Do you color your hair?
I’m actually pretty lucky-although my mom started going silver at 25, I’m in my late 30’s and still only have a few strands of gray here and there. However I have been “fashion” dying my hair with some red highlights for the last year or so.
It’s fun and it’s frivolous, but it’s something I do just for me.
I have always gone to the hairdresser to have my hair colored. One of my best friends is a stylist here in town~so of course I have her do my hair. It’s not only because of our friendship, and my desire to support local, independent businesses–but also because the idea of coloring my own hair was pretty intimidating.
But that has changed! A month or so back I got the opportunity to be in an online commercial for the new Fat Foam hair color by SAMY that is being sold exclusively at Walmart ($8.97-and with $.97 shipping if you buy online).
I traveled down to New York City (along with fellow Walmart Moms Tara of Deal Seeking Mom & Erika of Chic Shopper Chick) and spent a day filming-it was really amazing experience! There was wardrobe, and professional makeup, and about 20 other folks who made it all happen.
Of course as part of it I got to use-for the first time ever-home hair color. In front of a room full of people. On film.
No pressure or anything eh?
I remember watching my mom dye her hair at home when I was a kid. It was not a neat and clean process! Plus there was that time she turned it Navy Blue by mistake. . . uh, but we won’t talk about that (right mom?).
I have to say-this really was easy to use-and I’m not just saying that because I was paid to. You really just shook the stuff up, applied it with your fingers and away you went!
The color was nice and dark (I used the dark brown shade) and it not only covered the red highlighting I had in, but it also obliterated the few gray strands that I had.
I was especially interested to see if I had any color leakage afterward, so I checked my pillow in the morning-no dye rubbed off. I also paid special attention in the shower that morning-the water ran completely clear so no trouble there either.
Some tips for dying your own hair:
1: Read the directions before you start doing ANYTHING. The director (obviously a male) was a bit surprised when he learned I’d have to wait 30 minutes before rinsing the dye out. They had to rearrange the shooting schedule and start filming Erika while I waited 🙂
2: Clean off any color that gets on your skin as soon as possible. The foam did go where I put it, but I put some of it on my skin by accident! And if you use another product it could be drippier and you might have more issues with that.
3: Consider putting a thin trail of vaseline all along your hairline to protect your skin from any stray color. This will help with #2.
4: Wear older clothes and cover yourself well with an old towel.
My end verdict on hair coloring? I think that doing it at home can be a big win budget wise-there are just so many great colors & easy products out there.
To be honest though, as long as the budget allows I am going to support my friend and her small independently owned shop by having her color my hair. If the budget grows tighter I am happy to know that I have a frugal and effective alternative out there.
So what about you?
Do any of you color your hair at home? Is it something you’ve always done, or have you started as a money saving measure more recently? What tips do you have to make coloring your own hair easier and more economical?
Disclaimer: I was compensated as talent for my part in the Samy Fat Foam hair color online commercial, and for sharing my experiences here. All opinions expressed are my own.