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Recession Proof Hair Color Tips

Nine Easy Tips to Recession-Proof Your Hair

It probably comes as no surprise that colorists are seeing their clients with longer stretches of time between appointments. Could it have a direct correlation with the sagging economy? Um, yeah! Fortunately, colorist Debi Dumas of Jim Wayne Salon in Beverly Hills shared a few ways to make your professional hair color last longer — and save a few bucks along the way.

Dumas, who has worked with the likes of Ali Landry, Robin Wright Penn, and Mischa Barton, says these days it's chic to save money. Even in posh Beverly Hills, she says, "people are looking at ways to cut back." For her tips on giving your color a boost without breaking the bank,


  1. Time is money. The more time booked out for your stylist, the more you'll pay for his or her time and products used. "Honesty is the first key," Debi says. Let your stylist know what you are able to pay and how often you'll be able to come in for color services.
  2. Color only areas that show. Unless your hair is short or you're pulling it back in a way that would reveal roots, there is no reason to color the inside back of your hair. If you're going from a darker color to a lighter color (brown to blond), think about a getting a root touch-up only around your part and around the hairline. This "secret" could save you upwards of 50 percent!
  3. Go multitonal. If you are getting highlights with one shade, ask your colorist to put several tones in. "It grows out more gently," Debi says. Creating more dimension in the hair will allow you to stretch out your time in between salon visits.
  4. Get washed. If your roots aren't showing, but your color is looking dull (especially for redheads), get a color wash. It takes only about 15 minutes and runs about half of the cost. Your color will be brighter and refreshed.
  5. Deep condition. "Moisture penetrates into your hair," Debi says. "That helps keep color from slipping out." To elongate time in between services, wrap a warm damp towel around your hair and let the conditioner work its magic.
  6. Don't go too wild. "Stick with a color closest to your natural hair," Debi says. It might seem obvious, but it works.
  7. Wash hair less often. The more you shampoo, the more chance you are allowing artificial pigments to lift out. Avoid chlorine and cheap shampoos and conditioners, which are too detergent-like and harsh.
  8. Buy more, get more. Invest in larger sizes of professional products. "You'll save a tremendous amount if you buy the bigger ones," Debi says. Plus, most of the products are stabilized and are manufactured to last.
  9. Get boxed in. If you cannot afford salon products, think about purchasing over-the-counter products from the same company. L'Oreal, for instance, has its professional line plus a drugstore variety.


ChristinaM09 ChristinaM09 8 years
like this look alot
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I'm seriously considering going with my natural brown hair so I don't have to deal with coloring it auburn. I like brown hair better anyway but I'm really attached to the red. I can't color over it because the red always shows through so I'd have to grow it out and that isn't always the prettiest process. I do not want brassy brown hair that you'd get coloring over the red anyway.
Glittersniffer Glittersniffer 9 years
Heh, and here I was considering getting highlights (my dark brown hair just gets a bit heavy sometimes!), and now I'm rethinking it. Perhaps I just need to get it cut to get some of the weight out! I've dyed my own hair since high school (I'm 25 now), and Feria hasn't given me any issues. ...well, except the time I went from light blonde to a strawberry, left it on too long, and came out orange...but that was my fault!
alethia037 alethia037 9 years
lotuslight, I have dark brown hair and I grew out my blonde highlights a few years ago... I went to my stylist and had her dye it as close to my natural color as she could get it (she only charged me like $25). After a month or so the highlights kind of showed through, but it made the growing out process much easier. 2 years later, no more highlights!
Nina_79 Nina_79 9 years
Going darker (or more natural) is a good tip. I did this a few months ago and can now go much longer in between hair colorings. Another tip is do not use a lot of product (shampoo, conditioner). My stylist tells me again and again to only use a small amount, but there are still a lot of people who use too much.
Beauty Beauty 9 years
lotuslight, Thanks for the suggestions — they're great! I'll see what I can do.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
You know what I recently discovered? Those Suave shampoos and conditioners really do work amazingly well.
md12398 md12398 9 years
JCP0240, my thoughts exactly! lotuslight, one great product you can make at home is a flax seed hair gel. take 2 tbsp. of seeds and simmer them in a cup of water, stirring frequently, until a gel forms. cool it, and you've got yourself a medium hold hair gel. store it in the fridge, add essential oils if you like, and it'll last about a week.
lotuslight lotuslight 9 years
I'd be interested in more "recession proof your hair tips" that had to do with cuts that require less maintenence, growing out color and going natural (what I am trying to do right now!), making your own hair products/shampoos/conditioners, and tips to make your style more versatile without spending a lot!
AllaWallaBalla AllaWallaBalla 9 years
Instead of a "color wash," one could also invest in a color-depositing conditioner (such as L'oreal Artec) and use that once a week to keep color brighter. I used to do this to keep my red vibrant. Even at half the cost of a regular tint job, a color wash (I'm presuming Ms. Dumas was referring to a toner and or gloss treatment?) is still a lot more expensive than an Artec conditioner ($15). I also find that using SLS (sulfate)-free shampoo preserves color longer and keeps hair in better condition.
karlorene karlorene 9 years
a hair stylist once told me that baby shampoo is very gentle on hair and would be a good alternative for anyone who didn't want to pay a lot
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
I recently had my stylist rid my hair of an awful red tone and bring it back to brunette w/ golden blonde highlights. It works for summer and it blends fairly well. I plan on having her tone down some of the blonde for the fall which will make it even better. She applied it in a way that I can go for about 3 months without touch-ups since the root will blend better. I do not have the cash to go every month and dye my hair (not to healthy either) so she is working with me to get a easy look that will last longer.
lawchick lawchick 9 years
My stylist recently died my hair a darker, more natural (for me) blonde. I hated it at first, but I can go about 2 more weeks between appointments now because the roots are barely noticeable -- so I'm saving money, and have decided the barbie look wasn't becoming on me, anyway :)
AmberHoney AmberHoney 9 years
I have colored my hair at home for 25 years and well the tips are great but when the grey hairs grow in there's no magic solution but to color it.
thelorax thelorax 9 years
Thanks for the timely tips, Bella! I've resolved to highlight my own hair (I use L'Oreal's alright) in between salon visits, so instead of going every 8 weeks, I'll (TRY TO) go every 12-16.
JCP0240 JCP0240 9 years
Yikes that lip liner in that picture is atrocious.
tatsauce tatsauce 9 years
Word up! Can't pay $80 for hair for a long time. If you're in SF, you should check out the Cinta-Aveda beauty school, or institute is a the more proper name. I got my hair cut for $14 ($19 including tip) and they did a great job! I didn't go too drastic, just a trim with long layers but considering the price I paid, I was happy. Bought Revlon hair dye at Target which was only $2.99 (still not sure why it was sooo cheap, it's permanent not the demi kind too). Cute hair for under $25! At least I'm cute while I'm broke.
Rose-Cullen Rose-Cullen 9 years
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