Hello! Thanks! :) I use La Riche Directions. I used to use a japanese brand called Prosil for a while, but that was a permanent dye and I prefer semi-permanent.
Disclaimer: I am not an expert on hair science or material science, so I will only try to answer from experience and what works for me. I can tell you what I do but I can’t guarantee it will get you the same results. :)
I have pastel blue, pink and purple hair right now and yes, it does fade right away. When I have blue hair and I want to keep it more or less the same I:
1. keep a little bit of the dye I used when I first dyed my hair blue
2. Mix it with a lot of conditioner (1-2 teaspoons + 1-2 cups conditioner)
3. I use this diluted blue mix every time I wash / wet my hair (like a color top-up to replace the blue runoff when you take a shower)
4. I do not use hot water. I try to use very cold water because hot water opens up the hair follicle and causes color molecules to fall out of your hair cortex.
5. I only wash my hair every other day or every 2 days.
6. I try to avoid harsh shampoos and if I absolutely have to I use a no-sulfate shampoo (or a no-sodium chloride shampoo for maintaining my salon keratin treatment).
7. Right now I shampoo only when my scalp feels greasy which tends to be every 3-4 days. Or if I come home from a gig and my hair smells gross.
8. I do not flat iron, put hairspray, hair wax, hair gel or too much product in my hair because that will make me want to wash it.
p.s. take note that topping up your color when you condition during showering can cause a little bit of color buildup and it’s very noticeable if you have pastel hair. If you notice your hair getting a little darker or dull then don’t top up your color on your next shower. This is less of a problem if your hair color is a vibrant or dark color and not pastel.
also, all hair dye fades eventually, so this method will only keep the color there for a little longer than if you didn’t do all these precautions. HTH.
Hello, you can achieve a dark blue color on a semi bleached base if:
1. Since you dyed your hair black you should fade or pull out that color before dyeing again. I have a tutorial on fading hair, you may need to do it several times over the course of a few weeks. Do not double process. If you do the fading, wait a week or two before doing another damaging process that involves bleach, semi permanent dye or peroxide. Be careful with peroxide and deep condition like crazy after because your hair will become dry from the clarifying shampoo.
2. Use a dark, pigmented, and forgiving blue dye. The ones with good reviews are SFX Blue Velvet, Directions Midnight Blue, Directions Neon Blue, Pravana Blue, etc. Read reviews and figure out which colors are best for your current base:
3. If your hair can take some more bleaching, the blue will show up better. If it can’t, don’t because dark blue is better than light blue but yucky fried hair. :)
Messed around with my hair last night. Lagoon blue over uneven peach and green hair = multitonal pastel. Egh. Hair is really dry from clarifying to fade the old color out, so I’m getting a keratin treatment next week.
Hair faded so i clarified and got most of the old color out. lagoon blue over everything except some strips that i covered in foil so they stayed peach. Multi tonal with turquoise, lilac, pastel pink, blue, orange and peach because too lazy to bleach evenly. Egh. Hair is really dry because of clarifying shampoo but fixed next week when I get my keratin treatment. #tldr #hair #pastelhair #rainbowhair #lilachair #pinkhair #bluehair #dyedhair #lagoonblue #larichedirections
Dye Dilution plus a few seconds of me looking like a psychopath #hairdye #dyeing #bluehair #larichedirections #lagoonblue #peachhair #hair
Hair keeps changing color on video. I just took a bath and this is how my head looks when i pre-condition with cold-pressed virgin coconut oil and then rinse with a normal conditioner. Mega shiny. #hair #rainbowhair #multicoloredhair #bluehair #virgincoconutoil
Harro! :) Thank you!
To get a blue green color you just need to put on a true blue dye over bleached blonde hair. It has to be light, bleached and blonde. An orange base won’t work, a brown base won’t work. Dyes act like a stain, or like watercolors when mixed together. So blue dye on a blonde base will create a blue green color. Sometimes my base is too yellow and I get a green, so I redye with a layer of diluted blue to make that color lean towards the cooler spectrum. However, blue-green is a hard color to maintain, you will need to touch up every few showers as the blue will wash off and you will keep ending up with a green. HTH!
(I use Directions lagoon blue diluted with conditioner. I also dye several times using very diluted formulations to get the final color that I want.)
Also, if your base is white, you can mix alpine green and lagoon blue, but if it was me I would totally just use Directions Turquoise. I haven’t though, since I only bleach to a blonde and never to a white.
thank you haha! :D <3
Virgin coconut oil does NOT deposit protein, but if your hair needs some moisturizing VCO is the way to go! :) I use it before I bleach, for deep conditioning and pretty much when I feel that my hair needs some strength. Let it soak in your hair for a couple of hours or all night if you can stand it. Protein treatments like mayo, or keratin masks CAN make your hair dry, but that goes away when you condition again with a regular conditioner. Take note using natural oils can strip hair of color.
Myself, I mix virgin coconut oil with my conditioner so it’s not so slippery and leave it in my hair for about 2 hours. I do that when my hair starts feeling dry.
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