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Maxs Mom
October 23rd, 2009, 12:51 PM
I have my one step color with fringe foil appointments set up every 8 weeks for the next 6 months :) I have been coloring my waist length curly hair for so long I do not remember NOT coloring. I use natural cone and sulfate free products and my hair does note seem to suffer. I am not ready to accept my greys yet.:pumpkin:

artowl
October 23rd, 2009, 01:48 PM
I dye my naturally blonde hair black and I intend to keep doing it during my journey. I've colored my hair for the past 5 years and learned a lot about how to help keep it healthy, so my hair still feels awesome. Virgin hair is great for people that like it, but I prefer my dark strands. I have however been not doing my roots as often, so I can see the hair growth :)

Patrycja
November 6th, 2009, 07:31 AM
Hi everyone :waving: I'm back :D I finally took the dive into henna and went that route for quite some time. Back in September(??), I dyed my hair using chemical color to a dark burgundy. It came out way too dark but I liked it. So, I went all the way black. I also did a major no no and bleached the under part of my hair and hit it with Beyond Color Zone(I prefer Manic Panic, but my budget was a little too tight for it)candy apple red. So- I am a proud chemical color head!:cheese:

jojo
November 10th, 2009, 06:40 PM
Just to update on here (brilliant thread btw) I had my front roots re-done today and more put in the back, it looks and feels wonderful. It sefinatelly has got curlier since I started this.

I do a DC twice a week, put oil in my hair everyday and bun and have just started CO washing again, my hair is still as shiny and feels just as soft.

In fact the hairdresser (a long haired, hairdresser) found just 5 splits today but I did have 2" cut off, not for damage but to get my blunt hemline cut back in, it had started going into a V. She said only the roots now need doing every 4 months, I did try holding back for 6 months but i really wanted to go blonder.

For those who think highlighted/ bleached hair doesnt shine, take a look at my siggi ( granted not a lot of highlights but I have treble that now) and all the other wonderful bottle blondes on here. I truely do think just getting the roots done is not as harmful as a full head and also those who blow fry and straighten are doing a lot worse to their hair. My hairdresser and even a few of the other customers commented on how healthy my hair was and thats enough for me!

Blonde till i dye!!!!

p.s. I will post some pictures when my blasted camera comes!

gnegirl
November 10th, 2009, 07:07 PM
Fake brunette signing in :)

ericthegreat
November 15th, 2009, 09:17 PM
Hey everyone! I recently had my highlights re-done and lightened my hair all over to an even lighter shade, I've added in more coppery blonde highlights and lightened my base color to a light medium brown. Enjoy guys!

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=4296&pictureid=55218

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=4296&pictureid=55217

Pear Martini
November 15th, 2009, 09:25 PM
I was bleaching my medium brown hair to a golden blonde for 2 years. In june I got tired of blonde and used a permenant loreal dye in dark brown to cover the blonde. That dye eventually faded so to avoid further damage I selected a semi-permenent Natural Instincts in "Natural Black" which still hasnt faded and now I am so sick of it!!

To dye or not to dye that is the question :confused:

Ideally, I wanna grow my virgin hair out and maybe just add a few highlights.

Finaleofseem
November 15th, 2009, 10:10 PM
I high and low light every 10 weeks or so. I'm naturally a light chestnut-y brown, and I go honey blond for 1/3 of the highlights, and an auburn for 2/3.

I use natural hair care products and haven't noticed any damage. Honestly, I'd take the visual interest of the color over super length, because my natural color is just a little too flat for my taste. But, I have no aspirations for super long hair. Just trying to get to BSL. :)

fawn
November 17th, 2009, 12:48 AM
I feel somewhat guilty confessing....
After months of trying to just grow out my virgin roots, and trying to blend the lengths with cassia, I gave in to temptation and colored my lengths with L'oreal Color Gens Demi this weekend.

I just wanted to be able and sit back and do nothing to my hair for a year. It worked out well, the first go I was worried about it depositing too much so I used half clear, then I realised it was too transparent and did a quick go with full color.

Fencai
November 17th, 2009, 12:25 PM
OK. I must admit, while I haven't gone back to chemical color yet, I am contemplating it.
Ive been using henna for the past year and a half. Im just not getting the red that I so desire, and am getting tired of people asking me why my ends are red and the top is "brown".
(this particularly perturbs me as I work in the fashion industry and am a color specialist and these people are supposed to know the difference between brown and red) .

So, a little history-I used to chemical color my hair once a month, and I went ALL shades, platinum blonde, to black, to red, to atomic pink, and back through all the colors again.

I never seemed to have an issue with the chemical colors and damage.

Did you all strand test before doing it? or did you just take the plunge and go?

fawn
November 19th, 2009, 08:02 PM
I did strand test, especially since I was coloring over Cassia

Bonkers57
November 20th, 2009, 09:15 AM
I'm growing out a heavy highlighting job (though a very good one.) Once I have all virgin hair, I plan to get it LIGHTLY highlighted. My natural color is just too drab.

juliaxena
January 23rd, 2010, 04:39 PM
I reckon this post could use a bump. I`m still dying my hair. I got some compliments about my dye last week. That totall made me want to use my semi permanent hair dye for the rest of my life lol.

jmallen62691
January 23rd, 2010, 04:49 PM
I dye. I dyed it red monthly for about a year and I've been dying it dark brown monthly for three or four months. I'm excited about trying some Manic Panic colors soon. :]

I don't feel too bad about coloring. I know it's not good for my hair, but I take excellent care of it otherwise, and I really enjoy trying different colors.

Kristin
January 24th, 2010, 10:55 AM
I use semi-permanent color. Tried to switch to henndigo, but my it faded and showed grays within a week. So I colored with my Natural Instincts yesterday. LOVE it. To prevent damage, I did a CWC (since I hadn't shampooed in a week). The second "C" was an SMT. After I rinsed, I applied my color, leaving it on the roots the longest and pulling through the length for only a few minutes. I'm happy, and my hair is soft and shiney. I know chemical color isn't great, but I baby my hair otherwise.

ShyCaliGirl
January 29th, 2010, 12:28 AM
I also dye my hair. I have been able to maintain my length between waist and tail bone for several years even despite bleaching it blonde from super dark brown (natural roots, dyed lengths). My color is now a light caramel brown with blonde highlights. I get my roots retouched at the salon about every 8-10 weeks and lowlights/color pulled-through about every 4 months. (I am probably an annoying client because I am always insisting my hair be treated/combed very gently...it seems many hair professionals simply don't understand this :mad:) My hair is damaged, but it doesn't look overly so; I get a lot of compliments and thankfully always have. I had/have even more factors working against me because my hair is baby-fine and tangles quite easily, so brushing it with a regular brush (even while wet) all these years certainly hasn't helped.

I would like my hair to be more manageable and I love having my hair color lighter, even if that means it will have some damage. I am happy with my length, but I am wanting to improve on its condition. I am considering catnip tea treatments... Does anyone have any advice/comments on that, or anything else for that matter? I tried coconut oil once but I don't think my hair liked it very much. It was very hard to wash out and just felt drier and dirty.

thanks in advance for any responses! :o

FrannyG
January 29th, 2010, 07:15 AM
I also dye my hair. I have been able to maintain my length between waist and tail bone for several years even despite bleaching it blonde from super dark brown (natural roots, dyed lengths). My color is now a light caramel brown with blonde highlights. I get my roots retouched at the salon about every 8-10 weeks and lowlights/color pulled-through about every 4 months. (I am probably an annoying client because I am always insisting my hair be treated/combed very gently...it seems many hair professionals simply don't understand this :mad:) My hair is damaged, but it doesn't look overly so; I get a lot of compliments and thankfully always have. I had/have even more factors working against me because my hair is baby-fine and tangles quite easily, so brushing it with a regular brush (even while wet) all these years certainly hasn't helped.

I would like my hair to be more manageable and I love having my hair color lighter, even if that means it will have some damage. I am happy with my length, but I am wanting to improve on its condition. I am considering catnip tea treatments... Does anyone have any advice/comments on that, or anything else for that matter? I tried coconut oil once but I don't think my hair liked it very much. It was very hard to wash out and just felt drier and dirty.

thanks in advance for any responses! :o

ShyCaliGirl, welcome to LHC! :flowers: It would really help us give you better advice if you filled out your hair type in your profile. It's hard to know what to tell you if we don't know what your hair type is.

Having said that, I would also rather keep my colour and baby it more than go with my natural, now predominantly silver colour, so I understand you.

One thing I've learned since LHC is that putting coconut oil on the hair prior to colouring really does minimize any damage. Perhaps you could try this before getting your next highlights. If your hairdresser thinks you're crazy, who cares?

Also, a great deep treatment is the very-much-used SMT (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/showthread.php?t=128). That treatment really gives a good dose of moisture to the hair.

Perhaps you'll get more advice once we know more about your hair type, it's thickness, if it's curly or straight, etc. Good luck!

FrannyG
January 29th, 2010, 07:18 AM
I reckon this post could use a bump. I`m still dying my hair. I got some compliments about my dye last week. That totall made me want to use my semi permanent hair dye for the rest of my life lol.

I had the same experience recently. A hair stylist that I met complimented my hair colour and asked me if it was natural. :bigeyes: It made my week! I don't see me going natural any time soon.

ShyCaliGirl
January 29th, 2010, 10:47 PM
ShyCaliGirl, welcome to LHC! :flowers: It would really help us give you better advice if you filled out your hair type in your profile. It's hard to know what to tell you if we don't know what your hair type is.

Having said that, I would also rather keep my colour and baby it more than go with my natural, now predominantly silver colour, so I understand you.

One thing I've learned since LHC is that putting coconut oil on the hair prior to colouring really does minimize any damage. Perhaps you could try this before getting your next highlights. If your hairdresser thinks you're crazy, who cares?

Also, a great deep treatment is the very-much-used SMT (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/showthread.php?t=128). That treatment really gives a good dose of moisture to the hair.

Perhaps you'll get more advice once we know more about your hair type, it's thickness, if it's curly or straight, etc. Good luck!


Hi FrannyG,

Thanks so much! I have been a lurker for 6 months or so but I finally decided to join the party. :p I'm glad there are other people here that just have to use chemical coloring for their long hair!

Thank you for the info you have given so far. I went ahead and updated my hair type and length. I thought my hair was thin, but according to the guidelines used by LHC I have normal thickness (3.5" yay!).

When you say coconut oil before coloring, do you mean to make sure to rinse it out before you go in for color? Sorry if it's a dumb question but I just want to be clear.

I will look into the treatment you recommended so far for the time being...

Thanks again!

Deimos
January 30th, 2010, 04:19 AM
I have chemically dyed my hair for several years when I decided to make the switch to henna.
For a year now I have been doing henna+indigo, but the upkeep is a problem. I dye my blond hair black, so roots are very visible and I need to dye almost every 2 weeks because the indigo fades so quickly. Also it does not make my hair deepblack, but very dark brown :(
My hair seems to be slightly thicker now, but the henna also dries my ends. So I think I will go back to chemical.

Sara_1987
January 30th, 2010, 05:54 AM
My hair is dyed medium brown, but not with permanent color. I have done it twice using semi-permanent (L'Oreal Casting). It washes out in about 6 to 8 weeks.
I started dyeing 3 months ago after having virgin hair for at least 3 years.
But I hated my natural color (dark blonde, mousy undefined color). The dark brown looks so much nicer and my hair looks much better (it's difficult to make dark blonde hair shine). Everyone tells me the color looks even better than my natural color, so I'm actually kinda sad I wasn't born with this color :( hehe. The darker color looks very pretty with my light blue-green eyes.

The quality of my hair is fie since using Casting. It doesn't really dry it out. Maybe I have a bit more split ends though, but not bad enough to stop dyeing. I oil my hair a lot though, so I think that helps prevent a lot of damage and drying out.

FrannyG
January 30th, 2010, 06:34 AM
Hi FrannyG,

Thanks so much! I have been a lurker for 6 months or so but I finally decided to join the party. :p I'm glad there are other people here that just have to use chemical coloring for their long hair!

Thank you for the info you have given so far. I went ahead and updated my hair type and length. I thought my hair was thin, but according to the guidelines used by LHC I have normal thickness (3.5" yay!).

When you say coconut oil before coloring, do you mean to make sure to rinse it out before you go in for color? Sorry if it's a dumb question but I just want to be clear.

I will look into the treatment you recommended so far for the time being...

Thanks again!

Hi ShyCaliGirl! :waving:

Well, I see by your hair type that you have fine hair but a lot of it. Too many people think that fine hair=thin hair and that's just not the case. Often we have more hairs per square in than people with M or C hair.

In any case I coat my hair with coconut oil and colour over top of it. The oil does not adversely affect the hair colouring solution in any way. The solution works in exactly the same time and gives me the exactly the same results. The only difference is that I don't have that dried out feeling or damaged feeling afterward. This research is relatively new, and ktani has done incredible research with this. Here's a link to her thread (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/showthread.php?t=10495). She's continually updated it as she gains more knowledge.

I hope this gives you some good tips. I know it's helped me.

The first time I grew my hair out to close to waist length, I did not know about coconut oil. Since using it, I've cut out all previous damage, and my hair feels almost the way it did before I ever coloured it.

Let's face it. It's always going to be easier to grow healthy virgin hair, but many of us love our colour, so we do what we can to keep our hair as healthy as possible.

egreenleaf
February 14th, 2010, 03:18 PM
I highlight my hair. My natural color is a sort of pooy dark blonde color. I was very blonde up until about 12 yrs old, so I feel like my darker colored hair now doesn't suit my complexion as well.

I did, however, make the mistake of trying a new salon last summer that totally fried my hair. Good news is that I got my money back, but bad news is I had to chop my hair to chin-length because the length was literally melted into straw.

Now I'm in the process of growing out layers, and I haven't had my hair color treated in about 10 weeks. It's looking pretty bad at the moment. It's shoulder length and about 3 different colors, with the top much darker than the rest. LOL. I don't really care THAT much since I'm in law school and super busy, so I just throw it back into a tiny bun most of the time.

I've also stopped using Shampoo and just CO wash with a non-silicone conditioner every few days. This has dramatically improved my hair's condition in just 2 simple months, but my hair is left a little flat and lifeless. The chopped layer haircut doesn't help, I suppose. I need to grow out those layers!

