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Do you colour your hair?

AmnerisAmneris Posts: 15,117Registered Users
I've been wondering how many people colour their hair, since it seems to be more than I would have thought.

I am currently letting my hair go back to its natural black - there is some chestnut brown gloss that I am trying to counteract with coffee, molasses, black conditioner etc. but I am considering a reddish one as it does loosen curl for me so it might help blend my regrowth more, and distract me from wanting to re-texturize.

excuse my Canadian spelling!
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  • mitabirdmitabird Posts: 226Registered Users
    I used to color my hair, but I don't anymore. I still have about 3in of old color left on my ends, that I'll eventually cut off.
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  • PixieCurlPixieCurl Posts: 5,656Registered Users
    i have naturally red hair with white blonde highlights (at least as a child i had the white-blonde highlights) and in high school i started doing golden blonde highlights, then in college i started all-over lightening to strawberry blonde. now i'm trying to grow it out and go back to my natural red. i've got a few inches of natural red at the top - in front the color maybe changes around my eyes.
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  • kimmyckimmyc Posts: 551Registered Users
    I must confess I do get highlights every summer. I can't stand being drab brown all year! At the summers end I'll let them go and last year I got a semipermanent color over the highlights to make it look like my natural color for the winter.
    My stylist doesn't use bleach on my hair so they aren't as damaging as they could be. I just make sure to DT every week, protein followed by moisture with heat and condition well every or every other day. It seems healthy so far. :)
    2b/3a, primarily use Jessicurl and DevaCurl products, Curls Hair Tea conditioner and various gels. I'm modified CG-ish since 5/04.
  • AlexaAlexa Posts: 208Registered Users
    I opted for highlights only (caramel & honey shades), in reality I can't really see my natural colour anymore because I have to have them re done so often (to cover grey).
    Iv'e nearly always coloured my hair, Ive gone from white blonde to dark brown to red. Ive always come back to blonde though. (Im a blonde on the inside too :lol: )
    I do get it done professionally though so its 'quite gentle'.
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  • love yourself firstlove yourself first Posts: 5,398Registered Users
    I color to cover grays.. It's an added plus that a red tinge is attractive with my coloring. And I think that you will get less loosening of curl than you think. In my experience, the better, more gentle hair color choices (like Naturtint or Garnier Nutrisse, for permanent, and L'oreal Casting for semi-perm) don't loosen curl that much, or at all.

    You might strike a happy medium between not-too-damaging but still curl loosening with L'oreal Excellence or Preference.

    Also, you could just glorify curly hair (and not just wavy or loose curly hair) like I have been doing lately, to counteract the strong urge to texturize, which I sometimes feel too :P
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  • sweetpeacurlisweetpeacurli Posts: 343Registered Users
    I feel like I need an "other" option! I color with a demipermanent (L'Oreal Colorspa) just to even out new growth while I grow out highlights. I color as infrequently as possible and plan to stop once my highlights have grown out more.
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  • RainRain Posts: 217Registered Users
    I do now! I voted "I use a permanent colour all over in a different shade" because I used a permanent color in a different shade. However, it only really affected my natural highlights without doing anything to my dark hair so it's not truly an entirely different color than my own. It takes my coppery highlights to the dark auburn I think they should be.

    My intent when coloring was just to tone down the orange but after coloring, my hair looks a lot thicker around my hairline, leading me to think I had more whites coming in than I realized. I am now totally rethinking growing white-haired naturally as I get older. I would be okay with a white streak but I'm too young to have thin-looking hair in front due to whites. I don't want damage from coloring so I used Robert Craig color. It was either that or a henna/indigo blend but I didn't want to have to mess around with different recipes to find the right color.
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  • SpiralliSpiralli Posts: 3,654Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    Permanent color here to cover grays. I am not ready to grow out the gray, so I will continue to color. The color I use is a prettier dark brown than my natural dark brown.
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  • DominicanaHeatDominicanaHeat Posts: 2,729Registered Users
    I have been dying my hair for 10 years now. The last 6 has been different shades of red, with a year long time period with black hair. But today, I dyed it back to my natural color (dark brown) and I will let my natural hair grow from now on.
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  • jax3catsjax3cats Posts: 34Registered Users
    curls2grow wrote:
    Permanent color here to cover grays. I am not ready to grow out the gray, so I will continue to color. The color I use is a prettier dark brown than my natural dark brown.

