Post # 1
About a year ago when I had dark brown hair, it seemed like a fantastic idea to ombré my own hair. Turned out fine. After a few months, I was sick of it, and colour removed the dark brown to get back to a light brown. Of course, the ombré stayed as it was, as expected. But I then coloured my hair dark red, and all was fine for a couple of weeks until it completely faded out of the ends. My hairdresser said to just keep dying the ends, it will take eventually. I’ve dyed it 3 times in the last few months, and the colour is still not staying in the ends. The roots are staying the desired colour though! So it’s dark red fading down to a pinkish-blonde on the ends. Do you have any tips on how to make the colour stay? I know red is notoriously bad for fading, but the roots look great! Every time I colour it, the red runs out on to the towel after washing, probably for a couple of weeks. I did have a trim a few weeks back and had a lot of the ombred ends cut off, but there are still some there evidently!
Post # 3
@Deejayelle: I think the problem is trying to put red dye straight over blonde/lighter ends. It would have been better to first dye all of your hair one shade of brown to even it out, and then put a red over it.
Post # 4
Red is a very hard dye for hair to take to. I am not a hair stylist but I know been told that time and time again by stylists red is finicky on hair for taking and fades very fast
Post # 6
You should NOT color over all of your hair and then dye red on top of it. That is not going to accomplish what you want.
It sounds like you fried your hair when you did a DIY ombre- it’s not retaining color because it’s so porous that the color molecules are strippingr right out past the cuticle when you wash. If your stylist hasn’t already tried to use a filler, that’s worth a shot- it should be a demi-perm first and then MAYBE a semi over top of it. If she’s using 20vol or higher on your ends, that’s just compounding the problem by blowing open the already damaged cuticle to try to add more pigment.
If your ends are that toasted that they won’t retain color, you probably need to cut them off. You can try a cellophane but those kind of make a mess. It’s a misconception that you can “repair” hair once it’s been damaged- you can try to coat it, but there’s no way to “fix” it once it’s been damaged. Once it leaves your scalp, it’s dead and won’t regenerate.
I hope this is helpful
Love, a former colorist