Refresh My Memory on Ash BlondePosted 7 months, 3 weeks ago
By now, I'm 90% sure of myself when dying my hair. I've been enjoying more of a beige blonde the past few months. In the more silvery photo, the sunlight was hitting it real well, and in my bathroom it looks more silver/ashy blonde. My bangs section was looking a tad on the lilac side. But while out in a store, I've been told it has a green tinge to it. I'm worried that I'd mixed my toning conditioner wrong, and keep flip-flopping between being too purple vs too violet, resulting in a weird color combo instead of just toning out the warm blonde.
I'll admit that I did have an unevenness issue for awhile, because I was struggling to get rid of all the banding. I found out that I accidentally bought Manic Panic's Flash Lightning and not the Blue Lightning, so for awhile I had one band of color that was much brighter than the previous and next band. Thankfully I'd done a bleach bath at the time, so I didn't get that full 40vol lift. Sorry for the gross bottle cap photo, but that's the color I currently have mixed. Given I was using it on wet hair, I made it a bit stronger since I was only leaving it on to help maintain the color. Should I opt for a more diluted version of this, or add a bit of blue to make it more towards violet?
Sometimes I need to re-calibrate what I'm seeing and doing. I may go back to a dark ruby red after this, but for now I just want to enjoy the cooler blonde until I'm tired of it.
by vivienne StaffPosted 7 months, 3 weeks ago
That mix look pretty strong and purple to me, but Ithink it should be fine for doing in-shower touch-ups where you're not leaving it in too long. Otherwise, I'd probably dilute it a small bit.
I think what you've got now is probably about right. Indoor store lighting tends to very yellow compared to natural lighting, so it was probably picking up a bit of the blue tones and filtering them to look more green. You can slightly clamp down on that by adding a pinkier shade to the mix, but I feel like it would just make your hair look more lavender in other lighting.
Posted 7 months, 3 weeks ago
Yeah, both fluorescent and tungsten lighting is no help with judging hair colors. For indoor tungsten, try my best to mentally compensate. I do have LED vanity lights, but sometimes that makes things look too blue, and then my hair looks green in that light. If what I have is already good, then I'll just use this to some white conditioner to tone this yellow down. :)
Posted 7 months, 2 weeks ago
So... I should have made this at least 30% lighter than I did. I forgot that Adore is still pretty pigmented, plus I've just given my hair a bleach bath. It isn't bad, and later on my brother told me he thinks it looks cool. I'll just have lilac hair for at least 2 weeks.
by vivienne StaffPosted 7 months, 2 weeks ago
I like the effect you've got going on now, though I do think it'll fade down nicely over time as well.
For me, my bathroom is relatively small, so I usually use my vanity daylight bulbs for everything where I care about colour.
Posted 7 months, 2 weeks ago
I could have sword I replied to this, but I wanted to update with a photo of this in sunlight. It's more prevalent underneath, throughout my hair as I part it horizontally for when I style it, but I notice that there are parts that didn't take very well. My guess is, after a year of bleaching my roots, I have areas that are just more patchy than others. There was a time I accidentally bleached with 40 vol, thinking I'd bought MP's Blue Lightning.
I've also noticed that, because this was a purple mix and not a purple blend I'd purchased, it fades to a salmon color. I'm tempted to go red very soon anyway, so it probably won't hurt anything. I don't mind a salmon-to-rose gold, but I have flashbacks of that time Manic Panic's reds made my hair look like I dumped Koolaid on it.