I finally colored my hair the other day. We settled on an auburn color. When I went inside I didn't know the first thing about hair coloring but i'm so glad I went to the lady I did. She sat me down and explained that I have level 3 hair color and originally the color I wanted was an 8. She let me know that going that extreme your first time will ruin your hair. So we settle for a color in the 5-6 range. And I am completely happy with it. Next time though I will go purple, I was just worried about it since I have a job now but everyone said it would be okay!