Removing semi permanent dyes from virgin hairby KayvachPosted 5 years, 10 months ago
I retouched my blue hair a month or so ago and then shortly after that, I dumped undiluted ion brights red over the whole thing. I haven't bleached my regrowth in over 10 months now so I also went over my naturally dark brown hair with the red. Oddly enough, my regrowth almost matched the rest of my hair. However, shortly after this I decided I wanted to fade the red out and go back to blue. Thankfully, ion brights is a pink based red so I am not dealing with a bunch of muddy tones. I soaked my hair quite a few times and faded it with head and shoulders. The red actually came out of my bleached hair with ease (which is odd because my hair usually takes forever to fade) but it is stuck in my natural hair. My hair is now back to a faded light blue with some pinkish/purpleish/muddy tones but my natural brown hair has a red tint. I was just wondering if anybody else has had this experience with semi permanent colors sticking to virgin hair and is my hair is going to be permanently stained. I planned to just dye the bleached portion of my hair a solid blue color but now I'm wondering if I'm going to have to do some red/purple/blue ombre thing to make it blend. I think the red tinted regrowth will look silly against bright blue but I'm not sure. Any suggestions?
by Jude StaffPosted 5 years, 10 months ago
Do you have a photo of it now?
I've never experienced that. My natural hair will not hold a colour unless there's peroxide involved! Perhaps a vitamin C treatment would be worth a try. Make it up with Head & Shoulders for extra effect.
If you find you have to live with the red for a bit, how about doing a purple to blue gradient on your bleached hair to ease the transition from red to blue?
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by katoxPosted 5 years, 10 months ago
Does your dark brown hair have a lot of red pigments in it naturally? I know when I've put oranges all over my hair (including my grown out roots) the orange sticks around fairly well on my roots as it is enhancing what I've already got.
Perhaps it just looks a lot more red than it is because of this and because you have other pinky bits still in your hair, I would just go ahead and colour all the bleached bit blue (you could even put some on your roots to neutralise it up a bit if you wanted) and if it still aggravates you I would try Jude's gradient suggestion.
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by ksiepierskiPosted 5 years, 10 months ago
That's odd, usually semis have a hard time sticking to virgin hair. I know with mine, I can cover my roots with dye, blast it with heat under a cap and leave it on for 6 hours and my roots aren't even tinted with color at all lol.
I would try a fading treatment like suggested already on your virgin hair. What is your natural hair texture like? If you have more of a compact cuticle (silky/smooth feeling hair, 'slippery' - like ponytails often slide out, etc), it could be that your cuticle just needs to be lifted a bit because the color is sort of 'trapped' in there. Adding some vitamin c and/or baking soda to some head and shoulders or clarifying shampoo and letting it set capped on your head for 20 -40 mins should definitely do the trick. It probably won't even take that long.
I would try that first and see how it goes. Have you put blue over your natural color before? Usually on darker hair like that it ends up looking black or muddy with most people, or there may be a blue tint in the sun. If your hair grabs color and hold onto it easily like how it did with the red, it may do the same with the blue or it may not because blue color molecules are the largest. Before you put it on your roots I would try a test strand first to make sure that you like it and that it blends well with the previously lightened hair
Always clarify and demineralize your last cleansing before any chemical process to avoid adverse results or unstable chemical reactions! Remember that test strands can save you a world of headache, that protein damage is permanent, moisture is essential, you can use coconut oil as a lightener pre treatment to minimize protein reduction, and that Olaplex can reform broken disulfide bonds so long as they haven't already negatively paired, but it does not address protein or moisture.
by Wicked_PixiePosted 5 years, 10 months ago
I had the exact same issue with my daughters hair. She let her dark blonde/light brown roots grow long and dyed them and her bleached lengths with Rubine, and later Rose red and Plum in various mixes. When she went back to blonde, we bleached the roots to match the lengths (about 8 inches of roots by now) and there was a lot of pink staining on the virgin hair. The previously bleached areas were much easier to get back to blonde, (although some parts went very green) it was strange. We used a colour remover after bleaching, on the green and the pink, and it did finally go away.
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by KayvachPosted 5 years, 10 months ago
I did do a vitamin c treatment and it hardly moved the color. It has faded some since I dyed it but it definitely still looks reddish. I just took a photo of it in which it looks almost purple but it still looks more reddish and doesn't really blend with blue in real life.
I went ahead and dyed blue over the rest of my hair but the blue I put over the natural hair didn't effect it at all. I don't understand why the red stuck so well and I have used the same color on my boyfriend's virgin hair and it doesn't stick. I might go ahead and try some sort of gradient to blend it although I was hoping to go to turquoise soon.
Also, relating to the tones in my natural hair color, I thought it looked somewhat orangish in some lights but it looks nothing like the color that is sticking to it. I've even seen some places close to my ears where I didn't get red on it and it almost looks like a dark ash brown in comparison. However, I guess I know a decent alternative for unnatural hair colors on my virgin hair lol
Posted 4 days ago
I’ve been coloring my hair purple with semi permanent color for 6-7 months and my roots stayed the same color as the rest of my hair. Today I removed the color mixing baking soda, 10 vol, shampoo and soap. Everything lifted perfectly to a light brown and blonde except my virgin hair. It held the color and turned a bright red. So it looks awful. I’m hoping if I try again it will lift but it feels like it’s only coming out where my hair had been lightened. If I can’t get it out I’ll have to color over it all but I really want to get it out.