Though this particular product is designed to lighten and colour dark hair, I failed to take notice of the fact that it wasn't going to do anything to the black dye that still lingered in my lengths.
So I was left with a slightly bizarre light red on top, black through the lengths, fiery on the ends look that led my own brother to enquire as to why I looked like a 'red skunk head'. Whatever that is.
Anyway, long story short, I wasn't happy rocking the reverse-ombre look but I wasn't ready to go back to the dark side just yet. What's a girl to do?
Pop into Superdrug on her lunch break of course and pick up a packet of pre-lightener and two packs of red dye!
I finally admitted to myself that if I wanted to turn my locks red, bleach was going to be involved.
Here's what happened:
This is the result (in a variety of different lighting) after pre-bleaching with Clairol Born Blonde Lightener and two packs of Superdrug Colour Vibrance Permanent Colour in 8:45 Fire Red.
I need to mention that the pre-lightener was really effective at lifting the black dye and was probably the most pleasant bleach I've used in terms of minimal stinging/ itchiness and odour!
I did the dye job two days ago and washed my hair today and was a little surprised by the amount of dye that ran out when I washed it - the shower scene from Hitchcock's Psycho sprang to mind.
I know that red dyes fade incredibly fast so I think this time next week I'll be topping up the colour with a semi-permanent. Stay tuned :0
Superdrug Colour Vibrance dyes are currently on offer at 2 for £4.99.
Thanks for reading!