I actually bought this on accident, thinking it was just a regular hair color... so glad I made that mistake!!
After years of having highlights I just recently decided to go back to the dark side. well as most of you know, highlights dont hold color as well as virgin hair, so these parts faded pretty fast. I picked this up in a hurry to re-dye my hair before going to a hair show... im so impressed! it really brought the life back into my color and my hair is SO shiny. I never thought that my damaged hair could look this pretty and glossy! I will definitely continue to buy this to use in between colors.
I used the 3N Espresso btw. beautiful color
This is hands down the best demi perm color I've found at Sally's. The blue and violet kickers actually DO SOMETHING. I really recommend them for those looking for a lovely blue or violet tint to black hair. I used one of the darker browns (I believe it was Espresso, though I'm not sure) and it was the wrong tone for my skin color and came out too dark, but the formula was fantastic! My hair was super shiny and not damaged. The color was beautiful (just not on me). I never went back to Shades EQ because it's a deposit only color (my hair is naturally black and requires a lot of lift to get to the light/med brown I enjoy) so I went back to permanent colors. I think I'll buy this online to refresh my color since I moved to a country where there's no Sally's. The price is great, it doesn't smell too bad or make your eyes water and the colors are beautiful. One lippie off because it just doesn't last.
I always use this in 3v. My hair is a 2n and though it doesn't change the color all that much i love how much shine it infuses in my hair and how silky it will leave my ends. I don't apply it all the way up to my roots, just where I can make a pony tail. Its really easy to apply and its not damaging to the hair. It's nice when in the sun I can see a slight violet hint that is not overwhelming. Overall, really easy to use and pretty self explanatory.
So glad I tried this!!
I'm a natural 6N. I don't have too much gray hair, but it was starting to show, even against my relatively light natural color. I was miserable. I didn't want to commit to the regular expense of professional coloring, but my DIY results in the past have been ... poor.
After some searching, I came across Shades EQ. I liked the idea of something that would cover the gray, but would still wash out ... just in case it was a disaster. Almost everything else I found that claimed to hide gray was permanent, and that was just too scary. So I took a deep breath and bought some developer, an at-home set of plastic brushes, bowl and clips, and a bottle of 9NB Irish Creme. I thought, OK, well, it's super-light, so again ... limit the possibility of disaster. Ideally, I though, this will just show up on the gray, and it will be kinda like highlights. That's just what happened!!! I am so thrilled and just bought another 3 bottles of the same color.
My hair is shiny, natural looking, and the developer is as gentle as it gets ... so as little damage done as humanely possible. I wouldn't say it smells good, but it doesn't smell bad or too strongly. The only "down" is that if I look really, really, really closely, I can find the stray gray that didn't take ... but from a normal-person viewpoint, this just adds more dimension. I left it on for 20 minutes, next time I will try 25 and see if this improves. With a little minor tweaking, I can see myself coloring this way for the next 15+ years. Long live shades EQ!!
I think I found my replacement for my beloved discontinued Clairol 2nd Nature! I tried this two weeks ago and so far the results have been VERY similar (if not indentical) to the results I used to get with the 2nd nature. No hot roots and natural, shiny color that has not turned brassy at all. I used blue-violet based browns and ended up with a nice, dark, rich neutral shade of brown that lacks any orange/gold tones. Two weeks have gone by and the color looks as good (actually I think it looks even better because it has softened a bit) as it did on the first day. My hair seems smoother and healthier too. My hair was a bit brassy and dried-out looking after using Clairol Soy 4Plex and using this has restored my hair to smoother, shinier, and totally brass-free state. Very impressed thus far. I most definetely plan on using this again next month.
UPDATE: I am just a little bit past the 4 and a half week mark and the color still looks lovely and has not turned brassy. It has faded a bit, of course- but it still looks quite shiny. It has faded in such a way that there doesn't appear to be a visible root line. Quite impressed so far. When I am not feeling lazy, I have to do a touch-up soon!
UPDATE: I am at the slightly over 5 week mark and the color still looks great! No brass and it is still shiny. No obvious root line (though if I look very closely, I can see some dappled greys coming in). It looks so good that I don't want to touch it up- I don't want to ruin it! I think I'll be able to push this until at least the 6 week mark. So awesome for a demi!
