Ongoing hair disaster backstory:
Natural color- matronly field mouse. Length- just past shoulders. I've used 8.5N (champagne blonde) box color from the drugstore forever. It wasn't working like it used to, the color was sort of dark and muddy. I decided to go to Sally Beauty Supply and buy professional dye, thinking it would 'work better'. I bought ion brand 8N, and Volume 20 developer.
This was upon the advice of the employee at Sally's. Feeling pretty good, I took it home and used it.
Professional grade hair color results:
OMG! Nope, nope nope. It was NOT level 8 neutral color. It was dark chocolate brown. So, I panicked and turned to the internet for help. Found the vitamin c treatment.
Vitamin C- first try:
To be fair, I didn't use actual vitamin c. I was at home, it was night, I was in a panic, and I happen to have citric acid in my pantry for canning. I figured it was almost the same thing as vitamin c, so I mixed a couple spoonfuls with some baby shampoo and applied to dry hair, and left it wrapped in plastic for about an hour. I didn't get much of a result, but I did see a little dye rinsing out. It lightened by less than one level I'd say.
Vitamin C- second try:
The next day, I bought vitamin c tablets and dandruff shampoo. Ground about 50 pills in a coffee grinder, mixed it with the shampoo to pancake batter consistency. I washed my hair with the dandruff shampoo and towel-dried it and applied the solution to damp hair. Wrapped it plastic, left in on about an hour. I didn't see any dye rinsing out, but it worked to lighten my hair at least one level. Side note: My hair. Is. Orange. There's so much red-orange in my hair now it's crazy. Seriously, it looks like I did it on purpose. I'm gonna go with that if anyone asks.
Vitamin C- third try:
Next day. I ground about 60 tablets up and mixed it with the dandruff shampoo. I applied it to dry hair, but it was so sticky that it wouldn't really distribute well, so I sprayed my goobered-up hair with enough water to create enough lathering to where I felt like it was distributed evenly. Wrapped in plastic, left on for an hour. I read that rinsing for a long time is key in this endeavor, so I I rinsed for probably ten minutes in the shower. It lifted probably one more shade. Still mighty red. Still don't love it.
I might try this again to see if it lightens any more. I want to get back to the color I originally wanted which is a neutral/cool blonde, but now I'm not sure how to get there. I'll probably go back to Sally's and ask what kind of dye I need now. I want this red OUT. I don't know how to do that either. Bottom line, though, I want to use professional grade products and do the color myself. I just need the RIGHT products. I need help figuring out what to buy.
This process really stripped buildup off my hair. The ends of my hair dried out a little, and my hands dried out a lot. But my hair is really super soft and has more body than before I did the vitamin C stripping. And a couple oil treatments will fix the dry ends.
I don't know why my hair is so friggin red. I don't know what to do about it. I don't know if I should try to strip more color out or try to dye over what's already here. I don't know if I need to get this red out before I try to dye it again. Sally's is about an hour drive for me, so it's not like I can just pop in and ask questions. I'm pretty disappointed with... everything hair related right now.