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Old 09-07-2012, 07:40 AM
 
Location: At the lake house in sunny Florida
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I have been coloring, well covering the gray, my hair for years. As I am getting older my hair is thinning and I lose a lot when I color it.


What is the most gentle over the counter hair coloring product? And should I switch from a permanent to a semi permanent color?


Thanks!!
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Old 09-07-2012, 09:01 AM
 
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I noticed some thinning too when I colored (I used Bigen). So I switched to henna. But for at-home color, have you tried Wella demi-permanent? I think it was called Color Charm, but I am not sure. You can buy a tube of the color and the developer at a local beauty supply store. Wella worked fine, it just didn't cover my grays as much as I wanted.

Demi-permanent works better than semi, and it is supposed to be more gentle than permanent. If I were to go back to "box dyes," I would return to demi-permanent.

There is this stuff that you can buy that is supposed to boost the color's gray coverage. It's a packet, as I recall, that you mix into the semi-permanent or demi-permanent color. You may want to research that.

Finally, I used to use Color Change shampoo by Diety America. It basically colored the hair black after the shampoo, and it lasts a couple weeks, or until the next shampoo. However, I notice a little breakage with that. It has worked for others however, so you may want to do a strand test first. You can order it on Amazon.
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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I only use a semi-permanent color....doesn't seem to harm my hair...in fact, it tends to give it alot of shine!
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Old 09-08-2012, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Up North
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when my hair was brittle and breaking from heat and highlights I used only semi-permanent dyes to nurse it back to health. I liked natural instincts. If you're hair is dry/damaged/pourous enough it will almost work like a permanent dye because dry hair soaks up the dye more than non-dry hair.
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Old 09-12-2012, 03:15 PM
 
Location: If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much space
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Another vote for Clairol, Natural Instincts. It's been ages since I colored my hair so I'm not sure if they still make it. It didn't smell as bad and didn't get as hot on my head as some others. They promote it as being more gentle.
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Old 09-16-2012, 11:38 AM
 
Location: At the lake house in sunny Florida
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Thank you everyone. I got a non permanent color that I will try next month. I probably won't go back to permanents.
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Old 09-16-2012, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Make sure you do your strand test, especially on some grey hairs to make sure that you get the results that you expect.

What product did you choose? What is your pigmented shade and percentage of grey?
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Old 09-16-2012, 11:36 PM
 
Location: Up North
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If semi-permanents don't work for you (if it fades from grays too soon), my aunt who has had cancer/chemo but now has her hair back uses a permanent dye. She has been using the same one forever, I believe it's loreal preference and it covers her grays and whites which are the majority of her hair now.
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