Tiffony’s “at home color advice”

Since I had to go to LA this yesterday I thought I’d share some great advice from my friend Tiffony at ONY Salon in Savannah, GA.

Although the media says the economy is getting better, many Americans have not seen this up swing in their finances.  For this reason, many have cut back on in salon services such as hair color.  The funny thing is it is a catch-22 situation.  On one hand, people need and want to look their best as they go out and look for work; but on the other hand, their finances are limited.  I decided to write this blog post after a recent chat with someone who is in this situation.  I want to share with you a few ground rules when it comes to making the choice about at home hair color.

First, let me say who should absolutely not do color at home and which services  are best left to a professional.

1.  Do NOT do highlights at home-  this is just not a good idea.  Even if you have watched your hairstylist do it many, many, times, this is not a task to take on yourself.

2.  Do NOT try to make your dark brown hair/black hair, blonde-  you have probably seen this result on many women.  The result will be brassy/orangey hair.

3.  Do NOT think that you can lighten up your previously colored hair with a lighter box color- NO YOU CANNOT.  Color does not lift color so don’t try this at home.  You may just end up with light roots (because that hair is virgin hair) and dark ends (the color will stay the same as it was before you put the color on).

Remember, professional color is custom mixed for every single client.  Your stylist can mix up a formula to counteract just about any negative situation that can accure.  A licensed professional also knows how long to leave the product on the hair.  I cannot tell you how many times I have had clients who have come in for corrective color to say, “oh, I left it on because I thought it would help lighten it more, or it would darken it more so it wouldn’t fade so quickly.”  Either way, the hair is over-processed!  If it’s over-processed and it’s light, the hair will be very brittle and dry (like straw).  If it’s over-processed with dark color, it will also be brittle and dry, but it will also make it difficult to lighten if you ever want to do that.  Dark color that is repeatedly put on the ends (on top of dark color) will coat the hair and leave it unable to be lightened evenly.  It is hard to put color on yourself without overlapping it, and that’s not good.

Remember that if you create a problem by coloring it yourself, you will have to pay a whole lot more money to correct it.  Corrective color can end up costing 2 or 3 or more times higher than you would have paid to have your stylist do it in the first place.  So I know you are asking, “so who would be a person that could do at-home-color?”  I would not recommend anyone do at-home-color.  However, if you are staying really close to your natural color or the color that is already there with color, you may be able to get away with it. Or if you want to go darker, it maybe an option.  Again, I am not saying that anyone in these to situations should color their hair themselves.  (If you are a bride to be, DO NOT even think about coloring your own hair.  Your wedding pictures will last a lifetime and you want to look back at them with joyful memories (in regards to your hair)…and not disgust :) Consult your hair stylist before you do anything.  They will be able to suggest some alternatives to save you a little bit of money on in salon color.  Trust me, your stylist would rather you ask them first than to see you come in crying about a mishap.



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