Learning about a cheap yet effective cure for a bleach disaster can be both exciting and scary.
Exciting cause it will feel so good to be rid of that hideous orange color without having to sell a kidney?
But still scary because whenever you’re dealing with hair color there’s a chance things can go wrong. And leave you worse off than where you were before. No one wants to look like an Orangutan on a bad hair day.
Many have found rinsage to be the life-saving brassiness fix they were looking for but couldn’t find.
So if this sounds too good to be true it’s not.
Another post of ours shares the step by step details. Revealing how to Use Rinsage to Easily Fix Hair That Turned Orange after Bleaching.
So if you want to know how to get rid of the brassiness that is plaguing your hair color it’s a good place to start. That guide fills in ALL the blanks. Be sure to check that out first if you haven’t already.
This is more a look at tips that are good to know. Especially if you’re so ready to say goodbye to stubborn orange brassy hair forever.
If that’s you then let’s dig in. Because the results of rinsage can look absolutely amazing when done right. And these tips can help insure you know what you need to do to make you do it right.
What Is Rinsage For Hair, Again?
Rinsage is a little toning secret no one seems to talk about. And fewer still apply.
The rinsage technique for toning orange hair uses pretty much any blue black dye mixed into any cheap drug store shampoo to eliminate orangy tones.
Best of all the magic happens in only about two minutes.
The key is you want there to be sulfates in the shampoo. That despite all we’ve told about how sulfates are bad. In this case they’re actually good.
So it’s both cheap and fast. In other words an affordable game changer everyone with brassy hair needs to know about.
The Hair Rinsage Technique – 15 Must Know Tips to Transform Orange Brassy Hair
If you’re still reading it’s safe to assume you want to transform your orange brassy hair!
These tips lay out how to tone brassy brown hair at home easily and cheaply. In most cases even the most stubborn brass in your bleached mane can be banished. Bringing back the ash we all love.
So who’s ready for a color revival?
Tip #1: Be quick when applying the mixture. Because once the dye and developer touch your hair they start to do their thing. So you want to be Speedy Gonzalez when it comes to application speed. Starting with the sections that need toning the most first.
Tip #2: If you’re buying peroxide separately look for a 10 volume. That’s what’s most commonly used with toners. It just barely opens the cuticle the least little bit allowing the color to slip in.
At most go for a maximum of 20 strength volume.
You need something to crack open the hair cuticle so the color molecules can be deposited inside. That’s how you achieve the toning you desire. Without this the dye will just wash off and go down the drain.
But you don’t want to fry your hair in process either. So don’t go higher than 20 please.
If volume developer is a mystery to you, Holle offers a nice overview of the topic should you wish to learn more.
Along the same lines….
Tip #3: Wait for the developer to work before applying. Which means you want to let the mixture sit and develop fully. In most cases it should turn blackish in color when it’s ready to be applied.
Tip #4: It’s always best to do a strand test first. That way you have an idea how your hair will react before applying. Rather than discovering that after the fact. And dealing with a rising sense of panic.
Tip #5: Diluting the blue-black dye with shampoo is important. Otherwise, you’ll just end up coloring your hair blue-black.
Here’s the basic rinsage recipe
- Mix equal parts of peroxide (developer) and color into
- 1/2 cup “nothing special” shampoo (best if not sulfate free) along with
- 1 to 2 tbsp water
Our look at rinsage with blue black dye mentioned earlier gets into this more detail.
Tip #6: Be cautious when figuring out how long to leave the mixture on your hair when you’re new to this process.
Initially limit time on hair to like 2 minutes. No more.
Still there is no hard and fast rule for how long you want to give this mixture to work its magic that works for everyone. Some go for less. Others much longer. Everyone’s hair is different.
Tip #7: If two minutes doesn’t create the perfect ashy color you can always do a second round of rinsage. This time leaving it on for a bit longer. Either that or increase the dye concentration on your second try.
Everyone’s hair is different. So the timing depends on factors like hair structure, color, thickness, and degree of damage. It’s smart to expect some trial and error to get to the process that works for you.
Oh and should things go wrong, we offer a ton of rinsage technique color glitch fixes. Like if you end up with an unwanted tint or the color comes out too dark. Worth checking out, don’t you think?
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Tip #8: Keep checking the color of your hair as it changes. You want to make sure it’s heading in the right direction without going too far.
Tip #9: It’s better to go for the darker blue-black dye rather than just some blue or indigo shade. Blue-black dye is more powerful and can neutralize those unwanted orange tones most effectively.
Tip #10: If your color kit is all liquid, measure the dye and developer in drops. If it’s cream, use teaspoons or tablespoons as your unit of measure.
Tip #11: The temp of water you rinse with matters. You want to be rinsing using cool or ice cold water. The warmest you may want to go with is lukewarm. But never hot.
Tip #12: Some find it’s better to work in sections when applying the mixture. It helps get even thorough application using the coloring brush.
Tip #13: Start with the most orange sections first so they get the most exposure. Then move on to other sections. Keep checking progress until you achieve the desired color.
Tip #14: While doing rinsage on wet hair can work it’s usually better to do on dry hair.
- For one it’s easier to monitor color changes.
- And two the dye won’t be watered down too much by water.
- Finally with wet hair the cuticles tend to open more. That can mean more color absorption than you might expect.
But should you want to give the mix a try with wet hair you’ll want to lather it like shampoo.
Also keep in mind some find they need to leave it on longer on a wet mane.
Tip #15: I’m not gonna lie. This process can be somewhat drying.
So after a rinsage session you’ll want to give you mane a little lovin’. A good way to give you hair a quick hydration boost is to use a hair mask absolutely bursting with moisturizers.
- Apply your mask of choice on damp hair
- Let it sit for 15-30 minutes (you can use heat to encourage better penetration of the ultra replenishing ingredients)
- Then rinse out
And there you go.
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