Well, I got tired of that cycle. My hair was in pretty bad shape from the constant dying, so I decided to go back to my natural dark neutral brown. Initially, I tried Clairol Nice n Easy in 118A Medium Neutral Brown. It toned down the red somewhat, but it was still red hair. Here's a pic of me before and after. As you can see, Clairol 118A toned down the red and darkened it a bit (though I had a bit of hot roots) but it was undoubtedly RED HAIR. Not a medium neutral brown or even a medium golden brown.
|Left Before, Right After Clairol Nice n Easy 118A|
|See? A very dark brown, not black....|
Of course, I did not get that color, although things could've been much worse. Worst case scenario is I would still be left with dark red hair, but that wasn't the case at all. Revlon's 20 Brown Black got rid of all of my red tones, ALL! I was so relieved. Of course, now we have to wait and see if the red pops back out after it fades, and that brings me to my one quip. It's not a brown black on me at all. It's not even a soft black. It's a straight out black, just shy of being a blue black. Now, almost all of the reviews online say that it does start out very dark, almost black, but that it will fade, so I'm holding out for hope. Next month when it's time to do my roots I'm probably going to go with #30 Dark Brown, but I'll have to wait and see how this fades.
|Before and After Revlon Colorsilk #20 Brown Black|
As you can see, this color was AWESOME at covered and getting rid of all the red tones, something that I hadn't been able to achieve with the Clairol color. What remains to be seen is how well it will continue to cover those red tones even after it starts fading. I'm hoping it will fade enough to lose the harsh blackness but not enough to let the red out again. Make sure to subscribe to my blog so you can see the update!