Seeking advice from people with knowledge on hair….

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Busy bee

@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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

(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 # 7
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550 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@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!

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