In our April issue, we told you about our writer, Jennifer Keirn, who bravely agreed to color her own hair to see if it’s a viable way to save money.
Tips From a Pro
Chaz Henline, owner of Charles Scott Salon in Rocky River, does not advocate home coloring. “They want to save time or money, but they end up spending more getting it fixed,” he says. Professional colorists select color based on your hair’s existing color, condition, porosity and more — all factors an amateur can’t anticipate. Still, he graciously offered a few tips for the best possible outcome.
Stay away from highlights, it’s one of the surest ways to screw up your own hair. The safest bet is making light hair darker by a shade or two.
• Do a patch test on a hidden area of hair to check for possible allergies and preview the final color.
• Have a friend help, or at least stand by to check for gaps in your color application.
• Follow the instructions. Sounds obvious, but Henline too often sees clients ignore the box’s color suggestions or timing instructions.
What’s your take on home coloring? Leave your comment, tips or advice below: