We’re always looking for simple ways to save money while still being fashionistas. We love sample sales, free products, coupons, and consignment shops. We also love great lipstick, fresh shades of eye shadow, and buying a new hair accessory (or two or three).
Of course, it’s hard to have it all so we brainstormed one of the simplest ways to enhance natural beauty without breaking the bank. And, bam, the answer came: let’s go back to our roots (and we don’t mean traveling to your hometown).
Yes, some of us at TBF have dyed our hair back to its natural color. There are no more $200 trips to the salon, no more pushing around our part trying to hide growth, and a new love of slick back ponytails (since we’re not worried about the one inch thick color along our hairlines.)
Of course, dying your hair (esp. dying it back) is a major decision so we’ve gathered a list of pro’s and con’s to help you see if this is the best choice for you. This list really pertains to those of you who use a stylist for hair coloring, not a box.
Pros and Cons of Dying Your Hair Back to its Natural Color
How many times have you sat in the stylist’s chair, checking your watch and hoping you can make it to your meeting on time? If you spend 2-3 hours getting your hair done every 6-8 weeks, it can add up to almost an entire 24 hour period every year! That’s not including the time it takes you to schedule an appointment and drive there. That could be a whole vacation day, time with your family, or several much needed naps.
It’s no secret that even a simple highlighting job can cost between $50-$100. On top of that, if you get your hair cut regularly, some senior stylists can charge $40 and more just for a trim. Of course, if you use multiple colors for a full highlight (not a partial) you can easily be in the $200 range at a mid-level salon. If you just get root touch-ups, consider buying a product like Clairol’s nice n easy root touch up and do it yourself.
3. Ease of Use
It’s so nice to just pull your hair back in a ponytail or part it down the side without worrying if your roots are showing. You can fix your hair in any way, any time you want without fretting over when to schedule your next hair appointment.
1. Loss of Identity
It might sound silly, but you might feel as though you identify with a particular hair color. For example, if you are a dyed blonde and have been highlighting your hair since high school, you might not feel like you if you change it to brown. Or think Christina Hendricks, an adopted redhead. Can ya imagine her as a, say, blonde?
2. Losing Varied Colors
When you change your color a lot, whether it’s with different rinses, low lights, or highlights, your hair develops varied tones. It might seem like you lose that when you color it all at once, but in actuality, it will still have some natural highlights and low lights throughout your hair.
3. Adjustment Time
Any big change comes with an adjustment. If your natural hair color is quite different from what you’ve looked like for years, you’re going to get a lot of questions. You might not even recognize yourself in the mirror. It’s going to take some getting used to, but we say embrace it. Chances are, your skin tones and eye color work better with your natural color than the one you’ve been dying it all those years. Plus, you get to re-experiment with makeup colors and see what pairs with your new (er old) do!