Celebrity Colourists Spill 6 Sneaky Ways to Save Money on Your Hair
As someone who can't bear the idea of living life with her natural hair colour, I can tell you firsthand that colour treatments are expensive. I cringe at the thought of tallying up every dollar I've ever spent on highlighting, deep conditioning, toning, and touching up my bleached strands. No regrets, but oof. This ish can add up.
It doesn't help that most colourists push their pricy treatments and products, and encourage you to come in for touch-ups every six weeks. If you're anything like me, you end up saying yes to all of it, and only when you log on to find you have $23 left in your checking account do you realise you need to make a change.
Luckily I'm a beauty editor now and have this sneaky little way of getting colourists to spill all their deepest secrets. Want a taste of my intel? I spoke to celebrity colorists Matt Rez of Ramirez-Tran Salon in Beverly Hills and Sheenon Olson of Miami's Atma Beauty to find out their inside tips for how we can save money at the salon.
The following DIY hair colour tips can save you hundreds of dollars on fancy salon visits. Keep scrolling to find out what they are!
Loving Earth Cold Pressed Coconut Oil ($16)
After getting your highlights done, you could drop $200 on the salon products your colourist recommends. Or, you could go to the grocery store and snag a jar of coconut oil. "It's an ultra affordable, at-home remedy to repair dull ends and maintain hair colour," says Rez. To help with dryness, pop a tablespoon of organic coconut oil in the microwaved for 30 to 45 seconds, apply it to freshly shampooed ends, and it leave on for as long as possible. We promise you'll wind up with results similar to that fancy treatment from your salon.
In the summer, you can also use coconut oil to shield your colour from the elements. (Meaning you can keep your in-salon touch-ups to a minimum.) "When you go to the pool or beach to lay out, coconut oil protects the hair from sun damage or chlorine, which turns blonde greenish," Rez adds. "If you're going underwater, apply a good amount to fully saturate!"
Oribe Bright Blonde Shampoo for Beautiful Color ($71)
"If you have blonde hair, investing in a purple shampoo is a must," says Olson. Purple shampoo helps counteract brassy tones in highlighted blonde, preventing you from having to go into the salon for frequent toning treatments, which can add up. "I like Oribe's Bright Blonde Shampoo ($71) and R+Co's blonde shampoo," says Olson. Use them once a week for maximum effect.
Liquid Food Color ($4)
This genius hack gives you the same results as an in-salon toner for just $3. "Putting food colour in your favourite shampoo is a great way to keep your tone and save some money!" Rez says. This technique might be even better than colour-correcting shampoos, which can dry out your hair. All it requires is a little colour chemistry.
"If you are blonde and want to cancel brassiness, mix equal parts red and blue drops of the food colour," Rez recommends. "Red and blue make violet, which cancels yellow undertones!" If you have brunette colour, combat red tones by making a green concoction: two parts yellow, one part blue.
"If you are a redhead, you will have a blast," says Rez. "Play with yellow and red if you are on the copper end of the spectrum, or red and blue if you are more violet-red." The more pigment you use, the more toning control you'll have. "Just remember that blue pigment is dense, so with any colour-cocktail, don't go too heavy with it," Rez says.
Waters Co Shower Filter Deluxe ($159)
One zero-effort way to avoid frequent touch-ups is to protect your hair from unfiltered water. “Invest in a high-end water filter that you can attach to your shower," Olson recommends. "Filters are amazing because they reduce all of the chlorine in the water that strips the colour out of your hair." Installing a shower filter like the one above will help your colour last longer, keeping you out of the salon and under budget.
Recreate an in-salon deep treatment for colour-damaged hair with this way-affordable hack: “Take your regular conditioner, apply to towel-dried hair, place a shower cap over your head, and let the conditioner sit for 30 minutes," says Olson. You don't even need one of those fancy salon dryers to make it work. "The heat from your head will activate the treatment," Olson explains. Try OGX's Nourishing Coconut Milk Conditioner ($18).
Olaplex Hair Perfector No 3 Repairing Treatment ($38)
Every colourist worth his salt swears by Olaplex, which works strengthen colour-damaged hair from the inside out. "This treatment, often applied at salons, will rebuild the bonds inside of your hair," Olson explains. "It also lowers your hair’s pH, which closes the cuticle and prevents your hair from drying out, which would cause further damage." Though the product is a bit pricier than most regular conditioners, Olson swears that "it will still save you money in the long run."
What are your favourite DIY hair treatments? Tell us your secrets in the comments below!