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Happy Mom2
07-19-2011, 07:36 PM
For financial reasons, I am going to attempt to color my hair myself. I've been coloring my hair for 20 years, and for the last 10 I've had a professional colorist do it. I just can't continue to pay $100 for a cut and color right now.

I need a permanent dye (maybe semi permanent will would be better?) that will cover gray. My natural hair color is dark brown (almost black) with some gray, but my current color is light brown with lots of hi-lights (not blonde, just varying shades of brown). My hair tends to pick up red tints every easily. I want to stay my same color and not go any darker.

Sorry if this is too much information, but I'm desperate! Anyone have any suggestions... brand, color, technique, etc? :confused3

Eeyore1928
07-19-2011, 08:02 PM
I finally tried the new foam kind.....John Frieda brand.....I LOVE it. Best color ever!

wishesuponastar
07-19-2011, 08:04 PM
I buy LK brand permanent color from a beauty supply store for $9 a box but that will do two color treatments. It covers my grey really well. Plus I buy the large bottle of peroxide for a few dollars. Gloves and a bowl. I wait about 8 to 10 weeks in between. The salespeople at the beauty supply store are very helpful telling you what to do.

momof1princess
07-19-2011, 08:15 PM
i had my hair professionally colored ONCE, in late september, 2010. since then, i've been doing the roots myself about every 5-6 weeks with clairol nice n easy root touch up. it is a PERFECT match to the salon color! i tried loreal root rescue first, because it had an easier-to-use applicator, but the color was bright and brassy, and not quite a match.
the root touch up is usually always on sale at either walgreens or cvs, and the P&G brandsaver insert has coupons once a month.

Happy Mom2
07-19-2011, 08:39 PM
Thanks ladies. I forgot about the root touch up. I may give that one a try. I really like my hair color... just not the roots.

Cindy B
07-20-2011, 06:19 AM
I finally tried the new foam kind.....John Frieda brand.....I LOVE it. Best color ever!

I love that as well. I also tried the Loreal Sublime Mousee.. but the John Frieda was just so much better.

rubysparkles
07-20-2011, 09:34 AM
I finally tried the new foam kind.....John Frieda brand.....I LOVE it. Best color ever!

I second this. I've dyed my hair so many times with so many different brands. The John Frieda foam colours are fantastic and don't damage my hair. They're a bit more expensive, but I dye my hair less often, so it actually isn't so bad.

Irin997
07-20-2011, 09:46 AM
I like Nice and Easy the best. The color lasts the longest and doesn't get brassy like Preference. I've thought about trying the JF foam but have heard reviews that it turns hair a reddish color, which I don't want. Maybe I'll try it anyway.

Muushka
07-20-2011, 10:07 AM
My hairdresser gave me a great tip. He told me to do the roots every 4 or so weeks and do the entire hair once about every 12 weeks. He said that my hair was being damaged by doing the entire head so often. My hair is bit healthier now.

Mouseless2Long
07-20-2011, 11:07 AM
Just saw info on this on the Today show yesterday. L'Oreal Preference was rated the best for lasting the longest. You can probably find the whole story on their website.

I have always colored my hair at home. I do the roots every 4-5 weeks. Have not tried the John Frieda foam yet. Will have to check that out.

sorcerormickey
07-20-2011, 11:11 AM
I have been using Revlon Colorsilk for years and love it. It is cheap and works great on covering grays. You would probably use the same one I do - #20 Brown Black. It is a very, very dark brown, almost black.

I must say though, that I have heard wonderful things about the new foams and I am half-tempted to try them......

Sandy321
07-20-2011, 11:14 AM
I go to Sally's Beauty Supply

The first trip you invest in a bottle, gloves, and developer, and the special hair conditioner. And then a bottle of color - I use ION - its $5

I wash and rinse the gloves and bottle and have used it for 2 - 3 years....

I buy the color I want - and add equal amount of developer (#20)

The people at Sally's are really helpful - but they have 4 or 5 different brands as well - and are now promoting a different line (not ION, I believe ION is from Italy and isnt as harsh....)

I did read or watch a youtube video on how when you recolor you dont want to do the tips/ends of your hair as that always comes out so much darker, and its easy to tell who is coloring at home...

rszdtrvl
07-20-2011, 11:58 AM
I went to the store today to grab a few items and grabbed the John Frieda Foam in Medium Chocolate Brown. On the JF website, there is a coupon to print for $1 off - regular price was $12.00 at Walmart, so it is pricier than the $3.50 haircolor.

I will try it this afternoon, after I put laundry away & do dishes.

It looks like you can actually kind of shampoo the foam into your hair - I love that idea!!

I will update when it is done!

rszdtrvl
07-20-2011, 02:16 PM
Okay, so my hair is normally a medium brown with reddish highlights (natural).

The medium chocolate brown made my hair darker, with more red highlights. I would use this type again, but go for the light chocolate brown color instead.

