I want to discuss a common misconception of hair coloring.  I always hear people ask questions like “I put a blonde color over my brown and it’s still brown?”.  Another common question is “How come every time I use the same color, my hair gets darker?”.   Well I will tell you the golden rule of hair color in exactly 4 words: color won’t lift color.  Like, ever.

Read all about the golden rule of hair color, and find out why color won't lift color.

I’m going to use an analogy that will make more sense to most people.  Think of coloring with markers on paper.  I use this concept explain the golden rule of hair color, since most people understand how markers work….

So let me introduce you to Clarice.  She has naturally blonde hair and it has never been colored.  She also has no lower body or arms.

Read all about the golden rule of hair color, and find out why color won't lift color.

220 Comments on The Golden Rule of Hair Color

  1. Abbey
    June 14, 2017 at 6:03 PM (2 weeks ago)

    Hi! I accidentally commented earlier with the wrong email address! I went to my hair stylist about a week ago and asked for pastel pink hair, (I’m naturally a caramel blonde) and I think she thought I was scared to have pink hair. She used a hair lightener (I don’t know what it was but she told me it wasn’t bleach) and put the color on top. When it came out some sections were slightly pink but overall it looks like I have almost a strawberry blonde (the blonde is a shade or two lighter). I want to use a box color or a mixture of Manic Panic colors to get pink hair but I think I’m going to have to go lighter before I can color it. What do you recommend? This is not the first time I’ve asked her for a crazy color and had nothing come out… I love my hair stylist to death but I’ve spent hundreds of dollars on this and I just want to do it myself this time so I won’t be frustrated with her.

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    • Hollee Wood
      June 14, 2017 at 10:07 PM (2 weeks ago)

      Thanks for the question Abbey! That is a tough one to answer. If you really like your hairstylist and you are happy with her, then maybe try talking to her more about the color you want. Have you tried showing her pictures of what you want? Pastel pink might mean something different to her than it does to you. Or maybe she is afraid to go too pink like you suggested. I would just try talking to her about it… she should be willing to fix it for you since you spent a lot of money to not get what you wanted.

      If you did want to try it yourself, the good thing with Manic Panic is that it will eventually fade out if you don’t like it. If your hair was previously lightened, I don’t think you would need to lighten it more before applying the Manic Panic, but it’s hard to know exactly how light your hair is without a picture. Just know that the lighter it is, the more vibrant the color will be. It shouldn’t matter too much if you are going for a pastel color though…. Good luck with whatever you decide 🙂 I hope you get the color you want!!

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  2. Abbey
    June 14, 2017 at 5:50 PM (2 weeks ago)

    My hair stylist used a hair lifter on my already blonde hair so she could make it pink, but I think she thought I was scared to have pink hair so when it came out I just had lighter blonde hair with some pinker sections; it almost looks strawberry blonde… Would using a hair lifter on my hair be okay even thought it isn’t virgin hair anymore? I just want to use some Manic Panic colors or something to make my hair actually pink so it wouldn’t matter to me if the pink streaks in my hair stayed. My hair has never been bleached or anything..

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  3. Brielle
    June 12, 2017 at 11:30 PM (2 weeks ago)

    If I use a lighten my level 7 virgin hair by two levels with a level 9 blonde color (not bleach) and it doesn’t get as light as I would like, could I use another blonde dye (or maybe the same one) to lighten it more?

    Thanks!

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    • Hollee Wood
      June 13, 2017 at 12:42 PM (2 weeks ago)

      I don’t know how well that would work. Theoretically, it wouldn’t work to lighten the color that was already deposited in your hair. But if you follow the instructions, there’s no reason it shouldn’t lighten it to your target level if you are doing it on virgin hair.

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      • Brielle
        June 14, 2017 at 10:11 PM (2 weeks ago)

        Hey Hollee! Thank you for the quick response! 🙂 After reading it, I realized that it wasn’t so much that it didn’t lighten two levels, it’s that the color has more gold than I prefer and I was thinking that if I put the same color back on, it might take it a shade lighter. But now I’m thinking to add Ardell red-gold corrector the next time I do my roots. I also think I got a bit of a ‘hot root’ issue and left it on my roots longer than necessary…

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  4. Charlene Alldredge
    June 7, 2017 at 11:08 AM (3 weeks ago)

    What do you think of the UL products such as the Hi-Lift or Ultra Lift by Loreal and other companies. Will these work to gain the lighter shades. I wish to just go a little lighter. Not a ton.

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    • Hollee Wood
      June 7, 2017 at 7:34 PM (3 weeks ago)

      They would work beautifully on virgin hair. But if you have color in your hair already, you’ll have to lighten it first.

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  5. rosi
    June 2, 2017 at 9:48 AM (3 weeks ago)

    my hair is medium gold color , unfortunately has 3 different lines dark the root , medium gold brown . medium gold and light gold . I want to dye it one color so all is uniforme then 2 days later have highlight to make it more lighter I wonder which color to dye my hair. like mix
    gold medium brown 3/4 and 1/3 light gold all mix to get uniform color then gig light

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    • Hollee Wood
      June 2, 2017 at 12:56 PM (3 weeks ago)

      I would honestly have a professional get it to a uniform color first. It will be pretty hard to get them all the same unless you just go darker. When it’s uniform, it will be easier to match your roots to the rest of the color.

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  6. Olivia Lee
    May 31, 2017 at 5:51 PM (4 weeks ago)

    I’ve been dying my hair red for roughy 10 years, and it’s a dark red, but still very red (box dye) I’m really wanting to go to my natural color with natural looking highlights like this:
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/179299628897306999/

    Is this possible, and how would I go about it. My hair is in pretty good condition still. I really don’t want to go to a salon because of multiple experiences and costs.

    thank you

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    • Hollee Wood
      June 2, 2017 at 1:13 PM (3 weeks ago)

      I hate saying it but I would recommend going to a salon for this. It will definitely take multiple processes to get it that way and it probably will cost money for the different processes. However, it will be a lot more like the picture. It’s hard to say because I don’t know what your hair looks like…but, I’d imagine you’d have to bleach the red out (which might be hard.. any red left in there will leave red undertones in the brown) Then, you will probably have to color it to the brown color and bleach out the highlights, or color them with a blonde color while you are doing the brown. You’ll probably have to tone the whole thing or use an ash brown to tone out the red undertones. I just have seen a lot of people mess up their hair trying to do stuff like this, so I’d be very careful or have someone else do it. Remember that it’s better to pay the money at a salon than to have orange hair. Good luck and I hope it goes well!

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  7. Peyton Morvant
    May 30, 2017 at 10:54 AM (4 weeks ago)

    I want to dye my dark brown hair golden brown to get the full burgundy color I want same day with box dyes will my hair be fine the burgundy dye I have has No Ammonia I just don’t want my hair to fry or fall out BTW I’m mixed so my hair texture is a combination of both?

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    • Hollee Wood
      May 31, 2017 at 4:18 AM (4 weeks ago)

      It depends on a few things…. have you ever colored your hair? If so, you’ll have to lighten it first. Also, what type of color are you wanting to use? Do you mix it with developer? If not, then it is not color that is meant to lift. Hope this all helps!

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  8. claire
    May 24, 2017 at 11:03 PM (1 month ago)

    Interested to know – for a quick change of look. I have medium brown hair with a subtle balayage blonde on the ends.
    Would it work if i used a semi to e.g. colour the blonde bits purple? Like one of these? https://briteorganix.com/collections/semi-permanent-range. Would my hair basically look the same but purple instead of brown/blonde?
    Would this eventually wash out and my hair return to the permanent colour underneath?Or am I dicing with danger?
    Thanks

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    • Hollee Wood
      May 27, 2017 at 10:04 PM (4 weeks ago)

      I do think that it would look the same if you try to put it only on the blonde area. If you put it on the rest of your hair, it will make the rest of the hair purple too, but will probably still be a little lighter on the ends. Also, this will probably mostly wash out of the brown parts of your hair, but the blonde might hang on to it a little because it is more porous. Let me know how it turns out!

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  9. Autumn
    May 15, 2017 at 2:03 PM (1 month ago)

    HALPPPP. I have naturally dark brown hair I had been highlighting it a lot because I wanted to go blonde and then I all the sudden wanted a Auburn violet color. So I went to Sally’s got color for it and my hair turned out great it was this nice red purplish color after a few weeks the purple faded the red still remained and I still really liked it I then got Color Oops because I decided I wanted to go blonde the Color Oops made my hair almost a yellow orange color and then got a light ash brown with red gold color drops to keep those tones out to put on top of that. The light ash brown completely did the opposite of what I thought it was going to do. It added red orange back into my hair. I waited a day (I’m super impacient) and used a ton of deep conditioning mask and then i went and bought the shimmering lights purple shampoo by clarol because i saw good reviews about toning the orange/brassiness out of your hair. I also bought loreal champagne blonde in hopes it would help my hair lighten up more. Now it’s strawberry orangish ash color. I almost said screw it I’m going dark but I’ve come this far I don’t want to just give up….I’ve heard about leaving the shimmering lights purple shampoo on for 30 mins and rinsing it off might help…what should I do??????

