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Thread: Any Hair Stylists Here? Question on Demi Permanent Hair Color

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    Senior Member cmw0829's Avatar
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    Any Hair Stylists Here? Question on Demi Permanent Hair Color

    Just wondering...can anybody give me advice on demi permanent hair color?

    I've read that it lasts 28 shampoos or so which would require reapplication about as often as I redo my permanent hair color as I shampoo every day.

    My hair is probably 35 to 40% gray, maybe more. I'd like to grow it out to see how it would look if I went au naturel. I work in a corporate environment where "oldies" are aged out so if it turns out to be so gray that it makes me look "old" I'd keep coloring.

    But I'm hoping that by using a demi permanent color, I could grow out and cut off the permanent color so I'd have my real hair, covered by a temporary color that washes away every 28 days or so. Then, if I could time it to a vacation, I could test out how I like my real hair.

    Am I properly understanding how this works? (My sister let her gray grow out and loves it but she works in nursing where gray hair isn't an issue.)

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks,
    Cathy

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    Not a hair stylist here. Are you talking about DIY demi permanent or salon done? My friend has the salon demi permanent done and loves it. But as far as I know she plans on continuing indefinitely. I used to do the DYI permanent coloring and over the years it damaged my hair so badly that I had no choice but to stop. Just went 'cold turkey'. Love the results and no more fuss and muss.

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    Hi NJQ, I am talking about DYI. I'd rather spend the money on fabric!

    I'd love to go cold turkey but have to keep up the image until they get rid of me. And if I think I can get away with the gray, I need to grow it out gracefully.

    Thanks for the reply.

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    I'm not a stylist or colorist, but have a question and possible suggestion.

    What color is your hair? Is it dark?

    If your hair is dark, what you can do is to start coloring it lighter. The lighter shades don't cover the grey as much (at least not my grey) but it colors it a bit - which translates to lighter highlights (in my hair at least).

    My hair is naturally darkest brown (this >< close to black) and my grey is a pretty silvery grey. I'm still 50/50 though and I don't like the look of "salt and pepper". So I color my hair with a softer brown (Loreal Preference #6 1/2 G) which has gold (not red) highlights. The gold highlights are picked up well by my grey. I recently went without coloring for much longer than I care to admit (or remember) and other than the 50% dark hair in my roots - the 50% grey hair in my roots was not as noticeable.

    I would caution against using a color with red highlights though as the red tends to turn the grey FUSCIA!! Yeah ... ask me how I know!!
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    I let my hair go back naturally a couple of years ago. I was using semi-permanent hair coloring when hey discontinued the line that I was using. I never took the time to find a new line. My hair is white now and just can't stand the thought of having to deal with the white roots if my hair is colored again. That is one block of time that I don't have to deal with on a monthly basis anymore.

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    I"m going back white. my hair dresser put color on at my request (thought i might get a job interview, never did) and i can't continue to afford to color my hair. she used such dark brown i never was fully happy. So now she just pulled some hair through a cap the last two times. From now on i'm getting it cut but no more color. even though this color is supposed to be permanent, it lightens over time and shampoos. even with special shampoo.

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    I've tried the DIY, will not ever do it again. It fries your hair! Spend a little of the fabric money and have a professional do it, you won't be sorry. One hair color product is not good for everyone. Different textures, call for different products!

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    I have used the demi from L'Orleal and loved it. I am about 40% gray and it nicely highlighted those strands to a rich soft golden highlight. My hair was softer as well and I loved the way it faded overtime. I made the mistake of using permanent the last time - never again. I am going back to the demi - someday I would love to not do it at all.
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    you will not get the coverage with a demi hair color that you do with a permanant color---it will also fade faster--but there will be some permanant staining especially on the grey hair--so is about as hard to grow out---I am a retired hairstylist and have been a "natural' redhead sindce I was 17 and have no desire at 76 to be anything else---I do use the permanant type of color---if the 'demi' does last 28 day you will still have 'roots'---hair grows an aveage of 1/2 inch a month---there really is not a 'temporary' color that last 28 days--it last one shampooo---that's why iit is called temporary---I would talk to my hairstylist --explain what you want to do and he-or she should be able to help
    Good luck!!!!

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    I have never used this product but I used to color my hair all the time. About 10 yrs ago I decided that I would go all natural. My hair is still a bit darker gray in the back but mostly white around my face. I earned this gray hair and I am keeping it. If your company would phase you out because of a hair color maybe you need to get a different job.
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