I started the curly girl method about a month ago now. Right before I discovered it, I had been planning on dying my hair. I want to get an auburn with blonde highlights. (I'm naturally all blonde right now) and I had made an appointment with my friend who does hair, but canceled because I thought it would ruin my hair.
I just now for some reason, realized there's the coloring your hair forum, So I decided to hop on over.
My question being, if I get my hair profressionaly done and don't box color at all, is that safer? I've always heard it's better for your hair so I did it. In the past I'd use box color if I couldn't afford to get it done at the time. However, now that I'm concerned about my hair being more healthy and trying to keep it all natural as possible.. color is scaring me. Should I go for it and make the appointment again, or just adapt to not coloring my hair at all?
Here's my hair after doing CG for a few weeks, HUGE changes for me. I don't want to ruin it..but I'm sick of my color.
Tons of CG's color their hair at the salon, and at home. I know a stylist will say their hair color is less damaging, but honestly I really think it depends on what you're going for. If you're going for a color that requires lifting hair color, then maybe you are better off going to a stylist. But if you're going for something else, like depositing color, then by far I have had way better results doing it at home myself and have experienced less damage doing it myself than at a salon. I'd say that most people experience damage at home because they may have done it wrong, and needed to go get it fixed at a salon anyway, which will all know is bad news.
I'd say take it to your friend who's a professional to do it the first time - at least if you want to do it yourself eventually, you'd get to see how they did it the first time to get an idea and ask questions about how you could maintain the color yourself at home. I think an auburn with highlights like what you described would look really pretty on you! In general, if the hair color is permanent, it's more damaging, but if you're going darker than your natural, then you could get away with a semi/demi which is usually just depositing color and far less damaging.
Good luck and post pics! :D
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