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    • Hollee Wood
      May 15, 2017 at 2:23 PM (1 month ago)

      Hi Autumn! Thanks for the question! That is really hard to give advice for because I’m not sure what it looks like, or looked like in each of those processes. It sounds like maybe your hair grabbed on to the purple-red color and it doesn’t want to come out now. Ash colors should tone out orange colors, and purple like the shimmering lights shampoo should tone out yellow colors. Toning will not make your hair lighter… all it will do is tone down some of the brassiness. The only way to get it lighter would be to probably bleach it, but I would be very careful with that, because I’ve seen people melt their own hair off before. When you were doing highlights, were you having them done professionally? You might want to have a hairstylist tone your hair to a more desirable color and then work on adding more highlights again. Hairstylists make a lot of money on fixing people’s hair when they do it themselves, so keep that in mind. I think you should have someone else look at it and help you, rather than trying to keep processing it. The other option I would say to do is just leave it alone for a while, even though it doesn’t sound like you like it much. I just don’t want you to damage your hair to the point of no return. Hope it helps.. 🙂

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  10. Gazal
    April 29, 2017 at 4:54 AM (2 months ago)

    Great analogy. I had a bad color day today and was looking for articles so I understand what is wrong in my case. Does your analogy work the same in the case of hair toners? I have natural jet black hair and I got highlights by lightening `nd bleaching my hair. The first result was perfect and I really liked it. However, I went to the same stylist after 3 months for hair toning to get the orange tone out of my hair. She suggested that she can do that by adding ashy gray tones to my hair in order to counter it and I (with less color knowledge) agreed. So my perfect golden, sun-kissed, light, warm highlights turned to cool dark brown highlights. I wasn;t happy with the result. I waited for seven weeks to get my lighter tones back with washes but I couldn;t wait for long and went again today. I asked for a honey blonde tone this time and to my despise I ended up having almost the same cool dark tone that I disliked. I asked my stylist that I want my first result back. I am not sure how I get I lighten it. I don’t wanna go to the stylist and spend more money and get it removed altogether. Can I only wait in this case to have my beautiful first hair color back? Or it is not possible? Thanks

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    • Hollee Wood
      April 29, 2017 at 5:56 PM (2 months ago)

      Toners are maybe a little different, since they are usually applied to porous hair and don’t last too long. They should usually wash out… but that doesn’t mean they will wash out. It all really depends on how porous the light hair is, and what type of toner was used. If you re-lightened your highlights, it should get them to a better level and get the ashiness out of your hair, where you can re-tone them, using a golden color (or whatever you are going for). I would definitely, probably have someone else do it for you, because if you try to lighten them yourself, you can do a lot of damage, or lighten other parts of your hair that you don’t want to lighten. I would suggest talking to your stylist about not getting the result you asked for, and see if they could fix them for you. The toner probably will wash out eventually, but I can’t guarantee that it will happen… especially if it didn’t happen last time. An option would always be to try washing your highlights with dish soap or something that will strip out the color (this could really dry your hair out though, so be aware of that). I have heard of people using that or vitamin C to remove color.. but I have no first-hand experience with doing that. Maybe just search online for natural ways to remove color. That might be a good blog post 🙂 Hope it helps! Good luck!

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      • Anonymous
        May 13, 2017 at 8:42 AM (1 month ago)

        Being a stylist with 25 years I would have to say that your stylist is not listen to you when you say honey golden by using ash ! My guess is they are not lifting you high enough and are thinking they are pulling to much brass !

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  11. Joanna
    April 7, 2017 at 4:10 PM (3 months ago)

    Hi! I don’t know if you still replay to people on here but about a month and a half ago I colored by hair witj box dye to Bright Auburn Brown, the color came out nice over my medium brown hair..looked like a regular auburn brown shade. I ended up not liking the red tint so after a month I dyed it with my favorite box dye, Garnier Olia Medium Brown. It toned down the hair alot but red highlights show through in the sunlight. So tomorrow I plan to dye it a Light Ash Brown with Revlon dye. I already did a test strand and it looks okay. It toned it down to what looks like a normal brown. My question is, after i have this ash color on my hair, can i then do a Medium Golden Brown dye in 2 months or so? Will the golden part be a problem over the ash/slight red color. I am thinking about doing the golden brown because I want some gold sheen back on my hair when I’m in the sunlight. I am not looking to make my hair lighter or darker, I want to keep it the same and so far it has been same darkness. Hope you see this! Please answer. Thank you!

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  12. Courtney
    December 24, 2016 at 7:39 AM (6 months ago)

    I used Sally’s kaleidescope blue bleach and the salon care 40 developer to bleach my hair again. The lady at Sally’s told me everything to get to do it. I followed directions and mixed it correctly then after 20 mins to rinsed it off and my hair is blue at the ends up to almost the top. I used a t14 and t18 toner and its silver and blue but mostly blue. How can I get the blue out of my hair before tomorrow for Christmas?

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    • Hollee Wood
      December 27, 2016 at 10:11 AM (6 months ago)

      Oh no! I’m so sorry that this is late… hopefully you figured it all out in time for Christmas! Anyways, thanks for the question! So the blue bleach (especially kaleidoscope) has a blue toner built into it, meaning it will deposit blue into your hair. The ends of hair are usually super porous, which is why they grabbed the blue. Then, both Wella T18 and T14 are ash toners, meaning they have blue pigments also. So basically, you deposited a lot of blue into your hair, which is why you got that result. The best thing to do in that scenario, is to do a “soap cap,” which is when you mix bleach, low developer and some shampoo to dilute it (you can even use just bleach and shampoo, without developer). This is a gentle way to lift some of the blue out of your hair without lifting all of it out. When you do this technique, you need to watch it very carefully and rinse it out when the blue is gone. It could take a few minutes or maybe longer. It depends on how much blue is in your hair. The best thing to do is have a professional take a look, but if you do this (or did it) on your own, let me know how it goes. Hope this helps!!

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      • Sneh
        April 4, 2017 at 6:04 PM (3 months ago)

        Hi Hollee,

        Thank you for this amazing post, and I apologize for replying on someone else’s message! I couldn’t find a link to ask a new question. So, I have naturally dark hair (Asian) and I started getting only single process few years back initially just to cover greys and then in the hope of going a little lighter. I am glad I found your post because it seems like I was going about it all wrong and I am wondering why my stylist never explained it like this! Anyway, 4 months back I got a single process so my base color looks like somewhere between level 1 and 2. Then I got a balayage a month after that, to try lightening on part of my hair. I wanted the balayage shade to be somewhat lighter, brownish caramel like a 6, but it ended up with brassy undertones. It did not look bad actually but I figured I will need to be more careful the next time. Now, I am trying a new colorist and want your advice Hollee on what you think she should be doing to my hair. My objective now is to cover my greys, have a base that is a bit lighter, not orange..and full highlights that are ash brown caramel like (my skin tone is warm). I wonder if this can be achieved if she uses a permanent color and a 30 volume developer for my base? Will that lift my base color considering I do not have “virgin hair”? Should she apply it to all my hair, even the strands with balayage on them? Will the result be uneven orangish hair? OR should she add highlights to the whole head first and go lighter on the balayage strands and then touch up the base to cover greys only? OR Is going for a double process the better option now? What would you suggest? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you so much!

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  13. Daisy
    December 22, 2016 at 12:27 AM (6 months ago)

    I need help as soon as possible . I colored my sisters hair for the first time , she never had no color on her hair . Virgin hair . Her hair level is a about a 3. And she wanted to go to a medium brown look , so I would say a level 5-6 . She picked out a color and it was a 7M mocha dark blonde . The brand is from matrix . So I used the 7M with a 20 volume on her hair . I started from scalp to ends all over her hair . I started seeing that the top of her hair was way lighter than the bottom but I didn’t want to leave the hair color on the scalp to long so I decided to wash it of already . So when I washed it of , it definitely had that mocha brown but it slightly had like a orange tone to it . And the top was much brighter than the bottom. Bottom is still pretty dark . So I want to color her hair again to get to that medium brown she wants . But I want to even the whole hair out . I want to use a 5N with a 10volume on top and the hair that is dark use 5N 20 volume . Will that be a good idea or what do you think. Please reply asap .

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    • Hollee Wood
      December 22, 2016 at 10:55 AM (6 months ago)

      Hi Daisy! Thanks for the question. So first off, 20 volume developer is only meant to lift 2 levels. Since you were going to a 7 from a 3, that would be 4 levels of lift, which would require 40v. Usually, you would probably want to use a high-lift blonde color for that or lighten it first. Next, the scalp area processes quicker due to the body heat being emitted. Technically, you should start the color about 1/2″ away from the scalp and end it before you get to the porous ends (the ends process differently too because they are porous and will absorb more color). After processing that part for 15-20 minutes, you would add the color to the scalp and ends, make sure it is saturated, and process for 25 more minutes to get an even color all around. If I had to guess, I would think the orange tone comes from it being washed out too quickly, before it fully processed.

      Now for the hard part of your question… it’s hard to say exactly, because I can’t see what her hair looks like. I think going with a darker color (the 5N) is a good choice, but just remember that it won’t be easy to take it lighter if she decides she wants blonde hair later. Theoretically, your formula of the 10v on the top and 20v on the bottom should work, if you were only needing to lift 2 levels, but now that it was previously colored, I don’t think it will lift much. You could just use a 10 volume all over and it should blend it a lot more and make it look a lot better, but the lighter areas will probably still be a tad lighter. The unfortunate news for you is that professional hair colorists make a lot of money with color correction (evening out the uneven tones), because it takes a lot of work, skills and practice to perfect. My best advice would be to either have a professional look at it and see what they say to do, or you can even try doing what you wanted to do, but if you guys are still unhappy with it, you may just have to take the whole thing darker. Hope this helps! Let me know how it goes! 🙂

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  14. Nosh
    December 21, 2016 at 10:57 AM (6 months ago)

    Thank you! You are a darling-saved me from hit and trial at home? I went back to the hairdresser and they fixed it better?

