For many years now I’ve wanted blue hair. My desire has evolved from bright shocking electric blue, to a more sophisticated blue-black, and all blues in between. And for someone with naturally dark hair doing any color change can be daunting. More so for me, since my hair has been colored many times and is already somewhat damaged.
With lofty goals of reaching the perfect blue-black (previously impossible using other dyes such as Ion and Garnier) I set out to Sally’s to accomplish my dreams. By recommendation of the saleswoman I purchased the One N’ Only Color Fix which claims to remove unwanted permanent hair dye regardless of your hair’s exposure time.
- First you want to use this on dry, relatively clean hair. I had mounds of product in my hair at the time and I think it may have affected the results.
- In a well lit and ventilated area protect your furnishings and clothing. The Color Fix didn’t seem to cause any damage to my skin, clothing or sink but this will come in handy later. Plus I always use gloves when applying any product to my hair (prevents strands getting under my nails).
- Mix Part 1 and Part 2 together. I found it easiest to squirt or pour them into a hair dye mixing bowl and use my tinting brush to combine the two. Part 1 should be a white, opaque creamy liquid whereas part 2 is more of a clear gel-like consistency. Mix until well combined. (All the instructions are on the inside of the box)
- Apply to desired areas, staying at least an inch away from the roots of the hair.
- Leave on until you have visibly reached your desired results. You may use a plastic cap or hair dryer to speed up the process.
- Rinse off (I would recommend lukewarm-cool water) and apply the Cleansing Lotion then rinse well.
I am generally not phased by the odor of hair dye as I’ve dyed my hair enough times to know that it doesn’t smell like a prance through the daises, however I was struck by the smell of this which I am lovingly describing as “Vegan Poo.”
I was really impressed with how quickly it started lifting color. My hair has been dyed black at least five times and before that I had henna in my hair and at some point it was fiery copper. This product seemed to strip off all the dye back to the copper shade that it used to be with a berry red tint due to my previous henna. Now the instructions do say not to use their product if you have henna in your hair but I went ahead and took the risk anyway.
I will say because of how quickly it works, first apply the product where you want the lightest lift and work outward from that. I started from the bottom and while I like the results I was initially worried that I wouldn’t.
Another thing–you get more out of one box than you probably think. I purchased two because I’ve had problems with running out of hair dye in the past and it is almost as bad as a bad dye job but I had plenty of excess with only one box. Also I feel I should note that the “Cleansing Lotion,” the third step in the process, is a very thin, clear water, so be mindful of that if you, like me, are going to be applying it upside down bent over the side of the tub with your removable shower head in one hand and chemicals leaking into one of your eyes.
I applied the product and felt that for the results I desired, a minimal amount of processing time was necessary. I had the mixture on probably less than half an hour.
Compared to some other lifting products or straight bleach I would say this probably feels less damaging. My hair feels a little less soft to the touch but overall, caused little damage.
I used warm/hot water to rinse the lifter out of my hair and I believe that was a mistake. I feel that the heat caused rapid lifting in the areas where the hot water first touched.
I do recommend this product for a variety of people:
-Those with light-medium natural hair that have applied a darker color or “unnatural” fun color over top
-Anyone that has previously dyed their hair red
-Someone that wants to lighten less harshly than bleach
-Someone that wants to tone or lighten a dye job
Also, I think using a hair dryer on low speed and warm-hot temperature will help enhance the results but make sure to rotate the heat as to avoid hot spots.
After the lifting process I applied the lotion and once I confirmed that I was satisfied with the color I did a quick shampoo and dried my hair about 85%.
I then soaked my hair in Manic Panic Rockabilly Blue. I have tried Manic Panic in the past and I will say that based on my results this time it definitely works better on clean hair. I used about 2.5 containers of the dye. Also I would recommend peeling off the white protective layer under the lid with dry, gloved hands before applying any dye because they are very hard to open and quite messy, especially with hair dye on your fingers, gloves or no gloves.
I wasn’t sure how long I wanted to process the color so I left it exposed for an hour or two before finally layering on two plastic caps and a headband and sleeping in it. I rinsed it out early in the morning after 9+ hours of processing time. I used cool water and conditioner to wash out the excess product and while my scalp and hairline are still stained I am really happy with the results.
The areas of my hair that were quite berry red created an overall oil slick effect, with more purple at the upper hair shaft, blue towards the ends and slightly greenish-blue on the tips. This was a complete accident but since the oil slick effect is something I’ve been considering doing for awhile now I am quite pleased with how things turned out. I am not sure of the professional way to get my results, which is a very subtle oil slick with a 60/40 ratio of blue to black.
On the downside, blue is rubbing off on everything (my flat iron, hands, clothing) so I am committed to tying my hair in scarves, pinning it up and wearing hats until the blue comes out. After that I think I will go back to using the Ion Midnight Blue Black. Upkeep is not my forte when it comes to hair.
The results would be more detectable in sunlight but since El Nino is giving us some much needed rain here in the Bay Area I am relegated to cloud filtered light indoors. There also happens to be an eclipse today but I’m not sure if that has anything to do with…anything really haha.
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