Ion Color Brilliance Color Corrector
I even followed directions to a T...but no luck.
I had natural/highlighted blonde hair my entire life until a year ago, when an attempt to go brown ended up with me going black. I thought it still looked cool and decided to keep it.
I wanted to go back to blonde, so I was hoping that maybe I would be able to lighten to even a light brown first. I know this is ambitious, but I'm a poor college student and can't afford color services at a salon.
After reading dozens of reviews, I followed the directions exactly. What I was left with prior to the developer was orange roots and auburn ends. After the developer, I had blonde/orange roots and dark brown ends.
My hair is long and required 2 boxes the first go. At $9 a box, I can't afford to keep doing this again to lift more color. I guess I expected it to do more the first time for the price.
April 10, 2015
Black Hair No-More!
I wanted my hair to be as light as possible for hot pink hair. I had dyed my hair black and I had failed to see that the box said permanent, oops! I had used this product a handful of times in the past, but never on hair this dark. It lightened my hair to a dark sort of chestnut brown color, which was to be expected. Make sure to follow the directions carefully and you might want to crack open a window, because it smells like rotting apples! Over all, this is a great non-bleaching way to lighten your hair!
April 9, 2015
Black Hair Removal -mid process-
First, I want to start by saying simply that the product works.
I had been dying my hair black for more than a year when I decided to stop and let it grow. After about 2 inches of roots, I decided to instead get the black removed. The hairdresser recommended all over highlights every 4-6 weeks until it was all out.
That's how I ended up with tiger stripes.
Much of the black remained, while the highlights faded and got brassy. At the second session, this time with a solid 3 inches of roots, the highlights lifted the roots to bright blonde, while leaving the rest a darker, mismatching shade. And there was still black. So we have this tiger striping, blonde rooted mess to work with. Reverse ombre in the worst way.
This is when I used Ion color corrector. I waited about a week after the fresh highlights (wearing my hair up all week) and then applied. It worked. All of the black that was left lifted to a chocolaty dark brown. Not as light as I would have liked, but I was impressed nonetheless. I followed it the next day with an Ion high lift blonde all over color, and it really evened things out. now it just looks like I have all over highlights in brown hair, and I've even gotten a few complements. I still have work to do, but it is in much better shape now.
A few points of advice:
1. Follow. The. Directions. All of them. Rinse your hair until you are a prune.
2. The developer is the most important step. This ensures that the color you are seeing is the color you are working with. It will not re-oxidize with a new color.
3. It DID NOT damage my highlights. The high lift blond color with a red gold corrector took the brassiness right out.
4. It DID dry my hair out. But its been taking a beating the last few months anyway.
5. Deep condition!!!
6. The smell is not that bad. Turn your bathroom fan on and you will be fine. It did not linger in my hair either.
I hope this helped anyone with a weird situation like mine!
March 25, 2015
Got the black right out of my hair
I accidentally dyed my hair black right before Christmas (see also my review of Age Beautiful Darkest Blue). I haven't had black hair since I was a teenager precisely because the dye is so difficult to get out of hair, so i panicked when the blue color faded to black and basically stayed there. I tried to get it to fade for a few weeks and then decided to try this. Within 10 minutes my hair was back to a light brown, ready to dye and nowhere near as damaged as it would have been if I had bleached it like I used to have to with black dye back in the 90s. It smells god-awful, but it totally works!!
January 28, 2015