It seems like an excellent way to pinch pennies, right? Why pay $80 to $300 to have your hair professionally colored or bleached when you can buy a boxed color at the grocery store for $15 or less? In life there are many times that you get what you pay for and coloring your hair is one of those times. Whether it’s time or money you are trying to save, here are the top 5 reasons you shouldn’t dye your hair at home.
The Truu Cruu aren’t just hair stylists, but hair and color artists. We invest in extensive initial and ongoing training and our team is trained to apply color and cut hair in a variety of specialty techniques. This includes trending styles and application, as well as styling techniques unique to your hair type. Not only is applying hair color an art form, but it is incredibly difficult to evenly apply color to your own hair. Even the most skilled professional hairstylists have someone else color their hair. It’s not just as simple as mixing and adding the dye. Factors such as the original color of your hair, the existing professional dye, how healthy your hair is, and if you are starting to grey, are just a handful of the factors your professional stylist will take into consideration to deliver the polished look you are going for.
Your hair color specialist will assess the current condition of your hair and suggest a plan of approach that does more than just deliver your desired result—but keeps your hair healthy. This includes pretreating your hair and the follow-up care required to minimize damage. In addition to customizing your haircare to your individual needs Truu Salon uses top of the line professional products. We use Aveda products exclusively, which are plant and flower derived. The brand you buy in the grocery store uses the cheapest ingredients on the market. The cheaper the ingredients, the more likely they are to damage your hair. Yes, healthy hair will always grow back, but for this reason alone it’s not worth the risk.
Coloring your hair isn’t as simple as just picking the color on the box, or the color you want from the faux-hair sample. If you don’t know what you are doing, you don’t know what color to select. If your hair is dark brown and you want to go platinum blonde, you can’t just buy the box by the color swatch that you want to look like and expect the same results. Yes, the store-bought color kit will have some type of lightening system, but do you really feel confident bleaching your hair? Going lighter isn’t the only challenge. Coloring colored hair, relaxed hair, damaged hair, or grey hair all factor into what color to choose—and even how long to leave the dye or bleach on. Leave it on too long at the color saturation may wash you out. Leave the dye on too long and you may end up with hair that is an unsightly shade of orange. And if you are going for a drastically different color or a non-traditional color, like blue, pink or purple—the list of risk factors is even longer.
Make no mistake, the women on the box with the glossy locks are models whose hair has been professionally colored, then photoshopped to perfection. Look closely, as you will notice that many of the models don’t just have one all-over color, but depth to their hair color. This might include highlights, ombre or balayage. So even if you end up with the color you were going for, you may find yourself wishing there was a bit more depth.
If your primary goal is to save money, we completely understand. That being said, we can’t tell you how many times a client has called in tears after a failed home dye. Fixing a dye gone wrong isn’t a simple matter of starting from scratch. In most cases, we must color correct, then recolor the hair. This often costs double the amount you were trying to save. But, that’s only if the damage isn’t too severe. If your hair is too fried, we may need to focus more on the health of your hair—and less on the look you were trying to achieve. Worst case, we have to chop and go for a color that isn’t as disastrous.
You always want to look polished and professional so it’s not worth the risks that come with home hair coloring. Instead, trust your hair to Truu Salon in Hollywood, Florida. We are national award-winning color specialists!