Need Some Help q.qby KendylPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
Okay. Let me start by saying....I have about 16in long hair, natural curly and light brown. Since its curly its naturally dry and I only use conditioner on it (only use shampoo about three times a month). Okay....so. I recently decided I wanted mint green hair. I did a lot of research and had a really hard time figuring stuff out....its not a popular enough color to be able to find lots of experience with the specific color. I ended up bleaching my hair (I'm not look for any bleaching advice....I have a friend that's a hairdresser that takes care of all that professionally) and colored it with Color Brilliance Ion semi-permanit dye in the color teal. I mixed it with lots of conditioner and ended up having to add some of Manic Panic's Super green because the teal was too blue. The color turned out great and I love it....but.....I'm still in the dark about maintenance. First off....were these brand choices right for my hair and the color I wanted? There are somamy mixed reviews and its hard to pick. I'm considering using Special Effects Sonic Green instead next time....but Ion has been said to last a LONG time. My biggest question is the whole putting dye in conditioner to keep the color looking fresh. Is this safe to do with these specific dyes I used and my kind of hair (side note I condition my hair every two or three days)? Some say this will make your hair fall out....some say it doesn't work...some swear by how much of helps. I have seen a consistent agreement that veggie dyes are safe to do this....but....I can't find anywhere if Ion is a veggie dye or not D:? All I need is this all cleared up and advice on how to maintain the mint color I between root touch ups. Any and all advice is much appreciated.
by 99Fox99Posted 7 years, 4 months ago
I used Pravana Blissful blue over level 9 blonde and achieved a really gorgeous mint color. My favorite part was it comes pastel which saves on conditioner. The blue cancels out any yellow so you don't have to bleach it white. Your hair won't fall out from the special effects/ manic panic / Pravana but over bleaching can. Don't overlap! I hope this helps!
by ParmajanaPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
The Ion Brilliance brights are indeed veggie dyes. A veggie dye is any dye that doesn't require developer.
by AndyaPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
Be very careful with Ion. A little bit goes a very long way and even with conditioner lasts a very long time. Ion is super concentrated. I made a pastel with Ion aqua that lasted five weeks.
For refresh into a very large amount of conditioner add a very small amount of semi-permanent dye. The dyes brands I have used to make pastels are Ion, Special Effects, Manic Panic, Beyond the Zone, Directions, and Punky Color.
by ksiepierskiPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
Yep, Ion, Stargazer, Manic Panic, Adore, Special Effects, Directions, Punky Color, Crazy Color, Beyond the Zone Color Jamz, Raw, Splat, Pravana, are all semis that don't require any peroxide and are often referred to as veggie dyes. Thy aren't damaging at all, you can use them every single day if you wanted and not get any damage. Most brands are like highly pigmented conditioners in a nutshell. The dyes themselves aren't damaging and people that don't use these dyes a lot of times think that because your hair is a crazy color that your hair must be fried lol. It's not the dye that's damaging, it's the process in getting light enough for whatever color you want that is the only damaging part because it usually requires bleach, but there's a lot of thing you can do to make bleaching easier on your hair.
Ion's blues last forever and a day. Special Effects is a very good brand and I would highly recommend it, it's highly pigmented and just a little bit goes a looong way, especially with pastels. Making your own pastel like you did, the color usually lasts a lot longer than buying a premade pastel too.
You can make color last longer by using only cold water on your hair, most of us I think dunk our head over the tub/sink to wash it. Using sulphate free shampoo is a big one, or have a search on here for CO washing - it helps tremendously. Heat styling always made my pastel visibly fade every time I would run a flat iron over it. After I first dye my hair though + condition and do a vinegar rinse, I flat iron it, I'm not sure if it helps keep the color in longer or not but it seems to, and helps with transfer during that first week a lot too. Also, after you dye, rinse and condition, doing a vinegar rinse last helps too - it closes the cuticle trapping color in. You can do them after your normal wash/condition too nut just after you dye. Also, adding some of your dye to your conditioner helps keep it longer too
Also, here's some minty examples I had saved in my favorites. Some are brighter/darker/ more neon than others but thought it may interest you :) http://haircrazy.info/timelines/WhiteRabbit/2014/2/24/47015/ http://haircrazy.info/timelines/WhiteRabbit/2014/3/4/47252/ http://haircrazy.info/timelines/aPirateSaysARRRRR/2013/5/11/38193/ http://haircrazy.info/timelines/ShayyLikesKnives/2012/2/1/30755/ http://haircrazy.info/timelines/XoxoDaisuki/2011/12/16/22440/
Always clarify and demineralize your last cleansing before any chemical process to avoid adverse results or unstable chemical reactions! Remember that test strands can save you a world of headache, that protein damage is permanent, moisture is essential, you can use coconut oil as a lightener pre treatment to minimize protein reduction, and that Olaplex can reform broken disulfide bonds so long as they haven't already negatively paired, but it does not address protein or moisture.
by WhiteRabbitPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
If you are going for a minty color, Pravana makes a lovely mint color called "Mystical Mint" and I've also made a nice mint color from Stargazer's "African Green" really diluted (which I think @ksiepierski already linked to... Thanks ksiepierski! Glad you like the mints!).
The mystical mint you really don't need to dilute as it comes as a pastel, also make sure to leave this one in for a long while to get the right intensity. The African Green you would add like a drop of dye to a bunch of conditioner and leave it on for an hour or two. Always mix pastels a little lighter than the color you want as they darken a tiny bit after mixing. Please make sure your hair is at least at an 'inside of a banana peel' color before doing any pastel mint Can't wait to see what you do!
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by KendylPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
Thank you for all the wonderful advice I got from everyone! It was super helpful and cleared up a lot or stuff. I washed my hair just now (with conditioner that had dye in it) and I'm feeling pretty good since the color has not yet faded. I'm going to see how I like this ion dye and how long it lasts then go from there. Thanks again!