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Dying Your Hair: DIY or Salon

When you want to give your hair a new look, your first thought is probably that you should make an appointment with your hairdresser, but have you considered coloring your hair yourself? There are pros and cons to both options, so before you turn your bathroom into a pop-up salon, here are a few factors you should consider. 


The first factor that most people consider when deciding between DIY or a salon is price because there is a huge difference. Doing temporary hair color, semi permanent hair color, or permanent hair color yourself will only run you $10-$30 (depending on your hair type and length, you may have to buy multiple boxes of dye). At the salon, highlights or lowlights run between $50-$200 and a full hair color or ombre hair can cost several hundred dollars (all depending on the length and thickness of your hair). So, if even if you’re on a budget, you can probably still afford to dye your hair on your own. 

Dye Quality

You may think that salons have higher quality dyes that are less damaging for your hair, but there is actually no difference between the quality of store bought and salon dyes. The companies that manufacture the drugstore dyes make the salon dyes as well, so it’s just the labor and expertise that you’re paying for! If you have the knowledge of how to do your hair yourself, you don’t have to worry about your hair suffering for it. 


One of the biggest benefits of going to the salon to get your pastel hair, rainbow hair, or any other kind of color treatment done is that you won’t have to clean up during or afterwards. Plus, if you decide to go the DIY route and you spill some dye on your countertop or floor, it can be very challenging to clean up. At the salon, the cleanup is included in your price, so after you’re done with the color, you’re done.


Everything else considered, the outcome of the hair color is the most important factor you should consider. Because that’s the reason you’re dying your hair in the first place! If you are not experienced with hair dye or you want a drastic change, it’s probably a good idea to go to the salon to ensure that it looks the way you envision. But if you are a hair dye veteran and you’re only doing minor color changes, go ahead and try doing it yourself! It can save you a bundle, and as long as you know what you’re doing, your hair can turn out just as wonderful as if you had a professional do it. 

Last Updated: September 02, 2015