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Old 10-08-2012, 07:32 AM   #1
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Help- at home hair coloring

I would think that on the budget board there are lots of people who color their hair at home! I just started coloring my hair a couple of months ago to cover up the white hairs that have started appearing. My hair is dark auburn and every time I do my hair it turns out so red that I think I look like Bozo the clown! I like the color it fades to after a couple of weeks, just about the time I need to fix my roots.

Is there any way I can "tone down" the red after I do my hair? Without taking the color out of the white hairs I want to cover up? Or, should I leave it on a shorter time?

Thanks for any tips!
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Old 10-08-2012, 07:59 AM   #2
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It may have more to do with the color you are choosing. You need to steer clear of the warms and go with the neutrals or cools. I choose the color with a N or NB or CB on the box. (Neutral or Cool Brown).

John Freida makes a nice foam color that has a pretty decent N color, a different number depending on the shade. I use the 5N, but if your hair is darker you may want the 4N or 3N.
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:15 AM   #3
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What are you using? I like L'Oreal and steer clear of the bright reds. I have medium auburn hair, but tend to stick to the lighter auburns because the grey isn't as pronounced as it grows back in.

I like the boxes with the highlighting kits in them.....the highlights can help tone down the brightness, although for most of the ones I use it hasn't been an issue.

This is one of the ones I have used and liked:

http://www.drugstore.com/loreal-coul...2?catid=183846
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:28 AM   #4
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I love Wella hair color from Sally Beauty Supply. It's not that much harder to do than the boxed Loreal. I have gray around my temples and hair line and I like the richness of their colors. I can also color twice from one bottle of color which is very cost effective. They are online or you can visit them in the store and a rep will help you find the best color.
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Old 10-08-2012, 09:22 AM   #5
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maybe try a box of No Brass- it takes the brassy look out of colored hair?
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Old 10-08-2012, 12:14 PM   #6
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I just started using esalon.com. they even ask you to send a picture of your current color so their experts can make sure you're getting the right color.
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Old 10-08-2012, 09:30 AM   #7
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What are you using? I like L'Oreal and steer clear of the bright reds. I have medium auburn hair, but tend to stick to the lighter auburns because the grey isn't as pronounced as it grows back in.

I like the boxes with the highlighting kits in them.....the highlights can help tone down the brightness, although for most of the ones I use it hasn't been an issue.

This is one of the ones I have used and liked:

http://www.drugstore.com/loreal-coul...2?catid=183846
This is exactly what I use and I get compliments from my stylist wanting to know who colors my hair. I just told her I do. I costs a lot less than the salon and lasts longer too.
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Old 10-08-2012, 10:02 AM   #8
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Thanks for sharing

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This is exactly what I use and I get compliments from my stylist wanting to know who colors my hair. I just told her I do. I costs a lot less than the salon and lasts longer too.
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I love Wella hair color from Sally Beauty Supply. It's not that much harder to do than the boxed Loreal. I have gray around my temples and hair line and I like the richness of their colors. I can also color twice from one bottle of color which is very cost effective. They are online or you can visit them in the store and a rep will help you find the best color.
I've wondered if this was a good product. Thanks to the two positive reviews I will try it the next time I color my hair
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Old 10-08-2012, 10:34 AM   #9
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i just started getting my hair done at home. i cheated, my mother went to beauty school and can mix color. my stylist was moving salons and she didn't know where she was going so she gave my mother the formula. my hair is an auburn color, barely red, light brunette mix. we were both shocked to find out all three colors she was using were blonde shades! she was mixing a blonde, a brunette blond, and a red blonde to get my light brunette/auburn color.

