Did I ruin my hair?

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I used a box dye to color my hair. My hair is naturally jet black and I tried to color it dark/med carmel brown. My hair is still really dark it didn't take. You can only tell a tiny bit in the sun. I'm disappointed because my natural jet black color was prettier then this average light black color. I wish I'd have left it alone.

However my question is before dying my hair it was very healthy virgin kinky curly 3c hair. My hair still looks fine and it doesn't feel dry or anything. But, I'm trying to grow my hair long and we all know growing 3c hair is hit and miss.

I'm wondering if I have damaged or ruined my hair even if it doesn't look like it. Will this cause more split ends or breakage in the future or if it looks fine and didn't lift much, will it be fine if I don't put any more chemicals in it? I've heard box dyes are horrible for the hair.
I've been box dyeing my medium-coarse 3c hair on and off for close to six years. It dries me out some, but that's about it. And it may or may not be the cause of low elasticity. Nothing major.

And from the sound of what the color did, I'm going to guess you used demi- or semi-permanent color, and those are usually pretty mild.

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My best friend is Korean with Jet black hair. Apparently her type of hair doesn't dye well either. She ordered a Japanese dying kit called Liese Bubble Hair Dye (search youtube), its a foaming shampoo lightener which made her hair a pretty caramel color. I havent seen her for about a month so Im not sure how the health of her hair is doing though. Maybe if you try coloring it in the future that could be an option.

I have 3c hair too, how is growing it a hit or miss?...Im fairly new to the forums, still learning!
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My best friend is Korean with Jet black hair. Apparently her type of hair doesn't dye well either. She ordered a Japanese dying kit called Liese Bubble Hair Dye (search youtube), its a foaming shampoo lightener which made her hair a pretty caramel color. I havent seen her for about a month so Im not sure how the health of her hair is doing though. Maybe if you try coloring it in the future that could be an option.

I have 3c hair too, how is growing it a hit or miss?...Im fairly new to the forums, still learning!
Originally Posted by Stormy1958
Thanks for the info. I think I'm going to leave the coloring alone for now. The health of my hair is fine no problems however my natural color was nicer.

As for the growing out I'll have to let you know. I went in for a shape up last week and came out with a haircut. She took off more then half of my length so back to the drawing board in the length department. All those months of growing my hair out gone in a matter of minutes. I'm still in shock.
I'm soo sorry, I know that must be frustrating. I hope your curls grow back fast. Was it a Deva cut or a normal cut? I've become slightly fearful to going back to a salon since I went CG, but I would like my hair to be reshaped...
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I'm soo sorry, I know that must be frustrating. I hope your curls grow back fast. Was it a Deva cut or a normal cut? I've become slightly fearful to going back to a salon since I went CG, but I would like my hair to be reshaped...
Originally Posted by Stormy1958
It's a deva cut. The shape and cut are amazing. My curls just fall into place now. I can almost just spray it with a little water in the morning and go (almost) that's how good the cut is.

My only complaint is that it's too short for my tastes and because my hair is so naturally big and so curly I definitely prefer length.

I definitely recommend a good curly cut and shape up it does wonders you just have to make sure they don't chop it all off. I also think she went a little high up with the layers I would have definitely preferred my shortest layers were longer.
hi. i used to work in a salon and this is what i know. store boxed dyes cannot significantly(sp?) lighten hair. there is not enough of the peroxide. to lighten dark hair( i went from black to red)most of the time you need to do some sort of bleaching first, then color. damaging and risky. it killed my hair.some of the brands i noticed now are for naturally dark hair and might have more of the peroxide, but all in all its not going to put you much lighter.the stylists at the salon i worked at said dye is dye. you cant dye hair lighter ,only bleach it lighter.hope that helps.
Condition after colouring depends on so many things.

Hair texture- is it fine, med or coarse? Fine hair usually processes quicker and damages easier.

Cuticle- if super tight, may have a tough time accepting colour, and will not experience the damage a looser cuticle will.

The condition of your hair.. is it already chemically treated, is it already damaged from flat ironing, etc etc.

The ammonia (or alkaline) level of the product you are using.
-Peroxide level determines the lift, alkalinity is what opens the hair shaft to allow the peroxide in to lighten your natural colour and also allows the new colour pigments the room to develop and deposit into your hair.

You may be lucky and have a super tight cuticle so the damage was limited.

Last edited by SusieSuze; 08-24-2011 at 07:58 PM.
My best friend is Korean with Jet black hair. Apparently her type of hair doesn't dye well either. She ordered a Japanese dying kit called Liese Bubble Hair Dye (search youtube), its a foaming shampoo lightener which made her hair a pretty caramel color. I havent seen her for about a month so Im not sure how the health of her hair is doing though. Maybe if you try coloring it in the future that could be an option.

I have 3c hair too, how is growing it a hit or miss?...Im fairly new to the forums, still learning!
Originally Posted by Stormy1958
I'm about to look up that dye.
I would like to know why 3c hair is hit or miss when it comes to hair growth. There are tons of people on YouTube that don't seem to have a problem and I know I don't either.

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My best friend is Korean with Jet black hair. Apparently her type of hair doesn't dye well either. She ordered a Japanese dying kit called Liese Bubble Hair Dye (search youtube), its a foaming shampoo lightener which made her hair a pretty caramel color. I havent seen her for about a month so Im not sure how the health of her hair is doing though. Maybe if you try coloring it in the future that could be an option.

I have 3c hair too, how is growing it a hit or miss?...Im fairly new to the forums, still learning!
Originally Posted by Stormy1958
There are tons of people on YouTube that don't seem to have a problem and I know I don't either.

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Originally Posted by NaturallyCurlyEnnovy
You and those that you mentioned are some of the luckier 3cs. Some 3cs have issues with breakage and length retention like some of the other kinkier and tightly curled hair types. Although curls may look the same size some hair types are stronger then others and/or grow faster.

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