Garnier Semi-Permanent Hair Color: Experimenting With Fire

OK, so maybe I'm not working with fire here, but I am dying my hair. In my world that's livin' on the edge people. The hubby wasn't thrilled, but when my good friend got me an Ulta card for my birthday with instructions that said "get something for your hair", I know what she meant. We had discussed it in plenty detail and had decided I needed to be a red head, well maybe an auburn...um...head.

When it comes to experimenting with my hair color I'm a total wimp. I like my natural color, sort of. It is just your very basic brown. However, with the big 3-0 looming on the event of my next birthday (still a little yes than year away!! I feel the need to point that out for some reason.) I decided to try something new. So, like the chicken that I am I went with color that washes out. Yes! Just call me a hair colorin' rebel! The dye that I purchased with said gift card is Garnier HerbaShine. It's a new color creme made with bamboo extract. The product lasts through 28 shampoos, takes 10 minutes to process, and covers 70% of your gray hair, not that I have any.........yet. At first I held a box of Cherry Red in my hands, but the wuss in me traded it last minute for a nice Copper Mahogany Brown. It's the word "cherry" that threw me off. I put it in the same category as descriptive words such as "fire engine" or "candy apple" red. A little too daring for me.

So what now? Now I intend on sharing my wealth of knowledge and experience with the cyber-world. I'll be updating this little article from time to time over the next 28 shampoos to let you know how this baby works. For starters, I suppose I should take the towel off my head and go dry my hair to unveil the red head in me. Let the experimentation begin!

The Results are in!

Alrighty then. I'm feeling a little more feisty! I have dried and styled my hair. Let me first say that the smell of the color was actually very nice. It wasn't too strong and smelled pretty much like shampoo. It wasn't hard to mix. I do recommend that you read and follow the directions carefully. Using an old nasty towel and T-shirt is a definite must!

My hair isn't bright red, which is a plus for me personally. I have no objections to red heads in general. There may be specific ones....oh never mind. I'm liking the subtle hints of auburn. It's very Bella Swan. Hehehe! We'll see how the color last throughout the experiment. So far so good y'all!

Here's some good info about semi-permanent hair color

1 Wash later.........

So here's the latest report y'all. Let me begin by saying back in the day (high school) I tried some semi-permanent hair color that was fine, but at night it rubbed off on my pillow and after washing my hair the water never quite ran clear. This color is great. My pillowcase has remain it's original color as have my towels. There is a great tip that I didn't do, but you should if you are contemplating this. If you rub a thin layer of Vaseline around you hairline and on the tips of your ears it will help the color stay put when you apply it and protect your skin. I didn't have any drips or stains, but on a few places of exposed skin it has felt a little itchy and a tiny bit uncomfortable. Color's still going strong!

1 Week and 3 Days later

The hair color is still going strong.  I think I will wait to post another picture at 2 weeks.  I still really like the red, but I am missing the brown.  I wonder if I could get the same hair color but use foil to do either highlights or color paneling?  Semi-permanent highlights?  I really like that idea because I don't want to make the commitment, spend the time, or  spend the $$$$$ with permanent hair color.  It's an idea!  Has anyone tried that?

3 weeks and 4 Days later

The red is still there, but now it is a more auburn color.  If you want your hair color to last you should try something more permanent.  If you just want to change your hair and experiment with different colors, you should try this out.  The picture is coming.  I've decided to wait until 4 weeks for more change, and to end my experiment.

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Vee 6 years ago

I love it!


Andi  6 years ago

Oooooh, I've been dying (no pun intended!) to try red - I even bought Garnier True Red to try and. . . .it's been sitting on my bathroom shelf for almost a year. I'm a wimp, too. But I really like your color, so I think I'll go get me some Copper Mahogany. . . by the way - I used to get my color done at Ulta. They have something called a 'glaze' that washes out after 30-ish shampoos. It always lasted almost 6 months for me and I wash everday!! Good value, and with someone else doing the color, I felt a little safer!!


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MissE 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks Vee and Andi! Andi, I didn't know they did glazes at the Ulta salon. I'll have to look into it! I think you should definitely try a little red! :)


Darcy 6 years ago

I love it Missy! I mean, I love your natural hair color too, but the red tint definitely compliments your skin.

