Journey To Being Blonde, Help please!by xoMissSamusPosted 4 years, 1 month ago
New here, have browsed a lot in the past for inquiries in the past, but alas everyone has different hair/results, and I'm stuck in a bad place. For reference, my hair is naturally a dark brown but I haven't seen my natural colour in probably 12 or so years. I've been most colours throughout, but mostly reds/browns.
So about 3 weeks ago I used ColorFix to get rid of the dark brown dye I'd had in my hair, I had ombre hair last year so I knew it'd be a lot lighter at the ends upon using. It was.
I waited a week, washing daily with a clarifying shampoo to remove the sulfur(?) properly, before bleaching my hair with quick blue bleach from Sally's with 30 developer, I applied virgin coconut oil first. I (stupidly) started at the middle of the shaft because I didn't want hot roots and the ends were already lighter. After it seemed to be lightened a bit, I applied to the roots and ends, the ends immediately got way lighter, and the virgin roots would not at all. I panicked a bit but waited anyways before washing it out. It came out, lighter, orangey, but very streaky to say the least. Some strands were still dark brown, and the roots were essentially black.
I waited a week, deep conditioning in between with protein treatments and trimming off the then fried ends, before enlisting a friend to bleach the dark parts. Then diluted the bleach with shampoo 2:1 and applied it all over. I let it sit for a while, but didn't want to risk too much damage, so washed it off. My hair was more even, with some hot roots, but extremely orange. Fortunately I'd bought a wella T28 toner that the lady at Sally's recommended to me, so I mixed that with 20 developer and waited, not much of anything happened, it was not blue based, it did not pull the orange out, it just kind of evened things out further. My hair is far from blonde, far from brown, just Hayley Williams orange with very brassy tones.
What do I do from here? I live in a small town with basically no good salons, so getting a colour correction isn't really an option. Sally's is an hour drive and I've spent a lot of time and money so far, I wish I'd just gone to a salon, but I'm in pretty deep and would like to rectify the problem at home. Fortunately, my hair is pretty soft, I've been using castor/coconut oil, thanks for everyone's help in advance.
http://i.imgur.com/lPX3ekq.jpg What I started with.
http://i.imgur.com/bTl3U6q.jpg Colour after the first bleach.
http://i.imgur.com/mQNBoAD.jpg The colour now after bleach wash/toner. Definitely way brighter in person.
by Wicked_PixiePosted 4 years, 1 month ago
One colour remover will not have removed 12 years worth of dye build up, hence the orange tones. Keep going with the colour remover (yes, they do still work after bleaching) Then it will be a case of sectioning your hair and colour correcting each section so it matches the lightest areas. Mix small batches of bleach, it is at its most effective in the first 15 minutes after mixing Avoid oxidative toners, especially while your hair is still too dark. They are designed to tone not lift, so using them while your hair is still orange is just unnecessary damage. Lift to the level you want, then you can tone
I did then what I knew then, & when I knew better, I did better.
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by xoMissSamusPosted 4 years, 1 month ago
Hello! Thank you for replying. ☺ So, I waited a few days and deep conditioned inbetween. Then did another round of ColorFix, the results are disastrous? The lighter parts at the end took on a weird green undertone? No idea why? And the dark is still pretty dark, on the middle of the hair shaft. What is the best move to make from here?