For those tuning in to catch the final episode of my melodramatic hair tale...
The stylist bleached the top 3 inches or so (the regrowth that had never been bleached). Knowing from past attempts that violet semi-permanent haircolor would turn out nearly black, she applied a lighter purple.
The result isn't very obvious from the back.
But part my hair and look at those top few inches, and it's obvious that the lighter purple did not cover the reddish tones left from bleaching.
The virgin hair, which had easily gone to pale yellow when bleached, did indeed turn a medium bluish purple. But that was only the top quarter inch. Everything else turned... I don't even know what color to call it. It's rosy, pinkish, and/or brownish depending on the light.
It's definitely not bluish purple.
I wish I had never even tried to change my hair color. I have wasted time and money... and had to cut off several inches... and I'm left with ugly, freakishly multicolored hair. I want my long black hair back.