Ask Belle: The Home Dye Job
Oct 10, 2012
I’m writing you today for a recommendation. I’m a natural blonde, but I’ve been living the life as a redhead for four years. I work in DC and therefore have no money, so I’ve decided to start coloring my hair at home to save some change. Are there any formulas that you (or your lovely and well-coifed readers) recommend? I’m talking color-wise, price-wise, and general doesn’t-kill-you-hair-wise. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
Whenever I have a beauty question that I cannot answer, I go straight to the Allure website. They have the largest compilation of beauty advice on the web, and I find their reviews to be fairly reliable.
I was never brave enough to dye my own hair, but I know that for a lot of women, the price of the salon is out of reach. So I asked around, and these were the recommendations some of my friends made.
Bliss sells Kelly van Gogh Hair Color, which promises multi-dimensional color and great condition without brassiness or fading. Sephora sells the Couture Colour system, and one of their employees spoke of it very highly when I asked about it this weekend. She said that she likes the system because it also strengthens hair. Lastly, my friend Jane swears by SAMY Fat Foam hair color for its “idiot proof” nature and the fact that it gives great single-process color for under-$10.
If you can afford to color at the salon but want to lengthen the time between visits, you should try a root treatment. I like Rita Hazan Root Concealer because it covers my gray without looking like I bought a can of spray hair from RonCo. Oscar Blandi also makes a touch up pen for ladies who just need to soften the line between natural color and professionally applied color.