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SheBros 04-27-2011 06:01 AM

Just Used Clairol's Natural Instincts Semi-Perm Color
 
I had been using Garnier HerbaShine, which I loved, but they discontinued a shade that I mixed with another shade to get the perfect color (ugh!). So, I made the decision to try Clairol's Natural Instincts. It's also a semi permanent color. I purchased 1 box of medium ash brown 24 and 1 box of light ash brown 14 to mix. I used 1 and 3/4 boxes of the med ash brown and 1/4 box of the light ash brown (just like what I did with HS).

Wow, I was very pleasantly surprised with the color. It is a perfect match to my natural color and no reddish tones. I have a small amount of gray. The coverage was great, same as HS. Lots of shine. Didn't seem to dry my hair out. All-in-all I'd say NI is a definite winner. I actually like the color/shade better than HS (no reddish tones). I chose the ash tones since i didn't want any reddish tones. I'm very happy with the color and will definitely repurchase again. I'll report back in a few weeks as the color starts to fade.

My husband helps me color my hair. He said he felt the NI was easier to apply since it's consistency was a little more liquidy and therefore easier to smooth on hair.

So, no more HS. Hello NI! One last thing, the conditioner that comes with this color is excellent and smells just like your on a beach vacation. There's enough to use once a week for 4-6 weeks.

SheBros 06-01-2011 10:04 AM

Update on Natural Instincts
 
The gray coverage only lasted 2-3 weeks. I did a second application on my roots only and the little bit of gray I have showed through within a few days. Back to the drawing board......

CurliLocks 06-01-2011 10:49 PM

My cousin tried NI the last couple times and noticed it faded very quickly. If you want a gentle haircolor, you might look at RC Color. :) Just choose a color about 2-3 shades lighter to start as it could go dark.

SheBros 06-02-2011 05:26 AM

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Originally Posted by CurliLocks (Post 1679914)
My cousin tried NI the last couple times and noticed it faded very quickly. If you want a gentle haircolor, you might look at RC Color. :) Just choose a color about 2-3 shades lighter to start as it could go dark.

Thanks CurliLocks. I looked into RC hair color but see that it is permanent. I really don't want a line of demarcation though. But, it sounds interesting, no ammonia or perioxide.

CurliLocks 06-02-2011 10:50 AM

Is your box color different than your natural color? Or are you just covering gray? If your color is not much different, you don't get a line of demarcation. That's because RC doesn't lift the natural haircolor so when it fades, you're not left with brassy hair. :) But it also does not lift your haircolor so you can't go lighter.

SheBros 06-02-2011 12:06 PM

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Originally Posted by CurliLocks (Post 1680211)
Is your box color different than your natural color? Or are you just covering gray? If your color is not much different, you don't get a line of demarcation. That's because RC doesn't lift the natural haircolor so when it fades, you're not left with brassy hair. :) But it also does not lift your haircolor so you can't go lighter.

Thanks CurliLocks. I'm just trying to cover the little gray that I have. I want to keep my natural dark brown hair. I guess what has me confused is that Robert Craig states on their website it's permanent hair color. I read also that it doesn't just coat the hair shaft but actually penetrates it. They sure have a lot of shades to choose from. I'm going to go back and take another look.

CurliLocks 06-03-2011 11:06 PM

It is permanent (or can be semi if left on < 15 min or so) but because it does not lift your natural color, there is no line.

It's best to choose a color 2-3 shades lighter than you think would match, esp at first since your hair will be porous from the old color and could go too dark. I'm pretty good at helping choose colors if you need help. :) You can post/send pics or just tell me which shade(s) is closest to your own, or what you would like.

SheBros 06-08-2011 04:24 PM

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Originally Posted by CurliLocks (Post 1681869)
It is permanent (or can be semi if left on < 15 min or so) but because it does not lift your natural color, there is no line.

It's best to choose a color 2-3 shades lighter than you think would match, esp at first since your hair will be porous from the old color and could go too dark. I'm pretty good at helping choose colors if you need help. :) You can post/send pics or just tell me which shade(s) is closest to your own, or what you would like.

Thanks CurliLocks. I'm still weighing my options. My hair really takes color. The first time I used a semi permanent (med ash brown), it was almost black. But, it did wash out over time. The next time I tried med ash brown and a natural medium brown. Way too much of a reddish cast. Then I tried med ash brown and light ash brown. The color was perfect. Lasted a long, long time. Then light ash brown was discontinued so I tried Natural Instincts. Color was okay but not perfect and faded very fast.

My natural color is a cool dark brown. I really like ash shades since they don't produce that reddish cast that I hate. I have been looking at the RC website. It looks like Ash Brown #2 mixed with Light Ash Blonde to create a lighter shade. What do you think? Do you have a better suggestion? Thanks!

CurliLocks 06-09-2011 04:45 PM

Is your natural color as dark at the #2 Ash Brown? Or which RC swatch looks closest? Mixing with the Blonde will lighten it, but I don't want it to go too dark. You did mention that your hair got very dark before. Otherwise, that mix should be ok, just be sure to strand test and watch your timing.

If your hair is lighter, then you could always mix Light Chestnut with the Ash Blonde.

I use Golden Chestnut and my hair is med/dark. Just for reference, you can see my pics on my fotki link, pw below.

SheBros 06-09-2011 08:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CurliLocks (Post 1687706)
Is your natural color as dark at the #2 Ash Brown? Or which RC swatch looks closest? Mixing with the Blonde will lighten it, but I don't want it to go too dark. You did mention that your hair got very dark before. Otherwise, that mix should be ok, just be sure to strand test and watch your timing.

