I love being pampered. Massages, pedicures, getting my hair done- I love all of it. But over the past few years, I’ve found myself unhappy with the outcome, and enjoying the process less. It’s no fun spending hours at the salon (not to mention tons of money) and walking away with less than stellar results. Who wants to pay $35 for a manicure that’s barely as good as I can do on myself? Waste of money. And sitting in the stylist chair for 2+ hours only to walk away looking nothing like my reference photo is such a disappointment.
It’s possible that I’m just getting persnickety and demanding in my old age, but as much as I’d prefer to have someone do the work for me, it’s more important that I get EXACTLY what I want. My last few haircuts (with the exception of my pixie which was perfect) have been only vaguely what I wanted, and the color hasn’t even been close. And I will take a certain amount of responsibility for the breakdown in communication, but I also bring pictures specifically showing what I want so that the stylist will be on the same page. Only we still aren’t getting there.
I already do my own nails because I haven’t found anywhere that can do a better job (and I am by no means particularly skilled), and this weekend I decided the time has come to start doing my own hair. With the help of Google, pinterest and YouTube I spent a couple hours familiarizing myself with color theory and the necessary components of professional color, and then I spent about 15 minutes (and $25) at Sally Beauty Supply getting what I needed.
Then all that was left was to lock myself in my room (kids kind of throw a wrench in precisely timed activities) and give it a go. It was so fun!
My goal was just to subtly brighten up my blonde for the summer, and because I embrace the ombre style, I didn’t have to be precise. Or really work on the back of my head which is obviously the biggest challenge of doing your own hair. It was so easy! I used a balayage technique where you just paint the bleach right on the hair, although I might give fouls a try next time because the color didn’t lift as far as I was hoping because it dries out faster. I also didn’t leave it on to process as long as I could have because I’m obviously learning and I’d rather err on the side of not doing enough than doing too much!! Part of the point of this is to do it cheap so I don’t want to end up with a huge bill for professional color correction.
I’m really happy with the results, and even more importantly I feel totally confident about doing it again in the future. Great looking hair without having to call someone to make an appointment/ put on pants/ spend $100? There’s no downside.
Actually, there is a downside. I’m now totally obsessed with coloring hair and need some more subjects to play with. Anyone want some highlights?