Hi babes. I wanted to post the DIY color consultation success story with you. Zyira purchased her HTHG color consultation, needing major corrective color advice. Her hair was very very pink, and she wanted to get it as close to her natural color as possible. Any hair colorist knows, this is a BEAST of a job. But I helped talk her through it, and she nailed it, DIY!
Here is what she said…..
I’m trying to figure out how to take my hair back to as close to my natural color as I can get.
I’ve been using Manic Panic Hot Hot Pink for a year or so now. I’ve had no problem refreshing my color on my roots every 3 or so months. My hair has not faded barely at all, side for a few tips here and there that go somewhat pastel after a few months of washing. My hair has held onto this color fantastically.
But I’m tired of it on every counter and surface I own. I’m tired of my pink pillowcases and collars on my shirts. I’m tired of it. I’m about to buy a house, and I don’t want anymore pink stained bathtubs. and to be able to shower without having to lean my head over so that my body isn’t covered in pink streaks.
What would be the best course of action besides going to an expensive colorist (as I said, buying a house$$$$) that I could do at home?
I have very fine hair, and prior to the bleaching / manic panic, I have never had my hair dyed any color.
I live right next to a Sally’s and I’m comfortable buying the products and doing it myself. I just don’t want to damage my hair.. my hair has stayed soft as it ever was, despite the bleaching, and I really don’t want to screw it up.
I wrote back….
Hello! Gah! I know what you mean about the mess that comes with having brilliantly colored hair. I will have to say, though, that the pink is stunning on you and it looks as if you have done a great job with the DIY maintainance.
Here is what I suggest, taking into account the fact that your hair is fine and you don’t want to damage it any more than you have to.
Something to keep in mind is that it will be very hard to get the EXACT color that you want, especially at first. I say we shoot for a rich brown color, and know that it will need to be darker than you want it, at first, to cover the pink correctly. Over time, as it fades, there are easy ways to correct the tone as it lightens up, which will get you closer to your natural:)
I recommend starting off with this. Check out this post.http://www.wikihow.com/Remove-
Step 1. Alternate between method 1 and method 3, every day, for a week.
(I don’t think it is necessary to use dandruff shampoo with method 3, btw. Regular shampoo will work just fine.)
After a weeks time, notice if you hair color has lightened any. I would love another picture at this point, before you move on to step 2.
Do a french shampoo to remove more of the pink. Here is how. http://www.wikihow.com/Do-a-
This is an easy way to strip out color with bleach without risking too much damage.
After this, you should be in a good spot to use a permanent color ( I would say a level 5 brown, and it will need to be a nuetral/ash/green brown to tone out more pink. Check this one out…..http://www.
I am guessing you will want to use an equal mix of 4aa and 5gn. But like I said, send me a photo after step 1 and step 2, just to confirm:)
BTW…..Rubbing alcohol and hand sanitizer are the best for removing pink hair dye tub stains, and clothing stains! pour it right on there and let it sit a minute;) Then rinse the pink away.
So I did the baking soda + head n shoulders yesterday, and the vitamin C thing today.. and that was a HECK of a lot more effort than it was worth. I took an entire bottle of vitamin C and an hour of time to grind it up to have enough to cover my head (its past boob length).. so I’m gonna have to go with I don’t really wanna do that again.
Just go right for the french shampoo, then color over it with a medium/dark brown would be your best DIY bet.
Doesn’t look super fake or anything almost matches the root color I have now.. as well as covered up the leftover pink without so much as a trace (it wasn’t a lot, very pale and splotchy)
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