If your hair is lighter, then you could always mix Light Chestnut with the Ash Blonde.

I use Golden Chestnut and my hair is med/dark. Just for reference, you can see my pics on my fotki link, pw below.

CurliLocks, my natural color is closed to the chocolate brown color. When the sun hits it, you can see subtle reddish/gold highlights. But normally inside you do not see the reddish/gold highlights, just brown. On a scale of dark brown, it would be the lightest dark brown, if that makes any sense. The only reason I picked the ash brown was I didn't want to pull any reddish cast. I'm going to take a look at your photos. Thanks for your help!

SheBros 06-09-2011 08:12 PM

Wow CurliLocks, I just took a look at your photos. Your hair color is almost identical to mine if not an exact match. And, your curl pattern and texture looks very, very similar to mine. My hair is about 4 inches longer. Even your cut is very similar to mine. And, your hair looks great!

I am having a terrible time with my hair lately. I'm not sure what the problem is. When I low poo, the top layer of my hair feels like a matted mess until I put a moisture rich condish on it. But after I style my hair and it air drys, it lacks shine and appears very dry, just the top layer. The rest of my hair isn't like this, just the top layer. I am so frustrated right now I could scream.

Thank you so much for your help.

CurliLocks 06-09-2011 11:25 PM

Yay! Another hair twin! :D It's hard to tell from your avatar but it does look like my hair!

My hair also pulls red, turns redder in the sun, etc. But I like it that way, just not too much of it. So I use a neutral shade and get warm highlights where the gray is. :D

The mix of ash brown and ash brown might still work for you, you'll just have to experiment how much of each to use. Maybe 1/2 and 1/2 or less brown, more blonde. And your timing will make a lot of difference. I leave my color on for 50-60 min to really soak into the resistant gray. If you don't have that problem, you'll have it on less time and it won't get as dark then.

CurliLocks 06-10-2011 12:02 AM

Any pics to share? :D

My hair is actually about this length now, I'm debating whether to cut it again or not for summer.
http://images109.fotki.com/v795/phot...ckhair1-vi.jpg

http://images109.fotki.com/v795/phot...ckhair1-vi.jpg -- in case the pic doesn't show.

curl goddess 06-14-2011 03:40 PM

I used NI for 10+ years. At first i would leave on for the recommended 20min...... then i gradually went to 50min. A stylist told me that for stubborn grays, Id need to go that long. It never hurt my hair at all and would last 2-3 weeks or longer, until my roots grew out.

Try leaving it on 30min and see if that works for you. And I agree, the condish that comes with it ROCKS!

chicklegirl 06-15-2011 04:07 PM

So glad I found this thread. I've been using NI for several years now, and have been reasonably happy with it. Usually my color starts to fade about 4 weeks after application. I leave it on for 25 minutes, but after reading what Curl goddess wrote, I'll try for longer--now that I know it won't damage my hair to do so.

I have medium-dark ash brown hair, and I like to use a light brown shade (11G Amber Shimmer) that's about 3-4 shades lighter than my own hair because it makes my grays look like highlights, and less noticeable as the color starts to fade, which is nice for the summer. Usually I go just one shade lighter in the winter.

Ditto what others have said about the condish--I love it. Anyone know if you can buy it on its own?

Verity 08-23-2011 07:46 AM

Fifty minutes? Wow. I gave up on NI because it wasn't covering my gray, but I was leaving it on only 30 minutes. Maybe it's worth trying again. I don't care that it fades quickly--I'm having to go to the salon every 3-4 weeks as it is. Coloring at home is such a pain, but paying a stylist $$$ to cover gray roots is more of a pain.

I had a terrible time getting a NI shade that didn't turn out way too dark on me, though. I kept going lighter and lighter, since matching my natural color (dark brown) gave a shoe-polish effect.

curl goddess 08-23-2011 07:51 AM

I just started going to a stylist to get my hair colored. Its never looked better. My hair went from dark brown with natural red highlights, to v black. I had her lift the color and now it looks like it did before i ever home colored it. Yes, it is a pain, but her prices are reasonable and I go every 4 weeks. I wear a headband on my hair the last week to cover my grays.

Verity 09-07-2011 12:08 PM

What does she charge? I was paying $40 ($48 with tip), and now the salon has gone up to $45 (so $54 if I continue to tip 20%). Youch. I had a place that charged me just $25 to do root touch-ups, but I guess no one is that reasonable anymore.

I was all about trying to color my hair myself again, but now that the roots are showing, I'm getting nervous about doing it myself.

curl goddess 09-07-2011 12:40 PM

I also pay $45 and usually tip 20 % as well - but sometimes i can only do 15%..... it took me YEARS to find someone who is this good and fearless! Sometimes you just gotta pay the money!

At least my hair looks awesome - and i stretch it to 4 weeks - really, compared to big city prices, i feel like im getting a good deal. I have a friend who in the same small town whose friend is a stylist and she charges $70!! from her friend!! No thanks.....

curl goddess 09-07-2011 12:43 PM

I gotta say, at first i thought $25 sounded way more reasonable -

but by the time i get out of the chair its an hour and a 1/2..... she styles my hair afterwards.......thats included.

I only get my hair CUT about twice a year...... unless i have some special event. it grows SUPER fast, but i condition and take care of it, so it doesnt look raggy until 6mos down the line.....to me anywasy, :)


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