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    • Hollee Wood
      December 21, 2016 at 10:58 AM (6 months ago)

      I’m glad to hear it went well! Happy holidays! 🙂

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  15. Veronica
    December 21, 2016 at 10:44 AM (6 months ago)

    Hi Hollee!

    I’m hoping you can help me … I had a beautiful copper blonde color done at the salon about two months ago… however… I have grays and a lot of new growth… so I got smart and got a demi copper blonde by pravana (same brand and color my colorist used) and no lift developer bc I just wanted to cover the grays and the new growth. I only applied to the roots but it made it dark like dark brown dark. I’m sitting here stumped like how does copper blond turn out dark brown? Is it because I should have used a 20 or 30 developer to help it lighten it? Thanks for this blog! I don’t like DIY but my colorist is booked through the new year and I didn’t want to be looking like mrs clause lol for the holidays!!

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    • Hollee Wood
      December 21, 2016 at 10:54 AM (6 months ago)

      Hi Veronica! Thanks for the question! Demi-permanent colors usually use developer but they are not meant to lift. The only way to get lift with a color would be to use permanent color with a higher volume of developer. I believe pravana is usually semi-permanent which means you shouldn’t use developer (but it’s possible that I don’t know all of their lines of color). So anyways, semi-perm and Demi-perm will take your hair darker than it is. If you have a fully grey hair, it shouldn’t have gone too dark since it was light to begin with. Did your colorist tell you what formula she used and how she mixed it? I would try talking to her about it. The only downside is that now that it is darker, you’ll have to wait for it to fade out first or lighten it. Hope this helps!

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  16. Sarah
    December 17, 2016 at 12:45 PM (6 months ago)

    My natural colour is mousy blonde I have dyed/bleached my hair for years. Last year I dyed it pink and after Xmas to get the pink out my hairdresser dyed it dark brown, I thought it was to dark but after a few compliments I accepted it but now I want to go back blonde not bleach blonde but a nice medium blonde.i bought a hair dye lightest ash blonde and dyed it and it has made no difference to my hair.
    I have read what you put and it makes sense but my question is how do I go about getting it back blonde and how long I need to wait until I can put another dye on it as was only done today. I can’t afford a hairdresser so am trying to use box dyes

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    • Hollee Wood
      December 17, 2016 at 4:07 PM (6 months ago)

      You have to lighten it first (with bleach) or strip the color before you can use blonde hair color. It’s by what most people want to hear but unfortunately, it’s the truth. Also, because bleach can be so damaging, I would recommend having a professional do it in stages. Hope this helps!

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  17. Nosh
    December 11, 2016 at 1:43 AM (7 months ago)

    Sorry for the typos??

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  18. Nosh
    December 11, 2016 at 1:41 AM (7 months ago)

    Really hope u can help! I had ash blinde highlights put in over dyed brown hair-she used a toner too-a mix of 8 and 10 she said. Problem is she put in too many highlights and it looked more like an allover blonde color. She did add some dark color foils (she used a 4) when i expressed unhappiness and after an extra hour, it looked better so I came home. However I still feel the highlights are too much. Can I use a box dye to match the 4 she used in salon for my natural color in between and add a few more foils myself? I” just afraid as I don’t want to use the wrong color or get orange hair? Plz advise what should I do. TIA

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    • Hollee Wood
      December 12, 2016 at 4:09 PM (7 months ago)

      Hi! Thanks for the question! Going dark over the blonde hair shouldn’t be a problem. It’s easy to go darker. The only thing you might run into, is if your hair is too light or too porous (it’s hard for me to tell what it looks like without a picture), then the darker color might not fully stick. If that is the case, it would just look really faded, unless you “fill” the hair before coloring it. To be honest, filling is a whole different topic that I should write a separate article about.

      You also should be super careful doing your own foils, because if you don’t know what you are doing, then the brown can bleed out of the foil and leave you with “leopard spots” in your hair, and trust me, you don’t want that. Also, I have foiled my own hair before and it is hard to get the areas that you can’t see or to bend your arms in certain positions. If you feel confident about it and think you can keep the color from bleeding, then that might be a good option. If you do decide on doing it yourself, I would not use a box dye, but go to Sally Beauty Supply and buy some actual color and developer. You can also talk to the workers there about what you want to achieve and see if they can help you based on what your hair actually looks like.

      My full opinion is always to let someone else do it that you trust, so if something is wrong, they would have to fix it. If you mess up with anything, it can cost a lot more money to pay for color correction vs. what a hair color costs. I think most places start color correction at something like 150$ + 75$/hour and that’s probably on the low end. It can get very expensive. Hope this all helps!

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  19. Courtney
    December 8, 2016 at 11:58 PM (7 months ago)

    I guess first this is 4+ years later and still active! Definitely a “hot” topic.
    I’m hung up by the word “lift” – as in a stronger developer will lift your hair color more shades. So then why not after you color it? Why doesn’t it lift the previous dye out?
    Second, what about color correctors? Roll your eyes, but Sally’s is all I have access to and so have this Ion Color Corrector which explicitly says it only removes oxidized color by shrinking the color molecules so they just wash out. That seems so much nicer than bleaching!
    New hair stylist bleached some highlights (walked out $290 poorer) and the hair is noticeably coarse and tangles. So my fear of bleach has been confirmed (fine, thin 5-9 Ash brunette of Scandinavian descent; i.e. pasty white).
    Color corrector says you can apply color right away..

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    • Hollee Wood
      December 12, 2016 at 3:48 PM (7 months ago)

      Sorry this took so long to respond to! Anyways, Ion Color Corrector is a good option. It is a way to get the color molecules out of your hair. Don’t get me wrong, bleach can do an extraordinary amount of damage when used incorrectly, and usually it will do some damage when lifting color out of the hair, because the process takes a toll on your hair. The color corrector might do a little bit of damage too. It’s just hard to get darker color out of your hair and it takes a process. There is really no way around it.

      Back to the color part of it… “lift” just means how many shades lighter the color will make your hair. If you put color on previously colored hair, it will not lift it any lighter than it already is, with predictable results. For example, if you colored your hair dark brown and then tried to use blonde color over it, it probably wouldn’t do much. It would probably lighten your outgrowth (virgin hair that has not been colored at all) to the desired level, but leaving the rest of the hair that has been colored the same. In the article, I used the analogy of coloring with a brown marker and then coloring over it with a yellow marker. That is pretty much how color works. The yellow marker will not make the brown marker lighter. (Don’t get me wrong- it will lift hair that has not been colored ever aka virgin hair, but not previously colored hair). So yes, the only options to go lighter would be to bleach or use a color corrector first. Hope this helped clarify some of your questions 🙂 If not, I’m happy to explain more!!

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  20. Jessica
    November 18, 2016 at 7:22 AM (7 months ago)

    Hello! This is an awesome post, thank you! I’m so glad it’s still alive with activity and it’s great help you have given so many people over this time. So of course here goes my scenario which is unique I think because I’m trying to go darker and my hair won’t take color. My daughter is a cosmetology student who finished the program but isn’t entirely comfortable with the education the gave her on coloring. I am willing to let her experiment on my hair but she is stumped on why my hair is difficult. I’m a unicorn, lol, no actually a natural red head, she says a level 5-6. My goal was to darken/lowlight with medium shades of brown leaving some of my red and have blonde highlights. (No,pt even sure if that’s the right terminology. Lol) Pretty much, I am a medium red orangish red auburn, yuck. Not bright orange, but I want it to be darker with less orange, without ending up with a fake red look, so I thought heavy brown chunky color with blonde highlights would be my goal look. She did slices with 20 volume lightner and 2 different darker browns that I randomly purchased. She said the color level was too high and probably wouldn’t work. She was right, but the lightner didn’t even work. Nada, ciabatta, no change. It was like the color just washed right out of my hair and the lightner did nothing on those areas. we did a water float test and she said my hair floated so is not pourus but doesn’t understand why the lightner didn’t even work. Because she has overtime hours she can’t take her boards yet, so we are playing with my hair in the meantime buying products from Sally’s. So we are headed back to try again. I’m scared of putting something over what we just did, but since nothing changed should I be? Prior to this I had similar experience while she wasn’t in school but even the learning leader was stumped (that’s a whole different post to vent about.) I guess I’m wrong about just picking some pretty shades of brown and rolling with it, but she isn’t sure what we should try next. Any suggestions? Sorry if too much or not enough info, but our research turns up with not much info other than natural redheads don’t always take pigment well. Crossing fingers you get this and have time to respond before we spin the wheel at Sally’s again for me to be her guinea pig… lol. Thank you in advance for your thoughts or any suggestions. Oh, and ps…I have some greys sprouting up here and there if that means anything, and they have got to go!

