Post # 1
Hello ladies! I am going to attempt to color my own hair (after leaving alone for over 2+ years). Previously when I colored my hair, my (ex) husband did it for me. Obviously that won’t work now, and my FI is extremely hesitant to do it, fearing he will screw it up. Which leaves me, since I don’t have anyone close that could help me.
For you ladies that color at home, do you have assistance, or do it yourself? If you do it yourself, what tips/tricks do you have to make sure you don’t accidentally miss spots or mess up?
For reference, my hair is a mousy dark blonde, and I’m going to lighten it with Revlon Colorsilk #70:
Also, my hair is REALLY thick, and therefore have 2 boxes of the color.
Post # 3
- 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
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
@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
I do my own, never had a problem with just putting it all over my hair. It’s just a simple brown.
Post # 7
I’m dying my hair myself, but it’s only 2 shades darker than my natural color.
Post # 8
@beachbride1216: I have lightened my hair in the past (with help) and rarely had a problem. If I could afford a trip to the salon, I would, believe me. But unfortunately, I am broke, and the boxes of hair color are something I had on hand already.
@smv22114: I appreciate your concern, however I still prefer to go with lighter. Red requires too much maintenance and loses color much more quickly (although it looks awesome). I am not a fan of being a brunette, having already tried that before. 🙂
Post # 9
@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.
Post # 10
@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 # 11
Here are the results! It lightened it as planned, giving a bit of warmth like I’d hoped, and not making me look like Barbie. My apologies for the bad picture, the bathroom doesn’t have the best lighting. Before and after picture in case anyone was curious:
Post # 12
@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
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
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.