If you're sick of your same old hair color, lighten your locks a few shades or give your self an all new look with an at-home dye job. It's cheaper to dye your hair yourself, but it's also easier to make a mistake and miss a patch. Coloring hair in sections lets you know where you've already applied dye, so you won't miss a thing.

Step 1

Put on an old button-down shirt, so you won't risk damaging your good clothing with hair dye stains. Alternatively, wrap a towel around your shoulders.

Step 2

Dip your finger into some petroleum jelly. Spread the jelly around your hairline from ear to ear, then apply a dab around your neckline. This helps prevent dye from staining your skin.

Step 3

Mist the ends of your hair with lukewarm water from a spray bottle. If you don't do this, the ends might color darker than the rest of your hair.

Step 4

Use a rat tail comb to separate your hair into four sections. Part hair down the middle, then make another part from ear to ear. Secure each section in place with a hair clip.

Step 5

Read all packaging directions and put on the latex gloves provided in the dye package. Unclip one section of hair, starting at the front.

Step 6

Squirt a small amount of dye on the roots of the hair you just unclipped. Use your gloved fingers to work the dye through your hair from the roots to the ends.

Step 7

Unclip another section of hair and repeat the dye process on it. Continue until you've covered all of your hair.

Step 8

Use your bathroom mirror and a hand-held mirror to check your hair for spots you may have missed. You can remove one glove to avoid staining the mirror. If you've missed any spots, put your glove back on apply dye to the area. Alternatively, ask a friend to check and put on a pair of gloves to help dye hard-to-reach spots.

Step 9

Rinse your hair off in the shower after waiting the time indicated on the dye package. For most dyes, you'll need to wait about 20 to 30 minutes.

Step 10

Shampoo your hair as usual. If your dye came with a post-coloring conditioner, use it. If not, use a separate conditioner formulated for colored hair.