eSalon DIY Hair Dye Review


eSalonNote: This post is in no way affiliated with eSalon and they do not know I am posting it! This is a true personal experience.

Today I got a little package from eSalon with my personalized hair dye [I have it on automated mail … a good and bad thing, as you will find out]. I have now used eSalon twice to home-dye my hair. Without throwing a crazy amount of pictures of myself on this blog, I will try to explain both of my hair dying experiences with eSalon and why I recommend it. Here is a link to 50% off your first dye! For only $9.95 you can try it!

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Hair BEFORE the first time using eSalon.

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Hair AFTER the first time using eSalon.

  1. First of all, it’s pretty cheap for hair dye [$25 after shipping without a discount code] and is salon quality hair dye.  I have been pretty poor for many years and can’t remember the last time I could afford to pay a professional to dye my hair. Oh wait, a few years ago I did go to a beauty school to get highlights… I looked like I was from 2001 with chunky blond highlights. Being cheap and going to a beauty school can sometimes work out, or sometimes you end up looking like shit! At least with eSalon you have some control.
  2. They really did pick a great color for my hair. On their website they say that the color is crafted for each individual, and I believe it. The color I got was had some red hues, but didn’t turn my hair maroon but more of a chestnut. I speak from personal experience here — when I was 17 I dyed my hair auburn and it turned bright maroon. I rocked it for a while, but at 26 I don’t know if I could pull that off.
  3. They put your name on all of the orders [which is just so damn cute]!
  4. It is mailed directly to your house with all the supplies you need. Yes, it includes the dye, 2 pairs of gloves, the conditioner, everything.

How to Use eSalon

  1. Go online and order your color. It was ask for the state of your hair, last time colored, gray issues, the look you want, your skin tone, eye color, the color you like, and leaves room for an additional description.
  2. Get the dye in the mail. I love getting mail!
  3. Put on an ugly shirt. Move your bath mats out of the way. Put old rags on the bathroom counter and the floor. You will ruin anything in your path with this hair dye! One of my bathmats was already sacrificed to the hair Gods.
  4. Section off your hair into 4 sections.
  5. Mix together all of the ingredients as said in the directions.
  6. Start dying! Start with your roots. I like to use my hand [with the gloves of course] rather than a coloring brush. I just feel like I have more control over it. Be prepared to make a mess.
  7. Each person using eSalon has their own directions for the order of dying and the duration of time you need to wait. The first directions I got were amazing and I followed them to the T. The second time I was told different directions and I don’t totally buy it. The directions said to just do my roots and then add water to the remainder of the dye and “wash my hair with the dye” leaving it in for only a few minutes. I didn’t follow these directions, but now I wonder if there was some logic to it. I wish eSalon explained the timing. The directions basically say, trust us blindly.”
  8. You can now take off your gloves while you wait for it to process. I didn’t realize there were multiple pairs of gloves in the kit and tried to re-use my original gloves. It was a fucking mess!
  9. Wash out the dye. Make sure you clean the shower/tub before it dries. I feel like it would for sure stain the tub.
  10. Clean up the mess you inevitably made.
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4. Sectioning off my hair in 4 quads.

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6. Applying the dye to the first section.

Final Thoughts and Review

  • I am happy with the results. I feel like for the money the color stays well and keeps my hair healthy. Most of all, I love the color and I think it really looks natural.
  • I would much prefer to pay someone to do my hair, but unfortunately, I do not have this luxury.  This is a great alternative to buying a box at the store or going to a beauty school.
  • They have automatic shipping and payments. This had it’s benefits. I automatically got it in the mail and felt obligated to actually dye my hair since I already paid for it. My fiancee was not so happy to see it in the mail because we are really cutting back month because I am in between jobs, but this happy accident allowed me to get my hair did. I also got a email warning me of the shipment and charge with ample time to cancel if needed – I am just lazy and didn’t cancel it.
  • For the next time, I will call them ahead of time and make sure I am coloring my hair correctly post the initial dye. I am sure they will be responsive and change my directions accordingly.