I think I may wash my hair with Prell (on hand from my last hair color episode) this afternoon to lighten the color a bit. It doesn't look bad, but definitely is a few shades darker than normal.

Kae
07-20-2011, 02:21 PM
;)Okay, so my hair is normally a medium brown with reddish highlights (natural).

The medium chocolate brown made my hair darker, with more red highlights. I would use this type again, but go for the light chocolate brown color instead.

I think I may wash my hair with Prell (on hand from my last hair color episode) this afternoon to lighten the color a bit. It doesn't look bad, but definitely is a few shades darker than normal.

That could make it pull more red tones. and well shorten the gray coverage(if you have grays) Use a deep cond instead it will push the color molacules(sp?) out.

Kae

jjsmom
07-20-2011, 04:04 PM
I was in the same boat 6 yrs ago, as our budget was severed. There was NO money for fancy extras. I asked a few hairdresser friends which brand they recommend and they all said Loreal Preference. I know there have been other (better) products that have come out since then, but I haven't deviated from the Preference. My natural color is a medium brown, very, very dull. I get the #5MB medium auburn and it makes it a dark auburn. Now that my hair has gotten grayer :eek:, the color sort of makes some nifty highlights. I like the freedom of coloring my own hair; I can chose any time of day to do it and I don't have to make an appt. I also used to be "religious" about getting a haircut once-every-4 weeks. I had to widen that gap too; now it's about every 7-8 weeks and I really don't see a big difference.

momto2inKC
07-20-2011, 04:23 PM
I use Nice and Easy and have always been very pleased with the results. It's the only brand i've found that covers my grays.
I tried the new foam a couple months back and OMG it was horrible! The dye would not wash off my scalp :scared::scared1: The color did not last near as long as the regular kit I use either.

dakcp2001
07-20-2011, 04:25 PM
I use Nice and Easy and have always been very pleased with the results. It's the only brand i've found that covers my grays.
I tried the new foam a couple months back and OMG it was horrible! The dye would not wash off my scalp :scared::scared1: The color did not last near as long as the regular kit I use either.

What brand foam did you use?

sydneysmom
07-20-2011, 05:53 PM
I use the John Frieda color foam and LOVE it!! the color is rich and it conditions my hair beautifully. :thumbsup2

kmccain
07-20-2011, 07:02 PM
I use Nice and Easy too! :)

I use it because it is a liquid and i can split the bottles in half. I seal them back up until the next time. They are fine until they are mixed. I bought an applicator bottle that has a bunch of fingers that makes it easier to apply to my roots. That is all you need to do your roots so you get 2 applications out of 1 box. :thumbsup2

Elmo888
07-20-2011, 09:37 PM
Watch the CVS fliers - hair color will go on sale and you can get CVS extra bucks. That's when I buy (with a coupon, too)!

It is a lot of trial and error with brands. I would start light and go darker if needed. One thing that took a while for me to learn - Ash means "no red". If you find that your hair is getting redder and redder (which can happen even with the medium colors as the red is deposited over and over with each dye job), look for an "ash brown" ("medium ash brown", "light ash brown", "dark ash brown", etc.). I always thought that "ash" sounds like an awful color, but that's what I need!

I have dark brown hair, too. My problem has been "stubborn grays". I think that my hair isn't very porous (Google "hair porosity" to learn how to test your hair) and doesn't take color well. I have found that Nice n Easy Gray Solution works best, but using a shade lighter (medium brown). The root touch up just doesn't "stick" for me - it fades in about 2 weeks (although I recently tried it with some "neutral filler" from Sally's, but I'm still waiting it out!).

I learned a lot from reading reviews at drugstore.com and listening to a few recent podcasts from the cosmetics cop (on itunes or http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cosmeticscop/2011/04/01/secrets-to-the-best-hair-color-at-home-or-in-the-salon and http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cosmeticscop/2010/06/25/how-the-industry-formulates-new-products).

And I have to echo what other posters said - just do the roots! I never "pull color through" anymore (esp. after listening to one of those podcasts). I actually used a product called "Color Oops" in the fall (after reading a bunch of reviews!) from CVS to remove some color. (My ends were so much darker than the roots, but I have been dying my own hair for years and only recently tried to learn some things out of frustration.)

I haven't tried the foam, but I am now intrigued!

If it makes you feel any better, I haven't made a mess of my hair ever (the worst problem was the darker ends than roots, but that was after years of coloring my own hair and my friend, who would tell me if something didn't look right, couldn't tell even when I asked her). I just think that dark brown is more difficult to mess up than lighter colors.

Good luck!

ETA: Sally's can be a bit intimidating, but I highly recommend going to buy a color application brush and little bowl like your colorist uses. I find that I can be much more accurate with the brush than with the bottle that comes in the box. (And if I can get my 11 year old to brush color on the roots in the back where I can't see, it is a bonus!)

Mom_Rides
07-20-2011, 10:19 PM
I have been using Revlon Colorsilk for years and love it.

