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MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,259
7/15/13 4:35 P

If you wanted to try something different you could do hombre. They color your hair near the roots and then lighter near the ends. And you can tell them that you want the brown shade in the rest of your hair.

It would cost a lot at first but you get it done every six months or so.

Also spend the $$$$ for a really good shampoo. I always say why do you want to spend hundreds of dollars on hair color and then just wash it out with cheap shampoo?

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
7/15/13 2:35 P

Keep in mind that going from a darker colour to a lighter colour would probably involve a bleaching process.... which can impact the texture of your hair. I don't try to lighten my hair anymore, after a few instances in my younger years where sure i got the light-coloured locks I wanted, but didn't want anyone to actually touch my hair and discover it felt like dry straw. Maybe they've improved the formulas in the intervening 20 years, idk. All I know is, i regretted it any time I "lightened" ... a few highlights is manageable but a whole-head colour change was pretty rough on my hair.

Edited by: BUNNYKICKS at: 7/15/2013 (14:36)
SONICB Posts: 4,372
7/15/13 2:21 P

Sometimes we all need a little change. I don't have anything against coloring hair. If it's something you want to do, it doesn't sound like a waste of money, especially if you end up pleased with the results.

LAURAAT Posts: 1,506
7/15/13 10:13 A

I agree with Firecom's response. As far as grey's, I'm not concerned. For the same reasons, it shows I've been through life. Nothing to be ashamed of. Although, I am only in my 20's, so we will see if that changes.
As far as coloring just for fun, I am all for it. I do it, and enjoy it. I'm not shy about it, I will absolutely own up to it, and I think that's important to do.

7/15/13 9:26 A

Women color their hair all the time, and not just to cover gray. If you want to try another color, do it!

GUDDIGO Posts: 1,081
7/15/13 9:17 A

I think you should do what makes you happy....if coloring makes you happy more than spending money go for it...

SUZIEQUE77 SparkPoints: (9,271)
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7/15/13 7:12 A

You say it will cost you a you have plenty of money to always pay your bills and get whatever you want or need on a regular basis? If the answer is yes, and you feel you can afford it, then I would say the cost is somewhat irrelevant. However if you struggle to make ends meet, I would definitely suggest you skip getting your hair professionally colored.

I could probably afford it but I choose NOT to spend my hard earned money that way. I color my own hair ever six weeks, mainly to make sure I don't see gray.

I go a couple shades lighter than my natural color and find it looks "natural" but when I tried going darker, it looked harsh and I didn't like it. It was not so bad that I could not live with it for six weeks until the next recoloring, though.

I use Clairol for under $3.00 an application, or L'oreal for under $8.00 a box.

ROXYCARIN SparkPoints: (95,965)
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7/15/13 1:01 A

Natural color

JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (544,196)
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7/14/13 10:40 P

I use semi-permanent hair color and it's not as expensive.

GOALWTIN7 SparkPoints: (2,121)
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7/14/13 8:43 P

I suggest going for a temporary color instead of a permanent one. The reason being if you don't like the color and you want to go back to your natural color, a temporary color will wash out in only a few short shampoos while a permanent color will take a long time and your hair will be two different colors for months trying to get your natural color back unless you use dye again to get back that natural color.

I would suggest if you still are lucky enough to not have much gray just buy different wigs and you can change up your look often. My natural hair color today is white but I dye it medium brown. The roots start to show in about a month. Once you start dying, it's a constant process.

FIRECOM SparkPoints: (0)
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7/14/13 3:59 P

My wife used to ask me to use "Just for men" but I wont. This road I have traveled was bumpy and had lots of pot holes. I wear my grey hair with pride.

ANARIE Posts: 13,175
7/14/13 3:06 P

I don't know about "ridiculous;" I think it can be kind of cute. But it definitely does fall into the category of dyeing your hair purple or pink-- it's going to be obvious that it's not natural. Don't do it without a plan of what you're going to tell nosy neighbors when they start talking about you as "that lady who dyes her hair." If you're comfortable saying, "Yeah, isn't it great? Do you want my hairdresser's card?" then go for it. If you're going to want to say, "No, I don't!" or "It's none of your business!", that's when you start to look ridiculous. Don't do it unless you're ready to be bold about it.

AZULVIOLETA6 SparkPoints: (0)
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7/14/13 1:50 P

Changing your hair to a color which does not occur naturally among people of your ethnicity is going to look ridiculous.

Says the blond Latina...though in my case, it actually IS natural, just really unusual!

LKS2GAB2 SparkPoints: (37,765)
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7/14/13 7:09 A

I had to start coloring at a very early age due to pre-mature graying. If that had not occurred I would have NEVER colored my hair. My guess is you have healthy, shinny hair. Keep it. Once you start coloring it never seems to stop. In time the hair becomes dull. I would maybe add a few highlights if the gray strands bother you.

