Should I Dye My Hair With A Hair Colorist Or Do It Myself
Should I dye my hair with a professional or at home? Is the price of getting my hair dyed with a professional worth it? These are common questions people want to know when they are thinking about dyeing their hair. When it comes to coloring your hair, there are two camps: the at-home box color brigade and those who swear by the salon. If you’re a box color gal (or fella), you might not see the value in paying someone to do what you can achieve at home. But that’s just the thing – unless you’re a trained colorist, you can’t. We brought in our professionals to answer some common questions about what makes professional color worth it. Follow along with Paris Parker.
What makes salon hair color different?
The biggest difference in the professional color process is customization—and it all starts with a one-on-one consultation.
“Spending 10-15 minutes in a good conversation with the guest is so important!” says Chrissie Gilberti, Hair Color Education Director at Paris Parker Salons. “I want to get to know them – what they like, and, sometimes more importantly, what they don’t like. I want to give them exactly what they want, and the consultation is the best way to do this—and it’s complimentary.”
This means you don’t just go blonde. Instead, you attain the perfect shade of icy champagne or golden wheat, imagined and created to perfectly suit your coloring and your lifestyle. It means you don’t just cover grey—you receive an assessment from a professional who expertly blends and conceals, leaving you with dimensional, flattering color uniquely suited to your hair type and texture. To book an appointment, you can contact the experts or fill out our form.
What do I gain from working with a professional hair colorist?
As fashion and beauty professionals, colorists tirelessly monitor the industry’s reigning trends, techniques, and products. And not only are they aware of them, they’re constantly pursuing advanced education to ensure they’re able to deliver the same results to their clients, beautifully. Should I dye my hair? The answer is, yes. Professionals take caution when dyeing hair and always make sure you are safe in the process.
“Right now guests are coming in asking for balayage,” says Chrissie Gilberti. “It’s a freehand hair painting technique that gives this lived-in fresh hair color look that’s really beautiful.”
As Director of Hair Color Education at Paris Parker, Gilberti makes sure that all her colorists are up to date on balayage and similar au courant techniques. “We just had a class on [balayage]. It’s great because our colorists always know how to do what guests ask for.”
Realizing these looks require skills that experts spend years honing. You know what they say: if it were easy, everyone would do it. (And by “it,” we mean bear a passing resemblance to Blake Lively fresh from a tropical vacation. #sunkissed)
What am I risking when I use box hair dye?
You don’t close your eyes, reach into your closet, and hope you grab something good. Everyone’s hair takes color differently, so when you DIY, you’re essentially looking at a swatch and hoping that the end result measures up. (Ever ordered a red dress that turned out to be more of a fiery orange? Far more tragic when it happens to your hair.)
And when box color goes wrong, it goes terribly wrong. (Let’s not even talk about bleach burns.) Ask any colorist, color correction is not an easy process, and it costs far more than if you’d just gone to a professional in the first place. Save yourself the tears, your hair the damage, and your wallet the unbearable sense of emptiness, and place a call to a colorist.
Does hair dye damage hair?
No—not when it’s the right color. Aveda hair color is up to 99% naturally derived, for essentially damage-free results. Its signature blend of organic botanical oils (sunflower, castor, and jojoba) is both protective and nourishing, infusing the hair with shine while helping maintain its integrity. After all, you should never have to sacrifice healthy hair for gorgeous color.
The difference is perhaps most noticeable for those who have experienced previous damage with DIY color. If you’ve been coloring your hair at home and choose to try the salon route, you’ll notice more shine, softness, and luster (think: hair made for a shampoo commercial) than you’ve seen in years.
Hair color makes you look younger
Maybe you’re greying a bit and not quite ready to own it. Or maybe you are, but you want to do it right. Maybe you’re just tired of seeing the same thing year in and year out. Just as lackluster hair can age you, the right color can take decades off.
Hair color can be applied to create the illusion of thickness, to cleverly mask a few pesky greys for months at a time, or simply to stand out against your skin tone and prevent you from looking washed out. And while you might assume this requires all-over color, a good colorist can make it happen with a few well-placed highlights. If you are worried that dyeing you hair will eventually damage it, then you can always consider getting hair extensions. You can find the color your heart desires and use them anytime you want to switch up your look.
Furthermore, color professionals’ knowledge of trends and techniques enables them to adapt the looks of the moment to your personal style, meaning you always look fashionable—without feeling like you’re struggling to fit into your niece’s jeans.
How do I make sure I get what I want at a hair salon near me?
When you work with a professional, your dream color is more attainable than you ever thought possible. Even better, he or she can recommend a similar shade when necessary, perhaps better suited to your coloring or needs.
And as Descartes would agree, it’s better to show a picture than to explain one. To help hit the mark, we recommend you bring at least one inspiration photo when you meet your colorist for the first time. “Pictures provide a common language between guests and colorists that is invaluable to the service,” says Gilberti. “We want our guests to love their color.”
When seeking inspiration, try searching for hashtags of hair trends on Pinterest or Instagram—for instance, we’re currently obsessed with #opalhair and #firehair. Seeking something on the natural spectrum? We recommend you explore #colormelt, #balayage and #babylights.
So, what’s the bottom line?
A good color service can simultaneously reawaken you, refresh you, take years off, and be the perfect unique expression of your personal style. Even the best kits on the market damage your hair, fade quickly, and can’t compare with the depth of color and longevity of professional color. It’s not easy to become a certified colorist, and the skill attained in those years of training and experience can’t be measured.
With a box, you’re paying for the chemicals. With a professional color service, you’re paying for expertise, creativity, understanding, chemistry, precision, customization, safety, certainty, and artisanship. You become a walking work of art, whether you walk out of the salon with gorgeous mermaid hair or with the perfect shade of rich chestnut brown—one that makes your skin glow and your eye color pop.
Why leave that to chance?