Haven't we all taken the plunge and colored our own hair, thinking it would turn out exactly like the model's hair on the box? I experimented with color during my younger years, and every time I did so, my hair would turn out flat and lifeless. But I must say, I wasn't too careful on choosing a color that was flattering on myself. We chat with senior colorist Ivan Vasilyevich from Cutler 57th Street Salon in New York City about whether or not you should color your own hair at home.
Whenever possible (and especially if you're doing highlights), Ivan definitely recommends heading to the salon and getting your hair professionally done by a hair colorist, over boxed dye: "Would you do your own open heart surgery? A colorist would be able to suggest the perfect color to match your style and skin tone."
For Beauties who want to color their hair at home, Ivan suggests being realistic with the outcome of color. "Use box dye as more of an in-between touch-up and don't go more than one to two levels lighter than your natural hair color. I've seen a lot of clients come back to me to fix the orange that they unexpectedly achieved. And in the long run, it ends up costing you more for a corrective service than maintaining you color with a professional."
You will want to use shampoos and conditioners specially-formulated for color-treated hair since regular ones can strip out color or dry out your strands. Ivan recommends Cutler's Extra Gentle Shampoo and Daily Conditioner to all his clients. We also suggest Pureology Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner and The Body Shop Rainforest Radiance Shampoo and Conditioner to help prolong color radiance!