Demi permanent color help.

I need some major help with my hair. Basically right now my hair is bright red, think little mermaid red (demi perm dye similar to manic panic). I previously used a color stripper on my hair to pull out bright purple and hot pink. The color stripper lightened my roots, but for some reason it didn't pull out all of the purple. I have random spots of purple and with the red dye over it its a deep red with bright red and hot pink streaks. I want to keep dyeing it with the bright demi perm dye, but I'd like to get my hair to one base color underneath so I don't have random dark and light spots.

Right now my roots are a red/orange and the rest of my hair is the candy apple red like it's supposed to be.

Should I try to get the current color out of my hair and re-bleach everything to try and get the color to even out, bleach just the darker spots and hope it matches the already color stripped hair, or just scrap it and dye it all a darker color and wait for it grow out? I don't want to damage my hair to the point it breaks.

Can anyone give me some advice so I can fix this?

Thanks in advance!
I am a 2c/3a curly with very short (down to my earlobes) length, low porosity, high density, and medium/fine width.

Last edited by Primalsiren; 05-21-2013 at 05:51 PM.
It's not just the base colour you need to even out it's also the porosity or you risk still having uneven colour. Also be aware of cuticle staining, and of the possibility of silicones have melted onto/ into your hair if you have used high heat - honestly nothing will get either of those out save a pair of scissors.

Use a colour remover (no peroxide) not a stripper (contains peroxide), these can generally be used three times. The technique is quite specific you do need to keep your head warm during processing and agitating the hair loads during the lengthy rinse.

When you redye use a non damaging high pigment semi permanent instead of a demi, with red actually this lasts just as long if not longer than permanent and can be touched up as often as you like with no damage. I leave mine on for three hours, some do overnight, I also CO-wash in cool water which is much gentler than shampooing.

Do strand tests with shed plughole hair rather than experimenting one on your whole head.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
Will the color remover change the color of my natural hair? It seems like what happened is the purple dye acted as a barrier when I bleached my hair so underneath the purple is my natural colored hair.

Also if I wanted to go back to a more natural looking color would you suggest semi over permanent color? This semi red that I have in now has washed out of my roots within a week and would like to find a permanent close to my natural so I don't have to keep dyeing it.
I am a 2c/3a curly with very short (down to my earlobes) length, low porosity, high density, and medium/fine width.

Last edited by Primalsiren; 05-22-2013 at 11:04 AM.
Will the color remover change the color of my natural hair? It seems like what happened is the purple dye acted as a barrier when I bleached my hair so underneath the purple is my natural colored hair.

Also if I wanted to go back to a more natural looking color would you suggest semi over permanent color? This semi red that I have in now has washed out of my roots within a week and would like to find a permanent close to my natural so I don't have to keep dyeing it.
Originally Posted by Primalsiren
No, the color remover will not change the color of your natural hair. I do believe that parts of your hair were bleached due to the color stripper, even if you say that purple dye protected it from bleaching (your roots for example). The color remover will only remove the color molecules from your hair, leaving your hair in the state before you applied the color (copper-orangey/natural). Try ColourB4. But be aware that color removers can be less efficient with a non-oxidizing color (purple, cherry red, orange, green, blue etc.) than with a more natural-looking color.
I would suggest using a true semi-perm (level 1) with no ammonia or peroxide. True, the color is difficult to maintain but I believe it is more versatile than the true perm (the perm will give you that one, even color from the box. There aren't that many blonds and redheads with roots as light as the ends, don't you think?). For a more even coloring process you could use a protein filler on your hair before applying the dye.
Best of luck!

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