Why don't you go to a salon to color your hair?by sugarcandyPosted 3 years, 2 months ago
This thread was created as a place where fellow home dyers can share solidarity.
Almost every single one of my experiences at a salon have been terrible. One time a hairdresser gave me for engine red highlights on black hair after I showed a purple brownish photo. It was mind blowing lying awful.
Another time I was given caramel blonde when I wanted a lighter shade of brown. If you see my kin tone you will know instantly that my skin does not suit that color.
I just hate that stomach dropping feeling when they bring you over to the mirror and you are disappointed with your color but you have to pretend that you like it.
The bottom line is even if you how a picture 9 times out of 10 they can't get it right
I do realise that a lot of the fashion colours that people use here are not available in salons, and that is one reason people do it at home.
by blu123Posted 3 years, 2 months ago
I don't want to spend alot of money. I don't want to make small-talk with a hairdresser who really does'nt care what I'm doing with the rest of my day. I'm a control freak............... I hav'nt been to one in about 5 years, I'm sure their are nice ones out their, but I would rather do it myself for a fraction of the price. But I'm pretty much like that at anything though , like 'why buy cookies when you can bake them?'
by DizzineaPosted 3 years, 2 months ago
honestly, unless your hairstylist is an expert in direct dyes, they are not going to have the knowlege that I have from 20 years of dyeing my hair with them, they wont understand bases what they can and can't do, removal or fading, its not worth it
Posted 3 years, 2 months ago
Honestly part of the reason I dye my hair is because I want to be a hairstylist who specializes in direct dyes. But if I'm honest, it's because I got a horrible cut at age 11 and havent sat in a salon chair since. I feel like if I do my hair myself and fail it's a learning experience and I also like not having someone else at fault
by Jude StaffPosted 3 years, 2 months ago
Going to the hairdresser feels awkward to me. I don't find being worked on by someone relaxing the way other people can when they have their hair done or go to a beauty salon. To me it's more akin to a visit to the doctor; something you have to endure for your own good. I hate the horrible sinks that pinch my neck and give me a headache. I hate having to explain why I like to have unnatural hair colour the most.
I don't think I would ever trust anyone to colour my hair. I know I can do it as well or better and I know exactly what I want. I sometimes wish I had a trusted hairdresser friend who could bleach my roots for me and leave the dyeing to me. I'd love to find someone who could look at me and suggest a good style to suit but most of the salons local to me aren't really in it for the creativity.
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by halleyPosted 3 years, 2 months ago
I leave my bleaching to a professional because I have eczema on my scalp in a few areas and it's easier for someone else to apply carefully and keep an eye on it. I also only touch up my roots when I have my hair trimmed -- about every 10-12 weeks.
I do my own color because I find it somewhat therapeutic. It's fun for me to mix colors in my bathroom. Doing my own color at home gives me more freedom to change the color or adjust the shade as I wish. My hairdresser is very knowledgeable with direct dyes and she always offers to apply my color free of charge, but I just prefer it this way. If I don't like the way something turns out, I can just mix some more dye and fix it without waiting for someone to fit me in their schedule.
Also I kind of just think it's really fun to slather pretty colored goo on my head and hope for the best. It's like grown-up finger painting.
by lovewitchPosted 3 years, 2 months ago
i always have bad experiences going to salons because im very open about my hair history and get a lot of sarcastic/judgey comments about "trying" to do my hair at home. i try to get the bleaching done professionally as often as i can because i have super resistant hair, but even sometimes going for trims is stressful because there's always a rude comment.
always along the lines of "you don't know what you're doing" which is an assumption, i've been doing my own hair since i was 14 and always research for hours and hours before doing any process. but some people are stubborn and think their expensive education is the only way to knowledge i guess.
i understand that it can be frustrating when clients go to get color corrections but that doesn't mean every single person who does any sort of process at home is careless with their hair. i don't know why i always get this reaction from stylists, like i've never even gone in for color correction. anyway i'm probably being too sensitive but that's the main reason i don't color in a salon.
by martinalarayPosted 3 years, 2 months ago
To be completely honest, I've gone to a salon to have my hair colored maybe 5 times in my entire life. Every single time I came out with a result that was either 1.) Absolutely horrible, or 2.) Not even close to what I wanted. Even for bleaching my hair, I feel like it is just easier and of course way cheaper to just do it myself since my hair is naturally a dark to medium blonde. It only requires one short bleach process to get it to the level I need for coloring. In terms of coloring my hair funky colors, it seems like a huge waste to me to get it done in a salon considering you have to redye every 3-8 weeks or so. That will get extremely expensive and doesn't make much sense to me since semi permanent colors are so easy to use.
