For the past couple years, I’ve been helping my mom color her roots in between salon visits. It’s become part of our routine every time I come home to visit, and it’s actually pretty fun! I’ve gotten really good at it. However, I never seriously considered doing my own until recently. Desperate rona times call for desperate measures. Rona times aside, I got tired of the overall salon experience. I’d rather skip the germs, small talk, and 30-minute drive and fully embrace being a hermit. It’s who I am now!
I would never try a normal “box” color on my hair though. Too risky. I ain’t about that life. One day I came across a video that ellebangs did (a hairstylist on YouTube) about how to color your own roots at home using a company called eSalon. I’d never heard of them, but I trusted her recommendation. You take a quiz, describe your color goals, and submit pictures. An actual colorist reviews them and makes a custom formula designed to meet your needs. It was exactly what I was looking for, and it was under $30. Perfect!
I wanted something that would cover my grays and blend in with my existing root color. My colorist (shout out to Cyrus) was spot on with their recommendation. We went with a medium brown with some ash undertones. The kit comes with your custom color, developer, two pairs of gloves, a sample pack of shampoo/conditioner, color guard, stain remover, color brush, and personalized instructions. Everything was so cute and, more importantly, easy to use. Worsham actually ended up doing most of my hair for me, but this is something you could do alone if you don’t have anyone to help you.
The instructions explain everything, but basically you just make thin sections and paint on the color. It’s literally that easy. After that, you process for 30 minutes, massage your scalp a little before you get in the shower, rinse until the water runs clear, and shampoo like normal. That’s it!
My color came out exactly like it does at the salon (maybe even better). I don’t plan on going back unless I want more balayage done later on, though eSalon does have a kit for that too that I might try!
I also recommend getting their color tools kit which comes with a mixing bowl, color brush, 4 clips, and a timer. It just makes it easier, and that way you don’t have to worry about messing up one of your kitchen bowls. I also got a cape because we’ve gone full blown hair salon up in here (Worsham has been doing his own hair too).
As far as cutting your hair goes, I recommend these Fromm shears from Ulta. I haven’t fully mastered my cut yet, but I’ve gotten pretty close! I’ve cut off about an inch and a half in the past week, and Worsham has helped me fix the “V” in the back. Check out ellebangs for videos on how to cut your hair at home!
Anyway, if you’re thinking about doing your own hair, definitely give it a shot! I’ve been going to salons since I was 9, and it feels good to finally have my hair in my control. It’s fun and it’s an easy way to save a lot of money throughout the year. Plus, what else are you going to do? Might as well master a new skill that’s actually useful!
What have you mastered during 2020?