Sure, it’s a lot quicker to run to the store, buy a box of hair dye and color your hair at home. Especially considering how long an appointment can take at the salon. Besides, it doesn’t seem difficult to slop on some color and let it sit, right? Wrong. It turns out, you could actually be doing more damage to your hair than good if you D-I-Y your hair color.
Dying your hair at home is one of the biggest mistakes you could possibly make, according to Matthew Preece, owner of the Fred Segal Salon in Santa Monica, CA. “Reason number one, you’re not an expert. Number two, you don’t know what color to choose. Number three, you don’t know how to properly apply it. Number four, you don’t know how long you’re supposed to leave it on for.”
While his advice might sound snippy, these actually are factors to consider. Boxed dyes have step-by-step instructions, but they don’t take into account whether you’ve dyed your hair before, your natural hair color, the color you’re shooting for, and whether you already have damaged hair. In the end, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll get the exact color that’s pictured on the box.
“After somebody becomes a hairstylist, they realize that there are certain rules that you don’t follow,” says Preece. “It’s not that easy. Sometimes you get lucky, but we see a lot of people come in that have dyed their hair at home and come in here to fix it.”
Moral of the story: Don’t make a rash decision to dye your hair at home. Otherwise, you might spend more time and money than you would have (and sacrifice the health of your hair too).
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