Almost a year ago I decided to dye my hair black, and while I loved it I am trying to outgrow it for my August wedding. I have natrurally dark yet warm chocolate brown hair. I think this will look much better in photos because it is my natural colour, and it’s just warmer for a summer wedding than black.
My problem is, it’s taking FOREVER to grow out!!! It’s about halfway down, making my ends look like a terrible ombre dye job gone wrong. I really wanted to go about this naturally. I recieve my regular trims to keep my hair healthy, but it’s too late to do a chop because theres 6 months to go to the wedding, and not enough time to grow it back.
I think my only option is to strip my hair, but I’m terrified!! I’ve never done it before, and I have nightmares my hair is going to fall out or look like straw. I have very fine hair, so not sure if this is appropriate for me.
Can any bee’s help me? What are your experiences with stripping your hair? Thanks!
normally I’m all about DIY hair. I’ve been doing it for over 20 years. but the thing is, even with tons of experience, I’ve screwed up. in fact, even just today I posted a question to the bee regarding some hairdye help because I’m trying to fix a bad home dye job. but I love DIY, and I actually hate it when people say “go to a salon”.
since you have a wedding around the corner, I strongly recommend you go to a salon for this. it is really fun to dye your own hair, and I’d love to give you advice, but really— if you never have done it before, now is not the time.
one of the main reasons I’m encouraging this too is that a truly chocolate brunette is super insanely hard to get right. it tends to go too red/orange. you’d think blonde would be the most difficult, but no, it’s brown! it’s like the holy grail of dye colors to get right.
My advice to you would be NOT TO STRIP YOUR HAIR. Take it from me:
I have naturally dirty blonde/light brown hair, and a few years ago I bought boxed hair color to make it light blonde. It ended up turning my hair orange! I went to a professional hair stylist who said the only way to get rid of this color would be to strip my hair. She did warn me that it could cause serious breakage but I could care less because I HATE BRASSY HAIR!
So lo and behold I let her strip my hair. Keep in mind I had long thick nice hair before it was stripped….After she stripped it and corrected the color, my hair was COMPLETELY fried. Sure the color looked 100 times better, but my hair was completely burnt and ruined.
I also noticed that it kept breaking more and more over time. After a few washes, I noticed my hair was getting thinner and thinner to the point where it looked ridiculous up in a pony tail because there was such little hair left. The fact that I flat ironed my hair 2-3 times a week probably didn’t help either, but even when I stopped flat-ironing it, I still noticed breakage and it always looked so dried out. It took me 4 years to grow out that disaster.
I’ll tell you right now that YES your hair will look like straw, and YES it will break (not necessarily fall out at the root) but it will break off and become thin. For me, I really was so upset about the brassyness that I was willing to do anything to fix it and didn’t care about the consequenses. It’s up to you in the end: but please keep in mind what I said about the damage it causes.
I had my hair color corrected recently because I actually wanted to go lighter but the bottom half of my hair had layers of colors on it, ranging from red to black-brown. So my stylist wanted to color correct it before giving me the new overall color and highlights I wanted.
– He definitely color corrected it well and after all was said and done, my color looked even all over. It turned out exactly the shade I wanted (after he colored it back).
– The parts that were color-corrected were super dry and like straw. I have super long hair and I have to use about three hair products and extremely moisturizing shampoo/conditioner to make it manageable. Hair masks also help.
– It takes a long time and maybe multiple rounds to get it corrected to the right level.
I would definitely go with a very experienced colorist because it’s a tricky process. He had to apply this several times and kept checking it frequently. It’s been about four months since I had this done and I’ve gotten highlights again since this happened and it still looks fine. With the right combination of products, my hair looks good (though the texture is definitely different from before). Because I have super long hair, I do blowdry but I use product first and I don’t usually dry it until it’s bone dry. I also wash my hair every other day or less to help with the dryness. Because it is dry, it does get tangled more than before.
I agree with @Stranger516: totally stripping may be unnecessary. if you go to a good salon, they will most likely employ some other method to lighten your hair (like maybe using a little peroxide without bleach powder) and then redye it to brown. but what should be done totally depends on what color it is and what color you are trying to achieve. there are different methods of lightening hair, and hopefully the salon will be able to help figure out how to do it in the most gentle and least brassy way.
oh, be sure to tell the stylist what brand of dye you used too. the type of chemicals in dye brands vary, and can alter effects on future hair color jobs, even if it’s months or years later.
A few years ago I got my hair dyed back to it’s “natural color” at a salon, which resulted in my hair turning green. I used this stuff called Color Oops and my hair looked almost all the way normal again (it was just slightly blonder). I was so freaking happy that I decided to use this stuff, because the before looked BAD! I was super gentle with my hair for a a few months after that no highlighting, straightening, and lots of deep conditioning and my hair never seemed brittle or dry. In fact, I probablly could have heat styled my hair without a problem. Also, I have never dyed my hair again. Too scary!
I agree that you should NOT strip your hair yourself. It is definitely worth the money to go to a professional. I will say that my hair got FRIED when I went to a professional so I would speak up if you think they are damaging your hair. The only reason why my hair was so fried was because I had red underneath it. Black lift much better than red does. I am also blonde naturally, though.
@pharmy: +1. I’ve done this before and it worked well for me, but I was stripping semi-permanent turqoise dye out of my already bleached hair to dye it pink. It is definitely less damaging than stripping your hair the conventional way so it could be worth a try.
I’ve used Colour Before and it’s fabulous. I expected it to be harsh but it isn’t. It can take more than one time to get the colour out. My hairdresser even commented on the condition of my hair after I used it.
Ive home stripped with colour B4 loads and some other non name brands, its really easy and ive never had any damage from it and always get compliments on how healthy it looks afterwards
the biggest downside is the strip souloution STINKS of sulphur (which is a smell like rotten eggs) and its right on your head so no escaping it and although you should with all hair products this is one where I REALLY suggest a well ventalated space, afterwards your hair might smell a little funny too but you can usually just wash it with a scented shampoo tomask it – colour stripping doesnt work on bleached hair but should lift black out fine as long as theres no peroxide in it
ive never met someone who used a home strip and had a bad experiance… ironically all the ‘bad’ cases ive heard are from hairdresses who do it wrong (mix soloutions using to much etc…) so I honestly would suggest not going to a salon as each experiance can vary wildly and instead use the tried, true and tested ‘always the same’ home system that has pretty much flawless reviews