Any hairdresser bees that have tips on the ombré that just won't die?

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
184 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@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
6632 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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
1599 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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

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