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Old 08-28-2009, 04:22 PM   #1
 
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Default Help!! Dye turned my hair GRAY

So I dyed my hair today with Loreal Couleur ExperteŽ (Toasted Coconut). And the top of my hair turned an ok dark blonde, but after the first 3 or 4 inches the rest of my hair is GRAY!!! What do I do? This has never happened to me before and I have dyed my hair for 10 years, during pregnancy too. I havn't colored my hair in three months.

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Old 08-28-2009, 06:29 PM   #2
 
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Hi,

Its not the haircolor that has changed the longer part of your hair gray. Its because the longer sections mid hair shaft and beyong that have become extremely porous due to previous colorings. This lifted the cuticle layer up more and made it really grab the color on already color treated areas this allowed it to lighted further. If the hair is lightened past the gold stage it will then grab the base color of whatever color that is applied. It appears to me that it was a ash blonde type. Their is no easy fix for this that will make it like the part of the hair that is close to the scalp, that hair is newer and less porous. The only thing you can do at this point is to apply a gold filler, but your hair is likely too porous for it to stay in so it will likely fade. The gold filler will bring back the gold pigment to the hair making it appear to be less gray and more of a blonde shade. You'll have to do this process periodically until it grows out and eventually cut the overporus part trimmed off over time since I doubt you'd want to cut it noticeably shorter. In short, this will be an ongoing process for you. I'd strongly suggest that you condition your hair especially the porous part. In the future I'd recommend you apply a product you can get at Sally's called Porosity Control and apply that Only to the gray areas first before you apply hair color. Then and only then, apply color only to the growout color and not all over your head. Only comb through the color to the end with wide tooth comb and mixed with a little shampoo the purpose of this is to only refreshen the color a little and dilutes the color and keeps it from causing this. Only pull through to the ends for no more than five minutes or so Maximum before rinsing out all color, shampooing, and I'd suggest a good time for a deep conditioning.

Don't feel bad this does happen often when people color their hair at home. So, deep conditioning treatments, Nexxus Emergencee, and lots of patience and TLC.

Good luck!



ps. sorry for the long and technical explanation. I was a hairdresser for many years and didn't mean to go on forever.

Hugs!

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Old 08-28-2009, 08:06 PM   #3
 
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I agree, it is called a cuticle stain. This is why you should never pull the root color through the ends. Your ends were blonde already and you were using an ash (blue green) over a pale blonde hence the gray. Use a semi permanent glaze on the ends not the touch up color with peroxide. The roots look great, don't panic and put more color on, this will wash out in three days.
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Old 08-28-2009, 10:45 PM   #4
 
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I also wanted to say that I color my hair and I rarely ever pull it through to the ends. My hair is layered and shoulder length. Usually the rule is the longer part almost never needs to be refreshed. I'd just stick coloring on the the other part when you do it. Put a conditioner and porosity control on the part that you don't want color on.

Regarding the gray you can either see if it fades or try the gold filler suggestion as stated previously. Either way do condition your hair and don't apply color to the entire length of the strand. The hair that is closer to the scalp is newer hair and healthier hair it can take the color the longest strand part is further away from the scalp is older hair and has seem more of everything so it tends to be more fragile and the cuticle layer is more lifted.

I hope the advice is helpful.

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Nora
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Old 08-29-2009, 02:29 PM   #5
 
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I couldn't check all these nice messages last night due to lack of internet access. Many people told me I had to try and remove the dye right away or else it would be more permanent.

Anyway.. I did loreal's color remover and it did take the color out but you have to then recolor it because it kinda turns a yellowy/white color. So I did a semi-permanent Natural Instincts dye that I thought would turn out golden blonde but now my hair is dark copper color. Yikes.

I'm frustrated. I do not have money for a professional to fix it (how much would that cost anyway??) ; the only way I really even paid for the store bought dye was that it was gift. My 10-year high school reunion is in 5 weeks and not only will I be almost 8 months pregnant, but with limp, dry, flat, browny-red hair.
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Old 08-29-2009, 04:28 PM   #6
 
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Give it a break for about two weeks, it will fade I promise. Then post me a picture and I will help you formulate when we know what you have. Don't worry, it will look great for the reunion. I'm sorry you didn't see my post from last night, this is what I was afraid of. Haircolor is like insider trading, you only make more of a mess when you try to get out of it, ask Martha Stewart. (LOL). So now do nothing. Wait and wash and condition, patience and you will be rewarded. You can send me a pm or we can do it out loud here, and everyone can learn. Hope to see you in two weeks in my "in box", with a picture in daylight but not direct sun so I can get the full spectrum light. Find out what color you have available and I can get the color chart and guide you from there.
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