Post # 1
okay, so i’ve been dying my hair for about 18 years, it has been pretty much every colour of the rainbow and is thankfully in pretty good condition. When I’m not doing something rainbow inspired (which I haven’t in about 6 years) I’ve been an artificial redhead. A slightly unnatural auburn colour but it’s the colour I should have been born with. I want my hair red for the wedding because it’s me, its the colour my hair should be. Here’s my question, should I keep doing it on my own and just pick one shade and stick to it between now and the wedding and just maintain it properly (something I’m traditionally not good at, I usually just buy whichever brand is on sale and their version of my shade) or should I start forking over the bucks for a pro to do it and upkeep it.
Post # 3
Do you have a hair school nearby? I always use cosmetology schools where students under licensed supervision do the actual work – it’s like $30 to color my relatively long hair that way and it’s consistently dyed, with quality products. Plus, I use an Aveda salon and I bought a tiny tester of color-keep heat protectant and my hair has never stayed so nice between dyes!
Post # 4
@MrsWrangler: i have ventured to a hair school once and it was a DISASTER and all she did was cut my hair. Ever since I’ve been extremely wary of hairschools.
Post # 5
I died my hair myself once and it totally fried it. I would never trust my hair to anyone but a pro lol. I’m blonde though…so it’s not quite the same, because there’s generally more damage with blonde. I personally would go to a pro but if you’ve always had good success yourself you don’t need to. You could also do it yourself until a couple months before your wedding and then go to a pro, leaving enough time to fix it if you don’t like it.
Post # 6
I’ve done my hair myself and with a pro. By myself is totally fine for a normal day. I would go to a pro for my wedding day. You don’t have to consistently go for months before the wedding, just a few days before (so roots don’t grow out, but you still have time to dye over it if it’s awful for some reason)
Post # 7
@MsGinkgo: Cutting is much more risky to me than color – once you cut, it’s not fixable, and I have had less than ideal cuts (although no horror stories). I have never had any problems with color, I ask for a more advanced student when I make the appt and pay the $5-10 upgrade. But if you wanna pay 3x the amount for a pro, that’s not ridiculous, just expensive. Just in my mind, the hierarchy is pro (expensive) > student (less expensive) > me (cosmetology fail).
Post # 8
I have bleached and dyed my own hair for nearly 30 years! omg I am OLD!..lol…I was blonde for most of those years and for the last couple years I wanted reddish brown…and I love it!! Totally suits me and get so many compliments…people are always surprised that it comes out of a box that you do yourself at home…so to answer your question: I will be dying my own hair probably 2 weeks before the wedding to make sure no roots but also to let it wear in a little..I dont see any reason to change what works for me:)