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Does anyone know of any option to dye just a small part of my "amazing" hair?

I am starting to develop a cruella's de vil look, however the patch of grey hair is small and I like my natural hair color. I have been dying my hair with the closest to the natural color (the ones that come out in 15 -30 days), but I wonder if there is another solution out there, besides running to the local hair saloon.

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Re: hair coloring

1. Store bought dyes are very good.
2. Put highlights into your hair instead of dying it.
3. Just colour the grey parts and leave the rest (can be done with store bought dye).
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Re: hair coloring

Leave it. A streak of grey is super hot.
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Leave it. A streak of grey is super hot.
I absolutely agree with this and rather envy dark-haired ladies who can pull it off as they get older (I probably never will as I have light brown hair from my dad, who isn't greying at all).
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Re: hair coloring

What you are doing is ok, except you may be better using a semi-permanent colour (washes out in around 24 washes) as it will cover the grey better.
Also, instead of dying all your hair, just colour the grey bit. If you measure out half a teaspoon of the colour and mix it with the same amount of the developer, and just apply to the grey patch, a pack will last for ages.

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Re: hair coloring

good tip, can you save the rest ? I thought once open they had to be used or chucked,
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good tip, can you save the rest ? I thought once open they had to be used or chucked,
I think it has to be used up once mixed. I have also heard from people who mix it and then freeze it until next time, but I can't guarantee for that because I have never tried it.
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good tip, can you save the rest ? I thought once open they had to be used or chucked,
I've done this and have had no problems. As McG's daughter said, as long as it is not mixed it is ok.
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Re: hair coloring

I have dark auburn hair. Over the years I've tried everything: blonde (awful !!) brunette (1st year of university, to fit in ), highlights etc. Nothing works, within a few weeks the red just comes right through the dye.
I've found that only the quality of the dye will have a real impact and the very best I've found so far is Clairol.

Now that I too am like you, with grey "highlights" I simply dye my natural color and the grey comes through as lighter red.

Trick: If you wish for a contrast just use one dye
If you wish for conformity then first dye the streaks of grey, dark blonde then use your color.
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Re: hair coloring

I am like you Sky, with auburn hair and 'natural highlights'.
Is the Clairol colour permanent or semi-permanent? I find it hard to find semi-permanent colours in Switzerland and have resorted to stocking up over the border in Germany.
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I am like you Sky, with auburn hair and 'natural highlights'.
Is the Clairol colour permanent or semi-permanent? I find it hard to find semi-permanent colours in Switzerland and have resorted to stocking up over the border in Germany.
Both Ms Auntie but by far the very best in quality.
I have long very full hair and it grows so fast I have difficulty keeping up. The Clairol products keep your hair really soft and shiny.
Unfortunately they're very difficult to come by here in Switzerland as Oréal, Garnier and Schwarzkopf seem to cover most of the market.
The other alternative is Revlon (if you can find it).

@ALS you can avoid the hairdresser if you're Geneva. Find "La Boutique du Coiffeur" near the train station. The salesladies are all professional hairdressers and they sell professional hair products (the kind you find in a salon). They'll advise you what to do and what to purchase.
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I bought goldwell colorance online. - masterhair.de - you might be able to get it from perfecthair.ch
- it's a professional, semi permanent product, loads of colors and works really well on gray, leaves your hsir shiny.

I've since stopped with the dye stuff, but if you do color your own hair, this gives a good result.
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Re: hair coloring

if you have a friend who is a professional esthetician, masseuse, hair stylist, they may have a membership to Dobi which is a wholesale beauty place.

new hair products do not have ammonia, and L'Oreal has a new hair dyeing product which is supposed to be very good, but needs to be bought in large packages for professionals.
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Re: hair coloring

I LOVE the Cruel de Vil look. I've had a small white streak since I was about 18. It's growing now but also the white is spreading around....

I'm also a fan of my natural color so I've been struggling with this too.

Anyway, if you have dark hair, instead of highlights that Oly recommended, my hair dresser suggested low lights, which is doing little bits of dark on just the areas that are grey. (You know, dark highlights. )

Not sure how that would work as at the end of the day, I think all hair dye strips out the color, no?
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The l'oreal stuff is called ioa or something. I've heard varying things about it - It came out just when i stopped dying my hair, so i never tried it.

The idea with permanent hair color is that the hair color contains something (usually an ammonia -like substance that opens up the hair cuticle, so the new color goes into the hair shaft. It lifts the existing color several levels. Semi permanent hair color just coats the hair shaft, so it won't provide much lift, maybe one or two levels, and it may not give you perfect gray coverage.
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