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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Salon Home

I'm a pretty big D.I.Y. girl. Call a plumber? Not till I try to fix the leak first. Pants too long? I'll hem them. Flagstone patio stupidly in the sun instead of the shade? I can carry bags of bedding gravel and haul flagstone across the yard with the best of them.

And so, it shouldn't be too surprising that while I've had real salon highlights which I adored, I have also bought the little bottles of miracle in the drugstore. I'm not brave enough to wear that cap with the colored dots on it and try to do my own highlights, so I just go for the all-over color.

So if you need a fun project for the weekend, or a little push to take the plunge yourself, let me first say: you CAN do it, and it CAN turn out just great. But just in case, here's what you might want to know beforehand:

First, despite what your mother told you and what you tell your own children, you do not actually have eyes in the back of your head. This will rapidly become apparent as you try to apply stinky, clothing-staining goo onto the back half of your hair. Evenly.

Second, if you turn your head upside down (over the bathroom sink, of course; you weren't thinking of doing this little project in the kitchen were you?), it will be much easier to tell if you are getting the goo into the ends of your hair, particularly your back hair. Between that and facing down towards the sink but looking up at your head in the mirror, you should be able to see everything, including that spot at the top of your head towards the back.

Third, when you turn your hair upside-down over the sink, imperceptible little bits of hair dye will splatter around -- so be sure that you have already put your toothbrush away in the medicine cabinet or drawer, or else when you go to brush your teeth, you will get a mouthful of grosser-than-gross.

Fourth, while you can get great color doing this at home, the brand does matter, and it may be a case of what works best for your hair. I am delighted with my most recent experiment, which included a follow-up deep conditioning oil treatment that left my hair super shiny and silky. (Before that treatment, my hair felt like dry straw from the effects of the dye, so I was more than a little worried. But it all turned out great.)

Fifth, even if you love the color, are delighted with the shine, and your nearly-five your old tells you "I like that new hair, Mama," you will not magically become more photogenic. (Sadly, this is the best photo of the new color.)


Nor will your children understand why you wanted a photo of yourself alone.


And they will play their favorite game, "Mama is a Jungle Gym," in order to ham it up for the camera.


But at least your hair will look good.

16 comments:

CaJoh said...

Just be glad that you don't have eyes in the back of your head or else you would have to worry about getting the "no tears" version of the stuff.

Rachel said...

It does look great! You're very pretty!

I have NEVER had those kind of results with DIY hair color. I could blog about the disasterous time I let my mother-in-law do DIY highlights for me, but then she might never speak to me again...

*lightbulb going on over my head!*

Chocolate on my Cranium said...

Looks gorgeous! And don't you just love when your kids tell you how pretty you are? Little ones are so brutally honest it's nice to hear words like those coming out of their mouths every once in a while.

MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

Girl, I love that color and you're HOTT (2 t's). That's that!

cy said...

i LOVE that hair color!! you look great!

Auds at Barking Mad said...

*lol* @CaJoh's comment. So true.

My daughter is the one who actually did my recent highlights and I LOVE THEM. I can no longer justify spending $200 plus a tip to have them done at my salon, like I have been doing for the past 3 years.

We did the little cap with all the dots thing and it turned out so well. But it was fun and we laughed and took pictures of how crazy I looked with that cap on with all my hair sticking up through it. But I am not brave enough to post a pic. Nope, not gonna do it.

You on the other hand...that photo of you and the kids...so sweet and so beautiful! *sigh*

Jaina said...

Your hair looks absolutely lovely.

Momo Fali said...

I tried this. My hair did NOT look as nice as yours. Also, I do not recommend the at-home bikini wax.

Tara R. said...

I don't know... I think you look great. I am not brave enough to do a at-home dye job. But, then again, I have way, way too much gray to cover.

Kim said...

After dying my hair green I swore to never ever ever dye my hair again..

But you!! Oh you look BEAUTIFUL!! And the last two pictures are just precious!! Love the new hair!!

Kim said...

After dying my hair green I swore to never ever ever dye my hair again..

But you!! Oh you look BEAUTIFUL!! And the last two pictures are just precious!! Love the new hair!!

lattemommy said...

Your hair looks great! If I could be guaranteed results like that, I wouldn't be spending ridiculous amounts of money to my hair stylist on a regular basis. But, I do get an afternoon "out" out of it, so it has its benefits. Oh, and I get to catch up on all the trashy gossip mags while I'm there, too. Always good.

MommyTime said...

You are all very kind.

CaJoh, you make me laugh!

Rachel, Momo Fali, Tara R. and Kim (and you, too, Latte): I swear you really could do this yourself. The key is to buy a good brand (you know, one that costs $8-10 instead of $5-6 ;) and then to follow the directions exactly. They are pretty clear about what to do (or not) if you have recently colored your hair. The best recommendation I've read recently for a brand is on the Hair Thursday site, which advocates the L'Oreal "Feria" line. I actually chose a Garnier Nutrisse one myself this time around, simply because I liked the shade of dark reddish brown better -- both it was a major step up from the Clairol I tried before. And, really, skimping to save $3 on home hair dye if the alternative is $75 at the salon seems silly.

But I also know that blond hair can be much trickier and less forgiving -- so I am in huge sympathy with your hesitations! (My sis once did her hair at home in the early 80s and it turned out purple, with pink ends. Pretty.)

Lisa said...

You hair looks great.

I'm having fun catching up with your blog. Since, about all the time all my Christmas guests left, my computer decided to die, it has been awhile.

Lisa said...

You hair looks great.

I'm having fun catching up with your blog. Since, about all the time all my Christmas guests left, my computer decided to die, it has been awhile.

Angela said...

Awesome job! I'm well versed in the do it yourself coloring, especially since you've convinced me to grow it for Locks for Love. Your post finally got me to dust off a few hair color posts and finally get them up.

 

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