Don’t ‘dye’ for a bargain

With drug-store hair dye kits — especially those on sale — you get what you pay for

By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times

UTKellyRev2ColumnThis is what happens when you try to act like a professional hair colorist/stylist and you aren’t one.  You end up in a chair with foil on your head and a cloak of shame.

I have written about this very topic before and in my typical “know-it-all-ness”, I sound like I have it all figured out.  The problem?  I rarely take my own advice.  So, when my roots had gotten to the point where a pony tail was no longer the solution, I wandered into CVS and bought a box off of the shelf.

Here’s the interesting part…the color that I had been using was discontinued.  RED FLAG.  Emphasis on “red.”  I chose a hue that sounded intriguing and plunked down my $8.  Bargain, right?

What’s that saying, “you get what you pay for?”  Ummmmm, clearly.


The selfies of shame. Your author is saved from a “bargain” hair dye by our friends at Nicolas Anthony.

For those of you who saw me at the (indoor) Unionville basketball game with a knit beanie securely in place, now you know why.

My hair soaked up that color like nobody’s business.  The top of my head was at least 3 shades brighter than the rest of my hair.  And, it was florescent.  NOT good.

I frantically called Nicholas Anthony Salon in Willowdale the next morning and was offered a 10:00am appointment.  A mere 2 and ½ hours later, Laura (aka: The Miracle Worker) had transformed me back into someone who could walk around in public without a hat.

The moral of this story is that there are some things you should leave to people who are trained professionals.  For example, I think that waxing your own eyebrows has the potential for disaster.  Clipping your own cuticles.  Injecting your own Botox (even though I would probably still try if given the opportunity! Ha!)

The price of beauty.  It is a necessary evil, ladies.  Am I right?

Happy Weekend!

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