Beautiful Hair on a Budget
The last time I went to my hair salon for highlights, and a cut and blow dry, I ended up being charged $210! My hairdresser did do a fabulous job of my hair, but after signing away my life on the credit card bill I was left feeling pretty ripped-off. All the way home I kept thinking "How did my bill get to be $210?" instead of thinking "wow my hair feels really great!" This experience was supposed to be a treat for me but instead I was left thinking about my budget and wondering whether my salon "treat" was worth the money.
There was no way that I could afford to continue going to the salon to maintain my highlights, at least not at that price. After all, life gets pretty expensive anyway, what with all the regular bills coming in. So with that, I decided to look for some alternatives to keep my hair looking salon-great without spending a fortune!
Cut Your Own Hair
If you've ever thought about cutting your own hair, but dare not get out the scissors in case of a hair mishap, then you may not have heard about CreaClip. You can easily save hundreds of dollars per year for you and your family, by choosing to cut your own hair at home with CreaClip. Basically, CreaClip is set of two plastic clips formed in a clever design that assist you in trimming hair, or even cutting it into a completely new style. CreaClip comes with awesome instructions on how you can cut and style your own hair at home, even if you have never done it before! See for yourself, and watch the video below.
As you can see in the video, CreaClip tightly holds the hair in place with plastic teeth, so that once you get the clip in place ready to cut, it won't move. You can easily trim your hair and bangs just like a professional hair stylist! Even if you have never cut your own hair before, you will be very impressed with the results of a neat, clean cut to the style of your choice. CreaClip has a built-in level so that you don't have to worry about your hair looking lop-sided or uneven.
If you don't have any experience with cutting hair, then I recommend buying the Creaclip Professional Haircutting Tool Complete Kit which includes 2 Sizes of CreaClips, Professional Scissors and an instructional DVD. Priced at under $50 from Amazon, this one-time investment will pay for itself in just 1-2 uses! Alternatively, you can just buy the basic CreaClip set without the instructional video or scissors for under $35, and then teach yourself by watching instructional YouTube videos. The video below, for example, clearly demonstrates how easy it is to cut layers for medium to long layered hairstyles.
Also, Research Analyst has published some excellent hubs about popular layered hair styles. Check them out:-
Color Your Own Hair
As far as hair color goes, I didn't think that I would be able to achieve professional-looking "highlights" at home, and I was right! A lot of the do-it-yourself "highlight" kits require that you use a hook to pull out strands of hair very accurately and evenly in order to achieve a look that is half-presentable. Unless you have a friend helping you, I wouldn't recommend using these types of highlighting kits for coloring your own hair or it's a recipe for disaster. Even if you are patient enough to apply the hook or brush highlighting techniques then you would have to spend hours in front of the mirror (in fact you would need 2 mirrors, to see the back!) and still not be guaranteed great results.
Having said that, I do love the look of subtle highlights, and wanted to achieve the look of natural, shimmering highlights by myself, without investing too much time or money. I tried L'Oreal Paris Feria Multi-Faceted Shimmering Highlighting Kit and was completely hooked! To get the natural medium brown shimmer that I was looking for, I chose shade number T53; "Cool Medium Brown/Moonlit Tortoise"; the kit is great value from Amazon at under $10.
Watch the YouTube video below to see just how easy it is to apply Feria Haircolor all by yourself at home!
The results I get with Feria Shimmering hair color are quite amazing. My hair looks very natural and shiny, and the formula softens up and lightens some of the brown tones in my hair to give the appearance of really subtle, shimmering highlights that are not brassy. Best of all, I don't have to spend hours in front of the mirror to achieve this look! I simply mix the formula, apply all over, and wait 25 minutes for it to develop. Wash off, condition, and I feel like I've just stepped out of a salon! Every 8 weeks I reapply the formula to my roots by following the instructions. Now my hair color never costs me more than $60 per year!
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