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Hi Ladies,
What is your 'go to brand/line' for hair dye on stubborn grays???

I WAS thinking about using a semi perm. dye so I don't have to worry about roots much anymore, but with my ODD researching last night discovered semi perm. won't lighten hair so gave up on that

I have been coloring my hair with perm. hair dye from a box for years!!!!! Not sure my real color... I'm sure it's atleast 50% gray and natural color???? Mousey brown??? I have been using different colors and brands for a dark blonde, light brown color and always end up with reddish tones which DH loves. Mostly happy but not entirely. Can NOT afford to go to salon.

What brands, lines have you found personally that worked on coloring stubborn gray hair??? I know everyone is different but I still would appreciate what your product/brand is you love that you found worked well for you. I appreciate your time :-)
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I color my hair about every 4-5 weeks and my hair is probabaly 65% gray. I do it myself at home and use Preference by L'Oreal. It works well for me and the only gray I notice is at the roots after about 4 weeks and that lets me know when its time to color again. I put it on the roots only for about 35 minutes and then pull it through the rest of my hair for 5 minutes (this freshens the color on the rest of the hair)

I do a deep treatment 3 days before I color and then another one about 10 days after coloring. My hair is porous from all the years of coloring but it is healthy since doing the CG thing for the last 5 months. An CG has kept the color from fading too.
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Is your hair color CG safe! I have been CG for 3 months now and have not been able to color because I cant find a hair color that does not contain sulfates or silicones!
Originally Posted by only1frenchy
There are better dyes on the market without the harsher ingredients as they once were.

If you are CG - itís your choice to use them or not but like MissCurlGirl Ė I color my hair every 3-4 weeks (maybe even longer since doing CG) and I'm about 70-75% gray.

I absolutely do not use any sulfates and/or silicones in any of my hair products EXCEPT for the slight ones found in hair dye. I extra condition before and do extra care conditioning/clarifying afterwards and havenít had issues with build up.

If you really arenít all that gray then I wouldnít use hair dye at all.

To my knowledge the only dye that is completely sulfate/silicon-free is Henna but personally Ė itís not a product Iím comfortable using.

Curly1963 - I always give the newer brands a shot because as I just said they are getting better with ingredients as time goes on but one of my favorite is Garnier 100% Color Vitamin-Enriched Gel Creme.
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Curlsalot thanks so much that makes a lot of sense! Im not interested in trying henna either ...i have heard to many bad things!

I really dont have gray I just like dying my hair to a richer shade...so maybe its best that i dont dye right now.
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I found my first gray hair at 16 and am going prematurely gray. Revlon Colorsilk is ammonia-free and has always worked well for my family. Personally, my hair doesn't react well with Garnier dyes. However, Feria color stayed in my hair, without fading and great shine, the longest. It is more expensive ($10/box) but it comes with a conditioner that lasts at least 3 weeks and has no silicones (that I could find).
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What brands, lines have you found personally that worked on coloring stubborn gray hair??? I know everyone is different but I still would appreciate what your product/brand is you love that you found worked well for you.
Originally Posted by Curly1963
I just colored my dark brown hair today with Naturtint. It got lots of good reviews re: long lasting gray coverage, so I decided to give it a try. So far I'm VERY happy, but of course, time will tell as far as how long those grays stay covered.

I've been using Nice & Easy (Medium Reddish Brown) for years and I like the auburn shade I get from that. I was hoping to get longer gray coverage, though, so I decided to try Naturtint. Everyone said to go 2 shades lighter than what you really want when you use Naturtint, so I picked Terracotta Blonde. (Scared me, using a color with the word 'blonde' in it on my dark brown hair!)

Well, it turned out just as I hoped...the red shows up nicely in the sun, and indoors my hair still looks dark brown but with red highlights.
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