As a fellow Hair Colourer, my Hair shades follow the seasons. I like to be various shades of Blonde in Spring and Summer and Red or Chocolate during the colder months. Now that it's Spring, I have begun my traditional seasonal change, and am on my way back to being Blonde. Before I begin, here is a quick breakdown of my Hair history.
As I mentioned, I am a seasonal Colourer. I am Naturally around a 7 Medium Blonde, although I haven't been it for a very, VERY long time. My Hair grows quicker than average, and I it seems I am constantly trying to keep up with my regrowth, with very regular applications. I also naturally throw a lot of Warmth [Red] and have fine Hair but ALOT of it.
This Winter I decided I wanted to be a combination 5.52 Deep Chocolate Plum and 5 Light Brown, and should mention I loved it. Now I fancy being Blonde, to be specific an 8 Light Blonde.
To achieve this, without damaging my Hair, my first step is to Colour Remove. Recalling my Hair History I note two things:
1. My choice of Developer for my darker Hair Colours was No Lift Developer. I know that Colour mixed with No Lift can be a bit stubborn to remove, due to the low level Developer.
2. I have applied A LOT of Colour to my Hair, A LOT of times. I know I will have some amount of Colour Build Up and am keen to remove it and give my Hair a clean out.
Because of these 2 points I decide I want to do at least 2 rounds of Colour Removing, to make sure I remove my Colour Build Up. I hear you asking - what is Colour Build Up? Here is a quick breakdown:
What is Colour Build Up?
Simply put, when applying continuous Colour on top of Colour you create a Colour Build Up on top of your Hair. The more applications of Colour, the more Build Up. This can occur over months or years, therefore long time Colourers will most likely have a reasonable amount of Colour Build Up.
What does Colour Build Up do to my Hair?
Although Colour Build Up isn’t damaging to your Hair, it can get in the way of the Colouring and Colouring Removing process.
After years of applications of a Dark Hair Colour, there will be a fair amount of Colour Build Up. When trying to remove your Dark Hair Colour, to return to a Lighter Hair Colour, the Colour Removing process will not work to its full potential because the Colour Build Up is blocking it from fully working.
How do I get rid of my Colour Build Up?
This part is easy! Using Colour Remover will clear out the Colour Build Up, without damaging your Hair. If you are similar to the above example, you will need a few applications of Colour Remover to get rid of the Build Up and Colour.
The Darker the Colour and the longer the applications of Colour, the longer it will generally take to remove the Colour Build Up.
By using Colour Remover regularly you can maintain and clean out your Colour build up, without any damage to your Hair.
After my first application, I notice my Colour isn't fully removed, meaning I still have some Colour Build Up. After my second application of Colour Remover I am very satisfied with my result. Now onto my new Colour for Spring!