Post # 1
Hey all 🙂
So here’s the deal…I have always gotten my hair professionally colored. From my first set of highlights (the cap kind…ouch what was my mom thinking!) in 7th grade all the way until now I’ve always had SOMETHING professionally dyed/highlighted/lowlighted/etc. I have ranged my color (which is naturally a medium brown) to VERY VERY light blonde, to DARK red, to DARK brown to HONEY brown…and everything inbetween.
Right now it is as close to my natural color as it has been in years. I want to get it a lighter shade for my wedding (not white blonde but maybe a more honey colored blonde or more likely a lighter/strawberry red) and don’t know how to go about it. I have been slowly getting it darker (it was LIGHT blonde about 9 months ago) to a medium brown (couldn’t stand the huge $150-200+ bill every 4 weeks)…
so my question…do you dye your hair yourself? or do you get it done?
If you dye it yourself…what range of color difference are you able to get? If you get it done professionally…how different is it from your natural shade? often do you get it done and aprox. how much do you pay each time?
With 5 months until the big day (less! actually) I’d better get going on this…
Post # 3
yup, since i was 13! my parents made me when i was little and then i started liking it when i was 16. i go to a student cosmetology school. Highlights for $35. I coudln’t fathom spending more! I’m so used to the lower price!
Post # 4
I have never dyed my hair BUT I have let my sister who has some cosmotology (sp?) experience to do it once in a while. It has been over 2 years since I have had anything dyed. My natural color is a nice brunette with natural reddish highlights. I actually like not having to maintain the color. Now as soon as the grays start coming, that is a whole other story.
Post # 5
I did go through a phase of dyeing it myself (really economical), but with the wedding coming up, I’m leaving my hair in the hands of professionals.
They say you can usually (safely) change your hair color 1-2 shades with the at-home kits.
Oh and I get highlights and lowlights (with the foils) to give my curls some dimension. Otherwise they can look a little “flat” and dish water blond.
Post # 6
I’ll do it myself if I want to go darker but if I want highlights or to lighten things up I have it done professionally. I also always tell them to make sure it will grow out naturally because there’s no way I can afford to maintain them regularly!
@ejs – Your parents made you? Most girls beg their parents to let them and they won’t! What was their reasoning?
Post # 7
I am too scared to color my own hair. I always go to a salon.
Post # 8
@roddy I agree any grays and the color will be on my head IMMEDIATELY! hahaha
Post # 9
I have before. . in a salon.
But I had a huge reaction. I am deathy allergic. WEIRD! I know!!!
Post # 10
I have been dyeing my hair for several years now – I don’t stray far from my natural color (auburn/red) – but since sadly I have grays (eeek!!!!) that color is on my head every 6 weeks!
Up until a few months ago I got it done professionally, which was about $120 every month and a half. Then my company filed for bankruptcy, and even though my job is (relatively) safe, I decided I needed to cut corners. Since then, I do the box hair color myself, and frankly, I think it looks fine.
For highlights though, I would go back to my salon, and I probably will get it done professionally right before the wedding.
Post # 11
I started with highlights (yes the cap kind) in 10th grade and after a few yrs wound up with all blonde which I then kept up until about 3 yrs ago (so a hair coloring history of of about 11 yrs).
I have 2 cousins that own a salon, so I’ve fortunately always been able to get it down professionally for a deep discount (even after I moved to NYC…I just waited longer – read: trailer trash roots – in between). It seems to me, anyone that lightens their hair themselves never looks as good, ends up looking more straw-like and unhealthy. Maybe a smaller amount of highlights (instead of all over color) just before the wedding would work?
Post # 12
I get highlights at the salon when I can afford a haircut. Nothing crazy because there are usually 6-9 months between trips. The cost of a cut and color in my area is about $75 plus tip.
Post # 13
During high school and college I used to do it myself every few months. After college, I stopped and no longer have the urge to color my hair. It’s gotten lighter on its own.
In high school, I got it done professionally but since my hair is so long, it cost me $120 to do highlights. Way to much for me, so I would get the hair cap you would get from a hair supply store and get a box of hair dye and do it myself.
EDIT: Also, I wanted to stop because I didn’t like that I was damaging my hair. I hated when I would have split ends. All of my dyed hair has grown out already and its nice to go back to my natural hair color.
Post # 14
This turned into a more interesting thread then I thought it would be 🙂 yay!
I plan to get it dyed before the wedding professionally…I guess my issue is just that I don’t want to pay as much for upkeep. I’ve always gone to a super expensive salon and of course get great results but I wish I could go somewhere cheaper so i could afford to go lighter and stay good abou the upkeep!
How do you guys find your salons? any experience with a cheaper salon/less experienced sylist?
Post # 15
my mom is good at jewish guilt, even when it comes to stupid things like dying hair. she tells me that young girls my age have beautiful natural hair and shouldn’t dye it. she herself is 60 years old and hasn’t had to dye her hair yet, she’s a red head and she’s just starting to go grey, but because of the color you can’t tell, lucky! i think i’d be too lazy to keep up with it anyway, and too cheap.
Post # 16
i’ve been highlighting my hair (at a salon) since i was 16. I’m a natural blond so my highlights were mostly “white pieces”. Just this past November I got the courage (finally!) to color it dark brown (also at a salon). I’ll keep it like this till end of summer prob, then start lightening up back to blond.
i def don’t trust myself to color it. However, to keep it dark brown i’d have to go every 4 weeks at $125 a pop…so i go every 9 weeks and it lightens up dramatically by then. To save $$$$ i may HAVE to look into coloring it at home.