Save money on coloring your hair
In the past twenty some years that I have been paying close attention to women, nothing I have learned about women has shocked me more than how much some of you spend on your hair. So, I did the only logical thing and married a cosmetologist. Today my wife and I team up to show you how you can save a bunch of money while still getting your hair colored however you want. I asked my wife how people could save money on these expensive services and she had to options. While many women see going to a salon as a treat, and their time to be pampered, saving money on hair color could save you enough money for other services to pamper yourself with, like a massage.
Have your hair done at a Beauty school
All those expert hair stylists you pay so much money to had to start somewhere. If there is a beauty school in your area, those students need somebody to practice on and it can be a great place to have your hair done without spending too much money. Beauty schools will charge you to have your hair done, but the fee will be much less than your average salon. To get your hair colored/ highlighted at a professional salon will cost you anywhere from $80-$200+. If you get your hair colored at a cosmetology school, you will pay around $30-$60. That’s a lot of money you could be saving.
But is this a good idea? Will the students do as good a job as the professionals? While there is some risk to allowing a student to practice on your head, keep in mind that the students are supervised 100% of the time by experienced teachers. You should also keep in mind that because they are still learning, it will also probably take longer for them to get everything just right.
Coloring your own hair- buying the right products
If you really want to save some money, you might think about coloring your hair at home. While there are many types of at home color you can buy, my wife doesn’t recommend the brands you can find at your local Walmart. She does however like several of the hair colors available on Amazon such as Wella or Argan. In addition to the color, you will also need to buy developer, which my wife describes as the chemical which activates the color which in turn opens the hair shaft to allow color to penetrate it. Without developer, the color just won’t work.
Developer is available in 10, 20, 30, or 40 volume. Which is right for you?
Developer 10 is used for blacks and the darkest shades.
Developer 20 is used for medium tones.
Developer 30 is used for going 2-3 shades lighter than your natural hair color.
Developer 40 is used if you want to find out if blondes really do have more fun. Developer 40 should be used with caution. It works very quickly and can turn your hair from blonde to white in a matter of minutes.
How to use your products
The hair color will come with fairly good instructions on how use it. Doing an all over color is the easiest and can be done well by most people on their own.
The one piece of advice my wife would like to give is that it is easier to start at the back of your head and work your way forward. This is because hair color needs to be left in your hair a certain amount of time before it is rinsed out. If the front of your head received the color last, it will be much easier for you to see the front of your head to know when the color has had enough time to work and is ready to be rinsed out.
Highlights can be somewhat more difficult depending on what style you want. If you want chunky highlights, instructions can easily be found on youtube or through a quick google search. Fine all over highlights would be difficult to do by yourself. Unless you have a friend with a little experience willing to help you out, your are probably better of having this done at a beauty school.
Selfie by my lovely and frugal wife who I would like to thank for her assistance with this article.