How Do I Go About Achieving Less Color Intensity ??Posted 1 week, 6 days ago
I am a guy and I am coloring my gray hair using Wella Color Charm and 30 Volume Developer.
The results are always too "intense" (too much pigment?). How do I tone things down so I get more of a lighter, more subtle result?
Many thanks.. this is my first forum post.
by BridgetSPosted 1 week, 5 days ago
Hi, what color charm are you using? are you applying it to bleached hair? what does your natural base look like? why do you use 30 volume?
Posted 1 week, 5 days ago
Thanks for the reply BridgetS.
The last time I used colorcharm 3A/148 Dark Ash Brown, but it was too dark. I'm thinking next time to mix it with 3NW Dark Natural Warm Brown.
My hair is not bleached, no.
My natural color is very similar to 3A/148, but for some reason it didn't look right when I used that.
I used 30 volume developer because I read somewhere that is supposedly good to use on gray hair? (But I actually don't know what the differences in developers are)
Posted 1 week, 5 days ago
Can you post a photo of your end goal as well as what you have now, preferably outdoors or near a window?
In general, I'd be careful with using a warm brown, as warmer tones are harder to remove and generally a fuss. The volume of developers are based on their percentage of peroxide. 10 Vol is 3%, 20 vol is 6%, etc. The amount of peroxide dictates how much the cuticle (the outer layer of your hair) is raised, which is a necessary step to absorb colour. Greys tend to be more resistant to dyeing, so that's why the suggestion for them is to use a higher volume of developer. However, any non-grey areas may become too porous (cuticle is too raised) when you use a higher volume. You might have better luck using a lower volume (10 or 20), but it depends a lot on what you're hoping for as your end goal.
Posted 1 week, 4 days ago
FWIW I'm not too worried about making a mistake. My hair grows extremely fast, I work from home, and with current social distancing I am only really going anywhere about once a week or so. Thanks for the explanation re. developers. I tried googling it and could never seem to find this info.
Ok you did ask!! :) Attached are two photos. What is left of my original color is in back. (Oh and if there is a way to make me look younger and better looking like the guy in the second photo, that info would be much appreciated as well!)
Posted 1 week, 3 days ago
Okay, so I think the amount of white you have is probably the issue. A white base really brightens everything up a lot and makes the result too intense. I'd try reducing the developer volume (less intense results), but if you feel like the grey coverage isn't good enough, try mixing 3A with 7A (probably use more 7A than 3A). The reason you wouldn't just use 5A is because 5A supposedly has more green in the base, and that would probably come through too much over the white. Just play around with the ratios as your hair grows out and see what works for you.
Posted 4 days, 1 hour ago
Ok thanks Vivienne!
I may give this shot either today or tomorrow and see what happens.
Posted 41 minutes ago
I realized that I do not have any 7A color. It is "Medium Smokey Ash Blonde" - is that correct?
Posted 18 minutes ago
Yeah, I believe that's the shade name.
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