(Closed) Bottle Blondes: I need advice!

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
2595 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

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HoneysHoney:  I think you should wait over processing hair can cause it to look brittle and damaged. I recently went from black to an intresting shade of copper (I hate it) but if you wait a little while you might find that you like it.  The salon really F-ed up my hair and went exactly the opposite of what I wanted. Sigh. But wait a while it might grow on you . Plus, going lighter is def. better if you do it in steps!

For reference I wanted an ombres dark on the top and light on the bottom: I now have to wait 4 more weeks to get this nonsense fixed. Better to have funky colored hair than to have weak and brittle lifeless hair.

Post # 3
1141 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Before going crazy with more bleach, get a purple shampoo.

Apply it to dry hair, massage in, leave for 5 minutes or so, then rinse out. The purple counteracts warm tones, so it may help with the golden colour you’re seeing. My blonde gets brassy over time and applying purple shampoo helps so much! Far less damaging than a second round of bleach.

If that fails, speak to your salon about a toner. That would also help to calm the golden tones.

Post # 4
4113 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Purple shampoo and conditioner!

My hair has the tendency to turn orange-ish after a while because my red undertones are so strong.. To keep my blonde ashy, I use a purple Kevin Murphy conditioner a couple times a week.

Next time you go blonde, I would talk to your salon about toners. They should be toning your hair to keep it from going brassy.. When I went from brown to blonde ombre, it took 2 seperate appointments so that my hair didn’t become over processed or brassy. Good blone is tough, you need a really reputable salon or hair dresser for it to work well.

Post # 6
7414 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

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HoneysHoney:  go with the purple shampoo and conditioner!

If your salon suggested waiting 6 weeks, I’d wait!

Post # 8
352 posts
Helper bee

I will also suggest Purple shampoo and conditioner, but it can sometimes make your hair dry and can transfer the purple to your hair if you use it too often.  I have had some of my “white blonde pieces turn a pale purple, but it comes out with a clarifying shampoo.  MAke sure you have a hair mask or a really good conditioner.

Also, ask your colorist about OLAPLEX.  I find that this product helps when going blonde to minimize drying.  My hair has actually come out looking healthier after processing with this product.  If your colorist doesn’t use OLAPLEX, then make sure you wait the 6 weeks before processing your hair again.

Post # 9
86 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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HoneysHoney:  Im naturally dark brown hair and a few months back I decided to go blond . my stylist informed me it would be a process and that it would be unprofessional of her to attempt the look in one day . First she had to strip out the dark brown dye ( needed to dye due to grays) and then she dyed it lighter and did some highlights . I went back every 6-7 weeks to add more highlights and to get it toned . I can say that gradual is best cause my hair is not damaged ! I have the color I want and I will say it is worth the wait !!! Good luck and be patient !

Post # 10
4615 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2016


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HoneysHoney:  Tone, tone, tone!  I have the same problem now that I’m trying to get my natural dark ash blonde hair back from the medium brown/auburn I had the past year.  My stylist has gotten me to the right level, but my hair still looks very gold.  For me, the purple shampoo only really works to keep the ash tone, not to get rid of really yellow/orange tones.  Your stylist should be able to tone it, but it definitely will take months to get it to the right shade, if not longer.  Last time I went from brunette (dyed) to medium champagne blonde, it took a full year for it to be the right tone, going every 8-10 weeks for color.  My hair also isn’t damaged though, so you can speed it up if you’re willing to deal with the consequences.  Depending on how light your hair has been lifted, you can tone it yourself with Wella Color Charm.  I did that last week and my hair is less brassy (though not the ash tone I want). 

ETA: Ash blonde is a really really difficult color to achieve.  I love coloring my hair and have gone through hell and back every time I’ve tried to get my natural color back.  As long as you know that it’ll take a while and temper your expectations, you’ll get to it eventually 🙂

  • This reply was modified 6 years, 4 months ago by missinthecity.
Post # 11
2214 posts
Buzzing bee

I had the same situation a few years ago and I went and got it done sooner than recommended my hair ended up snapping off. I would get the purple shampoo or if its really bad you can go back in and get it toned but don’t bleach it again before you give it a break.

Post # 12
383 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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HoneysHoney:  PURPLE SHAMPOO!!!! I have highlights and I can’t stannnnnd when they get yellow-y so I bought a purple shampoo that does wonders.

I’ve found the one I like best is Joico Color Endure. It’s extremely pigmented so I think it does a really great job. I have a comparison photo to show that it REALLY did work for me when I thought nothing else would. Also, in between you can have your hair dresser put on a toner for you to tone down the yellowness of the blonde without frying your hair.

Post # 13
1673 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Clairol makes a great purple shampoo that you buy at Sally Beauty Supply called Shimmer Lights. It’s designed specifically to combat gold tones.

Post # 15
70 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

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HoneysHoney:  You can ask them to put a toner on the hair. It will get some of the brassy color out as well. 

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