Hi...sorry to take so long to reply.
First, a disclaimer: I am not a hair stylist/beautician or hair professional of any kind...just a regular person who has been coloring my own hair for many years, and I am happy to share my experience with you. My original hair color, since birth, was dark brown with slight reddish undertones. My skin is light olive-toned (Italian/Azorean) and I really do not like how gray (or blonde) ages me/washes me out. (I have envied natural blondes who go grey...it looks "normal" on them.) I started using Wella Color Charm about 30 years ago, after trying the Lady Clairol route. The demi color was excellent because I permed my hair for years, and the demi did not add to the "frying" of my hair. I have continued to use it even though I have not permed for many years, because I like how it "fades". When the roots grow out, there is less of a Severe Skunk Stripe. The grey does show, but because I have been using lighter and lighter color the past few years, it isn't so blatantly obvious when it grows. The other thing I had to learn the hard way was that trying to recreate my original color worked for a while, but the older I have gotten, the worse that looked, to me, anyhow. It became a "flat" color that was so obviously Old Lady Trying To Look Younger. Gave that up, and had a stylist do some correcting with low, mid, and highlights, to get rid of the flatness. That was about 2-3 years ago, and since then I have used lighter and lighter color. I am at a combo of 3/4 #8 and 1/4 #7, (and NEUTRAL, not ash OR red, because my hair sucks up those undertones and looks awful) so a very light brown/blonde, which somehow works. It colors the grey that light color, and the remaining dark hair stays uncolored. So now it looks like I've had an expensive frost job, sort of. The test for me has been that several people who have known me for years through all hair colors have complimented this color...and I like it because it ISN"T the flat dyed look, but isn't an all over grey that washes out my skin color, either. If/when I finally give in and go all grey, I will just keep going lighter and lighter until coloring is moot. My sister did something totally different, very successfully: she was blonde as a baby, and her hair became medium brown as she got older...was brown hair from grade school onward. She colored her hair brown for years, and then at about age 60 or so, she took her saved, original blonde pony-tail (which my mother saved, when we all went from pony tails to short a very long time ago) to her stylist, who matched her own original blonde color. It worked, amaziningly enough, with her skin, because it was her own natural color. Striking, of course, the first time I saw her with it, but it really did somehow make sense. She then kept her promise to herself to go all grey when she retired, which was a shorter step, since she was already blonde. Hope this helps...good luck....Diane
Date published: 2020-04-04