I've been thinking for over 2 weeks now that I want to try getting Aveda highlights at a local Aveda concept salon. I'm going to be sure to let the colorist know about my summer highlight nightmare and tell him/her to please treat my hair with the utmost care.

Does anyone here want to be buddies? I'm new to the forums.

egreenleaf
February 14th, 2010, 03:26 PM
OH, by the way.. I want to be able to post pictures! Does anyone know when I'll get permissions to do that?

Here's my hair before it got ruined. Excuse the goofy pic.. it's the only one I could find with my hair down!

http://i50.tinypic.com/2m5eyj8.png

And here's my hair now. Note the 50 colors and brassiness. ::sigh::
It's straight because I pulled it back into a bun to let it dry.. but it's normally wavy/curly like above.
http://i47.tinypic.com/9ull3c.png

juliaxena
February 14th, 2010, 11:59 PM
Hello egrenleaf. You sound like me two years ago. I guess we all get bleaching accidents from time to time. Well let's hope never again! My hair was particularly destroyed where it had been highlighted so I decided never to have highlits done again. For me semi permanent dye all over leaves hair looking better than highlights. I cut 2 inches about 5 months ago to get rid of layers. I really recommend growing them out. If you have a lot of bleach damage you could try cassia but it will give you golden blonde color.

cellardoor
February 15th, 2010, 02:29 PM
Unfortunately I use chemical color, I just can't make myself commit to henna. I like to dye my hair on the often (I'm known for almost never having the same colored hair). I'm thinking of letting it fade though and then trying to stay natural. Right now I'm dyed to dark brown, which I love! The only problem is I'm naturally blond and my roots like to come out looking super blond, yet when I have my hair blond they come out super dark! ugh can you say annoying?

morguebabe
February 15th, 2010, 02:32 PM
Oh yeah, I chemical color....

MsBubbles
February 15th, 2010, 03:26 PM
(it's difficult to make dark blonde hair shine).

I may not have fully understood your meaning here, but I totally disagree!! If it's virgin hair and naturally dark blonde, it stands to outshine highlighted hair for sure, at least, on my head it would :). Plus there are some naturally dark-blondies here on LHC with wicked shiny hair.

egreenleaf
February 15th, 2010, 08:32 PM
Hello egrenleaf. You sound like me two years ago. I guess we all get bleaching accidents from time to time. Well let's hope never again! My hair was particularly destroyed where it had been highlighted so I decided never to have highlits done again. For me semi permanent dye all over leaves hair looking better than highlights. I cut 2 inches about 5 months ago to get rid of layers. I really recommend growing them out. If you have a lot of bleach damage you could try cassia but it will give you golden blonde color.

Thanks for the reply! Do you find the semi-permanent dye lightens your hair at all? I never went that route because I assumed it was for deepening color, not lightening.

juliaxena
February 15th, 2010, 11:02 PM
It makes my color go from ash brown to golden blonde. It is very much lightening for me. Along with that I started using cassia as a treatment (not coloring) on my lenght. I don't need bleached look, this way it looks more natural.

Kelli Kat
February 15th, 2010, 11:37 PM
I'm a chemical color user. I dye my hair red and black.

Crazycatlady
February 19th, 2010, 11:11 AM
Conditioner question:

I just purchased Giovanni Smooth as Silk Deeper Moisture for damaged hair. I got it on clearance and thought I'd use it for CO. Here are the ingredients, do any look like they might strip my high & low lights. The bottle doesn't say for "color treated hair" so I just wanted your input. Thanks!!!

Water with rosemary extract, valencia orange extract, mango extract, lemongrass extract, ginko biloba extract, echinacea extract, willow bark, sea kelp, lavender, grapefruit, soybean extract, cetyl alcohol, stearyl extract, hydrolyzed soy protein, centrimonium bromide, glycerine, phenoxyethanol, ethylnexylglycerine, fragrance (includes essential oils).

Are all of these fruit extracts okay for color treated hair???

ShyCaliGirl
February 22nd, 2010, 03:56 AM
Hi ShyCaliGirl! :waving:

Well, I see by your hair type that you have fine hair but a lot of it. Too many people think that fine hair=thin hair and that's just not the case. Often we have more hairs per square in than people with M or C hair.

In any case I coat my hair with coconut oil and colour over top of it. The oil does not adversely affect the hair colouring solution in any way. The solution works in exactly the same time and gives me the exactly the same results. The only difference is that I don't have that dried out feeling or damaged feeling afterward. This research is relatively new, and ktani has done incredible research with this. Here's a link to her thread (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/showthread.php?t=10495). She's continually updated it as she gains more knowledge.

I hope this gives you some good tips. I know it's helped me.

The first time I grew my hair out to close to waist length, I did not know about coconut oil. Since using it, I've cut out all previous damage, and my hair feels almost the way it did before I ever coloured it.

Let's face it. It's always going to be easier to grow healthy virgin hair, but many of us love our colour, so we do what we can to keep our hair as healthy as possible.

Hi again FrannyG,

Thanks for the info. I would like to try that but I think I'll have to show my new stylist the threads on this forum so she understands why my hair is full of coconut oil. BUT for this first time with her, I think I'm going to do a treatment the day before and wash it out (maybe CO wash) before the coloring. Thanks again!

P.S. Yay for lots of fine hair!!!:cheese:

FrannyG
February 22nd, 2010, 05:54 AM
Hi again FrannyG,

Thanks for the info. I would like to try that but I think I'll have to show my new stylist the threads on this forum so she understands why my hair is full of coconut oil. BUT for this first time with her, I think I'm going to do a treatment the day before and wash it out (maybe CO wash) before the coloring. Thanks again!

P.S. Yay for lots of fine hair!!!:cheese:

Yes, it's a good idea to get your stylist warmed up to the idea of the coconut oil before just walking in with a greasy head and saying, "Surprise!". :p I'm sure that your stylist will go along with you in the end. I've seen stranger things happen at a salon. :)

Carolyn
February 22nd, 2010, 07:46 AM
Conditioner question:

I just purchased Giovanni Smooth as Silk Deeper Moisture for damaged hair. I got it on clearance and thought I'd use it for CO. Here are the ingredients, do any look like they might strip my high & low lights. The bottle doesn't say for "color treated hair" so I just wanted your input. Thanks!!!

Water with rosemary extract, valencia orange extract, mango extract, lemongrass extract, ginko biloba extract, echinacea extract, willow bark, sea kelp, lavender, grapefruit, soybean extract, cetyl alcohol, stearyl extract, hydrolyzed soy protein, centrimonium bromide, glycerine, phenoxyethanol, ethylnexylglycerine, fragrance (includes essential oils).

Are all of these fruit extracts okay for color treated hair???I use SAS quite often and I have color treated hair. I don't have many conditioners that say they are for color treated hair. I have always thought that the "for color treated hair" thing was a bunch of salon BS. The only problem I have with the SAS is the damn bottle being so difficult to manage.

minkstole
February 22nd, 2010, 03:41 PM
I get my hair coloured in a salon, albeit an "eco" one with plant based colours.
I don´t wash my hair for a few days before and I lightly oil the lenghts - by recomendation of the stylist.

Kiehls Sunflower Color Preserving Conditioner is for colourtreated hair and without cones (a conefree line of theirs, I believe). It´s a little expensive, but worth it as a treatment, I think, atleast for my porous hair.

lux_aeterna
February 23rd, 2010, 06:43 AM
I color my hair with semipermanent dye (Crazy Color) and fortunately it works with my light natural hair, without bleaching first, and I only have to redye every 4 weeks (atm I wash my hair every 7 days). :)

So there's only little to none damage for my hair.
In the past, I've been dyeing with much more agressive chemical color, so I'm very happy I found such a good solution.

Dimitri'sMom
March 8th, 2010, 05:52 PM
I just used box color about two weeks ago, RIGHT before I decided to come back here and grow my hair out. I have early grays and I can't stand them. Maybe when they are longer and more dominant I will let them go, but not now. I used Nice n' Easy gray solutions in light brown and it was a great match for my hair...but the gray coverage lasted through only two shampoos. So I think from now on I will try to keep the roots and grays covered with semi-perm color. I've heard good things about Ion products so I might try those.

ademtce
March 8th, 2010, 06:02 PM
gray will only be covered by permanent hair color with 20 v developer.
i suggest avoiding Ion, left my hair dry & hay-like.

FrannyG
October 19th, 2010, 10:13 PM
:waving: Welcoming Lianna to the thread! :blossom:

PiroskaCicu
October 19th, 2010, 10:35 PM
I dye my hair red with Herbatint and recently using Manic Panic. :)

Lianna
October 19th, 2010, 11:05 PM
:waving: Welcoming Lianna to the thread! :blossom:


Oh, my! Thank you! I was so shy to post. :D

I dye my hair with permanent color, always around the level six or seven, been six for some years now. Has some coppery highlights from the tint (not foils) that I'm not so crazy about anymore. So I'm thinking about putting a little more red (6.54) or going a sort of honey dark blond color (6.3).

xpeacelovekoala
October 20th, 2010, 10:35 AM
I get my hair dyed at a salon every 4-6 weeks. Reds always fade. ):
I'd like to try henna, but I'm so used to chemical dye and having someone else do it that I'm super nervous to do it myself.

Angeletti
October 20th, 2010, 10:52 AM
Not sure how I missed this thread but thought I'd join in : ) I've been coloring my hair probably since I was thirteen. My goal right now is to stretch doing all over coloring every six months while just maintaining the roots monthly. I'm hoping that will save on my ends, and I don't know how many other tailbone plus lengths there are on here that do all over colors by themselves, but let me tell you it's no fun, it was probably the hardest thing I had to do related to my hair so far.

heidihug
October 20th, 2010, 11:32 AM
Angeletti, I'm between classic and knee, and I used to do all-over color at home every six months or so. But, I found that I didn't need to, as the color fades a bit, but - so does un-colored hair. I think mine looks more natural now, with the variations in color between the length and the roots. Of course, if you change colors drastically, like red to black or something similar, doing just the roots won't work.

angelfell
October 20th, 2010, 12:00 PM
I chemical dye my hair. I haven't actually had any color done in a salon in ages, I normally use semi or demi permanent box color. I'm trying to think of something new to do with it. I've kept it pretty dark.. maybe I'll go for a warm, medium brown.

FrannyG
October 20th, 2010, 01:27 PM
Not sure how I missed this thread but thought I'd join in : ) I've been coloring my hair probably since I was thirteen. My goal right now is to stretch doing all over coloring every six months while just maintaining the roots monthly. I'm hoping that will save on my ends, and I don't know how many other tailbone plus lengths there are on here that do all over colors by themselves, but let me tell you it's no fun, it was probably the hardest thing I had to do related to my hair so far.

You missed this thread because it sort of faded away. I resurrected it, because I know that there are a lot of new members who don't realize just how many of us colour our hair here.

I know when I first joined I thought I was alone in this. :)

There's a lot of good information on this thread, and I hope your new plan works out for you.

:waving: Welcome to all other new members to this thread!

juliaxena
October 20th, 2010, 02:20 PM
SIgh, I really like dying hair and taking care of it after, but my life got a bit too complicated to be able to spare the time for it. I have treated lenght and non treated roots. I hate my natural color but I'm going to take some time to see if it gets lighter with lenght and if I can get used to it. If I won't be able to take it I'll dye it right back with no guilt what so ever.

Shellby
October 20th, 2010, 02:45 PM
Thanks for the resurrection of this thread!

I color, well actually my niece/hairdresser keeps my hair colored. I have highlights and lowlights. Sometimes we do red, sometimes lighter blonde, it depends on our mood. :) My avatar is from the spring when we did more red. Need to update the picture. I am do for another session. I go maybe every 3 months depending on the color we used. More often with the reds. This time has been almost 3 months and the platinums are beginning to really show. The last time we only colored, no cut. Time before we only cut an inch or so off. She has never seen my hair this long! I don't blow dry or curling iron curl the length any more. Just my bangs. I plan to color as long as I can. As long as she will do it.

lajsa
October 20th, 2010, 04:18 PM
I've dyed my hair with chemical dyes since I got old enough for my mother to allow me. She even helped me do it. And encouraged me to do it, so that I'd get a nicer colour and add some shine. I've got this greyish-brown colour naturally. Now, maybe 80% of my hair still has brown chemical dye on it, but now I've hennaed over it, so I'll go over to henna.

Still, I didn't see a lot of damage from my chemical dying. I'm sure it exists, but I haven't really noticed it yet since I haven't had wholly virgin hair since forever. I liked the simplicity of chemical dyes (it's so easy to just pick a colour), but I like the more natural feel of henna better. :p

amaiaisabella
October 20th, 2010, 05:09 PM
I believe I posted here many moons ago :) I found my HG dye, Natural Instincts in Ebony Mocha. I get a deep dark brown, black in certain lights, that is reported to have a reddish tinge, but I believe that would appear anyway as I dyed over remnants of henna. It's faded a bit to a darker brown, but I'm very happy with it. Will dye again in a few weeks, perhaps using the coconut oil method :)

lundmir
October 20th, 2010, 08:08 PM
I tried going black and letting it grow virgin, but red is just too awesome. I love my current color, and for all the abuse I've done to my hair, it looks and feels great.

Angeletti
October 20th, 2010, 08:37 PM
Angeletti, I'm between classic and knee, and I used to do all-over color at home every six months or so. But, I found that I didn't need to, as the color fades a bit, but - so does un-colored hair. I think mine looks more natural now, with the variations in color between the length and the roots. Of course, if you change colors drastically, like red to black or something similar, doing just the roots won't work.
You will have to let me know if you found any tricks for applying it. I tried to section my hair off going from bottom to top and while trying to let the sections down my hair would get so tangled. I couldn't imagine doing it at almost knee length!

UltraBella
October 20th, 2010, 09:03 PM
I just do not like my natural hair color with my skin tone and my eye color, so I dye my hair a copper red color. I currently use a Demi color so it slowly washsout, but VERY slowly. My hair has always kept color really well. Sometimes I get some highlights for a change and the bleach doesn't seem to damage my hair at all. I think hair color is fun and I am glad to know so many others dye their hair as well.

kmoc123
October 22nd, 2010, 02:14 PM
I just colored mine a dark auburn about two weeks ago...it took 4 boxes. Actually, my hair feels very good! Love the color, too...

