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SauvignonBlanche Wed 10-Apr-13 15:00:09

DD, aged 13 used a semi permanent dye on her mousy hair with little effect.
A few weeks later she dyed it again, accidentally using a permanent dye. It was certainly noticeable, if a little orange for my liking.
T starting to grow out now and her roots are really showing (not a good look!).
She wants to get rid of the dye and today purchased this ColourB4 but this does seem to be for getting rid of dark colour, not light.

Is it worth a shot or should I just fork out for having it done professionally?

tearsofrobertsmith Wed 10-Apr-13 16:40:04

By the sounds of it your daughter used a permanent dye which has lightened her hair?if this is the case then the colourb4 won't work as the hair has been bleached. The colour b4 works by shrinking the hair dye molecules allowing them to be flushed out of the hair. You have to rinse and rinse and rinse to flush the molecules out. If her hair is lightened then the colourb4 will not work as the hair has been permanently lightened and therefore can only be lightened further or covered up with another dye. Better go to the hairdresser or just buy a home colour to cover up the fantastic jaffa orangey bit!
For the record, for anyone who is planning to try colourb4 to remove dye, I tried it last year- followed the instructions to the letter including much extra rinsing. I wanted to remove a rather dark dye. The results were good that day, considerably lighter and I was pleased. However the next day my hair got gradually darker and darker until within 24 hours it had gone back to the same dark shade I'd tried to remove. The molecules which I'd shrunk and tried to flush had unshrunk and restored to a rather dull chocolatey colour. It either says on the instructions that this can happen or maybe I googled it, can't remember but it is well known to happen, something to do with oxidation allowing the remain colour molecules to grow again.
Hope your daughter's barnet is fully restored to it's former glory!

SauvignonBlanche Wed 10-Apr-13 16:45:02

Thanks for your very informative post tearsofrobertsmith.
I just wish I'd asked before buying the bloody stuff!
That's £10 wasted. hmm

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