They said it could not be done! They said the bleach would ruin my hair and make it break off! Take this hairdressers! Here’s a brief post on how I changed my hair from Green/Blue to Pink/Purple.
So, back in November last year, I was bored of my red locks and decided to go Forest Green over winter. Over time, it has picked up some turquoise hughes too.
I started this process with my hair this colour!
As much as I loved this colour, I felt sometimes it made my skin appear a weird colour and I like the colour it faded too! I had had my eye on a beautiful raspberry tone for a while, and after a lot of internet research, I decided to take the plunge. My advice would be really research your products, results and effects before you do any of this. I have made mistakes in the past where I have not known my hair well enough, or done any research and it hasn’t come out the colour I wanted. You need to be certain! I need to point out, throughout this process I was using the Lee Stafford Arganoil from Morocco Deep Nourishing Treatment (Blog post here!) and the Lee Stafford Arganoil from Morocco Night Repair Serum to keep my hair in good condition.
I decided to use Superdrugs Colour Rewind to strip some of the colour and pigment out of my hair. Colour Rewind is Superdrug’s version of Colour B4. It is just as effective but does not smell half as bad. The scent is still unpleasant but washes out of the hair, in contrast to Colour B4, which lingered for a few days!
I will copy and paste the process for this as I have written it out before and there’s no point doing it again!
For the length and thickness of my hair, I need to use two boxes of the Colour Rewind to ensure full and equal coverage. You apply the product, wrap it in cling film and wait for an hour. You then need to wash the product out, under constant running water for at least 5 minutes (I did mine for ten). You then apply half of the provided Buffer, and rinse for a further five minutes. THEN (Stay with me here!) you apply the second half of the buffer and rinse as you would with shampoo. It’s a lot more complicated than just dying your hair, and sticking to the times is key! Colour B4 shrinks the dye molecules, and you have to wash those away. If you don’t stick to it by the letter, you risk your hair going back dark or not taking as much pigment out as you want.
I did this twice… Yes, I have spent a lot of time sat on my bathroom floor!
Here’s the result after 2 separate sessions:
As you can see, it has pulled out a lot of the deeper pigment, but the underlying tones have stained my hair. It was time to pull out the big guns and go for bleach! It’s worth pointing out, although my hair is damaged, it’s durable and can go through quite a lot!
I stuck to a bleach I have used before, and I know does not irritate my scalp. It’s worth doing a skin/ hair test with new hair products, especially bleach as you do not want bleach burns or your hair to break off! My bleach of choice is Jerome Russell’s BBlonde. I applied the bleach to the lengths of my hair first, and the roots 15 minutes after (this is because the heat from your head makes the bleach work quicker on the roots, so you don’t want them to be too much lighter). I put on the clear plastic cap and left it for an hour before washing out.
The result after the bleach:
It still did not take out all the colour, and went a dusty green colour. I wouldn’t have minded this too much, but my roots were bright white. I decided I wouldn’t mind if my hair was a bit darker anyway, so put on the dye…
I chose to use the Direction Cerise dye. Another disclaimer: any semi-permanent colour applies differently to everyone’s hair, and it’s really worth looking into the colour. If you see the colour you want on a photo, see if that person blogged their experience to see what colour hair they had beforehand. Then you can ascertain what your result will be! A lot of the photo’s online are pinky coloured, but I knew my hair would go more purple because of the undertones of blue/green in my hair. I applied 3 pots of the products through my hair, and used a wide toothed, plastic comb to distribute through the lengths of my hair. Side note: Seriously… I have NO eyelashes…
And this is the end result:
As you can see, the first photo is just after I had dried it off. My roots are a lot pinker and brighter, as expected. Throughout the lengths, it’s a deeper purple, with hints of pink. I think this colour warms up my complexion a lot and I am really happy with it!!
Now I need to decide what colour I will go next!!