Robert Craig Haircolor Help??

I'm hoping CurliLocks will see this?? But I'd love anyone with RC experience to chime in. Anyway, I'm going to give RC a try and need some help picking a color. My hair color is between a level 4 and 5 with about 15-20 percent gray that I want to cover. I just want to match my natural color, but I do like some warmth like a bit of gold or chestnut to brighten things up. Any recommendations before I purchase? Any RC lovers out there???
Well LOL guess this isn't as popular as I thought it was
So sorry I didn't see this before! Did you already color? How did it come out? Please LMK if there's anything I can answer or help with. Send me a PM!

SF Bay Area, CA * "The Angel-Goddess-Guru of Haircoloring"
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CurliLocks I had started to get a complex! LOL Just kidding...I figured you took one look at my hair and thought "nope! nothing can be done!" LOL

Anyway, yes, I did color but that was a couple of months ago and I'm ready to do it again....you still up to give me a little advice??

I ended up trying Golden Brown #6 but it didn't cover my grey And I don't even have that much! Maybe 15 percent? So if you have any pointers about that I'd be so grateful. Also, do you think I should try a different color? I like my hair to be a dark medium brown.
CurliLocks I had started to get a complex! LOL Just kidding...I figured you took one look at my hair and thought "nope! nothing can be done!" LOL

Anyway, yes, I did color but that was a couple of months ago and I'm ready to do it again....you still up to give me a little advice??

I ended up trying Golden Brown #6 but it didn't cover my grey And I don't even have that much! Maybe 15 percent? So if you have any pointers about that I'd be so grateful. Also, do you think I should try a different color? I like my hair to be a dark medium brown.
Originally Posted by wavywonder
Eek! Not at all! I can always help. So, it didn't cover the grey. Let's fix that! It does cover grey well, as I am probably 45% now, especially in the crown, and you'd never know it by seeing my hair.

Question time:
  • Did it make the rest darker? How was the color otherwise?
  • Could you go darker without making the rest darker?
  • What color of RC is closest to your natural color?
  • How long did you leave it on for?
  • Do you have a red/gold or ash tone to your hair?
Tips:

  • Do not have any product in the hair before coloring. This means to wash it well and do not put anything in it, including conditioner. This can be tough, it's usually a ponytail day for me. It's best to wash the day before, so the scalp won't be sensitive.
  • Do not use any products that are heavy in oils or glycerin after coloring with RC Color. It can/will strip the color.
As it is a deposit-only color, it will not lift your natural color. So depending on your answers to the above, we may try going darker, or leaving it on longer with the same or lighter color. For reference, my hair is between Coffee and Golden Brown. I use Golden Chestnut for 1 hour to cover greys. My hair pulls red, I have lots of natural red in it, so it turns my greys into red/brown highlights. Cool! and very natural looking. See attached pic.
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SF Bay Area, CA * "The Angel-Goddess-Guru of Haircoloring"
3b/c/a mix. medium texture, low porosity
* pw: just4curlies
* My Motto: Strand Test!
some hair pics
-- gone, but never forgotten.
CurliLocks you are very kind to help me with this Seeing your hair makes me believe it can be done! Okay your questions...

Question time:
  • Did it make the rest darker? How was the color otherwise?
I used #6 and basically nothing happened LOL The color seemed fine, the surrounding hair *might* have been slightly darker but the gray laughed at me.

  • Could you go darker without making the rest darker?
Not sure what you mean by this? I don't mind trying a darker color, if that's what you're asking. I have used demi-permanents before so I am familiar with the outcome of having the pigmented hair turn darker.

  • What color of RC is closest to your natural color?
Looking at the swatches, the dark brown #4 most closely matches my natural hair color. Usually considered level 4 to 5 in permanent colors.

  • How long did you leave it on for?
A good 45 minutes.

  • Do you have a red/gold or ash tone to your hair?
I have a lot of gold in my hair, and I really like that. I don't prefer a flat brown...I like adding some gold.


My hair is darker than yours by the looks of your picture. My temples are the grayest and then salt/pepper on the top....none at the back. My hair is healthy and the individual strands are very thick and course. Hope that helps!

Thanks again for hanging out with me to help me get it right
Wow, I thought I had resistant grey! Was the hair clean and free of any product, including conditioner? If not, sometimes the color washes right off.

You could probably try #5 Coffee Brown. That's what I used to use when my hair was darker and I had less grey. I've switched to lighter as I've gotten more grey so the outgrowth isn't as obvious for me.

You would want to do a swatch test again, and you may need to leave the color on for an hour to really soak in. Covering the hair with a plastic cap and a hot towel will also help. Be sure to uncover the hair 10-15 minutes before the time limit to let the hair cool and close down.

I love helping out! I've become quite the expert on RC Color after so many years of using it, trying different colors, etc.

SF Bay Area, CA * "The Angel-Goddess-Guru of Haircoloring"
3b/c/a mix. medium texture, low porosity
* pw: just4curlies
* My Motto: Strand Test!
some hair pics
-- gone, but never forgotten.
OK Thanks so much CurliLocks I'm going to try your suggestions and purchase the darker color, and I never thought to cover my hair with anything....that's a good idea! And this time I will leave it on an entire hour and just surf the net or something

I really appreciate the guidance...have a wonderful day!
OK Thanks so much CurliLocks I'm going to try your suggestions and purchase the darker color, and I never thought to cover my hair with anything....that's a good idea! And this time I will leave it on an entire hour and just surf the net or something

I really appreciate the guidance...have a wonderful day!
Originally Posted by wavywonder
Please be sure to do a strand test first! Unless you want super dark hair! You never know how it will go without a test. You can just separate a piece of hair (make sure it has dark and grey) and apply color. Wrap with plastic wrap to keep separated. Time it, write down the time when it reaches the color you like.

SF Bay Area, CA * "The Angel-Goddess-Guru of Haircoloring"
3b/c/a mix. medium texture, low porosity
* pw: just4curlies
* My Motto: Strand Test!
some hair pics
-- gone, but never forgotten.

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