When Can I Lighten/Dye My Hair Again After Salon Visit?Posted 7 months, 3 weeks ago
I went to a salon Friday to change my dark red/auburn hair back to a natural copper. My stylist said she didn't have time to lighten my hair to the level I wanted it but said she would dye it to be a more orange color than the red I walked in with. In hindsight, I probably should have decided to reschedule right then and came back when she had more time, but I'm a pushover and I felt bad rescheduling considering both she and I were already there and I had already booked a few hours of her time. The dye itself went on orange and I was happy. By the time it was done processing, it was much darker and less orange, and I was worried. After being washed and dried, my hair was, well... pretty much the same as the color I came in with. She asked if I liked it; I smiled and nodded. I went home and looked at it closer. The thing I dislike the most are the roots; they're a red-violet color and I don't particularly like the way it looks with the color on the ends.
I like my stylist, but I really wanted a more natural color for upcoming interviews and professional events (I'm a student). I blame myself for not scheduling an appointment with more time, but her online booking system was a little confusing and didn't list the hours each type of appointment allowed. I could deal with the color on the ends, but I really don't like the purple-ish roots. This is the color I wanted and showed her: https://imgur.com/a/eVFDTFy and it's the color I still want to achieve sooner rather than later.
When can I lighten and dye my hair again (especially the roots) without significantly damaging my hair? I also got a major haircut during the appointment to above my shoulders so my hair is currently healthy with no dead/split ends or damage; about 3-4 inches have never been lightened, only dyed red twice - 2 months ago and Friday. Also how can I ask my stylist about fixing it without offending her? I just want a natural copper all over, roots included.
by BridgetSPosted 7 months, 3 weeks ago
hello, you would first need a color remover to remove all the color pigments in your hair. then depending on what you get, you can either go on with the copper color with 20 or 30 volume (30 if you need to lighten), adding a booster which will help lighten the hair, or do a bleach before coloring. What is you natural color like?
Posted 7 months, 3 weeks ago
My natural color is dark brown, I've attached a picture. I've been dying it copper on and off since 2015 and every time I've been to a stylist in the past to return to a copper lighter than the color I had, they would do a single-process color that lightened it and deposited color (I'm not very knowledgeable of the details/terminology of hair coloring so forgive me if I'm not explaining it correctly) which is why I booked this recent appointment as a single-process, but she wanted to bleach it before dyeing and therefore needed more time. I've only had a stylist bleach it and then dye it once and it seemed to damage my hair more than normal... Is it better for my hair's health to use a dye that lifts (like you mentioned) rather than bleaching and dyeing separately or are they equally damaging?
by vivienne StaffPosted 7 months, 3 weeks ago
Pretty much anything with developer does some extent of damage to your hair, but bleach is usually harsher than permanent dye. Ideally, you'd process your regrowth with something with some lift and then only use semi-permanent dyes (no developer) for touch-ups. However, salons will usually always use permanent dyes for touch-ups, which is fine assuming your hair grows at a rate that kind of outpaces the rate the damage accumulates.
Anyhow, at the end of the day, damage to your hair is permanent, but you can do loads of things to make your hair look and feel better. Waiting periods are more helpful if you're not sure if your hair can take another process and want to give it time to see if any damage emerges over time. For you, I think you'll need to lighten what you have before you can redye. If you use something like Colorfix or Colour B4, it'll be a bit better for damaged compared to bleach, which is what the majority of salons would use. However, it is a more finicky process, because if you don't rinse enough, the dye molecules that remain in your hair will reoxidIze and darken again if you try to dye it with developer. If you're planning on going to a salon, you don't really need to wait, but I'd just try to let them know as much of your hair history as possible so they can at least be prepared if they want to use less damaging products.