So…whaddya think? Lol
It’s been awhile since my last hair post and, there are quite a few details that I want to share about my experience using the SheaMoisture Hair Color System.
Let’s get to it!
I purchased the SheaMoisture Hair Color System from Target, in the Medium Chestnut Brown color.
My hair was virgin/natural before, having no previous dye/color on it. I washed & deep conditioned my hair 2 days prior to coloring, but didn’t use any other hair products on it.
The process was pretty straight-forward. I did a skin allergy test, as well as a strand test before coloring my hair. Then, followed the “Bottle Technique” instructions provided inside the box.
I applied the color as fast as I could because, once mixed together, the formula changes color fast in the bottle. In about 30 minutes, it went from tan to dark chocolate brown.
It took about 20 minutes to evenly distribute the color over my entire head. I didn’t use any clips or anything because, I don’t have that much hair. Lol That said, I ended up using the entire bottle. As it pooted & hissed out the last few drops of hair color, I was worried that I wouldn’t have enough to thoroughly saturate my hair. If my hair were any denser/longer, I would’ve needed 2 boxes of this product. Boo.
I left the color on for about 38 minutes. Rinsed. Shampoo’d. Deep conditioned (for about 30 minutes) using the products provided in the box. Then, rubbed some Jane Carter Incredible Curls through my hair to finish.
Minus the hard-to-squeeze shampoo and conditioner bottles, I kinda enjoyed the process. Gentle formula. No heavy fumes. It still smelled like hair dye though, just not very strong. After rinsing out the color, my hair felt like it needed conditioner. Almost like it just had a protein treatment. Kinda hard/strong. After deep conditioning, my hair felt normal again. Fluffy.
On the second wash after coloring (2 days later), the water ran clear. So, I had no problems with color runoff or bleeding. The color did stain my hairline (forehead & temple areas) though. I didn’t use any petroleum/protectant because, I wanted to color all the “baby hairs”.
As far as results go, I should’ve bought the Light Brown color. The strand test results didn’t show any hint of red color. Just a pretty, lustrous dark brown (after leaving the color on for 30 minutes). This was fine by me because, I assumed that leaving the color on a little (8 minutes) longer would make for a lighter brown. Well…it didn’t! Lol It would seem it made for this reddish tint that was really evident in direct sunlight the first few days after coloring. I washed my hair maybe 4 or 5 times since, and the red did die down a little.
Ugh. Talk about being disappointed, and mistaken!
Sometimes my hair looks a dark reddish brown but, for the most part, my hair still looks about black. Lol
The box suggested going no more than 2 shades darker or lighter but, maybe I didn’t go far enough…
Dare I try the Light Brown – or Medium Golden Blonde – in 6-8 weeks to try to go a little lighter (I wanted more of a soft – yellow tint over red, if I had to choose – brown color)? Or, just go Soft Black to get rid of the reddish tint & call it a day?
If anyone’s curious, the color did cover my grays.