Years of Midnight Ruby/Raspberry Splat... Indecisive but ready-ish.by MekahchuPosted 6 months, 2 weeks ago
I've been a red head a very long time, most recently it's been a 2 yr streak. So backstory: the bottom couple inches are previously bleached from when I was sick of red and having a baby, changed to a natural brownish and within a few months whined about how I missed my red... Fast forward and I've now been using the Splat midnight Ruby 30 wash no bleach kit or luscious raspberry(also without bleach, just let it sit super long) for about 2 years on virgin locks. (Fully aware this crap sucks guys, but I travel for work and they sell it everywhere) Now I’m hoping for a more natural color and maybe a blonde come summer so I don’t really want to go darker. Over the course of a few weeks I have done vitamin c, Dawn, etc etc and here's where we are after the baking soda, Dawn, 20 vol, and purple shampoo mix. It isn't gummy or losing elasticity as I've been super careful with balancing processes and deep conditioning with rest but I would still like to avoid outright bleaching if at all possible! Will an ash shade or toner help here?
by BridgetSPosted 6 months, 2 weeks ago
if you want to go to a more natural/neutral color, you need to neutralise the red by adding green; but as your hair is uneven, you need the treat different parts of the hair differently, you don't want green ends... I would strand test before.
by AndyaPosted 6 months, 2 weeks ago
The bottom inches were bleached which can tell by picture and also indicated previously to the red had changed to a natural brownish. The best scenario given the current hair in my opinion is strawberry blonde ends and a reddish brown everywhere else if able to remove the red. Reaching a blonde by summer will need to do more than just remove the red. The Articles Section has an article on 10 ways to remove unwanted color. In this article might be something not tried yet. I have used liquid laundry detergent which is more effective than a clarifying shampoo. The downside of liquid laundry detergent is it will make the hair more dry.
An ash blonde dye will not be effective at removing the red and likely will get a mess of many different colors because there is way too much red. Toners do not change the hair color but only "help" to hide or mask tiny unwanted bits of color. A toner is effective when the hair color is the same as the inside of a banana peel. A toner like a purple based/colored shampoo will help hide the tiny bits of yellow remaining in the hair to make the hair close to white.
Anything used to alter the color suggest a strand test on a very smalls section of hair.
Best of luck. These are my suggestions and opinions.
by MekahchuPosted 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Thanks so much for the help guys! I've got an Ash blonde shade by ion just hanging out in my cabinet but I wasn't willing to try it for fear of exactly what you guys said! I've tried everything on the list in the article except bleaching, and the red has come out considerably but from the last picture it doesn't seem to be budging any further. Do you guys think I could put a strawberry blonde shade in to even it out for now? I figure I have about 6 months to work toward a lighter shade so I do anticipate bleaching it come spring, but with family pics coming up for the holidays I just need to even it out and I don't look good with darker hair or I would just cover it up...
by AndyaPosted 6 months, 2 weeks ago
This is your hair and your choice. Myself can only guess a strawberry blonde shade might change the red hair to pink hair. Always strongly suggest a strand test on a very small section of hair with any product used to alter the hair color.
Again best of luck. This is my suggestion and opinion.