Health & Fitness

To Dye or Not to Dye

I’m having a moment. A girl moment. I know, it’s not my thing…just go with me.

I haven’t colored my hair since the week before the wedding, July 24. I haven’t cut my hair since the week after the wedding, August 7th. I’m sure those are sins in the name of proper female haircare, but I’m frugal. Not cheap, I prefer the term frugal or thrifty. I probably wouldn’t ever color my hair if not for these lame grey hairs RIGHT in the middle of my part. Seriously, when did grey hairs become something you deal with in your 20’s?! I only have like 4, but still!!!

I loved when I had chunks of bight colors in my hair. I did Red, Pink, Orange and Purple. It was awesome, but not so awesome on the wallet when my sylist and I were constantly changing the colors. It was super fun, and I loved doing it but it was pricey.

Here’s one example:

Super cute photo, I know.

I recently lost my stylist (whom I LOVED) when she became a stay at home Mom. So, I’m at a crossroads.

I’ve done some research and found some salons in the LA area that work as teaching schools and provide cuts on the more affordable side. I’m leaning toward the Aveda Institute  Hello, $15 for a haircut. I’m in! Meh, so what if it’s not perfect…wanna know something awesome about hair? It grows! It grows back! I’m not at the point just yet where I need a cut, I’m growing through an awkward length stage and I’m going to see if I can push it another month before I get a cut. Plus, it’ll be fresh for the holidays :)

I am at a pretty (not so pretty) unintentional ombre stage with my color though. So, here’s my question…do I dare try an at home dye? All my years of reading girlie magazines (eew, not THOSE kind) have told me NOT to dye at home. Buuuttt….I’m not going lighter, just trying to match or go a tad darker. And I have Merfman! Why is this important you ask?

Merfman is a jack of all trades, including Fashion and Beauty. Seriously, he picks out better outfits for me at the store than I ever could. It’s a gift. He’s also a man with a very colorful hair past. His hair has probably been more colors than mine…Manic Panic anyone? He’s done all of his coloring himself too! It’s been years since he’s had his hands on some hair color, but I trust him. The most important part is getting the color even and to the roots…right?

I know Tina, that’s what I’m thinking too.

It can’t be THAT hard, right? I mean, lots of women color their hair at home, right? Please, reassure me. Please.

I’m pretty sure Tina Fey is my soul-sister. If she can do it (and by she, I mean a team of pro-stylists) I can do it! Wish me luck Shark-eyes! <–please, someone get that reference.

7 thoughts on “To Dye or Not to Dye”

  1. Hey! I made it into a blog post, yay! At least I hope you were talking about me as the stylist you loved :-) You are one brave soul for coloring your hair yourself, even I still have someone come to the house to do it for me. But if your man is willing and able, go for it. Although, hair color is different than semi permanent manic panic. There’s crazy chemistry that does into it. Just please don’t use box dye! I’ll get you a formula and you and go to Sally’s for the real stuff. I’m all about being frugal, so I’ll help you out with some pointers if you need them!

    1. Of course it was you!!! I miss you! I know I won’t be able to do a good job by myself, so Merfman can get the tricky spots ;) I was planning to go to Sally’s so any and all pointers are welcome! Hope you and baby girl are doing well :)

    1. I was instructed to use a demi-permanent color, mine will wash out in 24 washes and it has 50% grey coverage. My hair girl recommended Wella Color Charm or Clairol. I used Clairol. She also said to try a cream base, since it’s easier to apply. I used a brush, but I think you can use a bottle too. From your photo you look like a brunette like me, and she said I’m normally a 5/6. She also said to stick with a natural undertone, since coppers or reds can be tricky. Oh, and I used a 10 volume developer. When you apply start at your roots and work your way out, starting your processing time when you get the ends done. I went to a Sally Beauty and they were helpful in making sure my color and developer were compatible. Good luck!

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