How much does it cost to color your hair?

How much green it takes to cover your silver depends on several factors, primarily whether you do it yourself or pay a pro. Location is another consideration, as the cost of professional coloring can vary widely in different regions.

A poll of more than 500 Angie’s List members who color their gray found that 45 percent pay $20 or less for hair coloring. That tracks with the poll's finding that 47 percent of respondents color their hair themselves.

Here's a sampling of specific prices paid by Angie’s List members for professional hair-coloring services:

  • $50 every five weeks for coloring and highlights — Carol Libutti of Lake Worth, Fla.
  • $100 to $150 every four weeks for color and cut — Susan James of Little Rock, Ark.
  • $80 — Karen Plants of Oklahoma City, Okla.
  • $50 for color alone and $85 for color plus highlights or lowlights — Kira Stark of Colusa, Calif.

Tip for finding the just-right price

Wondering how to determine the optimum price for coloring services? Ceilon Aspensen, owner and manager of highly rated Salon Simpatico in Bozeman, Mont., who says the highest price doesn't guarantee the best service, has perfected a formula: “Figure out what the lowest-price service in your town is, and the highest-price service, and go to a salon that charges exactly halfway between the exact mid-range price and the highest price. It works.”

Next: Should you try DIY when coloring gray?

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What we call gray is actually hair that no longer has pigment. If you choose to color your hair, it’s wise to understand different ways it’s done and other factors to consider, say highly rated stylists.

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