Post # 1
I am always a bit surprised when women my age (32) are coloring their own hair with boxed haircolor. I did that a bit in my early 20’s but don’t have anywhere near the guts to do that now. I just talked to a friend who dyed her hair blond herself and hates it so she is now on her way the the store to buy yet another box of hair color and do it tonight. I am half convinced she is going to end up look insane. This got me thinking, do a lot of women do this? If so, are you happy with the results? I go and have mine done because I like my hair to look nice and am relatively sure it would not if I did it. I go to the salon and have highlights and lowlights. Tell me your hair color routine.
Post # 3
I dye mine with a box. Everytime I pay the extra money to have it done at my salon I HATE it. My stylist is excellent with haircuts, maybe just nto so much with haircolor? Or I am just crazy picky.
Usually I dye my hair black but sometimes I get super ambitious and bleach it then dye it red (FI favorite color). Currently it is red. Still debating on what to do for the wedding.
Post # 4
I like my hair to look nice too and I find that boxed dyes work just as good for me. I love how I only spend 10$ a box vs. 100/200 at a salon. To me spending that much just isn’t worth it to me. Plus my hair is a dark chocolate brown normally so I usually don’t need to do a whole lot to get it how I want it. I’d suggest going to a salon if you are wanting to do highlights and lowlights though because I’ve tried those on my own and they came out pretty opposite of what I wanted. I think if your doing one base color or even two, then it’s ok to use the boxes but if your wanting something like highlights etc, you should head over to the professionals.
Post # 5
I’ve done both. When I’m just going for a basic all over tone, I usually just do it from a box because it’s $15 vs $90+ at my stylist. However, he recently hit the colour I wanted bang on and now I’m sort of locked into going to him if I want that colour, LOL! Depends on how tight the budget is that month 😉 If I’m getting highlights or lowlights, I definitely go to the salon. I had a bad at home experience with that one 😉
Post # 6
I usually do it myself with a box, or three. I have a lot of hair so it tends to cost $45ish to get the 3 boxes I need versus about $300 for a stylist to do it. If I get highlights, I always go to a salon because I’ve had some accidents doing it myself.
Post # 7
I’m a redhead (some people call me blonde, but I don’t think I am). I’ve never colored my hair. The idea of it freaks me out. I’m so surprised by how many women are bottled blondes. I don’t think all skin tones look right with blonde hair.
Post # 8
I’ve been using the box dyes for almost 12 years now, and have generally been pleased with the results. I’ve dyed it pretty much every shade of red, brown, black and everything in between there is (but not blonde, because it looks weird on me), and have only had problems a couple of times where the result was just too loud, but they were outrageous colors to begin with (fire-engine red, for instance). The few times I’ve gone to a salon I didn’t like the result, especially not for the price. I’ve stopped experimenting with the colors so much in the past few years, and have stuck with a very similiar color family (pretty much the same color, but sometimes a little lighter, sometimes a little darker, mostly depending on what season it is), and I know I can consistently get the exact result I want for $10.
@Jeannine @ Small Chic: That’s funny, I’m naturally blonde, but it just doesn’t look right on me!
Post # 9
Not going to lie, I am pretty skilled at making my at home coloring work out in my favour. With 10+ years under my belt I have learnt a few tricks to get that salon quality color 😉
Of course the quality of dye is not as good as those used in a salon. I think the key is to not use the extremely cheap brands like Gosh and Nice N’ Easy. My hair stylist told me to only use Loreal because it was a professional color BEFORE a commercial line came out. None of the others are like that. I’ve noticed a difference using Loreal compared to other, so I think she was right.
If I’m ever going from dark to light blonde I will go to the salon for the initial change over. This is mostly to prevent my ends being over processed and getting that green/grey tinge.. I also get it colored professionally if I want to add highlights or I’m trying to get copper out of my blonde and the toning shampoo just isn’t cutting it.
Post # 10
I box dye my hair and have since highschool, though the shade has changed over the years. I can’t justify the money or the time to go to a salon to get it done. $10 vs $150 a month? I’ll take $10! I think it really depends on your hair to start with, too. I have naturally blonde hair so I can dye my hair pretty much any shade without worrying about trying to lighten it and it being brassy or the colour not coming out right.
If you want to go from dark brown to blonde, go to a salon. Highlights? Go to the salon. I made the mistake of letting my sister try to highlight my hair with an at home kit. I had orange blobs- not streaks- throughout my hair! From then on it was salon only for highlights! If you want a shade that’s within a few shades of your colour, go for it. Not that it always turns out perfect. I dye my hair a fairly dark auburn red and it’s painfully obvious when I miss my blonde baby forehead hairs or a chunk of blonde roots somewhere. I’ve been doing it for almost 10 years and I still miss things!
Post # 11
@Aure: Haha I’m right with you about the “blonde baby hairs!” I just went from blonde to dark red and all I kept saying to myself was…”Blonde baby hairs, or Red forehead hmmmm…” Haha thank goodness for slabs of lotion on my face.
Post # 12
@west.coast.blonde: I’m bad, I don’t even bother with lotion anymore so I always have stains on my forehead – and I still miss the baby hairs sometimes! I just try to time my dye days so I won’t have to go out for the rest of the day, but scrubbing the stain with some shampoo when rinsing my hair out usually does the trick for me.
Post # 13
When i was younger i was blonde but it slowly darkened So I do box dye my hair sometimes but it is always in a few shades of my naural hair color if i wanted a dramatic change I go to a salon.
Not related but once in high school for dance team state we all desided to dye our hair for state. We all put a little purple in our hair (the top of my hair was blonde and the bottom was black already) So i let my best friend put it on the top part of my hair (the middle was still blonde) it was actualy really cool when i was french braided But when i tried to get rid of the purple (on my own) It turned my hair into looking like it was rainbow sherbert… lol
Post # 14
I keep my hair within a few shades of my natural color. I go to a salon to have it done. However my friend owns a salon and gives me a killer deal. I have done it on my own several times before though. I never use the drugstore box color though. I go to a beauty supply store and buy the same things a professional would use then mix them (my colorist showed me how to do this). About 5-6 years ago I was a blonde with highlights. I would never attempt to do that or any type of bleach on my own. My hair is dark now so it’s pretty easy to keep up on. My mom uses box color that is a lot lighter than her hair, it always look orange.
Post # 15
I keep my hair pretty close to my natural color so when I decide to color it I just use a box at home. I usually loose interest in coloring it and upkeep after a couple months so I can’t justify spending hundreds when I know in 4-6 months I’ll have crazy roots and over it all. I’d rather just buy 2 boxes and save myself the money 🙂
Post # 16
I have a friend who is Licensed and she does my all over color and low lights/highlights and my eyebrow waxing at least every 2 months and I only have to pay $40. It’s fantastic.
I just got it done on Saturday and for as much as I change my hair I would be paying $150plus at a salon each time at least. So, I’m super lucky!