Meg hair! They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. This is only one reason why I am insane. I know I shouldn’t color my own hair. There’s no reason for it. I tend to only want to color it myself right before important meetings or TV. Normal right? I think it’s called “Self-Destructive!”
Anyhow after THREE TRIES MYSELF! Bad Meg! Bad! I took my green haired self and threw in the towel! I called Blondie’s Hair Salon. in New York City. That was where I was and I didn’t have access to my normal LA Hair Guru Marco Pelusi. Blondie’s came highly recommended.
After a frantic phone call, Blondie’s Master Colorist Laura Braunstein calmed down and I made my way up Broadway. Why did my blond hair go green? What had I done wrong? Why is light hair hard to darken?
Laura is here to help! Every natural color of hair has what is called a natural remaining pigment, or NRP. Light blondes have a natural remaining pigment that is yellow, which starts to turn to orange as the blonde gets closer to the brown spectrum. This is why so many blondes have a difficult time fighting brassiness. Medium brown hair has a NRP that is orange, which gets progressively more red as the brown gets darker. Very dark brown hair and black hair have a NRP that is red. What does that mean? In order to create color, the natural remaining pigment must be put into the hair first in order to form the right foundation if it doesn’t already exist. In Meg’s case, she had previously lightened her hair so much that almost no NRP remained. So when she put a level 6, or light brown, neutral all over her strands, the balance was off. If you think about the color wheel, what creates neutral tones and depth are two opposite tones. The breakdown? Red & green, orange & blue, yellow & purple. Hair color, both professional and box, takes this into account. Therefore since a natural brunette has orange tones as her NRP, hair color of that depth generally has a blue base in order to work with that orange to create depth and neutrality. Meg unfortunately only had a little bit of yellow NRP in her hair when she started. What happens when you mix a little bit of yellow with blue? Vomit color.
What did we do to fix it? We started by lifting some of the box color out of Meg’s hair to begin eliminating the green. This was done via an old school process called a french fluff. It’s basically enlightener (aka good old fashioned bleach) mixed with developer (what actually causes hair to lighten) mixed with shampoo. After knocking some of the green out and lifting the color up a bit, we put a copper gloss on her hair. This process created the necessary NRP in the hair to then be able to make it light brown with color. We then did just that with almost the same formula that she originally used from the box color. Only this time, with the presence of the orange NRP, it worked. It of course was slightly more complicated than words can describe, but most importantly, Meg’s hair is okay!
So ladies! Be careful whenever you try to color yourself! Who else has had a home dye disaster and managed to go green?