Let this serve as a lesson to me about the difference between can and should. After a period of feeling disappointed with blonde hair I took the plunge and died my hair red. It’s been a light orangey copper shade, (not a pillar box red which I’ve had before) and I’ve been really enjoying it. I have however been a bit frustrated with how light the ends are where the previous bleaching still shows through, and rather than be annoyed I decided to play with it instead using semi-permanent colours.I made the mistake of reading this site and taking it at it’s word, especially the table of info on how light your hair needs to be to achieve your desired colour. Now, I’m not stupid and if you’ve studied colour theory like me you’ll know that orange and violet mixed together do not make purple- my dears they make brown. Still I was convinced it would work out and I used wash in wash out violet on my ginger hair. Oh dear.
Well, the ends are purple anyway. The roots however are not, my coppery red is now a deadened reddy-brown colour (or plum if you’re feeling kind) and the ends are darker and purple. It’s definitely some kind of muddy reverse ombre, gone wrong. Now, had calmer heads prevailed I might have remembered that the time I’ve used purple dye before (on blonde hair), it lasted quite long and even stained a little. My god, what have I done here? How long is this gonna take to wash out? And is my lovely light copper now ruined, never to return to its former shade?
I’ve washed it a few times since that first pic and now it’s a weird brown with lilacy ends. I guess I’ll be wearing my hair up for a little while. As I said, I shall take this as a lesson. Once again just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. Will I ever learn?