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Hang in there! Don’t dye your own hair at home

When you can see us next, we don’t want to see any wonky fringes, dodgy layers or home dye jobs. Here are our reasons why you shouldn't dye your hair at home.

Can you believe the UK went into lockdown on 23rd March? It feels like a very long time ago. When the announcement came that we had to close, we were in shock.

Until very recently we haven’t been able to see family and friends, albeit at a distance, and then only if they live within 5 miles. Have you adapted to your new ‘normal’ yet? You may have been working at home or going stir crazy with furlough or homeschooling. The Freestyle Team have been using the time to do online courses to keep our skills up to date, and the salon has even had a lick of paint.

Looking back on those final days on the lead up to lockdown, we worried about whether ethically we should be open – were we putting clients and ourselves at risk? We had clients calling to ask if they could move their appointments as they were worried about coming in. We also had those who came in early because they anticipated that they wouldn’t be able to visit for a while. All the while we thinking how would we pay staff, suppliers, utilities and other bills if we had to close?

Like you, we are waiting for it to end. From the guidelines we’ve had so far, new policies have been written. We will share these with you soon. There has also been some additional costs to the business, especially PPE for the staff.

We love hairdressing, we can’t wait to get back to work. One of the most significant downsides to lockdown has been missing weddings and proms. Those special days we didn't get to be part of. We envisage the next couple of months sorting out your roots and grey hairs, and your split ends, before getting excited for Christmas and New Year.

Don’t dye your own hair at home!

We have previously written Hair Care Tips for Self-Isolation. There are some fantastic tips in there on how you can care for your hair, while we’re not there. When you can see us next, we don’t want to see any wonky fringes, dodgy layers or home dye jobs.

Why you shouldn’t dye your hair at home:

  1. 9 times out of 10, your hair colour will not look like what you see on the box. If you already have bleach or colour on your hair, it will react. Plus, you have your roots and ends to consider, they will colour differently.

  2. Most box dyes are formulated with maximum amounts of pigment and ammonia, so it’s able to work on most people. This unnecessary overload of ingredients wreak havoc on hair health and increase your likelihood of allergic reactions.

  3. Applying colours to your whole head will give you just that—one boring, flat colour. Unless you have some pre-existing colour or highlights, then you may end up with orange roots, red mids and pink highlights.

  4. Pastel hair colour in a box? Don't do it! The reality is you’ll likely need to pre-lighten multiple times before achieving the fashion tones you’re after. We’re talking bleach for days and damage for years, so please don’t do lightening services at home!

  5. If the above points aren’t enough to put you off, the hair dye you’ve picked up in Home Bargains or the supermarket won’t seem that affordable when we have to charge you for colour correction. Just saying…

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