Moms Who Dye Their Hair Themselves Need to Stop Right Now

Why You Should Pay Good Money to Color Your HairI was one of those anti-plastic surgery, anti-hair-coloring, au naturel kinds of people until I could count my crow's feet and my hair was more gray than brown.

Granted, I've yet to go the Botox route (and am not sure if I will), but I definitely get my hair colored and happily pay an arm and a leg for it.

Yes, I realize home hair color has gotten a lot better over the years, and some folks can't afford the trip to the hair salon every couple of months.

But I'm here to tell you that it's so worth it. And it's not as expensive as you think, all things considered.

Look, I've definitely got expensive taste when it comes to bags, shoes, clothes ... okay, pretty much everything. But when it comes to my hair, I absolutely will not scrimp.

Yes, I know it's just hair, but let's be honest here. It's what people generally first notice about you, and more importantly, it's the one thing that we moms don't have to worry about changing too much when we're pregnant, then not pregnant, then breastfeeding, then not breastfeeding.

Or formula feeding. You're totally allowed to do that too.

I've learned that your hair is really, truly a part of your identity and when everything else about your body is changing during motherhood, you've still got total control over your hair.

It's also a way to show yourself that you care about how you look.

Sure, that sounds like a sappy commercial, but I totally believe it's true. We take care of lots of other people all day (and sometimes all night long); it's important that we take care of ourselves too.

Now I personally don't do lots of highlights or other fancy stuff, but every 6-8 weeks, I sit my butt down in my stylist's chair and let her work her magic on my head.

And I cannot tell you how fabulous I feel after she's done washing the grays out of my hair for another couple of months. And I'm willing to forgo the coffee at Starbucks and all the other things I might be spending money on to pay for it. 

If it's a matter of food for my kids or my hair, you can bet I'm choosing food.

But I'm definitely willing to make other small or even larger sacrifices so my hair can look great because looking good is actually setting a good example for your kids too.

When you think of it that way, shouldn't you be dialing your beauty salon right now for an appointment?

Do you color your hair?


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miche... micheledo

I dye my hair about once every two years - when the gray starts to bother me.  I do it from a box.  If someone wants to give me the gift of hair coloring at a salon - I will gladly go!!  I only get my hair cut ($15 where I go) once a year because not cutting my hair (or chopping it myself) is a way to save money.  I can't imagine getting my hair colored every 6 weeks and the cost it would be!!

However, if I could afford it (didn't need to save money anyway I could) I would go to a salon rather then use a box.

the4m... the4mutts

What you choose to sacrifice for, is your business.

But I promise, some women are perfectly capable of dying their own hair. I personally, am not. But guess what? My husband is! His ex wife, a cousin, and a cousins wife all went to beauty school, and he helped them all out. He can do hair color, some style, simple makeup, apply false lashes, make clip in extensions, apply the ones you flat iron in... etc.

So 99% of the time, I pay for a cut, then go home and let hubs do the rest

-BluE... -BluEydDvl-

I dye my hair black with box color. There is no reason for me to pay hundreds of dollars for someone to do that for me when I can pay $4 and it look perfectly fine.

Lacey Foxhall Williams

I would love to be able to sit down at a salon every 6-8 weeks lol but aint nobody got time for that around here!

linzemae linzemae

I will always spend money on good shampoo, conditioner and a great dye job. I noticed a huge difference switching to professional products. And my hair changed the most while pregnant. It's not wavy and twice as thick

Lynette Lynette

I don't.  I would love to go a bit blonder or a strawberry blond but I haven't been able to pull the trigger.  My hairdresser loves my natural color, she always talks me out of it, lol.  Right now thanks to my natural color my grey hairs don't stick out.  When they do I am sure I will start coloring my hair.

nonmember avatar Ashley

I change my color too often to afford a salon. I use professional products and taught my husband how to do things like bleaching and highlights and tinting. And when he's unsure, I dig out all my old books and papers from Cosmetology class to reassure him he's doing it right.

sunmo... sunmoonandstar

I used to do my own hair and I was really good at it too. Then something changed when I was pregnant, either my body or I just forgot how to do it right and now I screw it up every time. Lol I have been wanting to get my hair done but haven't wanted to spend that much money on myself. I hope to soon though.

nonmember avatar Bethany

If you want to do that go on ahead. I change my color too much to get it professionally done. I prefer to get a professional mani-pedi every couple months :-)

nonmember avatar BrendaBailey

If you want 'salon' quality hair and do not mind wasting twice as long as it would normally take, I suggest going to a beauty school. Yes, they are students still learning - but they have to have their supervising teachers sign off on everything. I have been going to beauty schools all through college because I loved the salon, but couldn't afford the real thing.

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