DIY Hair color – Do it yourself, or have someone help?

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: Do you have help with haircolor at home?
    I have someone help me : (9 votes)
    27 %
    I do it by myself : (24 votes)
    73 %
  • Post # 3
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    I personally wouldn’t lighten my hair because that is more likely to damage your hair and worth paying a professional.  I have been dying my hair a few shades darker with demi-permanent for over 3 years now with no issues.  Even when I go to get my hair cut the salon workers complement on my color before they know it’s boxed.  I swear by Natural Instincts and my favorite colors are Clove and Hazelnut.

    Post # 4
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    1397 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I have a wonderful husband who has been dying my hair for years.  It is just easier when he does it because I cannot see the back of my head.

    Post # 5
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    432 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    @Sweet_Tea:  I was a cosmetologist during college, before my current career. I def wouldn’t recc lightening (especially more than a level or two) with a box color. It can turn very brassy in some cases. There are those that lift VERY easily with little to no brassiness, but they are the exception. Corrective color can also be very expensive and time consuming.

    Box colors are also very, very damaging. I wouldn’t chance it.

    Post # 6
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    843 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I do my own, never had a problem with just putting it all over my hair. It’s just a simple brown.

    Post # 7
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    2878 posts
    Sugar bee

    I’m dying my hair myself, but it’s only 2 shades darker than my natural color.

    Post # 9
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    432 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    @Sweet_Tea:  no no… I wasnt saying to go red. I was saying I didn’t recommend going significantly lighter with a box, is all. My phone just autocorrects the work recommend to recc. Sorry!

    Hopefully you are one that lightens easily, and are already a shade of blonde. Just keep in mind not to go more than two shades lighter at most, and that your roots develop first, due to the heat from your head. So you’d want to apply to the middlengths/ends first and then to the roots when you finish. Otherwise, your roots will be lighter then the rest of your hair. It looks like an ash base (though it’s hard to read), which is usually better because it will help counteract any red/brassier undertones.

    Good luck!

    Post # 10
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    18 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    @Sweet_Tea:  For me, I will ususally darken my hair at home, but when it comes to lightening it up, I leave that to my stylist. I’m always very careful with that because it can easily turn brassy or too gold. Maybe if your hair isn’t too dark to begin with, you’ll be okay. Best of luck! 

    Post # 12
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    1175 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @Sweet_Tea:  Good job on the color.  Just be careful, when a blunder happens on hair, it is generally hard and not cheap to fix.

    My experience has been disasterous when DIYing color changes to my hair.  I have had to make two seperate trips to have a professional undo what I did.

    So I advise that you go to a professional and have them do it.  Sure it costs more, but they know what they are doing.  Going lighter with hair is always more damaging than going darker.  A professional will be able to help you make these choices, and better advise you on picking a color that will not destroy your locks.

    I used to go blonde all the time…..now I am brunette with caramel highlights.  With very little damage.  But my stylist, is very professional, and only uses colors that will lift without damage.

    Post # 13
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    4698 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    As long as I’m only going darker and not lighter, I do it myself, so does my mom. She uses supermarket dyes, I only use stuff that basically amounts to pigmented conditioner. 

    If I need to go lighter (only done it a couple times) I go to a professional because I have sensitive skin and delicate hair and those lightening chemicals are not something I am willing to play around with. 

    Post # 14
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    1259 posts
    Bumble bee

    I usually do it myself. My fiance has highlighted my hair many times at home though! I just get him to check over my head to make sure I haven’t missed huge parts at the back before I’m done and throw the bottle away. He’s very thorough, lol. 

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