    This could be me, too. My hair has been going gray since my early 20s, and now, at 41, it seems like 80% of my roots are coming in gray. My hair grows so darn fast that and the grays are resistant to semi-permanent color, so I color with permanent stuff (Wella color charm from Sally's) about every 5 weeks. I put the color on the roots and let it sit for about 25 minutes, then pull it through to the ends for another 10. Despite it's frequent exposure to the chemicals, my hair is somewhat healthy. I don't have a lot of split ends, but it is somewhat porous and slightly coarse so it feels a bit dry if I don't use a lot of conditioner. I don't need to use a leave-in very often though as long as I don't rinse out all the CO, so I guess it's not really as dry as I think.
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  • LadydncingLadydncing Posts: 964Registered Users
    I don't use any color. Last time I colored my hair was 20 years ago. I got highlight and it was a mess!
    I may be getting highlights next month when I model for Devachan, let's see what they do to my hair.
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  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    for the first time in my life, i colored my hair. i used a semi permanent color in purple. next time, i ll be going red. and i dont plan on bleaching my hair
  • BohemianRenegadeBohemianRenegade Posts: 1,078Registered Users
    For the past five months, I have had both blonde (bleach) and red highlights. Then she does a brown toner over that. It looks really good, if I must say so myself. My natural color is dark brown, so once she does the brown toner it looks very natural and pretty, yet lighter than my natural color. In the fall I will go darker again with just red highlights. My hair is none worse for the wear because I CG and deep condition ALOT.
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  • FidoGwenFidoGwen Posts: 92Registered Users
    Virgin hair here! Never been chemically processed!!!! 8) :D
    I'm a 2something/3something. Started modified CG routine on 6/6/05
    Cut more than ten inches from my BSL hair on 8-10-05 and growing it long again
    But we're STILL adjusting. ;-)
  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    Highlights and in the fall I add some lowlights too. After I had children my hair went from strawberry blonde to dark ashe blonde. I left it for three years and got tired of everone asking me if I was sick and/or okay during the winter months. Apparently, ashe washes me out w/ my pastey white winter skin :shock:
  • skywatcherskywatcher Posts: 429Registered Users
    I have highlights, but I am not getting them again, too damaging.

    I am looking at options to start colouring my hair, starting to get a few greys. I am not sure if I want to start colouring yet though, cause once I start it I will have to keep doing it. I am looking at the Naturtint & I am also thinking about Henna :? not sure what to do yet.
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  • msjokermsjoker Posts: 1,658Registered Users
    I think I may try a temporary colour from L'Oreal Colour Pulse. Hopefully, it goes ok and my hair becomes the colour I want.
    "It moisturizes my situation... preserves my sexy."
  • LadydncingLadydncing Posts: 964Registered Users
    skywatcher wrote:
    I have highlights, but I am not getting them again, too damaging.

    I am looking at options to start colouring my hair, starting to get a few greys. I am not sure if I want to start colouring yet though, cause once I start it I will have to keep doing it. I am looking at the Naturtint & I am also thinking about Henna :? not sure what to do yet.

