: L’Oréal Paris Excellence Crème Hair Colour
Grey hairs showing at the roots? Not to worry! This timeless hair colour kit by L’Oréal will have ’em concealed in no time! We also love that it’s widely available and comes in a whopping 36 shades! And best of all, the colour stays put even after multiple washes!
12. Long-Lasting HD Colour: Revlon Colorsilk Beautiful Colour
What would a DIY hair dye list be without Revlon? A hair kit classic, Revlon Colorsilk gives hair a luxurious 3D colour effect, while leaving it feeling as smooth as silk. Overall, Revlon creates a HD look to the hair using a unique 3D colour gel technology that delivers vibrant multi-tonal pigments. With an affordable price to boot, this is one of our favourites for a reason.
Where To Get: Revlon Colorsilk Beautiful Colour, $9.90 is available at Watsons.
Bonus! Hair Colour Protection: The Cosmetic Republic Forever Colour Wrap
A DIY colour job at home would be gone to waste if great care is not taken post-treatment. This hair mask wrap by The Cosmetic Republic is really easy to use and can be applied right after shampoo onto damp clean hair. Moreover, it contains amino acids, argan, jojoba and coconut oils for optimal nourishment. Simply wrap and secure it around your head and leave it on for 15 minutes to protect and extend the life of your new hair colour by 4 times. No rinsing required!
Where To Get: The Cosmetic Republic Forever Colour Wrap (15pcs/box), $285 at Insider Mall
Love reading about haircare? Check out our 9 favourite hair salons for perfectly manicured waves here!
Author Clara Siew | Date 29th Sep 2020
Image Credit Unsplash and respective brands