Emergency Hair wont hold color after bleaching and toningby MyKodiakPosted 3 years ago
I've been a bottled redhead for a very long time so this week I had the grand idea of changing colors. I bleached my red hair and toned to Wella Medium Smokey Ash Blonde (7A/672). Looked good, not great but it was presentable. Sorry I dont have pictures, I didnt think there would be a problem. Anyway, I tried Overtone conditioner in Extreme Silver and I got very bad results. Before you yell, I cleared this with customer service and they said it would be fine. Now my hair is 3 different shades. A very dark grey in the front, a mucky reddish grey on the sides and an ash color in the back. I panicked and tried a semi perm Arctic fox Transylvania over it and what didn't slide off turned bright blue. I managed to tone that down to dark grey by quick washing with orange arctic fox (as per their customer service) and I tried an egg/honey/jojoba oil protein pack followed by a neutral filler. Once that was done, I tried the semi perm again and it still just slid off. I'm at a loss. Please don't tell me to go to the salon. I don't really want to get into semantics but that isn't possible where I am. I have to do everything through Amazon. Here's the kicker, I have something very important on Friday. Way to go me...
by vivienne StaffPosted 3 years ago
At this point, I think the best thing to do is to wash as much out of your hair as possible. The Articles sections has loads of fading techniques, but I’d concentrate on the ones that don’t use any bleach/bleach powder or a colour remover. Those can produce unexpected results that are even more stubborn to remove, so it’s best to leave those for once you get no more fading from basic washing.
It looks to me like your hair didn’t lift evenly when you bleached out the red dye, which is common, since bleach doesn’t really work that well on permanent dye. It’s much better at lifting natural melanin, so you end up with light root and darker stained ends. Any sections that were orange were too dark to tone, as toners really can only shift a yellow to a grey. It’s a common misconception that toners even our hair. They actually highlight unevenness, because only the lightest sections will shift, leaving your hair a mix of warm and cool tones.
As for your hair not taking colour, I’m thinking it’s not that it’s too damaged, but that it’s just too saturated with colour right now, which is why you have trouble absorbing more. When you’re ready to dye again, try clarifying it by leaving some shampoo on for an hour or so then scrubbing your hair, if it’s strong enough to handle it without breakage. The protein probably didn’t help, but that’s a bit harder to wash out, so you’ll have to wait for it to come out on it’s own. Then don’t add conditioner and blow-dry to encourage the maximum absorption of the dye.
Now, for short-term solutions, if it doesn’t look relatively presentable when put up in a bun, I’m afraid that you’ll have to just go with a darker colour. Black would work, but Transylvania is not actually that strong of a black. I like Adore Jet Black, but that also has a blue base. Off Black may work better for you, as it’s slightly brown.