My cousin's wedding is in late March, and my mom wants me to look a little more "clean cut" (read: get rid of my dreads and dye my hair blonde and take out my piercings and declare my love to our governor, Arnold Shwarzenegger... hah, right). I told her I'd be willing to touch up the color in my hair (but keep it a bright color) so that it was a little more uniform. I want to dye my hair in the next month, and I'm a little concerned about how to go about doing so.
I dyed my hair with Special Effects in Deep Purple in the middle of November, and I originally had my hair bleached last June. It's taken a ridiculously long time to fade - most of it's still very, very deep purple, and the tips where the hair isn't knotted up is a dark pink color. I have about two inches of brown growing in, and about three inches of unbleached hair covered with purple under that. I've tried scrubbing my hair with shampoo and I've started washing my hair every other day instead of weekly like I did before. It's made a little change, but not a lot. I also tried rinsing with vinegar, and also with baking soda, which a woman at my mom's salon recommended to me, because she doesn't want to try and bleach my hair for me, but that's not really doing it either.
I want to dye my hair with SFX Joyride, which is a lighter purple, so whatever I do, I need to find a way to remove the darker color.
Here's the question: is bleaching the only way I'm going to get this result? Is it okay to bleach out SFX dyes?
(P.S. Lish, I read your dread dyeing text again, and I didn't feel like it answered my questions, since I'm asking about rebleaching and the effects it will have with the dye already in my hair. Feel free to tell me otherwise though, if I'm just being an idiot.)