Question: can you combine two box colors?

Color experts:

Clairol Natural Instincts 24 Clove Med Ash Brown was too dark; 14 Tweed Light Ash Brown was too light. Can I blend the two to try to get an in-between shade? Any advice?

TIA!
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Having fixed several mistakes by applying a lighter color over one that's too dark, I would say that your idea calls for a strand test.

I don't think it's a bad idea at all, but you may want to see in advance what you'll wind up with.
ninjadog has good points. That being said, my Mom has been using 2 colors for years with good results. She's a... maybe 2B. But, I'm sure she tested to see if it would work first.

One other thing - make sure you're using 2 of the same exact brand and type in 2 different colors. At least then you know it's the same formula, just different colors. Good luck!

Oh - duh. I see that you have the same formulas in different colors. Good job. LOL!
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Last edited by RacerWife7; 10-10-2010 at 02:59 PM. Reason: DUH.
I would not mix two colors from different brands. The last two times I have tried that have resulted with my hair being Maroon - and one of those times, it was a horrible, horrible, radioactive looking red! So, I would stay away from mixing between brands.
I was too lazy and cheap to try mixing the two Clairols, so I got Garnier Herbashine in 510 Medium Ash Brown and I really like it! (Though the color is a thick creme as opposed to a liquid--I had a harder time applying the creme than I have in the past with Clairol.) There's another thread out there about the Herbashine and I'll comment on that one too.
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I was too lazy and cheap to try mixing the two Clairols, so I got Garnier Herbashine in 510 Medium Ash Brown and I really like it! (Though the color is a thick creme as opposed to a liquid--I had a harder time applying the creme than I have in the past with Clairol.) There's another thread out there about the Herbashine and I'll comment on that one too.
Originally Posted by solidgold
solidgold,
I realize you wrote this post a while ago, but how did you like your haircolor? Do you like Herbashine? How long did the color last?
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I ended up liking the Garnier better than the Clairol. It seemed to last a little longer than Clairol and it didn't fade as brassy. I would say it lasts about 6-8 weeks. After 2 or 3 times using Garnier, I would say my hair is not as brassy as it used to be. I last colored in early December, and by now I'm due for another, but I've been lazy about it. I was going to try a gloss instead of a color this time. HTH, anniemae!
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Thank you for your quick response, solidgold!!

How often do you wash your hair? I go to a salon for color, but my hair fades so, so fast. I tend to wash my hair everyday, though - not good for maintaining color. I have to get it colored about every 5 weeks. I really would like to try to do it myself.

If you can, let me know what gloss you end up using. The next time I get my hair colored, I am going to try Robert Craig Clear color to help seal in the color.

Thanks for your thoughts!!
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Last edited by anniemae; 02-18-2011 at 11:45 AM.
I try to wash every other day. I don't like to do it every day, but sometimes it can't be helped. I'll let you know what happens with the gloss!
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solidgold - thanks!! good luck.
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I'm going to try this method myself. Why did I never think of mixing at one time?

D'uh.
I've mixed two shades of HerbaShine (light ash brown and medium ash brown) and got very good results. My hair takes a lot of color so the medium ash brown was just a couple of shades too dark so I mixed the two with good results. The ash in the HS line is suppose to counteract brassiness which it does wonderfully. My WM doesn't carry the ash shades anymore (not sure why) so I tried just the medium and light brown and mixed them. My hair turned brassy pretty quick so I won't do this again. My hair naturally has reddish highlights so it only emphasized them more.

I just recently picked up the demi permanent Ion Shine color at Sally's and will try that next. The only thing about HS is that sometimes it will last 6 weeks and sometimes only 4. I want a brand that will last a little longer so I'm trying Ion which has great reviews.
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To slow down color from fading, I've had such great success from Aveda's color conditioners. I have red hair and that fades so fast, but I use the aveda madder root (red) conditioner mixed with a drop of the clove (dark brown) and leave on for about five minutes or longer if I have the extra time, then rinse out and then apply my usual conditioner. Even eight weeks after coloring, I still have vibrant hair (just a little lighter but really amazing).

I think those of you with brown hair would have great results from Aveda's clove conditioner. Expensive but worth it! Use gloves though- it stains and have a cheap shampoo ready to put on your shower tiles if you spill so it won't stain that either!

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Finishing: Aveda's Texturizing Creme or Defining Whip; Eufora Pure Polish Drops
Color
Maintenance:
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Last edited by slivola; 02-22-2011 at 11:56 AM. Reason: typos
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Geez!

You do have vibrant color, Slivola!

Wow!
Thanks! You can see it changes depending on the lighting, but it's all because of aveda's color conditioner. Before I started using it, I would have completely faded to a light copper with blondish highlights by the time those pics were taken!

