Help With Removing Semi-Permanent Red Dye or Suggestions for Options in Generalby SophiekinsPosted 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Hi, I'm not all that knowledgeable about bleach and toner and all that jazz. I've only just. discovered Sally's. I recently turned 40 but I started going gray very young (first gray hair at 18).. As such, I naturally began dyeing my hair to a natural looking dark brown beginning in my early 20's. I just used boxed dyes that entire time. I liked L'Oreal Preference the best at that time. Eventually, got sick of the upkeep and wanted to rebel in general so I finally found someone to do the correct highlights to allow me to grow it out natural. Since then, I've flirted with blonde highlights because I eventually tried blue streaks and needed blonde highlights for those. Then I just figured why not even out my head with them, etc. Well, last year my platinum highlights were getting a bit too light for me but I still had plenty of gray too. I was going to a hairdresser who admitted that she's only very good at doing tiny highlights if she uses a cap. So, they were just oddly placed I thought and too light over time. Anyway, I figured I would experiment with semi-permanent color almost on a whim. I figured I could try out some different colors, let it wash out and then maybe eventually be naturally gray again after things washed out or maybe I would find a color I might stick with longer but I liked the idea of it washing out eventually. I bought a semi-permanent red hair dye (Ion's Red Hot) at Sally's. The person at the store assured me that if I didn't like the color I could remove it with Dawn Dish soap, etc. The directions say it washes out after 10-15 shampoos. Granted, I did do it TWICE a few weeks apart because the first time was just a test to make sure it didn't look ridiculous. I was Black Widow for Halloween and my son was Spiderman. Anyway, here it is, 3 months later and I still have fairly red hair!!! Help!! I looked good as a redhead, but I wasn't planning on this! And I hate the upkeep and the roots line not being more subtle! Sooo...
Do I use a color remover? (I don't want to damage my hair too much). I've already tried tons of Dawn and clarifying shampoo and even Vitamin C and conditioner.
Do I just try to tone it down with something else like a semi-permanent natural blonde?
Do I dye over it with a permanent hair dye in a darker brown and then add highlights later to match the grays and start over basically with growing it out?
Do I just do platinum highlights again in an effort to lighten it some and pull some of the red out and hope that the rest fades eventually? I'm wary of dyeing the whole thing blonde with a permanent dye as I've never done that before and my main concern is I want to keep the gray roots blended with whatever I end up doing. And obviously in the healthiest way possible!
by BridgetSPosted 10 months, 2 weeks ago
hello, have you tried clarifying shampoos? I expect the dye you use is an alkaline dye, hence more tricky to remove than acidic or direct dye. I would recommend using a color remover first, once or twice, and ringing each time for at least 10 full minutes. I did this on one of my daughter with color B4 and it really helped her get back to blonde. I would avoid doing highlights on the previously bleached hair, as this could cause damage, I would start with the color remover, and then see what to do from there; you could then do highlights on the regrowth, and do just a wet balayage on the lengths and ends to brighten them slightly. You could also just do a root melt : chose a darker color close to your natural shade and paint it from roots down, to do an ombre / reverse balayage. That's juste what comes to my mind. good muck!
by SophiekinsPosted 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Yes I’ve done clarifying shampoo. The ombré with the different color root is an interesting suggestion but I don’t know if I could pull it off. I’m going to edit my pics if I can to make it more obvious why my gray roots growing in with the red is a problem. Show people more of what’s actually growing in.
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