Thursday, April 9, 2009

Hair Color

This week I noticed my grow out. For most people, that would mean dark roots; for me, it means lighter roots and random grays. I dye my hair with demi permanent color at home. I just don't want to mess with going lighter, and especially the cost of going lighter. It's easy, cheap and I think it's flattering for me. I always am drawn to glossy, dark brown hair!

Anyways, I ordered my favorite dye. It is demi permanent and I go about three months in between colorings. I have all the supplies. It takes me quite some time as I put the color on the roots first, and then painstakingly separate all of my hair and brush on the color. But, it only costs me about $30 a year to keep up.

I use L'Oreal Color Gems in Darkest Natural Brown and love it. It is super dark, but not quite black. This time, I ordered three boxes of the color, one bottle of activator and am going to try out their glossing treatment, the Diamond Gloss. I once had a glossing treatment in a salon, and loved how good my hair felt for about 6 weeks.

Right after I ordered my color, I got this in my Glamour weekly email...proving that demi permanent is the best kind of haircolor to keep natural highlights and keep dark colors from looking flat...

Deep Thoughts (on Hair Color)

"When times are hard, hair should stay soft," says VIP hair colorist Jason Backe. Well, that explains his client Anne Hathaway's sophisticated new hair color: "It's a tone-on-tone single process brunette with lighter brown highlights running through it. The highlights take away any harshness." The best part? While you can get hair color like Anne's via a double-process technique at a salon, it's also super easy to DIY. When you're shopping for an at-home color kit, keep this in mind: "A demi-permanent is a great choice because it enhances your natural highlights and at the same time gives depth and warmth without looking heavy or harsh--you get a dramatic result without being drastic," says Jason. "My recommendation is Clairol Natural Instincts Haircolor in Roasted Chestnut--Dark Warm Brown 28B." To make the color last longer, Jason advises using cool water at the end of your shower to help seal up strands.


AM said...

I just used this hair color for the first time last month and LOVED it. I had my sister apply it for me and brush through...she did a great job. The process was not very messy and the results were just as good as the salon. Thank you Kara for another GREAT tip.

I too am going to try the gloss in another week or so!!

Kara said...

Aw, thanks so much for letting me know. I LOVE getting your comments--it means people actually read and use the tips. I'm so glad you liked it. It lasts a long time and is so cheap, and salon quality.

I still haven't used my gloss! i can't wait.