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Home hair colouring kits

(26 Posts)
aliciaflorrick Sat 26-Oct-13 14:35:20

I usually get my hair dyed every six weeks at the hairdressers, however, due to the fact that I'm completely skint I will not be able to get my hair done until after Christmas so I'm really thinking about buying a home colouring kit.

My hair is very dark but must be about 30% grey these days, the roots are just looking dreadful, with completely white around my face. I'm only 42 I'm not prepared to embrace the grey just yet.

Are home dye kits any good? I haven't used one in years? I'm thinking they've got to be better than my salt and pepper roots that I've got now.

Raddy Sat 26-Oct-13 14:43:42

I have the same problem. Dark hair with alarming grey. I started getting greys in my teens.

I get my roots done at the hairdressers about 4 times per year - when I have foils put in the length too. It costs £150 shock and the rest of the time, I use Nice & Easy on my roots at home. I only do the roots to avoid that over dyed look you so often see.

I leave it on for about twice as long as the instructions state.

bonzo77 Sat 26-Oct-13 14:48:36

I always do my own. As a first timer I'd go of a semi permenant colour (washes out in 24 washes) and go a shade lighter than you think you want as they always come out darker than you expect. Nice n easy and loreal castings are both good products IMO.

bakingaddict Sat 26-Oct-13 14:51:45

I would be completly grey if I didnt dye my hair and im only just 40. I have to dye every month and I cant justify the time or cost at the hairdressers. I like the foam colours they do now. Nowhere near as messy as the older style dye

LeoandBoosmum Sat 26-Oct-13 15:24:33

John Freida is good, it's a foam one and my mum loves it! smile

GenericDietCola Sat 26-Oct-13 19:33:01

I used to use Nice and Easy root touch up in between hairdresser visits. Now I always do it myself with Olia, which is very good.

123bucklemyshoe Sat 26-Oct-13 19:35:22

I get mine from Sallys and use the majorel colours. By far and a way the best I've every used (I'm 42 and v grey now - started when I was 20.) It is the nearest to professional at home and if you go in they give you advice on colours and colour mixing. V easy to do. You have to invest in a colouring brush etc but much cheaper.

HerBigChance Sat 26-Oct-13 20:33:23

Second the John Frieda one. It doesn't have that very 'dyed' look (or smell) and any spills come off your skin easily (even the darker colours). The foam ones are so much better than the older ones.

Usually a tenner, but very often £6.60 in Superdrug or Sainsbury's.

cloudskitchen Sat 26-Oct-13 21:16:59

I use nice and easy. works well for me. I do colour my hair every month.

aliciaflorrick Sun 27-Oct-13 07:41:24

Thanks, I'll take the plunge tomorrow. Can't believe I'm feeling nervous about dying my own hair, wasn't a problem when I was a teen!

Horsemad Sun 27-Oct-13 16:52:45

alicia, come back & let us know how you get on! Am contemplating doing my own as can't afford hairdressers every 3 weeks.

Scared of messing it up! Wonder if mousses/foam are easier and less messy on the surroundings!

Madamecastafiore Sun 27-Oct-13 16:57:48

Another vote for the JF foam one. Everyone always saying how lucky I am not to have to dye my hair!! Ha ha must look natural then!!

BabyMummy29 Sun 27-Oct-13 17:04:37

I ended up in the same situation as you,Alicia having had mine dyed at the hairdresser for years.

I now use Nice n Easy foam colouring stuff which is great - no mess and no revolting smell of ammonia.

I have shoulder length hair with quite a bit of grey around the temples and on top and one application lasts me for around 8 to 10 weeks.

Badvoc Sun 27-Oct-13 17:10:31

I don't like the JF one, I use perfect10 by clairol...on,y have to leave it on for 10 mins!

Reese123 Sun 27-Oct-13 17:12:02

Nice n Easy is really great for stubborn grey hair, I use a dye brush brought from superdrug to apply it to my roots, which helps.. It is much messier doing it from home, but so much cheaper. Just remember to have some cotton wool and cleanser to clean it off your face/ears when applying as it can be tricky to take off if it's been on too long. Oh yeah, and remember to keep your head tilted back when washing it out, I put it forward for like 10 seconds and my eyes hurt after.

Good luck - on the plus side you will be saving yourself £145

Horsemad Sun 27-Oct-13 19:03:55

Do the home ones stain plastic baths? Worried about my bath!! grin

cloudskitchen Sun 27-Oct-13 19:32:52

doesn't stain my plastic shower tray when I rinse it out of my hair. probably because it rinses straingt down plug hole. It does stain the loo seat if it splashes on there and I haven't noticed straight away.

OneLittleLady Sun 27-Oct-13 19:37:37

tip: apply a thin layer of vaseline round your hairline, back of neck and on ears. Any dribbles will then be caught by the vaseline and will just wipe off without staining

Horsemad Sun 27-Oct-13 20:12:33

Thanks, will give it a go.

cariadmawr Sun 27-Oct-13 20:39:32

My hair is very dark and is course hair the olio one is great also nutrisse depends on lenghth you may need two boxes skimping just doesn't pay off and you end up needing to do again .

Lara2 Sun 27-Oct-13 20:59:53

Olia every time. I was in a hurry and used Perfect 10 in July and it really frazzled the ends of my hair. Olia leaves it so soft and conditioned. It does feel very different though, a bit claggy. It also feels as though it won't cover your hair, but it does. Mine is just below shoulder length and one lot is enough.

aliciaflorrick Fri 08-Nov-13 12:53:24

I used the olia in the end. Is okay grey is all covered. The bottle kept slipping out of my hands so the bathroom looked like a bloodbath by the time I'd finished.

gamerchick Fri 08-Nov-13 12:58:05

Bit late now but please do a patch test first if you're using a permanent dye.

I also cover in cling film and heat it up with the hairdryer when it's on.

Horsemad Fri 08-Nov-13 15:57:49

Thanks for updating alicia. Glad you're pleased with result - hope the bathroom cleaned up ok!

Flibbertyjibbet Fri 08-Nov-13 16:15:33

Nice n easy is brilliant on greys.

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