Tuesday, September 20, 2011

At Home Hair Coloring

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I don't even know if I remember the real color of my hair.  Back in the day, high school that is, we would put streaks in our hair with peroxide - I know there are some of you out there that did that too!.  As a broke young mother my husband became very adept at putting highlights in my hair using a cap and pick.  Now as a mature woman I've graduated to an all over color with a few strategically placed highlights - which I still do myself.  Of course, if I don't have time to color my hair my husband reminds me.  It goes something along the lines of "Wow!  I can't believe how gray you are.  You should probably color your hair."  I sure do love that guy :)

My haircuts are one of the areas I don't scrimp on, however I will color my own hair instead of paying the salon to do it.  It's actually quite easy and I probably save about $500 a year.  For me the biggest advantage is I can do it when it's convenient for me and don't need to spend a lot of time in the stylist's chair.

Are you thinking about coloring your hair?  If you are, here are some tips for first timers.

  1. Start with a non-permanent color, these should wash out in about 30 washings.  Once you've determined the color move to a permanent color.
  2. Start with a color close to your natural color.  You can always go more dramatic once you get the hang of it.
  3. Wear an old t-shirt or something that you don't mind ruining, this includes a towel.
  4. Rub some conditioner around your hairline (not in your hair), this will help you keep dye off your skin.
  5. Remember to use the conditioner they give you once a week, this will help keep your hair soft.
My favorite hair color is L'Oreal Couleur Expert.  This is an all over color with highlights added at the end.  They have recently improved their applicator so that it fits over the top of your finger making it pretty easy to add the highlights.  It takes me about 45 minutes start to finish to complete.

If you are wanting to experiment with color but don't want to fork over the big salon bucks I say go for it!  As long as you start with a non-permanent it will wash out eventually :)

Note:  I have not been asked to talk about this product or received any compensation or free product for discussing it.  I just love the product and wanted to share it with you.

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  1. I just had my hair done today. I wish I had read this before! I haven't tried coloring my own hair in a while, but I think I may have to give it another try! Thanks.

  2. Kayla - I hope you learned your lesson, always check my blog before you spend money :) Last night was my hair coloring night (which is what gave me the idea for the post). Don't you always feel better when your hair is done?