To Dye or Not To Dye

Dyeing your own hair can be a less expensive way to get color into your hair – or, if you mess up, it can turn out to be more expensive. A box of hair dye can cost less than $20, while salons will charge you at least $40.

How do you know if you should go to the salon?

  • If you have severely damaged hair, extra care might be necessary if you want to dye it. This includes hair that breaks easily. Hair damage is caused by too much brushing, perming, and washing. The sun and too much heat (from hair dryers) can also cause hair trouble.
  • If you are going three shades lighter, you need professional help. A brunette to blond change needs more than a box of hair dye to accomplish. What the salon usually does is to strip your hair of color, and then add a new color layer with the shade of your choice.
  • If you are up for a dramatic change in hair color, you may want to consult with your salon first. See what they think. Will a blond hair suit your complexion? You may just end up saving yourself some money and, depending on how long your hair is, at least three months of heartache.
  • If you already dyed your hair from the box and messed up, it might be time to go to a salon.

Your dyeing your own hair – what’s next?

When you are sure you can safely dye your hair out of a box, you need to decide on the commitment, color, and hair dye brand. There so many options in the market to choose from. Here’s a quick guide:

Dye commitment determines how long the hair dye will last in your hair. You can choose from semi-permanent, demi-permanent, and permanent hair colors.

Color and hair dye brand
Your “shade” should help you decide the hair color of your choice. If you belong to the warm shade (those with golden to reddish tones), you should choose a warm hair dye color like gold and red highlights, reddish blonde, and auburn. If you belong to the cool shade (those with bluish tones, with no hint of gold), choose a cool hair dye color like platinum and blue-black.

As for the brand, it is always best to opt for well-known brands instead of those that you’ve never heard of. This is your hair you’re talking about and you will do best with a hair dye brand you can rely on.

Once you’re decided on all these factors, go ahead and dye! Make sure to follow the box’s instructions.


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