DTsgirl
October 23rd, 2010, 07:59 PM
I've been coloring for 4 years; always in the auburn family. The only exception was when I decided I was going to quit and stripped my hair with Color Oops (worked, but LORDY does it stink) and was going to just let it grow - it came out blonde-ish and my natural color is dishwater blonde, so I figued it wouldn't be too horrible. Well, I liked the Color Oopsed hair color, but as my roots grew out, I remembered why I started dyeing in the first place. Tried GF Hot Tamale, but soon was back to my beloved rich aubuns and firey reds. I don't think the dye has damaged my hair much. It feels soft when properly loved, and I stretch test various stands, wet and dry when I shed them. Plenty of elasticity.
For other long term dye-ers; have you noticed a significant difference in vibrancy duration when you use a shampoo and / or a conditioner designed for color treated hair? I bounce between the breakage defense types and color safe formulas, and I think the shampoo helps some for color retention, but I'm not sure about the conditioner. The shampoo is going to strip the most color, to my mind, but since joining here and reading about CO washing, I am starting to wonder if I have to use color safe shampoo AND conditioner? I find that color safe conditioner is less hydrating and all around awesome than other stuff.
Thoughts?

eezepeeze
October 23rd, 2010, 10:55 PM
I am sitting here with freshly dyed hair...I am glad to see this thread...I may have posted here before, but if so, I don't remember.

I started graying very young, in my late teens, and am not ready to accept it even now, but I also need to save some money so I gave up the salon habit about 2 years ago and switched to box dye and DIY.

I use Clairol Natural Instincts Toasted Almond. It washes out gradually and I reapply about every two months. Color takes well to my hair. I use the conditioner that comes with the color for the first couple of times I wash. It really leaves my hair soft. I haven't noticed any damage from the dye, I think because I don't bleach or reapply color more often than once a month. Also, I'm pretty gentle with my hair in most of the other LHC "hot topic" areas.

It's nice to see that there are so many of us here. I love this site, but sometimes it is easy to feel guilty for using chemicals, cones, hairspray, curlers, etc. But, my thought is, hair is hair, it's there for me to enjoy and play with, so why not do so?

DTsgirl
October 23rd, 2010, 11:04 PM
Exactly! I grow my hair long because it makes me happy, but the blegh color it was turning asI got older was detracting from that happiness. I will admitt that I need to be very faithful to my little trims, but other than that, my hair is in as good or better condition than it was virgin, mostly because I am nicer to it now to make up for the dye.

lippleyluv
October 24th, 2010, 06:47 PM
Hi everyone!:waving:I'm so glad I found this thread!

I've been dying my hair since my early twenties. I am still going strong with it because my natural color (now) is white with a touch of pewter (?). Yuck on me. My skin tone is so pale it makes me feel translucent.

I dye the roots a light brown/dark blonde every six to eight weeks and touch up the roots every three to four. I have recently read about oiling before color. I think exploring this option is very interesting.

At this point my hair is fairly healthy thanks to LHC, just a little dry and porous. Really thats my only complaint, but I plan on checking in here to learn how to keep my hair looking and feeling good as it grows out.

Hana212
October 25th, 2010, 07:45 PM
I dye my hair (half head of blonde foils) every 3 months.. and after 2 years of being blonde I generally go brunette for a year to give my hair a break... :D

Lianna
October 26th, 2010, 04:43 AM
I decided to go with a blonde dye. It's not a lot different, instead of copper, it has a golden cast over it. I like it, gonna stick to it. :D

It's kinda of like this now (has yet to take own pics)
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_uuN9gLGYyDk/Sa5pUby-G_I/AAAAAAAAC00/iuzpM7B0jeE/s400/18decscarlettjo.jpg

Venefica
October 26th, 2010, 04:56 AM
I dye my hair black with chemical dye. I dye it every 1,5 to two months. I do not intend to stop this. My natural hair is dark blond, but I like it black. I should dye it mote often as it makes my roots show at the end of the period, allot, well about an inch or more of root actually, but hair dye is expensive. I have not had any problems with dying my hair.

Starflower
October 26th, 2010, 11:11 AM
I'm a chemical colorer. I have a TON of white, not gray, stark white. I'm 33 and not ready to give up the good fight. My father is 56 and is 100% white so I guess I have that lovely gene.
My cousin has her own salon so I only go to her and have since I was young. The few times I've tried to use otc color it's been a disaster (as in wrong color in the box and turned me BLACK) so I just deal with my roots until I can get out to see her.
She normally cuts me back to BSL and gives me all over color with caramel highlights (see avatar) and I've been doing that for about 6 years. Now that I've declared to her that I want to grow as long as I can we've switched up the routine. Minimal to no bleach. I'm a dark brunette so she gave me all over color to match my real color with slightly red undertones to it. She conceded when I begged and gave me a few highlites but she will not go more than 10 pieces (in fact I'm pretty sure she tricked me and did 5 pieces this last time and they were tiny lol!) and only takes it to a light brown to minimize damage.
She also uses coloring product that is fairly non damaging in general, I don't remember what it's called but my hair does great with it.
She did recommend that I keep up with my S&D missions and then when I see her she does a light dusting on my ends. Letting her dust me is the only way I can get her to agree to help me grow long so I let her even me up. She said she won't claim to be my stylist if I get 'witchy' ends lol!
Coloring hasn't seemed to slow down my growth. My avatar was taken in May right after she had done my hair and I'm currently an inch away from waist with regular S&D and her dusting.
Maybe once I'm in my 50's I'll let it go white....maybe.

Happy Phantom
October 26th, 2010, 11:15 AM
I colored chemically one last year and one can still see the difference between the colored hair and the untreated -.- And that stupid remaining of red color wont vanish... never again!

Sagi1982
October 26th, 2010, 11:17 AM
I'm a raven by choice - originally I'm light blonde...

FrannyG
October 28th, 2010, 01:56 PM
I colored chemically one last year and one can still see the difference between the colored hair and the untreated -.- And that stupid remaining of red color wont vanish... never again!

Well, usually chemical dye alters your hair permanently. As does henna or some natural dyes.

Anyhoo, this thread is a support thread for those of us who use chemical dye.

Lianna
October 28th, 2010, 04:18 PM
Starflower, your highlights are lovely! Specially from up close in your profile pic. :D

VitisVinifera
October 28th, 2010, 05:10 PM
I've been coloring my hair since I was about 13. It's been just about every color of the rainbow (and then some), but since my mid-twenties I've been strictly red. I use Garnier Nutrisse, and I usually do a brighter shade in the summer and a darker shade for winter. I just did my usual all-over on Oct. 3, and I decided the one good thing about thin hair is it only takes one bottle to do my whole head!:D

Sammich
October 29th, 2010, 12:01 PM
I'm colour treated! :D *Points* I've been colour treating since I was 10.
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=5484&pictureid=86690

But I'll be growing it out because I want to see my true true natural colour. Although colour treating is so fun, it's very difficult to stop. :p

LaLaBella
November 5th, 2010, 08:30 AM
I touch up my gray roots about every 3 to 4 weeks depending on hair growth. Been doing it for about 20 yrs.

LocustSpawning
November 5th, 2010, 12:18 PM
Yep, I dye mine jet black with Live hair dye. I didn't know there were this many of us :O

tinti
November 5th, 2010, 12:44 PM
Yep, I'm a chemical hair dyer. I started with highlights when I was a 9-10 years old, and had it colored back to my natural color a few times when I'm tired of the blonde. Right now I'm natural (dyed my hair to my natural color in May), but I'm getting tired of it, and a bit dissapointed that my hair is more brown than red. So I guess I'll highlight it in May when my no trim year ends.

RubyEmpress
November 5th, 2010, 03:45 PM
Chemical hair dyer here too :) When I first started dying my hair I used box color.
Then I went to blonde highlights for a about 6 years and recently I've switched to Demi permanent color at Sally Beauty. I usually get bored with my hair color too quickly so I need to be able to change the color so I won't chop it all off.

JenniferNoel
November 5th, 2010, 07:41 PM
Another chemist here.
I've been on and off chemical dye over the past several years. I know tons about it and always dye my own hair is I feel the need. I'm predominantly blonde at the moment, with black and blue stripes on the longer lengths. It's a pretty punchy look but I absolutely adore it. I had a similar look when my hair was between hip and tailbone before, and I feel more motivated to keep growing now that my hair is pretty close to the way it was.

kschr2004
November 5th, 2010, 07:44 PM
I guess I can rejoin this club, as I just got back from getting my hair colored for the first time since February. I just couldn't deal with two-toned hair anymore!

xladolcevitax
November 5th, 2010, 10:51 PM
I have been colouring my hair since i was about 11.. mostly highlights but have been most colours except black! I started growing out my highlights for 6 months, but just really dont like my natural ashy dark blonde colour next to my face! it makes me look older and drains my skin tone. So have gone back to hightlighting and did it myself this time using Clairol frost & tip with the cap. It looks surprisingly good and natural so im gonna keep using the stuff every few months to freshen up the roots on top & around my face, thats all.. so eventually i'll only really have highlights around my face/on top and the rest will be virgin hair :cheese:

Lianna
November 9th, 2010, 01:51 AM
I often change what I do with my hair, but I plan to stop that since I want it longer now. At the moment, it's a little bit darker with very subtle honey highlights. I plan on growing my ashy hair and continue on the highlighting the front! :)

I know I'm not gonna be happy all natural. I was five years ago, so I still remember.

TXbarbie
November 9th, 2010, 03:49 AM
As large as this group is, I don't think I can be the only one who is a chemical color user.

If there are enough of willing to come out of the color closest, I was thinking of asking for a social group for us to talk about hair care for the color treated person who is growing hair out.
I am! :) My pic was taken last October so it's deceptive, but I now have waist-length hair!

I have been getting full hilites on my hair since I was in middle school. I am a "mousey blonde" and it's the ugliest color ever so I will never go without being a bright vibrant blonde!

Honestly I don't stick to any of the oilings, etc. that I feel that the majority of the forum users here use. I use Dove's s/c for very damaged hair (idk the name of it), I blow dry it every time I shower which is every other day, and I even straighten my hair on the weekends lol.

I guess the one thing that I love is my product from Milkshake. I just got it the last time I got my hair colored which was back in August, and it acts as a heat protectant/detangler and it really moisturizes my hair.

Glad to know there's other colored long-hairs out there! :)

tigerlily38
November 23rd, 2010, 02:35 PM
I have color every 5 wks

sleepingIn
November 23rd, 2010, 03:40 PM
ME! I love colored hair!! :)

Macaroni
November 23rd, 2010, 03:47 PM
I have permanent color (level 3) on my waistlength hair. I use the Miss Clairol Professional Series from Sally Beauty.

DiablitaNoir
November 24th, 2010, 07:32 AM
I have permanent color (level 3) on my waistlength hair. I use the Miss Clairol Professional Series from Sally Beauty.

Me too! I have waist-length hair and I use Miss Clairol from Sally's. Miss Clairol's #51D/1A "Black Velvet" is the only color I'll use on my hair because it's the truest black I've come across and the color stays. Most of the other "black" hair dyes I've used have turned my roots dark brown even though it says "black" on the bottle. Gotta stick to what you know is good!

Quixotica
December 13th, 2010, 03:42 PM
I color about every 4-6 weeks with Feria Leather (natural black)....

I know a lot of people dislike Feria, paricularly because it's hard to remove, but my hair likes it. I've used a lot of other black dyes and I always go back to Feria. I'm also probably never going to dye my hair any other color....I ADORE having black hair :demon:

I am thinking about trying out some dyes over at Sally's though, something with a low grade developer. It seems I read somewhere on the internet that it was bad to dye over Feria with something different (even though I've done it :rolleyes: with no bad effects)...anyone else heard this?

Did I mention that I'm 29 and have more gray hair than my 47 year old boyfriend? Yup. Thanks, mom! ( she was totally gray at 19).

sleepingIn
December 14th, 2010, 10:10 AM
@ Quixotica:

Theres a lot of conflicting information about Feria. It is believed to have metallic salts in the formula (or direct-dye) which fuse to the hair strand and permanently alter the follicle.

I am not certain how true this is, but as a safety precaution I would try putting a few strands in your hair dye before applying to see if theres a reaction between the chemicals and your hair (it'll smoke or something similar).

Most hairdressers will back away and refuse to work on hair thats been treated with Feria or nice n easy, because it is a common theory that serious damage and uncontrollable results are expected from the chemicals in those products.

Its definitely a YMMV and would take it VERY cautiously if youve previously used feria or sun-in, or anything similar.

Ostelot
January 3rd, 2011, 04:18 PM
Chemical colours has been my choice for a decade. :D Henna and "other herbs" could be worth trying but I still haven't found right shades from them. Cold red/violet and dark cold brown (not like ebony black) are right tones and right now I'm coping well with the chemical products. And no added colour at all is not possible choice for me. :D

grrlshapedthing
January 3rd, 2011, 05:07 PM
I colour treat my hair and have since I was 12 I *HATE* my natural colour

Mountaingrrl
January 3rd, 2011, 07:11 PM
I use demi-permanent color.

ange1ito
January 3rd, 2011, 07:38 PM
Hi, I have been colouring my hair since mid twenties, and also bleached it a few times. Actually the only time I had really awful ends was when my hairdresser colour corrected a black dye back to original colour which is a really deep brown and I refused to cut for about 7 months.
I'm a little conscious of my grey hairs and tend to colour every 4-5 weeks. I once took a friends advice and did the roots every 2 weeks...bad move, the build did cause more damage than the bleach!!!
I find using cones helps keep the splits together, washing every other day to retain moisture and most definately coconut oiling.
I use Wella colourtouch 575 with their developer 4%. I used Perfect 10 permanent in shade 6 for a year and found this was causing lots of splits end too. Apparently the one I am using now is supposed to be better as it is only oxidisng. I have seen a difference in my layers at the front. It covers the grey well too.

uwsbottleblonde
January 3rd, 2011, 09:00 PM
Yep, as my moniker shows, I owe my current hair color to chemicals :) I actually rock a two-tone look for now, with my longer lengths being my natural (boring) black haircolor and the front half of my head being an amalgamation of golden blonde and light brown color of which I'm quite fond thanks to Clairol.

thirstylocks
January 4th, 2011, 02:36 AM
I started dying my hair when i was seventeen..I bleached it a year and a half ago and it killed my hair. i've been trying to grow it out and get my natural hair color back. after the awful bleach i dyed my hair dark brown about five times and it just keeps turning coppery and orange.

