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Date: 12/19/12 12:23 PM

I finally took the plunge and decided to dye my own hair again. I bought two different colors and brands. The first is Revlon Colorsilk in Medium Auburn and the second is L'oreal Preference in Light Auburn. I wasn't sure what level of auburn I really wanted so I just decided to strand test both. I read lots of reviews on these on various sites and they mostly got great reviews. My hair color falls in the range recommend on the boxes, but, nevertheless, I did a strand test first with the Revlon Colorsilk exactly like the instructions said. When I wiped it off and blowed it dry, it had done nothing to my hair. It did not change the color or do anything. Then I went to the other side of my head and did a strand test using L'Oreal Preference and it also did nothing to my hair. I don't know what is going on. I am so discouraged and frustrated. I really want to stop paying for color, but it looks like I am going to have to do so. Does anyone know why it didn't change my hair color? In the past I have used L'Oreal Coloeur Experte in Ginger Twist and it has worked well. However, I wanted a slightly more vibrant red than that gives.
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Date: 12/19/12 12:42 PM

Forgive me for asking, but did you mix the dye with the developer to do the strand test, or just brush the dye into the strand? They have to be mixed to have an effect.

Otherwise, I'm no help. The only time I had a haircolor not take was when the haircolor was too old. When I mixed the dye with the developer the mixture was liquid, rather than gel-like. Turns out that's a sign the developer has lost its potency. But it seems odd that would happen with two boxes of different brands, both of which it sounds like you purchased recently.

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Date: 12/19/12 12:47 PM

I would go to Sally Beauty Supply and get Ion color and developer. They are sold separately. Their "Auburn" is Red Brown, and I've had good luck with it. My hairstylist said it's a good brand as well. If you need to cover gray, Gray Magic helps as well.

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Date: 12/19/12 3:00 PM

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Forgive me for asking, but did you mix the dye with the developer to do the strand test, or just brush the dye into the strand? They have to be mixed to have an effect.



Otherwise, I'm no help. The only time I had a haircolor not take was when the haircolor was too old. When I mixed the dye with the developer the mixture was liquid, rather than gel-like. Turns out that's a sign the developer has lost its potency. But it seems odd that would happen with two boxes of different brands, both of which it sounds like you purchased recently.

I did mix them. The consistency was like a lotion so I am not sure if that is how it was supposed to be.
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Date: 12/19/12 3:01 PM

I will check that out. I am going shopping tomorrow and there is a Sally's nearby. Is this
the brand? I noticed there are permanent and demi-permanent. Which do you use?
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Date: 12/19/12 3:07 PM

I do not even bother with strand tests because they never show anything on my hair.

I was never able to get any kind of a real change with any Revlon color, especially that Colorsilk stuff. But I have always had good luck with L'oreal hair colors and have used them for years.

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Date: 12/19/12 3:33 PM

That's the brand, just be sure to check out the hair swatches there. The RV colors have a kind of strange magenta undertone to my eye, where the R have a warmer undertone.

I use permanent, because I'm going several shades lighter than my natural color and also covering a lot of white on the top of my head. Personally, I like the liquid better than the tube because it's easier to measure out (I think I use about a third of the bottle), but they work the same way.

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Date: 12/19/12 3:42 PM

Recently I colored my own hair and when nothing happened, I noticed I had mixed the developer with the conditioner and not the color! Any chance this is what you've done?

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Date: 12/19/12 4:25 PM

Back when my hair started greying, I would have this same problem. If I did it at home or if the salon did it, the same result. What changed it was a higher volume of peroxide.

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Date: 12/19/12 8:12 PM

Be sure there is no hairspray or gel on you hair before doing the test.

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