My Hair Coloring System

Disclaimer – I am not a beauty professional, nor do I claim to be. All I am is a female consumer that likes (and needs) to save money. Make no mistake – if I could, I would have my hair professionally colored exclusively, or at least as much as possible. That cannot be, so I have found alternatives. They have worked for me, and I hope they will work for you. I don’t make any promises, however. Color, etc. at your own risk.
I have naturally dark hair. And those of us at this age with this color hair know – the grays show up a lot now. Some days I feel very young, other days not so much. When I am feeling happy, young and peppy, I don’t want the look I’m going for to be spoiled by gray hair. Or should I say, gray roots. The system I have come up with is not foolproof, but I am happy with the results.
I went a little lighter in the quest to cover my gray. That brought another problem. When the color grows out, I tend to have three different shades on a strand. To combat this somewhat, read on. First I will describe the one way I accomplish this,and then I will explain the second way.
On night number one, I work on just my roots. Being the bargain hunter that I am, I have perfected the use of Dollar Tree hair color. I will wet my hair, and run some conditioner through it. You can use any conditioner you have. I have even done a quick deep condition before coloring. Leaving it on for a few minutes, I then rinse it very well.

I begin using the DARK BROWN on my roots only, making sure I cover the top, front, sides and back. Trying not to get it onto the strands and only the roots, some always does. I leave it on the recommended time; sometimes I leave it on even longer. Then I rinse in the kitchen sink. I comb it out and put some more conditioner in, and leave it for another five minutes or so. I then take a shower, rinsing more. Once you are done, you can style your hair like you usually do.
Two days later (for example, this week I did it on a Tuesday and Thursday) I repeat this process with MEDIUM AUBURN, only this time the ends, the rest of the head are focused on and not the roots. It’s exactly the same as the roots – condition, rinse, color, condition, rinse, done.
The second way in my “system” is doing both colors on the same night. I follow the procedure for the roots, and as soon as that step is done, I put color on the rest of my head. DARK BROWN on the roots, MEDIUM AUBURN on the ends – just like above. Everything else is the same – it’s just being done all at the same time, and not being broken up into two nights.
It really makes no difference what way you do this – for me, it depends on my schedule, what’s going on and how much free time I will have. It’s nice to pamper yourself two days in a row (often times while doing this I will have a facial on or will be soaking my feet and then rubbing them in with lotion). My hair is in very good shape because I condition it a lot, even when washing and not doing coloring.
In a perfect world, I would always go to a professional to get myself pampered. My current situation will not allow this, but looking good is important to me. For the time being, this is a very reasonable alternative. Though if a coupon for a cut and color crosses my path, who am I to turn it down?

Published by lifeissmashingalways

58 year old Mom with three great sons, and SIX great cats and their wonderful Dad, Jeff... LISA is my name. Life Is Smashing Always comes from the letters in my name...

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