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Posted: 7/11/2011 10:28:41 AM
what brand do you think is the best?


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Posted: 7/11/2011 10:42:39 AM
I haven't found that much of a difference and make my decision on price.




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Posted: 7/11/2011 10:47:49 AM
I really dont see much of a difference in brands and always buy the cheapest one. Wal-Mart sells one for like $2.97 or it may be $3.38 a box now and I think its made by Loreal. Its cheap but it does the job and my hair always comes out fine.


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Posted: 7/11/2011 10:48:45 AM
I get salon color at Sally's and do it at home--better for your hair.


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Posted: 7/11/2011 10:50:39 AM
I think the one StampingCrazy is referring to is Colorsilk by Revlon. It is priced similarly at the chain drug stores too...maybe 50 cents higher. It works fine for me.




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Posted: 7/11/2011 10:51:19 AM
I was never totally pleased with the boxed colors, so I started going to Sally's and buying the color and developer. I feel like the colors are richer. I have grey hairs to hide, so I pick one that specifically mentions its coverage of resistant greys. The last one I used was L'Oreal Creme Excellence.

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Posted: 7/11/2011 10:52:53 AM
I get salon color at Sally's and do it at home--better for your hair.



Also cheaper when they have deals and you can get more color for your $.

The ION Color Brilliance line they carry is really good. They have other brands as well by all the normal names, L'oreal, Clairol, Wella, etc.


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Posted: 7/11/2011 10:53:56 AM
I don't think there's a huge difference, either. I use the one I do because it has color and highlights. It's by L'oreal.


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Posted: 7/11/2011 10:57:17 AM

I think the one StampingCrazy is referring to is Colorsilk by Revlon. It is priced similarly at the chain drug stores too...maybe 50 cents higher. It works fine for me.



Yep I think thats it also. The last time I bought it was actually at Walgreens and I believe it was $4.99 a box which is still cheap but they had it BOGO and had a $1.00 instant savings so I got both boxes for $3.99! Score.


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Posted: 7/11/2011 10:57:35 AM
I too buy products at Sallys and find it's a much better dye job. I use Shock Effects when I go blue. They last the longest and have really vibrant blue colors.


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Posted: 7/11/2011 10:58:06 AM
I'm a Garnier Herbashine gal. I get it on sale at CVS for around $6. I've tried some others, but I love love love the shine factor of this brand. It also comes with an awesome conditioner which lasts me until my next coloring and then some (I have super short hair).


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Posted: 7/11/2011 11:04:08 AM
I have used Loreal preference from the big box stores, and it works better for me than some of the other big box brands.

I prefer Ion brilliance from Sally Beauty Supply.
Sally's also sells the packets of red corrector, as well as color remover if there is an opps.
You buy the developer separately, depending on what you need.
They have the phamplets with the Ion mixing recipes, which tell you which developer to use based on how many shades lighter (than your natural hair) that you're going with the color.

I've also used the Wella color and the Loreal preference colors.

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Posted: 7/11/2011 11:09:04 AM
Nice and Easy Gray Solution works really well if you have a lot of gray hair. I try to buy this
when ever it's on sale. The other Nice and Easy is okay too.

I like Loreal Preference because it leaves your hair really soft, more color choices.

Last week I tried Nutrisse , I think is was Herbashine . You only leave it in 10 minutes. I was surprised at how well it worked. It covered my grays and my hair was very soft after. I liked
the color too.

I tried Colorsilk and I don't like that it leaves my hair crispy. The coverage is good though.


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Posted: 7/11/2011 11:11:07 AM
I use L'Oreal Casting mainly because the conditioner that comes with it is amazing and isn't available other than in the box - at least as far I've found.

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Posted: 7/11/2011 11:33:15 AM
I'm using Perfect 10 right now and absolutely love the color. It doesn't do a good job covering resistant greys though. I tried the tip of hitting the grey around my temple first and then hitting it again at the end before the timing starts. That didn't help either.

I'm going to have to switch brands or go back to salon trips


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Posted: 7/11/2011 11:38:06 AM
Thanks for all you suggestions. I have been going to the salon and it cost a fortune & I don't think the color last that long. That's why I am thinking of doing it myself.


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Posted: 7/11/2011 11:47:41 AM
i use revlon colorsilk. its super cheap and my friends never know i do it myself.I buy it on sale for under $2. sometimes $1. I stock up when i find it on sale so i dont have to worry about paying the full price (which is really cheap too, but I'd rather buy it on sale. its on sale at target, walgreens and walmart often


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Posted: 7/11/2011 12:12:08 PM
If you decide to color your hair yourself, here is a nice tutorial that is helpful:
Bringing the salon home

Youtube has a plethora of videos also, I like this technique because by using the brush on your roots, you can achieve even all over coverage.


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Posted: 7/11/2011 12:20:20 PM
I use Feria on dd(20) hair. It doesn't dry out her hair at all and I like the big conditioner tube that lasts for several washings.