I've decided to bite the bullet and let my hair grow out even if it means having half orange have brown hair. I last dyed it in september so i only have a couple of inches of virgin hair.

Fufu
January 4th, 2011, 07:23 AM
I coloured my hair twice a week, interval of every 4 to 6 months.

My previous hair dyed was in November 26, I died ash brown and highlighted red on partial hair on right side of my hair.

I will be dyeing my hair again in April or May with a darker hair dye.

ncgal25
January 9th, 2011, 11:26 AM
I color too because I feel too young to wear my grays yet. Im 36 & have a a lot of gray hair!

I thought about going natural & getting the length cut off but after about 2 months of not coloring, my hair became very unmanagable. My grays are super coarse & wirey.

Up til last month, I was using Herbal Essence Semi & did so for almost 6 years- but it was starting to really damage my hair! Ive since switched to Goldwell Permanant on my roots & Goldwell Demi on my length. The Goldwell has given me much better coverage & smoothed my coarse wirey hairs? I know all color is damaging to a point - but Id rather have managability at this point.

Aerith85
January 9th, 2011, 11:29 AM
I used as it ruined my hair so Im gonna try using henna next time I want a change

rosieex3
January 9th, 2011, 11:42 AM
Last time I used dye was March 2010. I also used a very hair stripping color remover, so my hair is quite damaged and most of it is chemically dyed. Its growing out nicely though. :) I still love hair dye, but its just too much of an annoyance for me to worry about the roots and whatnot lol.

milagro
January 9th, 2011, 11:46 AM
I dye gray roots every 4-5 weeks, the length twice a year maybe. I have to mix shades to get my original color, that's a bit annoying :(

Lianna
January 9th, 2011, 02:34 PM
I used as it ruined my hair so Im gonna try using henna next time I want a change

This is was meant to be a positive thread, since most others aren't.

MandyBeth
January 9th, 2011, 03:05 PM
Demi color here! Reacted to PPD, so no perm dye. Henna, plain bad. Hyper drying, very damaging, acts like it's got metallic salts, and horrid color. Working with Elumen for now.

Lianna
January 9th, 2011, 06:03 PM
Last week I tried a semi permanent color, it said it would lighten one or two tones since it had 15v peroxide, it just didn't lighten my roots enough for me. So I'll stick with what I've been doing, but now I'm able to say I've tried a gentler route. *sigh* It didn't have PPD, which I liked a lot, I'm afraid of getting reactions too, since I do it every month.

sanfen
January 9th, 2011, 07:03 PM
Oh yeah! LOL I color those grays every 4-5 weeks. Do the roots only. Get my stuff from Sally Beauty and I am pretty diligent about it.

I was dying (no pun intended :p ) to let my natural color (salt and pepper but more salt than pepper) grow in and when I did, I didn't like it very much although I loved not having the high maintenance.

After about 18 months, I went back to coloring and now I don't mind it at all. I guess I needed a break. :)

2vette2camaro
January 9th, 2011, 07:50 PM
I color and don't plan on stopping! And my hair is in good condition!

grldollies
January 10th, 2011, 02:02 PM
I attempted to go natural (Sepia shade of brown) after highlighting for 20+ years. I grew out my hair a couple of inches for my hair dresser to match my hair, well it turned green after a couple of weeks into it & $90. The second attempt $90 again I had nice dark brown but ..... red at the roots - Gee about 3" that was my natural hair (she forgot I grew it out & colored it too) My hair pulls red thanks to my auburn Granny! I also had yucky blond showing thru the nice dark brown part after two weeks.
My hair dresser has been cutting my hair for over 25 years and never minded that I did my own highlighting so I did not fire her.
I was way sick of the blond thing and I do not like red with my Light olive skin color and hmm... 3 colors was just not too good either. So off to the store I went - I had to cover the mess. I decided dark it was going to be. I use Clairol premium crème Permanente hair color (soy) Med brown 3n & 10vol.
I have kept it up now for two years. I like the color so I am not unhappy. My blond highlights that I have left (colored over) I figure will be around another year growing out. Once they get trimmed off over time my hair will be in a lot better shape.
Then I may lighten it to my natural shade 3aa - 4a. If I am brave enough - Its a process.
- Have a Great Hair Day! - Gay : ) Qapla' :puppykisses:

bonnie1735
January 10th, 2011, 02:36 PM
I have been coloring my hair for years now. Not ready to go grey yet so I mostly do my roots and every once in awhile I do it all. My hair is thick and almost at tail bone. No damages.

Malibu Barbie
January 10th, 2011, 03:14 PM
I color and have for years. I was at tailbone a little past really. I cut four inches and I'm just above tailbone. I don't think I will stop coloring anytime soon!!

HairFaerie
January 10th, 2011, 03:22 PM
I color my hair! I recently started using Garnier Nutrisse because it comes with a little oil packet that you add to the mixture. It makes my hair very silky & shiny!

I like variety and coloring my hair gives me just that! I don't think I have any gray yet...I am not sure if I will keep coloring when I start getting grays. It's not that I wouldn't like gray, I would probably get bored with it like I get bored with my natural color now. I guess I'll cross that bridge when I come to it...

I like doing different colors several times a year. Keeps 'em guessing! :)

As my hair gets longer, I don't know if I will keep coloring or not either. It gets to be tough when it gets longer, plus you have to use more that one bottle! When my hair was BSL years ago, to me coloring was a pain in the buttocks. But, while it's shorter...the sky's the limit!

GuardGirl
January 10th, 2011, 03:29 PM
Oh me me! I'm not embarassed to say I chemically alter the color of my hair. I'm only 24 years old, and since my little girl was born a year ago I've noticed TONS of gray hair coming in. I'm just not ready to be gray! I tried to grow the color out, but decided against it when I noticed those little grays. Call me vain, but I enjoy having pretty hair, and my heart sunk the first time I found one of those little hairs. I think gray can be very striking, but I just feel oddly out of place being so young and going prematurely gray. So color it is!

Oh, and I've colored my hair since I was 17. I agree that it may be more difficult to make it to extreme lengths, but I have had my hair very long a few different times since then, and it IS possible!! :)

silversnow
January 12th, 2011, 07:15 AM
I stopped using dye on my length, but I still bleach and tint my bangs silver.

RadiantNeedle
January 12th, 2011, 07:30 AM
I'm thinking of going red again with Herbatint... Hmm. I'll likely try it out with coconut oil in my hair. Has anyone done this?

longlockenvy
January 12th, 2011, 07:36 AM
I dye my hair as well. My hair is a brown color with reddish highlights and as it is pretty, it doesn't fit my personality. I color my hair black, and I have for years and years. When my roots show, and i see my natural color, I feel drab and blah. But when I color the roots (and i do try to keep it on only the roots), it's like I'm myself again and I feel better about myself.. sounds like there is a deeper issue going on, and their probably is. But I'm ok with that, and DH LOVES my black hair.

longlockenvy
January 12th, 2011, 07:41 AM
I'm thinking of going red again with Herbatint... Hmm. I'll likely try it out with coconut oil in my hair. Has anyone done this?


I didn't try it with Herbatint, but my hair was lightly oiled with coconut oil when I colored it black this last time. I don't know if it made a difference on my hair, but I found that having coconut oil on my hair line made it easier to remove the color from my face. lol

Nymph
January 12th, 2011, 07:56 AM
I'm thinking of going red again with Herbatint... Hmm. I'll likely try it out with coconut oil in my hair. Has anyone done this?
I have. With me it made the color come out a little bit darker.

Rebecca.1905
January 12th, 2011, 09:20 AM
I love my colored hair! My natural color is too dark to look right with my light skin and freckles, so I lighten to a pretty auburn shade. Probably shouldn't do that if I want healthy hair, but I wouldn't like it that color so it's not worth it to me. My hair is pretty healthy, but then again I only color every few months.

RadiantNeedle
January 12th, 2011, 10:14 PM
I have. With me it made the color come out a little bit darker.

Oooh, interesting! Hmm... Not sure what to do, really. I've no idea if 2 boxes will be enough for hip length ii hair... >.<'

Lianna
January 12th, 2011, 10:17 PM
Oooh, interesting! Hmm... Not sure what to do, really. I've no idea if 2 boxes will be enough for hip length ii hair... >.<'

Looks like you need 3 boxes, but if you don't use you can save for later. Better to have one more than one less! :cheese:

RadiantNeedle
January 12th, 2011, 10:19 PM
Blargh! Not sure if I can afford 3 boxes! T.T

Lianna
January 12th, 2011, 10:26 PM
Blargh! Not sure if I can afford 3 boxes! T.T

You can try to spread the color like I do (to use just one color instead of one and half). Part smalls sections, do a squirt in a S shape all the way down, spread with hands, squizzing the section of hair, not brush or comb. Do the top part first, since it's more noticeable, and maybe next month, if 2 boxes weren't enough, you can do roots and the under part with one box (roots won't take much).

ETA: How is the red you want? Have you thought about henna?

RadiantNeedle
January 12th, 2011, 10:29 PM
You can try to spread the color like I do (to use just one color instead of one and half). Part smalls sections, do a squirt in a S shape all the way down, spread with hands, squizzing the section of hair, not brush or comb. Do the top part first, since it's more noticeable, and maybe next month, if 2 boxes weren't enough, you can do roots and the under part with one box (roots won't take much).

Oooh, that's an interesting idea... Hmm.

I'm wondering if it would be too harsh on my blonde streak. It's kinda damaged >.>
And does Herbatint contain PPD? I dunno, I'm seriously nervous! I want to go red again but haven't done anything with my hair for a year. Loads of virgin roots. I'd get it done professionally, but it's prohibitively expensive and I doubt I'd find anyone in my area willing to apply a dye I've brought in.

RadiantNeedle
January 12th, 2011, 10:31 PM
Yup, I've thought about henna, but it's a similar problem. My hair is super long, I don't know if I could apply it well enough myself, I'm in a rented place and am worried about staining my bathroom, and I'm not sure if I'm ready to 'marry' a colour just yet.
Henna could possibly help with some of my hair issues, but the expense and permanence are very daunting.
ETA: I want to be as RED as possible. Not orange red, more like cherry. Blue based colours work best with my pale skin tone. Orange makes me look freakish.

Lianna
January 12th, 2011, 10:35 PM
I did a small search and seems like Herbatint does have (http://www.herbatint.co.uk/herbatint/using/herbatint-faq.php#herbatint3) some PPD. When I did henna, It was a mess, but if you clean right after, it won't stain. :)

ETA: Don't we marry all permanent colors anyway? :D Just the first application of henna does fade a bit, though.

RadiantNeedle
January 12th, 2011, 10:50 PM
Gah! I have a sample of punjabi prime that I have yet to do strand tests for... Believe me, I've been seriously tempted to make it into a weak gloss and whack it on without doing any tests! >.<
But I think from looking around, the PP would be too orange for me. I've thought of trying a deeper red hennahut premade but the bleed I'm reading about sounds really annoying.

Lianna
January 16th, 2011, 01:25 PM
Sometimes it makes me sad to read so many advice agaisnt hair dyes, and advice only to "natural treatments" in this forum. I love my fake hair color and can't wait to do roots this week :) but it's getting hard not to feel bad about it. I see so many people who likes to change their color going natural and I often think is peer pressure from this place. I don't wanna be pressured like that...but it's hard. :(

Angeletti
January 16th, 2011, 01:54 PM
Sometimes it makes me sad to read so many advice agaisnt hair dyes, and advice only to "natural treatments" in this forum. I love my fake hair color and can't wait to do roots this week :) but it's getting hard not to feel bad about it. I see so many people who likes to change their color going natural and I often think is peer pressure from this place. I don't wanna be pressured like that...but it's hard. :(
As long as your happy with the way your hair looks afterwards that's all that matters : ) I try not to let it bother me too much when people say hair dye is bad, etc. because I'm happy with the results and my hair still feels like silk, not all damaged like most people think dyed hair would look like.

RadiantNeedle- I'm not sure if you already colored your hair yet, but back when I bought store hair dye I would usually buy two boxes and it would be plenty, my hair was right around tailbone length. Maybe buy three just to be safe and then return the third box if you don't need it.

redcelticcurls
January 16th, 2011, 10:32 PM
Sometimes it makes me sad to read so many advice agaisnt hair dyes, and advice only to "natural treatments" in this forum. I love my fake hair color and can't wait to do roots this week :) but it's getting hard not to feel bad about it. I see so many people who likes to change their color going natural and I often think is peer pressure from this place. I don't wanna be pressured like that...but it's hard. :(

I just let it roll by. I hate henna. it makes my hair feel like hay and look too neon. I prefer the more natural looking (on me) and consistent results of going to a salon and having it done. Does that make me unorthodox here? Yes. But, oh well. Part of why I started this thread was to see if anyone else also dyed, and how they took care of their hair. Also, we can see by this thread that you can color you hair and grow it as well.

jujube
January 16th, 2011, 11:19 PM
I think this is the place for this.

Two months ago, I had natural dark brown hair (avatar).
I dyed it red (profile pic).
Now the roots were showing and I decided dying monthly was too much trouble for me, so I dyed it back to dark brown.
Only, IT CAME OUT JET BLACK. I hate it, it doesn't suit me at all and looks so fake.

I tried to remove some color by washing quite a few times with clarifying shampoo, a bit has come off but not enough. What do I do? I don't want to get it bleached...

Lianna
January 17th, 2011, 12:12 AM
jujube, it will fade a lot on its own but I used to do honey lightenings a lot when my brown dyes were too dark, it just lifted a shade left an hour, but that was my result. My dyed hair lightens way more easily than my virgin hair with honey. And it's way more nourishing than lemon rinses. My hair felt awesome after!

