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to think home dye kits are just as good as going to the hairdressers?

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papayasareyum Wed 22-Jun-16 11:27:11

I've always spent about £90 for a cut and colour and been happy with the results. The last time I came out and was chatting to a school mum who said she always dyes her own hair at home. Not highlights, just a mid reddish brown semi permanent dye kit. Her hair does always look lovely.
Can home dye jobs look as good and if so, can you recommend a nice mid brown colour?! When I think how much I'm spending at the hairdresser, it makes me cringe!

Scuttle22 Wed 22-Jun-16 11:30:39

I good compromise is a mobile hairdresser. I have a roots and cut for £38. I think the colour is applied more evenly - even my hairdresser pays someone else to colour her roots.

MoonfaceAndSilky Wed 22-Jun-16 11:33:07

I think home dye kits have come on a lot in the last few years. In the old days they used to come out as one block colour but now they seem to have multi tones and I think they are very good and I'm too tight to go to the hairdressers

Birdsgottafly Wed 22-Jun-16 11:34:34

I use a chocolate brown, from Home & Bargains. I mix it in a bowl and use a brush to apply it, on my DD (31).

It looks the same as a hairdresser would do.

It's finding a colour, than produces the same amount of shine.

My hair is dyed, using foils, there's no way that I could reproduce it, at home.

I wouldn't pay for an all over colour tbh. If I didn't have post Menopausal, greying hair, I'd do my own.

I used to do my youngest's hair. I bought the same colour that a salon would use, from a Hairdressing Suppliers.

LordEmsworth Wed 22-Jun-16 11:37:12

My hairdresser does a much better job than I used to when I coloured my own hair. And he gets to do all the tidying up. And it doesn't get splashed over the bath. And it's not my towels being ruined.

If you can do a great job then fine, but personally I'd not bother doing my own again.

catloony Wed 22-Jun-16 11:37:21

Depends on if you have any grey or not, how much and if they take the colour well. I've been dying my hair at home for years but I'm getting more grey hairs now. Despite using two packs to ensure I have enough coverage and adding extra developing time, trying different makes.

I still can end up with grey hair immediately after dying where the colour has just not taken on it at all.

SouperSal Wed 22-Jun-16 11:38:48

I do my own. I use the Boots semi permanent dark brown dye to cover the greys, then Jerome Russell bleach on the ends and dye those bits funky colours with Arctic Fox dye from Amazon.

Betrayedbutsurvived Wed 22-Jun-16 11:42:00

I once managed to turn my hair green just before a big date using a home dye kit. Admittedly it was years ago, it was peroxide, and as I couldn't be arsed faffing with roots I just slapped it on all over but even so.... Cost me a bloody fortune to sort out, and I've stuck to the hairdressers ever since.

Nabootique Wed 22-Jun-16 11:42:31

I've only had my hair dyed at the hairdressers once. It was "permanent" but only lasted about two weeks, she did no patch test and got it all over my neck. Put me off for life, although I do realise most hairdressers would do a better job!

DJBaggieSmalls Wed 22-Jun-16 11:43:58

If you know what you are doing you can get just as good results at home. Some people have a knack for hairdressing even though its not their job.

HopperBusTicket Wed 22-Jun-16 11:45:24

I don't think home dye kits work as well and I certainly can't apply them as well as a hairdresser. But of course a home dye kit is much cheaper so you pays your money and you takes your choice.

Pinkheart5915 Wed 22-Jun-16 11:45:29

My sister uses home dye kits and hair always looks just as good as my £190 hairdresser dye but I had a bad turn out with dye as a teen so won't do it at home again.

Globetrotter100 Wed 22-Jun-16 11:45:35

I don't think home dye kits are as good. I definitely think professional salon dyes, toners, activators, application brushes etc can do the job just as well (assuming you don't require multiple colours, foils etc requiring additional limbs to apply at the back).

Sallys Beauty Supply on New Oxford St. has all this stuff for professionals in the basement if anyone's London-based, and really nice staff helped me choose new brand as I've recently moved countries and my former pro-brand isn't stocked here.

I was advised to use professional dyes by my old hairdresser because my hair grows very fast, is originally dark brown and I have huge amount of grey especially at the front...I dye every 2-3 weeks and no way would I be paying a hairdresser to do that!

YouAreMySweetestDownfall Wed 22-Jun-16 11:46:12

I haven't been able to afford to go to the hairdressers for ages and am working my way through different home kits. My sort of blond hair is still a sort of dirty copper colour.

I need a blond dye that works on dark blond hair.

Kennington Wed 22-Jun-16 11:47:43

They are the same chemical composition so it is a question of application
I do my roots myself and get highlights done from time to time at the hairdressers so this works for me

Kittyrobin Wed 22-Jun-16 11:58:05

no difference on a home dye versus hair dresser to me apart from the price.
I actually think the home dye comes out nicer to be honest.
my hair is naturally dark brown and I colour it mid brown

ProjectUniverse Wed 22-Jun-16 12:03:06

I used to have a hairdresser colour my hair but since I moved abroad I've been using a home dye kit. To be honest it looks the same as when I had it done professionally. I can't believe I used to waste that money on something I could do myself!!

toomuchtooold Wed 22-Jun-16 12:05:28

I did an internship at a company that makes hair dye (it was a paid internship, I'm not a toff grin. There was no difference at all between the formulations for the professionals and the home kits.

Takes a bit of time to get good at it though. I spent most of that summer rubbing hair dye into those styling dolls heads, never worked in the industry again but at least I learned how to dye hair!

Warrior314 Wed 22-Jun-16 12:06:32

I can see that the first time you colour your hair, but what about doing the roots? There's no way I could do that like the hairdresser does it.

BabooshkaKate Wed 22-Jun-16 12:07:23

I used to use a brown semi permanent colour so that I could try out different shades of brown. The only difference I noticed was that the hairdresser blow dried it very shiny. I think if you have oils etc at home for the post dye shine then it's just as good.

I recently bleached my own hair at home all over. It doesn't quite have the depth and highlights and shades that a hairdresser would put in, but I am pleased with it, especially after a toner and purple shampoo by Bleach London. I did this at home because all the local hairdressers told me I needed 2-3 sessions of highlights at £90 a pop plus wash and blow dry costs... Fuck that.

BrianCoxReborn Wed 22-Jun-16 12:08:12

I can barely afford the cut and blow, so a dye on top is out of the question.I colour mine close to my natural colour, to avoid any mistakes.

I'm often complimented on my hair, so must be doing something right.

BabooshkaKate Wed 22-Jun-16 12:09:13


You need a toner or purple shampoo depending on how brassy your hair is!

IndridCold Wed 22-Jun-16 12:12:22

They can be, especially if you are a brunette. I once had my haircut about a week after I had coloured my hair, and my hairdresser couldn't believe it was a home colouring kit.
She told me that they often had to remedy home colouring mistakes, and that often the cause was that people with long hair hadn't used enough dye.

papayasareyum Wed 22-Jun-16 12:14:01

You've convinced me to do my own. I've dyed my daughters hair with very good effect so feel confident I can do the same with mine. There's just so many shades though. I'm looking for a nice mid brown with reddish tones. If anyone knows of one let me know!

Bear2014 Wed 22-Jun-16 12:15:09

Yeah if you're brunette and you're not drastically changing your hair colour there are some great dye kits. The conditioner you get with them is lovely too.

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