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Colour B4 and re-oxidation during rinsing stage
« on: 07 Jun 18 / 09:31 PM »
I got my hair to a fairly light blonde shade, but then I went through a stressful period with my relationship and on an impulse I dyed it dark brown. Yeah, just a box dye right over the blonde. Naturally, that turned an interesting shade of reddish black-brown on top and a slimy green light brown on my poor, damaged ends. INSTANT REGRET!  *ott*

Thankfully Colour B4 is a thing, and I was in awe when my hair had turned yellow pre-rinsing. However, it reoxidised a LOT - I did expect some, of course, and I was extremely relieved to be rid of the murky dark brown, but it bugged me how most of the darkening happened WHILE I was rinsing. It did darken a tiny bit in the days after too, but as I was rinsing it went from yellowy blonde to a medium reddish brown.

I've done lots of research on how to avoid re-oxidation and honestly, I'm out of ideas. I rinsed for half an hour in scolding hot water, buffering several times and scrunching dry with a towel in the middle of it - I doubt the rinsing is the problem, both because I've done it perfectly by the book, but also because my hair had severely darkened before I even dried my hair mid-rinse.

I was initially happy with my reddish color but now the brassy tones are starting to get on my nerves and I really miss my blonde. I know that with my hair re-oxidising a lot I can't expect it to be as light as it was, but I want it to be some kind of blonde, at least. Does anyone have any ideas? Should I crank up the water pressure? Rinse for longer with just water before buffering, or buffering right away? I know to use it on clean, non-conditioned hair.
 

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Re: Colour B4 and re-oxidation during rinsing stage
« Reply #1 on: 09 Jun 18 / 10:33 AM »
All you can do is try it again. One thing I can suggest that you donít specifically mention is use clarifying shampoo to wash your hair first. Then, as you say, donít use conditioner and dry it. That should remove any oils etc that might have causing a barrier to the dye molecules actually escaping.
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Re: Colour B4 and re-oxidation during rinsing stage
« Reply #2 on: 09 Jun 18 / 07:40 PM »
I actually have a hard time finding a clarifying shampoo here in Norway, at least without spending a lot. Would a harsh shampoo such as Head & Shoulders do the trick?
 

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Re: Colour B4 and re-oxidation during rinsing stage
« Reply #3 on: 09 Jun 18 / 09:59 PM »
Head & Shoulders has silicone in it so probably not a good idea.
 

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Re: Colour B4 and re-oxidation during rinsing stage
« Reply #4 on: 11 Jun 18 / 12:19 PM »
Thanks for your replies! I got Hask's Purifying Charcoal Shampoo - it was the only thing I could find at a reasonable price, and it says to remove buildup. I used it twice, rinsed thoroughly and now I've got Colourless working its magic as we speak! Fingers crossed I'll be blonde in an hour!
 

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Re: Colour B4 and re-oxidation during rinsing stage
« Reply #5 on: 11 Jun 18 / 02:02 PM »
I hope it worked!
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Re: Colour B4 and re-oxidation during rinsing stage
« Reply #6 on: 11 Jun 18 / 02:38 PM »
It did! Well, it re-oxidised a bit, but not by far as much as the last time. It got as light as usual, a slightly orange-y yellowy blonde (a horrible color, to be honest - I'm glad it didn't turn out like that!) and darkened to a neutral/golden dark/possibly medium blonde, depending on who you ask. And this time I didn't rinse for as long as before either, as I got fed up with showering and didn't want the yellow shade either. I rinsed for five, buffered for two, rinsed for three-four, buffered for two-three, rinsed for three-four again and then washed with the clarifying shampoo. It seems it did the trick! Definitely left my hair squeaky clean, lol.
 

 

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