My daughter wanted to experiment being a redhead, and had been a level 10 blonde - full head bleach for some time.
I helped her turn her hair a cool red, which faded to a pinkish coral (photos available on my timeline).
I did a mistake however; I used Igora Vibrance and 7 volume developper, but some of the colors I used were the alcaline version of Igora Vibrance ( tone on tone / extra instead of gloss & tone) rather than the acidic; the latter fades out very well (I experienced her going back to platinum after a violet gloss & tone/ acidic Vibrance), but I am afraid the alcaline version is harder to remove without damaging the hair.
My daughter has been using clarifying shampoo during the last weeks which has taken here hair lighter but only up to a certain point. She has light strawberry blonde strands mixed with more redish strands. I find it pretty but she seems to be fed up with it. her hair is healthy.
I will do some strand tests this WE to decide what I do next week-end and will try the following :
bleach with warm water
ammonia-free cream lightener directly on strand
bleach (Igora Vario Blond plus) with 7 volume developper (I this is the most effective route, then I will also use an additional bondbuider to protect the hair)
hot oil treatment
maybe a bleach bath, but not sure.
I don't have any color reducer or color remover but if nothing of the above works well while keeping the hair healthy, I will probably order some, but I don't know which would be the right one; I can easily access to Loreal Effassor, or also Sassoon Magic off, and Vitality's Color off (which is a color reducer). I am not sure I I am not sure of the chemistry of alkaline semi-permanent hair dye : what do they use to make it stick longer to the hair : larger molecules or just stickier small ones?
I would comment that I struggled myself to go through alkaline semi permanent hair dye, which I solved with Igora Vario bleach and 20 volume developper in foils (highlights). but my daughter's hair is previously bleached and much finer than mine, so I wouldn't do that on her delicate hair - maybe just 10-15 minutes with 7 volume but no more.
Any advice from previous experiences you may have are welcome! I will also keep you posted on results achieved.
2 strand tests :
ammonia free cream lightener directly to the section (dry) and then diluted with a but of warm water : lifted to a gold, and took out the pink/red
powder bleach and warm water : I think I over diluted the bleach and it didn't do much.
I all go the first route but it probably won't take her back to platinum blonde in the first round and would probably bring her to an ash blond, which upset her. let's see how it looks once it has dried.
did you try a color remover? i might give that a strand test
thanks Dizziness, I will try Effassor.
effosal is a bleach, try something like color bfore or one and only color fix or color oops, you want a product that is a remover ( smells like sulfar) effosol is a stripper its a mild bleach
finally I tried Colour B4, and it came out something like a level 9 golden blonde (so not yet platinum) (I posted a photo in my timeline). Now went to bleach her roots with blondme and 7/20 volume; before ringing, went though all her lengths & ends with Blondme 1 part powder 3 parts 7 volume developper and B3 bond builder for 5 minutes (I worked this very fast). Then toned with Dialight clear + 9.12 and 1 part 7volume 1 part Blondme mask to help the hair repair. result is pending.
result is white roots and more golden lengths & ends, with some banding or the old color is some places, so it is uneven. I will probably tone her roots with a level 8 before she leaves for vacation. Will correct the banding next time we do her roots, as her hair needs some rest but looks fine, not too much breakage.