Post # 1
So I had my hair bleached totally blonde, but I wanted a more golden blonde so I used a gold protein filler and then dyed my hair blonde. After a couple of weeks of that, I was tired with the upkeep and just decided to go back to brown. I was advised that in order to go brown I needed a red protein filler.. So I put that on and then I used Argan oil dark? Chocolate brown. My hair came out very very red… And I did NOT like it. I thought perhaps I could fix the problem by putting on a brown filler and reapplying the same dye. Now my hair is definitely darker, like the dark tone that I wanted, But when you look at it in direct light is like an extremely red light brown, and I HATE it!
Is there any way to fix this, or am I screwed? Did I accidentally make my base hair color red, so now I can never escape it?
All I want is BROWN hair. 🙁
I can post pics if needed.
Post # 3
@FutureWifeyV: yikes…….I am not a hair stylist but I do work in a salon. My advice would be to go see a color specialist before you do irreversible damage. A color specialist, not just a cosmetologist.
Post # 4
well, corrective color is pretty tricky, and that’s a LOT to put your poor hair through! whoever told you you needed a red fill is correct…what may have happened is that the box color you used may have already had red pigment in it resulting in the redder-than-expected color.
if you want to negate the reddish tone, you need to use a brown with a green base. at this point, i would try something like a sebastian cellophane, if you really can’t stand it…definitely nothing permanent…you only need deposit, and the permanent box colors are going to lift and deposit which puts your hair through more than it needs to go through.
look for a semi or demi permanent color with a green base (i’d say look for ammonia free, given that you’ve bleached and colored and colored). it will gradually fade out, so if you see the red coming back, don’t be concerned, just redo it midshaft-ends (you don’t need to apply it to new growth) every 4-6 weeks.
Post # 5
(also, @FutureWifeyV:, if you have brown hair, your base color has always been red. 😀 without getting into more technical info than you probably care about. hehe.)
Post # 6
@cateyes: thank you!! I’m actually not quite sure what my hair color is, I’ve been dying it for about 7 years. At which point my hair was like a dirty blonde that was going darker! I guess I was thinking that since I stripped my hair of everything by bleaching it so hard, that it no longer had a base so the red “turned me in to a red head” for lack of a better phrase haha.
I’m definitely going to give my hair some resting time, even though I’m eager to have. A set color so I can dye my extensions and start wearing them 🙁 Hopefully I’ll get it worked out soon.
Should I try using a red blocker that you can buy in little packets at Sally’s next time I dye my hair, or would that even do anything?
Post # 7
@FutureWifeyV: honestly…you’d probably be better off going to see someone for corrective color. if you don’t want to splash out for a color specialist at a salon, you could try a cosmetology school. the students are supervised by teachers with experience…but there’s still no guarantee.
perhaps this chart will help you.
if you won’t go see a specialist, then i recommend using ONLY semi-perm, ammonia free color until it’s time to do your roots (with the green base)…then use the same brown you used all over the first time and see if there’s a difference between the new growth that you just colored and the majority of it that is too red for your liking.
every time you color it, you compromise its integrity a little bit, and then if you normally style it with heat, it’s even more susceptible to damage. just be careful and treat it nicely!