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Old 07-14-2005, 07:27 PM
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L'Oreal Feria Hi-Lift Browns DOES NOT WORK!

Save your money. Go to a salon. That's where I'll be headed when I can dye my hair again.

These are hair dyes that are "Exclusively for dark hair", that do "Ultra Lightening in One Step". No, they don't.

I tried the medium shade first on my dark brown hair - virtually no effect at all. I have just tried the more extreme colour (B61), which is supposed to turn dark brown hair a lovely, cool dark blonde - again, virtually no effect. Either I have resistant dark brown hair, or this product is a BIG, FAT RIP-OFF.

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Old 07-14-2005, 07:33 PM
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I've been coloring my hair since I was fourteen. It's a mousy medium brown. The lightest I could get it myself was a dark strawberry blonde, and it felt gross afterward from too harsh a product. I used some "ultimate blonde" stuff--with ammonia and peroxide because hey, you don't need to breathe! I think dark hair just has to be bleached or something first if you want to go much lighter. The Feria was just playing on your hopes.

It might work on my hair, though. The last Feria I tried turned out beautifully, but I'm cheap so I don't usually buy it.
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Old 07-14-2005, 07:48 PM
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I haven't gone blonde for ages, but when I did I'd always buy a two step kit. I can't remember a brand, but it had one part to strip out your natural color, and the second to add in the blonde tones. It was kinda harsh, so if your hair is fried I wouldn't recommend it. I'm naturally a pretty light red-brown, so I usually go red anymore. Works better with my coloring and all that.
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Old 07-14-2005, 08:08 PM
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When I was in college, I earned small amounts of money in the dorm by doing perms, haircoloring, and streaking (the hair kind, not the running around naked kind). That was a long time ago, but I don't think things have changed much in the world of blonding. The two-step process is the only way to turn dark hair blonde. It irks me that L'Oreal is ripping off its customers by leading them to believe that their product will do something that no product can do.
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Old 07-14-2005, 08:16 PM
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OK, stupid question here. Did you use developer of just the little bottle of color?
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Old 07-14-2005, 08:19 PM
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I was sorely disappointed by Feria. I tried it twice and found it faded within a couple weeks, despite using the shampoo meant to protect coloured hair.
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Old 07-14-2005, 08:22 PM
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Feria works great!



For those already blonde.



I suggest the beauty supply shop, the one near me actually has great customer service. They'll ask you exactly what you want and don't want and explain why this packet and bottle will do A and that packet and bottle will do B instead.

They've got the stronger stuff the pros use anyway, I've had very good luck turning my son's black hair platinum in the summer so he can play with the fun colored gels and such. Worth talking to them, and if they tell you to go to a real salon, then you know you really shouldn't mess with it anymore.
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Old 07-14-2005, 08:24 PM
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You all are so brave. I wouldn't dye my own hair if my life depended on it. It's only the salon for me, baby.

I've heard too many horror stories of Bozo colored orange frizz that I'm scared to death of the color-in-a-bottle.
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Old 07-14-2005, 08:29 PM
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I got a gorgeous red (this, though it looks a little darker in the photo) the one time I had it done in a salon. I went in for burgundy; I'm glad I changed my mind. I guess I'll go to my mom's and aunts' hairdresser since I can't seem to reproduce it on my own. I should probably already be going to her, as she seems to have assimilated all my female relatives, and looks to do great work, but as I said, I'm cheap and the folks at MasterCuts always do a good job.
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Old 07-14-2005, 08:44 PM
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Okay, after waiting on hold for a Very Long Time with L'Oreal Canada, I will be getting a gift certificate to re-imburse me for this purchase. The consultant thinks I screwed up, trying to colour hair that was already coloured, but the first one I tried was on fairly virgin hair (the temporaries I use to colour my greys should have been gone by then), and it didn't work either. But who can keep track of what dye they have in their hair at any moment? Certainly not me.

I'm with you, pinkfreud - I don't think you physically can get from dark brown to dark blonde in one step. Well, I could get to a very unattractive brassy colour, but that is not what I'm aiming for.

Ruby, us natural brunettes can be pretty bold with hair colour, since it takes some special colour to show up on dark hair.
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Old 07-14-2005, 09:50 PM
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I would never, ever bleach my own dark brown hair. Ever.

