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Musings: home hair colour disasters

When this video landed in my inbox earlier this week, I took notice. Not because it’s a clever campaign (it is) but because I recently had a home dye horror experience. I have long championed the home hair dye job – to this day the number one search term that brings people to this blog is DIY balayage. But I had a doozy of a mess up and had to go to my beloved hairdresser, cap in hand, looking very sheepish indeed.

My pattern for the last few years has been to get my balayage professionally done, and then do my roots at home every 4-6 weeks. I don’t mind spending the clams to get the whole head done, but I can’t justify the time and expense just for root touch ups. I’m sure you can relate. I have spoken to my hair guru Barney Martin about this, and the routine was working pretty well for me. We discussed which home colour I was using and worked out the best brand/number/method. All was right in the (colour) world.

Anyway, a few months back I went to the fancy launch of a new at-home hair dye. It wasn’t a brand I had used before, but it was all very impressive…lovely lunch, great demonstration, the models hair looked fab. ‘Wow’, I thought, ‘I’m definitely going to use this and look like one of those models’. It did not go so well. I can’t slag the brand because I’m sure it works well for some people, but for me it didn’t cover any greys (yes, I get greys), dried my hair out, and the medium brown was incredibly red. It took a few weeks of clarifying shampoo and some serious time in the hairdressers chair to undo the do.

I wrestled (and am still wrestling) with writing about the product. If I am given a product to try and it has disastrous results, as a blogger what is my obligation to write about it? What are the ethics around this? I kind of feel like that’s another post altogether, but the point is home hair colouring can go very wrong. As Goldwell says, don’t be a victim. Seek professional help.

Have you had any DIY disasters? Share them and make me feel better.

(PS my hair colour is amazing now)

5 Responses to "Musings: home hair colour disasters"

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  1. Corinne

    June 7, 2012 at 9:36 am

    I definitely like hearing about misses as well as hits. Gotta know what to look out for! A few years ago I used to put DIY rinses through my hair for a bit of colour – but then the underneath layer of my hair freaked out and went super frizzy. Had to chop it off and start again! eek

    Life Etc

  2. Sher

    June 7, 2012 at 9:43 am

    I woke up this morning planning to email you about this subject because I was planning to DIY using THAT brand (i think i think) Ive found my first greys a few weeks ago so gone are the days of tints only :(
    I might wait until you do the official review :D

  3. Stacey

    June 7, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    I’d love to read that review! I think there’s ways to give an account of your experience without slagging off the brand. Tricky one :)

  4. Elise @ Stuff That I Bought

    June 9, 2012 at 1:59 am

    Thanks guys, I think I have found a way around it. A fellow blogger had a great experience with the same brand, so we’re going to try a pro-and-con post. She has very different hair to me, so I guess it’s just whatever works for each individual (which is why blogging and personal reviews are ace!)

  5. Louweeez

    October 18, 2012 at 2:58 am

    i’ve been contemplating balayage for months! (i have naturallyblonde hair and want the ends to be platnum) I figure I can do it myself, so yes DIY Bayalage indeed lead me to here…

    That ad reminds me of one very similar years ago, it was banned cos it looked too gruesome!

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