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Old February 15th, 2006, 04:43 AM   #1
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Safest/Least Damaging Hair Color

I have complained before and I apologize but I need HELP!

I have tri-colored hair. From the scalp down to aprox 12 inches is my natural color. From that point down is what is left of years of dying blond and it is brassy.
Additionally, I have grey coming in.

My extreme desire is to not ever have to color my hair again but my age is showing before it is time and I am not ready to let the grey flow.

I really want my hair to flow with the same color. The darker natural part and the brassy dyed left overs are just not doing it for me and I really do not want to chop off 20 inches of hair to get rid of the old dyed color since it appears I will dye again.

Okay so what is the safest coloring I can use? Temporary color?

What about using walnut powder, coffee, tea? How long do those things last and is it a waste of time given the condition of my hair? Do they color grey hair?
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Old February 15th, 2006, 05:06 AM   #2
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Re: Safest/Least Damaging Hair Color

see therecipe board. we just had a thread where i posted links to accomplishing the items you wanted naturally. BUT it will take patience
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Old February 15th, 2006, 05:28 AM   #3
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Re: Safest/Least Damaging Hair Color

A lot of folks use natural body art quality Henna. There is a thread at the top of this forum with a boat load 'o information about henna (and other things you can add to your henna to tweak the color). Henna will add strength and shine to your hair and does not cause any damage.

If you go to hennaforhair.com they have some great info, too.
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Old February 15th, 2006, 05:31 AM   #4
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Re: Safest/Least Damaging Hair Color

I fear henna. I have read that thread and a few websites and I am just scared to death of it.
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Old February 15th, 2006, 05:41 AM   #5
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Re: Safest/Least Damaging Hair Color

I just wanted to share that I just had a wonderful experience with doing a henna glossing. It covered my silver/white hair perfectly with minimal color change on my hair (but I had a reddish-tint to my hair). It may help smooth out the brassiness and make the color more even. What color is/was your natural color?
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Old February 15th, 2006, 06:51 AM   #6
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A little lighter than what I would consider the dark brown of a Hispanic person (I am part Am Indian).
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Old February 15th, 2006, 08:18 AM   #7
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Re: Safest/Least Damaging Hair Color

Look up threads about DANCINBAREFOOT she's a member here and just recently dyed her hair all one color. It looks great!! She had lighter ends and did a very good job matching her ends to her natural color. Maybe she'll chime in here or you can do a search HTH. here is a link look at the first 2 pics(before) and then her siggy. (after) I am not sure what she used hopefully she will let you know.

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/...ad.php?t=19079
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Old February 15th, 2006, 09:15 AM   #8
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Re: Safest/Least Damaging Hair Color

I have to agree- DBF did great getting all of her hair one color.
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Old February 15th, 2006, 09:52 AM   #9
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Re: Safest/Least Damaging Hair Color

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I fear henna. I have read that thread and a few websites and I am just scared to death of it.
Why? Did you read some thread that said it had awful health effects, or some such?
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Old February 15th, 2006, 12:51 PM   #10
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Re: Safest/Least Damaging Hair Color

Natural Instincts by Clairol. I use it twice a year to cover my ends when they're looking brassy. It's easy to find, inexpensive, and you only leave it on for 10 minutes. It leaves my hair healthy, shiny, and smells wonderful. I've never noticed any damage from using it.

It's the only coloring product (that I've tried) that doesn't leave my coarse hair like straw, and the colors are very natural looking.

Great stuff!
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Old February 15th, 2006, 01:13 PM   #11
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Why? Did you read some thread that said it had awful health effects, or some such?

Nope- just that it could have horrid effects on previously colored hair and when I see some that use it to cover grey it looks florescent...well (and no offense to anyone who prefers this color) but the stunning bright orange results that some folks get is just frightful to imagine on me.
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Old February 15th, 2006, 01:34 PM   #12
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Re: Safest/Least Damaging Hair Color

The safest and gentlest of all would probably be herbal dyes as in henna, indigo, and other plant mixes (walnut, coffee, etc.?). The first two will probably scare you since they *can* appear bright on white strands and the last option takes patience.

In the chemical realm, you would have Level 2 dyes that require smaller concentrations of peroxyde, but still some of it. Natural instincts is in that category, and I think 'natural' dyes sold in natural food stores qualify as well (I saw one with 3 volume peroxide or something?). I've tried to achieve the color you describe and I found that the more I used it, the less the 'dark brown' stayed and I was left with partially lightened hair (a brassy brown lighter than my roots). This does not seem to happen on everyone, but even Level 3 dark browns did this to me.

Then you have Level 1 colors that don't require any form of developer (peroxyde- or ammonia-based), which are said to last 4-8 shampoos. These are obviously gentler than Level 2, but can still contain potentially harmful ingredients in the darker shades... Loving Care and Color Pulse are some examples, I know that you can maximize the life of LC with heat and a longer application time. I'm not sure where to put Robert Craig, since it does not contain ammonia or peroxyde developers but is reportedly permanent. In any case, the dark brown and black shades contain PPD, which may or may not be a concern for you.

HTHS! In my case, henna and indigo won the battle, but I don't have greys yet.
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Old February 15th, 2006, 03:08 PM   #13
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Re: Safest/Least Damaging Hair Color

I used Herbatint, which uses a developer but claims to be gentle. It includes walnut as one of its tinting ingredients, if I remember correctly. I just picked a color as close as possible to my darker roots and dyed the lighter part of my hair. Luckily, I choose well, because the color matches quite well. Lina, I'll answer your PM when I get home, but if you look in my journal, I wrote about using Herbatint (the color I used, how I applied it, etc.).
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Old February 15th, 2006, 05:54 PM   #14
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Re: Safest/Least Damaging Hair Color

I have 40+ more posts until I can read it. I'm looking forward to it as I have dark brown with grey on top and redish on bottom!
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Old February 20th, 2006, 03:16 AM   #15
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Re: Safest/Least Damaging Hair Color

Lina

I had natural (with silver roots) of about 2" and the rest was chemically lightened, then henna'ed over (with a brownish mix) and I did not like the colour differences or the red anymore.

I used a semi-permanent (24 washes) about 5/6 weeks ago - I chose an ash (to try and counteract the red) brown close to my root colour. I love having hair that is one colour. It came out a bit dark at first, but it has started to wash out and is looking very natural now. My roots seem to have totally let go of the colour as my silver highlights are back - thankfully (I want my silver highlights) - and the lighter parts have held onto the colour very well, so my hair is still one shade.
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