Does Anyone Here Use Revlon Colorsilk Hair Color???

Lounge By butternut Updated 12 Oct 2008 , 11:24pm by koolaidstains

butternut Posted 5 Oct 2008 , 10:53pm
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Just wondering what your experience has been with this product if you have used it. I color my hair about every 3 weeks because of gray icon_mad.gif I have been using Loreal but I noticed that the Revlon Colorsilk does not contain ammonia and I thought that might be better for my hair since I color so often. I have noticed my hair feeling brittle and dry lately. Anyway, if you use this, please tell me how you like it. I'm thinking of getting some tomorrow if I get a positive feedback. Thanks so much!!!

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Amia Posted 5 Oct 2008 , 11:08pm
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That's what I use and I like it. It doesn't leave my hair dry or brittle and I color pretty frequently, though not as frequently as you. icon_smile.gif I hate L'Oreal! No matter what color I pick, my hair NEVER looks like the color on the box. That's another thing I love about Revlon, my hair always comes out the exact shade on the box. Right now it's the Dark Mahogany Brown or something like that. HTH!

butternut Posted 5 Oct 2008 , 11:15pm
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Thanks so much amia1024. I really appreciate you sharing with me your experience with the Revlon Colorsilk. You are right about the Loreal. I always had to buy a shade lighter than I want my hair to be because it always comes out darker than the color on the box shows. Thanks again for your help!!

Amia Posted 5 Oct 2008 , 11:17pm
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No problem! The best part too, is that the Revlon is like $2.99 (at least where I shop icon_smile.gif ).

butternut Posted 5 Oct 2008 , 11:21pm
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Wow, that's a big difference from the Loreal. icon_surprised.gif I think I love it already icon_lol.gif

Amia Posted 5 Oct 2008 , 11:23pm
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That's the main reason I switched from Clairol. I'm cheap! icon_biggrin.gif

Deb_ Posted 6 Oct 2008 , 2:39am
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I'm a hairstylist in my main job (24 yrs. exp.) so I thought I'd offer you my professional opinion on drugstore hair color.

If you're coloring every 3 wks., chances are your hair is dry and brittle not from the brand of color, but from the way you apply it.

If when you are ready to color you see "a line of demarcation" (the new gray growth) against the previously colored hair, than this is the only hair you should be applying the color to. This is called a "touch up". The previously colored hair should not have color put on it until the last 5 minutes of the color cycle.

If you are putting the color product on your entire head or you're not being careful where you apply it, you will have dry, brittle hair. Just think of it this way, you are reapplying a chemical to already chemically treated hair, this is double processing your hair, which leads to hair damage.

One important thing to know is that color that claims to be "ammonia free" isn't. If it had no ammonia, it would wash out of your hair the first time you shampoo it. It has a small amount of ammonia in it otherwise the cuticle layer on your hair would never open up to receive the color.

When you apply the color section the hair like it shows in the instructions and apply it from the scalp to the line of previously colored hair and that's it. Than, the last 5 minutes you can comb it through to the ends to refresh your faded color only if needed.

Also know that you should always buy the shade lighter than you like, this holds true for even our professional products. They always come out a shade darker than shown. Those examples on the box are only intended as a guide, there are so many factors that come into the final result, i.e. permed hair, the clients natural color and the amount of gray. Every head is different.

Coloring hair is a science and really should be done by a professional for the best results. I cringe when I'm in the drugstore and I see people buying these products, not because the product is bad necessarily, but because the person really doesn't understand the chemistry behind it.

We are constantly going to seminars and classes to learn about the new products out on the market and believe me once in a while we even have a mishap with color. The only positive is we can usually fix it with something that we have in the salon.

I recommend that you buy a good moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, and use a reconditioning treatment a couple times a week. Once hair has been "chemically damaged", the best treatment is a good haircut to remove the damaged hair.

Also, I would only recommend coloring your hair once a month. The average head grows about 1/2" a month, that's the only hair that needs to be colored, so a month is average, some can go longer if they grow hair slower.

When buying your color, try to find a "permanent" color that has a lot of conditioners in it, and don't forget to choose a shade lighter than you think you need.

