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Another Hair Post


For some reason hair questions are some of my most frequently asked questions, so here's another hair post for all the curious. Since I went blue I've gotten more comfortable dyeing my hair myself so I haven't been to a professional in months. The first step transitioning from blue to red was to strip as much blue out as possible, then I dyed my hair brown, and then red. I've tried a different red nearly every time I dye my hair and usually it isn't nearly what I want, my latest color is L'Oreal's Lightest Auburn and it's been the closest to what I'm aiming for.
At home trick for avoiding purplish reds: The biggest problem I've found with at-home reds is the tendency for red to go towards the purple end of the spectrum rather than the yellow-orange end (which is what I prefer). A trick I picked up on the Internet that really works is crushed up Vitamin C tablets mixed with Head and Shoulders shampoo. Basically you mash up 20 or so tablets add enough shampoo to coat all of your hair (I always apply it to dry hair) and then apply the mixture all over. Leave in for around 10 minutes, wash it out and apply a lot of conditioner. The mixture strips out the purple tones and lightens your hair some--the longer you leave it in the more it will lighten you hair so small increments of time is better because you can always repeat the process to go a little lighter, but you'll have to re-dye if you leave it in too long and it ends up too blonde. Anyway, it's a great at-home trick to fix your hair without going through the entire dyeing process all over again. I don't know how the mixture would effect un-dyed hair or colors other than red, but no matter what color red or brand I end up with this has worked to take the purple out and lighten it a shade or two.
Maintenance: My favorite shampoo and conditioner while I have red hair is Giovanna Colorflage Shampoo & Conditioner in Remarkably Red. I think it helps maintain the red and it's cruelty free. As always with dyed hair the less you wash your hair the longer your color lasts and washing in cold water is better too. I also like to leave my conditioner in my hair for at least 2 minutes before I wash it out to counteract the damage of dyeing and styling.

On growing out a pixie: Contrary to the term "growing your hair out" the trick to not hating your hair from the pixie to a different style is frequent cuts. With a pixie cut I went to the hair stylist once a month or so, but when I started growing it out I actually got friends to touch my hair up far more often. Your hair grows at different speeds and while the sides might look fine shaggy, as the back gets shaggy you tend to have a mullet--not cute. I had my friends trim my back every time I started to get antsy; I don't see the back of my head so the cut didn't have to be perfect and clean, it just had to not resemble a mullet. Keeping the back trimmed regularly helped me leave the sides alone and eventually gave me some overall length while avoiding as many awkward stages as possible. The earliest picture in the above set is from December 2012 and the most recent one was taken a few days ago.
Other thoughts on helping you grow out a pixie: change up your styling and/or color. Whatever your routine was in the morning for a pixie cut--change it. As your hair gets shaggier you can add texture with curls, pin it back, put it in tiny pigtails, etc. Personally, I had always wanted blue hair and it helped kick my boredom in the middle stages. Ideally I'll go back to blue one day and it was very fun this summer as I finally got my hair to a length to bob it.
The biggest truth about growing out a pixie: there's no special trick, it's annoying and it can be unflattering at points, you just need to exercise patience.

14 comments:

Heather Gwinn said...

Great read! I did the same when I was on my quest for that perfect shade of red. Powdered vitamin c, dandruff shampoo, honey, and olive oil. Oil conditions while honey lend a lightening hand. Between shampoos I use a punky color mix in my conditioner to keep things vibrant. Works like a charm!

Shawna McComber said...

I am growing out a pixie too. Of course I've done it many times before because I am known for being quiet fickle about my hair. It is usually short, though not always a pixie. I always love the pixie for a short time and then want more hair.

MarieBayArea said...

Loving the curls

Anonymous said...

Loving the pixie cut on you !

Jane said...

How long has it been between the first and last photos?

Anonymous said...

To avoid the mullet stage, I bought little claw clips and spun my mullet in the back into little buns. People thought it was a cute, intentional hair style. - Leah, stylewiseguide.com

Rebecca, The Clothes Horse said...

@Jane, The oldest picture was taken last December and the recent ones at the top I snapped this weekend.

Isabel Caballero said...

Hi Rebecca! Was your hair dyed before you went blue? What's your natural hair colour? I currently have reddish brown hair, but I want to go for a pastel, maybe lilac... I'm just worried the reddish dye wont totally come out with the bleach and I'll end up with a disaster! I really, really love your blog. Greetings from Colombia!

Rebecca, The Clothes Horse said...

@Isabel Caballero, yes my hair was dyed before I went blue. Anytime you go a different color like blue or lilac you have to bleach your hair to white--red comes out pretty easily but no matter your color you have to keep bleaching until it is white, if your hair is starting dark then it can take multiple sessions, but I wouldn't worry about the red. :)

Hata Trbonja said...

I LOVE your hair! Just got a terrible haircut today. Sigh...hope mine looks as good as yours in a month or so.
Hata
www.chicagotofrance.blogspot.com

Annika Victoria said...

This is a SUPER helpful post :) Thank you so much!

IrishRedRose said...

I think you're one of those lucky people who look great with most any hair color! That said, I'd also like to point out...that shade of green on you is AMAZING.

Emily said...

Just came across this - I've been trying to take my hair blue to red without much luck. The blue has just stained the bottom portions of my hair so that any red dye eventually fades and I'm left with grey/blue ends. How did you fade the blue out of your hair before you dyed in brown and then red? Did you have any problems with the blue staying? What kind of brown dye did you use first?

Sorry so many questions! I've had salons try in the past and they haven't really helped much...I thought I would try it myself this time!

Rebecca, A Clothes Horse said...

@Emily, I used a color stripper before I went to brown. So I stripped all of the blue out that I could and was left with ratty yellow-y hair and then dyed that brown and then went red on top of that. I don't remember what products I used but it was just simple stuff I found on Amazon and had decent reviews. I think the problem you're having is you're just layering dyes and you really need to do something to get rid of the blue before you add more dye on top. With browns & reds I can't remember the colors but I was using L'oreal Paris dyes b/c I started with that brand and I'm afraid to mix brands/try a new one.