Pravana Locked-In and protein filler?by spoonysporkPosted 3 years, 8 months ago
About a month ago I used adore to get the most gorgeous combo of blue, neon green, and magenta. Unfortunately by wash 3, despite being very careful about washing and only using cold water, my whole head was blue. I think it was a combo of over-processed hair (lots of hair has been breaking off) and not leaving the dye in long enough... plus adore blue just being so pigmented.
In any case, I want to try again (just blue and green this time). I've been fading it slowly by washing in clarifying shampoo and hot water, and it's now a pastel teal. I got pravana locked in, thinking that would keep the blue from taking over everything. Strand tested a streak of yellow and blue over the current color, and it comes out the exact shade of neon green and deep blue I'm wanting.
I also got some neutral protein filler, thinking that might help the dye stick... but don't know if that will compromise the locked-in part of the pravana dye? Am I better just using the dye by itself? If not... as for using the filler: do I wash in clarifying shampoo, put in the filler on damp hair, wait to dry, and just get to work dying from there?
by vivienne StaffPosted 3 years, 8 months ago
I think you'll be okay either way, but I would probably start with the protein filer to even up the porosity of your hair so some areas don't absorb more dye than others. I don't think it'll affect the locked-in qualities unless you directly mix it in with the dye.
by Jude StaffPosted 3 years, 8 months ago
Locked-in seems to work by making the dye a bit stickier to prevent colour run. I don't think this should cause you any problems. It's hard to know whether protein before or after is better. I agree with vivienne that using it first should help the colour absorb more easily, but on the other hand some colour might come out as the protein washes out.
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by spoonysporkPosted 3 years, 8 months ago
I didn't realize you could do the protein either before or after. With the adore I didn't have an issue with it coloring evenly to begin with, just sticking afterward and not running together. Might be better off doing the protein after, then?