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Growing out highlights

AKgirlAKgirl Posts: 341Registered Users
I have previously highlighted hair that I've decided no longer to highlight. My hair is very fine and damages so easily, I just don't want to risk it anymore. I tried dying my hair darker, but unfortunately it faded and is once again light on the bottom and dark on the top. Thankfully, it's not a huge difference, but it is enough that I really feel like I need to do something about it. What can I do without highlighting my hair again??

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Low poo: Deva Low-Poo, Jessicurl GLS, Moroccanoil Volumizing Shampoo, Aveda Be Curly
Condish: Cure Care, Redken Body Full, Deva One C, and Jessicurl Aloeba
LI: Aveda Be Curly Style Prep <3
Products: Deva FFVF & Jessicurl Spiralicious (LOVE), TRESemme Curl Boosting Mousse
Hairspray: Aussie Sprunch, TRESemme Curl
locking Spray
Experimenting with lots of products in my cabinet...

My hair loves protein, plopping, and diffusing! Trying to find a way to style and air dry.


  • etosetos Posts: 221Registered Users
    For more complex changes in colour, I would always recommend to go to a stylist that is specialized in colour (in The Netherlands you can go to tony&guy for such a specialist, but I'm not shure what it is like in your country). It will cost more, defenitely, but most 'usual' hairdressers are, in my experience, not capable of colouring hair that is already coloured.

    I think there are different options for you:
    1. growing the dyed hair out. Yes, it might look silly, but you keep the new hair healthy and you will not furhter damage the already bleached hair
    2. go on with highlighting, but everytime have less of them, untill you don't have them anymore (speak with your stylist to make a plan about this)
    3. add lowlights to your highlighted hair

    but again, I'm not a stylist. But there is one thing I can defenitely not reccomend: trying to colour the bleached highlights in your own colour. It's so difficult to do that, it's almost 99% shure it will fail. And bleached hair can turn green when it's coloured darker again.
    highlighted 3a hair. Fine strands, medium to high density. Probably high porosity. Growing uit bad layering and aiming for waist lenght!

    Pre-poo: coconut oil
    wash: CJ Daily fix or SheaMoisture Coconut&Hibiscus
    RO + LI: different every time
    Styler: CJ Pattern Pusha, CJ CIAB

    dislikes: glycerin in low dews, scissor happy stylists, magnesium sulfate

    (modified) CG since june 25, 2012
    Hiarfinity + extra MSM since March 5., 2014

    SL - APL - BSBL- BSL - MBL - WL (stretched)
  • SusieSuzeSusieSuze Posts: 524Registered Users
    Goldwell's Soft Color is amazing for tinting back with no damage.

    It is a temporary mousse-in colour that does NO damage AT ALL... conditions beautifully and can be reapplied as often as you wish.

    If your highlights are particularly light, I and you are darkening more than two levels, I would really make sure to use a warmer tone as using an ash tone when 'tinting back' from lighter to a fair bit darker can garner greenish tones if you aren't careful. When going from platinum back to dark brown, believe it or not, you have to fill the hair with red before using the brown tone-- otherwise you end up green!

    Goldwell Soft Color Foam Colorant reviews - Makeupalley

    Would love to hear your reviews if you end up using it!
  • morganrcmorganrc Posts: 86Registered Users
    Grr. My hair is the same way. Every time I dye it darker, it fades lighter, but still grows in darker.
    2B, Coarse, Low-Medium Porosity, Dense.
    -Cowash - Kiss My Face Whenever.
    -Rinse Out/Leave in - Nature's Gate Biotin.
    -No stylers.:thumbright:
  • Firefox7275Firefox7275 Posts: 3,750Registered Users
    Bleach damaged hair is highly porous, it often won't hold colour well. Permanent and demi permanent box dyes contain peroxide so if you use those you are compounding the damage. Best thing is to use a highly pigmented semi permanent and leave for several hours, these should have a conditioner base so are not damaging at all.

    I semi permanent dye (La Riche Directions) my hair red-pink over three hours and the colour lasts months with conditioner only washing, cool water and 'sealing' in with coconut oil treatments. Actually far better than when I used a permanent box dye (Live XXL) which damaged my hair horribly with the six to eight week 'refresh' of the lengths.

    Do be sure to do strand tests so you know if your lengths need less treatment time than the hair closer to the roots - porous hair can absorb semi permanent dye at an alarming rate.
    2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

    CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
    Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
    Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
    Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
    Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
    Experimenting with: benign neglect

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