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    • Hollee Wood
      November 18, 2016 at 12:44 PM (7 months ago)

      Hi! I’m glad you like HolleewoodHair and I’m happy to help!! That is really interesting about red hair not taking color as well.. that sounds like something I would like to research and write a post about, so thanks for that info! I’ve never really heard that before so I can’t say much about that. The only thing I can really think might have happened was that maybe the color/lightener or developer were bad or old. It is kinda weird that nothing worked at all, but I would rule that out first. Did she use the same developer for the color and the lightener? If so, maybe the developer was just bad. You might also just have crazy resistant hair. Grey hair can be pretty resistant to color, and there is a process you can do called “presoftening” it before doing the color. This is where you just add developer to the hair with nothing else for 5-10 minutes, rinse, dry and then color the hair. This opens up the cuticle, which will allow for better color results. You could also try using “grey magic” which will help the color adhere to the grey hair… but if all of your hair is not grey, it probably wouldn’t do much. I would make sure that for the darker colors, you should use a 10v developer, to just deposit the color, and maybe try using a higher developer for the lightener (like 30v… just watch it). Since it sounds like the color/lightener both didn’t do much, I would imagine that little-to-no damage was done to your hair from that process. You will have to check it carefully and make sure though because I can’t see your hair, so I don’t know. If it looks the same as it did before, I’d think it should be fine to reprocess. Hope this helped and good luck! Let me know how it goes!!! 🙂

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  21. Katherine
    November 6, 2016 at 10:02 PM (8 months ago)

    I don’t know what the odds of you answering this comment are seeing as this article is pretty old, but I’m hoping that you will! I have always dyed my naturally light brown hair with box kits to make it super dark brown and it has always turned out perfectly. About 1 month and a half ago I made a horrible decision to use a box dye to lighten my hair to a colour verging on being platinum (It came out orange and yellow, awful experience). I got it fixed at the salon and now it is a beautiful very light blonde with tons of highlights and lowlights. However my roots have started to show and my bank account is hurting and I just really want to go dark brown again using a box dye. I am aware that I can’t just dye it dark brown again without it turning green and that I need to use a filler. I’m just not sure what filler to use and how this hair dye will affect my blonde hair but very obvious brown roots. I wish I could afford a salon but I just can’t right now.

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    • Hollee Wood
      November 7, 2016 at 10:36 AM (8 months ago)

      Testing. I have been having problems responding to messages so I want to make sure this goes through first…

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    • Hollee Wood
      November 7, 2016 at 10:39 AM (8 months ago)

      Okay, it worked. I’d say that the easiest way to get a filler would be to go to Sally Beauty Supply and talk to some of the workers (make sure they actually know about hair color). They sell fillers for your hair but you need to find out which one would work best. The best option would be to just have it done professionally (at least the first time you go dark) so they can deal with the filler. Then you could just touch it up on your own after that. Just know that since you’ve lightened it now, if you go dark again, it will be really hard and damaging to re-lighten it.. until it has completely grown out. Make sure you absolutely want to be dark again before you take the plunge. Hope this all helps!!!

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  22. Phoebe
    October 30, 2016 at 3:26 AM (8 months ago)

    Hi Lauren,
    I sympathise with you – I went to the hairdresser to get ombre done on my medium brown hair. I wanted an ashy blonde as I have pale skin so warm tones make me look sick…she was like no probs…$200 later i leave the salon with my ends tinted copper. I cried when I got home. I ended up having to re-bleach it myself with a 20v and then tone it with an ash blonde colour and 10v (tubes you get from priceline – i used 9C)
    The toner isn’t working because it’s designed to tone out yellow in blonde hair – if you’re hair is more copper/brassy/orangey it isn’t going to help. Purple is opposite yellow on the colour wheel and therefore they cancel each other out.
    Good luck
    Phoebe

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  23. Lauren
    October 25, 2016 at 4:21 AM (8 months ago)

    Hi Holly! I feel sad. I went to the hairdresser today. I have brown hair that is over-dyed with brown so it is fairly dark. So I wanted the ombre look, caramal or blonde at the bottom. I thought she understood what I wanted, but clearly not. I ended up with thick full head of foils. She said the colour was ”pretty” and off I went with my burnt copper brassy orange full head of foils mixed with my dark brown.
    I ran to BigW and got a Shcwartscoff purple toner. It did NOTHING.
    What can I do to rid of the brassy streaks? I saw some boxes of blonde that looked promising. I feel so sad 🙁 hope u can advise Holly!

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  24. Chilo
    September 28, 2016 at 9:05 PM (9 months ago)

    This was really helpful, but to be sure, I haven’t dyed my hair in 11 years and have had numerous hair cuts, I have semi dark brown hair and I want to go a light ash brown, so would I be able to achieve any type of result since I haven’t dyed my hair in that 11 year time frame??

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  25. Kari
    September 18, 2016 at 6:55 AM (9 months ago)

    Great job explaining! I had a question to go along with this. I have a friend who recently started dying her hair black and it looks really harsh on her. When I asked her why black, she said that when coloring her hair, to cover grey, the roots started looking orange and the rest of her hair would be an auburn. So to cover the grey she went black. I think she should be able to cover her roots without them being orange. Can you think of why her roots would be turning orange? Also, would she need to strip her hair color to start over with a lighter brown if I can convince her to try a softer shade? Even going blonde would look better with her skin tone than black!

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  26. Living Dead Girl Nicole
    August 26, 2016 at 12:51 PM (10 months ago)

    Fantastic article. This really is a great way to show people how this works. I have a question for you. There are Hi Lift dyes out there like Loreal Hi Lift reds. I use to dye my whole head red and would love this dye for root touch up. However do you know of any dyes that do the same effect to get a violet/purple hair? I love dyeing my hair various shades of violets and purples now. However when root touch up time comes it sucks. I have done anything from bleaching my roots and dying over them to just going a completely different color altogether. I read online that you could mix iso icolor 10aa (lightest ash blonde) with 4vv (african violet) and a blue intensifier to get a permanent purple color. I am considering stipping out what I have in my hair now to get a light base and try that color combo. However when it starts to grow out with the 10aa in the mix lift my dark roots at touch up time? Any advice would be much appreciated.

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  27. Raquel
    August 7, 2016 at 11:17 PM (11 months ago)

    Thank u sooo much for ur time! Ur analogy with Clairis was the most simplest, understanding method & example anyone could have used! Hats off to u for ur genius idea ?!!! Love and againg thank you! Thank you! Thank you! ?? ??.

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  28. Leanne
    August 4, 2016 at 1:50 AM (11 months ago)

    Hi I need help!
    My hair was bleach blonde and I put a dark blonde all over and the mid-lengths and ends were lovely but the roots were ginger. I then decided to use 6/24 pearl light brown to neutralize the ginger but also make it slighter darker so applied it all over! However my hair has now turned all over pearl/pinky deep blonde, its aweful!! What all over colour can I use to get rid of the pearl and make it an ash deep blonde?

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  29. Ruthie
    February 23, 2016 at 7:45 AM (1 year ago)

    Hey – I have naturally medium brown hair. At the weekend I got ombre in my hair. Unfortunately the ends are now a brassy copper/orange. I cannot bare it and am thinking about dying it back brown – will this work? Thanks!

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  30. Angela
    February 13, 2016 at 10:24 PM (1 year ago)

    Awesome thank you for helping me, Im gona try it =) wish me luck!

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    • Hollee Wood
      February 13, 2016 at 10:25 PM (1 year ago)

      Good luck! Let me know how it goes! 🙂

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  31. Angela
    February 13, 2016 at 9:51 PM (1 year ago)

    Also, I do have a bottle of matrix 20 volume cream developer. I used a few years ago when i went to a dark brown. (which ill never do again) but would that work in place of the other developer? it says socolor, wonder.brown, color sync, v-light,Logics colorcremes, and Logics light reactions

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    • Hollee Wood
      February 13, 2016 at 9:58 PM (1 year ago)

      I don’t think that waiting will make much of a difference. It might make a small difference since the hair will lose some color molecules. However, I think that if it is already pretty light blonde, it might be okay, especially if it is a high-lift color. Typically color won’t lift previously colored hair unless you bleach it first, but if it is already pretty light, it may not have a lot of color molecules in it already. I would probably use the developer that came in the kit. 20 volume developer is not meant to lift hair that much.

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  32. Angela
    February 13, 2016 at 8:21 PM (1 year ago)

    Yes that does make sense with the markers… =) thank you for answering so quickly. would it help to wait longer? if that would be better i could do that. my hair seems to want to hold on to the natural golden honey

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  33. Angela
    February 13, 2016 at 8:15 PM (1 year ago)

    It is a box kit, Loreal excellence creme. i used a 9 1/2 before this box is a 10. I was wanting to go a little lighter. my hair is naturally a dirty blonde.

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  34. Angela
    February 13, 2016 at 6:49 PM (1 year ago)

    Hi, I am having a toss up here and hoping that this will work. 2 weeks ago I syed my hair the lightest ash blonde. My hair is natural golden blonde and it had lightened my hair a bit, I am wanting to go to the lightest blonde. I had bought it is the loreal same brand as before and I never dye my hair so it is very healthy still. Would this work? applying the lightest blonde after 2 weeks of waiting from dying my hair with the lightest ash blonde?

