Since I became a hair stylist, I’ve worked with many women who color their hair at home. It’s a rare day when I can’t spot a DIY hair color. Naturally, I want to color all my clients’ hair for them, as I firmly believe it is better to have your hair colored by a professional than do it yourself. Although some women are pretty capable of coloring their own hair themselves, most women tun into trouble at some point. Here are the top five DIY hair color mistakes that I find in the salon.
The wrong hair color. One of the biggest problems that people have when they do their own color is choosing the right color. It’s hard to tell, when looking at a picture on a tiny box of hair color, what is actually in the box. It could end up completely different than what you think it should be. Are you looking for something darker or lighter than your natural color? Do you like warm colors, cool colors, or more neutral? What goes best with your skin tone and wardrobe? When deciding, you’ll need to take into consideration not only the color you are purchasing, but also hair color that is already in your hair, and the underlying pigments that naturally occur in your hair. Additionally, you need to think your hair’s porosity. Some parts of your hair could absorb more color than other parts, resulting in uneven, splotchy, color. If you are unsure of what your are doing, this can turn into a big hair color disaster!
The roots of the hair are too bright. In the salon, we call them ‘hot roots.’ It happens when the roots of your hair end up a brighter or more intense color than the rest of your hair. When the entire head of hair is colored at the same time, the heat from the head makes the roots process faster. In the salon, we use different formulas and different types of hair color on the roots and ends of your hair to make your hair color come out even.
The ends of the hair are too dark. This is a telltale sign that someone has been doing their own hair color. It can be difficult and expensive to correct. When hair color is applied to the entire head at the same time, not only do the roots get too bright, but the ends usually get too dark over time. The ends of the hair are more porous than the rest and absorb more color and have received more color applications. Your stylist may actually use three separate formulas of color on your hair to make sure it comes out even and beautiful.
Missed spots. I see this on a regular basis in the salon. And it makes me cringe. There is nothing like combing through someones hair, and finding chunks of hair that were completely missed. This happens because you just can’t see your entire head well, even with a mirror. And even if you take your time and go through the hair section by section, it is very easy to miss spots. If you are covering grey or making a dramatic change, it will be very noticeable and not all pretty.
Damaged hair. As hair stylists, we can keep an eye on the health of your hair. If your hair is getting damaged from styling or other treatments, we can tell you when you need a break or need to take a different approach to achieve the results that you want. But unless you have been specially trained to spot the early signs of damage or any problems in the hair, you may not know what problems to look for in the hair. Or you may not know which products can be applied together, and which products will have an adverse chemical reaction. For instance, when hair lightener is applied to hair that has been colored with certain kinds of hair color that are available online, the hair will overheat, smoke, and disintegrate. It may even cause dangerous burns to the scalp. It is possible that this hair color makes it way into drugstores and especially discount stores. However, if you maintain your hair color at the salon, the color will be much safer for you and for your hair.
If you have already tried to color your hair yourself and it didn’t come out like you expected, don’t be alarmed. A good stylist can help correct your color mistakes and give you the look want, although it may be expensive and time consuming. Better yet, save yourself the time, money, and possibility of a mistake and see your stylist before you color your hair. She’ll help you achieve the look that’s just right for you!