Browse any home hair color aisle and you’ll quickly realize the options are truly limitless, which can be, well, truly FRIGHTENING. Over the past couple of years, I’ve read handfuls of your success stories and/or nightmarish recollections regarding at-home hair color. Unfortunately, it can be hit or miss when it comes to coloring your hair in the confines of your own bathroom.
However, one at-home hair color brand that receives nothing but praise is Frederic Frekkai Salon Color. Have any of you tried it?
My lovely friend Metalia (who was previously a hair color virgin) decided to take the plunge and color her medium brown hair with Frederic Fekkai’s Medium Auburn at-home hair color. Her hilarious, step-by-step documentation can be found here.
Doesn’t she look beautiful? Bravo, Metalia. You are an auburn goddess.
Does Metalia’s at-home transformation (as well as the crappy economy) make you want to give expensive salon hair color appointments the boot? Here are some great tips from Nicole Lynne at Studio Two, a Patrick McIvor Color Studio for a DIY job that looks professional.
“I suggest working with two colors – one that matches your target shade and another semi permanent color that is roughly two shades lighter than the targeted color. This will correct the issue of having a light base with overly darkened ends which is a common culprit of at home haircoloring,” explains Lynne.
· Apply the darker color at the base of the hair shaft and process for about 20 minutes (or half of the time the manufacture’s directions require).
· Apply the lighter shade to the mid-shaft and ends and process for the remaining time required for base color.
For example, if your base color needs to process for 40 minutes, after 20 minutes, apply the lighter color from mid-length to ends and process until the 40 minutes is complete.
“Applying the lighter color with minimal processing time to the mid-lengths and ends, corrects the issue of over processing the ends which avoids the effect of a lighter base color with harsh, dark ends,” adds Lynne.
Lynne also suggests using Matrix BIOLAGE colorcarethérapie Delicate Care for multi-processed and color-treated hair in between coloring sessions. The concentrated, fade-fighting formula features an eco-select antioxidant complex of Acai Berry and conditioning Argan Oil from Morocco that rejuvenates hair for a smooth texture and brilliant color. Plus, Biolage products are never tested on animals and packaged in 100% recyclable materials.