Bottom line is, I've been doing my own hair since I was 13 years old and have a solid grasp on how my own hair reacts to certain products. I have done tons of research about coloring and lightening hair to the point that I could probably get a professional license if I really wanted to. I have never had a bad experience doing my own hair and it has always come out exactly the way I wanted because I'm very careful with what products I use. There is no point for me to go to a salon to have it done, period. Not only that, but I enjoy doing my own hair. It is relaxing and fun for me. It's kind of like making a work of art on yourself.
Posted 3 years, 2 months ago
Well...my first experiences in a salon has been rather horrible,horrible orange brassy roots,never the colour desired... I had a hairdresser friend that did my hair from years and these were my golden years for my hair but I moved to the end of the world and the problem started,then I started to do myself,some months ago I started to go to a great hairdresser but I was allergic to their bleach,then I changed to another hairdresser also with very good products but the same problem....so I decided to be back to get my hair on my own again...so that's my history with salons...
by mademoisellePosted 3 years, 1 month ago
For me it's just cause of money. In Paris there are some real good salons specialised in colour but they're so expensive.
by LoonPosted 3 years, 1 month ago
I have had some good and some bad experiences in salon but they are terribly expensive and I also prefer to work with direct dyes and most hairstylists use peroxide based dyes and are not that experienced with fashion colours. I have taken many years to experiment, make mistakes, and learn what works best for my hair which I would never have done had I let someone else do it. The only reason I would consider going to a salon now would be to have someone foil in my lowlights with direct dye just because it is easier to have someone else apply foils. I also trim my own hair to save money but perhaps once I year I may go for a proper cut. I have not had my hair dyed in a salon for about 10 years. I would love to have my hair styled properly in salon too but for colour I can get better results doing it myself.
by pandaprestonPosted 3 years, 1 month ago
I live in a part of the United States where fashion colors are all the rage. Money is my reason why I don't see a professional; professionals charge too much. Also, I find the whole process of coloring to be very fun. I know just what I want, and exactly how to do it. I'm even going back to cosmetology school because working on my own hair rekindled my love of working with hair.
by otterspacePosted 3 years, 1 month ago
I have many reasons really. First of all I'm an expat in a country where the over all style tends to be more conservative than in my nordic motherland, so direct dyes and crazy colours aren't so common here yet and neither is finding a colourist who has experience working with them. BUT even if I still lived in a nordic capital where there are specialised hairdressers and colourists who have several years of crazy experience (and actually won't even do anything normal) I'd still do it myself.
Mainly because a) I tend to be a DIY person in general, so all of this is just really fun and interesting to me. Why leave the fun part for someone else? b) I think I'm doing ok so far c) it's much cheaper and I can leave the dye on for as long as I like d) I already cut my own hair at home & hubby is very good at trimming the undercut, so slapping some colour on, after doing everything else without a hairdresser, just doesn't feel very frightening :D
Also for me the colouring process is also kind of a pampering / zen session. No need to go out, no need to hurry anywhere, I can just sit there with the dye in my hair and relax. Why would I give that up? :)
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by spidertamPosted 3 years, 1 month ago
Everytime I go it's never what I wanted. Then of course I have to pay for it - that's the worst part.
Once I was under-quoted by literally $300 on how much it was going to be to lighten my hair.
Many times I was turned away because they didn't think they could get my hair any lighter. So I did it successfully myself and my hair is still attached to my head lol!
A couple times I go in to get my roots bleached and they don't tone it afterwards but go ahead and smack the light pink dye on my head (!!!!)
I could go on and on. I think bleaching is better to be done in a salon, but you better find someone you can be real with and are comfortable enough to tell them when something isn't right. And that can be very tricky to come across.
by NLeighPosted 3 years, 1 month ago
Only once in my entire life have I ever gotten my hair color done in a salon. I got blonde highlights done when I was in college. It was actually very well done, but almost more subtle than I wanted. I guess I'm the rare person without a salon color horror story, lol.
My main reason for DIY is money, with "fear of not getting exactly what I want" close behind. And a combination of the two is really the best reason. Salon color is expensive, and if the color doesn't turn out exactly how I want, who wants to be out several hundred dollars AND have hair you don't like?
