What You Must Know About Hair Dye
DIY vs. a Professional Colorist
Home hair dye, whether permanent or temporary, has been a popular choice since the 1950s. Clairol, after two decades of selling their products only to beauty salons, launched the first one-step home hair color formula, Miss Clairol Hair Color Bath, with the enduring slogan, “Does she…or doesn’t she? Only her hairdresser knows for sure.” Never mind that the hairdresser had nothing to do with the transformation. Somehow the ad campaign worked big time. Just six years after the debut, 70% of women were coloring their hair. Since then, a slew of competitors have come on the market and sales are still brisk. Women who swear by these products say they are easy to use and that the conditioners now included in the packages actually improve the heft and silkiness of their tresses. Still, you may be among those who wouldn't dare try this at home. If so, find yourself a good colorist and work the cost into your budget. You'll probably need an appointment every four to six weeks with in-between visits for root touch-ups, so plan accordingly. Tip: Most beauty experts agree that lighter hair is more flattering for older women than deeper shades.
Growing out the Gray
Maybe you've been coloring your hair but now you'd like to let the silver strands among the gold (or red, or brown, or black) take over. "Bottle blonds" can simply bleach and add a slight rinse while the new growth is coming in. But top hairdressers agree that stripping dark colors is virtually impossible. One possibility is to begin using temporary dye on the roots. If you also get a really short, chic cut – think Halle Berry – you should be able to stop using color fairly soon.
A final word: Any change to your hair color or style calls for revamping your make-up to complement your fresh look. Why not head for the beauty aisles of your favorite department store and let those eager representatives from various product lines give you free makeovers? You can buy their wares or you can copy their handiwork using affordable knock-offs from drug stores and chain stores. Now, get ready for the compliments!