Many people love the hair salon and relaxing while having someone else does their hair, but I hate it! I do not want to sit for 15 minutes while someone applies color and then another 45 minutes for it to process and then another 20 to 30 minutes for it to be washed and dried. I am obviously a very impatient person.
Even when my hair was really long I would do it myself. I prefer to go to Sally Beauty Supply to buy color, set up in my bathroom, blast some music and get to work. While it is processing, I can clean and do housework, like laundry, vacuuming and emptying the dishwasher. After it has processed, I can take a shower to wash it out and exfoliate, shave my legs and apply a deep conditioning mask. Then I can shave my face, apply a face mask and maybe a self tanner. I basically can be super productive and turn it into a mini spa evening. It is way better in my opinion than going to the salon! Applying your own color can be challenging for some, so I have compiled the best tips I have learned either through beauty school or from mistakes I have made.
C H O O S I N G C O L O R :
1. Never try to do your own highlights or bleach your whole head. Trust me, I have done this before and it will not be good. Many people use color removing products and bleach, but since they can damage your hair an insane amount, I would save up my money for a professional visit. I suggest only coloring your own hair if you have lighter hair and are going darker such as a darker brown, light brown to deep red, or touching up your roots.
2. When choosing a formula, I like to mix my own from Sally Beauty Supply, but there are also box dyes. Read this article from Today on picking the best one for you.
3. Don’t be afraid to ask your stylist. If you go in for a haircut, ask him or her what they suggest for at-home color. Most of the time, they understand and are happy to make suggestions on what tones and shades to look for!
There are so many DIY hair color tutorials on YouTube. I spent hours watching them trying to find a good one to share to give you a visual on how to color your own hair. Being a cosmetologist, I was cringing watching most of them! Here are the two best that I found: