DIY Hair Color?

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-10-2012
DIY Hair Color?
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Thu, 01-17-2013 - 3:24pm

What is everyone's opinion with coloring your hair at home versus paying megabucks to have it done in a salon?  I've always highlighted my hair at a salon, but getting very tired of the $120 price tag.  My base hair color has gotten darker as I've gotten older, so I normally get blonde and light brown highlights.   I'm very tempted to just by a kit from somebody like Clairol and spice it up with a new all over color.  I probably wouldn't go blonde, but maybe a light brown or golden brown.  Do you think I'd be making a mistake?  Also, how do you explain your new hair color to your stylist?  I have a new one, only have seen her once for a cut, but still could be awkward.  

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-08-2012
Fri, 01-18-2013 - 12:46pm

I remember my mother coloring her hair at home, she rarely went to the stylist but to get her hair cut. So, I always colored mine at home till I got tired of doing it all the time. Women in our family go grey early, and I was 75% grey at 34. I haven't colored my hair for many years now and tell my kids I EARNED the color I have.

But back to your questions as I digress, my teens love to color their hair and come up with some interesting colors. One is that bright, not natural red, and one is pink. They are 17 and 16. The 14 yr old usually does some highlights or a streak or two of color just for a change. We don't let the 10 yr old color her hair at this time. They have bleached and then colored their hair and do a good job of it, and still have soft nice hair. They are confident enough in their talents to do it at home.

Now our oldest, she is 33, always has hers done at the salon, she pays the $120-150 to have someone take care of it for her.

Our boys never did go for the hair coloring, though they did come up with some very interesting styles while they were growing up.

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-16-2013
Fri, 01-18-2013 - 1:26pm
I started going grey in my early twenties so I've colored my hair at home for years and years. As a rare treat I'll get highlights, but they just don't last long before the grey shows, so I don't do it often. I would give it a try! Try a color that isn't too far off from what you have now just to see how you like it. Make sure you follow the testing instructions if this will be your first time.

~ Ashley ~

~ Expecting Our First in SEPTEMBER! ~

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Registered: 11-14-2008
Fri, 01-18-2013 - 2:32pm

I've colored my hair for years and prefer that to handing someone else $100+ bucks to do it. My stylist doesn't have a problem with my self-coloring -- or if she does, she wisely keeps it to herself!Wink

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-16-2013
Fri, 01-18-2013 - 3:25pm

I color my hair all the time at home and my stylist is absolutely great about DIY color. She'll give me her advice on whatever it is I want to try and offer tips on how to do it correctly. I see her about every 6 months to touch up or correct my color. She always laughs if I show up with something crazy.

I say go for it and if your stylist doesn't like it, find another who will support your decision.