Frazzled hair won't take red dye!Posted 2 years, 1 month ago
Hi All! I've been dying my hair for a very long time and have gone from dark to light many times. I think this time my hair has had one too many bleaches, it's very dry and i use various treatments to try to rectify that like oils and overnight masks etc. My roots are taking to the red fine but that's virgin hair. I've tried using temporary wash out reds and its only depositing a minimal amount of colour beyond the virgin hair. Box dyes will not take at all. I've been using a protein spray for a week or so now and i tried using it before dying with box dyes and wash out dyes and it's not making any difference. I'm desperate for copper hair and can't get it cut because that would leave my hair far too short. I'm going to get the ends taken off, but that still leaves a good 4 inches of hair that won't take colour. Any advice would be great! Also my hair really holds water and always has, that doesn't seem to have changed much.
by vivienne StaffPosted 2 years, 1 month ago
it seems you've ends may be a bit too damaged to take permanent dyes and protein. Doing anything that requires mixing with developer will usually do some degree of damage to your hair and it accumulates over time. There are loads of things that you can do to make it look and feel better, but it never actually fully regains the structural integrity of virgin hair.
Anyhow, I'd lay off anything that requires developer on the ends grow out and stick to semi-permanent dyes that don't require mixing. They are essentially stains that have bigger dye molecules that the permanent box dyes, so they may work better for you. They also don't do any damage, so you can leave them in for several hours to let the hair really absorb the dye. Adore makes a load of great copper tone shades, though they don't work on virgin hair. You may still need need to do your roots with something permanent or use bleach, but try not to overlap and stick with semi-permanents for touch-ups.
You may also want to give Olaplex a look, as I know it's definitely been helpful to some people who have overprocessed their hair. Just remember that, while they talk about it "repairing" bonds, it doesn't actually have the same strength as your virgin hair. It's like how a broken teapot glued back together is not going to have the same strength as when it was new. You still want to be careful with processing, even if you get good results with Olaplex.
Posted 2 years, 1 month ago
Thank you so much for your reply. I'll stick to semi-permanent dyes and grow my hair out then as I don't want to go through all this again and ruin my hair completely.
by AndyaPosted 2 years, 1 month ago
Age does also change how hair tales to dye. However also suggest taking a break for awhile. Often my hair the roots will hold color or the ends will hold color. The roots and the ends do not hold color on me evenly.