Multicolored Mess!!Posted 3 years, 1 month ago
My hair is a multicolored mess thanks to the only salon in my area, and I need to fix it. I started out with about 6 inches of virgin brown hair at the root, with grown-out and faded red and black permanent color on the ends (Pic 1). So, I went to the salon (not Walmart) and the stylist said it would take two lifts and a toner to lighten my hair to a light ash blonde. Okay, cool. After the first lift with Salon Care Quick White and 20 Vol Developer, I had yellow roots and tips with a BIG band of hot pink in the middle (Pic 2). She said I'd need to rest my hair for a couple days because it was pretty damaged and sent me off with a bottle of Paul Mitchell Hair Repair. So, 2 days later, I went back, and she did another lift with the same products. After that, I had whitish-yellow roots and tips with a big light pink band in the middle. Rested my hair for 2 more days and went back to have it toned. That gave me whitish-yellow roots, lilac tips and a big band of peach in the middle (Pic 3). By then, I was pissed, so she offered me a free second tone and third lift because she was "positive" she could fix the peach and even out my hair. So, 2 days later, back to the chair, she gives me a light bleach bath with Quick White, 10 Vol and Salon Care Apple and Pear Shampoo, toweled my hair and did a toning treatment...aaaaaaaand now I have yellow-ish roots, lilac-ish tips, the same band of peach in the middle AND some bluish-green streaks under it. The manager gave me ALL of my money back, and I will no longer trust anyone else's hands on or near my hair. What can I do to fix this? Can I use a box of medium blonde dye, or will that just make it worse?
"Don't dye your own hair!" They said. "Go to a salon!" They said. "Let a professional do it!" They said. Never. Again.
by Jude StaffPosted 3 years, 1 month ago
What dyes were in your hair previously? I'm really surprised that it could go that pink. Seems really odd.
You're going for light ash blonde? As in a silvery blonde or did you have something else in mind?
I really like the peach but I can appreciate that you don't want to have multicoloured hair. Your hair has been through a lot so I think you'll need to proceed using non-damaging toners. As a rule, most dyes that need to be mixed with peroxide will cause some damage (although very low volume peroxide isn't usually a problem). It sounds like the salon gave you the impression that resting your hair and using "repair" products would help with the damage. Unfortunately once the hair is damaged it can't be repaired as such. You'll just need to grow the damaged area out and look after your hair to prevent further damage. Using a good conditioner and possibly treatment oil will help your hair look and feel more healthy and prevent further damage by keeping your hair manageable.
Have you considered a rose gold type of colour? It's very on trend at the moment and I think it's achievable with what you have.
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Posted 3 years, 1 month ago
Thanks for the advice, Jude! The red from before was a Garnier Nutrisse box dye that I had applied over highlighted hair, I can't remember the exact color because I did it back in October. I was going for white blonde before I went to some more extreme colors, so I could get the truest shades possible with less color-change as it faded over time, but at this point I'm inclined to just leave it for a while. I feel more like resting my hair was the only smart thing the salon did. I know its damaged and can't be repaired with a product, but if they had piled all those chemicals on me at once, imagine what state my hair would be in, assuming it didn't melt or break off at my scalp. With the money I got back from the salon (almost $200!), I have an almost limitless budget for color now, so the rose gold may just happen!
by ZombiiPosted 3 years, 1 month ago
Don't put box dye over that. Box dyes have (intentionally?) misleading marketing and you need a good understanding of levels and tones if you're going to use it effectively over anything that isn't virgin dark blonde/light brown. The only box dye color that reliably covers is black but it's also near-impossible to remove, especially if it's over bleached out hair.
The salon made multiple mistakes, starting with using bleach instead of a color remover, then (it sounds like) bleaching the whole head instead of spot-bleaching the difficult bits, then toning before the base was light enough and even enough to tone effectively, then pretending a bleach bath was anything like a proper lift, then toning again (so much toning! so much unnecessary peroxide damage!). I'm not saying any of this to make you feel bad, you couldn't possibly have known, this is just things to look for in the future to avoid, when you're feeling like you can trust a stylist again.
You could get to rose gold from where you are with a pastel pink. Any pinks, oranges or reds would cover that and the peach tones will give it more dimension. Mix your own pastels with a tiny bit of bright semi-permanent dye in lots of silicone-free conditioner. Good luck. :)
by LoonPosted 3 years, 1 month ago
totally agree with Zombii you can easily get and maintain a lovely rose gold or dusty rose over your base using semi's you will have to decide what tone and depth of rose you want suggest testing a few diluted pinks and reds
btw I think it looks really lovely as it is
Posted 3 years, 1 month ago
Thanks for the input, Zombii and Loon! I never trusted stylists much to begin with because any time I went to a salon and told them what I wanted, the response was always something along the lines of, "You're an idiot and have absolutely no idea what you want, so I'm going to do what I want, and you're going to pay for it and have to wear it every day," which is why I spent half my senior year with uneven razored layers and white highlights in dishwater blonde hair after asking for a simple trim and gentle highlights. That was 15 years ago, and it took me this long to go back to a salon. The only thing that makes me feel bad at all is that, the more I think about it, I just don't want rose gold hair. The end product I was going for was this: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/159244536804045914/ (hopefully the link works, because Pinterest is the devil), and I wanted platinum to start so the colors stayed true longer and didn't turn weird shades of green and brown as it faded. As it is, I'm just so frustrated that I want to cry every time I look in the mirror and see this mess that never should've happened. I have to say, the manager was good and ticked off at the stylist who worked on me, which is why she gave me back all my money. She offered me a coupon for a cut and color, too, but I guess the look on my face told her everything she needed to know, because she ended up just handing me my money and apologizing profusely. So, out of curiosity, is it still even remotely possible to go to the colors I initially wanted? I know that platinum isn't going to happen, but is there any way at all that the pinwheel I wanted is doable?
by LoonPosted 3 years, 1 month ago
your hair should be fine to put multiple bright colours in like those photos the pale peachy areas would be best with either purple or magenta but even a deep blue should cover have a look at Punky Colours, or Special Effects for excellent vibrant and long lasting colours
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