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Sun May 13, 2007 2:42 pm      Reply with quote
To save time the past couple years, I've colored my own hair at home using drugstore brands and I've had some decent success getting a nice look.

My natural hair color is strawberry blonde, but after forty, it started to fade and turn blah and some greys crept in - the whole over 40 hair thing Sad - I've had good success buying the popular hair color brands - usually in the "Light Blonde" range - to bring out my golden highlights, bring my hair up a couple shades and just overall give me a better look.

Well, after reading about Wella Color Charm, I decided to try it at home...so I went to Sallys and brought home a box of 8NG Light Beige Blonde...oh my god - I colored my hair with it today and wow - my hair is now the color of dirty dishwater Sad I used the color chart as a guide and NG was closer to the gold side than the ash side and it was considered in the "light" range.... the boxes I normally buy are in the 800 range. The Wella 8NG that I used today actually darkened and toned down my hair quite a bit...and I now look and feel so drab, washed out and ugly....I can't do anything now because if I did, it would damage my hair, right?

I feel a little desperate - BF
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Sun May 13, 2007 2:50 pm      Reply with quote
Oooooooo, you could go back to Sally's and ask for their suggestions. I used to get hair coloring stuff at Sally's and am pretty sure I've seen things designed for those "whoops" moments.

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Sun May 13, 2007 3:12 pm      Reply with quote
I've had to dye my hair twice in one day because of screw ups, and it didn't seem any more dried up or damaged. It probably helps to keep with the same brand. Most hair dyes also have a phone number on the box, so maybe you could call them in the morning and see what they suggest.
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Sun May 13, 2007 5:35 pm      Reply with quote
Most hair dyes fade lighter in a few washings.

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Sun May 13, 2007 6:45 pm      Reply with quote
I tried a home product once...and totally messed up my hair! I went to a salon, and they were able to fix it...Thank God! You might want to have a professional try to fix it...because if you try it yourself, you could make it worse. Good luck!
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Sun May 13, 2007 7:09 pm      Reply with quote
it's difficult to dye hair at home, i have ever done that before, my hair is messed up! it is horrible!
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Hi Barefootgirl! Back in February I colored my hair for the first time in my life with Wella Color Charm Demi-Permanent dye that I purchased at Sally's. I followed the advice of another member here who uses the Wella Color Charm dyes often and my hair turned out perfectly except it was a bit darker than I wanted it to be. Initially I was somewhat panicked because I thought this darker shade of brunette really washed me out, so I immediately went into 'research mode' to find a solution to remove the dye in case I couldn't adjust to it. These are the products I found that are designed to restore your original color and/or prepare it immediately for another color to be applied. I can't vouch for any of them personally as I decided to wait in the hopes that my own color would fade after several washes. Fortunately for me it did! Before you jump into anything I would do as other's here have suggested and call the folks at Wella and ask them for advice as well as query them about the products I've listed below. The first one in particular (Color Fix) is highly reviewed on MakeUpAlley and www.folica.com and can be purchased at Sally's.

Color Fix by Jheri Redding: Is designed to remove unwanted permanent hair color and controlled usage allows color correction to specific areas; can be used for full or slight color corrections.
http://makeupalley.com/product/showreview.asp/ItemID=18035/Hair/Unlisted_Brand/Jheri_Redding_Colorfix/
http://www.folica.com/one__n_only_Col_t312_1.html

L'Oreal Color Zap: Gently washes away all permanent hair color. Ideal for color correction, removal of dark shades, muddy, uneven results or color build up. Leaves hair ready for immediate re-coloring.

L'Oreal Effasol Color Remover: Washes away permanent hair color leaving hair ready for recoloring. Can be used with water or developer.

Roux Clean Touch: Is a gentle formula that removes hair color from skin and scalp. Removes excess color from hair ends and assists in removing stains from clothing.

The other thing I highly recommend you do, should you decide to try one of these products, is to follow it up immediately with a heavy-duty moisturizing treatment. One that I've used and found very effective is Nature's Therapy Mega Moisture Hair Treatment by L'Oreal. This stuff is actually a great pre and post color/product treatment. It'll even sub for a hot oil treatment in a pinch. Just apply to your hair, wrap in saran, then blow dry on high heat for 5+ minutes to warm everything up and follow with a wrapped towel. Leave on for a good 20+ minutes then rinse. This treatment can also be purchased at Sally's and is very well reviewed at makeupally. http://makeupalley.com/product/showreview.asp/ItemId=9116/Nature_s_Therapy_Mega_Moisture_Hair_Treatment/L_Oreal/Treatments

I hope that something from this list works for you and that you are able to quickly and safely rectify the color you're unhappy with at the moment (I know how upsetting this can be - BTDT!!!). wave

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Mon May 14, 2007 6:11 am      Reply with quote
Thanks all... my bottle of 20 vol developer is over a year old...I wonder if that could have something to do with it? Maybe it stops working over time to lift color?

