Earlier in the week, I posted about my hair woes. And I mentioned in passing that I color and highlight my own hair.
Since then, my inbox has been filled with questions concerning this stunning confession. Questions like “What the heck do you use”
Before I spill my guts (a term I hesitate to use since I’ve spent a portion of my evening cleaning up puke), I wanted to alert you to what NOT to use.
Sun-In, my friends. If they even still make it. As a teenager, I spent my days slathering baby oil on my pale skin, and spritzing Sun-In on my dishwater blonde hair.
The result was carrot colored hair, cascading over decidedly pink skin.
And everyone knows that orange and pink should never share a color palate.
The product I now use to cover the well earned gray hairs, and subtly highlight a few others is Loreal Couleur Experte.
The shade I gravitate towards is 8.2 (Medium Iridescent Blonde). This shade is in the “cooler” category. Right on.
The kit comes with the all over color, which I leave on for the maximum 35 minutes. Because my gray hairs, like me, are stubborn.
Then I shampoo the dye out. Even though the instructions say not to shampoo. Just rinse. But, I’m a rebel.
Then, while my hair is towel dried, I mix up the highlights that come with the kit. Again, the instructions say to highlight on dry hair, but again, pffffffft on the instructions.
Actually, I started applying the highlights on my damp hair by accident because I neglected to read the instructions in their entirety. A trait that drives Fiddledaddy insane.
But the results were fantastic, and I saved a lot of time that way.
The kit comes with a little wand to use, oh, and latex gloves. But I don’t use the gloves. I simply use my old rat tail comb, pick up thin strands, and apply the bleach. (Which face it, that’s what highlights really are.) Then I wash my hands about a hundred times.
I do as little or as much as I feel like. I’ve never screwed this process up. And I’ve been doing my own hair for a few years.
I leave the highlighter on for the full 25 minutes, then shampoo, and apply the conditioner that comes with the kit. And I LOVE this conditioner.
The price of this coloring kit by Loreal usually runs around $15.00 (at Wal•Mart). But, I’ve found it on sale at other drugstores and have been able to use coupons. So, generally I don’t spend more than $11.00 for it.
And it lasts until my roots start to peek through at about 6 to 8 weeks.
I have REALLY dry hair, so I keep it well conditioned. And I use a color enhancing shampoo and conditioner by Avon.
So there you have it. It’s Loreal. And I’m worth it.