hairstyle http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/1367/all en-US Dye Your Own Hair Without a Beauty Disaster http://www.wisebread.com/dye-your-own-hair-without-a-beauty-disaster <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/dye-your-own-hair-without-a-beauty-disaster" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/hair_dye.jpg" alt="At-home dye job" title="At-home dye job" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="139" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Since the recession began, more and more Americans are trying home hair coloring for the first time.</p> <p>Even those who don't give up their professional colorist altogether are stretching the time between visits with at-home touch-ups, said Stacey Jones, a color expert who helped develop Sally Beauty Supply's house brand.</p> <p>Using chemicals at home &mdash; and trying to match the results of trained, experienced experts &mdash; can be scary and challenging for first timers. One salon manager told me he has a standard line for panicked callers with botched DIY dye jobs: &quot;Quit your bitchin' &mdash; you did it in the kitchen!&quot;</p> <p>Yet Jones and beauty expert Paula Begoun assured me that there's no need to fear a foray into kitchen cosmetology.</p> <p>&quot;Not only are drugstore dyes safe, they are chemically IDENTICAL to what a salon uses. The chemistry of dyeing hair is not something only salon lines know about. Beside, many of the companies making hair dyes for salons are the exact same companies making the drugstore versions,&quot; Begoun told me in an email. Begoun writes the website <a href="http://www.cosmeticscop.com">CosmeticsCop.com</a>,&nbsp;which offers advice and sells beauty products, but not hair color.</p> <p>Below are Begoun and Jones' pointers for dyeing your own hair. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-hair-conditioners-you-can-make-at-home">5 Hair Conditioners You&nbsp;Can Make at Home</a>)</p> <h3>Stick to &quot;Demi-Permanent&quot; Color as a Beginner</h3> <p>This dye is ammonia-free and does not remove your natural color. Despite the name, today's demi-permanent tins last as long as &quot;permanent&quot; color, Jones said.</p> <h3>Ensure Even Results With Pre- and Post-Color Treatments</h3> <p>These products are sold separately in beauty supply stores. Jones recommends a <a href="http://www.sallybeauty.com/Pre-Color-Treatment/SBS-305883,default,pd.html">pre-color treatment</a> to even out the porosity of each strand of hair, so that the ends don't end up darker than the rest. <a href="http://www.sallybeauty.com/color-sealer/SBS-302318,default,pd.html?green=39608b0c-f26d-4a35-b7e5-c3bd5e9d8a43&amp;cm_vc=MYBUYS">After-color sealer</a> prevents the color from washing out too quickly.</p> <h3>Get Expert Guidance</h3> <p>&quot;Do not hesitate to call the consumer help line with any questions. They are trained to assist you and make sure you&rsquo;ve not only chosen the best color but that you apply it so you get the results you want,&quot; Begoun said. Many beauty stores also staff color experts who can help you select the right color on the spot, Jones said.</p> <h3>Tap a Friend to Help You</h3> <p>One of the reasons that salon jobs tend to look better than home jobs is the colorist's expertise, but another advantage is that the colorist can see your whole head, not just the part you can see in the mirror. A friend can help you achieve all-over even color.</p> <h3>Know When to Go Pro</h3> <p>For example, Begoun advises leaving highlights to the professionals. &quot;A salon professional is skilled in the mixing and application of color when only certain strands are to be dyed,&quot; Begoun said. &quot;Trying to do this at home, even with special highlighting kits, rarely works well.&quot;</p> <p>What brand of hair dye should you purchase? That depends whom you ask.</p> <p>Begoun said that &quot;the dyes available from major brands sold in <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/drugstore-freebies-more-than-junk-food-and-harsh-chemicals">drugstores</a> are outstanding.&quot;</p> <p>But Jones, understandably since she works for Sally Beauty Supply, prefers to shop at a beauty supply store. For one thing, a salon store tends to have more choices of shades. If you're using permanent color, professional color supplies purchased in beauty supply stores tend to have less ammonia than the drugstore equivalents, Jones said.</p> <p>For more home hair color tips from Jones and Begoun, see Sally Beauty's <a href="http://www.sallybeauty.com/beauty-hints/BEAUTYSOLUTIONS_HAIRCOLOR_ASKTHECOLOREXPERT,default,pg.html">Ask the Color Expert page</a> or <a href="http://www.cosmeticscop.com/hair-care.aspx">The Cosmetic Cop's Hair Care section</a>.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dye-your-own-hair-without-a-beauty-disaster">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-home-hair-dyes">The 5 Best Home Hair Dyes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/former-pop-princess-figures-out-frugal-go-bald">Former Pop Princess Figures Out Frugal? Go Bald!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/going-gray-grey-hair-stop-coloring">Would You Stop Coloring Your Hair?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-get-fit-while-hanging-out-with-animals">8 Ways to Get Fit While Hanging Out With Animals</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/epipens-and-other-ways-companies-have-profited-from-your-pain">EpiPens and Other Ways Companies Have Profited From Your Pain</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty hair dye hairstyle home beauty Thu, 27 Oct 2011 10:24:22 +0000 Carrie Kirby 763010 at http://www.wisebread.com Former Pop Princess Figures Out Frugal? Go Bald! http://www.wisebread.com/former-pop-princess-figures-out-frugal-go-bald <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/former-pop-princess-figures-out-frugal-go-bald" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-499461910.jpg" alt="shaving your head will save you money" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I think every woman should shave her head once in her life. I can say this, because I've already done it, so I'm off the hook now. It's a very liberating experience, feels really neat when you shower, and gives you a fresh start with brand-new, stress-free strands. Also, it saves you a bundle on styling products, because you really don't need anything, save a few tuques or baseball caps to stay warm. It's something that a lot of women do to support friends who are going through chemotherapy, and it can be quite the bonding experience for the shavees.