Getting your hair colored at the salon can cost anywhere from $50 - $150 depending on the salon, whether you are getting highlights and lowlights, and so on. You may be tempted to start coloring your own hair at home, but you’re a little nervous. Let’s talk through some of the options.
Temporary Options for the Faint of Heart
If you’ve never tried to color your hair and are a bit scared of ending up with some extreme shade of fire-engine red that you hate, consider one of these easy options perfect for anyone who is new to DIY hair color.
- Add Wash-Out Temporary Streaks or Highlights. Add a few streaks of pink or blue with a product like Eufora Creative Streak Temporary Hair Color Spray or some fun highlights with Alterna Stylist 1 Night Highlights available in five different shades. They wash out with your next shampoo, so there is no stress or commitment.
- Use root touch-up between salon visits. Products like Eufora Conceal Root Touch-Up can be easily used by any hair coloring novice to cover gray roots between your professional colorings and will wash out with your next shampoo. L’Oreal Professionnel also makes a great Root Concealer Spray.
- Wash in some color. Eufora Beautifying Elixers Color Revive comes in shades of Copper, Red, Brunette and Blonde to allow you to richen and boost your existing color. Simply apply to your hair after you shampoo and leave in for a few minutes and then wash out. The color will last for approximately 3-5 washes.
Permanent Hair Color for the DIY Confident
When you’re ready to graduate to trying permanent hair dyes at home, be aware of a few important considerations.
- Check your skin! If you have never dyed your hair before, be very careful to follow the instructions about testing it on your skin before applying to your scalp to see if you can handle it. There are some powerful chemicals in hair dye that can cause pretty nasty reactions especially of you have sensitive skin. Learn how to safely do the skin test at home.
- Buy a brand that is tried-and-true. This isn’t the time to go bargain shopping. Pick a known and trusted hair color like Wella Color Charm or L’Oreal Excellence Creme
- When in doubt, go a shade lighter. If you are trying to match your own hair color and cover grays and you’re debating on shades, it’s better to choose a slightly lighter shade than a darker one. Why? First of all, lighter, less dramatic shades tend to flatter our skin better as we get older. But also the lighter color will cover the grays while allowing your own natural non-gray darker hairs to show through, retaining some highlights and lowlights in your hair which looks much more natural than hair that is flat brown or black.
- Use color-safe shampoo and conditioner. Be sure to maintain your color afterward with care products designed for color-treated hair like L’ANZA’s Healing ColorCare line.
Be sure to check out the full line of hair care products available on our website. We guarantee that all beauty lines offered are 100% authentic, never from a third-party, and are items that our beauty team uses on our own hair and skin. Plus, Pandora Beauty offers some of the best prices available on all your favorite salon-quality products at our online discount beauty supply store.