May I pop in here to ask if there's any hope for those of us who highlight? Applecrisp, I understand about the root touch-up; I'm in the same boat b/c I often pull back my hair, so around the hairline you can really see when it starts growing out . . . thanks for starting this thread! It sounds like the shampoo-in colors just give you an overall color--? Vicci mentioned multi-tone shampoo-in colors but hadn't used them--anyone use these?
I don't think I'm very grey (have highlighted for so long, who knows? ), but I've highlighted just to add some interest to med-to-dark brown hair. Sheesh, the $$ adds up! With my former colorist years ago (not as skilled as my current one), I tried coloring it all back at once when repeat highlights were turning me too blonde; I was in shock at the overall dark look & asked her to lighten it back up again. I know she made it darker than my natural color; she insisted she didn't but I know none of my pre-color photos had me that dark! So I'm scared of the root touch-ups and the shampoo-in color; I don't know what kind of a job I'd do. My current colorist does a good job with foils for highlighting, and she'll periodically lowlight (correct term?) on the long part to keep me from going blonder & blonder. An effective process, but a pain to keep up & too expensive. And then there's the mistake of putting color on color--surely shampoo-in color would do that on highlights, and it'd also happen on long hair b/c the colored part isn't being cut off (meaning that with long hair, my options are pretty limited), right?
Hope the collective wisdom of the BB can make everyone's roots gorgeous w/o breaking the bank . . .
ETA: I don't want to highlight at home, but would consider at-home color to add interest to plain brown hair instead of continuing with pricey salon highlighting.
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