ESalon was mentioned in my beauty post called Real Girl’s Beauty Must-Haves. I am constantly looking to update this list and add more beauty loves. Check it out!

love, Sarah

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Curly Interview Hair: How to


Hi y’all! So, a little warning: I have had a little wine and I am feeling pretty Awesome. Awesome with a capital A (thanks, iPad). I had a fucking bomb interview today, I looked and felt amazing – so I thought I would share with you my easy and put-together hair style. If any of you actually follow the blog and read it (cuddos to you, my friends) then you know I accepted a job as a Prison Librarian. Well, job lesson #398: no job is solid until you receive a contract. In a nut shell, the job offered me a “conditional” offer that was financially exactly where I thought I would be after a graduate degree. I accepted and thought it was conditional upon me proving I was a goodie-two shoes and clean on my drug test. Well, after WEEKS of waiting, I passed all this (thank the Lord) and was officially offered a salary $12K LOWER THAN DISCUSSED. Yes, that is a shit load lower than expected and I cried for about 3 days. I had no choice but to accept as I hate turned down other opportunities and put my faith in this job, like a naive duffus. So, low and behold, I find myself accepting a job and interviewing for others. If you fuck me, my loyalty is gone. Isn’t this how job hunting is rewarded after all? Cheap tricks work and the naive, trusting, just-out-of-school peeps get the lowest offers because they have to take it.

Back to the hair. Well with curly hair, looking put together and professional can be a bit of a challenge. So, after looking on YouTube for tutorials, I came across this one from The Small Things Blog. It is called “Easier Than It Looks Updo. “And it IS! So, here is what my curly hair looks like with the updo, and the actual video tutorial.

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l will, of course, keep you updated on the job hunt. I feel like I am on a horrible roller coaster that is making me nauseous but won’t seem to stop. You get to a point where it looks like the ride is winding down, and then it shoots to an upside down flip! I actually love roller coasters, but the analogy works. Or is it an metaphor? I think analogy. Yes, the ADHD become amplified with liquor. Fun for me, hell for everyone around me. Unless they are drunk, then I am the most entertaining (and interesting) person. Speaking of drunk, I feel like throwing an adult rager. Everything is so serious with job hunting, bills, and weddings. Maybe a kegger is just the cure? 

love, Sarah 

Beauty Secret #2 – Leave Tweezers in your Car


Ok, this already sounds like a gross post … and it is! When I hit the age of 25 something started happening. I started finding weird little dark hairs on my chin and above my lip. I guess this is a pretty normal, and terrible, part of aging according to this article in Oprah Magazine.

Now, onto to my beauty secret. I know how it is: You are at home, in your bathroom, doing that girl thing where you pluck hairs, obsess about black heads, and analyze all potential wrinkles. You think, “OK, this is as good as I can get it right now. Off to work!” You are on your way to work in your car singing along to Lady Gaga.  You get to a stop light and take these few moment to check your make-up in the car mirror. You see all these small little dark hairs that weren’t there before. Dammit to hell! If you follow my advice and have tweezers hidden in your glove compartment, you can use the natural light provided and feel confident your face is smooth and hair free.  Natural light helps highlight the hairs that your indoor lights just can’t.

When the guy in the car next to you looks over, you be all:

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Beauty Secret #1 – Luxy Hair Video Tutorials


This is the first of my beauty secret segments! I wanted to share with you my favorite hair tutorials on the internet: Luxy Hair Tutorials.  I have been doing my hair with the Luxy girls for about 6 months now and I am obsessed. I do not naturally know how to style hair or do up-dos, often throwing my unruly curly hair up into a bun with defiance. If any of you have curly hair, you know there are days when it looks just amazing, and days when you look like a poodle. When I first discovered Luxy Hair it often took me an hour to recreate an updo, but with practice I have begun to understand how to do hair! IT IS A MIRACLE! 

These videos are done with great care and have a production value I envy.  The Luxy sisters have a hair extension company and use the tutorials to promote their brand. I have no opinion on the hair extensions, but I love their videos.  To show you I really do use their videos, take a look at one hairstyle I tried to create. It doesn’t have the volume the Luxy tutorial does, but I wore the Retro Side Pony Tail to a wedding. I am pretty proud of my craftsmanship. This is my first picture of me on the blog (and you get a cute sneak peak at my Scottie)!

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Retro Side Pony Tail with help from Luxy Hair Tutorials

love, Sarah

To be a Woman — in the Words of Dustin Hoffman


A great friend of mine showed me this amazing clip.  It is Dustin Hoffman recalling an experience that made him make the film “Tootsie.” While you don’t need to see “Tootsie” to understand this clip, this video really does encompass the inner turmoil us women go through in our need, and want, to feel beautiful. It is such a raw, honest, and powerful little clip. For the first time I feel a man, in 3 minutes, explains the sadness and disregard every woman has experienced at some point in her life (me included!) Maybe all men should dress up in drag to feel what it is like to be a woman and gain some awareness?

ENJOY and be ready to be blown away by Mr. Hoffman.

love, Sarah