Calling all Curlies who color (their grays)

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I hope these are available in local retailers... otherwise, do you know where I where can I order them?
Originally Posted by LoriLu
I've found Naturtint at Whole Foods, Fruitful Yield and Vitamin Shoppe stores. My problem is that only Whole Foods carries the shade that I use and it's a far drive for me; the other two stores are nearby but don't carry my shade.

So...I order it online. Off the top of my head, I know you can find it at Amazon, iHerb and VitaCost.

BTW, I'm 48 and half-Italian too (I like to say I'm half Italian and half hillbilly, to tease my mom who grew up in rural Tennessee, lol).
~ Wendi in IL
3a - fine, colored hair w/normal porosity (loves protein!)
CG since March 2010
Co-Wash: V05, Suave or Cure Care
Low Poo: Desert Essence
Condish: GVP Balm, CJ Beauticurls Strengthening
Leave-In:
Cure Care, KCKT
Styler: SS FHG, Re-Coil, LALSG, BRHG

I am not CG as that doesn't work on my hair. It gets limp and greasy and isn't any more curly than if I use a very moisturising shampoo and conditioner. If CG is working for you then maybe you just need a more moisturising conditioner after you colour. I like Tresemme naturals which is silicone free.

I am mid forties and have very dark hair with a sprinkling of gray so I need to color my roots, too. I used henna for years, then decided to switch back to chemical color so I could do highlights, and I hated the experience. The chemical color lightened all my hair and made it red and coarse. I figured if my hair is going to be red anyway I might as well go healthy and use henna Also, certain chemicals in dark brown color have proven to be dangerously allergenic, and my last "patch test" made me red and itchy and scared me off for good, so I'm going to stick with henna from now on.

I use henna and indigo from Henna for Hair. I leave the henna on for 3 hours and the indigo for about 1 hour (still experimenting with this). This gives me a really nice dark ash brown with very little red, and it seems to hold up well for several weeks before the indigo fades (the henna never really fades, so the gray doesn't come back). It is much more expensive than box color and takes WAAAY longer so this may well not be for you, but you did ask what other people do!

After I henna I rinse with tons of conditioner (this helps to get the henna out of the hair) then pile on coconut oil and let that sink in for as long as possible (ie overnight). Then my hair is colored and shiny when I wash and condition again.
I also dye my hair at home because its cheaper and like many other posters above, I dont use the conditioner pack it comes with, I use KCKT and it has such great slip I find it is better than the ones that come with the dye.
does anyone know of a color that can be applied just where needed? I've thought of trying mens beard color - cause i only have a handful of whites and id much prefer to apply a small amount of color just to those hairs then to my whole head.
I have just used Garnier Olia to cover my greys. I tossed the conditioner and used GVP conditioning balm, but I almost did not need it, the color alone left my hair very soft and it covered the grey hair perfectly.
Originally Posted by anonymous_135172
I wondered how that stuff covers. Good to know.
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I only dye my roots so the lengths don't need any special treatment and I don't use the silicone-y conditioner in the package. 'Refreshing the lengths every six to eight weeks to me is the most damaging part of the process, that is part of how I almost killed my hair in the past. Lengths get a semi permanent dye if they need it.

I do a pre-coconut oil soak which is cleansed out with conditioner, that leaves my hair less tangly. Also post colour vinegar rinse plus a leave in rich in natural oils and a behentrimonium are great for slip. If you 'need' silicones for detangling and to make your hair look and feel healthy that is a sign your hair is being badly damaged, I certainly used to.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect

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