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Old 10-02-2008, 09:02 AM
 
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I've decided it's time to start covering my gray. I'm about 15% gray I would say--and I'm in my early 30's, so I really don't like how this looks. I made an appointment to get my hair colored, as this is my first time every dyeing my hair.

Would highlights/lowlights do the trick or do I need all over color?

Thanks!
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Old 10-02-2008, 09:12 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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Is your hair dark brown, or lighter? Mine is dark blond/light brown and I've found that highlights camouflage the gray and keep me from being doomed to the frequent upkeep of all over color.
If you are dark, then I'm not sure this method will work. If you are dark, I would get all over color by a professional and just make sure you set up a regular schedule for upkeep.
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Old 10-02-2008, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Sugar Grove, IL
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if i were you, i would try something over-the-counter to see what you like. it is a pretty cheap way to get some ideas. 15% is not a lot of gray, so try a level 2 that washes out in about 5 to 6 weeks. then you can try a permanent one when you land on the right shade! I would do this for quite a while. haircoloring at a salon is quite expensive and if your hair grows fast, you will be in for touch ups in 4 to 6 weeks.
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Old 10-02-2008, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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Yes! Try Clairol Natural Instincts--it's semi-permanent--washes out after about 6 weeks or so (I don't wash my hair every day!) and will do a fine job of hiding the gray! And the conditioner that comes with it is fabulous!
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Old 10-02-2008, 08:28 PM
 
Location: (WNY)
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I like the highlight/lowlight look over the whole dye job... it looks so much more natural and grows out nicer than the roots of the all over color...
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Old 10-13-2008, 10:36 AM
 
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This is my first time on the F&B board...I feel like I'm back in Junior High walking in to the cafeteria not sure where to sit

This was my exact question! I've always gone to a salon to get foils with highlights and lowlights(usually partial because of cost). Now that I've moved 700 miles from home, I was thinking of trying a home color system. BUTTTT I don't know if I should or what to pick.

I have dirty blonde hair past my shoulders, thick, and with a lot of body. I would love some conditioning. I too have gray...I never thought of it in percentages but I guess 15% sounds about right. It does blend but I can see it!
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Old 10-13-2008, 12:02 PM
 
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If you already have highlights from a pro I would be very careful of what you put on your hair.

I am sick of doing the all over color....This year when it grows in fully I am going high and low lights.
All over color is just too much to keep up with. Plus its chemicals very close to the scalp frequently. (more so than hi/low light care) Coloring my hair always makes it thinner too. Reguardless of what I do after, if its box or pro. And people will yap it doesnt do that..But they probably never saw how healthy plain natural can be.
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Old 10-13-2008, 12:15 PM
 
Location: NC close to the MTs and near the lakes.
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I've decided it's time to start covering my gray. I'm about 15% gray I would say--and I'm in my early 30's, so I really don't like how this looks. I made an appointment to get my hair colored, as this is my first time every dyeing my hair.

Would highlights/lowlights do the trick or do I need all over color?

Thanks!

I have never had brown hair but I was always blonde. I use to strip the hair and then add a toner but it took up to much of my time. I also have white streaks through my hair thanks to my grandmother and now I use and have for the last 10 years used Loreal Excellence. My hair has not thinned and with the white streaks and the gray the color come out very natural and not one color. I do it every 6 -8 weeks and it only takes no more then 45 min and costs only $7.99. It is also a cream that does not drip so I can do other things while it is on my head.
good Luck.
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Old 10-13-2008, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Suffolk County ,Ny
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The salon has to do all over covergae for gray hair, I have the same problem, its annoying, I have used the (at home products) and nothing seems to work, salons are expensive and you have to keep it up <its costly> but it works
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