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Don't bother with box dye. Go online and order majirel and mix at home. They have a good range of colours, are longer lasting and are easier to apply if you mix with a cream peroxide. Lots of threads about it on here if you search.
I'm sorry it's Preference I like! I always get them mixed up. I think that's the one you do on damp hair so it goes further (I can use one box rather than 2!) And I just like the colour I use. It's an ash blonde one.
I've always used clairol loving care. Get loads of compliments on my colour. And they sell root touch up kits so you don't have to do a full application every time, which ain't good for your hair! I just do my t zone every 4-6 weeks and a full application about 3x per year.
Excellence user here too. I think I have tried them all, and this leaves my hair in excellent condition (thickens my hair slightly as well!) and isn't messy or drippy. I am more than 50% grey and it covers it perfectly.
Simply mix it up and whack it on for 30 mins. If you want to mix a smaller amount of Majirel because you are just doing the roots you need 1 part Majirel to 1.5 parts peroxide. Use plastic stuff not metal for measuring.
Do a test first to make sure you are not allergic I never do
Re colours 10 is the lightest blonde and 1 is black.
The second and sometimes third numbers are about the tone so 5.1 would be medium ash brown 5.3 would be medium golden brown 5.5 - medium auburn brown 5.35 - would be golden brown with a slightly redder cast etc. so more chestnut in tone.
Look at google to get an idea of shades- there are lots of charts there.
I've tried a lot of box dyes but for the last couple of years have stuck with Superdrug's own brand Colour Radiance in Warm Chocolate Brown. My hairdresser likes it better on me than some other brands. It is easy to use and my hair is in lovely condition. It covers well too. And it only costs about £3.50 as it is always on offer.