Your cousin,

Darcy :-)


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MissE 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks Darcy! It's fun to try something new, but not permanent!


Melissa S 6 years ago

Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful! From the picture it looks like you matched your eyes really well. Hooray!


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MissE 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks Melissa S. Yes, the whole hair color discussion that lead to this was about how my eyes had hints of auburn. We decided it would be cool to try to match the color of my hair to my eyes. Some girls never grow out of playing with their hair!:)


JulezzR 5 years ago

ur hair is faaab): iv wanted 2 do that for sooo long but my mom wont let me cuzz im only 13:P did they have lots of colors? if so i will probbs go with ur hair dye it looks gorg!!


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MissE 5 years ago from Texas Author

JulezzR - Thanks! They have lots o' colors. It washes out so maybe you can talk your mom into it! ;) You might look for hair foam that adds some tint to your hair but washes out. Have a girls day with Mom at Ulta, ask a sale person to go over the different products with you, and then ask your mom if she's cool with any of it. Good luck and have fun!


Haille 5 years ago

Just got some dye. I'm a chicken; I'm SO scared!


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MissE 5 years ago from Texas Author

Does it wash out? I'm too chicken to do anything permanent!


megan 4 years ago

Im a blond and i love being a blond but the other day i took a photo of myself and my hair ended up looking brown and i posted the photo on my facebook and everyone loved the "brown hair" so i want to dye my hair brown but something that's NOT permanent because i like my blond and also are scared i wont like the brown...what dye is there that i can use please help???


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MissE 4 years ago from Texas Author

Make sure you get semi permanent hair color. Read the instructions carefully and follow them exactly. If you haven't colored your hair before I would try a dark blonde before completely changing the color though.


katie 4 years ago

Hey, just read your post and found it very helpful. Im in the midst of debating whether or not to do a semi permanent hair color. I have darkish brown hair with lighter highlights and i want to go black. My sister just went dark red and wants me to try something too. You didn't find that it stained your hair at all? Did the color look weird once it began to fade?


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MissE 4 years ago from Texas Author

It was a little bit golden orange in the light as it faded, but it this color was very subtle. It did totally come out eventually. The dark brown hair is a good thing when going dark......I'm not so sure how the highlights would react though. You could go into a store/salon like Ulta and ask what they think.


Delaney 4 years ago

Hey! I'm so glad I found this post. I've had such a hard time getting information about semi-permanent color. My hair is a medium brown color, and I'm wanting to dye my hair red for a musical I'm doing. I'm going for a color slightly more red than yours, but I don't want to get caught up in permanent color because I eventually want to get back to my natural color. Do you think this is even conceivable? How long did it take to completely fade, and was the fading color ghastly?


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MissE 4 years ago from Texas Author

It wasn't half bad actually. Having brown hair is pretty much the best color for semi hair dye. I will tell you that every now and then in the sunlight I call tell that the ends are slightly lighter.... probably from the hair dye? It looks more like a slight highlight though. I also son't wash my hair every day. More like every other day, so it would wash out faster if you did every day. I think it would work. What musical?


Jill 4 years ago

I used Herbalshine in light golden brown. Came out more reddish. totally lasted 2 months and I wash every day. Never completely faded. Got major dark roots. this month tried Clairol natural instincts. went with light auburn and my hair is BRIGHT RED !!!! It totally changed the color (like they say it won't) the last color never completely faded, so I might be getting something to strip my hair. Beware !! What they say is not always what will happen.


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MissE 4 years ago from Texas Author

Wow! What color is your hair naturally?


Madz barrett 4 years ago

I'm a blonde and was thinking of going brown because I have blue eyes and everyone says brown would look good and compliment my eyes...I like being blonde so I think i am going to try semi permanent..I'm worried that my blonde color will get stained though....what brand would you recommend?


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MissE 4 years ago from Texas Author

There is a very good chance that your hair would be stained because you are blonde. HerbaShine had beautiful color, but it did take a lot longer to wash out than it should have and I just went from brown to reddish brown. You can speed up the process if you use a harsher shampoo though. If you do decide to go for it try a lighter shade of brown.


lolly 4 years ago

I have tried semi-perminate high lights in bright pink and I hate it is there anyway of getting it out in 2 days in time for my best friend sweet 18 xx


Faith 3 years ago

I have a red hair

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