It took me a few weeks of research to decide I would try the Garnier Nutrisse line. I'm not in love with Garnier as a brand, but several of my friends swear by the R1 level, the bright red (including Annie of Major Shenanniegans). I was torn between the bright and medium (R2) levels, and eventually settled for the medium.
So my friend Taina, who has box-dyed her hair before, came over to help me out! It was quite the process, and smelled awful of course. This product doesn't have a separate bleach, but I'm sure there is bleach in the dye itself. In any case, it's one application of the dye. I followed the instructions, letting it sit for a little over a half hour because my hair is so thick and dark. When washing it out, I kept getting the stuff in my eyes--it STINGS >.<! It took forever to get the water to run clear (and every time I've showered since it still runs a little orange for a few minutes). But my hair feels super soft now, because it comes with some nourishing oil.
As for the color, I like it quite a lot :D I'm glad I went with the medium--it shows up super red in direct light but stays brown otherwise. I think I needed two boxes (I have a few brown patches) but the duo-color actually looks pretty cool, and I've gotten quite a few compliments on it :)
I figured it out thanks to this blog post! Apparently my Google+ has auto-enhance automatically selected, which for some reason I never noticed before. Much better now :)
Has anyone dyed their hair? What's your favorite dye?