through all my trials and tribulations of hair disasters and hair successes, I have come to a conclusion which is based on economics.
I have many friends who are in the business of beauty and many of them are hairdressers -- nevertheless, each visit to my hairdresser for a cut never goes under $ 80 plus tip -- and there have been times when I have paid a lot more.
Mercifully I have not been too affected by the recession, but it has made me aware that a penny saved is a penny well earned -- so I have taken to coloring my own hair at home. Now, this sounds easy and it is -- the trick to this is choosing the right color and brand.
My previous dye was Frederick Fekkai (I did write a review on this) which proved to be horrific. I am glad that some of you like the brand, but I did not. I compared it to Garnier, Revlon (Colorsilk) and Feria/L'oreal and quite frankly, the price differential makes Fekkai a waste of money. On top of that my haircolor came out dark blonde and as much as I tried to lighten it with Clarifiying shampoos, it did not budge. It did lose the "golden" which was very slight and I was left with a blah blonde.
Not being a blah anything, I decided to go darker -- and I do mean much darker and away from the reds and blondes. I realized I have never had BROWN hair.. ever. I always have had blonde, red or reddish, and then Black (in my 20's) and the thought of brown was to me like letting my mousey grow out.. eww. But, with this latest fiasco and with my hair starting to suffer the effects of the dyes I decided to go middle ground and find a lovely golden brown which can be highlited later on -- much later!
I did some research on here and also on the net and I found that Garnier 63 -- Brown sugar or Light golden brown was the most true of the browns -- a true chestnut shade with some coppery tones... which are perfect for me. In order to deepen the shade a bit for the first time, I did 2/3 tube of #63 and 1/3 tube of Garnier 5.3 (Truffle a true chestnut)-- which is the medium golden brown.
I cannot say the color is perfect yet -- I need to re-dye at least another two times, but I could not expect any more due to the prior dyes I had used... it is now a lovely golden but deeper shade of brown which I truly like. It is shiny and in good condition....I am not in love yet but I can't wait to put on my MU and all my spring colors and see the true power of this shade.
I am so far loving it and will keep it this shade for a while -- when I get bored I will get some deep gold or bronzey highlites to pep it up some more. I just keep asking myself why I did not choose a brown shade before? Too much knowledge can be a dangerous thing.. but I am now officially a "brunette".