Swapping from box dye to proffessional colour (red hair)by noxxcreativePosted 5 years, 5 months ago
Hi all (and excuse my ignorance)! I am a long-term red head that recently (the last year) got lazy and started maintaining my red hair with box dye (LIVE real red) It's never been overly dull but I do find it can take on the colour of my hair a little too much and appear dull whilst also being quite damaging. I am a naturally ashy blonde, quite fine but also quite porous / dry hair this time of year
My question is is there a smooth way I can transition back onto proffessional dyes (am thinking Loreal Hi Lights in red) with minimal damage to my already coloured hair, to achieve a brighter healthier result, and what is the best way to go about this? (20 dev on the roots, 10 on the body of the hair..?) I am already waiting for a bit more regrowth before I even attempt this.
The other problem I am, facing is that I also maintained the colour with temporary dyes to keep it bright so it's very well and truly stained in the shaft now. I'm not keen going through a fading procedure as I do have to meet with clients most days.
Thanks in advance (picture is recent, root growth is at an ince but touched up with Directions pillar box and Adore red mixed)
by vivienne StaffPosted 5 years, 5 months ago
If you've got a lot of build-up you really don't have much of a choice but to fade it out a little first, since more colour can't help brighten it. Obviously, I'd avoid bleach, since it's damaging, but you could try something like Colour B4 or the Pro:Voke colour remover and see if you can get a good amount of the colour out without the same permanent damage as bleach. They are mainly made for permanent dyes, but you can get reasonably good results removing semis if you make sure the clarify your hair well beforehand and rinse extremely thoroughly under hot water afterward.
As for HiColor, you really should avoid getting it on already-processed sections of your hair since it's quite damaging. Just use it for your roots and then apply semi-permanent shades to match up the colour.
by noxxcreativePosted 5 years, 5 months ago
Thanks Vivienne, thats what I assumed! I have used the removers before with varying success - usually they turn my hair into straw. I don't mind waiting for a bit of natural fade but I can't walk around with brassy hair between fade treatments (unless I buy a wig..!!)
My main issue is matching up the semis colour wise - so if anyone has any good semi-perm combinations to use alongside Hi-Color or any advice on different brands that can achieve a bright unnatural red I'm all ears :)