First off, I absolutely can NOT afford to get my hair professionally colored! I am 62 year old, but people are usually surprised to find that out. I guess I'm "well preserved", depending on which part of me you look at. I do think I look 62 though! All my life I've had dark brown hair and black eyebrows and lashes. I started getting a few grays in my 40's but didn't start coloring my hair until about ten years ago. I considered just letting it go gray, but it was coming in right from the top of my head and going down the back like a skunk stripe! And the gray was a really butt-ugly lifeless shade of steel-gray - horrible! So I started coloring it - nothing fancy, just the same shade of dark brown it's always been - goes with my coloring and eyes. And I do have very good hair, it I do say so myself! It's blunt-cut shoulder length, very straight, very thick and shiny and healthy. So now, my hairstylist keeps saying she thinks it's too dark, I should lighten it up some! It's a medium dark brown. Does that look too harsh on someone my age? What would happen if I got a shade lighter next time and put it over what I've got now? Would I end up a streaky multicolored mess? I think if it's too light, it would look funny with my black eyebrows. The gray that comes in now is a much, much lighter shade than it was at first and I've even considered letting it go gray (with a little help) so I didn't have to keep coloring it ... but I don't want to look like I've aged twenty years over a weekend! Can I put a lighter shade of brown over the darker color that's already on it? Has anybody tried this? What to do ... what to do?!? Does anybody have any ideas?