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Best and least damaging semi permanent hair dye to cover gray grey hair?

Started 1359505800.327 in Beauty Banter | Last reply 1359701997.293 by ltjill

Want great coverage but non damaging. Thanks

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Sunshine K­ate1359505921.7412984 PostsRegistered 11/13/2006The Beautiful Mountains & Western Sky

I would be interested in knowing also.

ROMARY 11359506170.0120016 PostsRegistered 4/28/2010

With no peroxide and ammonia, preferably. Oh, and low odor.

Yellow Rose

KatCat11359506292.40318205 PostsRegistered 7/21/2011

Natural Instincts. I used it all the time. I tried permanent color but I was allergic but when I started with Natural Instincts it was better than the perm color as it gave beautiful shine, and did not damage the hair. I decided to no longer color my hair so I am salt & pepper gal.

lulu21359507025.4323266 PostsRegistered 8/1/2007

Semi or demi permanent dyes do not do a great job covering stubborn gray. Even some drugstore brand permanent dyes do not cover well. Gray needs a higher number developer than the typical 10% volume in these dyes.

If you are talking a significant amount of gray, go to a beauty supply store and tell them what you need.

lynnsy1359508375.4831072 PostsRegistered 8/29/2010

I used natural instincts for years also. And like KatCat1 I too am now just a salt and pepper gal.

bogeymama1359511081.997450 PostsRegistered 11/28/2006
I currently use Wella Color Charm demipermanent with their activator which I buy from Sally Beauty. It runs dark so buy a lighter color than you think. It doesn't fade at the ends like permanent color and covers my grey just as well. Last edited on 1/29/2013

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Lisa ;-)

lovesrecess1359511979.57714658 PostsRegistered 7/14/2008Texas

Healthy Look by L'Oreal is an ammonia free semipermanent haircolor; I switched to iti a few months ago and find it does not damage my hair like permanent color did....my hair is blonde so I dont know how well it would cover gray since I just have a few so fair but I think it would depend on what color your hair is; it has no odor, etc. and is easy to use. Give it a try and see if it works.

I think if you have a lot of gray and have dark hair you may need a permanent haircolor.

crush1359515363.5332180 PostsRegistered 10/7/2005NC

Natural Instincts Semi or Clairol Soy4Plex Demi found at Sally Beauty....they both work well for me. The Clairol seems to last a bit longer (as far as when I need to recolor).

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bswg471359516412.6134 PostsRegistered 1/17/2010

You may think this sounds crazy but I got tired of trying to grow my gray highlightrd hair out. The high lights looked yellow against the white hair. So I thought if men can do it why can't I. I bought a tube of just for men hair color the one with the conb and ran it threw my hair and it came out perfect. No more yellow high lights and I have had more compliments on it Try it you'll like it. It only last 6 weeks but with the Wen I think it will go longer. not a permanent color.

Sparkygrl1359518601.91189 PostsRegistered 11/25/2012

I was gonna let my longer hair grow out but after 8 months of no color i just could not handle it with gray AND brown.I tried a demitint but it did not cover the gray well so i got Naturetint from Vitacost.com and its great..It covers well and NO ammonia..It is permanent tho.Whole foods carries this and you can read many reivews online.

Dublingrl1359520655.0031407 PostsRegistered 6/1/2008

I like Preference by L'oreal, it's very easy. Just keep in mind the colors are always darker than the description. If you want Medium Brown you will need to use Light Brown or Dark Blonde.

KatCat11359521197.45318205 PostsRegistered 7/21/2011
On 1/29/2013 lynnsy said:

I used natural instincts for years also. And like KatCat1 I too am now just a salt and pepper gal.

Let's hear it for the salt & pepper gals! LOL I bet you receive compliments all the time. The salon I go to for haircuts said, I should never color my hair again. That was a nice compliement.

Sunshine K­ate1359588342.1712984 PostsRegistered 11/13/2006The Beautiful Mountains & Western Sky
On 1/29/2013 lynnsy said:

I used natural instincts for years also. And like KatCat1 I too am now just a salt and pepper gal.

I've used Natural Instincts, but it really dries out my hair. It comes with a conditioner, but does nothing. I like the color Tweed though.

colliegirls1359590908.6178862 PostsRegistered 5/13/2012

I used Natural Instincts for years before moving to permanent color to hide the gray. My hair was very shiny and soft with Natural Instincts.

MrsT1359591532.2632106 PostsRegistered 5/17/2008
Natural Instincts was all I used for 20 years. My "gray" was around my face only. Because of that, I was having to color every 3 weeks. Even with all of that coloring, my hair was in good shape.

ltjill1359701997.25164 PostsRegistered 10/1/2011

I have used three different brands - Garnier, L'Oreal and Natural Instincts - each one states that it washes out in 28 shampoos - I never really counted but the color lasts for about a month. I find Wen helps preserve my color. I liked the L'Oreal formula a lot my hair looked glossy and felt great but I just can't find the right shade. The medium golden brown was a little to light on the roots of the gray. But it's a great formula. Natural Instincts is pretty good and so is Garnier - both left a nice rich color and my hair was shiney and fell silky. I do this in between visits to the salon to save some money. My stylist is pretty good about it - she understands with the economy and everything that I can't come to her every 5 weeks because of regrowth.

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