Today I'm gonna tell you how my hair was saved by my wonderful hairdresser, so happy with her.
She was so polite and nice to ask me what she could do for me today, so, no giggling, frowning or laughing, exactly what I needed with orange hair.
My reply was: "Save my hair..? Please..?".
First she asked what color that I really want to get on, blond, and then she made a face that made me clear that it wouldn't be easy to get that result... She promised me she would do everything she could so that I could walk out with my head up high and, most importantly, without orange hair...
So, she started out by making blond stripes in my hair (don't know the English word for it, forgive me) and she dyed the rest in a darker blond with a grey undertone to neutralize the red color that was still in my hair. It stayed on for about an hour and the stripes worked out really well, no more red or orange in those places.
But she said that the red was really strong because she used the greyest undertone and you could still see orange and red in my hair but it looks more natural now, the color isn't as strong as it was when I de-colored it. She'll have to do the process 2 or 3 more times and then I can get the color on that I want.
If you want to dye your hair, don't pick red or black if you don't really want it because those are the two most difficult colors to get out again, then they have to work it out like they are doing with me now. Always stay as close as possible to your natural hair color, if you want a radical change I recommend you to ask professional help. I know it's tempting to do it yourself, it's much cheaper for a starter, but when it turns out wrong you lose a lot more money trying to get it fixed. Also, doing it yourself isn't easy because you can't see the back of your head and their is a great chance that you get color-differences in your hair.
Another tip she gave me is that if you use Fructis (from Garnier) or a Pantene shampoo, you have to stop that a few weeks before you dye your hair and use another one because those two shampoos put a film around your hair that makes it shiny but it also prevents coloring to get into your hair. The result is that either, the color does nothing, or that you end up with a totally different color than the one you wanted. For example red color can turn out orange, blond color can turn out green or black can turn out grey. And take it from the person who had to walk into a hair-salon with orange hair (with four people in the waiting-room!), you don't want that.
A few tips for people who want to try coloring :
* If you can't decide between two colors, pick the lighter one, you can always go darker but going lighter is a different story...
* If you have long hair buy two packs of the color you want, it looks kinda weird if you have to go back to the store for another pack when your hair is halfway colored.
* Buy a pot of vaseline and put it on your hairline, it helps you get color of your face if you make a wrong move.
* Never wash your hair before coloring, it produces talc, which buffers between your hair and your color.
* If it fails, wash your hair within 48 hours with a anti-dandruff shampoo, it can get the color off again, if this trick doesn't work you have to pay a visit to your hairdresser...
* If you are stuck with a green shine on your hair after coloring you can neutralize it with tomato-ketchup, no joke.
All I can do now is wish you good luck, I'm heading off to my next disaster, I'll keep in touch!