Products aimed to specific hair color

I was wondering if any of you knew about these hair color specific products (shampoos, conditioners, stylers, etc). My questions for you are:

#1- Do these products really enrich hair color?

#2- What happens if you used one that is completely opposite of your natural hair color? (For instance- you have blond hair and you use the brunette one)

#3- What if your hair was a mixture of 3 colors and you used one that specific towards only one of them? (For instance- my hair is a dark brown with a reddish hint that looks really dark in the winter but really red in the summer.. And lets say I used the one specifically for redhead people, would that bring more of the red out?)

I'm sure these products are pure gimmicks but ive always wondered about them.
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I like the John Fredia Collection of Shampoo & Conditoner this one work the best to prevent color fading. It also helps enchance you hair color with out dye.

The product contains Carmel ingridents

It also well price this several bottles

Blondes
Bruenetts
Red Hair

None of for dark color such as the shade of Black.
IMO rip off. There's lots of stuff you probably already have in your kitchen that can enhance your color for a lot less money.

For example I'm a brunette, I could use coffee, rosemary and sage as a hair rinse. If it's herbs, then you boil it in water, strain, let cool. Then pour it over your hair, then rinse out. If you like, you can catch it in a bowl and repeat as many times as you wish. It's very gradual, and takes multiple tries, but it does work. It worked for me after a chemical dye turned out wrong, and the redye washed out. After a while of doing this weekly, my hair looked more like it's natural color.

I don't know any for the other colors. I suppose you could use stuff for another color to tweek your color. But I don't think it would be dramatic.

I don't have links anymore. But google stuff like herbal or natural hair dyes/color rinses. They might have stuff on long hair boards.
Found a site

http://www.longlocks.com/hair-care-recipes-cookbook.htm

And I forgot, I have a book listing herbs good for coloring.

To lighten:
Chamomile
Mullein
Rhubarb root
Hollyhock

To darken:
sage
sage and rosemary
sage and raspberry leaves
green outer shells of unripe walnuts: crush in pestle and mortor, add a pinch of salt, cover with water and soak for 3 days, then add 3 cups water and simmer for 5 hours, adding more water as necessary to maintain at least 1 cup liquid. Strain and reduce to 1 cup by boiling
Ivy berries

To redden:
alkanet root
calendula
henna-follow product instructions
red hibiscus
safron

For black hair:
elderberries
indigo leaves and henna in equal quantities

For grey hair:
hollyhock: removes yellow tones
betony highlights yellow tones
sage: darkens grey hair and adds luster

To make: Choose herb(s) from list and unles otherwise stated make a decotion by simmering 2 oz of herb in 4 cups water for 20 minutes, keeping lid on pan. Cool, strain and pour through hair catching the rinse in a bowl. Repeat as many times as possible.

These are progressive dyes, so the more you use them, the stronger the effect. So, used on occasion, it can be used to enhanse your color. IME it can take several uses before you notice anything. It's a very subtle change.

Disclaimer: I'm not expert in hair or herbs. I've only used coffee rinses and the sage and rosemary one. Please do your research before attempting.
I've used both John Frieda and L'oreal Professionel Colorist lines with a lot of success but I've stopped using them since I avoid 'cones now.

They definitely enhanced my color from the first wash/condition. I'm a red head and once used the brunette version of John Frieda (while visiting a friend and not knowing what is was lol) and I was suddenly a brunette with hints of redness. It was actually a very nice even looking brunette though. John Frieda's red didnt look very even or natural looking on me.

When using the L'oreal Colorist line, my red color evened out more dramatically. The more often you use it, the more enhanced your color gets. The color fades quickly so I would use the shampoo/conditioner combo at least once a week to keep it looking nice. I loved Loreal Colorist! So many different pretty shades to choose from, similar to choosing hair dye. It colors so well I could use this instead of dying my hair, though I'm a natural redhead (mostly brown-red now)

Hope that helps
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Stylers: Herbal Essences Set Me Up Gel, Karen's Body Beautiful Hair Nectar (SOTC)

I must admit I always though it was a gimmick until I tried a Nicky Clarke one for red hair - the condish is in a clear bottle with bronze metallic looking liquid in. It's lovely stuff, smells vanilla leave my hair really shiny and my colour seems to sustain, best of all no silicone! but as is usually my luck I went to get some more last week and DISCONTINUED!!!!!!!:angry5 :

I looked at John Frieda, but as with Frizz ease it's jam packed with silicone.

I love the idea of making my own shampoo and rinses etc (same as I like the idea of drowing my own veg and baking my own bread) but in practicality I just aint got the time
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silicone, or not to silicone - that is the question!!!

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CG - australian organics (Holland and Barratt) poo & condish, Louise Galvin Deep condish treatment, boots pink curl creme
non CG - Umberto Gianni pink range, L'Oreal Studio Line Curl Power Controlling Creme
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I think they're good, but the John Frieda does have silicones in it.

Beware. I had a friend who used them (wayyyyy back when they first came out) on her blonde hair. She used the brown color enhancing shampoo and conditioner and it turned an icky brownish greenish blonde color. I think if you have brunette hair, but want to enhance red tones, the redhead one would be okay.

