Today, I want to discuss a commonly misconceived idea about hair color. I frequently hear people ask questions like why their hair is still brown after putting a blonde color over it, or why their hair color gets darker each time they color it. Well, I can explain in precisely four words: color won’t lift color. Like, ever.
This is how it works…
I’m going to use an analogy that will make more sense to most people. Think about what it’s like to color on paper with markers. This is a good way for you to understand the golden rule of hair color since most people are familiar with how markers work….
Okay, next, I’d like to introduce you to Clarice. She has naturally blonde hair, and it has never been colored. She also has no lower body or arms.
Clarice decided one day that she wanted to color her hair dark brown (I covered the blonde hair with a brown marker).
She really liked her new look, as you can tell by her huge smile. And assuming she could walk, I’m sure she would have received a ton of compliments. However, she decided a week later that brown hair was not her thing, and wanted her blonde hair back. She had one of her friends pick up some golden blonde hair color to match her natural color from Walmart. Her friend, then, applied the color to Clarice’s hair and let it sit for 45 minutes, exactly like the directions told her to do (for the analogy, I colored over the brown hair with a yellow marker).
So after washing out the color, her hair looks like this:
What went wrong?