My hair is naturally blonde. About a month ago, I had it professionally dyed brown. It lasted 2 weeks or so before fading. A week and a half ago, I redyed it at home. My hair is still a bit darker than normal, but not at all what I want it to be.
Any suggestions for hair color that LASTS? I never knew going from blonde to brown was so difficult!
I used to use LOreal, and years ago Nice 'n' Easy, but the Ammonia smell was killer, and I don't think it helped my hair thickness problem I'm developing with age.
I use ammonia free types like Garnier, and my favorite Colorsilk. You need to use a color friendly shampoo and conditioner. Red shades or undertones also fade faster because the molecule is bigger (nope don't understand why that happens at all, but all of the research says so). Going from light to dark is tough, and I knew a woman years ago who went from light ash blonde, to her natural dark, and it took a long time to get to the shade she wanted. With the no ammonia types you can redo it yourself as often as you need to, and maybe even use the longer time for resistant greys, in the instructions they tell you how long to leave it. How long did the hairdresser leave it on for? That might be a good guide.
And the other factor I like for the no ammonia types is that they come out of clothing or the towels you use with just a regular wash cycle. I have an old bath towel I use anyway, and sit big poster foam boards to protect the wall when I rinse, and always use a metal sink hair strainer to keep from clogging the drain. You might need to use the touch up method, and then put it on the rest of your hair, so the roots don't end up very dark.
I'm also naturally a light blond and went darker this past year. I had mine colored professionally and it took several (!) colorings before my hair would hold the color well from one session to the next. I guess you have to get the hair strand thoroughly saturated with color. Just about the time we got it to a good point, I decided I wanted to go back to my natural color again. My hair stylist loves me, I'm sure. I just had her dye it darker than I really wanted it and after a few days, it would wash out to a color more like I wanted. I also have to shampoo every day and tried to use color friendly shampoos (although I couldn't tell that they helped all that much).
It also helped for me to have the stylist use "cooler" colors instead of anything with a warmer, reddish hue... otherwise I'd end up with some really icky looking brassy type color after it had faded out.
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I wish I could remember exactly what it was, but I had good luck using some product that was labeled as a "sealer" or "finisher", to be used right after you wash the color out. Got it at the beauty supply store. I had the exact same issue - died it a pretty deep brown color and it faded to a brassy, mousy brown color in a couple weeks.
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If you have a Sally Beauty Supply store or something similar nearby, they can help you with a magic concoction of products that will work well for you. It's a little more expensive than the boxed products at department stores, but it works so much better for tricky hair color situations. I have militantly resistant grey (LOL), but the cheap little packet of Gray Magic mixed in really helps the color last longer. Maybe there is something similar for covering light hair with darker dye?
Pravana. Can be a bit hard to find locally, since Sally Beauty Supply doesn't carry it, but you can order online. I haven't used the brown shades, but when I did my purple hair, it lasted forever without fading, and bright colors are notoriously quick to fade most of the time. When I was ready to go back to a more natural color, I had to bleach out the purple because I could not get it to fade. I don't know what Pravana does that other brands don't, but that stuff just doesn't fade, ever.
Yes, to using a color friendly shampoo. Stay away from anything like baby shampoo (very very detergenty) or Suave (also detergenty). L'Oreal is an okay shampoo.
I went the other way - lightened my med brn hair to blonde and the only thing that kept the color in was John Frieda Blonde products. Check to see if they still have their brunette line - that might really help.
Also, if you have a stylist friend, see if you can go shopping with her in those stores that cater only to those in the industry. That's how one of my friends gets her hair color. I forget what brand she uses but it lasts forever.
I wish I had the guts to dye my hair purple. Or even bright sapphire blue
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I use Colorsilk, and found it lasts longer if I only use a heavy conditioner (the jar kind), and leave it on for 20-30 minutes, and rinse. Don't use shampoo for a couple of days after applying dye. And you might try the longer time for resistant grays, and all over.
You should use a couple (two layers) of pillow cases you don't care about getting dye on until you do a good shampoo, because I've had some dye I missed on the first washing process get on the pillow cases. I will tell you with non-ammonia types, like Colorsilk, that dye washes out very easily in the regular laundry cycle.
Best thing (but I just can't seem to accomplish this) is to shampoo literally like once or twice a week. I get my hair colored a vibrant red and by the next month it has faded. People I know that really get there color to hold wash there hair very little. Try some dry shampoo to cut down on shampooing.
When I took a sabbatical from my hair dresser, I dyed my hair brown with John Frieda's products. I loved, loved the colors, so rich, and they did last quite a bit. My hair was highlighted prior to going dark brown and it covered the highlights well, but still had dimension.
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Stomped on your roo. Originally Posted by pAin't_Misbehavin' :
A friend had super light ash blonde hair, and wanted to go back to her real color, a med/dark brown. It took a professional hair dresser three or four sessions to get to the color she wanted. I think the first step was putting a dark reddish brown on it, to open up the hair shaft or something like that (I have no clue about how this is done, so it's the only step I remember). The interim colors were sort of odd looking, I guess because of the sharp contrasts in color. Plus, she had been doing a two process lightening for years, had very long thick hair, and I think that made it more difficult.