Err.... Sun-in success stories?

(36 Posts)
oohdaddypig Sun 22-Sep-13 14:38:14

Ok I'm not trying to relive my teen years, hear me out.

I have longish shiny medium brown hair. It's boring. I'm bored and want a lift!! I'm thinking my dark hair is quite aging...

Most of my family are allergic to hair dye - the PDP stuff and so I really don't want to start using these...

I've ordered sun-in super. Was planning on some DIY face framing highlights.

Any success stories?!

I'm a bit hard up for a professional hairdresser job btw.

nowwhat Sun 22-Sep-13 14:49:44

I used it on and off for years but tbh don't think it makes a massive difference so finally stopped bothering. Lemon juice works as well but dries your hair out. You could go to a salon and see what they say? They will do a patch test for you if you're worried about being allergic. A different cut might help too?

nowwhat Sun 22-Sep-13 14:50:09

Oh just noticed your last line, could look on groupon or similar sites for when deals come up?

Fuzzysnout Sun 22-Sep-13 14:59:21

I used it for years in my younger days & liked the look. It does damage your hair quite badly over time though. I then did a wash in brunette dye & the whole thing turned pink as it washed out! Still looked cool though ...

oohdaddypig Sun 22-Sep-13 15:35:46

Thanks, fuzzy and now! Now, did you use the normal one or super one?

Any more experiences?!

littlemissnormal Sun 22-Sep-13 15:40:11

I used to use it all of the time on my mousey brown hair about 15 years ago confused

I never had any problems with it damaging my hair.

NomDeClavier Sun 22-Sep-13 15:42:32

I used to use it too - no problems at all, apart from trying to only spray the bits I wanted to highlight!

oohdaddypig Sun 22-Sep-13 15:53:18

Mm true nomdeclavier. Not sure i want all over lighter...

Do you just use it once or does it need a few goes...

I feel sun in must be due a comeback... Cheap and relatively chemical free.... (Hope I don't live to regret saying this grin)

Ujjayi Sun 22-Sep-13 17:53:13

If you don't get the shade you want with the Sun In then you could try John Frieda "Go Blonder" shampoo & conditioner to lighten it further. I use it when my highlights begin to lose their cool blonde tone. It has lemon balm & other natural lighteners

dustyhousewithdustypeople Sun 22-Sep-13 18:48:42

I really liked it, haven't used it for a while though. My hair turns quite blond in the sun so sun in seemed to suit it. It didn't seem to damage it at all, and I used it for a few years. It's quite subtle, so you can redo until it looks how you want it.

17leftfeet Sun 22-Sep-13 18:53:41

My brown hair turned bright orange with sun in

Don't do it!!!!

PractialJoke Sun 22-Sep-13 19:11:59

I've been using this shampoo this summer and my hair is definitely a couple of shades lighter, looks sunkissed and is in really good condition.

oohdaddypig Sun 22-Sep-13 22:17:26

Thanks for all responses. Like the idea of a lightening shampoo but my hair I'd really quite dark.... Hoping to avoid any orange with the super stuff grin

17leftfeet Sun 22-Sep-13 22:19:38

I used the super stuff


fiorentina Sun 22-Sep-13 22:22:43

It turned my brown hair orange. Not a good look!!

oohdaddypig Sun 22-Sep-13 22:33:04

Mmmm. Orange as in orangina or auburn-kind-of-ok?!


nowwhat Sun 22-Sep-13 22:37:59

it never made my hair orange but my hairs dark blonde anyway so maybe thats why. You can always dye it with a home kit to cover it if it goes orange.

I bleached all my hair once. At home. That went orange <helpful>

oohdaddypig Sun 22-Sep-13 22:40:39

Maybe the orange is a real risk on dark hair.

Would orange be so bad? I have quite a serious boring job so looking like a tangerine might not be good.

<self obsessed>

17leftfeet Sun 22-Sep-13 22:47:27

Carrot orange

TSSDNCOP Sun 22-Sep-13 22:49:40

Don't do it.

Just don't.

