Help with using L'Oreal Hicolor in Copperby morgandoPosted 1 week, 3 days ago
Hello! I have seen a ton of videos/reviews for L'Oreal's HiColor high-lift color line, and I have been wanting to try it. I am wanting to dye my hair a deep copper for autumn and I'm hoping that I can use the hicolor line. My roots and mids are my natural color which is a medium to dark brown and my mid-shaft to ends are bleached and have been dyed different semi-permanent colors over the past year or so, but right now they have a very faded orange/yellow tone on them from using the Overtone Ginger color back in April. I think the HiColor copper color will work well for my roots, as it is just natural hair that is dark brown, but I'm not sure how to make that color work on my ends too. I am wondering if I could use the HiColor with 30 vol. on my roots and then mix it with a 10 vol developer to put on my ends, so that it doesn't lift my already bleached hair and just deposits color. I would also start with my roots and then add the color onto my ends for a shorter processing time. I mostly want to make sure that I can get the best overall color without further damaging my ends or causing any adverse reactions for my ends (turning another color etc.). Any tips or feedback is super helpful!
by vivienne StaffPosted 1 week, 3 days ago
HiColor is fairly harsh in my experience, and I wouldn't really use it in bleached ends, even with lower volume developer. It's hard to guess without photos, but my guess is that you'd probably end up with a brighter/lighter tone on your ends compared to your roots. That's because while it has lift, HiColor probably won't lift to the same base as you have on your ends.
If it were me, I'd probably just do the roots with HiColor and choose an orange/auburn semi dye for the ends. It'll probably still be brighter, but it should look like a fairly intentional ombré. If you want it to match better, you'd probably want to do some mixing, but I'd still do the HiColor on just the roots first so you know what tone you're trying to match.
by morgandoPosted 1 week, 2 days ago
Thanks for the input! I'm expecting it to be more orange at the ends due to them already being much lighter than my natural color, so that's totally fine with me. My only concern with putting the HiColor on first and then going back and doing semi-permanent dye is that it won't blend together...would it be a bad idea for me to put on the semi permanent color on the ends and the HiColor on the roots at the same time?
by vivienne StaffPosted 1 week, 2 days ago
By blend, do you mean create a gradient? If so, I think it will be easier than you think, though you can try a strand test first to practice the technique before committing. Warm tones are generally more forgiving, since hair already becomes warmer as it lifts, so it relatively easy for it to create a natural gradient. That said, I don't know if I'd put the semi on at the same time as the HiColor. Semis can break down in the presence of developer and they can shift tones unpredictably as the pigments break down unevenly. That said, it is easily checked with a strand test, though you'll have to be sure to keep the top and ends relatively separate when you dye.
Personally, I'd do them separately, since I generally leave semis on for much longer than I would a high-lift dye for better colour absorption, and I also prep my hair differently for permanent versus semi-permanent dyes. I'd just blend the HiColor downward with a dry brush and then blend the semi-permanent colour upwards with some slight overlap when I do the second process. However, I do think you could make one process work if you're short on time.