SFX Blue Velvet on Dark Brown hair?by asvpninPosted 1 year, 9 months ago
hi! so i'm looking to dye my hair a deep midnight blue.. i used to have blonde ombre/balayage, but dyed my hair black many months ago and since then it's faded. ever since i wanted to do this blue hair color i have been trying to get some black out using the vitamin C method. right now, my hair is virgin dark brown at the roots, and fades to a medium brownish towards the ends, with very strong red undertones. it's still pretty dark, and i don't plan to try to remove any more color b/c i don't want to damage or dry out my hair. i'm ok with the color right now and definitely do not plan on bleaching it.
i'm trying to achieve a very deep blue black, but a black with more visible blue tones to it. i've tried every type of boxed blue black dye out there and it honestly is just a jet black with no blue at all. i gave up on permanent box dyes and want to go the semi-permanent route. i've heard so many good things about special effects blue velvet, but i don't know how it will show up on my hair. i know it will probably look black, and i'm ok with that in indoor lighting, but will it have ANY type of blue tones to it in the sun/even when it fades? or will it still look jet black? honestly, if it's going to look black indoor/outdoors/etc i might just end up using a box dye and avoid the hassle of a semi-perm.
i've dealt w only one semi-perm in the past (splat) and it traumatized me with all the bleeding!! so i've steered clear from semi-perm dyes since then, but i REALLY want to get this look and there's no permanent box dye out there to do it. i heard SFX bleeds too and was wondering if I should try diluting it to minimize bleeding, or not bother at all. and will diluting it affect the dye given that my hair color is already dark?
does anyone know how SFX blue velvet will look on dark brown hair and how intense/not so intense the blue will be? also, does it stick to virgin hair? my roots down to about my chin is virgin hair, while the rest is the previously bleached/dyed portion. i honestly was about to use adore's royal navy because i'm in love with the color, but i heard it doesn't stick at all to unprocessed hair, so i ditched that idea. but i have heard great things about blue velvet and would like advice, thanks!
by asvpninPosted 1 year, 9 months ago
anyone have ideas?
also - how can i make my hair more porous to allow for the semi-permanent dye to stick better to my virgin hair?
by Folk_LaurPosted 1 year, 9 months ago
I'm not sure how effective it would be over a base that is already so dark, especially as the color is already so dark on its own. However if you were going to get a direct dye to stick on virgin hair like that then it'd be special effects. Generally tho direct dyes just do not take the same on virgin hair if its dark. It usually comes out more like a tint. Do a strand test to see how it turns out.
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by vivienne StaffPosted 1 year, 9 months ago
For that sort of visible blue tint, you actually need to start from a pretty light base, at least a level 6, in my experience, unless your hair is very, very ashy, bordering on grey, because the natural warm tones in your hair will counteract any blue that's visible. You might be able to get a subtle blue sheen in bright sunlight, but it wouldn't be that strong.
Blue Velvet is strong enough to stick to virgin hair, but it would take differently between your roots and the ends you've dyed. Most likely, your roots would look more like a natural brown/black while your ends might have slightly more blue tone. You can dilute it to get less bleeding, but it'll make it harder to stick to the virgin sections. I don't think it's turn out like your goal photo, though, unless you could significantly lighten your hair.
by AndyaPosted 1 year, 9 months ago
Strand test is suggested. Doubt will get as blue as in the second picture.