I've been dying my hair for so long, I couldn't even tell you exactly what my natural color would be now! I've had it done by a salon professional twice- once when it was colored for the 1st time, & once about 2 years ago for a "color correction". I now use semi-permanent dye, & even though it lasts about 4-6 weeks, a trip to the salon every time it needs to be touched up would be rather costly. The dye I use is a cream dye, & runs anywhere from $10-13 ( depending on where you purchase it). The tint bowl & brush were altogether a little over $4 at the beauty supply store, & I can get at least 2 full colors from 1 bottle of 4 oz dye ( my hair is an a-line bob). Even though it's a little time consuming to color it myself, $4 for supplies & $13 every 2 months -vs- $40-60 at the salon? Definitely a money -saver!