She's the best colorist/stylist I've ever had, I've been seeing her for about 8-9 years now. However due to her shoulders, she may not be able to stay in her profession much longer and she's given me notice that I may only see her once or twice more.
She has agreed to give me my colour formula that she uses (it's redken I believe). Is there anywhere( Canada or online) that I can purchase these products without a lisence? I get an all over colour so I think I could do it myself and just pay for my cuts from now on.
I had a store near me that would sell to the public. My neighbor was a beauty supply salesman and used to give me products in exchange for cat sitting and caring for his flowers when they were out of town, which was at least twice a month. When he retired, he told me about the place that would sell to me directly. Maybe your stylist can speak to her distributor and set you up with him for direct sales. It wouldn't hurt to ask.
I did the exact same thing as you are hoping to do. My hairdresser retired. She gave me the formula for my hair... it was Redken too. I have a friend who maintains her cosmetology license specifically so she can buy salon products, so I do purchase mine through her from a salon supply store. I estimate it costs me about $5.00 each time I do my hair. My hair is relatively short, so I only use half the tube of coloring (as did my stylist prior to her retirement). It doesn't take long to do, and I spend less in a year than I was for one time in the salon!
My husband used to have his license and colors mine. Even so, he does not really do that great at cutting hair. I find groupons. After he colors it at home, I get a cut and highlight, usually for about $30 to $40.
The highlights last for two colors. So I am stretching out my salon visits and probably only going once a quarter.