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Stripped hair disaster!!
« on: 24 Apr 16 / 06:36 PM »
Hi guys, hoping someone can help! I'm new here :-)

I've dyed my hair myself (with box dye I'm afraid!) on & off since I was 15. I'm a brunette so usually stick to browns/reds and never had an issue!

I had my hair highlighted at my salon back in November last year. A couple of months ago I dyed over that myself (dark chocolate) and it came out fine. I then decided to have a balayage but my hairdresser said it would be too big a process! So I said okay, go for a dark brown with a violet tinge for now. She then said she'd have to strip the colour first (I've had this done once at a hairdressers previously and I had to fix my hair myself!). I agreed as I could see that my ends & top were looking a bit too dark, although what I have been left with now is awful.

After she stripped the hair colour, it was obviously the brassy sort've orange colour but it was also patchy and I could see patches of my virgin hair (mousey brown). The colour she put on came out too red, with barely any brown pigment. Within two weeks it faded back to the brassy orange. I couldn't hack it so I dyed it myself. It came out fine but I made the mistake of using a red. I then visited another hairdresser whom advised she'd cleanse out the red; it did go the same orangey colour but less patchy. She then put on a chestnut brown (Wella hairdye product) and left for 20mins. Within a week, this has now also faded to the stripped colour and my virgin hair is showing at the top and fringe…about a 2 inch band.

I'm at a loss as to what to do & would love some advice. I feared that this would happen as my hair has been stripped back twice within the space of 4 weeks! So it is probably very porous. I have been conditioning and treating my hair as much as I can. It certainly feels much better but the colour is vile- all I can do is tie my hair up. I don't know what to do- I'm tempted to put an ash brown semi dye on?! Please help if you can??
 

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Re: Stripped hair disaster!!
« Reply #1 on: 24 Apr 16 / 08:25 PM »
Ok so first of all, what did you strip your hair with? Hair colour removers like Color Oops or L'Oreal ColorZap? Or did you strip the colour with bleach? If you stripped your hair with bleach, you have to let it rest first, as it could be damaged and bleaching it again would damage it further beyond rapair.

The next question is, if you wanted a balayage and the hairdresser said it was a long process to go through, why didn't you just grip some patience? I mean anything needs a long time to be done well and with less damage, especially when it comes to hair.

Since what's done is done now, I'm intereseted in what final result do you want now. Semi permanent dyes don't really cause much damage to hair, so you can dye your hair all you want. But if you want something else, I suggest you go to a hairdresser and be patient. I want a silver ombre, but my hair is too yellow right now. I already made some mistakes and had to bleach my hair twice. Now I'm more oatient for the sake of my hair and plan to wait another month before I do anything else to my hair.

Whatever route you choose in the end, good luck.  *loveeyes*
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Re: Stripped hair disaster!!
« Reply #2 on: 24 Apr 16 / 08:37 PM »
If it's done in a salon, colour removal is very often bleach.

My guess is your hair is far too damaged to hold the dye that's being put on it. It's been dyed, stripped, bleached and dyed many times it seems. That's going to have severely damaged the cuticle, if not totally blown it off. That then means there's nothing to hold the dye into the hair.

Your best bet now is to use the natural colour dyes in the adore range. These are totally non damaging and can be used over and over again if the colour fades quickly. You can even put some in your conditioner to top up the colour each time you wash your hair.
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Re: Stripped hair disaster!!
« Reply #3 on: 02 May 16 / 01:13 PM »
Hi both!! Thank you so much for the replies, I've only just caught up with them!

Just to mention, when the original hairdresser said about going lighter would be a long process, she also added she couldn't do that on that same day! Which is why I suggested the dark brown/violet tinge idea, so stripping my hair back seemed unnecessary really, but there you go.

It's been over bleached now (by hairdressers, not me) so I did put on a very light semi colour that'll fade in 8 washes. I've been treating my hair with protein products daily to try to sort the cuticles out. The colour has stuck ok and cancelled out the orange, but it's not great. The top is now showing a violent hue (!!) I'm going to leave it for now to recover :)

Thanks so much for the advice :)
 

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Re: Stripped hair disaster!!
« Reply #4 on: 03 May 16 / 09:43 AM »
I'd recommend using Adore as much as you can as even box semi's have developer in them and could make matters worse, even if you just use adore to tide you over between box semi's so you're not using them as often.

Another thing to consider, do you blow dry your hair? Myself and a few friends have noticed we get a band of fade where we angle the hair dryer (for me on the right hand side about half way up my head) so I found cutting out blow drying as much as possible helped. If this means wearing your hair up for work and only styling it for going out etc it might be worth it to help rescue your hair?
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Re: Stripped hair disaster!!
« Reply #5 on: 03 May 16 / 05:34 PM »
Ah! Great tip on the fade, that makes a lot of sense, thanks :-) I completely agree, I'm now just leaving my hair up most of the day…a bit annoying but I just need my hair to recover.

Will be checking out the adore range, they sound so much better! I just wish I could get back my hair how it was before my first hairdressers stripped it back & now damaged it! Haha. Ah well :) Thank you girls
 

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Re: Stripped hair disaster!!
« Reply #6 on: 06 May 16 / 08:41 AM »
You may find the Adore fades fairly quickly but I find leaving it on under a shower cap or cling film for a few hours and heating it with a hairdryer (over the shower cap, you don't want the dye to dry out) every so often then wrapping it in a towel or putting a beanie hat on to keep the heat in really helps.

Another quick note on wearing it up, try to vary the style so you don't get a band of damage from your hair elastic. Braids and plaits are good, I do a lot of Heidi plaits crossed over the top of my head, or a tuck and roll into a headband is a good one too, and leaves you with nice bouncy waves when you take it out (Pinterest is awesome for ideas and tutorials for stuff like that!)
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