Hi everyone. I have successfully removed my Directions Alpine Green hair colour with some sachets of Joico Colour Eraser I discovered in my hair dye hoarding cupboard. It lifted really well for the most part - however there is patchy green staining on the ends. I've seen this staining before and dyed over it, and I know from where it is that it's not from hair dye - it's from blue/green body paint I had to put on my hair for an art project. I'll attach a pic of what my hair looks like now, which is very light blonde at the top and patchy pale green on the ends. There seems to be no info online on how to deal with body paint staining - what do you suggest? Toning? Bleaching? High lift blonde dye? This stuff is INCREDIBLY stubborn like nothing I've ever seen before, I reckon vitamin c and anti dandruff shampoo ect won't touch it. When I started lifting the Alpine Green I was hoping to go a peach shade (I'll insert a pic) using pink and orange Directions dyes mixed with cone free conditioner. What would happen if I tried dyeing over the current green patches? Would it just go muddy and gross? Does the green definitely need lifting for me to achieve this colour? Any help would be massively appreciated - I have my graduation coming up in the near future and I don't want gross hair for it! (Note: I don't want to try and cover it with a brown or anything. I've come too close to the blonde base I need to give up now!)
Do you happen to remember or know the name of the body paint you used?
The director said it was by Mehron, that's all I know about it unfortunately. It was given to us without any information and it was in plain white tubs. I've just sent them an email to ask for the product ingredients and if they can advise on how to remove it. However the product was custom made for this one event so not sure how helpful they will be.
i've worked with mehron paints and yep blues and greens tend to stain a bit, they do tend to wash out though, try a spot soak with head and shoulders, and worse case scenario get a pastel pink and dilute it over the green parts as a toner it should pull back to a more nuetral color
Thank you so much! Wasn't expecting to hear from anyone with experience with body paint so very happy to have your advice. Unfortunately the staining has been in my hair for a year now so I'm worried it won't wash out - I will definitely try what you said though. Would you be able to reccomend a good pastel pink from the directions range? Edit: sorry to quiz you further, I Googled what a spot soak was but nothing relevant came up. Could you explain how to do one please? :)
I think in saying 'spot soak' Dizzy means only treating the spots that are the darkest with Head and Shoulders. (And maybe with some applied heat?) I think all the rest of us who long for hair dyes that stick around forever are frantically Googling Mehron body paint right now. ;) Good luck to you and I hope you'll keep us updated. :)
yep TCMdiva is right, head and shoulders and put it only on the green parts, cover it let it sit about an hour and then wash out with hot water, as far as pink to dilute I would get the coolest tone directions pink you can and add a dot of it into a ton of conditioner you can always add more later but you want to start with the barest hint of pink and try to get it to tone the green
Thank you TCMDiva :) haha, stuff definitely wants to stay in my hair, it's been a year since the art installation! I will keep you posted.
Thank you Dizzinea :) I will start with the anti dandruff shampoo today. I'll let you know how it goes.
if you use a diluted pink the ends will likely turn more mauve or purple but it might be a nice transition with the rose try it I would also consider a diluted red since you are aiming for a warmer rose .. you could do a colour melt and have a little deeper colour on the ends
I'm not familiar with the body paint but I'm wondering if it's a mineral pigment. Did it change at all with bleaching?
I came here to say pretty much the same as Loon but the pink doesn't quite cover it then a purple colour certainly will, or you could strand test with a deeper salmon pink colour.
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Thank you Loon, that's a good idea. I'll have a think about it. I was going to apply a diluted mix of pink and orange for the peach colour. Do you know how adding the orange might affect the green part?
Thanks Jude. I don't really know much about the body paint, the info on their website is pretty sparse. I emailed them about ingredients but haven't heard anything back so far. I haven't tried regular bleaching as I've heard it can drive colour further into the cuticle (?). I got to my current blonde/green colour by using Joico Colour Eraser with 20 vol developer.
Hey again everyone. I just tried the spot soak with antidandruff shampoo (applied to damp hair, covered, heat applied, left on for an hour). Unfortunately nothing has really happened. A tiny bit of colour was present in the water when I washed it out, but I've dried it now and there seems to be no change. If it has changed it has been very subtle. I took before and after pics and can't tell any difference :( Is there anything else I could try to get the staining out, rather than dyeing over it? I want the colour gone really, not lurking beneath more colour. Maybe shampoo and baking soda, bleach or a bleach bath? I do have a bleach box in my cupboard ("permanent high strength blonding kit for light brown to dark brown hair", superdrug own brand). I have heard bleach can bring back semi permanent colours or drive them further into the cuticle but I'm not sure if that's true. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! I would love for this damn green business to be over!
rorschach27 wrote: I have heard bleach can bring back semi permanent colours or drive them further into the cuticle but I'm not sure if that's true.
