I need a nice brown semi-permanent hair colour - any recommendations?

(17 Posts)
SoftKittyWarmKitty Sun 08-Sep-13 22:26:24

I've coloured my hair at home for years and am never truly happy with the colour. My natural hair colour is a mid-dark brown which shines chestnutty in the sun and I want a similar colour. However home hair colours tend to either be waaaay too dark to the point of almost being black Casting, I'm looking at you, or go too red. The nicest I've used (in terms of colour) is Superdrug own brand in Rich Chestnut, however that also goes a bit too dark.

Any suggestions, please? I'm starting to go grey hence the home colouring, and definitely want a semi not a permanent.

SundaySimmons Sun 08-Sep-13 22:32:55

I find they all go much darker than the colour suggests.

Casteing 600 light brown is nice, it is not a light brown on me but a nice mid brown and shiny.

Polytint is great as gives a natural brown.

SoftKittyWarmKitty Sun 08-Sep-13 22:42:54

I've tried Casting Light Brown and it didn't colour my root area dark enough, so that inch or so looked lighter than the rest hmm.

What's Polytint? Not heard of that before.

MadAboutHotChoc Mon 09-Sep-13 06:53:34

Nice and easy - go as light as possible (e.g light ash brown)

Tortington Mon 09-Sep-13 07:00:33

i go for the loreal 10 min mid brown, i too have gone way too dark and i have v. long hair, and i like this mid brown colour,

and plus, it only takes 10 mins, i hate dying my hair

VillaVillekulla Mon 09-Sep-13 09:36:32

I have a similar hair colour to you and I actually buy the dark blonde shades rather than the brown shades because they just go so dark on me. Have a look at Casting Rich Honey and Chestnut Honey. They might work for you. Or Nice N Easy lightest brown. Leave it on the roots for longer before combing through to lengths if you're finding the roots don't take colour as much as ends.

SoftKittyWarmKitty Mon 09-Sep-13 11:27:00

Dark blonde shades?! <scared> My root area would probably go ginger with that!

Going to the supermarket after work so I'll have a look at the Nice n Easy shades.

DTisMYdoctor Mon 09-Sep-13 11:32:40

I don't dye my hair at home, but I know my hairdresser uses a dark blonde on my grey roots at the hairdressers and they do come out brown.

SoftKittyWarmKitty Mon 09-Sep-13 11:42:47

I always get put off by the recommendations on the packet where it says 'this colour is recommended for blonde, dark blonde or light brown hair'. Mine's mid to dark brown so I'd never normally think of using one meant for blondes!

Housewife2010 Mon 09-Sep-13 12:08:33

I have dark brown hair & always using Casting Medium Brown & I'm happy with it.

amessagetoyouYoni Mon 09-Sep-13 12:20:41

I like Loreal Casting colours, too. I use mahoghany, which is a dark shiny chestnut, but the one thats a few shades lighter (is it mid nrwn, as said aive?) takes to my roots and is nice, have used in the past.

Kbear Mon 09-Sep-13 12:23:04

I have fairly dark hair and used Casting Chestnut Honey

SoftKittyWarmKitty Mon 09-Sep-13 13:27:30

Ok, I like Casting ones as they're easy to use, so I'm going to check out the Chestnut Honey and the Medium Brown ones at the shops later.

AngieM2 Tue 10-Sep-13 15:29:01

I use Boots botanics semi permanent in between the hairdresser putting a permanent on (to save a few quid). Its called Warmed or Warm terracotta autumn (or auburn). Sorry to sound vague, cant find it online and dont have a box upstairs. Its a stunning colour that i regularly get compliments on (which i never get on my hairdresser applied one). And its got to the point now where my hairdresser has said to bring it in and she'll use that instead!

AuntySib Wed 11-Sep-13 16:50:20

My natural colour is mid brown with red glints ( well it was when I a child) but find most hair clourants come up way darker than label. So lightest brown/dark blondes. Nice n easy, and LOreeal OK , as are the new 10 minute foam ones. I found Boots own brand semi-permanant brand good, but not a big colour range.However, it is v cheap compared to name brands.
Am currently darker brown with v faint light highlights - great in summer but looks dull now. Trying to decide whether to go back to reddish glints again.

AuntySib Wed 11-Sep-13 16:50:21

My natural colour is mid brown with red glints ( well it was when I a child) but find most hair clourants come up way darker than label. So lightest brown/dark blondes. Nice n easy, and LOreeal OK , as are the new 10 minute foam ones. I found Boots own brand semi-permanant brand good, but not a big colour range.However, it is v cheap compared to name brands.
Am currently darker brown with v faint light highlights - great in summer but looks dull now. Trying to decide whether to go back to reddish glints again.

AuntySib Wed 11-Sep-13 16:50:21

My natural colour is mid brown with red glints ( well it was when I a child) but find most hair clourants come up way darker than label. So lightest brown/dark blondes. Nice n easy, and LOreeal OK , as are the new 10 minute foam ones. I found Boots own brand semi-permanant brand good, but not a big colour range.However, it is v cheap compared to name brands.
Am currently darker brown with v faint light highlights - great in summer but looks dull now. Trying to decide whether to go back to reddish glints again.

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