DTsgirl
March 23rd, 2011, 11:21 PM
Anyone have any advice for at home toning? I am taking my hair from deep red to light golden blonde (Garnier Nutrisse Honey Butter, #93) and am doing pretty well so far. However, I can't shake the last few red tones from my hair. My roots are doing great where they've grown in and I've dyed over, but the length is just a bit too orange-ish. I have Color Oops-ed, Clairol Borne Blonde Maxi, and dyed the full length with the above Gariner shade once each (2-3 months between each step. Except for the Color Oops. Did my roots a week after that but left the length alone). It seems my length is sort of stuck at blonde/reddish/orange with lots of highlights. It doesn't look bad but it could look better.
So I was wondering, if I dye it with a semi-permanent or permanent ash blonde dye the same level blonde as my desired pale gold, will that bring it closer to my goal color? Or should I just buy some John Frieda Color Correcting shampoo and conditioner and give that a shot? I can also get to a Sally Beauty to pick up toner, but that's an hour a way, and, I've never done toners and am afraid I would end up with purple hair. And not the cool kind of purple hair.
So, any thoughts?

Phoenix67
March 24th, 2011, 02:18 AM
Have been colouring my hair (mainly bottle blonde) and my hair was trashed. Have been working hard to get back into shape. No more chemical colouring for me. Think I will try au naturale for a while.....I think my hair needs a breather. I have not treated it very nicely over the years. Here is to a little TLC future for my hair :-)

lilravendark
March 24th, 2011, 02:30 AM
Anyone have any advice for at home toning? I am taking my hair from deep red to light golden blonde (Garnier Nutrisse Honey Butter, #93) and am doing pretty well so far. However, I can't shake the last few red tones from my hair. My roots are doing great where they've grown in and I've dyed over, but the length is just a bit too orange-ish. I have Color Oops-ed, Clairol Borne Blonde Maxi, and dyed the full length with the above Gariner shade once each (2-3 months between each step. Except for the Color Oops. Did my roots a week after that but left the length alone). It seems my length is sort of stuck at blonde/reddish/orange with lots of highlights. It doesn't look bad but it could look better.
So I was wondering, if I dye it with a semi-permanent or permanent ash blonde dye the same level blonde as my desired pale gold, will that bring it closer to my goal color? Or should I just buy some John Frieda Color Correcting shampoo and conditioner and give that a shot? I can also get to a Sally Beauty to pick up toner, but that's an hour a way, and, I've never done toners and am afraid I would end up with purple hair. And not the cool kind of purple hair.
So, any thoughts?

Dont worry unless you really go over board with toner your hair should be fine. If you hair is a reddish/ orange tinge you will need a blue toner to tone it down to a more blonde shade but if its more of a yellow very pale yellow tinge use the purple toner. Schwarzkopf toner worked well for my hair it levelled our the yellow and I ended up with white blond hair in the end. purple toner isn't so bad but I did go over board at the start when I first bleached my hair with blue toner and ended up with silvery blue hair lol but thats because I'm an idiot and didnt realise my hair wasnt bleached light enough to get blonde :P Just leave the toner on for the advised time and it should be all good. the blue toner I used came in a foamy shampoo form.

sleepingIn
March 24th, 2011, 07:53 AM
Anyone have any advice for at home toning? I am taking my hair from deep red to light golden blonde (Garnier Nutrisse Honey Butter, #93) and am doing pretty well so far. However, I can't shake the last few red tones from my hair. My roots are doing great where they've grown in and I've dyed over, but the length is just a bit too orange-ish. I have Color Oops-ed, Clairol Borne Blonde Maxi, and dyed the full length with the above Gariner shade once each (2-3 months between each step. Except for the Color Oops. Did my roots a week after that but left the length alone). It seems my length is sort of stuck at blonde/reddish/orange with lots of highlights. It doesn't look bad but it could look better.
So I was wondering, if I dye it with a semi-permanent or permanent ash blonde dye the same level blonde as my desired pale gold, will that bring it closer to my goal color? Or should I just buy some John Frieda Color Correcting shampoo and conditioner and give that a shot? I can also get to a Sally Beauty to pick up toner, but that's an hour a way, and, I've never done toners and am afraid I would end up with purple hair. And not the cool kind of purple hair.
So, any thoughts?

The thing with dying over hair that is already color treated is it will NOT look the same as the virgin hair you are coloring.

Your virgin hair color is probably a completely different level than your lengths (already color treated hair) so if you buy the same level you are using on your growth (virgin hair), it will likely be mismatched.

Say your virgin hair is a level 6. This is obviously 100&#37; guess, but bare with me...

If you have a 6 and are looking to go to a level 9, hair math says you would need to use a level 12 to get a 9. Keep in mind that just because you are buying a level does NOT MEAN you will GET that level. That is not at all how the level system works.

Anyway, then if you were to use a level 12 on your LENGTHs which, lets just say for arguments sake is a 9....you will end up with FRIED, white and miscolored hair. Will not match in the slightest.

Blue will conteract the orange and cancel out the brass so that you'll have a neutral blonde color. If you can find a shampoo that has BLUE in it (most are violet, not the same) then that would be your ideal.

Using a toner usually requires a developer (ie, ammonia or whatever the company uses as a substitution of ammonia) which oxidizes hair (read: damage). Even the SLIGHTEST damage really is unnecessary here. The best option would be to find a deposit-only toner, meaning no developer - only tint, which often is a veggie dye or something like that. Those dont last anywhere near as long as an oxidizing product but at least you are not subjecting your hair to even more abuse.

Just my .02c, but if it were me personally I would find something bluish (even a drip or two of blue food coloring in to your fave conditioner and mixed well, applied for a short time) to your lengths (only the part that needs attention, obviously).
Oh and also: at one point you said it has too much red, and another you mention its too orange.



This can mean two hugely different colors required to correct - if its truly RED you will want green to correct it.



Also keep in mind, if you are seeking gold toned blonde, conteracting the orange/red is going to result in neutral color - perhaps slightly cooler than what you have in mind. Without knowing exactly what levels you have, its hard to pinpoint an answer.


Hope that helps answer a little!!

Babyfine
March 24th, 2011, 09:39 AM
Sometimes it makes me sad to read so many advice agaisnt hair dyes, and advice only to "natural treatments" in this forum. I love my fake hair color and can't wait to do roots this week :) but it's getting hard not to feel bad about it. I see so many people who likes to change their color going natural and I often think is peer pressure from this place. I don't wanna be pressured like that...but it's hard. :(

I think you can color and still grow long provided provided steps are taken to avoid damage with coloring.(i.e. gentle semi or demi perm or perm. color/ hi/lights touched up at roots only)
I color with a demi-perm every 3-5 months to cover greys. I'm just not ready to let them show yet, but I have thought of letting my sliver streaks in front come in.
I'm very careful to baby my hair in every other way, and although my hair is not long at all by LHC standards, I don't think that the demi perm color is what prevents me from growing long, it's myself.(and scissors)
I've seriously considered henna but for now I'm not sure I want the permanance, and henna is VERY permanent. Plus I don't want too much red, and so strand testing/tweeking is a must with henna, which I don't have time for now.

heidihug
March 24th, 2011, 11:49 AM
I think you can color and still grow long provided provided steps are taken to avoid damage with coloring.
What Babyfine said. I've been coloring for more than 10 years, and I'm hovering around 50". Is there more damage to my hair than there would be if I didn't color? Absolutely. But I really dislike my natural color and my accumulating grays, so I do what I can to minimize damage, and I'm happy with it. Which is the most important thing.

DTsgirl
March 24th, 2011, 04:34 PM
Thank you, lilravendark and sleepingIn

maborosi
March 24th, 2011, 04:41 PM
I used to bleach my hair when I was a bit younger...needless to say, it looked trashed.

I now go for a red-black color that is so wonderful. I don't hate henna or hate on people who use it, but I think it would be a major major hassle to try and match the color I have now.

My hair's actually in pretty good condition. I don't think my natural color suits my nearly jet-black eyebrows, though. (It's a medium-ish blonde)

~maborosi~

Fufu
March 27th, 2011, 06:30 AM
I'm coloring my hair on 6 April, can't wait

RedheadMistress
March 27th, 2011, 06:48 AM
- I'm chemically colored, I bleach my hair and then use a one component vegan Special Effects dye !

RitaCeleste
March 27th, 2011, 06:53 AM
I just colored mine again. Didn't know this thread was here. I have some damage from coloring it. I am thinking about switching to lightening just the roots and using semi permanent colors. I usually stick to reds but if I strip out all the color I may tempted by some totally unnatural ones.

Kymmee
March 27th, 2011, 07:43 AM
I have my dark brown hair colored every two weeks. I started when white- not gray- started showing too much in my part to pull out. :p
Honestly, it seems to help my hair..I LOVE going to get it colored, my hair is shinier, fuller, softer, after having it done. AND it plumps it up so it doesn't look so thin, for awhile. Since I started taking my multivitamins with the biotin, it grows so fast I seriously see white at my roots, within a week of coloring. One of those things...happy it grows fast...hate seeing the white so soon! :)

ooo
March 27th, 2011, 07:59 AM
I think I belong here.
For about two years my hair was all virgin, but I realised, that I like some more colour in my hair style.

So I got ten highlights in order to dye them blue afterwards. When braiding the first time I realized, that to little of my hair was highlighted. So I highlighted some more, now three big chunks of my hair are bleached. After realizing, that my hair turned green instead of blue, I bleached it again.

Now after bleaching for the 3rd time and applying two layers of blue, my hair is blue finally. :cheese:

Luckily my hair doesn't need any special care :)

iluvkorn
March 27th, 2011, 11:15 AM
i color my hair at home. those white hairs are so obnoxious in a head of dark brown. i love the l'oreal feria and the almost holographic fiery-ness it gives the red color i use.

since i've joined this community, i've used the co method for a month. prior to that i used "wen" cleansers that are basically conditioners. the most recent coloring i did was extraordinary!!! i usually need 3 boxes of color (my waist length hair so dry it drank the color in) but this last time, after 2 boxes my hair was saturated and dripping color on the floor!!! apparently my hair loves co and hates cones, and now it loves feria chocolate cherry!!!

Nusia82
March 29th, 2011, 08:43 AM
i color my hair at home too.
I use to go to a professional hairdresser but i wasn't very happy about the result.

dainaleeo2
March 29th, 2011, 02:07 PM
Just spotted this thread & I couldn't help but add to the on going list :)
I can't help myself with at home color. I tend to stray from salons [unless it's a HUGE change that I can potentially mess up], since they're just so darn expensive. Plus, over the years I've collected a pretty good array of knowledge from salons & on boards like this, so I feel that I can do just as good of a job at home as they do there, but cheaper ;)

I'm a natural blonde, mostly darker blonde I would guess, & most of my life I either switch between going to the lighter, more platinum-esque blonde or darker, to some varying shade of brown. I've even dyed it black before.
Mostly I tend to stay in the warmer colors, though recently I wonder if my skin tone is warm or cool [hard to figure it out :\ I think I may be neutral]. But, then again ash tones, besides the light blonde, tend to wash me out. Color is just so much fun!

It has kind of taken a toll on my hair though, obviously. I haven't done anything in months, other than a light touch up, & I'm debating between going blonder...or keeping the blonde in the front, & then using a semi-permanent for the rest, possibly a reddish or golden brown color. :) That's my hair story in a nutshell haha. Glad I'm not the only person who colors, since most people I've talked to tend to go the more natural route, & I feel like a hair sinner when I color :p

dainaleeo2
March 29th, 2011, 02:09 PM
- I'm chemically colored, I bleach my hair and then use a one component vegan Special Effects dye !


Ahhh your color is SO pretty! :) I just had to tell you this. I adore the intense red & colors. It makes me want to be brave again & whip out my crazy dyes ;D
Adore the piercings as well!

RedheadMistress
March 29th, 2011, 03:32 PM
Ahhh your color is SO pretty! :) I just had to tell you this. I adore the intense red & colors. It makes me want to be brave again & whip out my crazy dyes ;D
Adore the piercings as well!


- Thank you ! :heartbeat

mrsbob
March 29th, 2011, 03:42 PM
Guilty as charged. I would love to be able to give up color and just have virgin hair....but, I am chemically dependent I'm afraid! Just not ready to go gray, although, I think healthy gray hair is beautiful...it's that growing out period that seems so hard to me.

Dainaleeo2...is that you in your profile pic? You are gorgeous and your hair is to die for!!!

dollface
March 29th, 2011, 11:09 PM
*raises hand*

i definitely belong in this group...when i first came here my hair was blue and now i'm giving it a rest and letting the roots grow out some before i bleach them again. my current hair color is a purple/magenta shade and after that i'm going to go unnatural red for a while since it covers up my roots.

having unnatural colored reasonably healthy long hair is my ultimate goal!

@RedheadMistress, loving your hair in your sig!

dainaleeo2
April 1st, 2011, 02:41 PM
@redheadmistress: no problem! :)

@mrsbob: no, unfortunately haha. i wish it was! It's a model, but I'm unsure of her name. She does have amazing hair though! I'm in my picture in my profile page [but if that was what you were referring to, then thanks! :) sometimes I get confused between the avy picture & actual profile picture haha].

I agree with you though, I wish i could have nice virgin hair. Sadly, I have the odd case where my skin tone & natural hair color do not compliment one another. They did when I was younger, & my hair was a lighter ash blonde, but now that I'm in my early 20's, it turned into more of a dirty, dark ash blonde that looks more grey than anything related to blonde. I have neutral skin though, luckily, so I -could- pull it off, but more warm tones tend to look good [oddly though this only applies to dark colors. Blonde has to be light ash, or it looks awful].

I'm actually thinking of dying the rest of my hair a medium reddish brown, & just keep my platinum bangs. Sick of dying my poor, abused bangs haha.

Lianna
April 1st, 2011, 02:53 PM
I just wanted to say that it's so nice to see this thread going again!


I agree with you though, I wish i could have nice virgin hair. Sadly, I have the odd case where my skin tone & natural hair color do not compliment one another. They did when I was younger, & my hair was a lighter ash blonde, but now that I'm in my early 20's, it turned into more of a dirty, dark ash blonde that looks more grey than anything related to blonde.

That's my case too. Yesterday I saw a girl with "dark ashy blonde hair" next to two elderly citizens (grey hair), from the angle I was looking I saw 3 heads together, and I couldn't tell the young girl apart! That is so how my hair would look if it was virgin. She didn't look bad or anything, just normal. I just need a little more spice in my life. :D

I'm thinking about letting my hair grow out in a ombre style with 3 shades, since my roots are comming too fast with miconazole nitrate now. It would have light blonde the last third, then up to medium blonde, and my natural roots showing quite a bit. There's a girl in my class with hair like that (very blended and at waist) and looks so awesome! She's naturally dark ash blonde too.