It actually can drive colors further into the cuticle. I really wouldn't try bleach unless it's a last, desperate resort.
I forget, did you try Katie's fading treatment, yet? It really works. I had a deep wine color in my hair, and it got a lot of it out.
Ah okay, thanks for clearing that up for me :) I had a look and I'm a bit wary to try it as I've tried all types of coconut oil in all types of ways and for some reason it dries the hell out of my hair. No idea why! I did just try baking soda in anti dandruff shampoo (applied to damp hair and covered for 25 mins) and that didn't do any fading :( Do you think dyeing over it with a dark blonde box dye would work at all? Its starting to seem like growing out, cutting out or colouring the green is the only way.
rorschach27 wrote: Ah okay, thanks for clearing that up for me :) I had a look and I'm a bit wary to try it as I've tried all types of coconut oil in all types of ways and for some reason it dries the hell out of my hair. No idea why! I did just try baking soda in anti dandruff shampoo (applied to damp hair and covered for 25 mins) and that didn't do any fading :( Do you think dyeing over it with a dark blonde box dye would work at all? Its starting to seem like growing out, cutting out or colouring the green is the only way.
Have you ever tried argan oil? The article for Katie's fading treatment does say that you can use other oils, like Argan, as a substitute for the coconut oil. But it's entirely up to you. I can understand being resistant to trying it.
I cannot say if using blonde box color will work, as I don't have experience with that at all. Perhaps one of the others can fill you in on that. As these box dyes use some lightener, it's hard for me to determine if that lightener will just drive the color further into the cuticle, as I mentioned earlier, or if it is weak enough to not have that happen, and maybe even possibly help?
Anyone want to take over from here? Lol
i would not try a box dye, you could check at a beauty supply like a sally and get a blonde dye there ( do not whatever you do get ash that will just add more green) but a nuetral in a level seven may work ( strand test it on an unseen spot of the darkest green and see if it covers) really though avoiding peroxide options and doing a semi ( if you want blonde look at champagne from the clairol beautiful collection if your in the Us or another dark blonde semi) but yes I think the options are cover it up and grow it out, or cut it off
Pandapreston - I haven't tried argan oil before, thanks for the suggestion :) I will see how much I can reasonably cut out and then try Katies method if there's still some left. I was thinking of using a semi permanent blonde dye rather than something with lightners in but I think I will leave it now and see how things are after the cut.
Dizzinea - thanks for the help :) like I said to the lady above I think I will leave the blonde dye out of it and see where I am after a hair cut.
I'm planning to buy the dyes for peach in case my hair seems reasonable enough to dye after cutting - can anyone advise whether I would be better with a warm or a cool toned pink for peach? (considering I may still have a little faded green?) So far I was thinking pastel pink and apricot (both diluted), or maybe just slightly diluted pastel pink as it appears quite peachy on their colour chart.
can you get arctic fox? for peach I would look at there yellows and the virgin pink and dilute them down mostly virgin pink and conditioner and a dab of yellow, I suggest them because there pink stays well but has a softer quality without being pastel then alot of pinks I used in the past ( it mixes with condtioner to create an awesome pastel) and being able to custom mix the shade will be easier to cover the green
Not easily unfortunately. I was hoping to use directions as there is a shop that stocks them 5 minutes away from me. I was planning on leaving the dye on for a couple of hours as I usually do with directions as it seems to hold better that way. Thank you for the suggestion though, was just hoping to use something I don't have to order online. I will probably get a couple of pinks, the pastel pink and an orange and yellow and see what I can mix. I just know that sometimes the colour you see in the bowl isn't always the colour you get so I was curious about that.
Attempted to dye my hair with a mix of Directions pastel pink and apricot diluted in conditoner. Unfortunately I did not mix enough dye to cover my hair so it only worked in part. I am planning to dye it again using the same mix of colour but without the conditioner to dilute. Will post again about the results shortly :)
Dyed my hair again and it came out pretty well :) I used a mix of Directions pastel pink, carnation pink and apricot. The staining didn't cover completely but I was able to cut some of it out. I'll upload a photo to my hair timeline for anyone curious to see the end result. Edit: or not, because my pictures keep uploading sideways?! :(