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After many, many years of paying lots of money to have my hair foiled blonde I recently started doing my hair myself. First I had it what they call balayage or ombré at my hairdresser, then on a trip to my son’s hairdresser (they are something like hair house warehouse) we started discussing the very real possibility of me doing ombré at home. I had watched my hairdresser do it and asked questions. My son’s hairdresser gave me the exact formula instructions to mix up with a developer. The first time I did it the results were great and I couldn’t believe I had done it all by myself. I was style mostly blonde in an ombré kind on the mid to lower sections. So today after getting gamer and more confident I knew what sort of look I wanted and mixed two colours together. I wanted warmth, but with depth of colour. After all these years I’ve gone back to brunette and my hair is much healthier since I haven’t been bleaching and I now pay $27 to get my hair cut every 6 – 8 weeks, as opposed to almost $200. It was really more of a financial decision, as I just couldn’t bring myself to pay someone that amount of money, when it could go to other areas. Ps the grey coverage is wonderful :)


Posted by hopefullyheidi, 28th December 2014


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  • wonderful

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  • wowza – you are braver than me…. I am not that good. There is a level of skill there!

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  • I colour my own but I’m not brave enough to try to Ombre.

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  • I would love to be able to colour my own hair but im just not game enough to do it.
    well done tho for having a go and now it has paid off and you have extra money in your pocket

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  • I actually haven’t had colour done for ages and my hair is a lot healthier than when I was colouring it!

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  • Congratulations, I would love to have the confidence to do this, but I am going to have to age not so gracefully, I am seeing the grey come thru now, and it annoys me but my mum has gone grey and I suppose I have inherited these genes, if anyone asks I tell them I don’t like the chemicals in my hair, don’t really care but it shuts them up, especially after having it permed for about 15 years, and ironically when I stopped having it permed it actually has a wave thru it similar to what I paid a fortune for. My daughter has the same long wavy hair, but she straightens It daily, and blames me for her wavy beautiful hair. I still cannot believe that I permed my hair to its natural state for years!!! ripped off

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  • That’s brilliant (especially about the grey coverage ;) ) I colour mine at home using semi permanent only. Might be time to get creative…

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  • Good on you… I wish I was more confident to try something like that at home but I can barely blow dry my hair

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  • Good for you. What a money saver!

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  • I am thinking that come winter I will also go brunette again. Its way easier, you can do it less often and I can do it myself. The blonde on the other hand I have always been scared to do.

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  • My husband colours my hair! Hairdressers charge way too much! When I do go in for a cut they always compliment me on my colour, my husband does a great job!

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  • I used to colour mine myself but have decided I like the luxury and the way the hair dresser does it better. I need to cover the grey!

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  • When the kids were little my friend was a home hairdresser, much much cheaper, when we moved from the home town i cut and coloured my own and the kids, have been to a hairdresser once in 20years and hated the cut, all my kids now do their own hair (son included) and sometimes do mine.

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  • I’ve always coloured my hair myself, I could never justify the cost.

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  • Good for you Hopefully Heidi I colour my hair myself too. You save heaps .I have a wonderful hairdresser that comes to my home and cuts my hair every 8 weeks . It costs me $25. She taught hairdressers how to cut and style hair. The last time she was here she had a spare 25 minutes so she popped my colour in for no charge! I was thrilled to bits!


    • What a kind thing to do :) I now get my hair cut for just $27 at the same place that I take my son to occasionally. They were they people who taught me how to colour my hair. I’m actually so happy with the way she cuts it, and it seems to have more body and layers. The only problem is now I feel disloyal and bad for my old hairdresser that I followed around to different businesses until she started her own. It just came down to me not wanting the hassle of making appointments that were hard to arrange around work and my son and then the time spent – usually 2-3 hours and of course the main one – the cost.

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