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Posted: 7/11/2011 12:23:31 PM
I'm glad to see this thread. I've been paying $200 incl tip to get my hair dyed blonde at the salon. It's all over color so I would much rather just buy a $5 box. I was just scared it wouldn't come out light enough or dry out my hair.

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Posted: 7/11/2011 12:31:25 PM
I buy mine from Sally's I have to color my hair every 3 weeks and at $75.00 a pop I knew I could do it cheaper and faster. I buy a big bottle of the creme and usually buy many bottles of the color and get out of there for about $30.00 with 6-8 applications. Can't beat that.

I also use the Ion from Sally's

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Posted: 7/11/2011 12:39:05 PM
I like Natural Instincts because it's semi-permanent. I only mix half at a time since I'm only trying to cover the gray roots.

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Posted: 7/11/2011 12:39:08 PM
I like Garnier HerbaShine. I buy it with a coupon when it's on sale. I think it costs about $6.00. I've been pleased with the results so far, even with my stubborn grey hairs.

I love my hairdresser and I know she has to make a living too, but $120.00 was just getting too expensive.



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Posted: 7/11/2011 12:48:10 PM
Sally's is having a sale right now on the Ion, but when I started reading all the instructions of what I'm supposed to mix with the color I just got confused.

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Posted: 7/11/2011 12:56:59 PM
I use L'Oreal Excellence, Light Brown. So many reasons I like this product:

1.) They give you a tube of pre-treatment serum to protect the ends of your hair (which tend to be dry and would othewise take more color)

2.) They give you two different tips, I love it because I use the "comb" tip to do my roots, then switch over to the regular tip when I do the rest of my hair

3.) I have long, thick, past-my-shoulder length hair and they give you PLENTY of color. When I used other brands, I sometimes needed two boxes to cover it.

4.) They give you nice thick gloves and a generous tube of wonderful conditioner. I wish I could buy the conditioner separately.

5.) Finally, the color is just really nice - the light brown at least. It's rich, covers the grays and doesn't pull red, it's very natural.



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Posted: 7/11/2011 1:03:31 PM
I've used Loreal Preference for the last two years and it works great for me. Strangers stop me to ask where I get my hair colored. It's easy and cheap (w/ coupon) Can't see ever going back to the salon for color.

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Posted: 7/11/2011 1:05:24 PM
Another Sally's customer here, on the advice of my stylist. She told me that I can do the job for a lot less than she would charge me and she's right. I did mine this weekend and used Clairol Medium Red with a packet of Gray Magic which completely covered all my gray.


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Posted: 7/11/2011 1:14:39 PM
Anabella most of the Sally's Stores have helpful staff you can go in there and ask them about how to mix the Ion.

I use a 1:2 ratio.

Select desired shade. Mix 2 oz. of Ion Intensive Shine Demi Hair Color with 4 oz. ion Sensitive Scalp Crème Developer 10 Volume in a non-metallic bowl. Mixing ratio is 1:2 unless otherwise noted. See Color Objective Chart. All instructions are based on average texture, normal porosity; Fine hair is much more receptive to hair coloring where coarse hair is not. Use Ion Color Brilliance Pre-Color Treatment to help ensure even color results from scalp to ends. A i5-minute cool down is recommended if heat is used prior to rinsing. Standard processing time is 10-40 minutes at room temperature and 10-15 minutes with heat. After processing, rinse hair thoroughly until the water runs clear. Shampoo and style as desired.
Sally's Ion Directions


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Posted: 7/11/2011 1:18:12 PM

Anabella most of the Sally's Stores have helpful staff you can go in there and ask them about how to mix the Ion.
I've read that on this board a number of times, however in my experience this has not been remotely true. I tend to encounter surly teenagers who don't even try to hide their annoyance that I've interrupted their important text messaging to ask them a question, LOL. Maybe it's a regional thing.


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Posted: 7/11/2011 2:24:26 PM
It all depends on the store, there is one down here that I will go too and there is one that I avoid like the plague.

I had an employee and the store manager help me last time I went to the store I like and they were very helpful.

Anabella, with ION as long as you follow the ratios you'll be fine. They sell a mixing bowl with the measuring info on the outside for this purpose. The ratio I previously posted is for a demi-perm if you want to go permanent than the directions will differ.


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Posted: 7/11/2011 2:32:07 PM

I'm glad to see this thread. I've been paying $200 incl tip to get my hair dyed blonde at the salon. It's all over color so I would much rather just buy a $5 box. I was just scared it wouldn't come out light enough or dry out my hair.




Annabella, it is likely so much because they are doing double processing on your hair. You have naturally black or very dark hair, right? you cannot get blonde dye from the local grocery store and expect to have good results. You need to lighten your hair first, then put down color, and that is not something to be attempting yourself if you’re not familiar with it. if you go with the $5 box dye on your dark roots, they will turn orange.

OP, I use the wella hair dye from sally’s. I mix 2 shades together to get a custom shade I love. I just keep the ration 2:1 like they recommend and everything goes fine. I also have found that wella reds last much longer on my naturally blonde hair than anything from another store has.



