Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Dying Your Hair At Home : My Experience

Saving money is always a good idea.  That's why I decided to try dying my own hair at home. Buying a box dye from the drugstore costs about $10 and getting my hair done professionally costs north of $100.  I decided, it was time to try and save some money on something that isn't a vital need. 

This was big for me, my hair is very important to me, yes I realize how vain I sound, but it is. I like being blonde, I like having nice, natural looking highlights. When deciding to do my own hair at home, I opted for a root touch up strategy. I was only going to colour my roots and not touch the lengths.  That way, if the colouring went awry, I would only have a couple inches of disaster, instead of a full head of ugliness. 

Here's what happened...

I first coloured my hair with the Garnier Nutrisse Cream in 913 at the end of July. The outcome, I thought was quite decent, nothing amazing, but for $10 and my first time attempting this at home, I was satisfied with the results. However, as the days went by, I realized how yellow and brassy the colour looked. I did only do my roots, but it was still noticeable. I religiously use my L'Oréal Paris Professional Shine Blonde Ceraflash Shampoo for blonde hair. It's the absolute best purple shampoo and usually eliminates all signs of yellow in my blonde hair. Unfortunately, it didn't do much for this situation.

About a month or so later, I decided to try again, I went one shade lighter, thinking it would be less yellow. However, the results were the same, just a slightly lighter shade of yellow. My hair is naturally a dirty blonde shade, so it's not as if I'm attempting to dye my dark brown roots a light blonde shade. I used the Garnier Nutrisse Cream in 101 the second time.

I followed the instructions precisely both times, and used the follow up conditioner for several washes after both treatment, but nothing has made the colour less yellow. It's not Big Bird yellow, don't get me wrong, but for someone who is used to ashy/sandy blonde shades, this box dye is not cutting it.

I would therefore not recommend using the specific box dyes to achieve a neutral or ashy blonde at home.

If anyone has tips or product recommendations that could save me $100 at the salon next month I would be very grateful !



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  2. I just came across your blog. Did you lighten your roots prior to dying? I usually use Garnier Ultra D+++ lightener and then the next day I will dye my hair the colour I want. I have been doing this for 3-4 years. Salons are far too expensive. Blonde is so high maintenance. I have debated going back to brown hair but I think I would regret it! Lol.

  3. Hi Kelly! Thanks for the feedback. I'll try that tip out next time I dye at home :) thanks!!