I don't know...I just can't wait to get this fixed.

Thanks, BF
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Barefootgirl,
I have used the colorfix with success. I dyed my hair too dark and it looked black. (I am naturally a dark brunette). The Colorfix did remove most of the black tones. If you do decide to try this, you need to deep condition VERY WELL afterwards. Leave the conditioner in your hair for an hour or more with a shower cap or towel over your head to generate heat. Most people who have reviewed the product on folica dot com say to skip the last colorfix step (the developer). That is what I did. You may need to recolor after the colorfix because it can strip all the artificial color out of the hair. Make sure you deep condition again after you recolor. You can always pm me if you have more questions.
Other things you can try are shampooing with pert plus or a clarifying shampoo like Neutrogena anti-residue shampoo. These will also help to strip color without causing damage. If I were you I would steer clear of bleaching processes or the heavy duty peroxide because these tend to fry the hair. HTH
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Wed Jan 30, 2008 5:43 pm      Reply with quote
Barefootgirl wrote:
My natural hair color is strawberry blonde, but after forty, it started to fade and turn blah and some greys crept in - the whole over 40 hair thing Sad - I've had good success buying the popular hair color brands - usually in the "Light Blonde" range - to bring out my golden highlights, bring my hair up a couple shades and just overall give me a better look.

Well, after reading about Wella Color Charm, I decided to try it at home...so I went to Sallys and brought home a box of 8NG Light Beige Blonde...oh my god - I colored my hair with it today and wow - my hair is now the color of dirty dishwater Sad I used the color chart as a guide and NG was closer to the gold side than the ash side and it was considered in the "light" range.... the boxes I normally buy are in the 800 range. The Wella 8NG that I used today actually darkened and toned down my hair quite a bit...


Hmm.. This sounds so familiar.. I am a neophyte at hair coloring, but am tired of spending the $ at Aveda on a hair color that doesn't look much better than what I can do (which isn't much)..
I have dark blonde hair that pulls red so I need to stay neutral. Still, boxed hair color that is supposed to match me seems to come out a shade darker and blander. If it's golden, then it comes out brassy.

I saw the Wella Color Charm swatches online, in the 7 range but, they don't quite seem right.

Does anyone have a similar hair color or advice for me? I am looking at purchasing Redken color gels and color gloss on ebay as well (and their 20 developer to cover a bit of gray).. Would the Redken solution be easier to use than the Wella Color Charm?

One last question... if I mixed say a 7N with a 7NG (about a 50/50 ratio) and took a clean mascara wand and highlighted a few strays with just the 7N and the 7NG, could that work? Or would the mix be oxidizing too long and lose its potency?

Thank you in advance for any info you might have - Valerie
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Wed Jan 30, 2008 6:52 pm      Reply with quote
so beautiful a name , stawberry blonde
i just have a dull deep brown natural hair color

i want to have a try on lush hair henna long time
but i'm afraid i could not do with it well
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Thu Jan 31, 2008 2:59 pm      Reply with quote
Salon, salon, salon. I say this after one to many disasturous home hair colors then the frustration with the time and money spent correcting it with no success and ending up at the salon anyways!!
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Thu Jan 31, 2008 3:20 pm      Reply with quote
hi , i am a cosmetologist, i can try to help ya, i wouldnt of used the beige series in the wella, beige series can cause some major color problems, a lot of the major brands in salons dont use a lot of the beige tones in there color. next time go with a neutral blonde or natural blonde. if you want to add some gold tones , start at 1/2 oz of golden blonde and 1 oz neutral blonde, if you just colored you can try and use a shampoo like prell (the harshest shampoo) and wash your hair a couple times and that will take out some of the color, just condition very well the next week. color doesnt damage the hair it actually helps smooth the cuticle, so after you wash with the harsher shampoo, you can color next week, just make sure you get a different color, and i always tell people if your going to color at home stay away from beige colors and even ash colors, unless you have used it before
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Fri Feb 01, 2008 5:58 am      Reply with quote
felinehhy wrote:
so beautiful a name , stawberry blonde
i just have a dull deep brown natural hair color

i want to have a try on lush hair henna long time
but i'm afraid i could not do with it well


I've used the lush hair henna. As far as home coloring goes, this was great! Apart from the smell which was repugnant.
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hopeful wrote:
hi , i am a cosmetologist, i can try to help ya, i wouldnt of used the beige series in the wella, beige series can cause some major color problems, a lot of the major brands in salons dont use a lot of the beige tones in there color. next time go with a neutral blonde or natural blonde. if you want to add some gold tones , start at 1/2 oz of golden blonde and 1 oz neutral blonde, if you just colored you can try and use a shampoo like prell (the harshest shampoo) and wash your hair a couple times and that will take out some of the color, just condition very well the next week. color doesnt damage the hair it actually helps smooth the cuticle, so after you wash with the harsher shampoo, you can color next week, just make sure you get a different color, and i always tell people if your going to color at home stay away from beige colors and even ash colors, unless you have used it before
hth


Thanks for the info!! I am in the process of buying developer and Redken hair color from a seller on ebay (although people on this site seem to sear by the Wella Color Charm - so maybe that would be best?)