Fan of Colorsilk here too! I've been using it for years. I use Dark Blonde and then use a Revlon Highlight kit (with a cap) the week after. I always get lots of compliments on my hair. If people only knew that I get $7 haircuts and do my color and highlights myself :rotfl:

My mom had tried several times to have her hair colored at salons and was told by several different hairstylists that her hair had lost the pigment and wouldn't hold the color. Her hair color is silvery white. Its beautiful!!! But it makes her feel old and she wanted to have her blonde hair back. She tried the foam color and it colored her hair but it colored her scalp too and was incredibly brassy and wore out within a few weeks. I suggested the Colorsilk for her and it worked very well for her. She's using the Dark Blonde color as well and her hair color looks just like what it did when I was little.

momto2inKC
07-20-2011, 10:25 PM
What brand foam did you use?

I'm pretty sure it was Nice and Easy brand.

Principessa1284
07-20-2011, 10:25 PM
I finally tried the new foam kind.....John Frieda brand.....I LOVE it. Best color ever!

Double like for me!! It's the only coloring I've ever been able to do by myself (as in.. without a friend) and NOT made a huge mess. The foam is awesome, and the color turns out just beautifully. It won't lift or really lighten hair, but I'd say it's perfect to cover some grays and perk up your color.

jazz0007
07-21-2011, 07:39 AM
John Frieda foam.....the best I have found yet!!

hsmamato2
07-21-2011, 09:42 AM
I went to the store today to grab a few items and grabbed the John Frieda Foam in Medium Chocolate Brown. On the JF website, there is a coupon to print for $1 off - regular price was $12.00 at Walmart, so it is pricier than the $3.50 haircolor.

I will try it this afternoon, after I put laundry away & do dishes.



sounds like you live my life of luxury.....:rotfl::lmao::rotfl2: I am going to try this brand next,I have bad luck with my colors,and how long they 'don't last.....

hsmamato2
07-21-2011, 09:49 AM
what's color oops? I think I may need it.....my last color went a little....off:thumbsup2 my roots are lighter than the rest,ew! I feel like an oild lady, my normal color is dark brown,but I tried to color a shade lighter for summer.....:sad2:
if I use the oops, can I recolor soon after? I find myself needing a recolor every 4-5 weeks max anyway,no matter who does it,even the hairdresser.....
I feel like a mess......we'll just call it 'beach hair' LOLOL:dance3:

Elmo888
07-22-2011, 07:35 PM
what's color oops? I think I may need it.....my last color went a little....off:thumbsup2 my roots are lighter than the rest,ew! I feel like an oild lady, my normal color is dark brown,but I tried to color a shade lighter for summer.....:sad2:
if I use the oops, can I recolor soon after? I find myself needing a recolor every 4-5 weeks max anyway,no matter who does it,even the hairdresser.....
I feel like a mess......we'll just call it 'beach hair' LOLOL:dance3:

I need color every 4 weeks, too. I think that with dark brown hair, those gray roots show so easily!

Here's Color Oops...
http://www.walgreens.com/store/c/developlus-color-oops-extra-strength-hair-color-remover/ID=prod2180463-product

Just read reviews - I learned a lot (I think that I was reading reviews at epinions.com or buzzillions.com). From experience (lifting color out of dark brown hair), it lifts most from the recently colored hair (the roots), so you might look worse in the interim (I did!). I think that I colored a day later. Good luck!

dydo2424
07-22-2011, 11:46 PM
I have colored my hair myself for most of my life. I usually use the Nice and Easy product (liquid). This time I decided to try their foam product and it was totally messed up. I normally use a medium ash brown color on my hair so that's the color I selected in the foam product. It turned my hair BLACK!!! And my scalp. I washed and washed and washed it. Ended up cutting most of my hair off. I will go back to the product I was using before. The foam just sounded soo easy!

auntfrannie
07-23-2011, 05:19 AM
I love that as well. I also tried the Loreal Sublime Mousee.. but the John Frieda was just so much better.

Same here. I think the color selections are better with John Frieda but both were really easy to use.

hsmamato2
07-23-2011, 08:33 AM
thanks Elmo....I'm going to buy some oops and JF color foam today.....hope my hair doesn;t fall out!:thumbsup2

Disneyaunt4
07-23-2011, 06:56 PM
I go to Sally's Beauty Supply

The first trip you invest in a bottle, gloves, and developer, and the special hair conditioner. And then a bottle of color - I use ION - its $5

I wash and rinse the gloves and bottle and have used it for 2 - 3 years....

I buy the color I want - and add equal amount of developer (#20)

The people at Sally's are really helpful - but they have 4 or 5 different brands as well - and are now promoting a different line (not ION, I believe ION is from Italy and isnt as harsh....)

I did read or watch a youtube video on how when you recolor you dont want to do the tips/ends of your hair as that always comes out so much darker, and its easy to tell who is coloring at home...

This is what I do also. I used to pay 75.00 for a color and cut. Now the color is 5.00 and the cut 18.00:)