Good Luck,

butternut Posted 6 Oct 2008 , 12:11pm
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Thanks for taking the time to exlain all of this to us. I really appreciate it. I think that one of my problems is that I need a good hair cut. I've been letting the layers grow out now for about 9 months and haven't had my hair cut in that amount of time and I think all the layers are just split and need to be cut. I have sooooo tried to wait a month between touch ups but my hair grows very fast and within 3 weeks it looks horrible. That darned gray line just shines out like night and day. My natural hair is or was medium brown so the contrast is really a big one. One of these days I'm just gonna say it's time to let it go natural and stop all this coloring. Well, maybe icon_rolleyes.gif Thanks again for your help!!!!

michellenj Posted 6 Oct 2008 , 9:05pm
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You gals are brave to color your own hair. I did mine once, it looked totally different from the shade on the box, and I had to have it covered over by a professional. I won't make that mistake again! icon_lol.gif

Deb_ Posted 6 Oct 2008 , 9:33pm
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Originally Posted by butternut

Thanks for taking the time to exlain all of this to us. I really appreciate it. I think that one of my problems is that I need a good hair cut. I've been letting the layers grow out now for about 9 months and haven't had my hair cut in that amount of time and I think all the layers are just split and need to be cut. I have sooooo tried to wait a month between touch ups but my hair grows very fast and within 3 weeks it looks horrible. That darned gray line just shines out like night and day. My natural hair is or was medium brown so the contrast is really a big one. One of these days I'm just gonna say it's time to let it go natural and stop all this coloring. Well, maybe icon_rolleyes.gif Thanks again for your help!!!!

Oh it's my pleasure. Yes 9 months is a long time between haircuts. Just be sure to tell the stylist that you're trying to grow out the layers and you only want the split ends trimmed.

I also have med. brown hair (or I once did icon_wink.gif ) and my roots grow out almost 100% gray so they really show if I let it go. I like you was coloring about every 3 wks., but I realized that isn't the best for my hair.

I don't know if you have access to a Sally's Beauty Supply in your area, but they sell to the public not just professionals. If you go in ask the clerk if they have any colored hairsprays or touch up pens that you can use in between colors. These are water proof and wash out w/each shampoo. I started using this on my part, in the front of my hair and my hairline where the gray shows first and it really helps get me through until I color again. Just purchase the closest shade to your color.

Don't stop coloring just yet, I have clients in their seventies that still get color and they won't give it up. I love the shiny silver white color that so many people are blessed with, we can only hope that ours will be that pretty when we get brave enough to stop coloring. icon_smile.gif

butternut Posted 6 Oct 2008 , 10:12pm
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dkelly27, thank you soooooo much. That sounds exactly like what I need. I just called Sally's and asked them about this product. The clerk said that she didn't have time to go check on it right then but she does recall that they do sell something called Roux Tween Time. It's an instant haircolor touch up stick. She said that she believes they sell a couple more items similar to this. Do you by chance use the Roux Tween Time or is it one of the other products? I'm going up there tomorrow and check it out. This touching up every three weeks is getting ridiculous. Thanks again for your help. This really sounds GREAT!!

Pookie59 Posted 6 Oct 2008 , 10:19pm
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Just my two cents... if you find a product you like, stick with it. I recently tried another brand and the color (although with the same name as my other brand) was definitely darker. I'll be going back to my old brand next time. I've been coloring my own hair for the past 9 years without any major snafus and even my hair stylist compliments me on the color.

TexasSugar Posted 6 Oct 2008 , 10:34pm
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DKelly would you mind if I picked your brain for a moment? I am wanting to change my hair style. Well basicly get a style and Im thinking I want to go short. Right now my hair gets pulled up in a ponytail most days.

Would you be willing to look at the shape of my face and suggest a style that would match it well? I've looked at pictures online of different hairstyles, but I have a hard time seeing my face under the hair instead of the models face.

butternut Posted 6 Oct 2008 , 10:36pm
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Pookie59 - if you don't mind my asking, what is your old brand and what brand did you try? I know that I can use light brown Clairol Nice & Easy and it colors my hair a light brown. If I use light brown Loreal Excellence
my hair will be a medium brown.

Deb_ Posted 7 Oct 2008 , 1:14am
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butternut.....yes the Roux Tween Time is one that I have used....when I go into my Salon tomorrow I'll look at the name of the colored hairspray I use too, right now I can't think of it. I'll post that for you tomorrow.

texassugar.....I'd love to look at your face icon_smile.gif It's hard to look in a magazine or at a TV personality and know if their style would work on you. I'll tell you what I do when a client with long hair wants a change. I send them to a wig store icon_eek.gificon_eek.gif I'm not kidding. Especially the girls that are in their 40's and have NEVER had short hair, I want them to be absolutely sure they know what they're getting into. After all we can't put it back.

