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Best hair dye?

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Infinitygirl Sat 01-Oct-16 17:20:01

To colour greying hair that's usually dyed at the Hairdressers with a Schwarzkopf product?

I've never dyed my own since the days of youth and am now in my 50s. My hairdresser of 20 years isn't 'getting' what I want - which would be something like the lighter shades in Kate Middleton's hair or a natural golden brown. Hairdresser has alternately turned me 'henna red' - which I really didn't want - dark dark brown - without enough natural coppery auburn in it. I don't want 'red' but I also don't want plain brown.

Is there a better brand and colour out there that I can use at home?

Will dyeing it at home before the old colour has completely faded (which it does very rapidly these days too and I can't afford to keep going to my hairdresser's), do something dreadful to my hair?

MoBro Sun 02-Oct-16 09:09:07

Schwarzkopf do fab professional colours in a wide range. You could always google igora royal shade chart and actually tell the hairdresser you the shade you actually want. I.e 7.46. Alternatively if you are going down the home dye route, you must find a shade the same depth with the desired town or darker as the colour will not lift out your artificial pigments, just your regrowth.

Buddahbelly Sun 02-Oct-16 10:09:49

My hairdressers been using this brand for a while and i've never actually liked any of the colours she has used, its either too red when i've asked for no red at all, or too dark. I also find it fades within a week, Im using a good shampoo that shes recommended again from their range, but still after a week it looks like it needs doing again.

So after last month I decided I wouldnt be going back and will try a different brand, for grey hair lots of googling has said that L'oreal are the best. if you look on their site it tells you the closest hairdressers to you.

ILostItInTheEarlyNineties Sun 02-Oct-16 10:32:11

It won't harm your hair to put a home dye on pre existing dye.
If you want to do it yourself, I love the L'Oreal Excellence range and I have also had good results with Nice n Easy Age Defy.

The difficulty is in choosing the correct shade. The pictures on the front of the box are very misleading. The final result is completely dependent on your base colour and whether you naturally have red tones in your hair. The colour guide on the back is more helpful to look at.

If you want a light golden brown, I would look at using a dark blonde dye. Dark blonde is essentially a light brown.
Then you need to consider the tone you want. Warm, neutral or cool toned. Warm toned would give a golden, red or honey toned brown whereas cool would give an ash brown.

If for example you want a light golden brown, I would try L'Oreal Excellence Natural Dark Golden blonde. You would need to apply the dye on all of your hair and then maintain every few weeks with just a root application.

I recommend mixing up a small amount on a saucer and doing a strand test the day before to check you like the result.

FormerlyCatherineDeB Sun 02-Oct-16 10:39:02

I dyed my hair for the first time in my life last week and used Daniel Field Watercolours as recommended on here. I have only got about 3% grey but it coloured them.

No ppds. If you apply it to wet hair it lasts 6-8 washes, damp hair 20 washes and I presume dry hair - permanent (I didn't look at that bit tbh).

They have got a really good helpline.

I probably won't bother doing it again tbh - was just a bit curious grin but I think that the product is good, I used a shade lighter than mine because I am such a wimp and actually like my own hair colour.

It seemed like a good idea at the time (got carried away after talking to my hairdresser) but by the time I got round to it I was very lukewarm about it lazy S&B er.


Nanasueathome Sun 02-Oct-16 10:40:27

Have a look online at E Salon

DerekSprechenZeDick Sun 02-Oct-16 10:40:37

Igora Royal is there professional colours. If google it you will get shades

L'Oréal professional have some nice new French brown shades in

Halfapintofshandy Sun 02-Oct-16 12:29:02

Hairdresser has alternately turned me 'henna red' - which I really didn't want - dark dark brown - without enough natural coppery auburn in it. I don't want 'red' but I also don't want plain brown.

Can I suggest that you change your hairdresser? For a really good result you want a specialist colourist and there are plenty of good ones out there. Sadly, like all things - it is generally true that you get what you pay for and top colourists are more expensive.

But if you say to them "I don't want red or any warmth" that is a simple instruction and easily complied with.

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