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i like the bright 'live' ones,i've used them for years. my mum goes brown and nice and easy is thee best for coverage on her hair.
its much easier to do if you can get a friend or family member to help,but if not, i start at the top,put a little on and rub in with your fingers (using gloves) and keep going til its all covered,then i use baby wipes to wipe off any excess on ears/hairline/forehead. once the time is up i shower off,
if you can,do it when your hair is as dirty as possible,as the colour takes better,
So, I've bought a l'oreal casting creme gloss and once I've applied it, I'm supposed to just rinse til the water runs clear after 20 mins. IS THIS RIGHT???? I thought you had to shampoo our the colour? Please help!
I want to be (and am now) dark blonde, but I use ash beige blonde to achieve that and it's much lighter on the box. I'm light brown naturally so not really dark. I've not tried any of the darker or redder shades though, just the light browns and lighter, until I got as light as I wanted.
I've used most of the big brands and they're all fine (Nice 'n' Easy, L'Oreal Excellence, etc). You might need to try a few different ones to get a shade you're happy with.
And I always rinse first, then two or even three shampoos and conditioner. Don't do it on a night you're going out though, as I find it takes at least one more wash to get all the residue out, and get the full benefit of the colour/shine.
Lucky you not having much grey - should be easy to dye.