So I started searching for less pricey options. That's how one day I decided to try Herba Shine by Garnier. It's ammonia free and contains bamboo extract. The big promise of 100% gray coverage is what got me to give this product a go. At first I tried Medium Ash Brown 510. On my hair in 10 min this turned out practically black, but in a couple of washes it toned down and I really, really liked it. I used that shade two more times after that. Now that spring is on its way I decided to lighten it up a bit with Light Brown 600. I like 510 a little bit more, while 600 is nice it's just a bit too golden for me.
Over all I like this product, it totally delivers. It does cover your gray, the colors I tried are gorgeous, and last for 28 washes (I counted). Also in Toronto at least this product is always on sale somewhere. I always pay less than $10 CAD for it, and that's a lot cheaper than having my color done at the salon, but it lasts just as long.