i never would have picked that out from a box myself, i totally would have stayed in the brunette range and ended up too dark. in fact the first time i had my hair died she was trying to keep it as close to natural and the color she mixed for me based on my light brunette shade turned out almost chocolate on me! you may want to try an auburn shade that looks a bit more brunette if you don't want it so bright red.
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Old 10-10-2012, 11:27 PM   #10
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I own my own salon and I have been working behind the chair for 10 years. WHEN ON DOUBT, DONT DO IT!!! Especially with reds. And it really doesn't matter the brand. Box colors are flat, indescriminate, aggressive colors that will continually layer into your hair. (Beyonce is lying, one box color cannot highlight your hair.!!!) Ultimately, you are causing more harm to your hair. Sarah jessica Parker does not use box color. Do not let them fool you!!!! And please, your for sake, NEVER, EVER, lift your hair from a box. It will NEVER turn out how you imagine.
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I own my own salon and I have been working behind the chair for 10 years. WHEN ON DOUBT, DONT DO IT!!! Especially with reds. And it really doesn't matter the brand. Box colors are flat, indescriminate, aggressive colors that will continually layer into your hair. (Beyonce is lying, one box color cannot highlight your hair.!!!) Ultimately, you are causing more harm to your hair. Sarah jessica Parker does not use box color. Do not let them fool you!!!! And please, your for sake, NEVER, EVER, lift your hair from a box. It will NEVER turn out how you imagine.
I color my own hair red. I love the way it comes out. My hair is healthy and I often get compliments on the color.

I guess its easy to be so negative about at home hair color when you make money from people getting their color done at your salon. Not everyone can afford the high prices salons charge and not everyone wants to.
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To be fair, this woman doesn't get the majority (if any) of her clients from this board. Two, having a professional colorist WILL cost more. Three, she's right. Straight color from a box will NOT give you amazing highlights. Four, hair color is chemistry. Any woman who's tried to go from blonde to brunette or redhead will tell you; they often wind up green or orange. Five, she's right again. She's not negative, she's cautionary. She doesn't want you to believe the (untrue) hype about box color. WHEN IN DOUBT don't do it or consult a professional. But don't slam her for having some pretty good advice!


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I color my own hair red. I love the way it comes out. My hair is healthy and I often get compliments on the color.

I guess its easy to be so negative about at home hair color when you make money from people getting their color done at your salon. Not everyone can afford the high prices salons charge and not everyone wants to.
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:24 PM   #13
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To be fair, this woman doesn't get the majority (if any) of her clients from this board. Two, having a professional colorist WILL cost more. Three, she's right. Straight color from a box will NOT give you amazing highlights. Four, hair color is chemistry. Any woman who's tried to go from blonde to brunette or redhead will tell you; they often wind up green or orange. Five, she's right again. She's not negative, she's cautionary. She doesn't want you to believe the (untrue) hype about box color. WHEN IN DOUBT don't do it or consult a professional. But don't slam her for having some pretty good advice!
I've never known anyone who ended up with green or orange hair.

I found her to be extremely negative about at home color. There isn't one positive thing in her post. The OP has been dying her own hair already. She's just unsure of the color she should choose.

Does anyone actually think Beyonce is sitting at home dying her own hair?
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I've never known anyone who ended up with green or orange hair.

I found her to be extremely negative about at home color. There isn't one positive thing in her post. The OP has been dying her own hair already. She's just unsure of the color she should choose.

Does anyone actually think Beyonce is sitting at home dying her own hair?
Well it happened to Greg Brady after he used a hair tonic!

http://i50.tinypic.com/rj33oh.jpg

As for Beyonce, I haven't ever spent even one second thinking about her, although she had this to say about the subject of her hair:

http://www.entertainmentwise.com/new...g-Her-Own-Hair
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I've never known anyone who ended up with green or orange hair.

I found her to be extremely negative about at home color. There isn't one positive thing in her post. The OP has been dying her own hair already. She's just unsure of the color she should choose.

Does anyone actually think Beyonce is sitting at home dying her own hair?

I just happened to jump back to this post, and I do not want to open this topic back up, but it seems I need to defend myself. I was being negative (I guess) sharing my negative opi
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