I have to say that although I don't dye my hair that often, usually just highlights, I felt like a change recently. I cut my hair badly and it really darkened it when the light ends were gone. So I did these two colors. I really liked them!
I dyed my whole head with this dark red color. I normally don't like red, but this color was really close to my natural color of really dark brown (almost black). I left that on for a few days...
Then I had Pat throw in some highlights using this. Ha ha. Neither one of us has ever done highlights, and I wished I could stand above myself and do it, but I obviously can't. So I saw a method online of just combing in the color (no caps or foils), and that's basically what he did! He didn't even complain much! J/k. He didn't mind. So I did a few strands with my fingers around my face, and he did too, and then he combed the back in. We messed up a little bit, but it's mostly unnoticeable. Left it in about 25 minutes.
Whenever I go lighter it turns my hair orangy-red and the highlights did make it too orangy-red at first, but here's how I fixed it. I mixed some GREEN FOOD COLORING in with my shampoo in a cup (about 3 drops per Tbsp), and after 3 shampoos (leaving it on 1 minute each time), it was a good color. Now I love it!
This whole thing sounds crazy, I admit. But I like it better than any other dye job I've ever had AND it cost $12 total instead of A LOT more. Win Win!