At the moment I have about 2 inches of dark ash blonde (dyed) and the rest a medium level 7. Past APL, I'll lighten the tips. :D

Springlets
April 1st, 2011, 03:31 PM
I agree with you though, I wish i could have nice virgin hair. Sadly, I have the odd case where my skin tone & natural hair color do not compliment one another. They did when I was younger, & my hair was a lighter ash blonde, but now that I'm in my early 20's, it turned into more of a dirty, dark ash blonde that looks more grey than anything related to blonde. I have neutral skin though, luckily, so I -could- pull it off, but more warm tones tend to look good [oddly though this only applies to dark colors. Blonde has to be light ash, or it looks awful].

I have the same thing! My super white blonde hair as a child turned to a murky dark blonde/ light brown with a warmer tone and it really clashes with my skin. I look so yellow with my virgin hair- I'm like a Simpson! ;) I feel more like myself with a lighter hair color.




I'm thinking about letting my hair grow out in a ombre style with 3 shades, since my roots are comming too fast with miconazole nitrate now. It would have light blonde the last third, then up to medium blonde, and my natural roots showing quite a bit. There's a girl in my class with hair like that (very blended and at waist) and looks so awesome! She's naturally dark ash blonde too.


I was thinking of doing something similiar to this. I'd like to return to a modified version of my natural color. I'm going to use Loving Care in beige blonde (Level 1, no ammonia or peroxide, washes out in 6-12 shampoos) to cover up my roots as I also try to lighten them little by little with honey treatments. I'm sure it wont make my hair as platinum as it is now, but the grow out will be less drastic, and I could be happy with a nice beige blonde.

lilravendark
April 1st, 2011, 07:30 PM
I'm back to being a chemical girl lol I've had enough with henna now and no more ever again I do think it made my hair shiny thick and in the sun had a beautiful red tinge to it but I dont want that anymore and I'm not content with my natural colour so I've gone ahead and started the lightening process. But this time I'm doing it slowly, I felt like a subtle change the other month so went ahead and dyed with L'oreal preference Golden Brown which lightened my natural shade maybe 2 shades and last night used a great product Schwarzkopf perfect mousse in Pearl Blonde just to lighten it a bit more and it did a good job. It was a foam dye so I had more than enough to cover my head and today its looking quite light. I think I'm going to start doing this every month or so with honey treatments inbetween. Its nice to get support on this thread the natural girls get all the encouragement on here lets show em we can also have healthy "processed" hair ;)

Quixotica
April 1st, 2011, 09:28 PM
Hey guys and girls :)

I've been coloring my hair at home, but I'm considering having it done professionally....my question to everyone is this: Do you feel that professional color lasts longer than boxed dyes? I dye my hair black, and it seems like it's no time before my roots start to show and it fades :(

Thanks!

ladyveg
April 1st, 2011, 09:37 PM
I'm a chemical girl too, although I'm tempted to try henna. My natural color is medium ash brown, which is an ugly, dishwater kind of color. I dye it darker with hints of red. Last time I colored, about a month ago, I got 7 highlights put in; they turned out blonder when I was hoping they would be red. I don't know how long I have to wait before putting henna in though.

AnqeIicDemise
April 1st, 2011, 09:40 PM
-waves a foam finger- I got three chunks of bleached hair dyed deep purple. It has faded now to a maroonish red and it will keep fading to a pink. I think I'll bleach it again so I can get a more noticeable purple.

My bleached sections feel like regular hair since I've started oiling and I forget I have them until I get a glimpse of purple and (now) black swirl from my braids.

AnqeIicDemise
April 1st, 2011, 09:41 PM
Hey guys and girls :)

I've been coloring my hair at home, but I'm considering having it done professionally....my question to everyone is this: Do you feel that professional color lasts longer than boxed dyes? I dye my hair black, and it seems like it's no time before my roots start to show and it fades :(

Thanks!


Cheap boxed dyes from the market suck. I hate paying expensive prices at salons. My happy medium? The dye you can get from Sally's.

Springlets
April 1st, 2011, 11:07 PM
Anyone combine two colors before- even if they're from different companies? I have a dark blonde hair color and an extra light blonde hair color that I bought when I was having a hair emergency. I'm wanting to dye my hair a light-medium blonde, if I combine these two will that give me what I want? I've just been spending too much money on hair stuff lately so I was hoping I could use these...

Fufu
April 6th, 2011, 04:32 AM
My new hair colour and highlights :)

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g88/REfusion88/6April2010newhaircolour1-1.jpg

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g88/REfusion88/6April2010newhaircolour2-1.jpg

veronicaleah
April 8th, 2011, 10:08 AM
Wow! I am so glad to see that I'm not the only chemically treated gal on here. I am gradually getting fewer highlights each time in an attempt to make my hair healthier in the transition to long. I finally found a stylist that is willing to do chunkier highlights at the crown and just do root touch ups instead of bleaching through the length all the time. My goal is to let my natural grow out and shine through and have a few bold blonde highlights to brighten up my face. I am going for a goal of a few inches past BSL so I think it will be pretty do-able.

Lianna
April 9th, 2011, 01:24 AM
Love the highlights, Fufu!

I should stop saying I'm gonna change my hair again, it happens too often. :D But, yeah...I'm going red again, wanted my hair like squiggy's.

Fufu
April 9th, 2011, 01:49 AM
Lianna: Thanks for the compliment :) I love red too though unfortunately they do fade very fast.

celebriangel
April 9th, 2011, 06:08 PM
Chemically coloured diehard here - I love and adore my red way too much to give it up. I know some people get great results with henna, but my hair soaks up colour and always goes dark, so I probably wouldn't get what I want.

As far as I can tell, my almost-BSL hair is happy, shiny and healthy with no split ends. The only damage that has happened to me recently was all mechanical, when I had glandular fever and didn't brush my hair, then slept on it so it became a matted and tangled mess. Since I've been taking care of it, I can see no damage at all. I always let my hair get really greasy beforehand, and brush the sebum all the way from roots to tips with a BBB before I colour, roughly once every 2 months.

I've been considering starting the coconut oil pre-treatment when I'm due to colour again in another month. I read an article about how to do it, but do you alter the time you leave the colourant on? Wish me luck!

Lianna
April 9th, 2011, 09:49 PM
I've been considering starting the coconut oil pre-treatment when I'm due to colour again in another month. I read an article about how to do it, but do you alter the time you leave the colourant on? Wish me luck!

I just don't use the pre-treatment that comes with the dye sometimes (and use just coconut oil but sometimes both). I let the oil soak for about 30 minutes before and do the same as always. I haven't seen any difference though, since I don't get visible dye damages anyway.

Lianna
July 5th, 2011, 02:24 AM
I just did a warm color rinse (medium honey blonde). Will probably fade in a week, since I wash everyday. :D But it's fun and I haven't seen this thread up in a while!

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/album.php?albumid=7001&pictureid=107107

justgreen
July 5th, 2011, 09:54 AM
I'm a diehard bleacher (roots only). Just had them done about a week ago and my hair trimmed slightly, so slightly there was just dust on the floor. Results are my siggy.

ZeppHead
July 5th, 2011, 10:04 AM
I used to chemically color my hair with box dye religiously but decided to cut 6" and grow back a virgin! I at the end of March and have been tempted to dye a few times but cannot do it. My hair is too healthy now, I just don't have the heart!

LunaMoon
July 8th, 2011, 12:12 PM
I dyed my hair today. My hair was almost blond because of the sun, plus gray hair. Now I am a redhead again.
I am loving it! My hair is shiny, beautiful and no damage (until now?)
Will put a pic in my album soon!

Ok I did, Sorry I am not good taking pic of my back (DH alwasy do it for me), but I try to show the color in this pic. It is much more like my color than this sun bleached hair that I had before.
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/album.php?albumid=8209&pictureid=107380

kidari
July 8th, 2011, 12:36 PM
I have grey hairs since high school. Also my hair grows very fast. It looks like I have glitter in my roots when they grow in. I used all kinds of dyes you buy at the drugstore in the past and settled on my favorites: Clairol Root Touch up, Clairol Natural Instincts, and Clairol Nice n' Easy. I rotate these every four weeks but I'm very careful about doing the roots first and then putting the rest on my ends for the last 5 minutes.

MidnightStar
July 8th, 2011, 12:44 PM
I've been coloring my hair for nearly half my life. Lately I have been using Feria - it seemed to cause the least amount of damage. Since joining LHC, I've decided to stop chemically coloring my hair, but it's getting to the point where I need to make a decision on what to do - my natural color is basically black, and my dyed color is bright red. Big difference!! Since I wear my hair up most days, it's now to the point where it looks weird and kind of dirty.
I want to get back to my natural color, and for my hair to be healthy - but man, I love being a redhead...this will be a tough decision!

Lianna
July 8th, 2011, 02:23 PM
I really like your new color, LunaMoon! :)

Kelli Kat
July 8th, 2011, 02:26 PM
I chemical color my hair every 6-8 weeks with some Clairol stuff I buy at Sally's

jfeg116
July 8th, 2011, 03:40 PM
I started going gray a few years ago and I'm only 23... I do plan on going gray with style one day...I'd like to be out of my 20s, at least.

I forget what the shade is called because I honestly don't even look at the box anymore, but there's a Garnier that I use that's my natural color exactly. I also highlighted a couple of months ago (tiny, tiny, tiny highlights...like...10 strand highlights) and I looooved it so next time I'm going to go a little bolder- but I use the darkest blonde I can find, I think it's called Toasted Almond?

My hair looooves the dye, though- drinks it in like manna from heaven and is soft and shiny and lovely the day after so I don't really worry so much about the chemicals.

mysticfishtales
July 8th, 2011, 03:43 PM
I am completely colored and highlighted on the crown.
I color ever other month.

LunaMoon
July 9th, 2011, 03:56 AM
I really like your new color, LunaMoon! :)
Thanks Lianna!:joy:I loved too! And my hair ir in much better condition now, maybe is a fake feeling but the dye was L'Oreal Keratin treatment, worked very well. My hair is silky, shiny and is not tangling as before.

Now, I want to ask someone who has more experience with dyed hair.
I have some questions:
1. After coloring, how long I need to wait to wash? I am used with COing every other day, so I colored yesterday (friday), can I CO tomorrow (sunday) or is better to wait more?
2. it is COing good for colored hair?
3. Oils will strip the color?
4. I know reds are the most difficult color to keep. My natural red was not different. You can see the fading between the avatar (mu color) and my sig. Looks like I colored but is sun bleached I guess.
There is some way to keep the red in my hair more time or I have to color full head next time as well? Not just the roots right?
5. I am "going darker", so I am not bleaching my hair. People say is difficult to keep a dark color on lighter hair, It is true?
6. I am using a UV protector leave in as recommended in the instructions of the Loreal dye box. It is ok?

Any advice will be very welcome!
Thanks!

RitaCeleste
July 9th, 2011, 05:32 AM
I seem to have had trouble with coconut oil stripping the color. On the other hand, greasing down with coconut oil an hour or two before you color helps protect the hair. Meadowfoam and olive oil have been fine, no color in the wash water. COing seems great for not fading the color. I do my whole head when I recolor. Unless you buy the color and the developer separately, you might be getting a stronger developer than your hair needs from boxed dyes. If you don't need to lift color, you could probably switch to 10vol developer. I like buying the dye and developer separate and I have more shades to pick from at the beauty supply places. (seriously, you can wash out and reuse the applicator bottle, you just need gloves and caps) A darker color will probably take and keep fine on lighter hair. I hear its getting them out of lighter hair that might cause trouble.

LunaMoon
July 9th, 2011, 05:43 AM
I seem to have had trouble with coconut oil stripping the color. On the other hand, greasing down with coconut oil an hour or two before you color helps protect the hair. Meadowfoam and olive oil have been fine, no color in the wash water. COing seems great for not fading the color. I do my whole head when I recolor. Unless you buy the color and the developer separately, you might be getting a stronger developer than your hair needs from boxed dyes. If you don't need to lift color, you could probably switch to 10vol developer. I like buying the dye and developer separate and I have more shades to pick from at the beauty supply places. (seriously, you can wash out and reuse the applicator bottle, you just need gloves and caps) A darker color will probably take and keep fine on lighter hair. I hear its getting them out of lighter hair that might cause trouble.
oh! Good to know about Coconut oil! I use it on my skin as well so I am not going to "waste" it btw.
I am going to color the hole hair next time as well, and I will try to find some place to buy 10v developer and hair dye separated as well.
Well, I am not planning to get my new color out of my hair, so this are good news!
Thanks a lot Rita!

RitaCeleste
July 9th, 2011, 06:11 AM
I haven't sworn off coconut oil yet. I'm just gonna hold off for a few weeks after I dye it and see how it does. I love coconut oil. It could have just been been me loosing some color after coloring. Its typical for me loose some color the first few washes. Last time, I just kept loosing color beyond a few washes. I haven't used this color before so it could be the brand. Just wait until your hair is past the point of loosing color in the wash water so you'd know if it was from the coconut oil.

LunaMoon
July 9th, 2011, 06:16 AM
Ok! thanks! Good to know maybe I will see some color in the water, and it is normal. I am going to wait to check about the Coconut oil them. I am still waiting to CO my hair after coloring yesterday... Is it true I have to wait 3 days to "wash" my hair?

RitaCeleste
July 9th, 2011, 06:29 AM
I've never paid any attention to that warning. If my hair needs more conditioning because it dry, I'd go ahead and CO it. You aren't gonna be putting shampoo on it anyway. They put conditioner right in those boxes! :D

LunaMoon
July 9th, 2011, 06:38 AM
@RitaCeleste
I am learning a lot with you, thanks a lot, really.
I used the L"Oreal Excellence Pro-Keratine and my hair is not dry at all. It is in the best condition than bedore for sure, and the breackage I had is gone 100%. Maybe is the keratin, I don't know. And yes, I used the pos-dye conditioner in the box (was a protein CO).
I will CO tomorrow them...
Thanks

RitaCeleste
July 9th, 2011, 06:53 AM
My hair likes some protein after I color it too. My hair is pretty strong when it comes to coloring and awful with perms and straighteners. I survived the 80's and learned I can color and color but 2 perms and my hair is toast. The coconut oil pretreatment before coloring really does help protect the hair and doesn't stop the color from taking evenly or anything. It takes about 2 weeks for me to know how my hairs condition is after coloring. It seems a little weaker the first weak or two then it goes back to normal feeling. I've been brushing my waves so I suppose people assume my hair is fried. As soon as I can, I'm replacing that pic with one where I've just finger combed it. I thought my S.O. would notice if I stopped brushing but he seemed oblivious to it being curlier or less fuzzy.

