I haven’t had my hair dyed professionally at a salon in 6 years, and even then I only got a few blond highlights. I wouldn’t consider myself cheap (especially when it comes to beauty) but I can’t justify getting my hair dyed for a number of reasons:
- The time. Sitting there, making small talk, watching your head marinate. I can barely pencil in dentist appointments, let alone hours at the salon.
- The quality. I’m still not fully convinced “professional” dye lasts longer or is any better for my hair. Even as a blonde, I’ve gotten pretty good results from box dye. My application skills are good… enough.
- The price. I have a massive head of hair- it would cost a fortune.
While perusing a magazine article on hair dye, I came across www.ESalon.com, a custom hair color website. Long before Ke$ha, there has been Cu$tom, the prefect-for-you product with a big price (RIP Prescriptives.) Still, I immediately logged on to explore color options. I was pleasantly surprised by what ESalon had to offer: an array of questions, all about my hair, and a promise of the perfect color for only $22. Each bottle of color is blended to order, personally labeled, and shipped. I was instantly intrigued, and though it was a decent price between drugstore and salon. Glancing at my faded strands, at one time “Cinnamon Stick,” I thought maybe it was time to throw in the towel on my box dye.
I completed the thorough survey, which included questions regarding my hair’s texture, original color, current color, and my desired color. I had been sporting a mahogany brown for five months now, and was ready to go for true chocolate. Because they knew my hair was warm, ESalon warned that I might get warmer results, and asked if I’d prefer my new blend to be more neutralized to avoid this. Since I’m all about cool tones, I decided to go full on neutral dark brown. Since I have long thick hair, I received two bottles of color for no extra charge. With tax and 2-day shipping, my total came to $26.77. Quite a steal!
In just two days, a beautiful box arrived at my door! This is the crème de la crème of at-home dye. All the bottles said “Formulated for Natasha,” and I received everything I’d ever need to dye like a pro. I received four good-quality hair clips, a sturdy dye bowl and brush, a fabulous smock, stain remover, stain guard, conditioning treatment, and two pairs of gloves (real gloves, not sandwich bags shaped like hands.) I followed the directions (once again, customized to my hair needs), which included a step that involved mixing leftover dye with water and sudsing up the hair to get even color, and was immediately impressed with the results.
Shiny, deep brown hair I’ve always dreamed of! It has been almost two weeks and I’m very happy with the results. My hair loves to fade into red (it misses its days as a blonde) but I only have the slightest reddish brown tint to my hair. The soft, lustrous texture is what I’m most impressed with.
Whenever I’d like a touch up, all I have to do is log in and re-order, and my custom color will be sent my way (I can always change my preferences, too). Whether you’ve been a faithful salon lady or a cheapie box-girl, ESalon is an experience worth trying at least once.