hair colour stripper ruined my hair, help???by Theodora1Posted 4 years, 2 months ago
This is super embarrassing and in 15 years of dying and bleaching my own hair, nothing like this has ever happened to me. I had a permanent red over a semi brown and went to Priceline who suggested "Scott Cornwall Decolour, Hair Colour Stripper". Well, it did nothing for almost all of my hair except at the very top, it's bleached my roots orange (even though I had permanent red over them). I have no idea what to do because I've never used a colour stripper before (and never, ever will again) and this garbage has wrecked my hair, its waterlogged, porus and the guidelines insisting on constant combing has ripped out multiple wads despite how thoroughly I combed it beforehand. I can't afford hundreds of dollars to get it corrected at the hairdresser so right now I'm thinking to just shove a dark brown over it, but will that even work for these fking fluro roots?? Anyway, here are the pics (sorry for the crying)
The worst hair product ever made!!
by AndyaPosted 4 years, 2 months ago
I have little to no experience with color strippers. So have no clue of what you plan will work. From other posts strongly suggest rinse out after using a color stripper at least twice.
From my non-professional experience with a lot of other semi-permanent dyes and fading methods suggest whatever is used suggest a strand test on a very small section of hair first. Different products will work better than others for different people.
by Theodora1Posted 4 years, 2 months ago
I don't know how to do a strand test in this case since all the bleached part is sitting right on top of my head, the rest of my roots are dark brown/black just like the length of my hair. Perhaps a strand test would've avoided this mess but the instructions didn't say to (only said to do an allergy test) and insisted that this shoddy product could pull pitch black permanent dye, so I had no reason to think there'd be any problem removing one layer of perm red and one layer of brown over white
I was hoping to get to a medium brown/dark blonde but even looking at my hair is making me panic so I just want to cover this disaster up and move on with my life
by LoxPosted 4 years, 2 months ago
First of all - the product description says "Decolour Hair Colour Stripper safely removes both natural and artificial colour pigments for home use." so I think I may be a bleach, rather than a color remover - which would not affect natural pigments.
In your place - I would get a color remover, which reverses the oxidation reaction of any color mixed with peroxide. see if this helps you get rid of the color at the lengths (you may need more than one application). Then see if you can get back to your original plan.
Treat your hair as after bleach damage (semis only).
by vivienne StaffPosted 4 years, 2 months ago
Decolour is actually a colour remover, though it doesn't work exactly like Colour B4, which 'shrinks' molecules, while Decolour 'shatters' them. What that actually means chemically, I don't know for sure, but neither product technically lifts the cuticle permanently like bleach. Colour removers are extremely drying, though, as they do still contain ingredients to swell up your hair and lift your cuticle from the inside, which, while reversible, can really exacerbate problems when your hair has already been processed before.
Anyhow, it's a bit hit of miss whether colour removers can get out semi-permanent dye, since they are technically formulated for dyes that require peroxide, as Lox explained above. It seems like the permanent red lifted your roots more than your lengths, which is common, since the heat from your scalp processes it faster and the hair at that area is not as fully woven as the rest of your hair. It's also possible that the peroxide in the permanent red broke down some of the brown dye molecules, making them more difficult to remove. You could definitely give another colour remover a try on just your lengths and see what you can do you even things out. If you're in the US, you can get Colorfix at Sally's. I would wait at least a week, though, to let your hair get some moisture back. If you're not keen on that, any warm brown should be able to cover up your roots to match them. I'm a fan of Adore for longevity and lack of bleeding, but Sally's also carries some Ion semi-permanent dyes. For Adore, I imagine a mix of Mocha and Sienna Brown should work for you,
If you do want to try doing the colour remover again, be sure to clarify well before hand by shampooing without conditioning and then use heat while it is processing. This will help it get rid of semi-permanent dyes better. Also, you need to rinse for an extremely long time (1-2 hours) under water that's as hot as you can stand or you need to shampoo your hair for a few days in a row, because Colorfix only 'shrinks' dye molecules and they can re-oxidise and darken again over time. Of course, if your hair is in critical conditioner (like you wouldn't feel comfortable bleaching or dyeing it with peroxide again), I wouldn't bother with it. It is still somewhat risky and could result in more breakage.
If you can, can you post some photos of your hair while dry and maybe next to a window? It's a bit easier to gauge the colour then.