I really regret not going to the hairdressers while I awaited the arrival of Nipper 3.0. A little bit of discomfort leaning back for a hairwash would have been better than the other option: a home dye job. I absolutely hate dyeing (dying? y’see it’s not even uncomplicated when writing about it!) my hair at home. Absolutely. Hate. It. It’s so messy and the results are always hit and miss. But the economics of it really make it difficult in these straitened times to justify the trip to the hairdresser. Compare €175 or so that I paid for my last trip to the hairdresser (dye, wash, cut & blowdry, magazines, a couple of cups of tea in a city centre salon) with €10.00 for a 10 minute dye job. Even given the questionable results and mess saved and all the salon’s overheads this is a massive difference. Don’t get me wrong: I love going to the salon. I usually make an extra effort with my make-up (who wants to sit staring at their barefaced self in a mirror for 2 hours?) and couple a trip to the salon with a shopping trip. I’ve been going to the same hairstylist* for well over 10 years, following her from salon to salon and couldn’t recommend her enough. I also know that her skills are not easily gained and that this is what I am paying for. I did mention that it can take up to two hours to do a complete job. All told then €175.00 is conceivably not a huge amount for two hours work.
But the long and the short of it is that a trip to the hairdressers is a treat for me. I got to wondering whether other women were in the same boat. Do you dye your own hair, get it done regularly or a mix of both? So I created a poll to see how you treat your hair! Also if you have any tips for stress-free home dyeing please do share in the comments below. PLEASE for the sake of my sanitaryware if nothing else!