I too suggest going to the salon. The salon is worth the cost because your color will be better and last longer- plus your hair will be healtier.
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Old 07-14-2005, 09:58 PM
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Another vote for going to the salon. I see those kits in Target all the time and think to myself there's no way in hell...

I have brown hair that is colored a dark golden brown base with copper highlights. It looks quite nice, and I have no worries because it was done by a pro.
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Old 07-14-2005, 10:16 PM
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I've used Feria for years, and I love it. I can't recall the exact name, but it's something like "Power-Reds," are excellent for dark hair. (Well, if you want to go redder, that is.) I've used three or four different shades, and they work well on my hair. Plus, I like that there's enough for long hair. I picked up my last box for less than $2 on clearance at Target. (Something like "Bright Coppery Red," but I'm adventurous with my hair.) It covers my gray well, and after the new color calms down a bit, it looks quite natural.

But no, it isn't meant to drastically lighten dark hair. That's a bleach and dye process, which I wouldn't attempt at home.

And that little scent capsule in Feria? It does nothing. The stuff still smells horrible.
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Old 07-14-2005, 11:27 PM
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I have no problem going redder at all - my hair takes to it like a duck to water. I've never tried to go lighter before, and it has been a learning experience.

My problem is not that lightening dark hair is a two-step process; I pretty much knew that. My problem is that Feria is selling a $12.00 box of hair colour that CLAIMS to lighten dark hair in one step, and that it is specifically made to do just that. It's basically fraudulent.
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Old 07-14-2005, 11:43 PM
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I have no problem going redder at all - my hair takes to it like a duck to water. I've never tried to go lighter before, and it has been a learning experience.

My problem is not that lightening dark hair is a two-step process; I pretty much knew that. My problem is that Feria is selling a $12.00 box of hair colour that CLAIMS to lighten dark hair in one step, and that it is specifically made to do just that. It's basically fraudulent.
$12?!?! That's just wrong. I've never paid more than $9, full price. Ok, I get your complaint, and you're right. Based on my good experience with the brand, I would have assumed that their claims are accurate. But I've never tried to lighten, just to cover gray, and sometimes brighten my natural color (or colour, if you prefer).

A friend of mine used it to lighten her dark brown hair a shade or two, and it worked well for her. When she tried to go too light, she got orange. When she tried to go red, she got purple. She just has weird hair, I think.
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Old 07-15-2005, 09:49 AM
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I got a gorgeous red (this, though it looks a little darker in the photo) the one time I had it done in a salon.
Oh, that IS lovely! A girl I work with gets a similar result from Feria's 'Mango' colour... but when I use it, it just doesn't 'hold' more than a couple of days. The colour is brilliant though.

(For those dyeing at home, my hair is naturally a dirty-looking brown - disgusting colour, which is why it's always dyed over!)
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Old 07-15-2005, 10:25 AM
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$12?!?! That's just wrong. I've never paid more than $9, full price.
$12 CDN. Featherlou lives in Canada.

'lou, is it possible you've got a wax buildup on your hair from your shampoo? It's common. I tried to lighten my hair and had a similar result (none). I was told to strip my hair with dish detergent, then wait a week and try again.
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Old 07-15-2005, 10:25 AM
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Feria works great!



For those already blonde.
Yep. I have dark, dark brown hair with a red undertone, so anytime I tried to lighten it, it went Bozo Orange. I wanted dark ash blonde/light ash brown, and finally found The Only Honest Colorist in New York, who told me, "honey, there are two ways you could get that color: either strip out your color and re-dye it, and it'll look like straw in six months; or buy a wig."

So my hair is still dark, dark brown.
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Old 07-15-2005, 10:37 AM
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I have no problem going redder at all - my hair takes to it like a duck to water. I've never tried to go lighter before, and it has been a learning experience.

My problem is not that lightening dark hair is a two-step process; I pretty much knew that. My problem is that Feria is selling a $12.00 box of hair colour that CLAIMS to lighten dark hair in one step, and that it is specifically made to do just that. It's basically fraudulent.
I got some of that to try and lighten my hair - it DID lighten it. Really, really unevenly. I should have, by now, learned my lesson about trying to go lighter at home, but nooooo....I have to be cheap, don't I?

