Post # 1
I’ll add a poll but please explain in a comment if you can 🙂
So, I have long hair and it’s mostly virgin…it’s not dyed and I really don’t ‘do my hair so not a lot of flat ironing or blow drying. It’s also pretty naturally wavy.
Okay, so I also have a bit of grey coming in…I thought a lot but apparently just a little…2 inches at most and not a lot of actual hairs. But it’s noticable to me so I want it covered for the wedding.
I went to 3 places to check out options and prices…The first was a school…so if I go with them I could have an amateur doin it. But they said I’d need a full hair color…like all my hair dyed but that I wouldn’t really need to maintain it because there’s not a lot of grey anyway. They are cheaper than anywhere else but reviews say a trim can take up to 2 hrs…and they might F*** up my hair!
Second place, hair masters type of joint. Bit more expensive. Also says I need to dye all of my hair. The pro is that they aren’t (hopefully) as novice as the school peeps.
Third, a highly rated person on Yelp. She said she would only need to dye like the first few inches of my hair, not all of my hair. This makes me happy but worried since the other places said you couldn’t do this. She’s highly reviewed for her cuts but no one has really commented on her coloring.
And also, what’s the best treatment to get before the wedding…they all said they do deep conditioning…my aunt mentioned something like wrap or something…but I can’t remember.
Thanks for your input!
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2013 - old cheese factory
@icetea: so as for color it can be done, but more than likely it wont match 100%. it’ll look fine in the salon but once you step out in the sun it might have a differnt base tone to it. id recomend doing all your hair. then for upkeep on your color you only have to do your roots not your whole head (which A: is cheaper and B: better for your hair) also id hate for you to have your hair color look different in pictures. this all over color can be done at a school easily and way cheaper plus you will have someone watching over the student as to where in those chain salons they are usually just out of school and have no guidance.
for hair treatments go to a salon and buy a deep conditioner (something good like “its a 10” “redken” something that is in a jar not a bottle as it is thicker and more concentrated. it will be spend (30ish or more) buT you are gonna spend that much on your conditioning treatment one time. so go buy some good deep conditioner wet your hair, put in conditioner wrap it in a plastic bag (hold in heat) and wrap a warm towel around that. leave in for 30+ min and BAM at home deep treatment.
good luck and hope this helps 🙂
Post # 5
i agree 100% with dying your entire head because there’s a big chance that the color won’t be exact and you don’t want two colors on your head. It’s really not that bad for your hair if you only do it a few times a year and make sure you moisturize ( I’ve heard amazing things about morrocan oil but the real stuff has to be bought by a licensed professional-here anyway). Now of you wanted to go platinum blonde, that’s a different story! you look like you’d also be very pretty with some warmer highlights. you can have your stylists highlight “under” your first section/layer of hair- they do this for actresses so you don’t notice their roots growing back in.
As for who to go to, ask around! I always ask people at grocery stores, malls, pools, Etc. and they usually don’t mind telling you. I tell everyone my lady because I love her and she’s amazing. A girl in Target gave me her info.! Look for someone with healthy shiny hair and good color and ask where they go then do some research and read reviews. back home I wouldn’t have a problem going to the beauty school but I wouldn’t step foot in one here.
Post # 6
I have long, virgin hair very similar to yours. I would recommend finding a professional to do the color if you can afford it.
Post # 7
@langloiswedding2013: Thanks! Great idea about deep conditioning at home!
@cooperlove: I’m scared of that for sure!
@Anise: I love love having virgin hair…it’s not in the best shape but it feels healthy. I’m so scared to dry it out.
Seriously this is a really hard decision…I’ve gone back and fourth so many times.
Post # 8
The first time you color your hair, you will have to color the whole thing. The stylist that told you otherwise is wrong.
I would go to an experienced professional. You wear this on your head every day. Don’t cheap out on it!
Post # 9
IMO I would do the school… Yes it might take a bit longer…but the instructor is a licensed professional watching them.. So yeah if they mess up the instrctor steps in to correct it. If you this route, when making the appt ask for someone who is closer to graduating to do it
eta: and your paying half the price
Post # 10
Go with the Yelp rec. Hair Masters sucks and way overcharges for the skill level of their stylists. As far as a treatment goes, get a trim and a Redken Chem Shot (or Pureology Colourists’ Solution) if she does those (should be about $15).
Post # 11
@icetea: I would go to a more expensive place, but with that said, even pricey places can mess up your hair. Could you test a place out first? I’d get a few trims first to make sure you actually like him/her before you take the plunge of getting your hair full-on dyed.
I agree with PP that coloring just the roots is risky. When they start to grow out, you’ll have a weird stripe of hair that doesn’t match the ends or the roots.
You could try getting a semi-permanent rinse done so that your greys blend into your hair a little better.. my coworker does this (she actually started for her wedding). It has to be done more often and isn’t a perfect process, but in photos it looks like she has expensive highlights vs. strips of grey. She has a fair bit of grey and medium brown hair.
I can’t tell from the photo that you have any greys. If possible, I’d hold off until you really can’t stand it anymore. I just finished growing out my hair for 2+ years from my last dye job. It’s never as nice as natural color… unless you go to a pro fairly often and they do a combination of sngle process and highlights to mimic natural hair. Box dye, for example, is super flat and dull, and even salon single process leaves a lot to be desired.
Post # 12
You could try henna yourself. I don’t have any experience with it because my hair is blonde and henna doesn’t lighten hair but I’ve read some about using it for grey hair.
You should look into organic salon systems. They have color that they claim doesn’t damage your hair because it uses a lot of natural substitutes instead of harsh chemicals like ammonia. In my (fairly limited) experience with the brand, the results have been really good, and didn’t dry my hair out.
Edit: based on my (plenty of) experience with highlighting my hair, I would not start dying it unless you really need to. Upkeep for dyed hair is a pain in the ass, and if they don’t get the color to match yours perfectly, you have to deal with upkeep until you decide to stop. I would try henna.
Post # 13
@vorpalette: Ha I was kind of waiting for you to reply, you are one of the few who knows my hatred for even washing/brushing my hair. And you’re quite knowlegeable 🙂
@solidarity: The stylist who said it was one of the highest rated on yelp for my area and the most $$
@canarydiamond: That rinse sounds closer to what I’d want. Or even just sharpie the greys lol. But yeah starting to consider that maybe I’d ratherbhave a few greys than have all my hair fall out before the wedding lol
@BlondeMissMolly: That’s interesting. I’ll look it up. Thanks!
So I thought men’s grey coverage stuff might be more like paint the few greys or w/e, found a vid on youtube and was just mesmerized watching a man get a shave, trim, and dye job…so precise. It was like watching Edward Scissor Hands lol.
Post # 14
Definitely have all of your hair colored, and definitely go with a demi-permanent color so that your are not permanently altering the color of your hair. If you use permanent color, you’re going to have to maintain it or there will be a “line” showing where your virgin hair ends and the permanent color begins until all of the permanently colored hair grows out and eventually is trimmed away.