Semi Permanent - How to mix?by DaisydooPosted 2 weeks, 2 days ago
I'm looking to use a semi permanent in shade 6. I'm always left with too much warmth when the permanent dye fades (I'm assuming because of the developer?). I read that semi permanent doesn't require developer.
I had planned to use Goldwell Colorance 6NN semi permanent but unfortunately it wasn't in stock - does that require mixing with developer? I ended up buying Schwarzkopf Igora Vibrance instead, does that require a 6 vol developer or can it go straight on? I really want to avoid the light/warmth when the dye fades as it makes my roots noticeable. Can anyone recommend a semi permanent in 6 that doesn't require developer? I also have some greys to cover! I used to get a gloss at the hairdressers, how is that achieved?
by vivienne StaffPosted 2 weeks, 2 days ago
So the Colorance line seems to be a demi-permanent, which does use developer, but it's usually a lower volume than permanent dyes. Supposedly they do not life your hair at all and the developer is just to lift the cuticle to help the colour absorb better. In practice, I think this is generally true, but I find there's still some lift when it's used over very dark hair (partially just because slight red tones show really easily over black). A semi-permanent dye that does not require any lift is basically a conditioner with some dye in it and it just needs to soak into your hair.
For coppery red tones, I like Adore, as they have quite a variety of shades in that family, but they absolutely do not work on unprocessed hair in my experience and don't help much with greys. In general, greys are resistant to dye, because their surface structure is different from the rest of your hair and they don't like to absorb colour. You can try to soak your hair in developer only initially to help the absorption, but at that point, you might as well just try the demi-permanent dye first.
As for glosses, I think most lines have some type of product in this family. They can usually be used on their own or mixed into other dyes, depending on the brand. If you can find the instructions online for the specific brand, they will generally explain what kind of mixing ratios to use. I just wouldn't do one layer of dye and then end on the gloss, because it can sometimes take some of the initial colour out.
by DaisydooPosted 2 weeks, 2 days ago
Thank you so much for your reply. Looks like I'll just need to put up with any lift if it does happen & hopefully it won't be as bad as the permanent dye.