I’m one of those au naturel girls when it comes to beauty. I’ve never mastered winged eyeliner or false lashes, I rarely paint my nails, wear minimal jewelry, and prefer my air-dried natural waves to a blowout. So when I discovered gray hairs peeking out around my hairline at not-even-30, I thought, “No sweat! I’ll be the hip gray haired lady!”
Um…no. That didn’t pan out. The gray made my hair look so dull and just…ew.
I have my dad to thank for early graying–he was completely salt-and-peppered by the time he was 35, so I knew if I chose the latter, it wouldn’t be long before I was in the Silver Fox club. I opted for coloring, and true to my nature I stayed close to my natural brunette, but I never really found that “perfect” signature color. When I did find a color I liked, it seemed to fade within a few days. No matter what color I chose, it turned orange-ish within a month. Despite my weekly deep conditioning, avoiding sulfates in my hair products, and shunning heat styling, it seemed I was doomed to brassy color.
I thought about getting professional color from my stylist, but this low-maintenance girl just can’t shell out $100 every 8 weeks!
eSalon is the best of both worlds-professional color matching and blending, in an easy DIY kit. And it’s $20 a pop. That’s like, four grande secret-menu Frappuccinos. I can handle that.
So, I ordered my custom color from eSalon. The profile questions were super-detailed: the colorists want to know your natural color, current color, texture, length, thickness, and how often you color. You even have the option to upload a photo so they can really hone in on what will flatter you best. Then, you select your desired color from several swatches, add some personal notes for your colorist (I let her know that I wanted lots of golden, caramel tones, and that my skin is olive yet fair), and voila.
About two days after I placed my order, I received an email from eSalon that they’d mixed a more flattering color for me. Now that’s service! The customer isn’t always right, and I was impressed by that personal attention to detail. Next thing I knew, my eSalon kit was waiting at my doorstep!
- Easy application with choice of squeeze bottle or brush
- Highly customized color
- Attentive, prompt, knowledgable customer service
- Lasting, fade-resistant color
- Professional color for less than professional price
- Auto-ship subscription sent as often as you wish to color-no hunting for your specific color on the store shelves, or hoarding it in case they run out!
- Earn free hair color with their generous referral program
- Full range of complimentary products
- Higher cost than store-bought color
- Strong chemical smell while mixing/applying (ventilation is key!)
- Very few bright, “edgy” colors available–most shades are within the natural range
- All-over color only, no highlighting or bleaching kits
The day I colored, I noticed that it looked very natural. My hair didn’t have that “just colored” look or smell. And it felt very soft and healthy, not damaged. Even my husband, who’s usually oblivious to my hair, noticed how healthy it looked! One week in, I’m impressed at how well the color has held up, despite a few trips to the pool and abusing my hair with the blow dryer for some special occasions. I haven’t noticed any grays “pop” through the color yet, and I usually see that within two days or so.
While the color itself was enough to win my business, the standout product is the Tinted Love Color Enhancing Treatment. I use it twice a week to refresh and maintain my color, and add some shine. It’s also matched to my color, so it adds yet another personalized touch. Consider me a customer for life!
Check out eSalon for yourself, and save $10 off your first order–that’s half off! With their 100% satisfaction gurantee, you’ve got nothing to lose (except maybe those pesky gray hairs)
I purchased an eSalon kit, shampoo, conditioner, and enhancing treatment with my own money. This review is not sponsored in any way by eSalon, however it does contain referral links. All opinions, text, and images are my own and are honest.