Hair color didn't cover gray.

I colored my hair on Monday evening. I've been coloring my hair at home for the last several years and I've never had this problem. I put the color on my roots first for 35 minutes, and then pulled the color thru to the ends for 5 minutes. I have porous hair that sucks up color at the ends so I never leave the color on the ends for more than 5. Everything looks fine except the roots. The max time on the box for stubborn grays was 30 minutes. Anyhow, my hair is dark brown and my roots are light brown because it didn't really cover the gray...it just tinted the gray. How long before I can recolor? I use permanent color but a different brand that was on sale. I usually use Preference by L'oreal. This time I used some color foam by John Frieda. I won't make that mistake again. I want to do my roots again but how soon is too soon?
You might want to try a root touch-up kit. I think Loreal makes one but I have found the one from clairol (I think) to be easier to use and more effective for me. I have only used the light brown but it has always blended in just fine. I typically do it 2-3 weeks after coloring.
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You might want to try a root touch-up kit. I think Loreal makes one but I have found the one from clairol (I think) to be easier to use and more effective for me. I have only used the light brown but it has always blended in just fine. I typically do it 2-3 weeks after coloring.
Originally Posted by moelarry
This is an awesome idea. I think you would be ok to go ahead and do it and not have to wait. I would however, pluck some strands and do a strand timing test since it's coloring over grays that have already been colored so you don't get overly dark roots.
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I used to use NATURAL INSTINCTS.....and after awhile it wouldnt color my gray roots anymore. A stylist told me to leave it on for 45 mins - and it worked! I never had damage from this product from doing this - but i only applied to the roots, I didnt pull it thru to the ends

hope that helps

Oh - and i used to split the box and just do my roots and save 1/2 for the next time - i just didnt mix the two bottles together. Had an extra application bottle. Dont know if that will work for you....it worked for me if i just had to do a little touch up.
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I used to use NATURAL INSTINCTS.....and after awhile it wouldnt color my gray roots anymore. A stylist told me to leave it on for 45 mins - and it worked! I never had damage from this product from doing this - but i only applied to the roots, I didnt pull it thru to the ends

hope that helps

Oh - and i used to split the box and just do my roots and save 1/2 for the next time - i just didnt mix the two bottles together. Had an extra application bottle. Dont know if that will work for you....it worked for me if i just had to do a little touch up.
Originally Posted by curl goddess
+1 as my friend uses NI. I actually use henna and it covers my gray very well. I use a different ratio of my mix for the gray hair than the rest so I don't have copper hair.




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