I'm actually trying to grow out my natural hair color now, and managed to find a henna dye that was pretty close. No roots, though it does get slightly darker towards the ends.
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Old 07-15-2005, 11:54 AM
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Oh, that IS lovely! A girl I work with gets a similar result from Feria's 'Mango' colour... but when I use it, it just doesn't 'hold' more than a couple of days. The colour is brilliant though.

(For those dyeing at home, my hair is naturally a dirty-looking brown - disgusting colour, which is why it's always dyed over!)
Thanks!

My hair is a weird mousy brown naturally, but it takes to color really well. It's fairly light, about what the haircolor companies call "dark ash blonde."
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Old 07-15-2005, 12:03 PM
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I have naturally red hair that's fading to auburn as I get older. Every now and then I give it a little chemical help, because while I hated being a redhead as a child, now it's an essential part of my personality. I usually use either an Herbal Essences (I think it's the Brilliant Ruby, which comes out browner on me) or a Feria. A few weeks ago, I bought what I think was called the Light Copper Blonde, because the color on the box plus the color my hair already was would equal the color I wanted.

I failed to notice that this was the super duper colorfast bright fire engine variety of hair color. I looked just about ridiculous.

Luckily, even with their "color protecting conditioner" and using shampoo designed for colored hair, it faded to the color I wanted within a week.
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Old 07-15-2005, 12:43 PM
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Yep. I have dark, dark brown hair with a red undertone, so anytime I tried to lighten it, it went Bozo Orange. I wanted dark ash blonde/light ash brown, and finally found The Only Honest Colorist in New York, who told me, "honey, there are two ways you could get that color: either strip out your color and re-dye it, and it'll look like straw in six months; or buy a wig."

So my hair is still dark, dark brown.
It's so incredibly frustrating trying to just lighten brown hair, it always winds up red/orange.

Red hair is great, nothing against red hair, but when we don't want red it can be a bitch to lighten.

I've had decent luck using 2 of the same shades, one ash and one regular. Although every colorist shrieks that ash=green, I've never had that happen. I generally need two boxes for my longish, thick hair, so the ash calms down the reddening effect.

Heh, we're talking about hair color and I'm in the process of turning my child's Very Black hair bright blue for the summer. And by process, I mean bleach it up to rust orange, rest, bleach it up to blonde, rest, then dye it Huckleberry Blue, then a haircut to remove the completely fried ends, we might be done by Sunday.

Healthy? Hell no, it's frying his head. But, it's just hair, it's the color he chose, and it's a reward for making honor roll, so whaddya gonna do?
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Old 07-15-2005, 01:04 PM
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the first one I tried was on fairly virgin hair (the temporaries I use to colour my greys should have been gone by then)
This is your problem. On really virgin hair (ie NO other color of any type, henna, temporary rinses, etc) the new Feria works great. If you have ANYTHING in your hair it won't work at all. But I guess you figured this out.
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Old 07-15-2005, 01:11 PM
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Hee- your bright blue story reminds me of the time I used the temporary Plum colour. Apparently, and this is something someone should tell girls in school or something, dark brown hair has a real affinity for purple. The temporary Plum was supposed to have purple highlights only, and only for 12-24 shampoos, but my hair was quite purple, and of course it lasted *much* longer than any other temporary colour I've used.
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Old 07-15-2005, 01:14 PM
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Oh, I forgot about your build-up question, Ginger. Yeah, that's entirely possible, too. I've started switching shampoos now, but I was using Head 'n Shoulders, and I believe they're notorious for waxy buildup (that's how they fix the dandruff - they glue it to your head. )

Only use it on completely virgin hair, Alice? But my hair is always slutty!
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Old 07-15-2005, 01:20 PM
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Only use it on completely virgin hair, Alice? But my hair is always slutty!
You and me both.

Actually, a gal came into work who had tried to dye her processed, medium blond hair to medium brown using the Feria high-lift (obviously not having read the package).

Her hair was the color of cigarette ashes with dark blue streaks running through it. I wish I was exagerating.
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