How to Color Hair Blonde After Stripping Color
Recently, I decided to lighten my brunette locks to a lighter shade, so I purchased an over the counter hair color at WalMart. To make a long story short, I turned my hair Bozo the Clown Orange. Not happy with this color, I went to the local beauty college.
They put 40 volume bleach on my hair to strip the orange. Then, it turned bright golden yellow. So, they put 20 volume bleach on my hair and put me under a hair dryer. Finally, I ended up with a light yellowish blonde.
Deciding this was a little too blonde for me, on the spur of the moment I ventured into the WalMart Beauty Salon one day and asked if someone could "tone it down" a little for me.
I explicitly stated that I did not want any ash color in my hair, as my hair has a tendency to turn green with ash colors.
So, guess what I ended up with? You got it. Ash blondish green hair. First, I ended up with greyish blonde hair after the beautician put Mocha lowlights in my hair. Googling this later, I found out the reason for this. According to a hair color expert, if all of the pigment has been removed from your hair and you put brown on it, it can end up looking a greyish color.
When I expressed my dislike of this color, she chose a goldish brown. I then asked her to also put in gold. After this color, I ended up with the ash greenish blonde color.
Since all of the pigment has now been stripped out of my hair, I was advised to buy a protein conditioner and start applying it to my hair. My sister, who used to be a beautician, said they could have used a protein filler and then colored. Apparently, when all of the pigment has been stripped from your hair, it also has a tendency not to hold color; that is why a protein filler is needed to hold the color.
For the time being, I'll just deal with the ash green blonde hair. I have bought Blonding Shampoo and Conditioner by John Frieda, which seems to be helping.
So, just a few tips for you about hair color. If you want to lighten your hair, go to a professional--preferably one who has had a lot of experience in coloring hair. Make sure the color, even if it is a warm color, does not have any ash in it.
Have her do a strand test before working on your entire head--maybe even a couple of strand tests at the back of your hair underneath to determine which color you like best.
Once you are happy with the strand test, have her place that color on your hair.