Recently I colored my hair from blonde to brunette. I can not begin to explain how much bleach went into making this blonde color happen. It stripped my hair of everything good. My hair was weak, stringy, tangled, and I had to color (BLEACH and then color and then tone) my roots every 3-4 weeks. That had to stop. So I researched how to bring it back to a manageable condition and color. Seeing as my natural color is a dark brown I didn’t want to go into shock from going too dark—and I didn’t want to turn my hair green in the dyeing process (that is why I chose a golden toned brown.)
What I used (Sally Beauty Supply):
1. Colorful Neutral Protein Filler: With a small spray bottle I applied this thoroughly to damp hair. I left it on for 20 minutes (no rinsing!) before immediately applying the color.
2. Clairol Professional Soy4Plex Demi Creme Developer (lower peroxide content) and Color: I mixed equal parts color to developer (2 oz each) and applied starting at the roots. I left it on for the recommended 30 minutes; at which point my hair looked black. I rinsed out the color and applied a deep conditioner. My hair turned out fine. **Update 11/20/2016: I’m unsure of the exact color. When I moved my blog to Word Press, the old website stopped working & my photos disappeared**
3. Ion Color Solutions Color Defense Intense Moisturizer–for future use
I am really excited to go darker–I really want to give my hair the chance to grow! The demi-color worked better than I ever imagined; I’ve always just dumped permanent color on my head without thinking. The difference in strength and shine in my hair is noticeable; the protein filler worked wonders. I can now run a brush through my hair without severe tangling. I may eventually have to go darker than this due to the fact that my roots will be dark brown; but for now this light golden brown is a great transition!