Hair doesn't take red anymore...

(Sorry for the long post, hope you have the patience to read it)
Hi!
For quite some time now I noticed my hair, from the middle down, doesn't take the red tones in the hair dye anymore. First I thought it was just because of the home dye kit I was using, so I went to my hairdresser to color my hair.
I asked her to do a dark strawberry blonde, and she had the same problem: from the middle down, my hair was a different color (less reddish) than from the middle up. Now, I've been coloring my hair at the same hairdresser for almost 8 years and this has never happened. I actually felt bad for my hairdresser cause she obviously freaked out when she saw it, especially since she has always told me my hair reacts to coloring very well and that she always loved the results. She was able to fix it (colored the ends all over again) and the end result was really great.
However, since I moved from my home country (where she's based) and here hairdressers are really expensive and I do not trust anyone else with my hair but her, when my roots started to show, I bought a home coloring kit. Thinking that my hair was a bit tired with the dark strawberry hew and this is why it didn't take anymore, I picked a medium brown with a tiny amount of red in it.
The result was the same: my ends did not take the red in the dye, and because my hair was a bit blonde, and the dye brown, the ends turned out a bit greenish (it's not obvious, luckily).
Anyways, the thing is, my hair now is probably 10 times healthier than it has been in a loooooong time (since i'm CG), and even when it was crazy damaged I did not have this problem...ever! Dye has always taken really well and fast.
Any thoughts on why this is happening?
I considered cutting it off, thinking that it's the only solution, but I am not keen on doing this, since my wedding is in 1 year, and I've got this crazy idea in my head that I want my hair to be really long on my big day. If I cut it now, it would not grow back in a year, plus I want it to be even longer than it is now.
Any ideas?
A couple of questions.
Have you been using permanent color everytime?
Do you switch colors often?
And lastly, do you color all of your hair everytime your color??

If you've been using permanent color on your hair each time you color, and you run the color through your entire length, the dye pigment has built up on your midshaft through the ends. So when you use red haircolor, it isn't going to show up on your midshaft and ends as well as it does on the hair that hasn't been colored as many times. Does that make sense? There's too much artificial pigment built up (even if you can't see it), and the peroxide and ammonia cannot 'lift' and deposit the color properly. The dye molecules are still present after the color fades, until it's cut out.
Regular haircolor will not lighten color. The fact that your ends turned greenish tells me that the hair that was affected was possibly blonde at one time, OR extremely porous from coloring. There must have been ash in the brown color you used.

That's all I got.
A couple of questions.
Have you been using permanent color everytime?
Do you switch colors often?
And lastly, do you color all of your hair everytime your color??

If you've been using permanent color on your hair each time you color, and you run the color through your entire length, the dye pigment has built up on your midshaft through the ends. So when you use red haircolor, it isn't going to show up on your midshaft and ends as well as it does on the hair that hasn't been colored as many times. Does that make sense? There's too much artificial pigment built up (even if you can't see it), and the peroxide and ammonia cannot 'lift' and deposit the color properly. The dye molecules are still present after the color fades, until it's cut out.
Regular haircolor will not lighten color. The fact that your ends turned greenish tells me that the hair that was affected was possibly blonde at one time, OR extremely porous from coloring. There must have been ash in the brown color you used.

That's all I got.
Originally Posted by cg0617
Yup, that makes perfect sense, so much so, that I feel stupid for not thinking of that myself
I was using the color on my entire hair, because it was semi-permanent, and faded. Did not think for one sec it could build up, doh!
Is there any other remedy (beside cutting it off) to break the build-up? I am reluctant to using hair dye remover for fear of not ending up with straw-like, completely damaged hair...
Oh, and thanks a lot for your reply
Bummer about hair color is that it all builds up. Permanent, semi, and even demi. The dye molecules in demi/semi permanent hair color are so small that they can enter the cuticle with or without peroxide. So there's evil even in non-permanent hair color. You have several options here, and you'll want to think about your options carefully since you have a wedding coming up, congratulations by the way

For a solid color..
There are corrective coloring services available at salons which can cleanse the palette and prepare you for your new color. Rusk and Pravana both make AWESOME artificial hair color extractors. They are peroxide and ammonia free, they open up the cuticle and lift out only the artificial pigment- they do nothing to virgin hair. You then wash away the oxidative molecules with a 10vol or deep clarifying shampoo and rinse rinse rinse to make sure the hair color doesn't return. You're now ready for recoloring. This is not recommended at home since you need to formulate one color for your virgin hair, and another for the midshaft and ends. Stay away from salons that use Matrix color erase or Loreals effasol since they are just a glorified bleach.. Bad bad news. They are great as a last stitch alternative, but not as your go to. They're great for the end stages of trying to remove black haircolor for example.(only after making a first attempt with a haircolor extractor, color erase and effasol will BLEACH your virgin hair as well)

The other option you have (and the one I recommendm, but it'll require more patience), is to start highlighting every few months. It will help blend your different colors, and more towards the wedding you could deposit a copper blonde demi permanent color over it to "tone" your highlights. Then you'll have your beautiful red color. It is certainly up to you, and there are many ways to your end result My road is not the only road to follow. Good luck on your journey, I hope you end up happy with your hair
I want to add that some salons will actually still do a "soapcap". You can mix shampoo and 10 or 20 volume peroxide and apply for 10-15 mins to get rid of some of the color.. And I've even heard of girls using dishsoap and tide to fade their color. This is usually done to rid yourself of a color that went too dark, or to fade it if your blonde grabbed purple. The dye molecules will still remain in the hair though.
Thank you so much for explaining this and for the advice, it helps a lot! I will consider the options and see which would be best in my case.
And thanks for the congrats
Hi. I was wondering if I were to have the Rusk or Pravana used on my hair to remove black hair dye, do I have to redye it afterwards or could I leave the hair at my natural color without problem? I want to return to my natural color without damaging my hair or having to dye it anymore. I heard from somewhere else that Pravana color extractor will lighten virgin hair if it gets on it. I was confused about how it is supposed to only take the dye out with changing the natural color but also lighten the undyed hair. I have used many different black box dyes on my hair, if that helps at all.
The Pravana color extractor will not affect virgin hair as it is not a bleach or lightener. It is free of formaldehyde, aldehydes, sodium hydroxide, thio and other harmful ingredients. Unfortunatly, your natural color isn't under there waiting to be uncovered. You will need to recolor after you remove the black color. Keep in mind, how many times you've run the color through will decide how much of it will come out and how many times you'll have to repeat the procedure.

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