Despite having not seen my natural hair colour since the age of 14 when I had tiny red high lights fed through it I’ve never actually thrown a shop bought box colour onto my hair largely out of fear that I won’t get the results I am after. I’ve had the colour of my hair altered now for over 10 years using some of the safe and fairly savvy ways listed below.
- “Dyeing” Hair Ginger With Henna
Several years ago I purchased a block of henna from Lush for £13 which used to last my long thick hair two applications. It was quite a bit of faff to grate the henna block, mix it with water into a cake mix type paste and slather it on my hair but the colour was beautiful, my hair felt its softest, shiny and healthy and it lasted a really long time. It says the product fades out, for me my hair just progressively became a lighter tone of the henna-d colour but the colour did last ages. They have a few colour options, one for bright ginger, one for a red auburn tone and one for black.
- Groupon For Salon Colour Services
I once used a discount code with Groupon to have my hair coloured, cut, washed and blow dried in a salon with 65% off. The offer had been used by over 100 people and the salon had a 4.5 star rating with 160+ reviews so I knew I’d be in safe hands. I paid about £45 for balayage highlights which I left untouched for over 18 months and they looked great in all that time. The service included a free consultation to discuss my requirements and colour testing and I was really pleased with the end result.
Other ways to get cheap or even free salon colour services is to register as a hair model and this doesn’t necessarily have to be with a new trainee. I once had my hair coloured for free by a Wella Professional Colourist who needed a model to demonstrate new products on to train a salon of hairdressers.
- Tinting / Toning With Coloured Shampoos
I still have balayaged hair which fades from my natural light brown into light blonde. To keep it looking ashy I picked up a Charles Worthington purple shampoo in TK Maxx for £4. The product is really effective, lathers up loads and my previous bottle lasted me nearly a year. As the ends of my hair are now really light I discovered if I left the purple shampoo on my hair in the shower for around 10 mins I got lovely lilac highlights. It doesn’t dry out my hair and it isn’t messy as the lilac foam from the shampoo is contained in the shower!
This led me to purchasing a Bleach London Rose Shampoo with 1/3rd off in Boots which is essentially a pink wash shampoo. It set me back just over £4 and by leaving it on for 5 mins I get a beautiful subtle cool pink tone to my palest highlights.
I didn’t really rate their Super Cool Colour product in Smokey Rose which I tried, I found the shampoo had much more of an effect and would be far more economical as the Super Cool colour only really had 2 uses in the small bottle for me and I was only using it on the mid lengths to ends of my hair.