Salon vs. At-Home Hair Coloring

Do-it-yourself hair color sounds easy enough because you simply mix, apply, and rinse. This basic 3-step system has worked for men and women of all ages for years; however, the trend has become even more popular over the last 4 years due to the shady economy. And while getting your hair done every month may have been the “thing” to do, it’s no longer economically viable for some people.

Luckily, home dye kits are affordable at only a fraction of the cost of a salon trip – not to mention convenient! Technology has played a part in the improvement of home hair dying systems, and there are many more options to choose from these days.

Another upside to doing it yourself is being able to use an at-home hair dye kit any time of day or night, without making an appointment or even leaving the house. This convenience factor definitely beats having to wait for your appointment, then working around the stylist’s schedule.

Of course, there are also some reasons not to dye, bleach, highlight, or touch-up roots by yourself, and these things should be considered before trying to go it alone. Here are some of the most common mishaps that occur during an at-home color treatment.

At-Home Mishaps

Trusting the box

When you’re trying to choose a hair dye color in the store, the color can definitely be misleading. This is especially true when all you have to go by is a little picture on the side of the box, and a pretty model with perfect hair on the front. The color that you choose might seem like the perfect color on the box, but after you apply it, the product could be completely different than what you wanted.

Wrong color choice

Woman dying hair
There are a lot of questions that come up when you’re trying to find a new hair color such as the following:

  • What will look best with your skin tone?
  • Do you want to go lighter or darker than your natural hair color?
  • What color matches your style?
  • Do you like warm colors, cool colors or neutral colors?

To start answering these questions, keep in mind that your own hair color plays an important role in the dyeing process, as well as with the overall health of your hair. And be advised that not all hair absorbs color evenly, and if you’re not careful, you can end up with splotchy color.

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