I'm a little embarrassed to say I had never went to a salon to have my hair colored before. I tried coloring my hair at home after finding some grey hairs, and thought it looked horrible. I decided I really needed to get some professional help so I booked my first appointment at a salon to have my hair colored. The price quoted sounded doable, but to my shock, the actual bill was more than double! I learned the hard way that when the stylist was telling me what she was doing that each of those things was actually an extra with a hefty price tag. What do I need to have done at a salon to have natural looking hair? Is base color alone enough, or are other services just a natural and necessary part of "getting your hair colored."