Dark Olive Green dyePosted 1 year, 5 months ago
Hello all, i'm trying to dye my hair a dark olive green or a dark green with yellow undertones. I know extreme dark colors are hard to maintain and i've used a couple techniques to achieve it in the past, but my main problem is finding dark greens that don't have that darn blue undertone.
So, what i've done: My hair is naturally very dark brown/near black. I've highlight-bleached my hair to a color somewhere in between caramel and piss yellow. so... dirty blonde. I've made the highlights very fine and interspersed over my hair and i've done about 1/3 to 1/4 of my hair (babylights). The idea is that the natural dark strands will mix with the green and make the green look darker, so the dye doesn't have to do all the work. I've also intentionally not bleached my hair to a whiter/lighter blonde in the hopes that the yellow mustardy color will offset any blues in the dye and make it look greener.
The highlighting thing is something i've done before. I had a balyage with iguana green in high school and it looked very lovely and dark. I just want it darker now. Like, looks black or dark brown except in bright light dark.
I'm currently wearing Special Effects Sonic Green (as seen on my timeline) and it is lovely as far as the darkness is concerned and looks like a dynamic dark green, but in natural light it still looks very teal. It DOES look far less blue than pictures i have seen of people dying their hair with it from lighter colors, but i can still see the blue and it bothers me a lot. I'm hoping the blue washes out faster than the yellow tones and it fades to a truer green.
I like the green achieved with Arctic Fox Phantom Green (also on timeline) but it doesn't last at all! I could see severe visible fade after every wash. I was essentially back to my mustard blonde in three weeks. I wash my hair twice a week.
I'm looking at Framesi Pure Green, since it looks like a true green and is described as a yellow green. Also, as a permanent color with an oxidizing developer, i'm hoping i won't have to retouch it for at least three months.
Has anyone tried this color? Does anyone have any product or mix recommendations?
by AndyaPosted 1 year, 5 months ago
Sonic Green is a blue-green like most dark greens. Suggest a strand test of a yellow or yellow mixed with conditioner on a very mall section of the Sonic Green Hair.
Other suggestions include Directions or Punky Color in Alpine Green.
The Directions alpine green also looks blue, but the punky color one looks like it varies from person to person whether it looks more blue or yellow. Do you know how long Punky Color lasts compared to SFX or Manic Panic or Arctic Fox? I have the most experience with those three.
I'm tempted to try mixing black into Sparks Camo Green, but i've also seen reviews that "weak AF" would be an understatement for the pigment power of Camo Green.
Punky lasts better than Arctic Fox, in my experience, at least when it comes to the non-pastel shades, but not as well as the best Special Effects shades.
I think my general strategy with what you're starting with would be to top up with something like Iguana Green (though Special Effects is going out of business, so you might need to find a replacement) and just add the tiniest hint of orange. The orange helps it be a bit more muted and olive without lightening it as much as yellow. You do need to be careful with it though, as it's easy to go overboard and get brown
by exspicePosted 1 year, 5 months ago
Recently I got myself Adore Darkest Brown in hopes of achieving a nice “darkest brown” lol; its swatch on Adore’s website looked nearly black, faint ashy brown, but to my disappointment it was a dark dark green when swatched on white tissue and so my barely diluted colour mix left me with a muted dark yellowy-green in a single wash and onwards. I did use it on level 8-9 hair with faded (stubborn) Directions Fluorescent Glow, however, the Darkest Brown mix was more potent and grabbed onto Flo Glo well. Now I am not saying Adore Darkest Brown is a good dark olive green, but it is a dark olive green “brown” :D it is cheaper than SFX, probaby not discontinued yet (unlike SFX) and fades well. Unfortulately I do not have any pics or dye itself to swatch, but what I ended up with on my yellowish base was a mossy deep forest green.
Thank you everyone for your replies. I'm REALLY curious about Adore's darkest brown now. I'm going to look it up. Maybe I can mix it with a green because my hair is not a level 8-9. It's more of a 7-6 and will probably actually get brown with that description.
Also, i'm curious why everyone says SFX is going out of business. I haven't seen anything to that affect and will be very sad to see it go. It really is my favorite brand and haven't found anything that lasts as long. What's the second most long-lasting dye for dark colors then? And has no one used Framesi?
Not a lot of brands make super dark colours, but for green, I know the smaller brand Zombie Snott makes one that is quite pigmented but leans blue like most. It might be a good starting point if you're interested.
Jude, who runs the site mentioned Special Effects going out of business a few weeks back, and most of the shops I know of have confirmed that they haven't been able to get restocks for a while now. It was always a small business that saw a lot of success, and a lot of us are definitely sad to see it go. As for replacements, it depends on shade. For some things, like Atomic Pink, I don't know of a great exact replacement, but for things like blues and purples, I've switched to Punky, which is pigmented, though not as much as their Special Effects counterparts. I'm not super familiar with Framesi, as I've only used their purple, which I'd say is on par with Arctic Fox and the darker Manic Panic shades, but purple seems to be a shade that the majority of brands can do at least decently.
Awww, did the Framesi purple wash out? That's really disappointing since it's supposed to be a permanent color with a developer and everything. While i know permanent colors do fade, they aren't supposed to ever really wash out totally.
That's really sad about SFX going out of business. They were EASILY my favorite.
It probably didn't totally leave, but I covered it up after about 8 weeks washing about twice a week, which is common for me, since I change colours a lot. It went to the standard dusty mauve-ish shade that a lot of purples go for me after probably five or so washes and just stayed there for a while. It wasn't terrible by any means, but it didn't stay vibrant as long as I'd like.
by exspicePosted 1 year, 5 months ago
Found the Adore Darkest Brown bottle.
Oh yeah, that Adore is definitely a green-based brown. I'll have to mix it with stuff to make it a little less brown, but it's ABSOLUTELY an option. Especially if I mix it with a green.
And thank you for Vivienne for telling me about the Framesi. I have a bottle of Framesi green and I really want it to work. I'm okay if it fades a bit, especially if it doesn't totally go away. I like most shades of green (that aren't blue) and would probably be okay with a slightly faded green. It would probably be closer to olive after fading anyways lol.