Hi, guys! I'm praying this forum can save me time, money and hair!
My hair is a medium or dark brown with auburn undertones (like in the sunlight or bright lights). It's long and mostly healthy, it's kinda dry just because I use a straightener or curling iron alot. But in anticipation of my dream hair I'm willing to forgo heat until I get the products needed and will deep condition often.
About 8 months ago I bleached my hair. I used some prism blue (I believe) and 30 volume developer and became orange. Like a carrot orange. So bad.
Well, after, I did two box color blondes to try and lighten further (they had 20 developer and bleach in them) and that got me to like a corn color yellow. I tried to tone it with Wella 050 but was scared I was going to come out completely dark grey so I didn't use much. Of course, it didn't tone out the orange splotches (I have thick hair and it's hard to get everything bleaching for the same amount of time) or turn the yellow parts the whitish silvery blonde I wanted.
Please help! 1. I want a shadow root (can I just not bleach my roots since they are natural by now? Like keep an inch away from my scalp?) 2. Should I color strip my hair first? Brands you suggest? Can I bleach my hair after stripping to lighten further? 3. I figure I won't be the exact color I want but how can I tone the corn yellow to a more normal color? What toner would that take? 4. When would be acceptable to bleach my hair again?
I got fed up trying to achieve my dream color but I can't get it out of my head and until I have it I won't stop obsessing. Lol
All the pictures were taken within the last month. They show my hair in various lighting and styles. My hair hasn't been dyed since I bleached it about 8 months ago so there's growth in there somewhere but I can't tell how far down because I used a color very close to my natural one.
Wella 050 isn't a toner. It's an additive that you add to toner. I would suggest lightening to a yellow color then toning with wella t18 with a little 050 added in. With the toner only use 20vol developer. For the actual bleaching your hair is pretty dark. Did you put a brown box dye over the blond? If you did I recommend using a color remover first. Getting the white blond your looking for is gonna dry out your hair. I suggest soaking your hair in coconut oil before bleaching. It helps reduce damage. Unfortunately when your hair is dark, orange is a regular pit stop on the way to blond. It will take two to three processes of full bleach with maybe a bleach bath to even things out before you can tone it. Inside a banana yellow is the shade you need to get the color you want.
Sorry. Side note. For the health of your hair you should wait about a week between bleaching. It's possible to do it faster in a few days but very very bad for your hair.
I don't understand the process you applied to your hair as I don't see any light hair on the pictures. What do you mean by shadow root? do you mean light lengths and ends nicely blended in dark roots? How did you hair darken if you had lighter hair before? did you use semi demi or permanent color? do I understand properly that you will start by striping the existing color to get back to where you were? it looks like a good idea; afterwards you will need to decide what to do. If you want a shadow root, you do not want a full head bleach because you want to avoid of line of demarcation. I would paint bleach on each strand separately, avoiding the roots aiming at a blurred line of demarcation) and put each strand in foil and not go up to the roots. even better you can tease (back-comb) the strand before applying the bleach. I use Blondme bleach (9+) on my daughter to get her to platinum with 20 volume (it very good); on previously lightened hair use a lower developper (6 or 10v) and the 20vol only for the virgin hair. For shadow root, you need at least two demi colors (I personally like Wella color touch; boreal dialight is good too but don't leave it too long) : one dark for the roots and a toner for the ends; start by the roots with dark, apply toner to lengths and ends and blend with a wide comb. use colors with pearl blue ash and violet to fight the warm and yellow tones. I have redish hair, but for the time being have accepted that it lifts only to warm tones. (I fight orange being ok with the golden) good luck!