</p> <p>And of course, there's always the memory of the soulful, wailing Irish balladeer who made the look acceptable to begin with. Could Sinead rock that look or what? So, I lend my wholehearted support of chopping off one's locks and sporting a fuzzy noggin. It's a sort of rebirth for a lot of people. In fact, in many Asian cultures, you are encouraged not to cut your hair following the New Year Celebration &mdash; something about not cutting off the luck of the New Year.</p> <h2>Britney Goes Bald</h2> <p>Now, there are plenty of theories out there as to why Britney Spears shaved her head. K-Fed was threatening to test her locks for traces of illegal substances. She was going bald already because of all the terrible chemicals, weaves, braids, glue and whatnot she had been piling on her scalp for the last few months. That stuff can really destroy hair follicles. Maybe she's having a nervous breakdown &mdash; who knows?</p> <p>Or maybe, just maybe, she wanted to save some dough.</p> <p>A bald head has so many implications that it's tough to know what to make of Brit's Baldness. The military shears off recruit's locks during basic training, mostly for the purpose of creating an atmosphere in which none of the new arrivals is visibly superior to the others (hopefully enhancing a sense of community and subordinance). Head shaving has often historically been a method of punishment (The Inquisition and The Holocaust are two good examples of forced head shaving), or a way to prevent headlice, or both. In an ironic move, Neo-Nazis throughout Europe adopted the look in the 1970s, and bald heads still send mixed messages today.</p> <h2>Spending at the Salon</h2> <p>According to the <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=402793&amp;in_page_id=1770">British Daily Mail</a>, the average British woman spends, over the course of her lifetime, &pound;36,903.75 and 650 days on hair care. I've estimated that I spent over $5,000 on my hair over the past 6 six . A blog poll puts the number of women who spend between $100-$200 on a cut and color at 35% (as of February 21, 2007). I went on a date a few years ago with a man who was a bit older than me, made more money than me, and spent more on his colorist every month than I did on my rent. One date was all her got.</p> <p>Blogger Fabulous Single Ma thinks that she can save $100 a month by doing the following:</p> <p>1. Reduce salon visits from weekly to bi-weekly.<br /> 2. Consider new hairstyle or cut that requires less maintenance.<br /> 3. Extend touch up from six weeks to eight weeks.<br /> 4. Let hi-lites grow out.</p> <p>Weekly to bi-weekly? A salon visit every week? I like FSM and all, but weekly visits to the salon are bloody insane! I'm not a great saver, and I'm not yet even close to frugal, but I never went to a salon on a weekly basis.</p> <p>Women's Health magazine offered&nbsp;a breakdown on American hair spending that makes ME want to breakdown:</p> <ul> <li>Percentage of women who don't own a blow-dryer: 5%</li> <li>Amount spent on hairstyling appliances in 2005: $941 million</li> <li>Price the American woman pays for a haircut: $42</li> <li>How often she gets a trim: every five to nine weeks</li> <li>Percentage of women who've never dyed their hair: 16</li> <li>Most popular dye job: brunette</li> </ul> <p>Aha, but there's more:</p> <p class="blockquote">Number of women who've considered shaving their head: 1 in 5</p> <p>So, it's not that unusual after all. One in five! That's 20% of the population. I'll bet it's higher than that, too.</p> <p>According to a hilarious Time Magazine article from 1950(!):</p> <p class="blockquote">American women is damaged by too much pampering, tinting and shampooing (all the things the beauty shops do to it). &quot;The hair of European women is like a well-manured garden,&quot; explained one of the Fleischers solemnly. &quot;The quality is good, but sometimes it doesn't smell too well.&quot;</p> <p>There are even videos out there to help you figure out how it's done.</p> <p>Doesn't that just make you want to take it all off? Even if you're not checking into rehab after months of stupid public behavior, you too can going fabulously follicle free! Let's all follow Britney's example (minus the drugs, divorce, and child neglect) and lop off our locks.</p> <p>Well, the rest of you. I did that in college, and let me tell you, I have a really strangely shaped skull.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/former-pop-princess-figures-out-frugal-go-bald">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-shampoos">The 5 Best Shampoos</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-repair-shampoos">The 5 Best Repair Shampoos</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-get-your-toiletries-for-cheap-or-even-free">6 Ways to Get your Toiletries for Cheap or Even Free!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-great-hair-without-the-salon">10 Ways to Get Great Hair Without the Salon</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/id-rather-be-a-brunette-10-tips-to-save-on-hair-care">I&#039;d Rather Be A Brunette: 10 Tips To Save On Hair Care</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty bald Britney Spears celebutard colorist conditioner cost drug abuse hair hairstyle paparazzi savings shampoo shave stylist Wed, 21 Feb 2007 18:33:04 +0000 Andrea Karim 291 at http://www.wisebread.com