We happen to have a couple of really good wig salons in our area and they have wigs in all different styles and lengths and colors. It really gives you a chance to see your face and body with the hairstyle.

If your hair's been long for a while, I suggest cutting it in stages. Also remember that short hair depending on your hair texture can be a little bit more time consuming to style. There's nothing easier than being able to put our long hair up....with short hair you can't do that. That's one reason why I still wear my hair long, there are a lot more styling options.

Some salons in your area may have the computer imaging system also. Where they put your face up on the monitor and than you can play around with different hairstyles and colors. I've worked with this before and it was o.k., it still looked a little fake in my opinion but you could get the general idea.

butternut Posted 7 Oct 2008 , 1:22am
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Great, thanks so much dkelly27

TexasSugar Posted 7 Oct 2008 , 3:56am
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You know I would have never thought about the wig. I may have to drag my friend with me sometime to do just that. I won't be cutting my hair until December if I decide to take the plung. I'm losing weight right now, down 10lbs and have told myself if I can lose another 10 by then I will really consider it. I had told myself at -15 to -20lbs I would get a nice hair cut that costs more than $13. icon_smile.gif I color it myself, the same color for over a year now, but I usually have alot of roots before I get around to fixing them.

I'll try to post a picture here.

I do have very fine hair, so I know that does factor into the style. The shortest I have had my hair was between my shoulders and chin. I didn't like it, but it was an all the same lenght style and just made my face look round when I don't really think it is.

I need to do something with it, because even when I don't have it in a pony tail I don't do much to it. I just don't really know what to do with it. I'm hoping by cutting it that I can get something cute, my hair will look more healthy and I will actually do something to my hair more often than not.

Deb_ Posted 7 Oct 2008 , 12:47pm
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Great picture...... it's so nice to be able to put a face to a name, we should all post pictures. Congratulations on your weight loss too, that's awesome! Keep up the good work.

I think your hair color looks good and I can see that your hair is shiny and in good condition so that's great, it is fine though.

The one length cut that you described to me does tend to make even a narrower face seem round. If you liked that length, I would ask your stylist to add some long layers angled towards your face with a side part and sideswept bangs. ( I noticed you have a cowlick in the front to the right of your part so the stylist will have to work with that carefully so as not to get your bangs too short) In the back I would also layer it but "stack" the layers to give you fullness. I think you could definitely wear your hair at chin length, and the great things about layers are you can wear your hair behind your ears or going forward with the wispy layers.

Fine hair can look more full with the right cut and products. If you have a Sally's Beauty Supply near you, it's a great resource for the public. They carry a lot of "copycat" products that actually work really well. They have a line called Ion which is for fine hair, the shampoo/conditioner(get the one for color treated hair) and styling products all work well. There is another line also that right now I can't think of the name (getting old I think) but, when you go you'll see it. Either one is good.

I wish you lived closer, I would be happy to cut and style your hair. Oh, yes I agree with you about the $13 haircut. Not that there aren't good hair cutters working at those place, everyone has to start somewhere, but chances are you'd get a much better haircut at a higher end salon. Go to one that specializes in hair cutting, maybe a friend could recommend one.

Have fun trying on wigs, it's a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon with a friend, you'll get some laughs for sure! icon_lol.gif


TexasSugar Posted 7 Oct 2008 , 7:48pm
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Thank you so much! I am definetly saving this information for when I do it. icon_smile.gif

Guess I'm on the search for a new hairstylist now. The more I think about it the more I want to cut my hair. I might even splurge and get some highlights.

susanmm23 Posted 7 Oct 2008 , 8:02pm
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texas sugar i go to the salon in jcpenney in the mall in town. I have gone there since i moved to texas a a child in 92. its a bit expensive but the lady who does my hair rocks........ she helps you determine what will look good and what more adventurous when it comes to my hair so i tend to walk in there and let her do her thing. only once in the 16 years i have gone to her have i not loved my hair. and she fixed it a few days later at no charge.

