Brown dye turned murky green! Help!by boat32Posted 7 years, 3 months ago
I bleached my naturally dark brown hair about 2 months ago, dyed it purple, then once that faded I put hot hot pink over it to create a fuschia color. I needed my natural color back, so today I got some dark brown box dye, put it over the pink, did as the instructions said, rinsed, and now I have a gross mess of blondy-murky-green grossness! What do I do?? Help!
by Wicked_PixiePosted 7 years, 3 months ago
Permanent dyes are not designed to be used on bleached hair. Ideally cover it with a true semi in a natural colour (Adore make natural colours) or you can mix your own. (Any combination of the 3 primary colours will make brown,orange plus purple is a good place to start) Use a warm brown to counteract the green. You can use a demi with a low volume peroxide, but a true semi will be the least damaging option at this point.
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by ksiepierskiPosted 7 years, 3 months ago
Permanent dyes usually have 20 vol or higher in them, so what likely happened is it could have lifted out the pink, exposing your purple, and the developer started to lift out the purple, and it is very common for purples to go green when you try to lift them out. Your brown may have also been ash based, and if your bleached hair under the pink and purple was on the blonde side, putting ashy browns over blonde tends to make the hair have a green hue.
What I would do from here is get a semi red to help neutralize the green, and to put some pigment back into your hair. It could end up looking like a neutral brown, a reddish brown, or a red, so if you want it more brown, to be on the safe side I would also get a semi brown too which you can layer right over the red. Adore makes a good natural range of semis that I think would be perfect for you. I would not use a permanent dye on your hair, there really is no need to since you're only needing to deposit color + your base is already bleached. All permanent dyes lift + lighten your base, just like bleach does, they just deposit color at the same time. I would stick to semis, and at the very most use a demi.
I would get a protein/reconstructing treatment too to do a day or two before you start dying. This will help put some strength back into your hair and even out the porosity more so you get a more even color. I'd do that, wait a day or two, clarify, don't condition or apply any products, dry the hair completely, then apply the semis
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 boat32Posted 7 years, 3 months ago
Thank you for the answers, they've been very helpful!! I'll definitely be following your guys' advice, but unfortunately I cannot get my hands on Adore right now. I researched some other semi brands and I'm heading out to the store to get them now, though (I have an event tomorrow so the sooner I fix it the better), so we'll see how it turns out this time. Fingers crossed. I'll report back here if it works and post the results in case anyone else has this problem in the future.