Remember that time in high school when I wanted to dye my hair a rich dark brown and accidentally dyed it goth black? I learned that semi-permanent dye in a color that is drastically darker than your current color will actually be darker than you expect. I learned that such a dark dye will actually be permanent. I learned that the best solution for accidental black hair is professional help at a salon, where they can strip out some of the color. Unfortunately, it appears I did NOT learn my lesson.
After spending the past few years as a blonde, I thought it would be a fun change to go for a rich dark brown again. So I chose a lovely shade of castaño – chestnut – which ended up being darker than I expected. Really dark. Aaaaalllllllllmost black. After 2 days and several shampooings attempting to fade the color, I sought professional help. But this time I had to do it all in Spanish. Some salons told me the only thing they could do were highlights (um, no gracias). One salon told me if they strip the color it will turn red and I would have to re-dye my hair (true for Latinos maybe, but not for this fair gringa). One salon vacillated between suggesting I strip the color and see what happens, strip the color and re-dye it, or just re-dye it on top of the black. We opted for stripping out the black and aiming for a brown shade.
Turns out they completely removed all the black, leaving me blonde again. I’m fine with that. Maybe it’s a sign I should stay blonde. This misadventure cost me two days, $65, and immeasurable damage to my hair. Lesson learned.