Which I dyed to this using L' Oreal Superior Preference box dye in shade 4A Dark Ash Brown:
Then, I got sick of it being basically black so I went to a salon where a color specialist that I absolutely adored gradually lightened it to this (about a Level 9-10 with highlights and lowlights ranging from Level 8-Platinum) using heavy foil highlighting:
THEN, I decided I was craving a richer, more solid (even sexy, if you will) shade so I took it back brunette using box dye again (L' Oreal Excellence Creme in shade 6A Light Ash Brown followed by 5A Medium Ash Brown about a month later):
But now it is summer, and so I have let the dark brown fade out (permanent dye is never really permanent...) hoping that would be enough lightening to transition into warm weather. It was not. Too dark & too red. Not enough golden.
So I decided to use ION Color Brilliance products from Sally's Beauty Supply to attempt to lighten it at home for the first time ever!
Now the ION product section at Sally's has many helpful little charts and booklets to assist you in choosing the right products for your goal. I was looking to achieve a Level 7 Neutral Medium Blonde. Using the available tools & advice from a Sally's employee, I determined that I would need:
- ION Color Brilliance Color Corrector (to lift permanent dark brown dye)
- ION Sensitive Scalp Developer Creme 10 Volume (for use with Color Corrector; not stated on package, but needed in instructions)
- ION Color Brilliance Liquid Permanent Color in shade 7.1-7A (Medium Ash Blonde; natural Level 6 hair will ALWAYS pull orange/gold especially in naturally warm toned hair like mine so using an ash dye will give more of a neutral tone or more often still a warm tone)
- ION Sensitive Scalp Developer Creme 20 Volume (for dye mixture; ION permanent color dye chart recommends that natural level 6's use 20 volume developer with level 7 color to achieve lightening to level 7)
- Ardell Red/Gold Corrector Single Use Packet (recommended by employee; include in dye mixture to combat brassiness)
- ION Color Brilliance After Color Treatment (optional; seals cuticle & stops processing)
- Latex Gloves
- Callibrated Plastic Squeeze Bottle for Dye
Other items needed that I had at home:
- Plastic Shower Cap (for use with Color Corrector)
- Hair Dryer (processing Color Corrector)
- Wide Tooth Comb
- Gentle, Color Saving Shampoo (L' Oreal EverStrong Reconstruct Shampoo)
- Deep, Color Saving Conditioner (L' Oreal EverPure Moisture Deep Restorative Masque)
What I did:
Brassy roots in direct sunlight...
I tried to show the two tone which is hard to capture in pictures.
This is what it looks like most of the time. Imperfections aren't really noticeable since it blends nicely.
As soon as I nurse my hair back to health, I am going to attempt to correct this. My next post will be on how I am restoring the moisture and repairing the damage done to my ends... So check back!