You could try looking online for it, possibly amazon or somewhere, but if it’s discontinued, that might be futile. I don’t know any color names specifically, but maybe one of my readers can recommend something. (If you’re looking for it to be very vibrant, you’re going to want to bleach it first though. If you just want a slight tint of purple, then unbleached is probably a-okay)
You’re right, if it’s yellowish right now and you go over it with blue, it’s probably going to turn green (teal/turquoise at best). But it also depends on how light of a blonde it is. If it’s VERY pale yellow, you can probably get away with doing the blue over it. Toner MIGHT help (look for a lavender-based one), but I can’t tell you where you might be able to find one in your area outside of a beauty supply store or having it done at a salon.
I can’t really say without seeing/feeling your hair in person. It sounds like it was probably previously bleached when you went “light purple”, right? And then colored over darker? If you’re looking to lighten/remove the dark aubergine/black in order to get it a more vibrant purple, you may find this post from my blog helpful: http://www.brightersides.com/brightersidesblog/2010/11/how-to-fade-your-hair-color-and-why-you-might-want-to-do-that/
Thanks for the recommendation!
I’m sure there are a lot of different answers to this question and those answers vary by company. While there are hair color brands that cater to the masses, their selection of color is very limited and their formulation is predetermined and very basic (mix this one thing with this other thing, and let it sit for this long). Professional color brands spend a lot of time and money creating a huge range of colors with endless formulation possibilities, and they also spend a lot of time and money helping to educate licensed cosmetologists on how to properly use their products to achieve the best results so that the stylist likes the color line, the client likes the color line, and they both come back for more. The general public doesn’t have these hours and hours and hours of training (in my state it was a minimum of 1,800 training, it varies from state to state and country to country) to best make use of the line.
It’s probably not the BEST comparison, but it’s sort of like how there are over the counter drugs and prescription drugs. There are some basic things anyone can pick up which can remedy some situations, and then there is a whole plethora of other, prescription drugs that are only available to certain people who have undergone training, who know when and how to use them, to use.
I’m not really trying to compare hairstylists to doctors or pharmacists, but hopefully that’s a parallel that more people will be able to identify with. And in the case of semi-permanent hair color (the bright/rainbow colors), a lot of them are more or less the same, but companies that sell only to professionally licensed hairstylists aren’t going to sell just MOST of their products to hairstylists and a couple things to the masses. It wouldn’t make sense for them to do that.
I hope that answered your question, sorry it was so long winded!
Your hair could be thinning, but unless you are chemically burning your scalp. It’s probably not the fault of the bleach. If you are using too high of a volume developer (never use higher than 20volume on your scalp) you COULD risk permanent hair loss. It could also be caused by bleach allergy if you notice a lot of irritation when bleaching. Otherwise, it could be hormonal, stress-related, genetic, etc. If it’s very concerning to you, I’d recommend seeing a doctor.
I’ve had a few people ask about where to buy semi-permanent hair color. Here is one site that sells Manic Panic - $10 ea
If you’re coloring it yourself, I’m assuming you are using a “box color”, (the type you get from a drugstore/grocery store/etc.) which has a nasty habit of getting darker and darker every time you color it, if you are applying it over hair that’s already been colored. Among other reasons, this is why I always recommend getting your hair colored professionally. You may need to use a color remover like this one from L’Oreal (which I have not used - so I’m not recommending it specifically, just an example) but first check out the tips on my blog post How To Fade Your Hair Color and see if you might be able to lighten it up in any of those ways.
I don’t think I would attempt putting purple over green. It’s hard to say without seeing it but it would probably end up more of an icky brownish kind of color. The purple would only show up properly on the blonde areas. You may find this post from my blog helpful: The Color Wheel And How It Applies To Hair Color
That’s a tough one. You may want to try doing larger sections instead of streaks. Doing streaks on shorter layered hair often ends up having a kind of a “spotty” effect, since you can only see the ends poking out. If you have any longer lengths, maybe near your face, I’d recommend doing some chunks in the top layers there for maximum visibility