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My mum has been dying her hair red since I was about 7 which is how I caught the hair colouring itch. Problem is ever since I've had my hair crazy bright colours, specifically SFX who have the brightest colours, she's wanted her hair to be on par with mine. But I'm struggling to get her hair to go brighter.
Last time we bleached her hair for the first time with 20 vol, it lifted to an orange/gold colour which was fine because we were only going to put red over it anyway. Unfortunately my mums impatient and doesn't listen to me, despite the fact that I study hair at college lol, so we shoved that rubbish live xxl real red over it and it only made it a burnt orange then faded to a yucky colour.
Second time we coloured it and the colour came out way darker that expected, almost like a red brown which is what it is now. I stuck as to what steps to take to achieve the colour she really wants.
She needs a permanent for the roots because of greys, but the rest is fine to bleach since it's only been done once. Any recommendations or ideas would be great, not too worried about brand or price. Thanks :)
I don't think you will need more bleaching. In fact, if you fade the current colour and just apply the one she wants, it will be fine. That looks like poppy red to me. If you really have to apply a permanent colour, over already bleached hair (something I would avoid in general) I suggest the affinage b red series. Just don't use a peroxide stronger than 20vol since her hair is already lightened.
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SFX Nuclear Red, definitely. Just fade it to a pale peachy/salmon color, maybe with some dandruff shampoo or color remover? A color remover containing bleach might actually bring it to a brighter red on its own, my purple went bright pink after using L'Oreal's.
A thanks, think we are gonna go with the affinage for her roots and try directions or sfx on the rest of her hair once she has faded it. I'll be back if we're unsuccessful. I'll post pictures once it's done.
You don't have to use a permanent dye just because her hair is grey. My hair is mostly grey and i just bleach it and apply direct dye the same as if it was any other colour.
I got a lovely true red using a 50/50 mix of Directions Fire and Poppy red.
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Yeah I know you don't have to use a permanent dye but she prefers it because she doesn't like bleach on her head because it's so irritating. Thanks for your suggestion, I happen to have both those colours on me!
What did you use for the last colour? If it was a permanent a colour remover should take out the worst of it and then you can dye over it with a demi like Directions or Special Effects. You might also want to try some of the fading techniques in this article first:
My grey hairs are super stubborn. I actually have to bleach mine or use a high lift blonde before any colour will take. It's very annoying. Is her hair 100% grey or what's the other colour?
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It was a permanent all over so we might try a colour remover first. Her natural hair comes through a mix of grey and medium brown, which is why it's difficult to match her roots and the rest of her hair. I've already told her to start fading as her roots are starting to come through already and the colour has already faded dramatically even after 1 wash. You guys are all so helpful!!