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So I'm sat with home hair lightening kit on me head...

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HaveAGoodDay Fri 07-Feb-14 13:00:49

It's the Smart Beauty one :

I had light ginger hair to start with that was already dry & abused, but something had to be done it wasn't a colour that was here or there really. I don't want platinum blonde hair, just lighter. I've had it on for just over 30 mins & it looks yellow, so I've set the timer for another 30 minutes. I haven't touched the roots at all as they are like a light brown. Some parts have gone very light but hopefully it won't look too patchy :\

You get a toner included in the pack, a lilac one I think, so I'm hoping that will banish any yellowy tones left In my hair, indeed if I have hair left at all, I'm praying it just doesn't break, dear god I've been so naughty to my hair. I need to trim an inch off it. I just hope it doesn't turn out too horrible that I have to go to the hairdressers to sort out, my husband will string me up, I've messed about with my hair far too much lately.

Fingers crossed.

dexter73 Fri 07-Feb-14 13:31:11

Good luck! How does it look now?

HaveAGoodDay Fri 07-Feb-14 14:49:06

Right! It's kind of yellow! Like yellowy blonde. With my dark roots! Bit patchy underneath! With flashes of super blonde! Sigh. I don't really know how to sort it out! It looks like a home bleach job, not good. Got school run in a bit, so definitely wearing hat.

Do I get a beige blonde semi to put over it? Or a very light brown? Or do I just get some of that purple shampoo, touch of silver or whatever it's called? If I put a light ash blonde, will it go green? I can't tie it back cos then you can see all the blocks if different colours iykwim?

Don't think I can keep the yellow hair. Help! Can't go to a hairdressers either!

Lj8893 Fri 07-Feb-14 15:04:41

The touch of silver products are really good but take a while to work, its not an instant fix.

Could you try one of those colour stripper things?? Strip the colour out and then start again.

burnishedsilver Fri 07-Feb-14 15:15:31

Would you not try to match it up with the roots?

lilaloves Fri 07-Feb-14 15:21:17

You will need to lighten again if you think your hair will stand it?,toner only adds tones of colour to very blonde/white hair,toner wont lighten the yellow iyswim? give it one more lighten then you can tone it

If you really don't want to go any light you will need to go a bit darker in a semi permanent colour,possibly something ashy?

Onesleeptillwembley Fri 07-Feb-14 15:24:16

Don't do anything else to it yourself!!!!!!!!!!(a few more for emphasis)!!!!!!
You've bleached it, a colour remover will only re bleach it. Please take professional advice.
Your hair may go green, drop out or frizz like an Afro. Your nipples may also drop off. Or not. But the hair stuff is true.

lilaloves Fri 07-Feb-14 15:47:59

Also meant to add what colour were you going for?
Did you want to go light blonde and just took it off too early? or is it much lighter than you wanted?

When you are bleaching hair it will go through stages from dark to orange to yellow then pale/light.

Lulabellarama Fri 07-Feb-14 15:54:06

I've had yellow hair many times. You need to buy the coolest, ash toned blonde you can find and use that all over.

HaveAGoodDay Fri 07-Feb-14 16:15:02

I guess what I wanted to achieve was a mid blonde-ish colour I think! But with my hair being ginger to begin with I knew it would be tricky & knew the results would be honey/ warm toned anyway.

My roots looks very dark now against the blonde/ yellow. If I match the rest of my hair up against them, I've thrown all that money away that I've spent over that last few months lightening my hair. Although I am tempted!

I popped into a local salon and asked a hairdresser what she thought. She said do not put an ash colour over it as it will turn a khaki colour. She said I could try the John frieda silver shampoos? They work well to banish the yellow tones? Or I could put a beige blonde over it or indeed a very light golden brown. But absolutely no ash tones.

So I may try the silver shampoos or purple whatever they are for yellow hair. See if that helps & if so just bear with it for now until I decide what to do. I may well just stick a semi beige blonde on in a week or so to tone it down. F**k no wonder hubby hit the roof!

HaveAGoodDay Fri 07-Feb-14 22:15:47

So I tried the touch of silver shampoo & hasn't made much difference, I've got two options.

This which I've used before over highlights so it can be used over highlighted/bleached hair.


I don't want to be dark brown again but I can't stay this yellowy blonde!

SecretRed Fri 07-Feb-14 22:24:35

Been there done that! I have light red hair too. Sorry tried all sorts but had to resort to a trip to the hairdressers.

