I have thick, dark brown/black Asian hair. My hair started graying quickly recently and I have been wanting to color it. A good friend warned me away from using hair-dye products, saying that they were too harsh for my hair and would damage it. Instead, she recommend it that I go to her salon and ask the stylist to apply a "black gloss" product. Not only would this color my hair, but it would be gentle on my hair. I tried it and liked it, but was looking for a more affordable alternative. I tried the at-home hair dye kit as well, but found that the product burned my scalp. I don't know if there is a do-it-yourself version of the "black gloss" product that I can buy since it was something that the stylist mixed up himself so there was no box/bottle that I could take a look at. Does anyone have any product recommendations that is effective at coloring but gentle as well?