(Closed) Only half my hair dyed. HELP!!!

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Uuuugh.  I totally did this to myself a few months ago.  The red dye would not take to the part of my hair that I had dyed previously and only took to the hair that had grown out and was my natural color.  I had to get a dark brown dye to cover up the red.

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Omgbunnies:  Have you ever tried to go from dark brown to auburn red before?  Your roots/top of the head may have been lighter than the rest so it’s probably why it took and the rest didn’t.  

I don’t have any real advice for you, but I hope someone here is a stylist and can help!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@Omgbunnies:  It would be helpful if you could post some pictures? I assume you used “box” color – everything in the box as opposed to a separate dye and peroxide?

I think, overall, you have two options:

1. Go to Sally’s and ask the people there what you need to do. They know their stuff and will be able to set you up with the right products and instructions.

2. Go to a professional and have them fix it.

DO NOT go and buy another box of the same color. If your hair didn’t take the color, there is a reason. I have dealt with dye mishaps more than I care to share, so hopefully I can help.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

And unfortunately I think @pharmy‘s right, another box of the same color won’t take if you try to color it a second time. You could try either professional products or going to a salon to see if they can get the rest of your hair auburn or you can cover up the auburn that’s now on top. =/

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

i’ve done the exact same thing, like 5 months ago. i waited for it to fade, it never did. i didn’t even try doing another box b/c the color i wanted was supposed to be a brown, but only the red dye really seemed to dye my hair, so it was a bright red. i had to go to a salon, and they dyed my hair a pretty dark brown to cover it up, and they chose a brown that was more ashy than warm.

sorry this happened to you, it seriously sucks. πŸ™ if you really can’t stand it, i would go have it professionally done, even though it’s expensive.  mine never faded, so you can try waiting it out but mine lasted 5 months like that before i got it dyed.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@Omgbunnies:  Question: Is the hair that DID dye “new growth” (your natural hair?) or has it been previously dyed? Same with the part that did NOT dye – natural hair or previously dyed? This makes a big difference, as the box colors usually only give you a 10 volume peroxide in them, and that will only deposit color.

If you go the Sally’s route, I reccommend the ion color system. I swear by it.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I would have a professional fix this for sure.  I wouldn’t fool around with it anymore.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

If the dark part is dyed, another dye color will not lighten it. I dyed my hair black about a year and a half ago. It was auburn naturally. I tried a very dark auburn about 8 months later. The only part that took the dye was the roots. And to make it worse, it seemed like only the reddish part of the dye took, so I looked like Ronald McDonald trying to grow out a goth phase. My hair is also currently long enough to reach the waistband of my jeans.

You can dye it a darker color to cover the red, or you can try to have the color removed. Salons will strip old color, but that’s pricey and I’ve never personally had it done.

I used this stuff called Color Oops (it’s on amazon.com, I also found it at Rite Aid). The bottom of my hair is still darker than the top (which is grown out about 7-8″ now), but it’s a lot lighter. I did it two months ago, and I’m considering doing it again. It does work, though there are a few buts:

First, it smells fairly bad. It’s sulpher-based. What it does is undevelops the color so it rinses out. Some have likened the smell to a flower garden in Hell, though I didn’t find it as offensive as that. But it really isn’t pleasant.

Second, you HAVE TO follow the rinsing directions to a T. You need to rinse for 20 minutes straight, shampoo, rinse for another 10 minutes, shampoo again, rinse again for more time. The more you rinse, the more likely it is to work. People have reported the color coming back because not all of the molecules were rinsed from their hair. At that point, they just re-expand overnight and you’re back to square one. The hot water ran out about halfway through for me, so I was blue by the time I got out πŸ™‚ But I stuck with it. I also used music to time the rinses, and to keep myself occupied πŸ™‚ I picked up a cheap clarifying shampoo to do the job. You want something that is going to strip your hair a bit for this job. I’ve read people using Dawn dishwashing liquid, or Head and Shoulders. I didn’t go with the Dawn because I was really concerned with over-drying.

Third, all of the color will likely not come out, particularly in the older parts. The bottom of my hair is almost black (I dyed it many many times before stopping, plus I’ve been dyeing it for years), but it’s lighter and lighter until it’s basically natural at the top. Also, if it does strip the dye, your hair will likely be a different color than you started with. Permanent dyes have peroxide, so it does lighten your hair during the dye process.

Fourth, it’s not as damaging as bleaching, but all that rinsing and shampooing (plus the fact that it does open the cuticle to let the particles out easier) dries your hair out something awful and makes it look and feel all scarecrow-like. Use a deep conditioning mask-type thing after the rinsing is done. I’ve read that the cholesterol masks found in ethnic hair care aisle works well. I don’t remember what I used, but it worked. I picked it up at the pharmacy, but Sally Beauty Supply has a lot of options. I did have to condition my hair everytime I washed it for about a month  (though my hair was already a bit damaged as it is), but I didn’t experience any more breakage than usual. 

And finally, they say you can dye it again the same day. BUT this stuff will make the dye take much darker than you’d expect, so if you do it, get something much lighter than you would normally use. I ended up waiting a few weeks, so I can’t say for certain how light you’d want to go. I actually wasn’t going to dye again for a while, but the greys were driving me nuts. I’m off the permanent dye for a while and am only going with semi-permanent when I absolutely need to. 

It should take out the red you just did fairly easily. The older dye, it should lighten, but you might need to redo it at some point. They say you can do it again within a few days, but I haven’t yet. My hair was way too dry to begin with. 

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Omgbunnies:  I’d put money on it being because of the black dye.  That stuff is a royal b*tch, and that is exactly why mine wouldn’t color.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@Omgbunnies:  That’s exactly what my hair looked like when I used the red dye, only it was more …vibrant πŸ™‚ Black is a beeyotch to get rid of completely =/

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

Oh boy. Been there. You cannot dye over black hair dye. Not by yourself at least, nothing will cover the dyed black portion. You have to either strip the black from your hair (I wouldn’t recommend DIY-ing this) or let the black fade out over time. 

If you want a cheaper fix…go to a Beauty Supply store or a Sally’s – they will probably recommend a specific product, but it will end up being a dark brown dye to cover the red. And give your hair some time to breathe and fade out naturally. I know it’s annoying looking at brownish roots as black slowly fades out. My hair currently still doesn’t accept dye to the bottom 5 inches, I’ve slowly been cutting off the black ends or the past 2.5 – 3 years from my year of black dyed hair.

The pictures aren’t terrible OP, it’s sort of a reverse ombre! πŸ™‚ 

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I would wait 2 weeks and then go get it professionally done! For now deep condition it and take care of it. I redyed my hair at home and had to re-do it now my edges are almost blonde and the rest of my hair is dark brown -_-. (REGRETS)

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