safest coloring for curls

Does anyone know what is the safest hair coloring for curls? I would love to do highlights but don't want anything harsh, as possible, the least damaging process. No bleaching! My hair is medium brown.

Thanks!
3b/C with nicer curls on the bottom!
Hair: naturally very dry and VERY porous
hair seems to be moody.
Does not seem to like oils
Does not like protein or too much?
Does not like rich products

So, I ask myself. What does it like? That is the question, and I'm on a mission.
Are you doing just for highlights or to blend gray? If the latter you might try a henna gloss using a tablespoon of body art grade plain henna in a cup or so of inexpensive hair conditioner. Gives my grays a warm golden color, making them look like highlights.

Totally safe and non-damaging but won't do anything to your brown hair, just the grays.
2C/3A/3B - modified CG - med./fine, normal/low porosity/normal elasticity

Current Main Rotation: MG217 medicated or Aim2Health 'poos for scalp, YTCarrots or Elucence cond., Spiral Solutions Protein & Deeply Decadent Cond., CJCCCC reg or lite, KCCC, Giovanni LA Hold Hair Spritz + lots more, sporadically

HG Method: Super Soaker + Smasters-ing, brief upside down diffusing w/360o diffuser then clips/clamps & air dry. Newly gray - stopped my henna glosses!

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Color by Robert Craig is gentle and great for curly hair! Hair Color and Hair Care by Robert Craig Salon Products, Ltd.
But if you want highlights, you will have to use bleach or a lifting haircolor (means bleach and color).
I have used the highlight kit sold on RC's site, then toned with his Color. You only have to lift the color to the tone you want, not all the way blonde unless that's what you want. I just lift a couple of shades for natural highlights. HTH

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Go to sallys beauty supply store and get developer and dye that you mix yourself. There aren't any additives like in box dye, and they are all professional colours used at salons. There is a l'oreal dye at sallys that is for dark hair so that you don't have to bleach it. The salespeople are very knowledgable, and you can look up the sallys website to buy online or read reviews! Good luck
Go to sallys beauty supply store and get developer and dye that you mix yourself. There aren't any additives like in box dye, and they are all professional colours used at salons. There is a l'oreal dye at sallys that is for dark hair so that you don't have to bleach it. The salespeople are very knowledgable, and you can look up the sallys website to buy online or read reviews! Good luck
Originally Posted by jayarecurls
I totally agree with this. Mixing it yourself is cheaper, and not that much more difficult...just pick up a plastic bowl and a brush/squirt bottle (whatever your preference) while you're there. Do you have a pic of your hair? I consider my natural color medium brown, and I can pull off a 20volume developer along with the L'Oreal for dark hair color (I use red shades usually, the for dark hair ones stick!) and I have had great success. Get a Sally's Card, you'll save additional money!
Are you doing just for highlights or to blend gray? If the latter you might try a henna gloss using a tablespoon of body art grade plain henna in a cup or so of inexpensive hair conditioner. Gives my grays a warm golden color, making them look like highlights.

Totally safe and non-damaging but won't do anything to your brown hair, just the grays.
Originally Posted by auntnett
I like this but I have a few questions.How long do you leave this mixture on you hair? What shade do you use? Does it fade out gradually or leave a rootline as it grows out?
Are you doing just for highlights or to blend gray? If the latter you might try a henna gloss using a tablespoon of body art grade plain henna in a cup or so of inexpensive hair conditioner. Gives my grays a warm golden color, making them look like highlights.

Totally safe and non-damaging but won't do anything to your brown hair, just the grays.
Originally Posted by auntnett
I like this but I have a few questions.How long do you leave this mixture on you hair? What shade do you use? Does it fade out gradually or leave a rootline as it grows out?
Originally Posted by crwritt
You can leave a henna gloss on for as long as you like. Henna comes in one color; red. It is a plant that contains red dye and will only deposit color, not lift. It will not fade, just grow out.
3b/c :: Fine :: Porous

I My Hair
Yes, Henna. Is. Red. You can adjust it with indigo (bluish) or buxxus (brownish), which are also just plants and don't come in shades.

A simple gloss like this is quite forgiving. I usually leave mine on for an hour, but I don't sweat it if I get busy and can't stop right then to rinse it out either. Dependent on how resistant your grays are, 30 minutes may be enough - that's what I'd start with if you decide to try it. If it doesn't give you enough color, you can do it again right away, no harm, no foul.

This is how I first found out about glosses.
http://www.hennaforhair.com/forum/index.php?module=phpwsbb&PHPWSBB_MAN_OP=view&PHPWS _MAN_ITEMS[]=3530
There's probably much more discussion about them on the boards by now. Again, you can find all sorts of information there about how to achieve the results you're looking for.

If you decide to do it, L'Oreal Vive Pro conditioners seep no water whatsoever from under your plastic cap - I started using it when their popular cone-free curly/wavy formula was still available. It isn't any longer, so now I use the other pink bottled one (dry damaged?) although it does have a 'cone. I don't like it's lingering smell, so I always low-poo it out anyway, so the 'cone causes me no problem. Biolage Conditioining Balm (expensive for this purpose) and its knock-offs have the next lowest "seepage level", I've found. Other thicker conditioners often seep a surprising amount of water - you just have to try them and see.
2C/3A/3B - modified CG - med./fine, normal/low porosity/normal elasticity

Current Main Rotation: MG217 medicated or Aim2Health 'poos for scalp, YTCarrots or Elucence cond., Spiral Solutions Protein & Deeply Decadent Cond., CJCCCC reg or lite, KCCC, Giovanni LA Hold Hair Spritz + lots more, sporadically

HG Method: Super Soaker + Smasters-ing, brief upside down diffusing w/360o diffuser then clips/clamps & air dry. Newly gray - stopped my henna glosses!

www.fotki.com/auntnett

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