Post # 1
Going back to school has made me broke. First budget cut- I’m trying not to spend money on expensive store highlights. However, I am a MOH in a wedding two weeks and my hair needs some help! Just wondering if anyone has had any luck using drug store highlighting kits? Or should I use a pro one more time, just in case?
For reference- my hair is pretty light naturally- more ashy, gray blond. I’d like to get rid of these roots.You can kinda see my natural hair colour here!
Post # 4
Nobody is going to be looking at your hair as MOH and thinking “Man she should get highlights”. Nobody will be looking at you that closely, and it’s such a random thing for someone to think. You look lovely as is – doing drugstore highlights and then having really messed up hair/having to pay to get it fixed is way worse than just leaving it be.
Post # 5
Another +1 for don’t do it.
Post # 6
I’ve dyed my hair w/ the cheapest drug store color boxes since I was 13! I have never had any problems and I think it looks great. It’s not perfect but it gives natural highlights. The one I buy, I think it’s Loreal from Walmart for under $3! I would never pay for someone else to do it. Here’s my hair color for reference. It’s naturally a light brown. I totally recommend doing it.
Post # 7
Hahah ok! Thanks for talking me out of it. I know it never works….what was I thinking lol.
Post # 8
if you’ve never dyed your own hair, don’t try it this close to the wedding. I have personally dyed my own hair constantly for 18 years now without trouble but I wouldn’t suggest doing this DIY so close to a big event (unless you’re prepared to pay the big bucks to have someone fix it if it goes horribly wrong). Check and see if there’s a local hair school that might be able to help you out.
Post # 9
@MrsN14: Your’s looks great!
I think the other challenge will be for me to just do nice highlights and not an over all colour. I just want to even out some roots- but don’t want overall blond.
Post # 10
like someone mentioned, i doubt anyone is going to notice your hair and think it looks bad the way it is! but if you think it needs a touch up, do what makes you feel most comfortable.
i think DIYing a whole head of color is MUCH easier than DIY highlights. however, there are some colors that provide “multidimensional” tones to make it look more highlighted… you could try that route (which is what I think @MrsN1 uses) otherwise go to a hair dresser and just see if they can put in a few foils to help blend your colors.
i used to pay $120 every few months for a cut and highlights and i just couldn’t afford it anymore. i let it grow out all natural. and used a toner to even out the color. it sort of worked, but box colors fade pretty quickly and the shade changes over a few weeks. this is at least my experience, but i think other peoples’ hair could react differently.
Post # 11
@FoolsintheRain: Don’t do it! =) Do you have groupon or livingsocial or some sort of half off daily deals in Toronto? Maybe you could find a good half off deal for hair services or find a local beauty school where you could get discount services. I think your hair looks great the way it is but maybe there are some less expensive alternatives that don’t involve DIY.
Post # 12
Thanks for the suggestions! Checking groupon now (great idea), and will also ask my hairstylist to see if she can do just a couple foils around the face!:)
Post # 13
@FoolsintheRain: My hair lady does “mini” colors for her clients that can’t afford the whole shebang, basically they come in, the puts the color in, lets it set & then washes it out, no cut or style and she charges a fraction of the price to do it. Maybe your hair lady can do something like that for you?