Coloring Advice?

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I really wanna treat myself for a change in a couple weeks. I thought about going and getting my hair dyed. But i cannot make up my mind on which direction to go in. I'm currently dark haired, like the first picture below but I'm considering going a Burgundy or Auburn brown color for fall, like the second and third or going a couple shades lighter into a subtle golden medium brown like the last pictures. I feel like my hair lacks dimension, its such a flat dark color. I really can't decide what would look best. Any advice would be appreciated!
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is that your hair in your avatar? if so, its gorgeous and i think burgundy would be really sweet.

Last edited by tinyriot; 08-29-2012 at 02:17 AM.
Yes that's my hair. Thank you! I wanna do Burgundy, just didn't know if it suit my features and skin tone.

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Is there some sort of color you could use that isn't permanent, in case it doesn't suit you?

If you tend to have an ivory or creamy colored skin tone with freckles, burgundy may not work that well (at least it doesn't on me). If you have more pink in your skin burgundy should look great.

Anyway, you may never know unless you try.

ETA: For dimension, try using two shades at once. Run one shade through a part in the roots, then another in the part next to it, and so on. Or alternate the whole head. I do this with brown and blonde and I get very natural looking highlights. Good luck! Post back your results if you can.
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That first picture is of me, in the navy blue shirt. I'm not very dark at all, I'm slightly beige really. And i have freckles all over but just little dark ones. They're not in big quantities or anything and not on my face.
I don't wanna do it myself, because for some reason it never turns out right. Maybe they can do a demi at the salon. But that's a good idea, maybe they can mix the Burgundy and a nice rich chocolate brown. I just feel like this dark almost black hair color really washes me out. I want warmth and something to accentuate my face, not wash or drag it down!
And also I'm not too pink undertoned. As you can see, i have a slight yellow undertone.
And I'd like for my curls to stand out a little more, them being so dark they just seem dull and flat. I wanted them to pop a little more or atleast show the curl off some more.
I understand exactly what you mean about not wanting a flat look overall, and wanting some more warmth and dimension so that you don't look washed out. I have lighter hair than you but still brown and I have the same issue. I'd love to add red but it turns orange on me and I definitely have a more yellow skin tone than you with quite a sprinkling of freckles.

I think the salon idea is a good one if you can find one you trust to know about color. If you color it and you like the color but it doesn't exactly seem to suit your skin tone, you might find that altering your makeup (like your blush) might do the trick.

You make me want to try red again.
I love red hair I'm really interested to see the results - whatever you do. Please post back with a picture when you can.
2/c and some 3A. Modified CG.
Protein sensitive
Highly porous. Color over grey.
Best 1st day method: Super Soaker
Conditioners: Curl Junkie Beauticurls Strengthening Conditioner,
Deep condish: Curl Junkie Curl Rehab
Stylers: Mix Curls in a Bottle into everything for shine. Terrible pj
Sometimes try roller sets - classic glamor but I prefer my curls.
Every day is a gift
Yes, i always wear warmer rose blush in the fall with Burgundy and nude lips, and i thought Burgundy in my hair would just compliment all of that very well. I'm definitely going to go have it done. and i will post a picture here when i do! A few pictures. I'm excited to see how it turns out.
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I've decided to go with this color. It's Revlon Colorsilk Luminista Burgundy Brown, and I'm gonna fo it Friday. Hopefully it turns out exactly like this!

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Gorgeous color! Hope it works out well for you.
2/c and some 3A. Modified CG.
Protein sensitive
Highly porous. Color over grey.
Best 1st day method: Super Soaker
Conditioners: Curl Junkie Beauticurls Strengthening Conditioner,
Deep condish: Curl Junkie Curl Rehab
Stylers: Mix Curls in a Bottle into everything for shine. Terrible pj
Sometimes try roller sets - classic glamor but I prefer my curls.
Every day is a gift
Thanks, i actually didn't end up doing it because a lady came in and she had dark hair, and even though this is geared towards dark hair, it didn't color hers and it still got a little damage from it. I wanna do ammonia free because i don't want to damage my hair too bad but all the other permanents have ammonia. Oh well.

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I know. I understand about the ammonia. Well, post again if you decide to go ahead with it. Or post in one of the other forums - I'll keep an eye out. Good luck!
2/c and some 3A. Modified CG.
Protein sensitive
Highly porous. Color over grey.
Best 1st day method: Super Soaker
Conditioners: Curl Junkie Beauticurls Strengthening Conditioner,
Deep condish: Curl Junkie Curl Rehab
Stylers: Mix Curls in a Bottle into everything for shine. Terrible pj
Sometimes try roller sets - classic glamor but I prefer my curls.
Every day is a gift
Permanent hair color will always have ammonia in it for the most part. A demipermanent is usually ammonia free. Demis last 4-6 weeks and fade out without a harsh line but they won't always cover gray completely. But that may be an option for you.

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Colorsilk by Revlon is both permanent and ammonia free. But i don't want permanent because i don't wanna keep it up, and continue dying my hair. I want it to fade out. But my experience with demi and ammonia free is it doesn't dye my hair. My hair just doesn't grab the color for some reason.

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Colorsilk by Revlon is both permanent and ammonia free. But i don't want permanent because i don't wanna keep it up, and continue dying my hair. I want it to fade out. But my experience with demi and ammonia free is it doesn't dye my hair. My hair just doesn't grab the color for some reason.

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Originally Posted by DepressedCurls

Well, I'm a stylist and I don't use drug store brands which is why I didn't know about it. If your hair isn't grabbing your cuticle is probably very compact then.

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Yeah cause it tints my new growth but the length of my hair doesn't change, or barely gets darker.

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Last edited by DepressedCurls; 09-07-2012 at 10:41 AM.
Is that a bad thing? My hair being compact?

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Nope not at all. From what you just said though, now it sounds like your length is more porous and the color is rinsing out right away and your new growth is normal. Both extremely compact cuticles and extremely porous cuticles can have difficulty with taking and keeping color in that way.

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Products: Free and Clear sulfate free poo and condish, Theraneem Sulfate Free Shampoo/Condish, Unscented SSCEJ, Coconut oil, Camellia oil, Argan oil
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Hi! I use an all natural permanent color that I buy on Vitacost.com. It's called Herbatint. I also color my hair a burgandy color like the pics you show above. I have been using 5M and I love it. If you wanted to try it, I would probably go with the 4M since your hair is a lil darker brown than mine. Also, it doesn't have any ammonia in it. I love it & haven't found anything else yet that's ammonia-free that colors as well.
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