Recipe for hunter green!by eyeinfectionPosted 5 years, 1 month ago
I just successfully made hunter green and would like to share the process! @Jude, perhaps we can make this a tutorial, at your discretion?
Hunter green is quite an interesting color, complex and slightly muted - there's a lot of nuance to it. I was itching to see if I could create it using hair dye, and I made a pretty good mix using MP Green Envy as a base! It's mostly Green Envy, with some Pravana Blue and some SFX Wildflower. http://i.imgur.com/Mk0Ts2oh.jpg http://i.imgur.com/pNgkNLx.jpg
Just for purposes of clarification, here's what I mean by "muted" (muted has nothing to do with dark/light): [url=http://i.imgur.com/MyKwrSeh.png]
I dyed a section of bleach-blonde human hair clip-in bangs with the mixture, here are the results: http://i.imgur.com/nSeeFlmh.jpg http://i.imgur.com/ldjV2Voh.jpg http://i.imgur.com/KcbfZJoh.jpg http://i.imgur.com/WgjqNOjh.jpg http://i.imgur.com/RrGpCeSh.jpg http://i.imgur.com/ng1C2gch.jpg http://i.imgur.com/jnCV0OOh.jpg http://i.imgur.com/wiAHX60h.jpg
It's got blue tones, but in a more subtle, more intangible way than deep teal shades like MP Enchanted Forest and Pravana Green. It also possesses a distinctly muted quality to it that just isn't present in pre-formulated (from-the-bottle) colors.
I have to admit I don't know what the proportions of the ingredients were - I mixed only a tiny dollop of it, in a medicine cup to test on this swatch. You might just have to go ahead and try it, and feel it out - start with MP Green Envy, then tweak with Pravana Blue and SFX Wildflower (swatching as you go) until you get "Men's T-Shirt Green". If I absolutely must approximate, I'd say it's about 2/3 MP Green Envy and 1/3 everything else. This was a lot more "everything else" than I expected I would need to use.
When you swatch, swatching on white paper gives you a much more accurate idea of the color than swatching on tissue or napkin (which absorbs the dye). On absorbant test-surfaces like tissue or napkin, the color appears too dark and nebulous for you to really discern its true tones. White computer paper is the way to go!
This color is massively exciting to me not only because it's on-target for what I was trying to make, but also because I've never achieved a green this dark without using the "oversaturation" technique! As many of you know, I achieve my dark dark green color ([url=http://imgur.com/BnKc8e6.jpg]) in an incredibly FUSSY way: by dyeing my freshly bleached hair turquoise or teal, then waiting a few washes until it's slightly faded but still going strong, and then dyeing over THAT with Iguana Green. This produces two "coats" of color for unparalleled depth, dimension, and intensity.
The hunter green mix produces a different result (because one "coat" is never as multi-dimensional as two), BUT it's equally dark! Prior to today, I was never able to achieve so dark a green with just one "coat" of color. I reckon others who have tried have had trouble with this goal too.
You may be asking, "Do you really need to use the blue AND the purple?" Yes, 100% YES. If you try making this mix, you'll find that the blue functions differently in the mix than does the purple. They modify the green in different ways.
The next time someone asks about how to achieve a very, very dark green (or forest green or hunter green) they can consider trying this!
Posted 5 years, 1 month ago
This is really cool! I've been considering a darker green because of an uneven base (uneven bases are so irritating), and now I'm excited to try something like this out! I'm especially intrigued by your "fussy" way to dye your hair. I had not considered using multiple coats as a technique before. It's certainly something I'll be trying out soon. Thanks for the info, and I think this should definitely become an article. :)
by vivienne StaffPosted 5 years, 1 month ago
I'm so impressed that you've managed to get it so dark from the relatively unsaturated base of Green Envy. I've always found trying to darken greens without overdoing the blues to be extremely tricky. I usually use diluted pink to mute the colour, but that requires such a delicate hand, as sometimes, it just boosts the blue tones too much and I end up with navy.
Would you mind shampooing the colour a few times to see how it fades? I've been doing similar experiments with Adore Emerald Green and Blue Black (which is sort of a dark, muted indigo/navy), but for some reason, it fades down to kelly green base very quickly, even though sections with the dyes alone remain vibrant (or rather saturated, in the case of Blue Black).
by AndyaPosted 5 years, 1 month ago
Terrific shade of green. I do not know how to, but suggest submit an article on this process to get Hunter Green to @Jude.
by eyeinfectionPosted 5 years, 1 month ago
vivienne wrote: I'm so impressed that you've managed to get it so dark from the relatively unsaturated base of Green Envy. I've always found trying to darken greens without overdoing the blues to be extremely tricky. I usually use diluted pink to mute the colour, but that requires such a delicate hand, as sometimes, it just boosts the blue tones too much and I end up with navy. Would you mind shampooing the colour a few times to see how it fades? I've been doing similar experiments with Adore Emerald Green and Blue Black (which is sort of a dark, muted indigo/navy), but for some reason, it fades down to kelly green base very quickly, even though sections with the dyes alone remain vibrant (or rather saturated, in the case of Blue Black).
I'm definitely going to try shampooing the color to see how it fades... I think it might actually fade to something funky because of all the pink tones in it from both Pravana Blue and SFX Wildflower. That remains to be seen though!
FYI, Pravana Blue is an excellent color for darkening greens, and Green Envy is actually an excellent candidate for this because its yellow tones are strong, while still being deeper and more pigmented than lime. If I had any problem with this combination, it's that the Pravana Blue darkened the mixture significantly and immediately, but just wouldn't pull the color blue enough. That's what the Wildflower was for.
by vivienne StaffPosted 5 years, 1 month ago
I'll have to give Pravana Blue a try then. It seems like every dark blue I use has too many purple tones and the results turn out swampy. I know Pravana Blue is quite neutral, but I didn't really think it was dark enough as I generally try to use something closer to the navy.
I used to use Iguana Green as my base because it had fairly strong and resilient yellow tones, but it was too translucent for my tastes and never seemed to get as saturated as I want. I do really love using it over other colours in the two-coat strategy you described. It makes a nice dark green over faded blue. I'm surprised to see that Green Envy is so much more saturated on you swatch, as I've always thought it was quite similar to Iguana Green but just with more subdued yellow that might get eaten up by a strong blue.
Do post some photos after you've tried fading it out. I'm interested in seeing if the components have similar longevity.
by PiscinePosted 5 years, 1 month ago
That's a beautiful shade of green. I wouldn't have even thought of using something like Wildflower. Thanks for experimenting and reporting your results.
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