Because your hair is so long, I would suggest going to your salon to get this done!
The first problem you’ll have is that your base is very uneven, as you said you’ve bleached bits, greeny bits and blackish bits.
Affinage uses a devleoper to help lift the hair as it colours, but you will end up with a different colour on the ends to the rest of the hair (and the red may not cover the turquoise).
I’d try and get the rest of the turquoise out of your hair with a clarifying shampoo before trying anything else. If you can get that out you could try doing the brown bit and blonde bit separately, but if you’ve black dye growing out also, its likely not to take/lift high enough.
You may need to get your hair stripped and a base colour added before trying to lift for a red!
Sorry for the bad news. Let me know what happens etc.
You could always try a strand test! Your hair is pretty light. The problem with pastel dyes on virgin hair is that they’ll likely wash out very quickly (unless there is staining). Bleach lifts the hair but also roughs up the cuticle and makes the hair more porous making it easier for the dye to penetrate.
You could try a pre-dye shampoo or a clarifying shampoo before you dye to help open your own without bleach.
The great think is (depending on what colour you want to go) is that a pastel purple will neautralise the yellow tones in your hair anyway!
I’d say, try a strand test, either by snipping some from the back underlayer or trying a small highlight on your locks somewhere, see how well it takes and how well it lasts before deciding what to do next.
I suggest popping to a salon and getting them to do it for you!
Basically what people mean from a filler is that by bleaching the hair you’ve taken all of the pigment from it. That base pigmentation often needs to be put back into the hair before attempting certain colour dyes if you want to end up with a nice rich colour.
If your hair is already in bad condition then a box dye will likely make things worse. Consider a semi or demi rather than something permanent.
Also make sure you’re looking after those locks with deep conditioners, oils and protein treatments. (If you need more info, read my white hair guide in the drop down bar)
I would say if you’re determined, most people wouldnt hesitate to put a brown dye over blonde hair. Box dyes often eliminate the need for fillers etc but as I said you may end up with uneven or more damaged hair.
Hi Honey! Its awful when you look after your locks and they still are so unwell. Its a sad fact that once the damage is so badly done there is no reversing it. I don’t know how bad your breakage is, but I would suggest a good protein treatment before you go for the chop.
I don’t know much about argan oil dyes I’m afraid, but all dyes have nasties in them, however a brown won’t have a lifting agent in it (especially if you use a demi) so make sure you read the box etc.
Extensions can often be more of a pain than you think if you’ve not worn them before. If you don’t already have straight hair they can be difficult to blend, so consider looking at different kinds before taking the plunge.
Just to say I had a quick look at argan oil dyes and I think you have to use a peroxide developer with them? If so, stay away!
To bleach your hair you need cosmetic grade peroxide and a bleach powder. Peroxide on its own has nothing to react to so won’t lighten the hair.
I suggest Indola blue bleach powder and a 20 vol creme peroxide.
Please be careful here! Using hydrogen peroxide can be unsafe for your skin in some instances as a pure substance. Its been a staple of first aid and laundry kits for years, but always better to be safe than sorry.
Unfortunately its just a hard old slog to upkeep your roots and pastel hair!
Your roots will likely need doing every 4-6 weeks. Get yourself a 500g tub of bleach and a litre of peroxide, it works out far cheaper in the long run and you can mix up just what you need rather than the pre-determined amounts in something like Jerome russel.
Get someone to help if you can and working quickly and neatly as possible use a tinting brush to bleach your roots with AS LITTLE overlap as possible. Use a LOW volume peroxide as this is your scalp! 10 or 20 vol maximum.
As soon as your roots are lifted, wash off and re-dye your whole head.
Paintbox is supposed to be good, I’ve never shelled out for it myself, but I don’t think its any better than directions for example.
Pink wise directions flamingo or SFX atomic pink will last you ages mixed with a white conditioner! In fact, saying that I know that Albinwonderland has a fantastic video on upkeeping her beautiful pastel pink hair, watch it here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVdYKPvB7jA
Hope that helps!
Hello! This can sometimes happen because of the metallic salts in box dyes, they react badly with the colour already on your head and turn a strange colour. Feria is one of the few brands that still use metallic salts :(
Let me know how it turned out. If its just a hint of green in your blonde you can balance it out (and I know it sounds odd) by using ketchup as a conditioner and toner, just let it sit for a bit and rinse out. The red counteracts the green in your hair. You could also get colour corrected by a salon.
Purple to blonde is usually just an easy process because you just have to wash and wash and the dye actually helps tone as it washes out.
Morning! Yes you can use Gentain, lots of people do. Toner’s are easy to find or make however! Purple dye in conditioner makes a great toner or most drug stores stock some form or another. Search my toner tag (or use the drop down link) to see some of the available ones.
I have decided on a bit of a blog overhaul!
I’ll still be answering all your questions of course, however I’d like the blog to be more…blog like! Back when I started this it was a place for reviews, new products etc etc, and I’m going to try and get back to that!
Hopefully I’ll be posting semi-regular interesting things and not just questions.
I’d like to know if you think it would make sense to make a seperate blog for this so that you don’t have to scrawl through questions to read things, or if any clever person knows if I can # all my questions and hide them somewhere?