By Christabel of ChysCurlz.com
You know how you get an itch and you just have to go through with whatever it is? Well I had this “itch” to color my hair a couple of weeks ago. So what do I do? I walk in to a random salon that said “walk-ins welcome”. Well they said I was welcome no?
Oh my gah!! I should have known better when she said she’s never dealt with my “hair type”. I really should have known better but I thought color has nothing to do with texture so as long as she can color as she says she can, I’ll go ahead and have her blow my hair out to eliminate the texture factor.
I think it would have worked out except for the itty bitty fact that she knew zero, zilch, nada, nothing about hair coloring concepts and techniques.
I (kinda) blog about hair so it wasn’t too hard to find a picture to show her that I wanted my hair exactly like it was before I dyed it black a few months prior. In fact, I found a thousand and one pictures and walked her through how I just want the top bits colored and how I want three different shades to create the highlights/lowlights combo I had prior.
Exhibit A: after color application, wash and conditioner. I dunno what happened but my hair looked so freaking dull. I think she didn’t use the right developer? So the color didn’t show up. But she said she can fix it so I say maybe all is not lost.
Exhibit B: lady woman here decides that bleaching will solve things.
Exhibit C: she bleaches it a second time to get it to the right “tone”
Exhibit D: she puts a toner over it which is supposed to give me a coppery red color because at this point I had given up on my highlighting dreams and a coppery red color was something I could live with.
Exhibit E: she puts an orange based toner over the bleached hair. And from my Google search, this was the worst thing you could do if you don’t want to end up with orange hair. You need a toner with a blue base to cancel out the orange. But of course my illustrious colorist had no clue.
Okay this is a really long post but I think it mimics exactly how long I was there at that salon. A whopping 5 hours!!!!
In conclusion, I left 5 hours later with orange hair. That.i.paid.for. Because I felt bad for her!!
So after the 5 or 6 hours I spent at the salon, I came home and started Googling like a mad woman. My searches went something like: “how to cancel out orange hair color”, “hair color gone bad and turned orange how do you fix it”, “my hair is orange how do I fix it” etc. I’m a horrible Googler but I was fortunate in that this is a common occurrence when the wrong based toner is used or when bleach is not left on long enough. The most common response I got was to use hair toner with a blue base or but “ash brown” box color to go over the orange and that should greatly reduce or cancel out the orange tone.
Armed with this info and a desperation (I had Bible study the next day and didn’t want to look terrible), I went to my local CVS to buy the ash brown hair color. I debated getting a semi-permanent color or a rinse to go over it but I nixed that idea because I didn’t want the color fading over a few washes only to be back to square one. So I went with a permanent color which I was fully cognizant meant more damage to my already fragile strands. But you know, you gotta do what you gotta do. And so I did and while I can’t say I’m 100% pleased with the results, it is a marked improvement to the alternative.
I actually went ahead and made an appointment with a trusted stylist (which I should have had the patience to wait for anyways) and we’re going to see about getting some highlights in the crown and front area to brighten up the tone and hopefully leaving me very pleased.
I took some pictures and recorded a video of what it looks like today after I did my usual wash and go. Enjoy!
In the sun
Wow. This is truly a salon nightmare!!! Ladies, have you ever had a nightmarish salon coloring experience? Please share! And to keep updated with Chys as she navigates her hair color situation, check out her blog ChysCurlz.com and her YouTube channel ChysCurlz.