So finally I am some sorta normalish semblance of a blonde shade. Lol. I'll give you the story in pictures as I took pics pretty much every step of the way. Keep in mind I did all this today between the hours of say...10:30am and 4:00pm. I don't suggest you do this all in one day, but I am a stubborn girl and I have kicked the crap outta my hair before and so I know sorta how it handles...but even I shouldn't have done all this (I could've gone without one of the steps I did...)
Remember the brown hair before?
So I started with removing the brown hair colour using L'oreal color remover. I am pretty sure that it's just basically bleach and isn't specially formulated to remove only artificial dye or anything like that. It said not to use it on natural hair, but it removed the colour of that as well cuz I wanted it even. Haha. It did it FAST too. I had applied to my ends up until about an inch away from the roots and by the time I got through my whole head that way the back was yellow already so I went and applied throughout my root areas and then when I was done that I waited about...3 mins while I gathered stuff for a shower, and hopped in. Probably less than.
Here's the colour remover doing it's job.
So this is how that turned out. Lovely shade of yellow-orange-gold.
So I let that air dry for the most part, I didn't wanna blow dry it just to get it all done cuz that's unnecessary damage. But I did have to blow dry a bit because the top/back is always so thick and stays wet longer. Then I mixed up the permanent lightest ash blonde I got with some 30 vol I picked up today as I thought 40 vol would be waaaaay too harsh. Honestly, I don't think this dye did anything really. Maybe lightened a touch.
And then that turned out still yellowy, but somewhat more of a normal blonde tone than before. So I decided to venture out of the house to pick up a semi-permanent dye to get rid of more yellow.
So I was gonna get some Natural Instincts, but they didn't have the one I wanted and it was expensive at Shopper's Drug Mart, so I bought the Herbashine line instead in the Medium Ash Blonde. I did a strand test and then forgot about the strand test mix and when I came back like 30 mins later I was glad I didn't leave it on my hair that long because it was practially brown again. Lol.
I left the mix on my hair for just under 10 mins (it called for 10). I could've probably gotten away with even less, but I wanted to be sure that it was going to take care of the yellow. I then rinsed it in the tub while I was on my knees leaning over (lol), and then towelled off a bit and applied a lot more of the Shimmerlights shampoo to help get rid of more yellow. I let that sit while I waxed my eyebrows and cleaned up the counter (yay multitask!) And then I took a quickie shower and applied the Ion deep conditioner packet to my towelled off hair. That needed to sit for 5-10 mins so I shaved my legs in the meantime. Rinsed that off again and emerged!
So, once again, DON"T DO THAT! Lol. Three processes with H2O2 in one day. It was getting kinda painful on my scalp at the end and I'm glad they each went by quickly.
- Love, Becka.