Megan has always been that client who comes in and says, “Same thing”. We always have touched up her regrowth with lightener and toned her a beautiful platinum blonde.
Then, Megan came to me at one of her appointments and told me she was ready for a change and perhaps at her next appointment she would “change it up”. The weeks following I kept thinking “Oh, she’ll want lowlights” or “Maybe she’ll want ombre”.
Nope. Dead wrong.
Megan came to that appointment with a Pinterest picture of this girl with flowing locks of magenta and purple hair. Needless to say I was shocked and that’s an understatement. I mean I was super excited and all but I am so partial to my blondes.
But we did it.
I am so thankful she was already blonde as blonde can be. It makes fashion colors so much more vivid and I didn’t have to go through the tedious process of lightening and lightening and lightening.
So let me tell you how this look was achieved.
At the base/ regrowth area, we decided to make it darker in a sort of a shadow root type look. I used a 3vv in Redken Chromatics with 20 volume oil developer.
Everything above the ocipital bone, I used Joico Magenta. Underneath, I pulled through Pravana Vivids Purple.
What can I say? It was perfect. She loved it. I loved it. I mean who wouldn’t love this?
Let’s just say Megan is the perfect client. She actually listened when I told her how to care for her hair color. She did not shampoo everyday. Shampooing everyday will only strip out the color no matter if you use color-safe or not. Dry Shampoo became her best friend. When she did shampoo, she focused on the hair near the scalp and rinsed with cold water. It’s not fun, but it works. Hot water opens the cuticle of the hair and allows the color to escape.
When Megan came back 6 weeks later, it was nearly perfect! It was amazing. I touched up maybe 3 pieces of hair that faded slightly and touched up her regrowth area.
Another 6 weeks later….. Again nearly perfect! But Megan wanted a change.
We decided to add some dimension to the pink.
I balayaged some lightener with 20 volume through the magenta and it lifted within 10 minutes. I then covered those pieces including some of the original magenta with Pravana Vivid Pink with some Pravana Neon Pink mixed in.
When I didn’t think this could get any prettier, it did!
We were tickled pink….literally.
Six weeks later, Megan was ready for another change. And again, not what I was expecting. Megan wanted to be blonde again, as blonde as she could get. Now, thankfully Megan understood that it could be a process. Thank goodness. One has to understand that when you want to go from vivid fashion colors to a sense of normalcy, nothing is guaranteed.
But I never turn down a challenge.
So now, this is where the fun begins.
For about a week prior to her appointment, Megan shampooed her hair really well and was finally able to use hot water figuring we wanted to fade it now as much as we could.
This is what it looked like when she came in…
So now, the party started.
Thankfully, I recently discovered Malibu Direct Dye Lifter. It took 2 packets and literally 20 minutes to achieve the impossible.
Malibu Direct Dye Lifter is Mind Blowing! We were both literally beyond amazed by how it lifted right out. Now, we were close but no cigar. The root area was red orange and the blonde lacked luster.
This is when my skills were tested. Counteracting red is the hardest thing any hairstylist does. Red is the devil. At first I applied 6na mixed with 8p Redken Chromatics Ultra Rich with 20 volume oil developer and brought down 8gn Redken Shades Eq Gloss over the orange-like areas and processed for 20 minutes.
Nope. Not good enough. I could have let her go, but I am a control freak and a perfectionist and I knew I could do better.
Next, I decided to do a partial highlight feathering the lightener near the root but not on it. Between the foils and through the back I used 8na Redken Chromatics Ulra Rich mixed with Green Chromatics Remixed. Yes, Green. Straight Green. Scary, right? At this point, I was bound to try anything to make it as perfect as it could be.
She processed under a dryer for 15-20 minutes until the highlights were light enough to tone properly. I toned the top half of her hair with 7v Redken Shades Eq Gloss and the bright blonde with 9t Redken Shades Eq Gloss and………
BAM! Perfection.Both of us were thrilled with the results. And my favorite part was an accident. Through the midshaft is was slightly darker due to the 7v Redken Shades Eq Gloss overlapping onto the blonde. But hey, what a nice surprise!
Yup, Megan and I achieved the impossible in just ONE visit.
Here’s where I add a disclaimer…….
Megan was willing to spend the time and money it would take her to get to as close to the desired look she wanted. It took a little over 4 hours and a decent amount of money due to the number of services it took to achieve this. Now, not all heads are made the same. When it comes to a corrective color and/or removing fashion colors, nothing is guaranteed. I have been calling this the Holy Grail of Corrective Color. Nearly everything worked out in our favor. That may be not the same for everyone.
Remember kids, do not try this at home. It is worth every penny to go to a skilled and talented hair stylist. Your hair is the accessory you wear everyday. Do it right the first time and you will actually save money.
And….. I’m sure Megan’s Hair Adventures have just started.