|Valerie asks: |
Hi, I have been dying my darkish brown hair at home using Koleston 8/00 light natural blonde (permanent) with 40% vol peroxide. I have a lot of grey at the roots, but managing to cover these following advice you gave to somebody on here about increasing the ratio to 1 : 1 and leaving on longer.
My question is how can I brighten up my hair, without it becoming too yellow. I regularly use a blue shampoo and professional colour care products; the overall condition of my hair is good. Ideally I would like to go blonder, but not sure what shade of colour to buy. Can you help asap as Iím hoping to do this at the weekend. Thank you in advance for any advice you can give.
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Hi Valerie, I am so sorry I didnít get to your question sooner, I went away for a much needed break! I was thrilled to hear that some advice previously offered was useful to you. To get you to a lighter shade I suggest using a clarifying or high detergent shampoo, leave it on your hair for 5 minutes before rinsing and repeating. Then investing in some blonding shampoo and conditioner, but using that at this time of year will mean you can actually lift up to 2 shades. The formula for your roots will then be a 9.00 or 10.00 with 40 vol use the 1:1 ratio and keep to the increased processing time. If you want to counteract a bit of the excess warmth use an ash shade as part of the formula I would go with 9.00 with 10.01 that way you are neutralising the warm tones and getting lighter. If you donít get the lift (Iím sure you will) from deep cleansing and the blonde shampoo and conditioner how about some very fine highlights? Really good luck x
|RosaLevi asks: |
Iíve being dyeing my ash light brown hair with black-blue permanent box dye for the last 3 years. I know...it really suits me though, because Iím pale with cool undertones. But Iím over it. I want my natural hair colour back. My hair is finally long (30 inches) and I donít want to bleach it, so Iíve been trying to let the dye fade on its own. In order to speed the process, Iíve been washing my hair with dandruff shampoos, using vitamin C, using heat, and basically everything you ought not to do if you wish to preserve your colour. So now, the top 1/3 of my hair is this reddish brown colour that is completely deep red in the sunlight, but of course the bottom part is pitch black. On top of that, my roots and baby hair seem almost blonde in contrast. Should I use a good colour remover? If I do that, will my hair turn orange? Will that continue to be a reverse ombre orange? Lighter on the top? And of course: will I be able to cover that orange with a 5.0 or 6.0 light brown, ash brown, dark ash blonde dye? Iím looking for advice in general, so Iím open to the suggestions of a professional. P.S. Even though I have fine hair, the condition I think is great. Iíve never bleached it and rarely use heat. What do you think?
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Hi RosaLevi, I suggest you use a colour remover on the dark ends, then you need to evaluate the whole look and probably use a 6.0 all over as a semi to even the overall colour result. Use a 6.1 if you want to neutralize the warm tones. Good luck
|Marissa asks: |
One year ago I started suffering from a lot of hair breakage in the shower, for which my doctor prescribed a special shampoo. It didnít really work so I stopped using it and ignored the problem. About 6 months ago I started getting really bad dandruff but my scalp wasnít itchy at all, so I bought some Head and Shoulderís shampoo and both of my problems went away, however my new hairdresser told me that she doesnít believe in Head and Shoulderís and that it doesnít work, and that I had no dandruff. Does Head and Shoulders really work? On a slightly separate note, Iím considering investing in the Shiseido Hair Straightening, as my hair has always been very Ďpuffyí and very hard to maintain. My hairdresser gave me some shampoo and conditioner that has helped with the puffiness but my dandruff and hair breakage have remained. Is Head and Shoulders ok to use with this treatment, if I do go ahead and have it? Please help as Iím very confused!
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There seem to be a few different issues here that need addressing Ė and that is perfectly normal, as very rarely do we fit into one particular category of hair type! From the way you describe your hair, it sounds like it has quite a brittle, dry texture, which is leaving it prone to breakage. Setting aside any hormonal, dietary or genetic reasons why you might be losing hair (and bearing in mind that a certain amount of hair loss is perfectly normal) it sounds to me like your hair is breaking away, rather than falling out at the root. If you are worried that the hair is falling out at the root, then you should speak to a qualified trichologist, however, if your doctor didnít seem concerned that the issue was hair loss, then Iíd recommend a haircare regime that targets dry, damaged, brittle and weak hair. The dandruff that you experienced as a result of the shampoo recommended by your doctor could indicate that residue from the product was remaining on your scalp Ė either as a result of using too much product, not rinsing it out effectively or using a product that is too heavy and rich for your natural hair type and scalp. This would also explain why you didnít experience any itching or tightness in the scalp Ė both of which are common complaints when experiencing dandruff. The reason your hairdresser advises against using Head and Shoulders could be due to the commonly reported negative side effects of many anti-dandruff shampoos Ė effects such as skin irritation. Certain anti-dandruff shampoos also contain toxic carcinogenic ingredients, which has also earned them a bad reputation. Head and Shoulders contains sulphates and sodium chloride, which can strip the hair of its natural oils, as well as of its colour, and can actually lead to dry. Itchy. flaky scalp Ė all of which could be reasons why your hairdresser is right to steer you away from it. In terms of semi-permanent hair straightening treatments, you should do plenty of research and speak to a qualified, experienced professional, who is able to recommend a type of treatment that is suitable to your hair. If you already suffer from hair that is brittle and breaks easily, you will need to make sure that the treatment doesnít subject your hair to further damage. It may be that your hair would benefit from a smoothing treatment Ė rather than a straightening one Ė which would help to reduce the Ďpuffyí effect you describe, reducing frizz while nourishing the hair. At SJ Forbes we offer a Nanokeratin Hair Smoothing, which smooths the hair, while locking keratin deep into the hair, to repair damaged locks, and leave them deeply nourished, conditioned and shiny. I wouldnít recommend using Head and Shoulders products after a keratin treatment, as I would avoid using anything containing sodium chloride and sulphates. Aftercare advice is an integral part of any treatment, so if you do decide to try out a smoothing or straightening treatment, then make sure you follow the aftercare program you are prescribed, to keep your hair and scalp in optimum condition and to maintain the benefits of the treatment.
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