Hello all. Long time lurker, first time poster. Created an account just for this. Heehee.
Basically, I think I need help finding an Adore shade to combat the green staining in my hair.
This is the short-ish (still long) story of what I've been doing: I'm growing out henndigo black. Have bleached it knowing it would go blue/green. Bottom maybe 6" are a mix of soft black, brown, tiny bit of orange brown, little bit of green. I had covered the new growth (also bleached) with mix of adore blue black, jet black, and a tiny bit of eggplant for yellow tones. The blue black was intended to cancel orange tones and blend/disguise blue/green from henndigo. It worked! Until... More new growth was coming in so I decided, since it had been a few months and I had given my hair a break, to vitamin c and then bleach bath the next day to continue trying to lighten the henndigo (I don't mind lightening the rest of my hair too since I'm using the Adores and my hair isn't damaged at all from this - yet). After pulling out and lightening most of the adore, my hair is bright mint green where it was bleached, and the henndigo was deep forest green. (Admittedly looked nice and intended, but I don't want green hair). PHOTO ATTACHED. So I mixed up mostly jet black and platinum with a little eggplant again. (Those 4 are all I had at the moment) After I was already done I come to find platinum is blue based and apparently people have this issue with purple too (have done purple many times and never had this problem).
New plan was to try the clear permanent + developer trick to pull as much out as I can (that's coming in the mail). Then use a warm/red brown to neutralize and use Honey Brown as it grows to do a reverse ombre and blend with my natural blonde hair. I was thinking of doing either straight Sienna Brown or a mix of Honey Brown and Sienna Brown as the first application.
Does this all seem like a good idea? Has anyone successfully done clear + developer with Adore, or only Vivids? Will a warm brown neutralize the green long term since they're both Adore semi permanent dyes? (I read someone say they used brown over green stains and then bleached after that without any green tones). Which brown would be the best? I don't have experience with any of Adores brown shades.
Does anyone have any other ideas that might be better than what I've come up with? I've never encountered green so I don't know how to proceed, this is all theory.
With more research I think I've decided on Mocha as the shade I'll use, and as my hair grows out, I can either dilute it or get a lighter shade to help do the reverse ombre. My concern though is if I'll need to use a red before that. I will definitely be fading it with natural methods first (oilings, vitamin c, dandruff shampoo, etc.). Would it be possible to just use mocha on top of a minty green (if I get it lighter than the photo) or would I still need to neutralize with red even with a warm brown? If so, can I just use a reddish brown to neutralize? In which case, what would anyone recommend? Is sienna brown still a good choice for that?
Dizzinea wrote: i would maybe not do mocha, unless you were putting a true red orange first then mocha, mocha is a sort of dirty gold undertone, and it may not help just make the green more olive
Do you think if I faded lighter than the green photo, that dark chocolate would work? If so, I think I would do dark chocolate, then as I touch up roots/fading, start mixing dark chocolate and mocha and eventually all mocha, then diluted mocha, etc, until I can go reverse ombre with my blonde.
I think Dark Chocolate would cover things, but I'm not sure how much it would suppress the green tones. It's got a bit of a burgundy purple base, so it might be sort of a green/blue sheen over a jet black.
I think the main issue is just how dark and saturated the green is. If you could get all the way to a pastel green, Mocha or Dark Chocolate would probably be okay, but otherwise, you'd probably want something in the red/orange family to really tone it down so you can get a more neutral brown. You'd also need to eventually touch up the red/orange, because it'll probably fade faster than the green. Indigo is very stubborn in my experience, and it's pretty hard to get anything that will fully cover it for the long term. Personally, I'd probably go with a mix of Cajun Spice and another brown for this round and then gradually transition with your reverse ombré. Just note that a lot of Adore browns will dilute a bit weirdly (peachy, golden, or burgundy) so be prepared to mix if you want to stick with something that looks a bit more natural.
The copper brown by adore might do you right. Its what I'm using now. Very red based....but you do need something reddish to go over that green.
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