3a (
with 3b)
Fine texture/
Normal porosity/Medium density
Low Poo
(Aveda's damage remedy); Styling: Aveda's: Color Conserve Daily leave in+ Be Curly Style Prep+ Phomollient (mixed w/ Defining Whip)
Finishing: Aveda's Texturizing Creme or Defining Whip; Eufora Pure Polish Drops
Color
Maintenance:
Aveda's Madder Root condish+Clove condish
I've mixed two shades of HerbaShine (light ash brown and medium ash brown) and got very good results. My hair takes a lot of color so the medium ash brown was just a couple of shades too dark so I mixed the two with good results. The ash in the HS line is suppose to counteract brassiness which it does wonderfully. My WM doesn't carry the ash shades anymore (not sure why) so I tried just the medium and light brown and mixed them. My hair turned brassy pretty quick so I won't do this again. My hair naturally has reddish highlights so it only emphasized them more.

I just recently picked up the demi permanent Ion Shine color at Sally's and will try that next. The only thing about HS is that sometimes it will last 6 weeks and sometimes only 4. I want a brand that will last a little longer so I'm trying Ion which has great reviews.
Originally Posted by SheBros


Hi: Just wondering if you're still using the HerbaShine or did you switch to a different brand? Do you have much gray as far as roots go?
3b, fine textured,thin and normal to high porosity.
[QUOTE=KarenRB53;1632505
Hi: Just wondering if you're still using the HerbaShine or did you switch to a different brand? Do you have much gray as far as roots go?[/QUOTE]

Karen: I'm still using HerbaShine. I did purchase the Ion semi permanent dye from Sally's but returned it before I even tried it. I read some more reviews on Ion and decided to stay with HS. I just found out that HB is/has discontinued the light ash brown shade that I mix with the medium ash brown shade. The last time I dyed my hair (6 weeks ago), I got the best color (mixed 3 parts med to 1 part light). The only show through I have is right in front in my hair line which I can easily hide with Sally's coverup stuff (looks like mascara). I basically only have gray in my hair line to the left of my center part. Very, very little in the rest of my hair. HTH.
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Low Poo: Elucence Moisture Poo, Renpure Organics
Co-Wash: Tresseme Naturals, Giovanni TT
Rinse Out: Biologe Cond Balm, SS Deeply Decadent Moisturizing Treatment
Leave-In: Oyin Hair Dew, CJ Beautiful Curls,
Stylers: SS Curl Enhancing Jelly, SS Firm Holding Styling Gel, Jessicurl RR and CC, BRHG, Biolage Gelee
Extras: ACV rinses every couple of months
[QUOTE=SheBros;1633236]

Karen: I'm still using HerbaShine. I did purchase the Ion semi permanent dye from Sally's but returned it before I even tried it. I read some more reviews on Ion and decided to stay with HS. I just found out that HB is/has discontinued the light ash brown shade that I mix with the medium ash brown shade. The last time I dyed my hair (6 weeks ago), I got the best color (mixed 3 parts med to 1 part light). The only show through I have is right in front in my hair line which I can easily hide with Sally's coverup stuff (looks like mascara). I basically only have gray in my hair line to the left of my center part. Very, very little in the rest of my hair. HTH.
Originally Posted by KarenRB53;1632505
Hi: Just wondering if you're still using the HerbaShine or did you switch to a different brand? Do you have much gray as far as roots go?[/QUOTE
What do you think you'll try now that they have discontinued the light ash brown shade?
3b, fine textured,thin and normal to high porosity.
Just curious- is everyone using the 20 volume developer that comes with box dyes? I've heard it's very damaging for the ends of hair. I always use 20 volume but I'm going to switch to just using 20 on the roots and then 10 volume on the rest of my hair for the last 10 minutes. Has anyone tried that?

3a (
with 3b)
Fine texture/
Normal porosity/Medium density
Low Poo
(Aveda's damage remedy); Styling: Aveda's: Color Conserve Daily leave in+ Be Curly Style Prep+ Phomollient (mixed w/ Defining Whip)
Finishing: Aveda's Texturizing Creme or Defining Whip; Eufora Pure Polish Drops
Color
Maintenance:
Aveda's Madder Root condish+Clove condish
Just curious- is everyone using the 20 volume developer that comes with box dyes? I've heard it's very damaging for the ends of hair. I always use 20 volume but I'm going to switch to just using 20 on the roots and then 10 volume on the rest of my hair for the last 10 minutes. Has anyone tried that?
Originally Posted by slivola


Thats an interesting idea!! Is 10 volume strong enough to deposit the color?
3b, fine textured,thin and normal to high porosity.

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