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    • Hollee Wood
      February 13, 2016 at 7:38 PM (1 year ago)

      It might have a hard time since color molecules were deposited in it the first time you colored it. However, if it is already pretty light, it might do okay. Are you using a box kit? Or are you going to buy the developer separately (like when you buy color from sally’s)? 2 weeks won’t really make much of a difference on how your hair reacts to the color. The worst that will happen is that it will deposit color molecules and make your hair darker than it already is. It would be like if you colored paper orange with a marker and then colored over that orange with a yellow marker. Does that make sense? Hope this helps. If you need anything else, let me know! I’m happy to help as much as I can!!!

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  35. tori
    February 11, 2016 at 2:35 PM (1 year ago)

    Hi I dyed my hair yesterday and expected ultralight blonde. My hair is naturally medium brown so when I colored it my hair came out bronze. I had never colored it previously and I need to know that if my hair was still bronze and I tried dying it ultralight blonde again today would it come out as ultralight blonde or would it be a different color?

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    • Hollee Wood
      February 12, 2016 at 9:18 AM (1 year ago)

      Hey Tori! I would imagine that since your hair is now already colored, it probably won’t lift to ultralight blonde without using bleach (also called lightener or decolorizer.) It sounds like the volume of developer was not high enough to give you the lift you needed. Do you know what volume it was? Was it purchased separately from the color? Or was it in a box kit? If you need any more help, please let me know! I’m always happy to help as much as I can! 🙂

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  36. C. I.
    February 6, 2016 at 10:21 AM (1 year ago)

    This has been very helpful to me. Thx a bunch!

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  37. Tiera
    January 28, 2016 at 9:36 AM (1 year ago)

    Ok I have a problem. My daughter has brown hair so I bleached it in strips on the top n then put the Splat color red in it! Well now im wanting her to go back brown n I tried last night bleaching the red out and it didn’t do anything! If I get a plain medium brown box color will that cover it?

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    • Hollee Wood
      January 28, 2016 at 3:18 PM (1 year ago)

      It will probably cover it, if you get a brown color that is close to her natural color. However, it will probably still have red undertones that show through. Also, although it may be hard to bleach the red completely out, it should have lifted it somewhat. Are you sure that you used bleach? I would check to make sure. I don’t know a lot about Splat though. It might have some weird properties that I don’t know about. Anyways, I hope this helps. Good luck! Let me know if you have any other questions. 🙂

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  38. BlondeHighlights
    January 18, 2016 at 9:49 PM (1 year ago)

    hello, I was wondering if you can help. I got blonde highlights put in using foils over 4 weeks ago but I don’t like how dramatic the contrast is between my natural hair and the highlights. I have naturally dark brown hair level 3 and want to dye my entire head a i.color range in 5G – Light Golden brown. Will this colour even out or balance the contrast between my natural dark brown hair colour and blonde highlights. Also, I don’t want my highlights turning orange. Am I better off going for a natural shade like a level 4N medium brown or 5N light brown. Can you please help?

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    • Hollee Wood
      January 20, 2016 at 9:53 AM (1 year ago)

      Hi! Thanks for the question! It’s always hard to tell without knowing what your hair looks like, but I would imagine that your highlights might still be a little bit lighter. If they are pretty light, they will definitely take on the golden tones of the 5g so if you are worried about that, I would go with the 4-5N. It all kinda depends on what developer you use.. To lift your natural hair (assuming there is absolutely no hair color on it), you’d have to use a 30 or 40 volume developer, but to deposit color on the highlights, you’d need a 10v. I think that it will definitely lower the contrast between everything, and make it closer to an all-over color but not completely match up. Hope this helped! If you have any other questions, please let me know 🙂

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  39. BlondeHighlights
    January 18, 2016 at 9:49 PM (1 year ago)

    hello, I was wondering if you can help. I got blonde highlights put in using foils over 4 weeks ago but I don’t like how dramatic the contrast is between my natural hair and the highlights. I have naturally dark brown hair level 3 and want to dye my entire head a i.color range in 5G – Light Golden brown. Will this colour even out or balance the contrast between my natural dark brown hair colour and blonde highlights. Also, I don’t want my highlights turning orange. Am I better off going for a natural shade like a level 4N medium brown or 5N light brown. Can you please help?

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    • Hollee Wood
      January 20, 2016 at 9:53 AM (1 year ago)

      Hi! Thanks for the question! It’s always hard to tell without knowing what your hair looks like, but I would imagine that your highlights might still be a little bit lighter. If they are pretty light, they will definitely take on the golden tones of the 5g so if you are worried about that, I would go with the 4-5N. It all kinda depends on what developer you use.. To lift your natural hair (assuming there is absolutely no hair color on it), you’d have to use a 30 or 40 volume developer, but to deposit color on the highlights, you’d need a 10v. I think that it will definitely lower the contrast between everything, and make it closer to an all-over color but not completely match up. Hope this helped! If you have any other questions, please let me know 🙂

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  40. BlondeHighlights
    January 18, 2016 at 9:44 PM (1 year ago)

    hello, I was wondering if you can help. I got blonde highlights put in using foils over 4 weeks ago but I don’t like how dramatic the contrast is between my natural hair and the highlights. I have naturally dark brown hair level 3 and want to dye my entire head a 5G in Light Golden brown. Will this colour even out or balance the contrast between my natural dark brown hair colour and blonde highlights. Also, I don’t want my highlights turning orange. Can you please help?

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  41. BlondeHighlights
    January 18, 2016 at 9:44 PM (1 year ago)

    hello, I was wondering if you can help. I got blonde highlights put in using foils over 4 weeks ago but I don’t like how dramatic the contrast is between my natural hair and the highlights. I have naturally dark brown hair level 3 and want to dye my entire head a 5G in Light Golden brown. Will this colour even out or balance the contrast between my natural dark brown hair colour and blonde highlights. Also, I don’t want my highlights turning orange. Can you please help?

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  42. A to the P
    January 11, 2016 at 8:57 PM (1 year ago)

    So, I went platinum over the summer and decided since i was so light to go ahead and do the wonderful lavender color that was ever so popular. Well, it was a little patchy and didn’t take as dark in certain spots so I decided to cancel that color out and put a auburn color over it to cover it up. I didn’t want to fiddle with bleaching my roots, toning and then recoloring so it was my easiest option. Well, it’s been about 5 months since I went auburn and my hair is now a very light red/copper color and I have maybe 2 inches of regrowth at the top. I am wanting to transition back to blonde but won’t be able to see my trusted hair stylist until march so I wanted to ask if doing a dark ash blonde or light ash brown on the top of the red would efficiently cancel out this red tone. I’m so SICK of the red it’s not even funny. It washes me out and does nothing but further exaggerate any redness on my face. I have done light browns before and then gotten highlights done professionally and my hair usually fades back to a blonde close to my natural color fairly quickly. My dillema at this point is if I need to choose a dark ash blonde or a light ash brown. I know that an ash will cancel out the red but I want to make sure it would be dark enough to.

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    • Hollee Wood
      January 13, 2016 at 8:31 AM (1 year ago)

      If you use any shade that is lighter than the color you already have, it won’t predictably lighten the color you have. The undertones of your new color will mix with your old color to create a new tone (combination of the two) but it won’t effectively “cancel the red out.” I would say that a light ash brown (same level or darker to your current hair color) would be your best bet, but it’s also gonna make it harder to go blond when you get back to your hair stylist, meaning a longer process will probably be in order. Just because of my experience, I’d say just wait and have a professional do it, because if it doesn’t turn out right, then it will be a lot more work to fix and you may be more unhappy with it then you are now. Does that all make sense? Glad I could help! Please let me know if you have other questions ☺️☺️

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  43. A to the P
    January 11, 2016 at 8:57 PM (1 year ago)

    So, I went platinum over the summer and decided since i was so light to go ahead and do the wonderful lavender color that was ever so popular. Well, it was a little patchy and didn’t take as dark in certain spots so I decided to cancel that color out and put a auburn color over it to cover it up. I didn’t want to fiddle with bleaching my roots, toning and then recoloring so it was my easiest option. Well, it’s been about 5 months since I went auburn and my hair is now a very light red/copper color and I have maybe 2 inches of regrowth at the top. I am wanting to transition back to blonde but won’t be able to see my trusted hair stylist until march so I wanted to ask if doing a dark ash blonde or light ash brown on the top of the red would efficiently cancel out this red tone. I’m so SICK of the red it’s not even funny. It washes me out and does nothing but further exaggerate any redness on my face. I have done light browns before and then gotten highlights done professionally and my hair usually fades back to a blonde close to my natural color fairly quickly. My dillema at this point is if I need to choose a dark ash blonde or a light ash brown. I know that an ash will cancel out the red but I want to make sure it would be dark enough to.

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    • Hollee Wood
      January 13, 2016 at 8:31 AM (1 year ago)

      If you use any shade that is lighter than the color you already have, it won’t predictably lighten the color you have. The undertones of your new color will mix with your old color to create a new tone (combination of the two) but it won’t effectively “cancel the red out.” I would say that a light ash brown (same level or darker to your current hair color) would be your best bet, but it’s also gonna make it harder to go blond when you get back to your hair stylist, meaning a longer process will probably be in order. Just because of my experience, I’d say just wait and have a professional do it, because if it doesn’t turn out right, then it will be a lot more work to fix and you may be more unhappy with it then you are now. Does that all make sense? Glad I could help! Please let me know if you have other questions ☺️☺️

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  44. Jessica
    November 25, 2015 at 1:05 PM (2 years ago)

    My hair is naturally dark brown, but a few years ago i went to the salon and had blonde highlights put in.I got tired of it so i used box dye to go back to a dark brown. Every four weeks or so i usually touch up my roots with medium brown color. A few weeks ago i decided to give blonde another try and bought a light golden blonde box dye, but my hair didn’t take very well. My roots turned an orange color but the rest turned a light brown/reddish color. After a few washes the roots have toned down alot and now are the same color as the rest of my hair. If i use a light ash blonde hair dye will that help me get a nice dark blonde color? Or what color should i use?? Please HELP!!!!

