Hair color?

so i haven't seen my natural hair color since freshman year of highschool...13-14 years of dying my hair...
i'm probably naturally a medium mousey brown color. nothing fancy.
so i usually opt to add a little red, or make it more of a glossy brown.
the color i've been using for the past 5 months is a medium mahogany chestnut brown. not to red, not to brown, not to dark.
but lately? i kinda feel bored with it. i want depth!
so i was toying with the idea of getting some caramel colored highlights foiled in.
my only hesitation? i don't want to hurt my hair! i've had blonde ones before when my hair was shorter, and i think that's why my top layer doesn't curl so well...
so is there anything i can do to give my hair some depth, without hurting my canopy more?
thanks, curly girls!
3A Once again on the quest for BSL healthy curly hair....
Ahh, I'm right there with you meghan!! :P I feel like I could have written that post myself except for the color differences. My hair always tends to go a warm reddishy caramel tone, doesn't matter what I do to it. My roots will always be darker if I don't do anything to them, but as soon as they get about 2 inches grown out, they start turning that same tone. I don't mind that the majority of my hair is this color, but I can't stand how the roots do this because, well, I just can't stand it! I haven't put any all-over color in my hair since early last november (8 months!), but I did get the pintura lowlights in early february and she insisted on add a handfull of highlights.
Like you said, the highlighted ones are the strands that won't curl as well, which has to be from the damage. But I don't know what to do either because though I don't want my roots to be as dark, I don't want to get caught up in having to touch them up everytime. I absolutely loved the pintura method though and won't have them done any other way. So if you can get that done sometime I would totally recommend it!

I wish I had better suggestions for us both. I want all the glam without the upkeep! hehe.
3a/2c f/mii. pics added 2/3/07
hmm..i thought about going natural...and getting lowlights or something to even it out until it grows, but i guess i'm so used to doing a semipermanent every once in a while, i usually talk myself out of it.

oh, and i just wanted to say, i know it looks like from my history my hair should be totally fried, but it's surprisingly not, except for those few highlights on the top layer, everything is super healthy!

maybe some lowlights foiled in would be my solution...

what is pintura? i know you had them done, but i'm curious about the method...
my friend at work is also a hair stylist, and i go to her for trims...she's great with color maybe i could get her to read up on it or something, and try it on my head!
3A Once again on the quest for BSL healthy curly hair....
I completely regret dying my hair blonde for the 5 or 6 years I did it. I would get it lightened and add even lighter blonde highlights over that.. now that I've dyed it back to brown and am growing my natural color out, the only pieces that don't curl 3a and stay 2b are the pieces that used to be super-blonde. I have one right next to my chin that drives me nuts because it refuses to curl. :x
Not saying you should do this Meg, just wanted to say it: I decided to stop getting highlights because of CG and this board. I had them for over ten years and it seemed like my own hair color was ugly (no one looks good in grown out highlights) so I kept on.
Now when I finally have my own color I actually really like it. My hair is so much healthier too.

Anyways, the pinura sounds like a really good idea. Lush looks great with them and if the mothership makes them it should be pretty safe huh.

Pintura is highlighting by painting on the color, no foil.

I actually find the highlighted strands curl more, probably because they are more porous and absorb more of their dose of Gelebration spray. Last time I got my highlights re-done, after about 4 months of growing out, I was surprised at how much more lift and curl I was getting at the roots.
I have highlights, just got my first ones in December(burgundy). Then I went back early in the new year for caramel ones(both were foils). I really LOVE the caramel ones, they really make my curls POP

I am currently letting them grow out. Even though I love the way they look, they seem to have really damaged my hair My hair has always been dry & the highlights seem to have given me more spilt ends then ever!! When I look through my ends searching for split ends, I always seem to find them in the coloured hairs. I use Joico K-Pak & DT regularly, so I am taking really good care of my hair. I really love the highlights though & I would like to find a way to keep getting them without all the damage
Long layers, past BSL
Loving: CON poo, Elucence MBC, Jessicurl WDT, B&A Gel.
SLS free poos since Feb 6/05

Don't think haircolor in itself is damaging if it is high quality color and applied by a professional. I think (don't quote me on this) that Devachan uses Swartzkoff(sp) and that has had ZERO ill effects on my hair.

On the other hand, I used to get it colored at a local salon and though I liked the color and the price, my hair did get very dry and deadish.

Go for the multiple shades of highlights but search out a wise curl friendly soul. HTH
I have finally realized I look my best when my hair tells me how it is going to fall, and I just make suggestions.

thanks for the advice everyone!
i was thinking multiple colors of highlights would be nice. but to find a curl friendly soul is kinda hard for some reason by chicago. i don't know that we have any devachan stylists here. and my trip to st louis missouri has been postponed...

would going to an aveda salon help? i think they're way more expensive, but don't they stress natural and gentle hair products? or is it just a hippie facade? i've heard them recommended for products, but not color. you think the color company that devachan uses has a website listing their users? they can't be the ONLY ones who do...
3A Once again on the quest for BSL healthy curly hair....
i found their site...looks like it's only UK...nothing listed for the US...
devachan must have some special deal with them...
3A Once again on the quest for BSL healthy curly hair....
I use to go to Aveda to get my highlights done during college days, and in my experience their stuff was just a teeny tiny bit more gentle than anything else I had used. That said, highlighting my very dark hair was a horrible idea! The highlighted hair strands got soooo dry and porous after a while. I do like the look of highlights, but I wouldn't do that to my hair now. It is so manageable and healthy now that I have grown all that out. I think some people have better luck with color and don't get dry hair from it. I wasn't one of them though.
3a with 2c
i found their site...looks like it's only UK...nothing listed for the US...
devachan must have some special deal with them...
Originally Posted by itsjustmeghan
I'm pretty sure I've had Schwarzkopf hair color here in the US.
i found their site...looks like it's only UK...nothing listed for the US...
devachan must have some special deal with them...
Originally Posted by itsjustmeghan
I'm pretty sure I've had Schwarzkopf hair color here in the US.
Originally Posted by SuZen
maybe if i'm crazy enough, i'll call around to the salons here and see if anyone uses it....whew...that's going to be rough...
3A Once again on the quest for BSL healthy curly hair....
I Googgled Schwartzkopf, I found some salons in the US that mention it. Their own website doesn't have a salon finder (it's a German company).

Here's a link to a beauty supply place that carries the line (for purchase by professionals only).
meghan, one of the girls I go to (amber), they use schwartzkopf at her salon! you need to get a business trip over to this side of mo.
3a/2c f/mii. pics added 2/3/07
OMG, Meghan, are you me? Seriously, I can barely remember my natural hair color. I did a lot of highlighting awhile back - big mistake, tons of damage. Then I grew all that out while adding semi's in brown to cover my brassy highlights. After I swore over and over again that I would not use permanent on my hair EVER, I used an auburn permanent on my hair. Must've been hormones. Now it's grown out about 1/4 of the way down my hair, but the color is lighter than my natural, and it looks dry and frizzy. I'm so bummed out b/c I want to get it colored over, but I don't want to color it again. :x
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