This product makes my hair look so much better! And I am not just referring to the color! My hair is softer, shinier and healthier after using this!
Inexpensive if purchased online and self-applied.
Excellent color quality!
No harsh smell.
Works with low peroxide developer, so very little damage.
Easy to find online.
Makes hair look super conditioned!
Cons: Washes out in approximately three weeks, but that is to be expected with a demi perm hair color.
My natural hair color is a cool level 9 - I am a very fair blonde. My hairdressers have used Shades EQ for years as my lowlight color, and I've always loved it.
After some training I now do my own hair color. I recently went to an all-over caramel brown with 05G Caramel. Of course, it faded and I wasn't so in love with the faded color as it was a little too gold against my fair skin although it did still look nice, just not for me.
I took a bold step and used 06CB Amber Glaze to get a rich red. I LOVE IT! And apparently having the base color of the caramel brown done first helped the color to really be bold - I'm certain that if I had gone straight from blonde to red that my results wouldn't be as pretty. Four weeks later, my only reason to color again is to cover my blonde roots peeking out that make me look like I'm balding, otherwise the color is beautiful. I have gotten a ton of compliments on my hair, and a lot of people think that I'm a natural red!
I love these colors when they fade, as you get a lot of dimension (especially if you have highlighted previously). I wash my hair every other day so that helps stop the fading process. I'm not sure how I'll get back to blonde when I'm ready, but I'll go to a professional for that for sure. (I have learned the horrible results of dying red hair back to blonde before! :) )
I just colored my hair at home using 08CB Golden Topaz ( shade discontinued ) to revive my golden /copper hair and it came out great! I have long hair but thin and I used half the bottle with 30ml developer which was just enough to cover all my hair. Applied on dry hair, left it on for 30 minutes covered with a plastic bag to keep it warm, then 5 minutes to cool uncovered, rinsed and shampooed. The color is natural and vibrant, but maybe just a tad darker with than I would have liked but this is expected with shades eq and it will wash off to a lighter tone eventually. This is by far my favorite shade for a natural warm redhead look but sadly it has been discontinued so I will be trying 1oz of 08WG Golden Apricot, half orange kicker and half Papaya on my next attempt so will update.
03V + Violet kicker is my color, yo!
Constantly on the lookout for a violet based color that is actually visible on the hair. Every color brand has an RV but my beef with them is that there is too much red and not enough violet. I hate that this color is only demi-permanent as it fades so quickly in my hair (fine/very oily, I usually end up shampooing daily) but I keep coming back to it because there simply is nothing else that even comes close to being as pretty as this.
As a plus, it does leave your hair very shiny and has a pleasant smell. The low volume developer used equals less damage and better overall condition of the hair after coloring. The price is great and as a liquid, it goes a long way. Overall Redken is a great company to go with if you're unsure about color or just plain don't know what you're doing.. there are tons of color charts, videos and formula recommendations on their website.
I used Redken Shades EQ for the first time yesterday but I have been dyeing my own hair for about 5 years, with a couple different hair colors, mainly Ion Demi.
First of all, I am about a natural level 7 with warm tones and like to go about a level darker and to stay warm. I used a formula (rec by Miamoore) for a warm/rich tones: 9NB Irish Creme, 7NB Chestbnut, 7CB Spicestone with equal part Clear. I also added a tiny bit of 06RB Cherry Cola for a bit more red.
It turned out nice--definitely not too dark for me much more like a glaze of color and it fixed my roots, which were growing in. I was concentrating on my roots, but I brought it all the way through to my almost boob length hair to the ends just because I wasn't sure about the color match. It colored my hair super evenly too.
Next time I might add less clear to get a stronger color? Not sure because I do love the shine. And I will probably play around with the colors... This is a nice medium dark auburn color, but I feel like it's the color I always end up with.
Post coloring my hair feels a *tad* dry--it's shiny but a little dry anyway.... Like post-coloring coated. And as I was applying the color it was less conditioning feeling than Ion Demi. Also, much more watery and runny. I was using a brush to apply and it got everywhere.
Overall I would definitely use this color again because it has such a wide range of shades and options. Oh and I ordered from sleekhair.com (not affiliated) and my order came super quickly!