Elsiequadrille Sun 22-Sep-13 22:58:13

I had no idea they still made the stuff! A friend of mine (many years ago it was), with dark brown hair, tried it. She just got weird orange patches, I don't think even the super is that strong, at least it wasn't for her.

I wouldn't bother. Go to the hairdresser for highlights or similar!

LegArmpits Sun 22-Sep-13 23:09:10

Hahahaha. Nope. Unless you like the straw look.

ShreddedHoops Mon 23-Sep-13 00:12:24

Don't do it! Dig out a yellow pages and call every hairdresser within a reachable radius and ask if they have a trainee who needs to do highlights. It'll cost £25 max with a trainee and might even be free, and they'll be fully supervised. If you just have a few scattered through the front and top (called a t-section) then regrowth won't be bad at all so you could get away with having it done maybe just a couple of times a year. Please don't do it at home, I would bet £££ on it being a total disaster, plus anything that lightens your hair has the potential to really damage it permanently so it's always worth paying to go lighter.

SundaySimmons Mon 23-Sep-13 08:06:21

It just made my hair go like straw,

What about those little kits where you comb in highlights or low lowlights? Not seen them for a while but saw them in one of the pound shops recently.

Garnier, I think made them?

glastocat Mon 23-Sep-13 08:09:45

It used to work brilliantly for me, I even did a hair show once with the hairdresser going nuts when she realised what I was bleaching my hair with! But if your hair is brown figs don't do it, you will go orange and not in a good way.

SundaySimmons Mon 23-Sep-13 08:11:05

Here it is

I used it when it first came out. Great stuff, gave a natural look. I used it a few times but then for whatever reason (laziness) stopped using it.

Very easy to apply yourself.

SundaySimmons Mon 23-Sep-13 08:12:08

Ignore my posts, I should have paid more attention to you not wanting chemicals.


oohdaddypig Mon 23-Sep-13 14:16:42

Thanks to everyone who posted experiences, orange or otherwise grin

I think the lack of control with sun-in is the issue.

I've ordered something called hints of nature highlighting kit. £8....

Fingers crossed!

VerySmallSqueak Mon 23-Sep-13 14:23:12

Do you have a birthday soon?

As for a hairdressers trip to have highlights as a treat.

If you like it you can put money aside each week for retouches.

oohdaddypig Mon 23-Sep-13 14:27:41

Alas no, very. Not only am I cash poor, I'm also time poor. I just wouldn't manage to get the time to sit in the hairdressers for 2 (glorious) hours.

I have young DCs and work - I know this is not remotely unusual but I never get an afternoon to myself!

(Perhaps this why I feel I need highlights - I look old and tired hmm)

VerySmallSqueak Mon 23-Sep-13 14:32:15

Have to say I've considered some goldeny subtle highlights round the face (I am dark brown) in the hope it'll disguise the few greys I thought I was happy with but actually am not.

I can't bear the whole hairdressers experience and can't justify the amount of money,so let us know if your highlights kit is any good!

Hope it goes well - will a friend help you or do you think you can do it yourself?

oohdaddypig Mon 23-Sep-13 14:34:56

Will do, very. The Daniel field kit gets good reviews online too.

What is your natural colour?

I'm just going to do it myself!

VerySmallSqueak Mon 23-Sep-13 14:37:55

I am what I would describe as chocolate brown.

I love my natural colour and it has pretty reddish lights in it so I'm reluctant to do a block colour and lose it.Also I have long thick hair and would need a bucketload of dye.

I look forward to hearing how it goes and if it's do-able yourself!

oohdaddypig Mon 23-Sep-13 14:46:21

Sounds like our hair is similar! I'm bored of mine but it has fewer reddish highlights than yours by the sound of it. And mine isn't very thick either. You sound like Kate middleton <jealous>

Gawd I sound vain and self obsessed grin I'm not remotely so, usually, I just feel like I need a lift.

VerySmallSqueak Mon 23-Sep-13 14:52:45

I look nowt like our Kate but my hair is very similar I suppose.

You don't sound vain . Go for it smile

fiorentina Mon 23-Sep-13 16:27:00

Orange as in not very attractive orange. It was a mistake for me!

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