As you all know I have pretty dark hair and apparently bad genes as I have had grey hairs since I was about 18 and they have gradually gotten worse! Because my hair is so dark the greys hairs are quiet noticeable and I am very self conscious of them. I use to visit the hairdressers religiously every 6 weeks to get my hair coloured which worked out on average €50 per visit. On alternating visits I would get masking done (just covering the grey hair) and the next visit I would get full colour. I found this was getting very expensive as I am a college student and I currently saving to complete my masters next year so I decided to try to do it at home.
I am skeptical of box dyes as I have such thick hair I would end up using a couple of boxes and I do not want to damage my hair. I consulted a friend who is a hairdresser and she told me the professional products I needed which I bought in my local salon services. I have not looked back it is great. I colour my hair now every 4 weeks as by the 4th week my grey is very noticeable and it now costs me approx €5.00 every time I colour my hair.
This picture actually does my hair justice! In real life the grey is far more prominant.
What you will need:
L'Oreal Oxydant Creme 6% 20vol.
L'Oreal Majirel Hair Colour
The colour I use is 5,0 Deep Light Brown. I have also used 4.0 but found it a little too dark. I would advise to go lighter than you think as it is easier to make your hair darker if you think it has ended up too light rather than vice versa. I did not think I would be deep light brown my hair is nearly black.
A plastic bowl, measuring beaker, a brush for applying the colour and gloves.
Put half the tube of Majirel colour in a plastic bowl. It has to be mixed in a plastic bowl as a metal bowl will cause a reaction. I only use half a tube for my roots and find I still have colour left over. If you want to colour all your hair you could use the entire tube and just double the amount of oxydant I have used below.
Measure out 37.5ml of the L'Oreal Oxydant Creme 6% 20vol in a plastic measuring beaker
Simply pour the Oxydant creme into the Majirel.
Mix both products with your brush until they are thoroughly combined. Next you must leave the mixture to sit for 5mins for the peroxide to evaporate. Whist you are waiting you can prepare for the next step. I like to wear a top which I don't have remove over my head makes it easier when getting into the shower. I also get an old towel or sheet and place it over myself to avoid ruining any of my clothes. I rub Vaseline around my hairline and on my ears this prevent any dye getting onto my skin.
My dad is the best and he does this step for me. Section your hair with a comb and just paint the colour onto the roots working with small sections until your entire head is covered. I only cover the roots I never bring the colour through the length of my hair as I feel it would be very dark.
I leave the colour on for 40 minutes. Then I get straight into the shower and tip my over and run the water through my hair to remove the colour before applying shampoo. I tip my head over so the colour doesn't run down my body. Then I just give my hair to washes with shampoo and it is done.
(Don't worry it doesn't stain the shower)
I found this PowerPoint very helpful when I was first looking into dying my hair myself - http://www.jpowerpoint.com/LOREAL-PROFESSIONNEL--PPT.html
*Disclaimer: I am not a professional hairdresser. If you have any doubts seek professional advice.