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Posted: 7/11/2011 2:46:47 PM
I go to Sally's and get a developer and creme to bleach a chunk on each side, then I use Manic Panic and go nuts. Back in January I used Ultra Violet, after that was Cotton Candy, but it came out pretty quick. Rock and Roll red was awesome. I now have Shocking Blue, not a big fan. When this fades in a few weeks, I'll go back to the Rock and Roll red.



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Posted: 7/11/2011 3:26:16 PM
Anabella, if you are having your hair lightened and double processed as one of the posters suggested then at home coloring may not work for you if you want to stay with a blonde color.

If you wanted to go darker it might work, but I'd ask your stylist for advice on that.


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Posted: 7/11/2011 3:32:53 PM

Annabella, it is likely so much because they are doing double processing on your hair. You have naturally black or very dark hair, right? you cannot get blonde dye from the local grocery store and expect to have good results. You need to lighten your hair first, then put down color, and that is not something to be attempting yourself if you’re not familiar with it. if you go with the $5 box dye on your dark roots, they will turn orange.



He told me he didn't put bleach on my hair, it just lightened the hair if your hair has never been colored. I watched him do it, he mixed it in a bowel, then brushed it all over my head, then gradually the color lightened. I've actually been toying with the idea of just calling the salon to ask what brand they use? lol Not sure if the receptionist would know or tell me.

Reading up on Ion it does say it's not recommended for dark brown hair because you're supposed to strip the color first, that scares me. I already have a relaxer in my hair so I want to be very careful. My hair does take color very quickly (10 min) because of the relaxer.


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Posted: 7/11/2011 4:08:37 PM
I use loreal products (my dd is a scientist for them) and in case you didn't know it.. paul mitchel redken etc are all made by loreal... over 25 companies all under one brand...


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Posted: 7/11/2011 5:17:22 PM
I've used L'Oreal Friara for a number of years. I'm 50 now and use hair color to hide my gray hair. The last couple of times I've used John Frieda and have been very pleasantly surprised. First of all it's one of those new foam color kits. The solution comes out as a foam and it's sooo much easier to color my hair this way. Second, it covers all of my gray and comes out looking great, soft and shiny.

I bought the John Frieda at Ulta.

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Posted: 7/11/2011 5:20:56 PM
I use L'Oreal Healthy Look Creme Gloss Color. I have "stubborn greys" and always leave the hair dye on way longer than the instructions say.


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Posted: 7/11/2011 6:31:45 PM
Then Ion may not be the best option for you, but L'oreal and others might work. If you did some research and asked I think you would find an answer.


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Posted: 7/11/2011 6:31:59 PM
I know what isn't best...Nice & Easy Foam. Yuck
It stinks, its still stinks after 3 washings and the color is gone within 2 weeks.
I'll stick with ION also.


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Posted: 7/11/2011 7:25:23 PM

I was never totally pleased with the boxed colors, so I started going to Sally's and buying the color and developer. I feel like the colors are richer. I have grey hairs to hide, so I pick one that specifically mentions its coverage of resistant greys. The last one I used was L'Oreal Creme Excellence.


Same here. Make sure you get a bowl and brush and do your hair in sections. MUCH easier!


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Posted: 7/11/2011 9:20:13 PM

He told me he didn't put bleach on my hair, it just lightened the hair if your hair has never been colored. I watched him do it, he mixed it in a bowel, then brushed it all over my head, then gradually the color lightened.


My colorist does the same with my roots except she mixes it in a bowl. It's not a bleach but it pulls the natural color out. Then she goes back and colors it.


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Posted: 7/11/2011 10:51:20 PM
i love l'oreal feria. i wa attracted to it by the "highlights". i don't know that there are highlights but it leaves a beautiful shine. i've gotten a lot of compliments on my hair.


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Posted: 7/12/2011 7:30:02 AM
I'm surprised people are saying that they don't see a difference between brands. When I used home colour, there was a HUGE difference between some brands and generally the cheaper the brand meant it was absolute crap. The only tolerable home hair colour is Feria. It's one of the more expensive ones, but hair colour is something I refused to cheap out on as it's entirely too important. Now I've gone back to pro colour, since it's much better quality.

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Posted: 7/12/2011 7:37:32 AM
I used Clairol and had great luck with color the first time I did my hair at home. I've not had reason to switch, so that's what I still use.

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Posted: 7/12/2011 7:48:27 AM
I use the L'Oreal Colour Experte (about $13 -- it's pricier because it has extra vowels in the name ). It's the larger kit with the highlighting step. I can only find it at Ulta these days.

Anyway, I use "pecan praline" or something like that. It's actually a cooler color -- the warms make my hair go brassy.

Even at $13, this is a steal compared to the $180 I would be charged at my swanky salon.


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Posted: 7/12/2011 4:53:35 PM
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I really wouldn't suggest trying to use drugstore color on relaxed dark hair to go blonde. Especially if you're not trained! I know it's expensive - I pay about the same - but that is a risk I wouldn't suggest taking! Just my 2 cents! Trying to save you from a head of orange straw!


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