ApplySomePressure Fri 07-Feb-14 22:28:56

I just went through the exact process two weeks ago...

I had to strip hair several times. Get ColourB4 stripper, two boxes. Leave a day or so in between.

Then once all the colour is removed you can put whatever colour you like on. Get yourself some intensive conditioner to treat your locks. I put an ash blonde on mine and it's lush.

A salon wanted to charge £110 shock

starfishmummy Fri 07-Feb-14 22:37:02

Fgs woman stop it!! You are going to ruin your hair
even more than you already have. The only thing you should be putting on it now is a hat.

burnishedsilver Fri 07-Feb-14 22:38:28

What was the end result you were hoping for? Why did you leave the roots brown if you want to go lighter all over?

PatriciaHolm Fri 07-Feb-14 22:41:00

Hairdressers. Unless you want the next visit to entail cutting it down to a buzz cut!

Alibabaandthe40nappies Fri 07-Feb-14 22:45:22

Good lord why do people do this to themselves. Just leave it alone!

BrunoBrookesDinedAlone Fri 07-Feb-14 22:45:50

I hear wigs are all the rage this season grin

honeybunny14 Fri 07-Feb-14 22:47:35

Touch of silver is amazing i went from.really dark to blonde it went orange then yellow then i got this amazing shampoo worked great.

BreadAndJamForFrances Sat 08-Feb-14 12:19:24

Before Christmas I decided to stop dyeing my hair with Live Colour Mystic Purple (very dark brown with a purple sheen) and go back to my natural home, without really looking into any correct way to do so.

I bleached it with a cheapo box dye....nothing much happened, so I bought Nice and Easy in the colour I used to be (natural baby blonde) and went bright ginger with fluorescent yellow roots...not a good look.

Then I found this website Hair Dye Forum and had a good read. I asked advice on what to do next, to quickly get back to a nice blonde. There is NO QUICK WAY. The people there are great, some are hairdressers and they all really know their stuff!

I've used two boxes of Colour B4 to take the colour out, that has been great, more effective than just bleaching, though I am still not blonde. I now have pale blonde roots, with light gingery mid lengths and dark ginger ends. It actually looks like a pretty good Ombre!
I have long hair, bra strap length and from chin length it is pretty badly stained.....there is nothing I can do about this except grow it out or dye it with a non-permanent dark colour.

The colour B4 is great but does dry your hair out.
I have been lucky that my hair was in really good condition to start with, I have really pushed it too far now, so am not going to do anything to it for a few months (except maybe dye the roots to cover the greys!) and do some intensive conditioning treatments to help the dryness.
Are you using coconut oil before bleaching? If not, get some! I've been using Superdrug's own brand, slap loads on a few hours or the night before blaeching, it protects your hair brilliantly and makes it easier to actually put the bleach on too.
I have used Superdrug's own brand Lightest Ash Blonde, it is a much nicer colour than the yellowy blonde I had before.
I have just bought the purple John Frieda shampoo and conditioner to try and tone the gingeryness down a bit more.

I think the best thing to do about the transition from dark to blonde is act as though you meant to have two/three/four toned hair. I had a month with fluorescent roots, and just had to brave it out! Thank goodness the dip dye/ombre looks are still around!!

HaveAGoodDay Sat 08-Feb-14 19:18:25

BreadAndJamForFrances - why oh why do we do this to our hair! I've used colour B4 in the past, the last time I used it, it worked initially, but darkened again within a couple of days.

I've managed to sort my yellow hair out, it's not a permanent solution but its way better than what it was, I slathered on Boots own very light brown semi. It's now what I'd call a light dull blondey brown! But it will do for now. There is a very slight khaki tinge, but nothing sinister, F**k it better than the brash yellow.

I trimmed about an inch off my hair last night. I'm so grateful it's thick and very strong. Lots of conditioning from now on. If this colour washes out, I'll slap on either the same in a permanent one or a very light golden brown in a few weeks & that will be it. I just can't be blonde, I look absolutely awful, just wrong. I've learnt my lesson.

StairsInTheNight Sat 08-Feb-14 19:46:23

I'm a light ginger, I use that baby blonde mentioned upthread all over for max time. Starting with the roots. This lightens nicely all over, goes a nice golden blonde. The bits that get sun go lighter and underneath its darker, so looks fairly natural.

Never ever put ash tones on ginger unless you like green hair.

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