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Darker Hair - for good! (hopefully)

I've started dying my hair when I was in High School. I used to have a massive amount of really thick hair, but ever since I've been pouring chemicals on my hair, it has noticeably thinned out and become really flat. So I decided that this will be the last for a very long time, and to not color my hair and let virgin hair grow out and the ends trimmed.

The last time I did my hair was 3 months (or so) ago. I went to the salon and asked for the lightest color without having to bleach or double process my hair. My stylist didn't like the idea since my hair was already stripped from color and really dry. He persuaded me to do a mixture of 7 & 8 (shades that go higher in number are lighter colors). I did what he wanted to and ended up with light brown hair.

This is how it looked like with the camera flash on.

the lighter strands are not highlights. They are the misfortune of my sad attempt to lighten my hair at home during the course of two years.

and below is a shot of my hair indoors, without flash.
as you can see the roots are coming out, and the ends are dry and bleached out due to previous lightening at home.

I wanted a really dark color, a color that could match my original hair color so I wouldn't have to continuously dye my hair whenever the roots came out.
Um.. something that could bring my hair back to when I had no artificial coloring in my hair.

like when I first started making Youtube videos.
My hair was my natural color back then, and I miss my natural hair color.

So I did my homework and read up on a lot of home kits and decided to go with L'Oreal's Excellence cream. A lot of people complained that the shade "dark brown" and "chocolate brown" came out as jet black. Like emo jet black (no offense to emos, I have nothing against them). Most seemed to advise to go for a shade lighter if one were to buy the kit.

I did as many advised and got 5AB Mocha Ash Brown since I wanted a dark brown shade.

Btw, the reason why I always opt for "ash" or "cool tone (green or blue)" colors is because people who have black hair like me will look brassy and red when they apply warm undertones. Black is not black but more of a red+red, so if you want to balance out the redness, it is best for you to use ashy or cool undertone colors.

So, here's how the box and inside stuff look like.

The cool thing is there is a Pre-Color serum. I used up almost all of it on my dry ends :p

I tried to apply all of the formula equally on my hair so I wouldn't get any patches. I wrapped my hair with plastic wrap and left it for 35 minutes.
It was quite though to get all of the sliminess out of my hair when I was washing out the formula. I rinsed everything out and left the L'Oreal conditioner on for 5 minutes.

Reviews said the formula was gentle and not very damaging.
I guess my hair was already damaged enough - my hair felt like synthetic fiber while I was rinsing it :( I could totally feel the damage! I really don't believe such claims as "non-damaging" or "feels better!" or "healthy for hair!". Chemicals are chemicals, and no matter how you try to sugarcoat it, altering colors is going to be damaging no matter what.

After feeling the roughness, I didn't even dare try to blow dry my hair.
Here are the results.
The color came out a bit lighter than what I wanted... But, it is VERY similar to the color shown on the box. Strictly speaking, it is a true color match and if you are going from light to dark, I think you should just stick to whatever color you want.

I should've stuck to my gut feeling and do "dark brown"... :'(

And here's a shot of my bangs that are already pretty dry..
the brassy light color hasn't been covered completely! *cries*

And here's the completely dried version with flash on.

in natural lighting..

urm... ashy it is, but not quite the look I was going for

.... ahahaha... I hate to be a complainer, but it's basically not that different from my previous color :p aww man.. I really should have grabbed "dark brown".

I have a feeling that my hair is going to turn out like this girl's hair...

I'm so fearful it's going to happen, but I'm so sure it's going to happen: my ends are going to fade like this girl's..
I need to let virgin hair grow out and keep trimming off the old yucky hair.

I am done with coloring my hair :p and I hope I won't go through this madness again.

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