January: bleached my level 2-3 Asian hair to a level 9 (but left the roots black + transition) at a salon
February: My mum thought that after she toned her hair dark brown (3N at least), it would be a great idea to use the rest of her mix on my hair without warning me. I didn't' want to stay with a black stain on a strand so I let her continue. Her goal was to lower the black colour to achieve an ombré
Same day: big fail, the hair dresser had to correct that awful ombré, so he tried his best by working on the transition, but had to leave that ombré. (3N on top fading to a 5N for the transition with the blonde)
With time, it looked more and more like I was wearing a black helmet but well, I had exams and didn't have time to do anything about it.
Now that I have more free time, I realise how harsh the black looked on me. So I gave Colour B4 a go.
First application: lifted to dark red-brown. I did a second application as I wanted to get rid of that red
Second application: I got rid of the red. Lifted to milkchocolate colour.
I'm reaaaally close to something smooth and wearable, but I still have that helmet effect. It doesn't shock the eye as the colour is brighter, but I have several options in mind:
1. wait at least a week and do some highlights in the brown parts to "break the line"
2. use Colour B4 a third time (but I seriously doubt that it would have any further effect + it wouldn't solve my helmet problem)
3. A toner?
Problems: option 1) I don't want to totally bleach my hair (as I already stressed them enough some months ago... and breakage is in sight), so highlights would be maybe ok (note that the hairdresser did a strand test and told me that my hair was still alright and that I could do some highlights later if I wanted). But it's still bleach, right... so still damaging.
option 2) On the other hand Colour B4 won't transform that brown into blonde (I think). After two applications, i really doubt that I can achieve anything better than that.
option 3) I don't know if a toner could do something at all (don't think so). But heard it could prevent brassy hair. Maybe it will make the transition look smoother?
Maybe you guys have a fourth option? or an advice?
Oh by the way: I'd like to keep my blonde (even if it's only the half of it). So no dark dye on the blonde parts wanted.
Can you give us an up to date photo?
Ok, the only way to smooth out the transition is take darker dye into the blonde - which you've said you won't do - or bleach out the top a little.
You can do this two ways. Like a balayage and paint it on in a way that it gives you a more random broken edge. Or like a normal ombré and back comb your hair. The problem with both of these methods is you don't want to be overlapping onto the blonde already there because you'll end up with a band of brighter blonde and/or breakage, especially the second method. You might be able to do it using the first, but you'd be better doing it with a friend you trust.
Honestly, though it's not what you want to do, taking some dark dye into the blonde, just a little way, would help massively. It would be much easier, less damaging and more effective. The dark part really isn't all that long so any method of trying to blend in the blonde more is going to really tricky and very damaging on those parts. As I said, you could end up with some bad breakage, that would be a worse way to lose the blonde 🙂
There's not really any other way to smooth a transition like that. The other ways with add or remove colour, but the transition will still be a fairly harsh line.
I don't want to dye all my hair darker, but I guess I can give in and bring some dark highlights down. Can I do a mix? A balayage and a reverse balayage (not simultaneously though)?
Honestly, though it's not what you want to do, taking some dark dye into the blonde, just a little way, would help massively. It would be much easier, less damaging, and more removed link * effective. The dark part really isn't all that long so any method of trying to blend in the blonde more is going to be really tricky and very damaging on those parts. As I said, you could end up with some bad breakage, that would be a worse way to lose the blonde
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