    Sorry guano. Skywatcher, you should get in touch with CurliLocks. She uses Robert Craig and loves it. Her hair is very healthy. When my daughter wanted to do highlights she was very helpful. I haven't seen her in a while, so maybe she is on vacation :?:
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  • skywatcherskywatcher Posts: 429Registered Users
    Thanks for the info Ladydncing, I am wanting to check out all the options! :D
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    Long layers, past BSL
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  • beshanbeshan Posts: 12Registered Users
    Up until last September, I used to color my hair a medium blonde by Loreal Preference or Excellence. It was getting pretty damaged and starting to look bad, so I went to my salon and had them "fix" it. They put a filler on it, dyed it back to my natural dark blonde and then put all over bleach blonde highlights. I've been back twice and she has put light blonde highlights and dark blond liowlights. It looks pretty cool, but I think I am going to skip the lowlights next time and see what happens. I don't think my hair is too damaged now. I DT every week and use only a non-SLS 'poo.
    My hair is somewhere in the 2's or 3's, but I have yet to figure out specifically where.
  • curly_princesscurly_princess Posts: 360Registered Users
    I just dyed my hair a couple days ago with a semi-permenant medium brown color. It was the first time I ever dyed my hair. Well, it was kind of red tinted and warmer than what I wanted, so I'll just be waiting for it to fade. Next time I'll be more careful when choosing the color, but maybe there won't even be a next time, as my natural color is looking a lot more appealing now that I have this yucky color. :wink:
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  • mrspoppersmrspoppers Posts: 7,223Registered Users
    mitabird wrote:
    I used to color my hair, but I don't anymore. I still have about 3in of old color left on my ends, that I'll eventually cut off.
    Same here. I was getting my hair professionally colored (roots only) but my hair was getting fried. I decided my hair simply does not like to be colored long-term. It's too bad because the color does give better curls at first--the natural hair I have right now is much frizzier than I remember my old colored hair being.

    I maybe have one or two more cuts until all the old color is gone, then I'll figure out what to do.
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  • bunniee23bunniee23 Posts: 228Registered Users
    hmm, I wasn't sure which option to pick. I use henna and sometimes indigo to dye my hair. :)

    My natural hair colour is somewhere between dark blonde and light brown with a little gray coming in. I don't mind the grays, just got tired of my hair looking blah and mousey.
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  • Curlee QCurlee Q Posts: 523Registered Users
    I used to color my hair however I dont anymore. I loved the color but hated the condition of my hair afterwards. And the condition is more important to me at this time. My mind may change a lil when I start getting some grays :oops:
  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    Yup. Everytime I think I've had enough with the color I end up going back to it. Right now I have chocolate brown (similar to my natural hair color) perment and highlights on the top half.
  • PottervillePotterville Posts: 137Registered Users
    curls2grow wrote:
    Permanent color here to cover grays. I am not ready to grow out the gray, so I will continue to color. The color I use is a prettier dark brown than my natural dark brown.

    Ditto, but mine is black and it's my natural hair color. I didn't vote because there isn't an option for what I do.
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  • mishymishy Posts: 33Registered Users
    I chose the "permanent all over color in a different shade" option, even though the shade I use is pretty close to my natural brown shade. Mainly I color to hide my ever-increasing greys, but coloring also seems to perk up my natural dark brown color to a slightly lighter brown with very subtle reddish highlights.
    Mishy (color-treated, thick, 2b/2c, several inches below shoulder length, long layers).
  • LavenderCurlsLavenderCurls Posts: 1,477Registered Users
    I have dark brown hair but with the little bit of gray coming in and it being thin, the highlights really help to not only cover the gray, but it adds texture. Several months ago, I went back to my dark brown and could NOT get used to it! My (former) stepdaughter works at Ulta, so she does it for me. I actually probably should have checked (highlights and color) as I think she actually puts my natural color on to cover the gray, then adds the highlights.

    She actually "blonded" me up quite a bit this time and after a month, people are noticing and I've received more compliments on both the color AND my waves/curls :shock: .
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  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,238Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    I color my hair my natural dark brown color to cover gray hair once a month with henna (or cassia, who knows for sure!), sage, rosemary, and coffee.
    --I'm located in Western PA.
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