Stepping out of a salon - at home
July 5, 2014 10:13 AM Subscribe
I have dyed my hair at home for years, with box dyes (save one bleach + manic panic job when I was 17). Now my hair is quite short, I'm wondering whether I can pick up developer and colour at a beauty supply store so that I can use what I need, rather than wasting half a box kit. Any tips and tricks?
posted by mippy to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (12 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Useful info: my hair is red and I would be interested in keeping it that way - I prefer bold reds over red-brown or red-purple tones which I have read is easier to achieve with the products pros use. Sadly, now I'm an adult with a swimming habit and a rental deposit, vegetable dyes are less of an option. My natural hair colour is a very very pale brown (though I haven't seen it for sixteen years). i have access to a Sally's near my office and generally have the attitude that if it goes horribly wrong, it will grow out. I don't want to do anything scary like going from red to blonde - I would rather leave bleach to professionals - just colour my hair as I've always been doing but a little bit less wastefully.
I have absolutely no worries about mixing it up myself at home, and I know there are non-pros who do their hair this way - I just wondered what I need to be buying. I know I want a developer, but what level, and will any developer work with any creme colour? Is it very hard to do it properly at home? Any recommendations on brands, particularly for bright, bold reds?
I am not interested in doing my hair at a salon, as I have neither the money nor the time to sit in a chair doing nothing without being able to see anything - at home, I can keep my glasses on and spend the money I've saved on cake. So any experiences welcome.