Do you color your curls?

Just wondering, how many of you color your hair? I had been bleaching my hair for about 4 or 5 years, and I recently [tried to at least] dyed it back to my natural color. I'm planning on growing it out, but I don't know if I want to highlight or not.

I did the porosity [is that even how you spell that?] test, and when I held my hair underwater it did not return to the surface. It sunk pretty close to the bottom. Does this mean my healthy looking hair really is badly damaged?? Ugh.
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  • BohemianRenegadeBohemianRenegade Registered Users Posts: 1,078
    I do highlights and color-- but that is not an option. :)
    Trying to find some sanity as I work on my master's in nursing...
  • SoLastSunday152SoLastSunday152 Registered Users Posts: 428
    I forgot that! I guess you can just pick all-over color, because that it more drastic than just highlights alone? Drastic isn't really the right word, but you know what I'm getting at....
  • eccentric_kurlzeccentric_kurlz Registered Users Posts: 4,151 Curl Connoisseur
    I did an all over color about 10 months ago. Even though I like the color(which is like an auburn/red), I can't wait for it to grow out. The last time I had my hair in it's natural color was almost 8 years ago, and I think it looks healthier when darker. I have probably about another 6 inches to chop and I'm there. :)
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  • EfrizzabethEfrizzabeth Registered Users Posts: 8,792 Curl Neophyte
    Mine's all natural. I haven't colored since the early to mid-90s.
  • SoLastSunday152SoLastSunday152 Registered Users Posts: 428
    My roots are only about an inch right now. It seems like it'll be 10 years before it all grows out. :( I'm just praying that the color doesn't fade too much this summer, or I'll most likely end up losing it and coloring again. :?
  • SoLastSunday152SoLastSunday152 Registered Users Posts: 428
    Wow.. I'm surprised that so many of you color!!
  • mitabirdmitabird Registered Users Posts: 226 Curl Connoisseur
    I don't anymore. It's been about 3 years since mylast color I think. I still have about 2 in of old color left in my hair though. I'll cut it off eventually, but I'm trying to grow my hair longer first.
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  • BunnyBunny Registered Users Posts: 93
    I love coloring, but my color is pretty natural -- it's a medium to dark brown, while my natural hair color is like dark coffee with no cream (and without the shine).

    Although I've done some wild stuff... like adding fire-engine red streaks!!!! That was fun!

    I'm also tempted to go auburn one day. But I think I'll always end up coming back to at least a shiny milk chocolate brown.
    My hair type: 3C in the lower back, 3C/4A everywhere else... tons of coils from pencil diameter to watchspring

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  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,060 Administrator
    I think I kicked the habit.

    I've also done some crazy colors - blonds, reds, pink tips. I'm just afraid of the grey. My current color is a few shades lighter than my real color.
  • GingerCookieGingerCookie Registered Users Posts: 8
    I started going gray at 21 and now at 35 I'm 40-50% gray. Not coloring is just NOT an option! :lol:
    3B/C, homecolored from dark dishwater blonde to strawberry blonde
  • meriellynmeriellyn Registered Users Posts: 1,135
    I colored my hair from 12-22. Now I'm growing it out. No heat, no color. I had gotten back to pretty close to my natural color so I'm just dealing with lighter ends (ok, more than just ends but it's kind of a gradient and looks like sun-bleaching... many people think it's natural) so now I just use Aveda Clove conditioner, left on for a while with a cap, to help blend it all together a little more.
    I used to dye every color you can imagine and then some. Then I decided to get closer to natural and grow it out. But I still did all over perm color + highlights and it was all a couple shades lighter than natural. Did that a couple times and then changed to occasional demi-perm color (Natural Instincts) as close to my real color as I could find. But I realized when it faded that it was still lightening my hair a bit. So I stopped and started with the color depositing 'poo & co. Quantum Colors from Sally's first. Then I splurged on Aveda. Since I have stopped 'pooing I am passing the 'poo on to my mom but the Aveda co is sooo great.
    I have a few inches of natural growth now, a couple inches of shlightly lightened by the demi-perm and lighter ends from the perm color and highlights.
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  • mayimmayim Registered Users Posts: 2,301
    I picked 100% natural.

    I had a funky chunk of bright red/pink streaky highlight thing in the front of my hair a couple of years ago ... other than that I haven't colored my hair since high school (when I had jet black, blue, green, magenta, etc. hair depending on the month!)

    I like my natural color just fine, and I get some nice reddish natural hightlights going on in summer.

    Coloring is so expensive, rarely looks natural, and is such a pain to maintain (especially with hair as dark as mine, and it grows SO fast!) - not to mention the damage! It's just not for me.


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  • curl goddesscurl goddess Registered Users Posts: 220 Curl Connoisseur
    Im in my 40s and have grays......not alot, but enough to where they are noticed and I dont want to look older than I am. I waited till about 5yrs ago.....then when it got to be more than I could pull out, I started.

    I have it professionally done and have been going to an Aveda stylist, using a semi perm....I just have the new growth done to match my natural color. Every so often I have highlights done, but Ive done that only twice.

    I never colored before the grays.......
    3a long thick -botticelli hair when there is humidity
    2c wavy w/curls if there isnt.
    currently using Bioterra & KMF in winter
    Jessicurl styling in summer
    Natures Gate poo & condish
    Thank you NC for bringing me back to curly!
  • ILovejuiceboxesILovejuiceboxes Registered Users Posts: 50
    I just have my mom color it for me... She lets me pick the color and do it whenever as long as it's not too often. I have only two reason for dyeing it:
    1. My curls are very unmanagable when they're natural. The chemicals make them easier.
    2. I just don't like it!
    My hair is stubborn. What I thought would help me only resulted in horrible, damaged hair. Straightening my hair is now the only reasonable thing I can do. So, I am no longer CG. Not until my hair gets fixed.
    Goal- Long, shiny locks! Currently shoulder length when curly. Goal is to reach around right below chest area. Wish me luck! :)
  • fuzziestbunnysfuzziestbunnys Registered Users Posts: 208
    i used to dye my hair strawberry blond... i'm naturally blond, but my roots come in light/medium brown now... it's odd.

    so every once in a while i'll color my home

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