Dilemma, anyone experienced with colour?

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I'm getting grey, and, having almost black hair, its pretty obvious. It isn't all over my head though, just at the sides and some at the part. So, I'm teetering on the decision of colouring. Can I just say, my hair is so so sensitive to anything non-natural. Even if I go anywhere near it with a blowdryer, its rough and coarse for ages. So, I'm scared that colouring might ruin all my hard work getting it healthy through CG. Seeing friends whose hair is coloured makes me even more nervous, their hair looks like straw, and the one curly gurl I know who has highlights, her curls go kind of straight at the coloured bits. I really wouldn't want to lose my curl. ALSO I really don't want to start something else I have to maintain, to add to my job list, so I am torn.

Any help happily received

Liz x
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Yes, colouring does damage the hair, but it does not ruin it.

I find after my hair has been highlighted, it actually curls better. And it isn't dry like straw. I do a protein treatment once its coloured to repair any damage, and look after it like I would were it not coloured. I hardly blowdry, I never straighten, I use very mild sulfates.

I dont think my hair looks damaged in anyway. People dont even realise my hair is dyed. They think I'm naturally blonde. I admit you seem some peroxide blonde hair that looks fried, but it is probably being damaged with bad products, bad styling, bad care in general.

If you colour you just need to give a little extra TLC and it should be ok. Look at my fotki and you'll realise colour doesn't mean bad hair.

I know lots of curlies (not on NC) who have their natural colour, never dyed, and their hair looks hella worse than mine, as they just don't look after it as much.

Don't be scared of colouring! You are right to decide whether it's right for you, but it's not as bad as you think!

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So consider the quality of dye you'll be using, and the salon.

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Personally I've found you have to really color the crap out of your hair to damage it a lot. If you haven't ever done it, and you plan on doing it sparingly to just get rid of grays, I don't think it would be a big deal.

I've colored my hair a million times, sometimes within a couple of days of eachother, and I don't always wait the recommended 8 weeks, especially if I don't like the color. I've highlighted, frosted, lifted, colored, you name the process, I've done it, and I haven't lost any curl, nor is my hair completely fried looking at the ends. I do have damaged hair right now due to a process relaxer I did last April, and several dye treatments since then, but I wouldn't think it's noticeable to anyone but me.

If you take care of your hair, and your careful with it in between the dying process, you won't have any noticeable damage. Since you have never done this before, it's probably best you go to a salon to have it done. Single process colors are much less damaging than double process, or bleaching.
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Maybe you should try a glaze. I got a color glaze with Redken Shades EQ to cover up some truly terrible highlights and it looked really great. Very shiny. It's not permanent, so it won't lighten your hair. It fades over time, so you don't have to worry about roots.
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Thanks for your input ladies. I think another problem is that I do NOT go to salons, ever. I've almost got a phobia about them, due to horrific (really) results, so that makes me reluctant, because I would probably have to do a home job.....

I guess the key is aftercare. I'm not an expert on care as such, I just sort of use common sense, never blow dry, never brush these days, braid when motorbiking etc. Is there anything else I should be doing as regards care?

My friend bought me a mascara-type product to touch up with, maybe I'll stick with that til I make my decision.

spacegirl, what is a glaze? Do they do it in a salon, or do you have to do it yourself?

Liz x
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You could always use henna. You can do it yourself as often as you like without damaging your hair. Henna alone will give you a deep red luster on your dark hair and vibrant red highlights on your gray hair, or you could mix it with indigo to dye your hair black. I'm no henna expert but check out this website for more info:


www.hennaforhair.com.

Only use body-art quality henna that is fresh and from a reputable source.
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Henna! wow thats something I never considered! I'm off to check that site now, thanks for the tip!
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A glaze (the one I got is Redken Shades EQ) is done in the salon. They mix up the colors from a selection, so it's personalized. Then they put it in your hair and you sit around for a while as it soaks in. It doesn't lift color, like permanent hair color, it just kind of stains it. And it gradually fades out. They also have clear glazes, which just add shine. I have a fair amount of grey and the glaze blended them into the rest of my hair.

I used to henna my hair for years before I got tired of the gigantic mess involved in doing it, especially with long hair. One thing to keep in mind with that is you shouldn't try to dye over or bleach highlights when you use henna. They say it can make your hair break off. I've never had that happen, though. And henna is permanent.
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One thing to keep in mind with that is you shouldn't try to dye over or bleach highlights when you use henna. They say it can make your hair break off.
That's only if you use the stuff that is sold as "henna" but actually contains ppd (Para-Phenylenediamine), metallic salts or other additives. The "henna for hair" website talks about this.

Pure henna will not cause damage to the hair.
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I have black hair with grey in it and salons ruined my hair and dried it out --plus never got rid of the grey. I swear by Robert Craig natural black, which gets rid of the grey and leaves your hair, soft shiney and curly, too.
I have black hair with grey in it and salons ruined my hair and dried it out --plus never got rid of the grey. I swear by Robert Craig natural black, which gets rid of the grey and leaves your hair, soft shiney and curly, too.
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I was just going to suggest Robert Craig's Color. NO peroxide or ammonia to damage the hair, very gentle.

With any haircolor: Be aware that you should start a shade or two lighter than you'd like as it could get too dark. Better to go darker next time than trying to lighten. And do a strand test.

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They make glazes for use at home, too. There are several brands. A glaze might be a good choice since they are pretty minimally damaging.

If you color your hair, you may want to start doing a weekly deep treatment.

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