When coloring your hair at home - if using a brand, say Redken Color Gels 7N and 7NG mixed (50/50 ratio) or Redken Double Fusion blonde Neutral... would it be work to take a few strands and highlight them individually with a clean mascara wand (Redken 7N & 7NG) - or would highlighting take up too much time so that the hair color mix would oxidize and lose its potency?

Also, if I go to Sally's Beauty to purchase Lights & Brights, Gray Magic, and Lock in Blonde - would those help with any permanent hair color - or do they work with a certain hair color? So much to learn - it may be easier going to a salon - or just doing a not so great job..

Ah well - Thanks in advance!
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Fri Feb 01, 2008 3:43 pm      Reply with quote
well if you can get redken , thats great, i only suggest wella, if you cant get higher end color. first what is your base color, , the color ratio you said sounds good depending on your base color now. the fusion color is a more stronger color, i would suggest to start with the color gels first. let me know if you need more help
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Sun Feb 10, 2008 6:34 am      Reply with quote
I recommend using a color glaze in order to keep your color on longer. I use John Frieda...you use it like 3 times a week and it keeps the color on long, so its shiny and vibrant.
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Sun Feb 10, 2008 5:38 pm      Reply with quote
Thanks so much for all of your advice.. Luckily for me, I chickened out and didn't color my hair. I brought the Redken hair color to a hair stylist, and I was way off. I am an 8n/8G, I would have either ended up a platinum blonde or a light brunette. Just want my hair to look "natural".. the way it used to.. Ah well.. She did great, so I am sticking with her....

I bought some Di Cesare blonde color glaze.. same thing as the John Frieda I guess. It really does add some shine.. Yea!

I admire those of you that know how to color your hair. Last time I tried, I wound up getting some on my face. I now have a few small bumps.. like a small rash.. there. The hair stylist said it might be a scar? UGH! What a klutz I am!

Anyway, thanks again......
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Tue Feb 12, 2008 1:26 pm      Reply with quote
i had clients tell me over the phone what color there hair is and when they came in, they were way off, so that is not uncommon. if they have color swatches at the supply house like a sallys (sally beauty supply is open to the public) you can tell better by holding up the swatch to your hair. if you found a hairdresser you like, than i would suggest to stick with her
take care Very Happy

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Tue Feb 12, 2008 3:23 pm      Reply with quote
I also color the hair by myself!
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I'm so glad you got the color you wanted, finding a great colorist/hair stylist is difficult. Once you find one its great. Keep using that color glaze and you will save so much $$, because you don't have to re-color or touch up as often.
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Does anyone know if it would make sense to add Sally's Lock-in Blonde, Gray Magic, & Unred Hair Color Drabber to a box of hair color (med. blonde)? I like the sounds of the effects of all three, but am not sure if it is too much?

Also, Sally's has a pre-color primer (L'oreal). Would Carekate's avocado/coconut/grapeseed oil pre-primer be just as good? Someone once said don't put oil on before coloring?
And... Wella makes a PH normalizing lotion... Would adding a tablespoon of ACV to shampoo be just as good as this product?

I am cosmetically challenged, but trying to learn.. Thanks!
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Mon Apr 14, 2008 8:15 am      Reply with quote
I think Nice and Easy is the best home colouring system. It has won some awards too.

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I have only went to a salon and had my hair colored once, and that was when I wanted brown streaks in my blond hair. I color my hair every four weeks, at home all by myself. I don't even pick the same shade of blond all the time, most of the time I am just touching up my roots and my hair does not look colored because I have different hues of blond. I will say though, sometimes I have gotten lazy and took the hair color off before it was time and I had more of a reddish blond, than the true blond I wanted. No worries, I wash my hair with the color shampoo and in a few washes it has lightened right up. If you are not happy with your color, try using a rinse in (non perm) color for the time being. That way your hair will have a chance to change on its own and you can cover up your mistakes. I do have friends that say they would NEVER color their own hair. I have been doing mine for years, and I refuse to pay $125 (plus tip)..my hair is long..when I can get the color on sale for $7.99. Very Happy

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Had a similar disaster once with a home haircolor kit. I've got naturally dark brown/black hair and wanted to lighten it a bit. Turned out ugly dark orange brown - that's the best I can describe it. I immediately went to get some color lifter, but was talked out of it by the salesgirl at Sally's. She said no matter what I do, it will damage the hair more. So I went home, searched the Internet, and came upon Clairol's website. I called their support. My concern was mostly fixing the color first, and preventing hair damage. He said to get those semi-permanent colors as close to my haircolor as possible. He told me to use that and wait a few weeks before attempting to use a permanent color again. Then he proceeded to teach me how to select the right hair color to achieve results. It turned out okay.
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