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    • Hollee Wood
      November 25, 2015 at 1:27 PM (2 years ago)

      You will literally have to strip the color or lighten it with bleach. Hair that has been colored dark reacts to color 100% differently than hair that is naturally dark.. Which is why your roots turned a different color than the rest of your hair. The other thing to consider is that box dye may or may not have other ingredients like henna that are not going to lift out easily, even with bleach… This is why hairstylists recommend staying away from box dye, even though they make the big bucks from color correction. My advice if you want to go lighter is to have someone do it for you… If you really want to upkeep it yourself, then that’s up to you but lightening the color can be tricky. Hope this helps! If you have any other questions, please let me know!

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  45. Jessica
    November 25, 2015 at 1:05 PM (2 years ago)

    My hair is naturally dark brown, but a few years ago i went to the salon and had blonde highlights put in.I got tired of it so i used box dye to go back to a dark brown. Every four weeks or so i usually touch up my roots with medium brown color. A few weeks ago i decided to give blonde another try and bought a light golden blonde box dye, but my hair didn’t take very well. My roots turned an orange color but the rest turned a light brown/reddish color. After a few washes the roots have toned down alot and now are the same color as the rest of my hair. If i use a light ash blonde hair dye will that help me get a nice dark blonde color? Or what color should i use?? Please HELP!!!!

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    • Hollee Wood
      November 25, 2015 at 1:27 PM (2 years ago)

      You will literally have to strip the color or lighten it with bleach. Hair that has been colored dark reacts to color 100% differently than hair that is naturally dark.. Which is why your roots turned a different color than the rest of your hair. The other thing to consider is that box dye may or may not have other ingredients like henna that are not going to lift out easily, even with bleach… This is why hairstylists recommend staying away from box dye, even though they make the big bucks from color correction. My advice if you want to go lighter is to have someone do it for you… If you really want to upkeep it yourself, then that’s up to you but lightening the color can be tricky. Hope this helps! If you have any other questions, please let me know!

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  46. Alla
    November 10, 2015 at 8:05 PM (2 years ago)

    Hello, I have a question, if you, please, can help me to understand it right, I read that some professional hair color lines can lift previously colored hair, in killerstands on line store and blog it was said, that wella illumina has that feature also, but I could not find any supporting info in any of wella’s technical manuals .if you had any experience with illumina line, I would love to have your opinion , thank you for great article

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    • Hollee Wood
      November 10, 2015 at 9:19 PM (2 years ago)

      Hmmm that is interesting! I have never heard that before but it is definitely worth looking into it! Thanks for the info! Sorry I couldn’t be more help ?

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  47. Alla
    November 10, 2015 at 8:05 PM (2 years ago)

    Hello, I have a question, if you, please, can help me to understand it right, I read that some professional hair color lines can lift previously colored hair, in killerstands on line store and blog it was said, that wella illumina has that feature also, but I could not find any supporting info in any of wella’s technical manuals .if you had any experience with illumina line, I would love to have your opinion , thank you for great article

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    • Hollee Wood
      November 10, 2015 at 9:19 PM (2 years ago)

      Hmmm that is interesting! I have never heard that before but it is definitely worth looking into it! Thanks for the info! Sorry I couldn’t be more help ?

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  48. HairDyeNovice
    August 4, 2015 at 6:04 PM (2 years ago)

    I recently put burgundy highlights in my virgin hair. It’s been about 3 weeks and and its slowly becoming burnt orange, and I’m guessing it will soon fade into the blonde it was was bleached to at the salon. I don’t know how familiar you are with natural dyes but I was considering using Henna to re-dye it so I don’t end up with very blond highlights in my very dark hair. Should this natural hair dye work on chemically bleached hair?

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    • shapeupsamantha
      November 4, 2015 at 1:32 PM (2 years ago)

      You can use the henna to color over it, just take caution if you ever decide to change your hair in the future. Once you go henna you cannot go back to using normal dyes without having the henna removed, most likely by waiting a very long time or having a stylist use a safe product for removal like Malibu CPR. So it’s safe to do it but be sure to tell future stylists if you’ve used henna.

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    • shapeupsamantha
      November 4, 2015 at 1:39 PM (2 years ago)

      You can use the henna to color over the lighter parts, but use caution when going back for any more services. It is NOT safe to put any other haircolor or hair chemicals over henna. If you want to change your hair up again any time soon, don’t use henna. If you use it, be sure to inform any future stylists that you’ve used henna, to avoid damaging your hair! A trained stylist can safely remove it with a product such as Malibu CPR, but only if you inform them the henna was there!! It lasts a very long time.

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  49. HairDyeNovice
    August 4, 2015 at 6:04 PM (2 years ago)

    I recently put burgundy highlights in my virgin hair. It’s been about 3 weeks and and its slowly becoming burnt orange, and I’m guessing it will soon fade into the blonde it was was bleached to at the salon. I don’t know how familiar you are with natural dyes but I was considering using Henna to re-dye it so I don’t end up with very blond highlights in my very dark hair. Should this natural hair dye work on chemically bleached hair?

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    • shapeupsamantha
      November 4, 2015 at 1:32 PM (2 years ago)

      You can use the henna to color over it, just take caution if you ever decide to change your hair in the future. Once you go henna you cannot go back to using normal dyes without having the henna removed, most likely by waiting a very long time or having a stylist use a safe product for removal like Malibu CPR. So it’s safe to do it but be sure to tell future stylists if you’ve used henna.

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    • shapeupsamantha
      November 4, 2015 at 1:39 PM (2 years ago)

      You can use the henna to color over the lighter parts, but use caution when going back for any more services. It is NOT safe to put any other haircolor or hair chemicals over henna. If you want to change your hair up again any time soon, don’t use henna. If you use it, be sure to inform any future stylists that you’ve used henna, to avoid damaging your hair! A trained stylist can safely remove it with a product such as Malibu CPR, but only if you inform them the henna was there!! It lasts a very long time.

      Reply
  50. sindy
    July 31, 2015 at 2:40 AM (2 years ago)

    You are the first person who makes sense. Thanks for that. x x x

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  51. sindy
    July 31, 2015 at 2:40 AM (2 years ago)

    You are the first person who makes sense. Thanks for that. x x x

    Reply
  52. rachel
    July 28, 2015 at 1:30 AM (2 years ago)

    This really helped thanks looks like I’m heading for the bleach?

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  53. rachel
    July 28, 2015 at 1:30 AM (2 years ago)

    This really helped thanks looks like I’m heading for the bleach?

    Reply
  54. Rilie
    July 7, 2015 at 3:53 PM (2 years ago)

    My hair is already bleached on the ends. If I add a temporary color to that (pink,red,blue etc.) will it still be the blonde bleached color when the new color fades out? (I know nothing about hair sorry)

    Reply
    • Hollee Wood
      July 8, 2015 at 10:35 AM (2 years ago)

      It will probably be most the same as it is now, but it may hang on to a little bit of the temporary color. Hope i helped!

      Reply
  55. Rilie
    July 7, 2015 at 3:53 PM (2 years ago)

    My hair is already bleached on the ends. If I add a temporary color to that (pink,red,blue etc.) will it still be the blonde bleached color when the new color fades out? (I know nothing about hair sorry)

    Reply
    • Hollee Wood
      July 8, 2015 at 10:35 AM (2 years ago)

      It will probably be most the same as it is now, but it may hang on to a little bit of the temporary color. Hope i helped!

      Reply
  56. Angie gutierrez
    July 1, 2015 at 6:35 PM (2 years ago)

    Thank you , I totally get it now, my “ah ha” moment. I’m a cosmetology student and I’m having a hard time understanding color. This helped to such. Thanks!!

    Reply
  57. Angie gutierrez
    July 1, 2015 at 6:35 PM (2 years ago)

    Thank you , I totally get it now, my “ah ha” moment. I’m a cosmetology student and I’m having a hard time understanding color. This helped to such. Thanks!!

    Reply
  58. Nicole
    June 15, 2015 at 12:01 PM (2 years ago)

    HUGE sensitivity to hair color. Over the winter, I did a black to deep purple ombré at a salon that patch tested but it gave me a reaction anyways. (Originally a 5RV over dark brown) So it’s at home color for me. Sally’s Ion PPD Free works great with no reaction. So I dyed back to my red but wound up with hot roots (due to 30 vol I assume) and the rest of my head was the brown with like a red shimmer. I’m terrified to lighten in any capacity but I’d love a rich medium red with violet undertones? A friend suggested 30 – 40 vol on the rest of my hair with heat for 20 min, then 20 vol on roots for 20 mins rinsing together…

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  59. Nicole
    June 15, 2015 at 12:01 PM (2 years ago)

    HUGE sensitivity to hair color. Over the winter, I did a black to deep purple ombré at a salon that patch tested but it gave me a reaction anyways. (Originally a 5RV over dark brown) So it’s at home color for me. Sally’s Ion PPD Free works great with no reaction. So I dyed back to my red but wound up with hot roots (due to 30 vol I assume) and the rest of my head was the brown with like a red shimmer. I’m terrified to lighten in any capacity but I’d love a rich medium red with violet undertones? A friend suggested 30 – 40 vol on the rest of my hair with heat for 20 min, then 20 vol on roots for 20 mins rinsing together…

    Reply
  60. Krissy
    May 23, 2015 at 1:07 PM (2 years ago)

    Very informative and easy to understand. Thanks!!

