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How To Get Your Hair Colored for Less

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Hair Coloring Too Pricey?  You’ve Got Some Options!

Salon hair coloring can blend a range of colors  giving you a unique custom hair color.  Because your hair colorist is a pro, when you leave a salon, you have vibrant, rich color plus soft, conditioned hair that’s been nurtured back to health after the dye chemicals. A salon hair color treatment is definitely pricey, especially if you need regular touch-ups.  But, if your budget is tight and you need to cut it back a bit, there are ways to get your hair colored for less.

Make Your Color Last

First off, you will get the most for your money by making your hair color last as long as possible. Dial down that water temperature when you shower, since hot water rinses out hair color dye faster. The same goes for reducing the heat on your blow-dryer, curling-iron, flat-iron or hot rollers.  Since beach hair and casual messy looks are totally in for spring and summer, let your hair air-dry as much as possible using texturizing products like, sea salt sprays or volumizing mousses, with a leave-in conditioner and your hair color will last longer and get healthier at the same time!

Try one of the many tinted shampoos and conditioners available to help enhance shades of reds, blondes, and brunettes. These hair color refreshers will help boost the richness of your hair color with temporary dyes and extend the time between hair color appointments.  If you only can afford one of these products, go with the tinted conditioners which don’t rinse out as much as the shampoos.

Professional Hair Color for Less

If you can’t pay salon prices, there are ways to get your hair colored for less. If you live in or around a city, there may be a beauty school or an advanced hair color school nearby, let your fingers do the walking. Beauty school students need hair models for cuts and colors. The prices will be half the cost of a regular salon treatment. The instructors will over-watch the formulation of  the color but students are in the process of learning placement of color.  So, if you have a simple root touch-up or a semi-permanent coloring, no problem.  However, placement of highlights and lowlights is a learned skill, so if you want to look like . . . say, Jennifer Aniston . . . take it to a professional.

If the idea of seeing a beauty school student makes you shudder, you can still find cheaper way to get your hair colored  if you’re willing to do some legwork. Ask everyone you know–your manicurist, your coworkers, strangers (with really good colored hair) where they had their hair done.

Call salons and ask about their color prices. Some reputable salons have in-house training for staff. By calling around for prices, you might luck into a discount for hair color at a salon that’s doing some advanced training for their colorists.  Scour craigslist or salonapprentice.com where you also may find a color service for less near you.

DIY Dye

Brave divas can wade into the world of hair color with dye kits, highlight kits, and temporary color. First, do  your  homework and read “How to Dye Your Hair at Home.”  Then be sure to start with a hair color that’s no more than two shades different from your natural color. Have a friend help you apply color to your hair, to help you get even coverage.  Always, always, always follow the directions . . . don’t make any of these most common hair color mistakes.

Rinse out when time is up, then nourish with the deep conditioner included in the dye kit. Take the same approach when it comes to touching up roots or doing your own highlights. It may be nerve-wracking the first couple times you dye your own hair, but you can do it.

  





6 Comments »

  1. Hey Christine,

    You’ve come to the right place! There’s a secret formula that hairdressers use to avoid pink roots. Color your hair like a pro by mixing two hair colors together. Mix a hair color with a natural base tone with your desired hair color. For the best results, the amount of the natural tone in your formulation should be the same as the percentage of gray hair. For example, if your hair is 25% gray add 1 ounce of a natural shade to every 3 ounces of your desired auburn shade. I’ve been a hair colorist for years, and this technique works like a charm for all age groups.

    Check out the article How to Dye Your Hair at Home for more fantastic information about how to color your hair at home.

    Good luck!

    Comment by Michelle Skye — May 3, 2012 @ 5:36 pm

  2. My hair is all grey and I like to color it an auburn color. Unfortunately, my roots always come out pink because of the grey, and then I have to add an additional brownish color to my roots to color the pink! I hate giving up the auburn hair. Any suggestions? Thanks, Christine

    Comment by Christine Kumer — May 2, 2012 @ 2:26 pm

  3. Please . . . Smile and I can probably provide a thank you as well.

    Comment by Barb Quinn — May 1, 2012 @ 9:06 am

  4. All it will take is a please and a smile! I’d be honored to write an article :)

    Comment by Audrey Marie Avila — May 1, 2012 @ 3:50 am

  5. Good advice, thank you . . . Love Ya! What would it take to get you write a guest article for Hairstyle Blog?

    Comment by Barb Quinn — April 21, 2012 @ 8:13 am

  6. Great article, but as a professional stylist I would recommend if your are coloring at home only do it yourself if your going darker! Lightning hair is strictly for someone with experience. Also many salons/stylists offer discounts for first time clients, repeat bookings, or run promos through social media so dont hold back from asking or doing a little online research.

    Comment by Audrey Avila — April 20, 2012 @ 2:53 pm

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