Colouring Your Hair At Home

Have any of you coloured your hair at home with good results and did not damage your hair? I really want to colour my hair but I'm kinda scared of damaging it which is why I bought a temporary colour. If you coloured your hair at home with good results, what brands did you use?
"It moisturizes my situation... preserves my sexy."
I fried my hair when I colored at home (I used dark and lovely honey shade) but my mother used clairol textures and tones with great results.
Recently cut off 4-6 ins of chemically treated hair.
My hair is a type 4 with precious little coil definition, and it is off black and almost completely virgin.

I have been around off and on since 1999.
I used Nice & Easy light caramel brown with good results. However my hair does seem drier.
4a pencil-sized corkscrews that are low porosity, fine, thick, & layered
I've used Garnier and Clairol Hydrience and I had no problems with them. They didn't damage my hair or anything though I did discover how hard it is to get the color you want when your hair is dark.

Once I tried a hair color specifically for women of color and it had my hair dry like hay- it was terrible.
4a/4b - permed- victim of the fab crack
I think I'll try colouring my hair naturally. I don't want to make a mistake and have to chop off my hair.
"It moisturizes my situation... preserves my sexy."
Personally, I use only temporary colors. Permanent color definitely dried my hair something terrible and I couldn't wait for it to grow out. I would recommend Natural Instincts by Clairol. Great results with no damage.
Hair Type: 4a/b dense, fine, coily hair. Natural 13 years.

Staples: Matrix Biolage Exquisite Oil S & C, aloe vera, almond oil mix, black soap shampoo and bentonite clay.
I am thinking about coloring but I plan on using henna. I will be using the hair henna from Lush.

These are the ingredients.
Ingredients: Red Henna (Lawsonia inermis), Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Black Henna (Indigofera tinctoria), Ground Coffee, Fresh Lemon Juice (Citrus limonum), Irish Moss Powder (Chondrus crispus), Clove Bud Oil (Eugenia caryophyllus), Perfume.

When I prepare the mixture, I add olive oil and it makes it even more moisturizing. This particular one should give a chestnut color. But it all depends on how long you leave it in.
I have kinks, coils and curls on this head.
Certified PJ. I need rehab.
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Most recently, I have used the Garnier 100 Color for Dark Hair. And, it left my hair pretty soft. Some colors really fry your hair, but, this product didn't. I have heard great things about the Nutrisse line as well.
I use Surya Henna to color my hair and I love it. It does not make my hair dry at all.

This is where I order it from

This is the actual website
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I use Surya Henna to color my hair and I love it. It does not make my hair dry at all.

This is where I order it from

This is the actual website
Originally Posted by mom_is_queen
That looks great. Alot less work than what I have to do to prepare my henna.

Do you find that you only need one bottle per application?
I have kinks, coils and curls on this head.
Certified PJ. I need rehab.
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I use Clairol's "Beautiful Collection" semi-permanent color. It contains aloe vera, jojoba oil & vitamin E. The color I use is Black and I've never had a problem. I have gray edges so I sit under a bonnet hair dryer for about 15 minutes to set my color. I purchase it at Sally's Beauty Supply. It costs about $5.00.
Hair Type 3C-4A

What you see is what you get because I'm not pressed to lye.
I used Textures and Tones and my hair came out great, especially after I washed it. I used dark brown but the only problem I have is that it makes my different textures more obvious because the front is lighter that the back which is a different texture. Maybe it is because it is past my 6 week touch up?
Thanks everyone for your replies. It's almost time for me to go back to school and I want to do this soon. I may buy a colour-enhancing shampoo/conditioner or buy Aveda hair dyes because I think they're almost 100% natural. My main concern is buying a product that doesn't contain peroxide or ammonia.
"It moisturizes my situation... preserves my sexy."
I used Garnier Fructis Dark Golden Blonde, and my hair appeared to be healthy. When I did my BC in 03, I had perfect uniform corkscrews. I later dyed my hair with Garnier and the curls loosened up(I colored about 8 months later), and now I have looser curls in the front, and tighter curls in the back(since my hair grows faster in the back and has little to no color). The cause is most likely from the peroxide in the kits.

I'm thinking of using Robert Craig's hair color within the next 2 weeks. I wanted to wait and grow my color out, but I'm getting impatient. I miss having darker, healthier looking hair. The kits are ammonia, alcohol, and peroxide free, and won't damage the hair.
A wonderful mix of coils, curls, corkscrews, and kinks.
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I am hoping to use the HENNA I purchased a week ago sometime this week.
I was a little concerned about it loosening my curls a bit
I tried to find a thread that addressed this, but I guess this is not an issue with HENNA
Thanks ladies! Shyy, I am sooooo interested in Robert Craig but I don't think they ship to Canada

Zsazsa, I also heard the henna loosens the curl so now I'm kinda weary. I did not transition just so I could lose my napps and kinks. No way!
"It moisturizes my situation... preserves my sexy."
Yeah, I agree, I am afraid to loosen my curls!
I like my hair very dark, and I tried the coffee and molasses, and neither darked nor enriched my natural darkness
Maybe I'll just return the HENNA, and try AVEDA BLACK MALVA CONDITIONER
For those that arent going through a drastic change why not try Sebastians cellophanes its a semi permanent, glosser & conditioner that comes in a real wide variety of shades.

If you want to color stray from boxed kits. Ive been coloring my hair since November about every month to month 1/2. My color changed from jet blue black to lightest golden blonde with no problems whatsoever and this is while the majority of my hair is still relaxed.
For first time color I suggest going to a stylist that really cares about your hair - the health of it and would not stand for you walkin out her parlor looking like a kaleidoscope. Ladies in the NJ area definitely need to check out Corte Tropical in passaic, NJ. Theyre the best, economic, and dont have an issue with dealing w natural hair. Theyre blowouts make you look like u just got a perm.
Anyway, once I figured the color my hairstylist was using which is clairol I went to Sally's got the color the peroxide and have been doing my own hair problem free. The key is having a great conditioner like Tigi dumb blonde. Moisture is rarely a key nowadays I condition wash every single day plus the kinky-curly custard does seem to help hair retain moisture better.
I like coloring at home no one but yourself can pamper your hair the way you will.
I did return the HENNA this morning.
I tend to stay away from semi, demi, and rinses because of the way they 'run'/'bleed' when my hair is wet.
Thanks for the info, Foxy! I'm going to check out the sebastian cellophanes. Do you get them at a bss or salons?

Zsazsa, if you buy the black malva conditioner, let me know how it works out for you. On the weekend I'm going to the aveda store and I'll ask them some questions.
"It moisturizes my situation... preserves my sexy."

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