Completely ruined my hair - no idea what to do next!by Kittykat26Posted 3 years, 4 months ago
Please please help me!
So a bit of background I have bleached white blonde hair. I've been bleaching it for almost a year and lately I've been getting tired of doing this. What I'd like is for more of a gradient in my hair, sort of an ombré look. My natural hair is a dark blonde and eventually I'd like to get back to this.
I decided to put a dark blonde over the top portion of my hair to blend in my roots. I used nice n easy 8 wash semi permenant colour in light ash brown (I know, ash colour on bleached hair, i ignored all advice). Anyway, it went a nice colour right at the roots and maybe an inch more, but then the remaining lengths were a muddy grey/greens hue. It wasn't terrible but I didn't like it.
So this is where the real disaster happened.i read that to stop this happening I should have put the red tones back in my hair. So I bought another 8 wash nice n easy box this time in golden light brown.
This turned my hair YELLOW. It's horrific. The picture doesn't look as bad as real life.
So right now I'm panicking as I have work tomorrow morning. Do I use a colour remover and just try and get back to platiunum and give up, or do I put another box of light ASH brown on and hope it covers over the yellow tones?
I know going to a salon would be the best but that isn't an option right now - I just need to make my hair look normal by tomorrow. I can buy any drug store products (I'm in the uk) but have no access to a Sally's .
by KathTeaPosted 3 years, 4 months ago
Some people use blue food coloring as a cheap temporary toner, but no personal experience with this. Apparently it stains.
by BettyLunaPosted 3 years, 4 months ago
I've had good results with Directions White Toner- that's easy to get hold of in the UK. It's a lilac tone that kicks out the yellow.
by Jude StaffPosted 3 years, 4 months ago
First step is to use a clarifying shampoo, or dandruff shampoo to try and fade the colour out. Chances are good as it's an 8 wash dye. Apply the shampoo and let it sit for 5 minutes before rinsing out. Repeat that and then reassess the colour when your hair is dry. You might want to try a colour remover next. First do a strand test. Make sure it's a colour remover and not a colour stripper (which is more damaging). Colour removers always smell like rotten eggs.
You will get the best results removing semi-permanent dye if you first use a clarifying shampoo. Don't condition and make sure your hair is completely dry before using the colour remover. Cover your hair and stay somewhere warm while it processes. When you rinse it out wash your hair at least 5 times to remove the colour molecules. Follow with conditioner.
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by Kittykat26Posted 3 years, 4 months ago
Thank you all for your advice. I decided to use a colour remover and it removed the majority of it. It left my hair with a slight green/grey hue but I'm hoping that will fade with more washes, for the most part it's back to blonde :D so relieved!