Monday, February 24, 2014

It didn't turn GREEN! {And other hair dyeing wins}

After my post the other day about wanting to dye my hair back dark, I received a ton of messages on how to do it correctly so my hair wouldn't turn crazy colors.

Buuuuut, I had kind of already dyed it.


For next time though, you all gave me a bunch of fabulous tips that I can for sure use to try not and turn my hair green!  Thankfully - this time dying turned out to be a great experience.

As I mentioned, I wanted to take my hair back from the super blonde it had been to a darker blonde or possibly even light brown.  Since my hair has been getting darker and darker after our babies were born, I am sick of the upkeep and wanting to get closer to my natural color - whatever that is.

Here's the immediately after Little Man was born and right before I went darker photo comparisons again, just to refresh your memory:

Since I'd had some discoloration going on {ahem, blue/gray hair}, prior to dying my hair dark I went to Sally beauty supply and grabbed some protein color filler.  I'd been told that it would do an okay job of keeping my hair from turning green, so long as I added some of the filler actually to the hair dye.

I also went a slightly different direction this time and tried out a foam dye.  I purchased two containers {because my hair is super long and I always need two} which did the trick.  I actually only used about 1/4 of the second container.  Here's what I used:

I ended up using L'Oreal's Sublime Mousse in 70 - Pure Dark Blonde.  This was one of the only darker blonde shades that took more of a brownish/slightly grey tone on the box {although it's hard to tell from that photo} - instead of a yellowy or strawberry shade of blonde.  I've tried those colors previously and looked maybe not so lovely.  

I did end up spilling a little bit, and - word to the wise - you'll want to clean it up fast.  A drip of dye hit our wall and I didn't see it right away, and DH ended up having to paint over it a day or two later because it actually stained the wall.  

As for the protein color filler, even though I'd been told to add 1/2 of the bottle to the hair dye, since it was a foam dispenser, I was nervous to add that much just in case it would somehow screw up the mixture.  In the end I think I only put like 5-10 drops in each dispenser to use with the hair dye.

Once the color had been in my hair for a bit, here was my result:

{This photo is also straight from my bathroom after I dyed it, so excuse the terrible lighting and cell phone shot.}

What do you all think?

I tend to think it looks a lot more light brown than dark blonde, but DH keeps telling me it's still blonde.  Either way, I love the color!  I think it warms up my face quite a bit without looking orange {or green!} at all.

What I'm reeeeally hoping is - that when my actual color starts to grow back in that things will fade together a bit.  I know my natural color is still lighter and more gray blonde than this, but at least it won't be so terribly obvious when my roots grow back in and I transition back to a more natural color.

I kind of find it to look a little bit different depending on the light I'm in, so I thought I'd share a few more photos of the past few days, so you can see what I mean.

{He was supposed to be taking photos of the kids, hence my awkward expression!}

When we were out playing the other day in the above shot, I thought it looked much more brown than blonde.

But earlier in the day at a babywearing group leader meeting, I thought it looked a ton more blonde than brown.

Oh, hello, Gorgeous Tula!
No matter what color it actually turned out to be - I love it.  It's not too dark and harsh, but at the same time just blonde enough that it still looks like it's close to what my hair would naturally look like.  Even though it's a huge change from the blonde above, there have been a lot of friends/family/coworkers who haven't noticed a difference - so I'm definitely on the path back to hair a little more au natural.

And I can now breathe a sigh of relief - because it didn't turn green!

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  1. I like it! I commend you for doing your own hair! The though of dying my hair terrifies me. Lol

  2. I love it! I don't think I can dye my own hair. I have tried one and it didn't work for me

  3. Yay, thank goodness it didn't go green! Good job on using the protein filler :) It looks great!


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