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?