Post # 1
I’ve never, ever colored or highlighted my hair in my life, mainly because I used to love the blonde and brown hues that naturally run through it. However, my hair has gotten much darker brown over the last few years …. and I am getting a TON of gray and white hairs coming in that are especially visible when I pull my hair up.
But I can’t afford to pay a salon to color or touch it up every 6 weeks or even every few months. I asked my sister and a few friends I’d they’d help me color it myself, but some people I ask insist that if you color your hair yourself, you’ll ruin your hair.
I’m also not crazy about all those chemicals on my head, and I use natural or organic l beauty products as often as I can.
Any advice? What can go so seriously wrong coloring your own hair that it would be ruined? Are there any quality organic products that color well?
Post # 2
I’ve had plenty of DIY hair colour, but usually it just looks cheap. The colour never turns out properly either, and my hair was always super dry. I switched to foil highlights for awhile, but I hated how fast you could see the roots. So expensive. SO at the beginning of the year I did balayage and it’s literally the best colour I’ve ever had. The stylist did a base colour that is close to my natural colour, and blonde natural looking balayage highlights on the ends. It’s super easy maintenance and way less expensive than foils (because you don’t have to go in all the time). Highly recommended!
Ive also used semi permanent natural stuff from Lush, which is probably the best at-home colour I’ve done.
Post # 3
Stace126 : I started coloring my own hair when I was 14.
If you’re worried about damage, my hair is usually between shoulder and waist-length, and I always did a full-head (instead of root touch-up) using permanent dye. The color was always perfect and it stayed healthy doing it that way for about 25 years. After that I noticed a lot of breakage and dryness so I changed to demi-permanent. That seems to have helped somewhat, but I actually wonder if most of the change is just due to age.
If you’re worried about the color or not getting it distributed right… not sure what to tell you there. I did have a girlfriend in HS who did her own and it came out splotchy because she applied it unevenly. Just pick a reasonable color and apply it carefully I guess. Good luck!
Post # 4
I’ve colored my hair a ton at home. It does look cheap when you use an all over color at home at first. But after a week or so of washing it fades and looks very natural, on me at least. But I color my hair just a slightly darker color than my natural hair.
Ive done at home balayage on myself before and it’s awesome. I just tend to prefer my hair darker. But if you want to try it, it’s SUPER easy and will only cost you about $6. Look up Jesse James Deckers Honey Dip hair tutorial on YouTube.
Post # 5
i’m an at home hair dyer and have been for about three years. I don’t think cheap is the right word to use. I think intense might be a better choice. For the first week or two after the coloring its always very bright, vibrant, and in your face. But after a few washes it fades and looks more natural. My go to brand has always been vidal sassoon.
Post # 6
I’m a stylist who used to color my own hair with a box. I stopped once I went to school and learned why it’s so bad. Box colors actually change the chemical structure of your hair which can lead to damage and if you decide to go to a professional and have it done it can make it very hard to color your hair or remove the pigments. For gray coverage and blending I really suggest that you go to a professional who can do a natural brown base and personalize some highlights/lowlights for you to give you that blonde and help blend the gray. When you get your hair done professionally we mix the color at the proper strength and level for your needs, unlike box colors that are one size fits all and use very strong developers.
The intital cost might be high, but find a stylist that will work with your budget and do what we call a “halo”(base color on the roots around the ears and front hair line) and then only do the high lights every few visits. A halo service at my salon is only $25, that’s reasonable in my opinion.
I’m not your stylist and I have nothing to gain from trying to get you into a salon instead, I truly think professional color is the way to go. It wouldn’t hurt to at least make an appointment for a consultation to discuss prices and upkeep. Most salons do this for free.
Post # 7
I use henna/ indigo natural coloring. It makes the grays look like highlights, has no carcinogens like regular dye, is super cheap, great for your hair, and only takes a short time to learn how to use it. I highly recommend it over box color or expensive unhealthy salon color.
Post # 8
I DIY color my own hair. The only time Ive had issues is when Ive used bleach. No bleach no problem. Getting it professionally done is obv healthier but I cant afford it either. Dont use box dye though. I buy through sallys for normal colors and use arctic fox for unnatural colors (currently use arctic fox transylvania.)
Post # 9
I’ve coloured my own hair for about 10 years – everything from black to red to blonde! I’ve definitely had my fair share of mishaps but the good has outweighed the bad.
For me, I find John Freida colour is the most reliable and always matches th box (of course that’s just my experience with my own hair!)
When I had my hair done for my wedding, the stylist was shocked at how healthy and natural looking my hair is, so it’s not all bad!
Post # 10
Like yellowtulip8 said, try henna. It’s fool proof and best for a starter as yourself. It’s natural and won’t ruin your hair. The only con – it can be messy, but I think it’s so worth it!
Post # 11
I use box dyes — like the OP, I can’t afford the $80 touch-up fee every 6 weeks (high cost of living area). I found a shade that works well and just stick with that color for touch-ups, so it ends up looking decent. Like a PP said, it looks better after a couple washes!
Post # 12
I have been coloring my own hair since last November. I know others have mentioned that it can look cheap, but I don’t think mine does. In the past, I used to go to a beauty school and have always had great experiences. Now I use the exact color they used and it looks great. If you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself, try a local beauty school. It’s super cheap & they do a great job (in my experience at least).
Post # 13
Before I moved my cousin would color my hair for me (she works at a salon) but when I moved clear across the country I was forced to go to a salon and when I asked for prices I decided I would have to color it myself. My cousin gave me advice as to what developer and colors to use. My hair is never dry. It actually feels best just after coloring!
These are what I use. I go to a dark natural brown. And my hair doesn’t fade and it accepts the dye well so I use a 10 developer. They recommend to use the lowest developer that works for your hair. I’ve used 20 when they ran out of 10 and it was fine also.
What I love about this specific brand is it has argan oil in it so my hair feels wonderful after I dye it. And typically it only costs me about 8$ each dye!
Post # 14
notsosimplefate : Ha! I use the same color 🙂 Different shade, but same brand.
Post # 15
notsosimplefate : I use the same one to color my hair!!! I either do 3N too lol