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Orange Hair: Misadventures in Going Natural from Dark Brown (Part III)

Hello!  To sum up from my previous two posts on my orange hair misadventures, I had wanted to stop coloring my hair and let my natural grey (salt and pepper, with more salt) grow out, so I started investigating how to do this–online.  This was basically a mistake (go to your local Sally’s instead).  There is very little floating around out there regarding older folks wanting to get dark color out of their hair in order to go natural; it’s mostly about teens trying to go silver.

So, I’ve been chronicling my progress.  No doubt a cosmetologist would laugh, but I’m hoping my experience might help some folks out there in the net world.  Here are links to the earlier episodes:  Orange hair, Part I and Orange hair, Part II.  After this third post, I plan on making a concise summary article.

Hair result using Nutrisse LB3 and violet additive
Root color along with the darkest orange color hair from ends (held up with hair clip). The tone of this photo is warm, making my hair a bit oranger looking than in reality, especially the roots.

Where I left off last time, my hair–after two bleachings and doing some coloring to even things out, looked somewhat like what’s in the photo to the right.  The roots were actually lighter and less orange-tinged.

My hair was obviously quite resistant to change after being dyed dark brown for many years.  Note, too, that the ends you see are that dark of an orange even though I had cut off the bottom three inches of my hair before I started all this.   I had been of the mind not to bleach my hair again, but then realized that it was probably the only way of getting my hair to a dyable state–it needed to be lighter than this to hold a grey or silver-white color.

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