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Are these any good or should I get it professionally done?
 

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It depends on the salon. Some from $25 and up! It also depends on the product they are using. Some just last longer. Semi-permanents can last up to 3 to 4 months depending on how you treat your hair. e.g. type of shampoo used or amount of washes. Of course you have to go back to get a re-touch on your roots depending on how fast your hair grows!
 

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I would definitely go with the salon color. I used to do my own. I wanted a dark brown, but everything I put on my hair turned balck. Decided to try a reddish bron. Looked great except for my roots which were cotton candy pink. Ended up having to do 2 days of coloring. First a light brown to cove the roots. The next day the red brown to warm it up. It just wasn't worth the time & effort to keep that up. Once I started having the color done at the salon, I knew I would never do my color myself again
 

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woa! What brands were you using? And was it semi-permanent or permanent? I've had all the colors there are except gray and they never turned out bad.
 

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woa! What brands were you using? And was it semi-permanent or permanent? I've had all the colors there are except gray and they never turned out bad.
Well you don't have my hair. (lucky you )


Natural black that really wants to stay that way.
Total gray. . .almost white in the front. that needs more than over the counter color can give.
 

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Well you don't have my hair. (lucky you )


Natural black that really wants to stay that way.
Total gray. . .almost white in the front. that needs more than over the counter color can give.
That's why they have certain additives (color accelerators) that your stylist can buy. It helps penetrate stubborn gray and process any color hair faster.
 

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get it professionally done...for the extra money it doesnt hurt! my gf went from dyed blonde to brown (or brown to blonde i forget now such a long time ago) and it turned PINK!

she ended up having to get a color specialist and paying probably 3 or 4x as much then if she had just had it done right the first time
 

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My stylist has told be that it is ok to use a box to color your hair if you are going darker but never color your hair when you are going lighter. The reason for this is b/c when you darken your hair you are adding to it but when you lighten your hair you are stripping it. You can always add more but you can only strip your hair so much.
 

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Go pro, I feel as if I can always tell when poeple do their own, they are careless and the color often gets on their skin and stains it for a while, and they miss a lt of sessions.

If you can't afford to go pro you should get another person to do it for you, so they have the benefit of being able to look at the back of your head!
 

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I had my first hair disaster from home coloring this year. I was trying to save money. Boy, that didn't work. I had my hair dyed red at a salon. It was supposed to wash out, but never did. I then tried dying it and then doing highlights. The dying it to light brown worked well. The highlights? Not so much. My hair turned out a neon orange...no kidding. I ended up in the salon that day spending $100 to fix it. (it was the only salon open in that city on a Sunday) Learned my lesson. It's cheaper to dye at home, but I don't think I'll do that again.
 

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My stylist has told be that it is ok to use a box to color your hair if you are going darker but never color your hair when you are going lighter. The reason for this is b/c when you darken your hair you are adding to it but when you lighten your hair you are stripping it. You can always add more but you can only strip your hair so much.
Staying Young is so right! I was told the exact same thing. If your going darker do it yourself. If your going ligher take it to a professional.
 

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If your worried about the price of a professional, why not look up a hair dressing school? The students there will do it for cheaper and will have somebody qualified supervising what they do.
 
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