    Reply
  61. Krissy
    May 23, 2015 at 1:07 PM (2 years ago)

    Very informative and easy to understand. Thanks!!

    Reply
  62. juli
    May 20, 2015 at 9:06 AM (2 years ago)

    My natural color is an ashy light/medium blonde. I used a box color, ultra light ash blonde, to lighten it (just the roots). It lightened to a florescent yellow, very bright/light yellow. I then used shimmer lights to tone and it toned everything but what I just lightened. The rest of my hair is not damaged but it’s a bit drier so it takes any type of toning agent well. I bought T18 and applied to the yellow roots but it did nothing. I know from past experience that my color is light enough for this to work, yet this time it didn’t. It has been about 2 weeks now and the yellow roots have turned to a color more closely resembling my natural color but still too yellow for my liking. Why didn’t toning work for me? I’m scared to bleach or lighten again because my hair is already really light and I don’t want damage. What did I do wrong? What should I do to get the yellow more ashy?

    Reply
    • Hollee Wood
      May 20, 2015 at 11:07 AM (2 years ago)

      That’s weird… Especially if toning usually works for you! Maybe it was a faulty bottle. I would probably say to try toning again. It won’t do much damage at all. Hope it helps!

      Reply
  63. juli
    May 20, 2015 at 9:06 AM (2 years ago)

    My natural color is an ashy light/medium blonde. I used a box color, ultra light ash blonde, to lighten it (just the roots). It lightened to a florescent yellow, very bright/light yellow. I then used shimmer lights to tone and it toned everything but what I just lightened. The rest of my hair is not damaged but it’s a bit drier so it takes any type of toning agent well. I bought T18 and applied to the yellow roots but it did nothing. I know from past experience that my color is light enough for this to work, yet this time it didn’t. It has been about 2 weeks now and the yellow roots have turned to a color more closely resembling my natural color but still too yellow for my liking. Why didn’t toning work for me? I’m scared to bleach or lighten again because my hair is already really light and I don’t want damage. What did I do wrong? What should I do to get the yellow more ashy?

    Reply
    • Hollee Wood
      May 20, 2015 at 11:07 AM (2 years ago)

      That’s weird… Especially if toning usually works for you! Maybe it was a faulty bottle. I would probably say to try toning again. It won’t do much damage at all. Hope it helps!

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  64. Orange
    May 18, 2015 at 7:21 PM (2 years ago)

    I had the bright idea to get my dark brown hair “Ombréd” like Lily aldridge, so I bought a box dye, the result was orange and not a nice blond like the girl on the box. So I went to a salon to have it ombréd, I showed pictures , the hairdresser’s technique was weird, she put a lot of bleach and left it on for 30 mins and after rinsing it was orange but they call it “caramel”…I rushed to get me a toner, that didn’t do a thing so I covered it my natural color and went to another hairdresser, she also bleached it but it was too high and I looked like I hadn’t done my roots in ages and of course it was also orange. I died it back to my natural color. I went to another salon, showed the pics again and even told her that my hair could not stand being under heat whith bleach, she said her products were top quality and that my hair would be fine….so whe died my hair my natural brown and took strands out and bleached them but it turned out white and the texture was like an elastic….it looks soooo awful that I have decided to forget about the whole thing and I’m dying my hair back to it’s normal color and by the way this cost me a wopping $281 in total. I believe that hairdressers are only out to make $$$ and they all believe they are artists, I wonder how K Kardashian got her black hair blond in a day and managed to keep it like that for a week ? Seems like spending thousands will do the trick!

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    • shapeupsamantha
      November 4, 2015 at 1:36 PM (2 years ago)

      Hairdresser are not all out to get $$$$. The good ones really care and truly are artists. Kim K spends a lot of money for a highly educated stylist who uses top notch products. You have clearly unfortunately experienced some not so top notch stylists, in form of technique as well as customer service. A color specialist would have gone in after the first time it didn’t do right and correct it. Sometimes it takes two processes, but they should make you aware of that. Also olaplex is an amazing product and I know Kim’s stylist used it. It is becoming more popular and most color specialists swear by it. I’m sorry you had a horrible experience, but please know we aren’t all like that!!!

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  65. Orange
    May 18, 2015 at 7:21 PM (2 years ago)

    I had the bright idea to get my dark brown hair “Ombréd” like Lily aldridge, so I bought a box dye, the result was orange and not a nice blond like the girl on the box. So I went to a salon to have it ombréd, I showed pictures , the hairdresser’s technique was weird, she put a lot of bleach and left it on for 30 mins and after rinsing it was orange but they call it “caramel”…I rushed to get me a toner, that didn’t do a thing so I covered it my natural color and went to another hairdresser, she also bleached it but it was too high and I looked like I hadn’t done my roots in ages and of course it was also orange. I died it back to my natural color. I went to another salon, showed the pics again and even told her that my hair could not stand being under heat whith bleach, she said her products were top quality and that my hair would be fine….so whe died my hair my natural brown and took strands out and bleached them but it turned out white and the texture was like an elastic….it looks soooo awful that I have decided to forget about the whole thing and I’m dying my hair back to it’s normal color and by the way this cost me a wopping $281 in total. I believe that hairdressers are only out to make $$$ and they all believe they are artists, I wonder how K Kardashian got her black hair blond in a day and managed to keep it like that for a week ? Seems like spending thousands will do the trick!

    Reply
    • shapeupsamantha
      November 4, 2015 at 1:36 PM (2 years ago)

      Hairdresser are not all out to get $$$$. The good ones really care and truly are artists. Kim K spends a lot of money for a highly educated stylist who uses top notch products. You have clearly unfortunately experienced some not so top notch stylists, in form of technique as well as customer service. A color specialist would have gone in after the first time it didn’t do right and correct it. Sometimes it takes two processes, but they should make you aware of that. Also olaplex is an amazing product and I know Kim’s stylist used it. It is becoming more popular and most color specialists swear by it. I’m sorry you had a horrible experience, but please know we aren’t all like that!!!

      Reply
  66. Samia
    May 15, 2015 at 3:35 AM (2 years ago)

    I have a problem! So my original hair color is light black.. And I wanted a pinkish red and black ombré so I went to the salon and got my tips pinkish red.. They had to bleach my tips first ofcourse. Anyway my hair looked amazing I loved it everyone loved it but now 5 months later the redish pink is completely gone and my hair is back to bleached. It looks really weird cause since the last shampoo it’s yellowish golden. So my hair is black with yellowish golden tips. Idk what to do? I’m getting a hair cut next month but for now I was planning to dye the tips something’s around brown? How would that look?

    Reply
    • Hollee Wood
      May 15, 2015 at 11:30 AM (2 years ago)

      He problem is that most red/pink colors fade really fast. I would definitely cover them up with a brown or even another pinky color like pink. Cutting them off would be the only way to fully get rid of them so that’s good you are going next month but covering them up for now is a good idea! Hope it helps!

      Reply
  67. Samia
    May 15, 2015 at 3:35 AM (2 years ago)

    I have a problem! So my original hair color is light black.. And I wanted a pinkish red and black ombré so I went to the salon and got my tips pinkish red.. They had to bleach my tips first ofcourse. Anyway my hair looked amazing I loved it everyone loved it but now 5 months later the redish pink is completely gone and my hair is back to bleached. It looks really weird cause since the last shampoo it’s yellowish golden. So my hair is black with yellowish golden tips. Idk what to do? I’m getting a hair cut next month but for now I was planning to dye the tips something’s around brown? How would that look?

    Reply
    • Hollee Wood
      May 15, 2015 at 11:30 AM (2 years ago)

      He problem is that most red/pink colors fade really fast. I would definitely cover them up with a brown or even another pinky color like pink. Cutting them off would be the only way to fully get rid of them so that’s good you are going next month but covering them up for now is a good idea! Hope it helps!

      Reply
  68. kairee
    May 11, 2015 at 8:24 AM (2 years ago)

    My hair needs help! I went to a salon to get blonde highlights and auburn lowlights which the red was red/purple. I did not like so I went back and told her to make the lowlights like a carmel blonde. I had a picture both times to show her!! Needless to say my hair is red, orange, brass, and light pink. I now am wondering if I can just color over all of this with dark blonde dye. My natural color! Heeelllpp!! Please!!!

    Reply
    • Hollee Wood
      May 11, 2015 at 8:31 AM (2 years ago)

      Aww that is a bummer! If the dark blonde is lighter than the colors in your hair, it probably won’t do much to them. Also, since each strand has a different starting color, there will probably be some differences still. It might help make it appear more uniform though. Good luck!

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  69. kairee
    May 11, 2015 at 8:24 AM (2 years ago)

    My hair needs help! I went to a salon to get blonde highlights and auburn lowlights which the red was red/purple. I did not like so I went back and told her to make the lowlights like a carmel blonde. I had a picture both times to show her!! Needless to say my hair is red, orange, brass, and light pink. I now am wondering if I can just color over all of this with dark blonde dye. My natural color! Heeelllpp!! Please!!!

