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We all dye our hair but can you tell who has been to a salon and who had a £3.99 dye box?

STARS stars like Davina McCall, Holly Willoughby and Stacey Dooley are flying the flag when it comes to coloring their hair at home.

But can you guess which of these four women had their hair professionally colored and who used a £3.99 dye box?

Pictured from LR: Lucie, 36, Morgan, 34, Stella, 60, and Sara, 54

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Pictured from LR: Lucie, 36, Morgan, 34, Stella, 60, and Sara, 54
Holly Willoughby is just one celebrity flying the flag when it comes to coloring your hair at home

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Holly Willoughby is just one celebrity flying the flag when it comes to coloring your hair at home

“Fiery hair gives me confidence”

LUCIE KERLEY, 36, is a social media and marketing consultant and blogger from Lymm, Cheshire. She dyed her hair Garnier Olia 7.40 Intense Copper (£7.99 or two for £12). Lucy says:

“I FIRST started dying my hair red about ten years ago. I have naturally dark hair.

Lucie Kerley started dying her hair 10 years ago

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Lucie Kerley started dying her hair 10 years agoPhoto credit: Lucie Kerley
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One day I was on a train going back north to see my family and I was feeling a bit down. I saw this girl on the train doors who had this amazing red hair. She looked so confident and individual and I thought, ‘I’d like to try that.’

So I bought a coloring box and my grandma made it for me. I’ve been coloring it ever since.

I once thought about getting a tan again, but I know I would feel a more boring version of myself. Being a redhead gives me so much confidence.

I can color, style and finish it in less than two hours. I’ve only had one or two disasters so far where I couldn’t find my favorite shade and tried a different one and it didn’t come out right away. But usually other brands have the equivalent.

I’ve had it professionally done a few times over the years when asked to review salons for my blog.

It’s a wonderful experience, but I love the convenience of being able to color it at home. I love being a redhead and I couldn’t go back.

“MY HUSBAND IS A FAN – I COLOR IT FOR HIM”

MORGAN SPICER, 34, is a graphic designer from Skipton, North Yorks. She used Schwarzkopf Oleo Intense Permanent Oil Color Light Copper Brown (£3.99). Morgan says:

“MY natural hair color is a dirty average blonde. I used to have long, floor length hair and was comfortable with my natural color.

Morgan Spicer, 34, is a graphic designer from Skipton, North Yorks

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Morgan Spicer, 34, is a graphic designer from Skipton, North Yorks

Then, when I was 17, I had a breakup. I cut the whole thing into a short pixie cut and colored it red. I used a cheap box paint from a store. It lasted 12 washes so I just kept buying more when it ran out.

After a while I let my hair grow out and went blonde again. Over the years I’ve dyed it black at some point and varied it between red, blonde and back again.

Then, a year and a half ago, I went back to red. The main decision was because my friend Saul likes redheads.

I use whatever is cheap so I don’t have a brand but the latest was Schwarzkopf. It’s permanent, so if the roots come through every six weeks or so, I just recolor it. It takes me an hour so it’s really easy.

As a redhead I feel fabulous, a bit like Ariel from The Little Mermaid.

My family and friends know me as a redhead and my father jokingly calls me red. I really feel myself with my red hair.

“MY HAIR IS MY CROWN”

STELLA NASH, 58, is a fitness business owner from St Albans, Herts. Her light copper blonde professional hair color was £90 at Kitch Hair in Islington, north London. She says:

“I’ve colored my hair for at least the last 25 years. Everyone around me has actually forgotten what my natural hair color is. I love going to the hairdresser – I have some free time there.

Stella Nash's light copper blonde professional hair color was £90 at Kitch Hair in Islington, north London

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Stella Nash’s light copper blonde professional hair color was £90 at Kitch Hair in Islington, north London

I am not afraid of changes and experiments. I had my hair in every single style – long, spiky, short, bob and fringed.

My hair was pink, purple, brunette, black, blonde and platinum blonde which was my last color. But my natural hair color is actually auburn – which I inherited from my Irish mother.

Lately I’ve felt that life needs a refresher. I’ve always admired the many shades of red Sharon Osbourne has dyed her hair and think she ages with grace. Since it’s very close to my natural color, I figured why not go back to my roots?

I’m not a box-dye woman type, so I went to the hairdresser. It was a dramatic change, but not an uncomfortable one. Your hair is your crowning glory, and this red hair certainly feels that way.

Life can be pretty simple, so why not have fun with your hair?

“People thought I was a hothead”

SARA TYE, 54, from Swindon, is the founder of Redhead PR and used Schwarzkopf 770 and 84 (£5 per colourant). She says:

“MY natural hair color was brown with some red, but I turned gray very early. Now my natural color is white.

Sara Tye dyed her hair for the first time when she was 18

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Sara Tye dyed her hair for the first time when she was 18

When I was 18, I decided to go red because it was different — nobody actually dyed their hair red. I had long naturally curly hair and it looked striking.

I bought a color box off the shelf. It was pure luck how it could turn out. Sometimes it was darker if left on too long, sometimes it didn’t last quite right and was lighter.

Now I use Schwarzkopf 770 and 84 and you buy it online or from a warehouse as it is a professional dye. My barber advised me which ones to buy and I’ve been doing this for 25 years.

It’s not expensive because I use half of 770, a quarter of 84 and 50ml of 6% peroxide. I mix it up, apply it and it comes out a rich, dark red. I don’t use the whole lot so I can keep some for future coloring.

I have to do it every two and a half weeks but the results are worth it.

I wish I had the courage to go white. A friend did it. But I’m known for my red hair. My PR company was inspired by it. As a redhead, I feel more confident.”

https://www.the-sun.com/lifestyle/5473903/women-hair-dyed-professionally/ We all dye our hair but can you tell who has been to a salon and who had a £3.99 dye box?

Jessica MacLeish

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