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So how do you colour your own hair?

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thereisfreedomwithin Fri 20-Mar-20 20:27:55

Now we can’t go to hairdressers -I’ve never coloured my own hair.
I’ve had an Aveda semi permanent. It sits on the roots for at least half an hour then gets combed in.
I can’t ask my hairdresser she has enough on her plate sad.
Guess I could pay for a telephone consultation with her?

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OrganzaLopez Sat 21-Mar-20 08:17:42

Watch youtube videos

blackcat86 Sat 21-Mar-20 08:19:46

I colour mine all the time. It's dead easy. There are always fairly easy to use instructions in the box. I open and read the instructions before starting so I feel like I know what I'm doing.

TheWordmeister Sat 21-Mar-20 08:23:42

It’s easy. I sometimes do my myself. I start with a middle parting and work my way down the sides, parting as I go.

Then I get my husband to do the back, but not impossible to do the back yourself.

thereisfreedomwithin Sat 21-Mar-20 17:48:14

ok. it may produce grim results!

don't you have to start by judging how grey your natural hair is and what kind of product you need? Or are there tutorials on youtube for that?

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Bananaman123 Sat 21-Mar-20 20:51:20

Been doing mine for 15years, i recommend john frieda foam, cant go wrong

LizzieSiddal Sun 22-Mar-20 08:44:53

Please don’t forget to do a patch test! It’s a very small chance you’ll be allergic but you don’t want to be using the NHS at the moment.

dotnetmum Sun 22-Mar-20 09:43:51

I find that the main difference between home colour and salon colour is the actual hair colour choice. A stylist would mix the colour to match yours. Many of the ones off the shelf are not very natural. There are some custom online hair dyes out there, which means you can order a colour mixed specifically for you (eSalon). It might be worth a look, if you don't get good results from the off the shelf ones.

Belindabelle Sun 22-Mar-20 10:15:17

Does anybody else have recommendations for good quality at home dyes?

I am 50 with darkish brown and caramel shoulder length hair. Normally get my roots done every 5 weeks.

Pretty sure I will be pure grey/ white underneath as I started to go grey in my early 20’s.

I know we will all have bigger problems soon but I don’t feel ready to go grey yet. Don’t think I could cope with that along with everything else going on.

thereisfreedomwithin Sun 22-Mar-20 14:24:22

thanks for the note re patch tests. Good point.
I have just realised I have an appt for Tuesday. So moral dilemma time again (hairdress is single mum and self-employed).

Do I ask her to come do it in my garden?
Or do I leave her to suffer?

I think the government need to step in to help the self-employed up to the same extent as laid-off employees.

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TheWordmeister Sun 22-Mar-20 14:25:06

My colourist gave me the exact mix for my hair. As an example, I use Revlon revlonissimo, 2 parts 8sn and 1 part 7sn and 20 vol.

My hair is dark blonde/caramel.

thereisfreedomwithin Sun 22-Mar-20 14:26:04

thanks Wordmeister. So you told her you wouldn't be coming any more and she accepted this and helped you figure out your workaround?

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LambriniSocialist Sun 22-Mar-20 14:29:52

For permanent dye - Loreal Majirel. It's slightly more complicated than a box dye and you have to buy it all separately to mix, but you will probably get better results. There are lots of threads on here about Majirel. Then check out YouTube as well for tips.

For semi permanent - loreal dialight. I havent used the darker colours of this as I now have bleached hair but I use it for toning and it's great!

Having said that, when I had dark hair I used Nice and Easy Medium Brown every 4 weeks for about 10 years and it did the job fine! Have always done my own hair.

thereisfreedomwithin Sun 22-Mar-20 14:32:52

thank you.

Right now I can't even bear thinking about not going to my hairdresser. Yesterday my pilates instructor (a man) was crying.

It's just a lot to get your head round - doing things that seem incredibly mean and selfish like cutting the legs out from someone who is self-employed.

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DitheringDoris Sun 22-Mar-20 16:03:39

Jesus Christ. It’s more selfish to spread a killer virus. You and your Pilates instructor need to get a grip. Probably the most selfish thread I’ve seen during the outbreak so far. It’s fucking hard getting your head round the fact that nearly 800 people died in Italy yesterday.

Cherrypi Sun 22-Mar-20 16:05:24

Anyone else taking the opportunity to see how grey they are?

silentpool Sun 22-Mar-20 16:08:38

I can't face being grey. I bought hair dye grin

BlackSwan Sun 22-Mar-20 16:10:23

Why be such an opportunistic bitch Doris? We're all pretty much caged in at home - the OP just wants to do something to continue with her life as normal.
You may be taking the opportunity to let yourself go feral, but we aren't all that fatalistic.

daisypond Sun 22-Mar-20 16:13:11

I have always used box dyes - semi permanent. Just follow the instructions on the box. Easy. You don’t need a YouTube video..

DitheringDoris Sun 22-Mar-20 16:45:16

@BlackSwan it’s more the ops tone, implying that she’s saving the self employed single mother (who probably lives on a council estate) from starvation by being unselfish and letting her do her hair. It’s beyond words to me.
I go to the hairdressers, I get my nails done, I have my eyelashes tinted but I wouldn’t dream of going to any of these appointments at the moment, its selfish and irresponsible that vanity precedes health.

I actually thought this thread was a wind up when I read about the (male) Pilates teacher, why male had to be mentioned I have no idea.
Do what most women will do over the coming months, buy a box dye and learn how to do it yourself.

We all want life to go back to normal as soon as possible, by keeping trivial appointments like these it will take longer.

hopeishere Sun 22-Mar-20 16:48:55

Me @cherrypie! I'll end up colouring it but I'm curious to grow it for a bit.

thereisfreedomwithin Sun 22-Mar-20 17:04:24

Thanks black swan.

I think right now I’m not taking any criticism personally -everyone has got there own thing going on.

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thereisfreedomwithin Sun 22-Mar-20 17:04:37


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thereisfreedomwithin Sun 22-Mar-20 17:07:37

I promise you that me not turning up will be anything but trivial for this woman.

I’m hoping to be honest that Boris takes the decision out of my hands in the next few minutes.

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MilkTrayLimeBarrel Sun 22-Mar-20 17:09:49

I have the same dilemma - been getting my hair coloured for over 20 years and know it will be very grey/white judging from the roots. I have long dark hair with highlights. My salon has closed - they use L'Oreal products - I have never coloured my own and haven't a clue what to buy. Can anyone recommend a brand and how you can choose the colour on line, please?

Yes, I know it isn't important in the grand scheme of things, but I can't bear being grey on top of everything else (and my DH has never seen me with anything other than coloured hair!).

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