I henna my hair and don't have much fade out, but asked my instructor what I could do to keep my color vibrant. She recommended buying some Paul Mitchell (we're a Paul Mitchell school, go figure) Inkworks, which is a semi-permanent color that washes out in 2-3 weeks, mix about 1 oz of the color with about 8 oz of conditioner and it'll keep the color vibrant.

Beware if you do this, make sure and only do the amount listed above. Otherwise, you'll end up with pink (for the red color) hands and nails and it doesn't wash out well. I do not think PM Inkworks come in a natural hair color, though. They do have a clear one which could act like a sealer, I've heard.
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This area is under construction as my hair type changed and nothing works well for me. I shampoo, I condition and pretty much have done nothing but chuck my hair in a messy bun for the past oh...year? Yeah, I'm that lazy.

No...going no-poo or CG does not work for me. It leaves me overconditioned and oily in a second no matter what I use, so that's not what's not working.
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Sunshine, can a non-professional buy Inkworks? Where is it sold?

Thanks!
Sunshine, can a non-professional buy Inkworks? Where is it sold?

Thanks!
Originally Posted by ninja dog
Probably not. At least, not that I know of. If you so desire, I can purchase a bottle and ship it off to you. But I warn you, it can sometimes take a few days for me to get down there and ship it off to you. You can also buy the knockoff at Sally's. It's called Beyond the Zone Color Jamz.

Beyond the Zone Colors:
Bubble Head Pink
Candy Apple Red
Clear Shine
Crimson Storm
Huckleberry Blue
Midnight Blue
Not So Shy Violet
Party Time Pink
Purple Passion
Raspberry Kamikaze
Tripped Up Turquoise
Wild Red

Paul Mitchell Inkworks Colors:
Yellow
Red
Neon-Red
Orange
Neon-Orange
Hot Pink
Purple
Blue
Green
Black
Clear
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This area is under construction as my hair type changed and nothing works well for me. I shampoo, I condition and pretty much have done nothing but chuck my hair in a messy bun for the past oh...year? Yeah, I'm that lazy.

No...going no-poo or CG does not work for me. It leaves me overconditioned and oily in a second no matter what I use, so that's not what's not working.
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Oh, dear.......thanks for your offer, but I wouldn't know what color to choose from either source. I have strawberry blonde hair....what would you advise?

TIA
Oh, dear.......thanks for your offer, but I wouldn't know what color to choose from either source. I have strawberry blonde hair....what would you advise?

TIA
Originally Posted by ninja dog
The truest color I've seen to a natural hair color is the red. I'd have to trek down to Sally's to see which one is truer red in their colors. For strawberry blonde, I would probably recommend 1/2-1/4 the amount in the same amount of conditioner, just to refresh the color and only use it once a week. I was too chicken to do the full 8 oz, so I went and purchased little 3 oz travel sized bottles and mixed some color+conditioner in there. I think I have like 4 of those in my shower now. I used it on my hair for approximately 1-2 weeks washing approximately every 2-3 days and people kept on asking me if I had colored my hair. Now I only used it once a week...maybe twice if I feel like it's looking a little orange. I'm so picky lately, it's sad.
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This area is under construction as my hair type changed and nothing works well for me. I shampoo, I condition and pretty much have done nothing but chuck my hair in a messy bun for the past oh...year? Yeah, I'm that lazy.

No...going no-poo or CG does not work for me. It leaves me overconditioned and oily in a second no matter what I use, so that's not what's not working.
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Okay, I'll take a look at Sally's and proceed with caution. Thank you!!
Okay, I'll take a look at Sally's and proceed with caution. Thank you!!
Originally Posted by ninja dog
You're welcome! Let me know how it goes if you decide to take the dive!
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This area is under construction as my hair type changed and nothing works well for me. I shampoo, I condition and pretty much have done nothing but chuck my hair in a messy bun for the past oh...year? Yeah, I'm that lazy.

No...going no-poo or CG does not work for me. It leaves me overconditioned and oily in a second no matter what I use, so that's not what's not working.
Yeah, I used to use the redhead line on my reddish-brown hair and it helped highlight the red. It wasn't an extreme change by any means, though.

I think they're good, but the John Frieda does have silicones in it.

Beware. I had a friend who used them (wayyyyy back when they first came out) on her blonde hair. She used the brown color enhancing shampoo and conditioner and it turned an icky brownish greenish blonde color. I think if you have brunette hair, but want to enhance red tones, the redhead one would be okay.

I henna my hair and don't have much fade out, but asked my instructor what I could do to keep my color vibrant. She recommended buying some Paul Mitchell (we're a Paul Mitchell school, go figure) Inkworks, which is a semi-permanent color that washes out in 2-3 weeks, mix about 1 oz of the color with about 8 oz of conditioner and it'll keep the color vibrant.

Beware if you do this, make sure and only do the amount listed above. Otherwise, you'll end up with pink (for the red color) hands and nails and it doesn't wash out well. I do not think PM Inkworks come in a natural hair color, though. They do have a clear one which could act like a sealer, I've heard.
Originally Posted by SunshineGrrl

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Low-poo: Yes to Carrots Daily Pampering Shampoo (1-2x/week)
Rinse outs: Yes to Carrots Pampering Mud Conditioner
Styling: a little bit of leave in and a little bit of KCCC, diffusing
Olive oil DTs, honey rinses in the summer

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