LunaMoon
July 9th, 2011, 07:11 AM
Ha, ha I had a perm in the 80's as well...
Was wonderful the first month, but after that became frizzy and very dry. I had to cut it off...
Well I am going to see how is my hair after washing (COing).
I think the silky feling I am getting now is because of the color box CO That I used. So bad I can't get a big bottle of this stuff...
About the coconut oil before dye, makes a lot of sense to me, as I read the dyes work better in a "acid environment" and that is the why is good to not wash the day we color. As coconut oil is th most alike to hair "acid" oils, I think is a good option.
I am wavy and I brush my hair as well, we can see in my avatar...:D

RitaCeleste
July 9th, 2011, 07:20 AM
Sometimes at Sally's you can buy the conditioners that come boxed dyes in bottles. Places that sell the dye and developer separate also sell those packets of conditioner. A few of them are so good they should be bottled!

LunaMoon
July 9th, 2011, 07:23 AM
:)I think the only place near France that has Sally's is UK. I have to check if I can buy online! Thaaaanks:flower:

Lianna
July 10th, 2011, 03:55 PM
1. After coloring, how long I need to wait to wash? I am used with COing every other day, so I colored yesterday (friday), can I CO tomorrow (sunday) or is better to wait more?

I always washed my hair with shampoo without problems, a little fading is expected whether you wash it in the next day or not.

2. it is COing good for colored hair?

Yes, because the color will fade less overtime.

3. Oils will strip the color?

I heard they do, but I still benefit from them so much, I choose to use them. Shampoo strips color too but I need it. We can't really avoid everything that fades color, I can't anyway. My life is easier with shampoo and oils, even though they strip the color a little bit.

4. I know reds are the most difficult color to keep. My natural red was not different. You can see the fading between the avatar (mu color) and my sig. Looks like I colored but is sun bleached I guess.
There is some way to keep the red in my hair more time or I have to color full head next time as well? Not just the roots right?

When someone lightens to red, I don't think it's that difficult to keep (since people already have the red pigment naturally). The blue pigment is the one that leaves the hair faster (aka ashy shades become brassy soon). It's more trouble when blonde hair is dyed with the red dye, because it fades, that's why (I think) people say it's hard to keep red hair. In natural red hair, I think the sun can bleach it, but that's not really a just red hair problem.

I think there's some teas with red pigments, good for enhancing red hair colors, you could try that to keep the color longer. I also heard apple cider vinegar adds a little red. YMMV.

5. I am "going darker", so I am not bleaching my hair. People say is difficult to keep a dark color on lighter hair, It is true?

It depends if the hair is porous or not. If the hair was bleached before it's hard to keep the color because high porosity hair looses color very fast (bleached hair usually have high porosity). On natural light hair (normal or high porosity), I think the color will fade in a natural pace. Keeping in mind permanent hair colors really are permanent, they fade just a little after you wash it. After that, the color shouldn't change that much, if the hair is healthy. An all over application is needed from time to time for some people.

6. I am using a UV protector leave in as recommended in the instructions of the Loreal dye box. It is ok?

I actually use a leave in from L'oreal with UV protection (the one for dyed hair). I'm not sure if it works, but my hair likes it very much (less fly-away). It also has a little protein, which is generally good for dyed hair.


PS. I think we use the same hairdye. :p

LunaMoon
July 11th, 2011, 03:21 AM
1. After coloring, how long I need to wait to wash? I am used with COing every other day, so I colored yesterday (friday), can I CO tomorrow (sunday) or is better to wait more?

I always washed my hair with shampoo without problems, a little fading is expected whether you wash it in the next day or not.

2. it is COing good for colored hair?

Yes, because the color will fade less overtime.

3. Oils will strip the color?

I heard they do, but I still benefit from them so much, I choose to use them. Shampoo strips color too but I need it. We can't really avoid everything that fades color, I can't anyway. My life is easier with shampoo and oils, even though they strip the color a little bit.

4. I know reds are the most difficult color to keep. My natural red was not different. You can see the fading between the avatar (mu color) and my sig. Looks like I colored but is sun bleached I guess.
There is some way to keep the red in my hair more time or I have to color full head next time as well? Not just the roots right?

When someone lightens to red, I don't think it's that difficult to keep (since people already have the red pigment naturally). The blue pigment is the one that leaves the hair faster (aka ashy shades become brassy soon). It's more trouble when blonde hair is dyed with the red dye, because it fades, that's why (I think) people say it's hard to keep red hair. In natural red hair, I think the sun can bleach it, but that's not really a just red hair problem.

I think there's some teas with red pigments, good for enhancing red hair colors, you could try that to keep the color longer. I also heard apple cider vinegar adds a little red. YMMV.

5. I am "going darker", so I am not bleaching my hair. People say is difficult to keep a dark color on lighter hair, It is true?

It depends if the hair is porous or not. If the hair was bleached before it's hard to keep the color because high porosity hair looses color very fast (bleached hair usually have high porosity). On natural light hair (normal or high porosity), I think the color will fade in a natural pace. Keeping in mind permanent hair colors really are permanent, they fade just a little after you wash it. After that, the color shouldn't change that much, if the hair is healthy. An all over application is needed from time to time for some people.

6. I am using a UV protector leave in as recommended in the instructions of the Loreal dye box. It is ok?

I actually use a leave in from L'oreal with UV protection (the one for dyed hair). I'm not sure if it works, but my hair likes it very much (less fly-away). It also has a little protein, which is generally good for dyed hair.


PS. I think we use the same hairdye. :p


Wow Lianna! Thank you very much for taking your time to answer all my questions! I have no words...:flower:
I think my hair is a little bit porous, but was not quimically bleached, just sun bleached. I really think going lighter than my natural color doesn't suit me at all, this is the why I colored. Was too light from sunshine and almost blond on the ends.
Well I am keeping an eye open to see what is goint to happen. I was just little woried because I still want to grow my hair and if I start damaging because of the coloring will be impossible.
Thanks a lot!
I use the L'Oreal pro-keratin hair dye. The leave in is the one in the red bottle, L'Oreal as well.
:blossom:

Lianna
July 11th, 2011, 08:01 AM
I use the L'Oreal pro-keratin hair dye. The leave in is the one in the red bottle, L'Oreal as well.
:blossom:

You're welcome. :) I live in a different country, but I'm pretty sure they're the same I use.

LunaMoon
July 11th, 2011, 08:49 AM
You're welcome. :) I live in a different country, but I'm pretty sure they're the same I use.

Hi Lianna. I read in other post you are from Brazil. Do you live there?
I am from Brazil as well (not living there for more than 15 years now). I think the pintura there is L'Oreal Excellence. :)

Lianna
July 11th, 2011, 08:57 AM
Hi Lianna. I read in other post you are from Brazil. Do you live there?
I am from Brazil as well (not living there for more than 15 years now). I think the pintura there is L'Oreal Excellence. :)

Yes! :O :D

PinkyCat
July 11th, 2011, 09:28 AM
Yes I'm a chemical dyer too! I use L'Oreal Excellence in dark brown - which turns out a nice rich black on me. I only do my roots - the first week of every month. I touch up the length maybe once a year (I CO & the color hardly fades at all, if ever).

Someday I will switch to henndigo - when I need to chase the grays more than once a month. But this is quick & easy for now!

LunaMoon
July 11th, 2011, 09:35 AM
Yes I'm a chemical dyer too! I use L'Oreal Excellence in dark brown - which turns out a nice rich black on me. I only do my roots - the first week of every month. I touch up the length maybe once a year (I CO & the color hardly fades at all, if ever).

Someday I will switch to henndigo - when I need to chase the grays more than once a month. But this is quick & easy for now!

Wow you color is very nice! I love dark hair.
I CO as well but the first "wash" after coloring... o lot of red came in the water... Maybe is the water. Is already a little bit ligher than the first day after just 1 CO! Well it is still nice.

Lianna
July 11th, 2011, 09:37 AM
... L'Oreal Excellence in dark brown - which turns out a nice rich black on me.

My mother does that too, it's funny how the namely BROWN turns out very very very BLACK!! Hers doesn't fade at all (from grey hair).

PinkyCat
July 11th, 2011, 10:37 AM
Wow you color is very nice! I love dark hair.
I CO as well but the first "wash" after coloring... o lot of red came in the water... Maybe is the water. Is already a little bit ligher than the first day after just 1 CO! Well it is still nice.

Red usually fades more quickly than other colors because the pigment molecules are larger than other colors, and the cuticle has a harder time sealing them in. Just some info I picked up somewhere!

Lianna
July 11th, 2011, 11:26 AM
Red usually fades more quickly than other colors because the pigment molecules are larger than other colors, and the cuticle has a harder time sealing them in. Just some info I picked up somewhere!

That's true, if you have to put the red pigment in, it's hard to maintain red hair. But when lifting your natural color to red (dark brown to ginger for instance) the color will stay nicely.

I wonder if it's harder to maintain red hair (blonde to red) or to keep a blonde ashy (keep away brassy tones without recoloring/violet shampoos/toners etc).

LunaMoon
July 11th, 2011, 11:50 AM
Well I think my natural hair is already red. I will try to keep the darker red...

amaiaisabella
July 11th, 2011, 12:31 PM
How many of you use demi-permanents? I had been bleaching and toning my hair blonde for a number of months, but finally faced facts I looked much better with a darker blonde/lighter brown color. The stylist did a demi permanent on my hair about 6 weeks ago, and warned me that we'd have to do it another time because my hair need to have the gaps in the cuticle filled in. It's definitely faded some since the day of coloring, but I have a question. My roots are growing in now, and the line of demarcation doesn't look all that bad. The problem is that the lengths are too golden (though not especially brassy, just too gold for my tastes). Would it be possible to do a drabber, or toner, on the gold lengths, not darkening it but toning some of the gold, so I don't have to do the roots over again? I kind of want to grow it out and do some highlights/lowlights when I see how the natural color looks, but wanted to see if this was possible before bringing it up at my appointment in two weeks.

DTsgirl
July 16th, 2011, 07:05 PM
So, I know violet tones yellow shades and brassiness and blue is for red shades, but what color is for hair that has a mix of all of the above, plus some orange mixed together? Violet? Thinking about picking up Jhirmak for Silver shades conditioner tonight and doing a heated deep treatment with it. But not if it will turn the red shades a funky color. Any advice? I just want to tone down the brass and orange, mostly, while keeping the golden blonde I've been working towards.

Lianna
July 16th, 2011, 07:49 PM
I'd start with the blue, DTsgirl. If later you have more golden tones than wanted, use the violet.

redcelticcurls
August 18th, 2011, 06:07 PM
After letting my roots grow in to see how much gray there was, I decided to go a darker red. There is less than 10% gray right now, but my level 7 hair is now a level 6.

The darker red seems a bit more age appropriate. :lol:

http://i51.tinypic.com/dfys9k.jpg

http://i56.tinypic.com/289d1sp.jpg

http://i53.tinypic.com/bf2vix.jpg

It will still fade, as seen here. :)

http://i54.tinypic.com/21osnbo.jpg

didrash
August 18th, 2011, 06:10 PM
Me. I love blue-black hair and hate my natural red highlights. So far nothing natural was reported to give this blue-black color, so I guess I am stuck with chemicals. At least I try to go ammonia-free...

TheCatSaidQuack
August 18th, 2011, 09:52 PM
...dye addict, here. I'm a natural brunnette, dyed various shades of red for years now - though the past year, I've used the same color. I only use a volume 20 on my roots, and a volume 10 on my length every 8 weeks, and I CO, which I think makes a big difference in my hair care. That, and protein treatments every few weeks, as well as daily oiling.

My hair went through a phrase where it stopped growing for about 6 months, which my dr thankfully diagonsed as a pretty bad underactive thyroid. Still figuring out dosages for the medicine, but within 3 weeks I saw more growth in my hair then I did in those 6 months.

I know its more work to use chemicals, but I love the color (no one believes I dye my hair until they see the roots, because it suits my complexion so well), so its worth the extra effort in taking care of my hair. Its not even so much preserving the color as it is making sure my hair stays as healthy as I can make it.

Netabug
August 26th, 2011, 02:46 PM
I chemically color. I try to use a demi or one that's ammonia free. I tried to lighten my hair to a blonde with a box color and that was a very bad idea. So I will stick to darkening it. I would like to go natural but everytime I do my color fades to this weird brassy brown. Then I go running to the store to buy another color!

tigerrlily
September 7th, 2011, 10:12 PM
I went from having all one length hip hitting hair virgin hair, to getting a longer-than-BSL razored cut, to finally dying my dark brown hair an auburny red this Feb. I love it!

Because I don't want to mess up my own hair, I get it professionally done every 8 weeks. I always make sure to do a deep conditioning treatment at least once a week and some light daily oiling in order to keep my hair from getting fried [so far, so good!]

The only thing I don't like is the fading, which just comes with the red. I just bought myself Tressa Watercolors Color Maintenance Shampoo in Fluid Fire, which is supposed to really help enhance and slow down the fading effects.

Lianna
December 11th, 2011, 08:05 PM
I think this thread needs a bump. Plus I wanted to show a technique I've been using when I wanted to lighten my dyed light brown to dark blonde (ish), but didn't wanna bleach all. I know we have things like Color Oops and Color b4 now but they are extremely expensive in my country. I've used it once before and it lightened my roots half a shade aswell.

Click to see a video in a foreign language (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6zzivbTnmA&list=PLA37EBC3AF31C333F&index=9&feature=plpp_video) :p

I personally loved her results! :)

jessa
December 12th, 2011, 03:15 AM
hello. newbie here. i have bsl brown hair but my natural is blonde. i have now put a semi permanent dark blonde colour (looks pretty much brown) on 3 times over the last 6 months. i would like to know the best way to go back to my natural without having the weird looking blonde regrowth and keeping my hair healthy... if there is a way ?