If I'm going to have hair I don't like, I'd rather not be out extra $$. Better to work out how to fix it on my own.
Finally, at this point in my life, hair coloring is my hobby. I enjoy the process of deciding what to do next and figuring out which dyes will help me get there. I wouldn't mind having someone bleach my roots (seriously, does anyone actually ENJOY this?), but I'd never have someone else do the dyeing part. To me, that's the fun part!
(I often have people ask me if I'm a hairdresser. I always answer with "nope, just a hair hobbyist." :D)
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by jiminmochiPosted 3 years, 1 month ago
I did my own color since I was 14 and was perfectly confident. Then, when I was in my mid 20's I did my first unnatural color and six months later had to take it out for a new job. I had atomic pink in my hair and at the time I did it, I wasn't aware of its legendary staying power. I over bleached my hair, desperately trying to get it out in time for my new job and ruined my hair. It was like silly strong. Or troll hair. Either way it had to go. Tried to cut off a little and dye it dark but the cuticle was so blown open my ends turned gray after a couple of washes and I ended up having to go to a salon for a pixie cut. I got a tongue lashing for "trying" to do my hair at home--this was the first mess up in over a decade! Shouldn't that count for something? But she made me so scared to do my own hair again after that experience, I went to salons to have my hair done for several years. The color was never what I wanted it to be, although sometimes I liked how it turned out anyway. But often the colorist would just flat out ignore what I wanted and tell me that wouldn't work and then do what they wanted. I tried to do pink streaks at a salon and it washed out completely in 2 washes. Waste of hundreds of dollars! But this last trip was the icing on the cake. I spent nearly $300 including gratuity and my hair didn't look any different than when I went into the salon. There was literally no difference other than slightly lighter ends. I was so upset I wanted to cry. I hadn't had my hair done in a year because I couldn't afford it and this was a long awaited treat to myself. That it ended up looking like nothing, made me so upset, I decided I was going back to doing my own hair. I used to love doing it and I did it better than the salon most times anyway.
Posted 3 years ago
I have 4a/4b naturally curly hair which I like having dyed funky colours. It's very hard to find in London 1) a reputable natural afro hair stylist 2) a natural afro hair stylist who doesn't judge you for bleaching your afro curls (Don't even get me started on the BS politics of the natural afro hair community...) and actually knows how to bleach curly hair without over processing it and killing your curl pattern and 3) a natural afro hair stylist who knows anything about direct dyes and is comfortable working with them.
I also like to leave my hair dye to marinate in my hair for hours and hours (like all day) to get a good deep colour that lasts for weeks. Most stylists want you in and out of the chair in less that a 2 hours and that just would not work for me and my hair. I would be hella mad if I paid big bucks for a colour job and it faded after two washes because the stylist only left the dye on for 25 minutes.
I know my own hair and trust my own research more than I trust any stylist.
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by Folk_LaurPosted 3 years ago
I've heard many horror stories about salons. They're always getting it wrong. Now....don't get me wrong. They go to school, they train hard, and no one stylist should be compared to another because everyone is different. I wouldn't hesitate to ask their advice if necessary ....even though they're response is often something like "there's a reason I paid ten grand to go to school". What stylists don't realizes is that being a stylist is like being a mechanic.....sometimes there's a set way your supposed to do something, but you end up doing it some other way because you were obligated to. Hair doesn't always do what is expected, but if its going to be done wrong it will definitely be by me and my helper, and not because I paid an astronomical fee to a professional who should've been able to get it right the first time. Another big factor for me is that I've been doing my own hair bright colors since high school. I started off not using bleach. I've done more hair styles than I can remember. My hair was black and pink when I met my SO. I went back to normal for a stint, and did all black for a while at some point. Point being that Im smart, do my research first, and im generally quite patient and planned out. Involving a hair stylist just means involving someone whose overly confident in their skills through schooling to be condescending to me for doing it all on my own.....which there's nothing wrong w. They would call me a hobbyist. I am....and a pretty good one.
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by PaperTulipPosted 2 years, 11 months ago
I've never had a bleach job professionally that wasn't orange, and most stylists can't cut my hair (kind of wavy, kind of straight) in a way that doesn't need daily heat treatment or is frizzy. The last salon I we took to quoted me $400 for bleach and direct dye in 3 colours. My wife dyes me hair and can easily bleach it now.
by noonePosted 2 years, 11 months ago
Tried once. Then I realized I could actually do what they are doing at home at a much cheaper price. So here I am.