Bright [Hair] on a Budget : How to Stretch Hair Coloring Appointments

There’s nothing like getting your hair done.  For real–it melts your stress away and transforms your attitude.  Last Friday, I drove the 2.5 hours home to visit my hairdresser, Ginger, at Le Rose Salon.  She is absolutely amazing.  It had been 3 months since my last appointment, so my hair was definitely in need of some extra TLC, a major trim, and a color refresh.  By the time I left, I felt like a new person!

I don’t have the time or budget to get my hair colored every 6 weeks.  Ok, let’s be honest–I have the money but have better things in my budget to spend it on.  I know, you’re probably thinking I have absolutely hideous roots, right?  Wrong!  My hair color looked almost as good when I went into the salon as it did when I left it 3 months ago.  How?  
Here’s my tips for stretching your time (and money) between hair coloring appoints.
1.  Request shades that are close to your natural color.  I’m a brunette with natural red highlights.  Even though I slightly change up the shades every time I go, the shades are always very close to my natural color–think within 3 shades for both highlights and lowlights.  I use hair coloring as a way to enhance my natural color, play it up, and give it more depth.  Another option would be to opt for the ombre trend.  While I’ve seen it look great on some people, though, it’s just not for me.
I love this shirt–I picked it up on sale from the Polo Factory Store
right before Christmas for around $9!
2. Request that your hair stylist stay away from 3 areas when she colors–your hairline, your part, and the crown of your head.  If you pull your hair back, roots show at your hairline, and if you wear it down, roots show at your part and your crown.   By not coloring these areas, your roots will not be as noticeable, and your won’t be locked into a hair style trying to hide your regrowth.
3. Maintain, maintain, maintain!  Think of this as preventative care.  Once you have your hair colored, wait a couple of days before washing it to let the color set/take.  Always wash your hair with a color protective shampoo and conditioner.  It doesn’t have to be a salon brand–L’Oreal has a great, affordable option with their Ever Pure Sulfate-Free Color Care System Shampoo and Conditioner. They have lots of options for different types of hair.  I use the one to add volume.  Finally, be sure to use a UV blocker/protector on your hair when you’re outside this summer, like this one by Tresemme or this one by L’Oreal.
Works great and smells good too–kind of a minty smell.
Only $5.99 each at Target, plus you can usually find coupons!
If you follow these 3 steps, you should be able to almost cut your salon visits (and budget) in half! Also, if you’re not committed to a stylist, you can always try Groupon to save a little more:)

Don’t forget that Ulta’s Love Your Hair Event is going on now.  You can check out some of the deals I scored here.

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