Long rant! FYI for anyone who colors.
So my cousin's hair came out too dark when she colored it a month or so ago (I did not assist). She used a medium brown and got dark brown/almost black hair. She didn't speak to me first or I would have advised to go lighter. Anyway, I used ColorFix to lift the color and re-dyed it. We chose a light brown --recommended by the "color specialist"
at Sally's -- and it still grabbed too dark on the length. Sally's lady said to use 10 vol on the length and 20 on the roots (outgrowth with gray). So we used CF again the following week to just lift midshaft down to even it up. All was good but a little darker than she wants.
Jump to yesterday, we go back to Sally's to get new color to touch up her roots. Same specialist
assists us and insists
that we choose (only) one shade lighter and use 30 vol so it will lift some color on the length and cover the roots. I remind her color does not lift color
and she insists that it will because of the higher volume of peroxide. Whatever!
So today we color. Against my better judgement, we do as specialist says: mix with 30 vol, apply to darker length first for 30 min, then roots only for last 15-20 min. Rinse, etc.
Her hair is still dark, maybe darker on the length!!! It DID NOT lift any color at all! Her crown and roots are still lighter. DUH!
Cousin is okay with it but I know she wants to be lighter. I hope some wears off, as I hate to do CF a third time.
Moral of the story: color does not lift color, stupid lady at Sally's don't know what she is talking about, and now I'm feeling bad because cousin's hair is not lighter.
PS - I'm taking cousin back to Sally's soon to show stupid specialist
that she was WRONG!!!
So, when you get the crazy idea that using a lighter color will lift your old color, think again and reread this post! You have been forewarned.