08-26-2008, 03:45 PM
Join Date: Aug 2008
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New to 40
New to this forum
New silvery gray strands sneaking in my hair
I don't know how happy I am to be 40; but, I'm glad I found this forum. I'm sure I'll have a ton of questions. I'll start with just one topic on hair coloring. I have little silver/white strands in my red hair. I'm confused about the different types of dyes and some things I've read about color-resistant grays.
I have not found a stylist in the Seattle area who understands my hair - both the curl texture/pattern and the red color.
My mom's stylist always cuts my hair when I go for visits (New Orleans). She said not to worry that it just blends... but, if I wanted to pursue it she would just use a Redken semi-permanent color in a golden color. It would make the grays seem like highlights. Does that sound right?
I tried henna once before. It made my red hair GLOW. It covered grays for about a week or two; then, washed out (but only from the gray strands!)
I went to a Seattle salon and had a semi-permanent red put in to cover the gray. Wow! It was bright! It definitely colored the gray, but made my hair look like Pebbles (from the Flintstones cartoon). She put a toner on it to make more brown... still looked flourescent red to me. Anyhow, it's been 5 weeks since that color. I now have a line (roots!). It looks like I have blonde roots, so I realize how much darker the color was.
After looking through curltalk posts, I see that curly/coarse hair absorbs more color. I also think mine comes out much brighter because my natural red color combines with what they are adding. It doesn't seem like hair colors are designed for natural redheads. Even if you pick up box color for red hair, it will show what it does for shades of brown hair and blond hair.
I'm at a loss.
What did you do when you started getting grey?
Highlight to blend? Dye to cover? Complete change?
Do you think that there is a semi/demi product that will cover my gray and blend with my natural color?
My siggy pic is me before I ever added any color to it.
Thanks for any advice or even for pointing me in the right direction.