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Do it yourself hair color

Moms View Message Board: General Discussion: Archive May 2006: Do it yourself hair color
By Mommyof5 on Tuesday, May 9, 2006 - 06:09 pm:

Is it really possible to color your hair yourself? I have been having my hair colored for the past year to cover the grey hairs. They really are more like metallic silver than grey and I have very dark brown hair so they REALLY stand out. I need to have it done again but don't get out of there for much under $100 and I really don't have it right now.

So my question it possible for me to do this at home myself? This last time she did highlights but before she just matched to my natural color and did just the top where the greys are. If it is possible is there such thing as a goof proof home color kit?

By Karen~moderator on Tuesday, May 9, 2006 - 06:30 pm:

I did mine at home for many, many years, but that was just straight color. If you are doing highlights, it gets trickier. I tried to do highlights on myself one time and it turned out horrible. Straight color is easy to do though.

By Annie2 on Tuesday, May 9, 2006 - 07:26 pm:

I did straight color to cover greys and roots for many years until last fall. I colored as usual and my hair had a greenish tint to it. This happened right before we were to go to an out of town family wedding. I won't color myself again, although I miss the low cost :)

By Kate on Tuesday, May 9, 2006 - 09:29 pm:

VERY helpful post from the past.

By Trina~moderator on Tuesday, May 9, 2006 - 09:40 pm:

Here's a link, Kate. :)

By Marcia on Tuesday, May 9, 2006 - 11:25 pm:

I do mine all the time. I use L'Oreal Preference.

By Wandilu on Wednesday, May 10, 2006 - 12:26 am:

I always color my own.I used to use name brand colors,but I use one from the health food store now.It's more work,but the results are amazing.And so much better for your hair.

By Crystal915 on Wednesday, May 10, 2006 - 01:51 am:

I use Feria with great results, and use a highlighting kit at home as well. :) I've been dying my own hair for about 11 years. It's worth a shot, it's only a few bucks, and a stylist can fix it if you really screw it up.

By Karen~moderator on Wednesday, May 10, 2006 - 09:35 am:

Crystal, how do you do the highlights????

I will add, *if* you are attempting highlights at home, it is MUCH easier to do it on medium or longer length hair than it is short hair. Ditto in the salon.

The girl who does my hair constantly tells me it's harder to do the highlights on short hair, and the girl who originally cut my hair short last year told me the same thing.

By Dana on Wednesday, May 10, 2006 - 09:50 am:

I have always used Preference by L'Oreal. I love their conditioning rinse. I never have to use as much as they say and can use it for quite some time before running out.

By Crystal915 on Wednesday, May 10, 2006 - 03:56 pm:

I have chin length hair, and use the Herbal Essences one with the little 3 prong comb thingy. You just run it down the areas you want to highlight (of course, I prefer chunky highlights) and let it set. It's still kinda a pain in the butt, and I'm thinking I'd rather spend the money to get a crown highlight professionally.

By Breann on Wednesday, May 10, 2006 - 05:31 pm:

I have highlighted my own hair, as well as my DD's. I don't remember what brand we used, but it came with a cap to pull the hair through. It was pretty fool proof.

I've also colored my own hair at home. I have light hair, and I like it to be a little richer/darker in color.

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