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From Blue to Orange Hair (my experience)
« on: 14 Sep 14 / 03:30 PM »
I haven't been able to find very much on this specific colour change, so I thought I'd share my experience so others can get an idea of what they might expect. Please remember this isn't a tutorial! Just an example of how I changed my hair (and what went wrong).

Initially I dyed my hair with Directions turquoise, Crazy Colour cyclamen, and a little of CC's peacock blue. It looked like this:

After a couple weeks I tried everything to fade it, since I planned on going orange/ginger from the start, and that this would just be a look for the summer. Since I was moving away to uni again, I had a limited amount of time. After trying to fade it, and using lots of anti-dandruff shampoo, showering 3 and 4 times a day with little fade at all, I went ahead and bleached my hair.
This was the result:

There was still a lot of blue in my hair, so I continued to try and fade it out. I even tried fairy liquid, which didn't do anything either. (With everything, I was leaving it on my head under a cap for about an hour, and then showering). I used a colour remover, which was expensive and did absolutely nothing, aside from make my hair smell like egg. Scott Cornwall clarifying shampoo lifted some more of the blue, but my hair was still definitely stained. Since it wasn't going to fade any more, and I didn't want to bleach, I went ahead and dyed over it with L'Oreal Feria in Paprika. This was my strand test:

Although my strand test came out a lovely ginger, this was the ugly result of the full colouring:

As you can see, the Paprika didn't cover the blue at all. Even where the blue was very pale, there was absolutely no hint of ginger. The colour just didn't take. Lesson: Don't always trust your strand test.

So, the next morning, I had to do something to cover the blue. (I was on my way to a ballet of Dracula, and did *NOT* want to look like a rusty penny). So, I threw on some of Adore's orange blaze. I had bought it to use in the shower to keep my hair and roots looking fresh and orange. I have a *lot* of hair too, about 3ft, so I normally have to use multiple packs of dye to cover it all. I put the dye anywhere there was blue, and massaged it in. I put it under a shower cap and blitzed it with a hairdryer as the Adore says to process with heat. I only left it on for about 5 minutes max, as I was in a rush, but when I showered it off, the colour had taken and covered all the blue!
The result:

(Apologies for the selfie).

There's still some patchy bits at the back that I missed in my haste, but I have to say if you're looking for something to cover a stubborn colour, Adore worked wonders for me (despite smelling like an orange-flavoured boiled sweet).
So in short: be prepared in the event that your colour doesn't fade out, even permanent, brand-name dyes won't always cover a stubborn colour, and if it gets to that point, Adore is great (in my experience) for quickly and effectively covering stained, patchy or discoloured hair.

I hope this was at least a little informative and helps some people who might be considering a similar change! I could hardly find anything about this specific colour change, and it was a steep learning curve to get where I wanted, so hopefully my experience can help out someone else. (:

Wicked Pixie

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Re: From Blue to Orange Hair (my experience)
« Reply #1 on: 14 Sep 14 / 03:39 PM »
Glad you got to a colour you are happy with.
Permanent dyes are never a good idea over a bleached base, direct dyes will give a much better result and without any further damage.

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Re: From Blue to Orange Hair (my experience)
« Reply #2 on: 14 Sep 14 / 08:11 PM »
So i was correct in saying the blue would neutralize the orange. Good to know for the future.
Glad the adore worked out in the end. I always say semi's are much better and more reliable than permanent dyes.
Make sure to condition your hair well as you put peroxide on and the fading methods dry it out too.
Good luck at uni.


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Re: From Blue to Orange Hair (my experience)
« Reply #3 on: 14 Sep 14 / 08:53 PM »
Adore seems to cover greens and blues really well. the colour is really pretty. but like wp said, one should never bleach and the double process using a  ox dye.

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Re: From Blue to Orange Hair (my experience)
« Reply #4 on: 15 Sep 14 / 09:00 PM »
This is why I said not to use a permanent ... they aren't very reliable over freshly bleached bases!

Glad the Adore worked for you, though.  Really baby your hair now, because you've double processed it and put it through a lot of very drying treatments in several days.


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