It's been 2.5 months since I had my Aveda color/highlights.... I swear if it weren't for the grays, I could probably let this grow completely off and not be bothered by color difference between my growth and the color. It's that close. And the highlights never broke off. The color has faded but it's so minimal, like I said I can barely tell. And as for the dryness....I guess it lasted only a day or two, and everything went back to normal. I am ready to do it again.