Several color questions (and a very dry head)

jillipoojillipoo Posts: 3,795Registered Users Curl Neophyte
For the past three months, I've been doing a very faithful CG routine (no 'cones, no shampoo, etc.). I even use a DT once a week. But my hair remains dry. I was baffled until I realized: I get my hair colored in a salon (using Matrix color) once a month. Could be a problem. Ya think? :laughing9:

And so I have a few questions for you.

1. Is there any hope of repairing my hair or must I simply either stop coloring it at the salon (or wait for it to grow out)?

2. I notice that Robert Craig color is all the rage here at NC! I've got about 40 percent gray on my head and am not excited by the prospect of having to color it myself (I KNOW I will mess it up and miss spots). Do any salons use Robert Craig or is it strictly a consumer product?

3. Is Robert Craig haircolor only available online thru their Web site? If so, how on earth can you choose a color via the Internet?? I've looked to see if they send swatches but it doesn't seem like they do. This is too big a decision to be based on pixels!

Thank you for whatever help you can provide!
3a and strictly CG since August 2007. Porous and on the fine side. No to magnesium sulfate and glycerin. Yes to protein! Favorites:
CO-WASHES: Suave Coconut
CONDITIONERS and LEAVE-INS: Mop Top Daily Conditioner, KBB Nectar, Aubrey GPB or Island Naturals, Robert Craig, Any Jessicurl
CURL ENHANCERS/CREMES/MOUSSES: KCCC, JoiWhip
GELS: Fuzzy Duck, B5 Design, MGA Scultping, BRHG


Fotki password: chuckle
Blog: http://jillipoo.blogspot.com/
Twitter: nopoojillipoo

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  • CurliLocksCurliLocks Posts: 10,573Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Click here: http://www.robertcraig.com/php/index.php?location=swatchpage
    You can send them your address and they will send you a printed chart. If you're blending gray, it's easiest if you see which color matches your natural color (not box color), then choose 2-3 shades lighter since the Colors go darker on curly/porous hair. It is only available thru the web or salons that use it. Here is a page of salons that use his Color, but SF isn't on there yet: http://www.robertcraig.com/php/index.php?location=haircolorists
    Check it often as they are added frequently.

    As far as applying, it isn't really that hard. If you section the hair, it's easier. And the foam is easy to see where it is, and isn't. ;) Or enlist the help of an SO or friend. I have 30-40% gray and it works great. :)

    It is more gentle on the hair, you would see improvement as your hair grows out with the RC Color on it.
    SF Bay Area, CA * "The Angel-Goddess-Guru of Haircoloring" :D
    3b/c/a mix. medium texture, low porosity
    My Motto: Strand Test! some hair pics
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC] -- gone, but never forgotten.
  • jillipoojillipoo Posts: 3,795Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Thanks, CurliLocks! I thought I had visited every page on the Robert Craig site but must have missed that one where they offer to send you a sample catalog. Thanks for the tips!

    And I did find a salon in the greater SF area from that list, so hopefully, she can set me up with the right color....

    Really eager to stop using this horrible hair color.
    3a and strictly CG since August 2007. Porous and on the fine side. No to magnesium sulfate and glycerin. Yes to protein! Favorites:
    CO-WASHES: Suave Coconut
    CONDITIONERS and LEAVE-INS: Mop Top Daily Conditioner, KBB Nectar, Aubrey GPB or Island Naturals, Robert Craig, Any Jessicurl
    CURL ENHANCERS/CREMES/MOUSSES: KCCC, JoiWhip
    GELS: Fuzzy Duck, B5 Design, MGA Scultping, BRHG


    Fotki password: chuckle
    Blog: http://jillipoo.blogspot.com/
    Twitter: nopoojillipoo
  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I have 80+% gray and get great coverage now that I upped the powder to water ratio by 1/3, keep it on my roots under heat for 50 minutes. It doesn't fade now, and I use oil and butter based products. Unfortunately my roots grow in so darn white I can only stretch out to 5 weeks. The 3 shades lighter suggestion is a good one. I am medium brown and use a dark blonde (#15).

    Application for me is easy, since I wash my hair the night before, separate it into about 15-20 twists and let dry over night. I apply the color to the parts, then untwist each section and sub-part once or twice. Takes about 10 minutes. If you go for RC, definitely get the little hand mixer.
    My blog - http://suburbanbushbabe.wordpress.com/
    My FOTKI - http://whatsnew.fotki.com/suburbanbushbabe/
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    Playing with my hair is a hobby. Fluffy, fine natural 4a. Goal= Healthy, beautiful hair that retains its length.
    Hear that crash? It's me falling off the CG wagon.
  • CurliLocksCurliLocks Posts: 10,573Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Oh yes, the mixer is great! :)

    I overlooked the San Anselmo location, is that the one? Just be sure they use a color that is a few shades lighter. Most salons don't strand test, so be careful. They may not be as aware of the curly-hair-color-grabbing thing! ;) Glad I could help.
    SF Bay Area, CA * "The Angel-Goddess-Guru of Haircoloring" :D
    3b/c/a mix. medium texture, low porosity
    My Motto: Strand Test! some hair pics
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC] -- gone, but never forgotten.

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