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Hair colour virgin needs help

(6 Posts)
fadingfast Wed 18-Feb-09 21:36:17

I have reached the ripe old age of 36 without dying my hair. I now have quite a few strands of grey sad and desperately want to do something to brighten/liven up my dull hair.

I have no idea what to do. Do I buy a packet of something that will make me look like Davina? Do I go to the hairdressers? Do I go lighter or darker? Highlights or all over?

I have very pale skin with pinky tone (cool not warm), blue eyes and currently have what I think is dark blondish hair which used to be lighter and richer but is now dull and grey sad

Anyone have any clue what I should do?

tearinghairout Wed 18-Feb-09 22:06:49

OK, I can only say - don't do what I did, which was to impulsivley buy a box of permanent brown goo that looked great in the picture. I did not look great on me, it looked horrendously dull and fake, like a bad wig, and I spent the next three weeks wearing hats and washing it twice a day until it had faded.

Go to a good hairdresser who specialises in colour - or better, go to a couple - and ask their advice.

Now I have three shades of brown & blond threaded into my own colour every three months or so, & I'm very happy with it. When it's growing out it's not too obvious.

Good luck!

Songbird Wed 18-Feb-09 22:12:10

One vote for DIY colouring - purely for financial reasons! But then I have naturally dark brown hair so it's an easy colour to replicate on the cheap. The thing about highlights is it won't cover all the grey, I'm guessing.

tearinghairout Thu 19-Feb-09 22:04:53

I started out with an 'all over' brown, then they pulled out strands through a cap & made them different tones, very fine so it all blends in.

But then another hairdresser suggested it would look OK without the 'all over' colour, so she uses three toning colours & again, thin strands. You can still see some grey if you look hard, but it all blends in & is quicker & cheaper & looks natural, and doesn't show re-growth unless I leave it for about 4 months.

I'm not suggesting the OP gets into an £80 per month colouring habit, but just for starters to go to a hairdresser with lots of colour experience, get some advice, & try it out.

motherlovebone Thu 19-Feb-09 23:36:03

for DIY colouring, go lighter than your natural colour.

SueW Fri 20-Feb-09 00:11:25

My SIL is a hairdresser and she told me I should use shades that start with 5

e.g. An advert for this got us talking

It would be no good for you obv. I now have an all over glossy brown with vivid red sections. I've tried the 'sunkissed' look but too many hairdressers gave me tiger stripes which I hated. (I don't often go to SIL because she is mostly far too busy and our free times don't tend to match)

I caught a glimpse of ?This Morning this week and thought the woman on there had beautifully-coloured hair.

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