CORTNEY-LEE SparkPoints: (67,852)
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7/13/13 9:39 P

It is totally up to you!

I love adding color to my hair to change it up once in a while. I don't get as crazy as I did in my 20's but I still do fun things with it.

Right now I have Ombre highlights and low lights.

BRATFLORIDA SparkPoints: (9,966)
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7/13/13 8:39 P

I have naturally medium brown hair, and have been coloring it blonde since I was 20. (That's 20 mumble years now.) If you get an all over color, you only get the roots done once every 2 to 3 months. It's a personal decision, I love how my hair looks this way and frankly if someone (read: man) asked me to stop, I wouldn't. It's alllll about what I like. I've been saying since the first time I had it done that I'd never go grey, and I won't. *g* You might want to consider a wash-in temporary color to see if you like it, but before you go 'all the way' with color realize it's like anything else in life. You get what you pay for. If you pay $8 for a box of bleach at the grocery store and make it a DIY project, you may not be happy with the results. I've always had friends that are professional hairdressers and I've never been less than satisfied with the results.

FENWAYGIRL18 Posts: 5,868
7/13/13 8:00 P

do what is going to make you happy, you might want to try a wig on you of the color you want to choose to see if you are going to like it in advance.

OREGON_MAMA Posts: 2,994
7/13/13 2:58 P

I say if you're itching to change your look do it, if you have the money. I have had every (natural) hair color imaginable and I am glad I've tried them all. Red, Auburn, Black, Light Brown, Dark Brown, Platinum, Dark Blonde, I've tried them all. I am at the point where I just color it a natural brown. (to cover over gray)

N16351D Posts: 2,349
7/13/13 2:13 P

Suggest that you go for highlights and not do the same color all over. Put in a lighter than natural shade with foil or a cap. That way, you can gradually work into a new color. Also, the outgrowth won't be obvious.

I am a natural blonde who has turned to a light brown shade as I have aged (now age 55). I have been highlighting my hair (professionally done so I don't screw it up!) for the last 15 years and I love the results. It picks up the light, but the outgrowth is not obvious. I used to do it twice a year, but now can spend more money on it so do it four times a year. Either way, others don't notice an obvious change at any time.

UMBILICAL Posts: 12,786
7/13/13 1:50 P

It's up to me

ANARIE Posts: 13,175
7/13/13 1:10 P

Talk to other people who have had it done. With dark hair, they might have to bleach out your natural color first and then lay the new color over it, and that can be very damaging to your hair. It also requires lots of upkeep. Once you have more grey, they can use a color treatment that will only show on the grays, and will make it look like you have highlights. It's better for your hair, it's less expensive, and usually it looks more natural.

There are inexpensive temporary color rinses that you can do yourself at home, for about the same price as a nice bottle of nail color. They last through about 6 to 8 washes and they're safe for your hair because they just add color rather than stripping it. Why not try one of those first and see what you think? If you don't like it, you can wash it out right away.

JUDYAMK SparkPoints: (30,033)
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7/13/13 11:54 A

My sides get grey first . I would NEVER let my hair get 40 % grey. I get high lights low lights I just had it done a few weeks back. My skin color makes my face look more drawn if I let it go to grey.

ERICREH Posts: 4,140
7/13/13 9:15 A

As a male I don't think I would ever color my hair, but females seem to do it all the time. Its your choice and yours alone.

EMPRESSAMQ Posts: 5,077
7/13/13 9:11 A

Only you can know if it is a waste of money.

I enjoy coloring my hair, so for me it is not a waste, it is something that makes me happy, doesn't have to do with fashion or with anyone else.

LILSPARKIE85 SparkPoints: (40,593)
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7/13/13 9:06 A

I think people get their hair colored for 2 reasons - to cover gray or to change up their look. So, if you're itching to change up your look, go for it! I have dark hair as well and I would recommend not doing anything too drastic at first as you can have instantaneous regret (which will probably go away eventually when you get used to the new look). I started out by doing a lighter brown and gradually worked up to finally getting highlights one day.

EOWYN2424 Posts: 9,108
7/13/13 8:54 A

I have a fashion question to ask you. I have naturally black hair, with one or 2 strands of white hair in between, so I don't really need a color. But I caught sight of my hairdresser's latest catalog and now I'm itching to color my hair. It's a nice dark brown but it will cost me a bomb! Not now of course, but when my hair is much longer, say 3 or 4 months down the road, say, closer to Christmas. Do you think it's a waste of money? Should I stick to my natural hair color and only color when I'm say 40% gray?

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