butternut Posted 7 Oct 2008 , 8:09pm
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I've gone to the same person now for well, let's just say a long, long time. icon_lol.gif I started going to her when she worked at a place that only charged 7.00 for a hair cut. Unfortunately, she keeps moving up to fancier salons and now her fee for just a trim is 45.00. I went to someone else a couple of years ago that was a bit cheaper and boy was I ever sorry. She really botched my hair. It's really expensive to go to a high end salon but I guess I'll keep going to her because that botch job was devastating. Being that I've been letting my layers grow out, it's been about 9 months or longer since my last cut. Geeez, bet she's even higher now.

susanmm23 Posted 7 Oct 2008 , 8:14pm
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i go once a month sometimes every 3 weeks depending on the style i have. once i wanted to be a blonde.... i am naturally a dark brown.....lets say i didnt want to pay 100 for it so i thought how hard can it be.....omg was i wrong....... one trip to the store later and i was off and going.......sad to say i ended up with neon orange hair and banana yellow roots. it was awful. i learned my lesson never ever again

TexasSugar Posted 7 Oct 2008 , 8:40pm
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Growing up I always went to the same lady. She actually does my mom's and grandma's hair. After high school I decided I needed to up grade to somewhere a little tready. She does really nice work, if you are older and like big and poofy!

Since then I have kinda floated around. I guess the biggest thing for me was that I just couldn't afford an expensive hair cut every other month. Of course that always means that I end up with blahish hair because I just get it cut the same basic way all the time.

I've played around with hair colors. The ones in the boxes don't scare me. But they do work differently for different types of hairs so maybe I'm just lucky there and haven't ended up with a bad experince coloring my hair. And I love having highlights down in funky colors.

Blonde is one color I haven't gone, because I don't think I could pull it off, and the roots would drive me crazy. I have had blonde hightlights, copper highlights, red highlights. I've also been a redhead with blonde highlights (I liked that one). I tend to go for the auburns and reds because I am naturally a burnette and that gets boring to me. HeHe

I have no problem turning my hair over to a professional. They know hair and I don't. I'll tell them the basic lenght I want to go, and let them do the rest.

Susan, would you mind PMing me and letting me know the name of the woman you go to, and about how much she charges. So I know how much I need to save up.

Deb_ Posted 8 Oct 2008 , 12:10am
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That sounds like a good lead since Susan has been going to her for so long. It really is important to get a good haircut especially for somebody with fine hair.

butternut, I checked on the name of that colored hairspray that I wrote about, but one of my employees reminded me that we ordered that from one of our suppliers that doesn't sell to the public icon_sad.gif I'm not sure if Sally's has something similar.

Good luck ladies...........texassugar don't forget to post a picture when you get your hair cut icon_smile.gif


butternut Posted 8 Oct 2008 , 12:40am
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Thanks so much for checking for me Debbie. I really do appreciate it. I didn't make it up to Sally's today but I am going tomorrow for sure and I'll check to see what all they have. Again, thanks for your help!!

Cakepro Posted 9 Oct 2008 , 4:07am
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About the Revlon Colorsilk - that crap ruined my hair and my daughter's hair! I bought it because I was being cheap - big mistake. My daughter went to a stylist for highlights after having used the Colorsilk (several months later) and the stylist told her that her hair felt like straw because of that cheap stuff we were using. I've used various brands of at-home hair color over the years but that Colorsilk dried my hair out [b]big time[b].

koolaidstains Posted 12 Oct 2008 , 11:24pm
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I've been coloring my hair for about 13 years now. At first it was for fun, but I got a grey streak in my 20s and didn't like it. Now I'm 33 and have a fair amount of grey in certain areas. I've always prefered semi or demi-permanent colors, but they don't cover grey as well. I recently went back to short hair after growing out my hair to the longest it's been since I was a little girl. I did so partly because my hair got too dry and brittle even following instructions! I've always preferred Revlon and L'oreal products, they were the best for my hair. But, after getting tired of doing it myself and getting more and more grey, I decided to grow it out and see what I was dealing with. I hated all the grey I had, it definately aged me. I found a good place and got red and blonde highlights. Oh, I had medium brown hair. The highlights blend in with the grey wonderfully and it's just fun and funky enough for my age. The red is a coppery red, it's subtle but really shimmers in the sunlight.

I just saw Jamie Lee Curtis on Rachel Ray and thought she looked great with her grey hair. With a really good cut I think the color isn't so important.

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