Lianna
December 12th, 2011, 03:17 AM
You can use hair color remover such as Color Oops or Color B4, they remove the color without damage.

Carissamarie08
January 17th, 2012, 10:59 AM
Bumping this for the heck of it. I really need to recolor my hair...I have about 2 inches of new growth.

PriscillaCherel
January 17th, 2012, 11:42 AM
Hellooww to al the chemical dye users! Count me in :)

millyaulait
January 17th, 2012, 01:53 PM
Meeee!

I do my best to take care of my hair otherwise, and I only dye my roots (dark brown, permanent), I co-wash & oil regularly too. I just can't do henna. My hair comes through whiteblonde, so it makes my fine hair look like it's falling out worse than it is.. so chemical dye is the answer for me! :D

Carissamarie08
January 17th, 2012, 05:53 PM
Yeah, I dont want to try henna either. Chemicals is what I am used to and I am good with, so I am sticking to it.

Kapri
January 28th, 2012, 09:22 AM
May I ask you chemical colouring ladies what products you use? How do you balance the conditioning needs of your hair with the fact that oils can lift colour? I have very fine, dyed (roots only, mid-brown) hair and it is confusing trying to get the right routine in place!

Many thanks!


I am currently researching a variety of approaches:

Have tried CV bars ..great first time but then too waxy
Ojon Damage Restore s&c OKish
Philip Kingsley Elasticiser for the dry ends ...ok, not much effecr
Daniel Galvin sulfate free shampoo for coloured hair ..okish
Mineral oil ..amazing first time but I think I need to look at the amount I use and re-visit...
Everything is okish but not AMAZING...

Ktani has shared some great insights about not over-coating the hair so that it gets dry and i am going to follow up her link for shea butter moisturiser on another discussion.

Shikara is researching gentle protein shampoos.

I am contemplating George Michael shampoos too...

But tips from the coloured fine hairs would be great!!!

ps If there is somewhere else I could post this, please let me know!

Kapri

ladonna
January 28th, 2012, 10:00 AM
I like to highlight my hair and then month's later I get tired of it and dye it back dark brown. I just dyed back to my natural color and so I'm keeping it oiled and plan on SMT 2x weekly. I don't plan on highlighting again because it never turn's out right. I tired Henna/indigo and had really really pretty hair color from it, but it washes out too fast. So I still plan on doing glosses with cassia or just henna since my hair is dark again and the glosses won't really change my hair color.

jacqueline101
January 29th, 2012, 08:52 AM
I used to use clairol jazzing professional dye. I haven't done this in two years or longer I liked it. The jazzing is the bright colors and I do miss it.

Hollyfire3
January 29th, 2012, 01:10 PM
Hi, natural brunnete gone darker here, i would never give up coloring my hair, i know it is bad and just like my flat iron was, i will regret not giving it up soon enough, but there must be an achievable balance. I want long hair but i want to color it, can't i just do this one thing that is bad and horrible and still have long hair? I mean, somehome someone must know a good deep treatment to counteract what the dye does to your hair? its so depresing sometimes because i know i have to eventually give up the hair dye to have long hair...

joflakes
January 29th, 2012, 01:44 PM
Just poking my head in!
I have lightened hair with Poppy Red Directions on it at the moment.
I CO wash with a bit of Directions mixed in, with just a cheap conditioner that is cone-free. I sometimes use Dove Intensive Repair shampoo that has been watered down.
Occasionally leave a conditioner on overnight before CO-ing.
That's it!
I want to have long, awesome bright red hair :D

Hollyfire3
January 29th, 2012, 02:41 PM
Just poking my head in!
I have lightened hair with Poppy Red Directions on it at the moment.
I CO wash with a bit of Directions mixed in, with just a cheap conditioner that is cone-free. I sometimes use Dove Intensive Repair shampoo that has been watered down.
Occasionally leave a conditioner on overnight before CO-ing.
That's it!
I want to have long, awesome bright red hair :D

Does CO washing keep the color in longer than using SLS shampoo? I have been considering CO waashing but since i use styling products, am curious to how cleansing it is and what it does to colored hair.

AMD
July 30th, 2012, 10:49 AM
Count me in!

I had a former love affair with manic panic colors (especially the blue shades). now I have light brown ends on my hair. Getting highlights at the end of August... hoping they turn out well!

I just love having differing shades. Sometimes it can be hard to see anything besides a blob of dark brown on my head. I especially love seeing highlighted hair in braids and buns!

akilina
July 30th, 2012, 11:02 AM
Ugh...this thread makes me want to convert back! I have an issue with experimentation...I do it too much. I will always love chemical color. I will probably without a doubt be using it again eventually.
I started using henna so I would stop using chemical dyes but I STILL get that urge.
Although, my urge is much less now that my only real options are going black again. Which might happen someday. I feel proud though going almost 3 months without chemical dyes.

KristiLe
July 30th, 2012, 11:49 AM
I'm totally unashamed to say that I get my hair colored/highlighted! I will say though that my mom used to be a beautician so I am fortunate to be able to use the professional color products to minimize damage. I just had highlights foiled in about a month ago and I'm SO in love with them!

millyaulait
July 30th, 2012, 11:57 AM
Me! I'm too scared to try henna due to how permanent it is...

Plus I'd probably reeeeeeally screw it up. :P

I just dye my hair dark brown now, usually with Loreal.

MrsGuther
July 30th, 2012, 01:33 PM
As large as this group is, I don't think I can be the only one who is a chemical color user.

If there are enough of willing to come out of the color closest, I was thinking of asking for a social group for us to talk about hair care for the color treated person who is growing hair out.
Hello there! I color my hair. :) I use loreal excellence Creme hair color. I liked my hair color better when Iused to get highlights and lowlights done at the salon.... But that was making my hair break off... So I just use box color once in a while now.

MrsGuther
July 30th, 2012, 01:37 PM
Me! I'm too scared to try henna due to how permanent it is...

Plus I'd probably reeeeeeally screw it up. :P

I just dye my hair dark brown now, usually with Loreal.
I'm too scared to try henna as well! You don't flirt with henna, you marry it! Lol

Alexandriaweb
July 30th, 2012, 01:44 PM
I have turquoise hair (see avatar), and it's getting quite close to waist length now :)
I do a lot of oil treatments and the like to keep it healthy, but I don't think I'll ever stop dying it some colour or other, I get bored if it stays one colour for more than a year or so!

jojo89
July 30th, 2012, 01:51 PM
MrsGuther- I'm with you all the way-I am scared of henna too! I loved my hair when I was getting highlights and lowlights also but my hair suffered big time so now I just do my roots.
I love to experiment and like AMD I also love the manic panic blue shades. In fact I just over-bleached my hair to get the blue out a few months back and cut 2 inches off, ends still damaged. I'm proud to say that overall color, I have stayed blonde since last september so almost a year yay :) Not gonna lie..I'm getting urges =o

MrsGuther
July 30th, 2012, 02:09 PM
MrsGuther- I'm with you all the way-I am scared of henna too! I loved my hair when I was getting highlights and lowlights also but my hair suffered big time so now I just do my roots.
I love to experiment and like AMD I also love the manic panic blue shades. In fact I just over-bleached my hair to get the blue out a few months back and cut 2 inches off, ends still damaged. I'm proud to say that overall color, I have stayed blonde since last september so almost a year yay :) Not gonna lie..I'm getting urges =o

:D:D:D:D;)

LaLaBella
July 30th, 2012, 02:43 PM
I started going gray right before my 18th birthday. The gray makes me look tired & washed out so I touch up my roots pretty often.

elfgirl
July 30th, 2012, 03:13 PM
I had some highlights in when I was 13, touched them up and kept them for about a year or two, then let my hair grow out natural. I've streaked my hair at home with Manic Panic, and the last time I did any dye, I had the bottom half of my hair coloured a dark burgundy redish via Special Effects at a salon. My hair has been its natural light brown for about a year or two now. I'm planning to do a honey blonde with a darkish red with Wella dye in a few weeks, or I might just go red if the blonde is too light. Or I might just get a different colour :p

We'll see. I'm planning to go about this way for a while, then aim to start growing and going natural again in a couple of years. We'll see :)

Avital88
July 30th, 2012, 03:21 PM
yes i have to admit i am addicted to L'oreal casting creme gloss semi permanant dyes, i love the ice cappuccino,intense black and the love of my life Blue Black!! which isnt available in the country i am now :S i know its not good and i will go back to hendigo after summer

RedheadMistress
July 30th, 2012, 03:27 PM
- I bleach my hair and dye it pink ! It looks pink in the sun, red when you're indoors with yellow lighting . . it's awesome . Not totally ready to give it up, but i AM going to try cassia and hopefully it wont change my hair colour in a bad way . . also I might experiment with henna and cassia later and keep a nice vibrant colour.. we will see .

PinkyCat
July 30th, 2012, 03:33 PM
My current love is a 50:50 mix of L'Oreal Mega Browns in Coffee (Level 3) and L'Oreal Excellence Natural Black (Level 3). It turns out a cool grape jelly color - looks black, but its purple in the light.

RedheadMistress
July 30th, 2012, 03:36 PM
yes i have to admit i am addicted to L'oreal casting creme gloss semi permanant dyes, i love the ice cappuccino,intense black and the love of my life Blue Black!! which isnt available in the country i am now :S i know its not good and i will go back to hendigo after summer


- This reminds me of when I was younger and addicted to H&Ms blue black dye . . gorgeous colour, more blue than black and So cheap !

BeautifullHair
August 1st, 2012, 04:23 AM
Soo happy i found this thread thou i just made another one. woops:o

Im thinking of dying my hair bright red again.
But was afraid i wasent going to be able to keep growing, but it seems you guys have been able to do both. yay:)

FrannyG
August 1st, 2012, 05:00 AM
Soo happy i found this thread thou i just made another one. woops:o

Im thinking of dying my hair bright red again.
But was afraid i wasent going to be able to keep growing, but it seems you guys have been able to do both. yay:)

I dye my hair with L'Oreal Preference, which is a box dye without bleach. However, there are women here with classic length hair and even longer who use bleach. It depends on you hair and how you care for it.

Personally, I would rather have hip length hair in the colour that I love, which is my goal, than have classic length hair and be unhappy with the way I look with my natural silverish (okay white, with a bit of salt and pepper) colour.

BeautifullHair
August 1st, 2012, 07:18 AM
Thats exactly what i want hip length hair with the color i love.
I think i take very good care of my hair (now)
i never use heat on it unless im going somewhere fancy (which is like never)
i only wash with conditioner , oil and deep condition , dont use a brush, you get the point. haha

So i think i may color my hair soon. yaya: D:eek:

eros
October 13th, 2012, 04:36 AM
Hi! I'm thinking of dying my hair with a chemical dye.Not so much for the color, I just really want shine. Which brands are best for shine?

hairhair
October 13th, 2012, 05:03 AM
Hi! I'm thinking of dying my hair with a chemical dye.Not so much for the color, I just really want shine. Which brands are best for shine?
If shine's what you want you may not need permanent dye -- for example, I get a lot of shine out of the Schwarzkopf LIVE semi-permanent colours (http://www.schwarzkopf.com.au/skau/en/home/hair_colour/colour_products/live-salon.html). If shine is what you're looking for rather than colour change, just get one in a similar colour to your own hair. They're pretty cheap and I'd say keep my hair looking really shiny for about a month. :)

kidari
October 13th, 2012, 06:17 AM
I'm loving this thread! I have been coloring my hair ever since high school really. Been just about evey color but now I color is black. My nautral color is dark brown and I have fast growing hair with greys around my middle part so I dye only the regrowth black every month. I only pull the color through the ends for the last 5-10 minutes a couple times a year and thanks to LHC I have discovered oiling my hair in coconut oil prior to dying really helps a lot. Going a shade or two darker from my natural color is really low maintenance and I feel like it makes my hair look more enhanced and dramatic. With my features and coloring I feel like I look better with black hair than I do with my natural dark brown. Plus I am still young and do not want my greys to take over yet.

millyaulait
October 13th, 2012, 06:33 AM
I just heard about Garnier Olia, it's mineral oil based & ammonia free.

I use mineral oil on my ends when they are damp but I'm not sure how it would be all over.

I might give it a go anyway. My roots need done! :)

eros
October 13th, 2012, 08:58 AM
If shine's what you want you may not need permanent dye -- for example, I get a lot of shine out of the Schwarzkopf LIVE semi-permanent colours (http://www.schwarzkopf.com.au/skau/en/home/hair_colour/colour_products/live-salon.html). If shine is what you're looking for rather than colour change, just get one in a similar colour to your own hair. They're pretty cheap and I'd say keep my hair looking really shiny for about a month. :)

ohh i see,thanks! i haven't tried any schwarzkopf products yet. i might try it out if i see it in the drugstore (:

eros
October 13th, 2012, 09:29 AM
Does anybody have any experience with John Frieda, L'oreal, or Garnier dyes btw? they have loads of those where I live.

starlamelissa
October 13th, 2012, 10:18 AM
i still love my revlon colorsilk. recently bought a case ;)

MrsGuther
October 13th, 2012, 10:30 AM
As large as this group is, I don't think I can be the only one who is a chemical color user.

If there are enough of willing to come out of the color closest, I was thinking of asking for a social group for us to talk about hair care for the color treated person who is growing hair out.

*waves hello!!!* I'm a chemically color treated long hair! :) I usually use loreal preference level 8 or 9. My natural hair color is blonde, so I am essentially only making it about a shade or two lighter. :) I've heard a lot of people who say its impossible to grow super long hair if you dye it, but obviously that's not true. My hair is down to my butt crack!! :D lol. I have a thick hemline too!

Chimom79
October 13th, 2012, 07:29 PM
I used Garnier Nutrisse the time before last, but yesterday I just did root touch up and am using revlon colorsilk. Works great, I've used it many times in the past. I use deep burgundy. Before too long Im gonna convert to henna. At least thats the plan. I have always wanted to do henna, never have yet. I've read a TON about it though and feel like I have how to do it down pat. Lol! But for right now, I'm a chemical head. The Garnier is nice, you could def give that a go. :thumbsup: