(Closed) Hairdresser/Hair expert Bees: tell me about Color Oops please!

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
1505 posts
Bumble bee

I’m not a hair expert by any definition, but I have done this on a friend’s hair a couple times now and it works great. You have to make sure to keep the product as warm as possible, so wear a shower cap and continually massage the hair. She is naturally a moussy brown, had dyed her hair deep brown/almost black and her hair ended up at a light auburn.

Post # 4
97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’m not a hair professional, but I have done my own hair processing quite a bit, including Color Oops and bleach.

It is damaging to your hair, yes.  It has a similar effect on your hair as bleach as well, meaning, the color you’re left with will be the underlying base color depending on how far you’re able to lift it (so your hair will be red, orange, or yellow).

If your hair is in decent shape now, it’ll probably be fine.  If you need to lift it quite a lot, you can’t do it all at once, it must be spread out to give your hair a break (it doesn’t sound like this would be necessary in your case, though).  Just plan on really babying it afterwards with deep conditioning treatments and minimal heat styling.  At one point, I went black to light blonde over the course of 2 weeks, and my hair was okay (even felt pretty soft afterwards).  However, over the course of the following year, I had to get it trimmed a lot more often than usual.

Good luck!! 🙂

Post # 5
1475 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

As a hairdresser, I can tell you that your hair stylist should have some professional form of colour remover available besides bleach. At my salon we use something called Vanish, which actually works quite well.

Now, the colour remover is never a guarantee…it’s usually a first step in the lightening process. Results are usually extremely brassy/orange if anything, so obviously a follow-up process (usually an all-over colour or colour + highlights) is required. But it saves your hair the damage of being completely bleached. If you wanted to go super light, I would agree with your hairdresser that all-over bleaching would be necessary. But since you only want to go a few shades lighter, she should have recommended a colour remover instead.

All that being said, corrective colour is a tricky process, and can be very damaging if it’s not done correctly. Not to mention that it can turn out atrocious. I would NOT do this at home – leave it to a professional. Since your hairdresser offered no colour removal option, do some research online and find a well-reputed salon in your area that specializes in creative colour. Call and ask if they offer a colour remover as part of a corrective colour service. For corrective colours, many salons want you to come in for a (free) consultation before they decide what services to use and how much to charge, but they will be able to tell you over the phone whether or not they carry Vanish or a similar professional-grade colour remover.

I hope this helped.

Post # 6
794 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

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cdncinnamongirl:  Quite honestly, I’ve done and had everything done to my hair at one point or another. I’ve found that all the products avaiable for stripping the hair are horribly damaging. They made my hair weak and straw-like. After a lot of awful experiences, I took coloring matters into my oan hands and have restored my hair’s health and shine (and beautiful color). I started by using a high level blonde color and 30 volume lotion (bleach) from Goldwell Topchic (2 parts bleach to 1 part color). I took my hair from a very dark, ugly, reddish-black to a beautiful light ash brown. I use a dark ash blonde color and 20 volume lotion (1:1 ratio) on my roots when they come out and it matches pefectly every time. I’m not saying it’s for everybody. I get why people are scared to dye their own hair, but it’s the best my color has ever been. All I can say is never ever ever EVER use golden tones on yourself. Ash and neutral are the safest. I can’t tell you what to do! I can just tell you from trying so many options, going the bleaching route was the best option and did no damage to my hair. Good luck!!!

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