Uneven Purple Hairby Meemers94Posted 2 years, 10 months ago
So... there is kind of a long backstory to my hair and why it is currently the way it is now, but I will try to keep it as short as possible. Please be patient and take the time to read this long a** post... please! I need help! LOL.
I always wanted to dye my hair purple. But, until a few weeks ago, all I ever got done was some highlights that I then got dyed purple. I got those highlights done at a salon. I have been going to my stylist for a couple of years now. I really like her. However, I decided that I was going to treat myself for my birthday and just bite the bullet financially and get my whole head dyed purple. My natural hair is dark brown, so obviously there would have to be a lot of bleaching involved, and that was something I accepted and was okay with. So, I talked to my stylist about the kind of purple shade I wanted and she said that she would try to get me as light as possible, without compromising my hair's integrity. I did request that she use Olaplex, to help with that matter. Photo 2 is going to be the purple that I had in mind.
So, the day came and I was super excited. It was a looooong appointment. I was there for 10 hours. I really am appreciative of the time and effort that she put into my hair, but I was not all that happy with the results considering the amount of money that I spent. I didn't want to be rude or be unrealistic about what could be done with my hair, but the more research I did, and the more people I spoke with, I actually learned that I could've gotten a lot closer to what I wanted than what I ended up with. I did not like the end result for a few reasons: 1. My hair wasn't lightened enough on some parts of my hair. 2. The blondish parts were uneven shades. 3. My hair was not toned. 4. My roots were left unbleached, so there was still a lot of dark brown on the top of my head, which I specifically said I did not want :/
Photo 1 is going to be how my hair looked after the appointment.
Anyways... I tried fading that out as much as I could so that I could bleach my hair some more. I do not have the money to go back to the salon and go through whatever process is now necessary to achieve what I want. So, I am stuck trying to fix this myself. I tried a bunch of things to fade the color, like Vitamin C, dandruff shampoo, dish soap, etc... the color just wouldn't budge though. So, I ended up using the Joico Color Eraser and that worked super good and very fast. From there, I saw the still pretty dark and brassy hair that was underneath the purple, and the virgin roots. I used bleach and a 30 Volume developer for the dark brown hair, and then I used a 20 Volume for the parts that had already been bleached. I did add Olaplex to the bleach. I left that on for about 45 minutes and when I rinsed my hair out, there was a lot of orange and yellow in my hair, so I used the Well T18 toner and that helped make it a little more ashy and less brassy. I used the Olaplex step 2 afterwards and dried my hair. There were parts of my hair that were still too dark though, so I I waited a couple of days and decided to do a bleach bath. I used shampoo, Olaplex, conditioner, bleach, and 20 Volume developer.
For some reason, after the bleach bath my hair looked kind of darker this time around. I was so confused. I got impatient (probably not a good idea, I know) and did another bleach bath, but this time without the conditioner and with a 30 Volume. I left the bleach in for about 20 minutes, being very careful not to leave it on for too long. After I rinsed it out, my hair was SUPER orange. I used the T14 and T18 toner by Wella and my hair did seem less orange, but it was still not even and too warm. I didn't want to do any more bleach, being worried that I would fry my hair, so I decided to just try and go ahead and use the purple dye. I had the Pravana Vivids in Violet... that's one of the dyes that my stylist used on my hair that I actually did like the look of. I washed my hair with shampoo and did not condition... Then I mixed two bowls of the hair dye. One bowl for the roots, which was meant to be darker so I used less sulfate free conditioner on that one. The second bowl, I used a lot more conditioner and a lot less dye. That was a mistake though, because some of my hair was clearly still too dark for such a light mixture. Things just looked kind of grayish. So, my husband helped me out and we got the darker purple on my roots and then I just put the lighter mixture all over the rest of my hair. I put a haircap on and waited for about an hour. I then just rinsed the dye out with cold water and towel dried my hair. I also blow dried some of it to see what my hair really looked like. It was a fail lmao...
I decided to try again. I shampooed my hair again, towel dried it, and prepared another batch of dye. This time, I added a lot more dye and less conditioner. My roots came out really nice and bright, so at this point I was just trying to match that. I coated everything very well and let that process for about an hour and a half. My hair came out better than the last time, but it is still really uneven. There are some parts of my hair that are really nice and bright, some parts that looks reddish, and some parts that look like brownish plum. I will attach a photo of what it looks like. I feel so dumb because now I like my hair even less than when I came out of the salon. I should've just left it alone :'(
But...finally, we are here... I have no idea what to do next. I still have like half the tube of the Pravana hair dye, but I was thinking maybe I need to try a different shade or something. I have accepted that I am probably not going to be able to get my hair to that lavender color I wanted originally until I bleach my hair again, which I won't do for a while to let my hair recover. But in the meantime, I would settle for a nice bright purple until then. I just really don't like the brownish/purple parts :/ What do I dooooo, guys??? Help me, please :(
Thank you so much in advance, and thank you for taking the time to read this!! <3
Posted 2 years, 10 months ago
Hiya! Sorry to read about your hair struggles. The path to purple rarely runs smoothly.
Seems to me like your stylist didn't have the heart to tell you that she wasn't able to lift your hair light enough for the colour you wanted so she improvised. And when you took matters into your own hands, you may have introduced the toners into the equation a bit too early. Now the ash tones in the toner are causing issues with your subsequent bleachings. For the colour you want to achieve you need to be at least a level 8 blonde or higher otherwise it will look muddy. You also look like you have a lot of hair so I'm wondering if the timings of bleach application might be contributing to the issues you're having with patchiness.
I'd recommend giving your hair a break and some TLC for a week or two. Then try a few rounds of colour remover to strip out the purple dye and toner before attempting to lift any higher. Invest in some good quality bleach and developer. Mix small batches of bleach at a time and try pre parting and bleaching your hair a half or quarter of your head at a time seeing as it's quite long. Only work with a section at a time that is small enough for you to be able to apply entirely with bleach within 10 minutes or so and start with the darkest spots first. Rinse each half/quarter before mixing the bleach for the next half/quarter. Weigh your bleach and developer out so that you can recreate the exact same mixture for each batch. Use Olaplex if you have it. Finish with a protein treatment to minimise the effects of any damage.
These are the rules that I followed when bleaching my own thick hair before going purple and it helped me achieve a fairly even result.
I really hope this helps! Hopefully others will add their tips to this thread too!
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