    Reply
    • Hollee Wood
      May 11, 2015 at 8:31 AM (2 years ago)

      Aww that is a bummer! If the dark blonde is lighter than the colors in your hair, it probably won’t do much to them. Also, since each strand has a different starting color, there will probably be some differences still. It might help make it appear more uniform though. Good luck!

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  70. Kata capeci
    March 30, 2015 at 9:32 PM (2 years ago)

    Wish id seen this previous to my screw up- now my Hair is FRIED liike straw. In my fear of bleach, i have:

    Color removed black hair dye
    Colored it to blonde
    Toned it with wella White lady
    (Of course it was orange)
    Then removed that hot mess with more remover,
    Dyed it again with a Higher lift blonde shade
    Toned it
    Now idk What color it is. All this in a 3 week period
    I had to stop the madness!! Went from shoulder legnth to now short pixie due to my thinking i could do it.
    My project now…. Protein moisture coconut oil over and again.. Whew….

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  71. Kata capeci
    March 30, 2015 at 9:32 PM (2 years ago)

    Wish id seen this previous to my screw up- now my Hair is FRIED liike straw. In my fear of bleach, i have:

    Color removed black hair dye
    Colored it to blonde
    Toned it with wella White lady
    (Of course it was orange)
    Then removed that hot mess with more remover,
    Dyed it again with a Higher lift blonde shade
    Toned it
    Now idk What color it is. All this in a 3 week period
    I had to stop the madness!! Went from shoulder legnth to now short pixie due to my thinking i could do it.
    My project now…. Protein moisture coconut oil over and again.. Whew….

    Reply
  72. Brianna Dean
    March 7, 2015 at 1:15 AM (2 years ago)

    Thanks so much! I was looking online for hours for a clarification such as yours!! I did have one question though! Well actually maybe a couple! Laugh Out Loud! For one, as far as bleaching I have really thin, medium length, brown hair. What would be the best bleach to use without ruining my hair seeing as its already thin to begin with and I wouldn’t want to make it any thinner!! And question two would be where do I buy this so called ‘bleach’. I’ve looked at many stores like Wal-Mart, Target, etc… But I don’t think that these are the right places to be looking plus I wouldn’t expect any of these stores to carry high quality ‘bleach’ anyways! One more thing, how do I use the bleach and how long should I keep it in my hair! Does it always work the first time or am I going to have to do more than one application?
    After all these questions I have one more! Would it be wiser to just go and get my hair bleached in a salon than to do it myself as a first time user?? Hopefully if that’s the case, it won’t break my pockets doing so!!

    Reply
    • Hollee Wood
      March 9, 2015 at 12:10 PM (2 years ago)

      I would definitely go to a beauty supply store like Sally’s to buy better quality bleach than stores like walmart. Your best bet is to talk to a salesperson about individual brands because they are different. Make sure they know what they are talking about though. Also, reading the directions is always a safe bet. How light your hair gets depends on factors such as what color is in your hair so far, how dark it is, how many times you’ve colored it etc. If you are completely uncertain what you are doing and haven’t bleached your hair before, I think it’s a good idea to spend the money and have it done professionally so you can tell how your hair reacts. If something goes wrong, you can seriously damage your hair and/or get some crazy colors out of it. If you had orange hair, you’d probably have to pay to get it fixed anyways and color correction is more expensive than it would have been in the first place. If you feel comfortable, then maybe try doing a test strand behind your ear or somewhere you can cover it if anything goes wrong. Good luck!

      Reply
  73. Brianna Dean
    March 7, 2015 at 1:15 AM (2 years ago)

    Thanks so much! I was looking online for hours for a clarification such as yours!! I did have one question though! Well actually maybe a couple! Laugh Out Loud! For one, as far as bleaching I have really thin, medium length, brown hair. What would be the best bleach to use without ruining my hair seeing as its already thin to begin with and I wouldn’t want to make it any thinner!! And question two would be where do I buy this so called ‘bleach’. I’ve looked at many stores like Wal-Mart, Target, etc… But I don’t think that these are the right places to be looking plus I wouldn’t expect any of these stores to carry high quality ‘bleach’ anyways! One more thing, how do I use the bleach and how long should I keep it in my hair! Does it always work the first time or am I going to have to do more than one application?
    After all these questions I have one more! Would it be wiser to just go and get my hair bleached in a salon than to do it myself as a first time user?? Hopefully if that’s the case, it won’t break my pockets doing so!!

    Reply
    • Hollee Wood
      March 9, 2015 at 12:10 PM (2 years ago)

      I would definitely go to a beauty supply store like Sally’s to buy better quality bleach than stores like walmart. Your best bet is to talk to a salesperson about individual brands because they are different. Make sure they know what they are talking about though. Also, reading the directions is always a safe bet. How light your hair gets depends on factors such as what color is in your hair so far, how dark it is, how many times you’ve colored it etc. If you are completely uncertain what you are doing and haven’t bleached your hair before, I think it’s a good idea to spend the money and have it done professionally so you can tell how your hair reacts. If something goes wrong, you can seriously damage your hair and/or get some crazy colors out of it. If you had orange hair, you’d probably have to pay to get it fixed anyways and color correction is more expensive than it would have been in the first place. If you feel comfortable, then maybe try doing a test strand behind your ear or somewhere you can cover it if anything goes wrong. Good luck!

      Reply
  74. tmreed07
    February 18, 2015 at 1:57 PM (2 years ago)

    My hair is fine, naturally dark blonde. On 2/11, I used L’oreal Preference Medium Blonde on virgin hair. The result was nice, but not as light as I wanted and more red/gold than expected.

    Today, I bought L.P. Natural Blonde. Will this product work, or can I only go darker or highlight from here?

    Thanks!

    Reply
  75. tmreed07
    February 18, 2015 at 1:57 PM (2 years ago)

    My hair is fine, naturally dark blonde. On 2/11, I used L’oreal Preference Medium Blonde on virgin hair. The result was nice, but not as light as I wanted and more red/gold than expected.

    Today, I bought L.P. Natural Blonde. Will this product work, or can I only go darker or highlight from here?

    Thanks!

    Reply
  76. Lana
    February 7, 2015 at 9:54 PM (2 years ago)

    How come then you can still DYE your hair Darker after it’s been DYED lighter, without bleach??
    And don’t all hairdyes contain bleach (peroxide), just not as much as in pure bleach, so when used enough times it Will lighten hair eventually!

    Reply
    • Hollee Wood
      February 8, 2015 at 11:49 AM (2 years ago)

      You can always pack more pigment in to the hair follicle. How can you color over a yellow marker with a black marker, but not the other way around? It is very similar. All demi-permanent and permanent hair colors use peroxide to open the cuticle just long enough for the color molecules to get in.

      The level of peroxide (how much it has been diluted) effects how much lift and/or deposit is going to happen. When you mix the developer with bleach, it opens the cuticle enough to let the bleach into the hair, which will remove the color from the hair. Its kinda confusing, but hope it helps!

      Reply
    • Cara Mia
      October 27, 2015 at 10:48 PM (2 years ago)

      Sorry, I go to an Asian salon and they’re able to lift my colored close to dark brown hair to a light brown. Hah. I don’t go to American salons because they tell me they can’t lighten my colored hair unless I highlight or bleach. Whatever. My hair was just lifted two shades. Yeah can’t lift. Whatever. I go there and they end up darkening my faded hair after saying they can match my current light medium brown hair yet they end up darkening it and saying I should go outside and look at it through natural sunlight. Whatever.

      Also, in the past, I’ve also used box color and it would either darken depending on the shade or lighten noticeably close to the color on the box as my hair kept fading and getting lighter and the new color I put on would take right away.

      Reply
  77. Lana
    February 7, 2015 at 9:54 PM (2 years ago)

    How come then you can still DYE your hair Darker after it’s been DYED lighter, without bleach??
    And don’t all hairdyes contain bleach (peroxide), just not as much as in pure bleach, so when used enough times it Will lighten hair eventually!

    Reply
    • Hollee Wood
      February 8, 2015 at 11:49 AM (2 years ago)

      You can always pack more pigment in to the hair follicle. How can you color over a yellow marker with a black marker, but not the other way around? It is very similar. All demi-permanent and permanent hair colors use peroxide to open the cuticle just long enough for the color molecules to get in.

      The level of peroxide (how much it has been diluted) effects how much lift and/or deposit is going to happen. When you mix the developer with bleach, it opens the cuticle enough to let the bleach into the hair, which will remove the color from the hair. Its kinda confusing, but hope it helps!

      Reply
    • Cara Mia
      October 27, 2015 at 10:48 PM (2 years ago)

      Sorry, I go to an Asian salon and they’re able to lift my colored close to dark brown hair to a light brown. Hah. I don’t go to American salons because they tell me they can’t lighten my colored hair unless I highlight or bleach. Whatever. My hair was just lifted two shades. Yeah can’t lift. Whatever. I go there and they end up darkening my faded hair after saying they can match my current light medium brown hair yet they end up darkening it and saying I should go outside and look at it through natural sunlight. Whatever.

      Also, in the past, I’ve also used box color and it would either darken depending on the shade or lighten noticeably close to the color on the box as my hair kept fading and getting lighter and the new color I put on would take right away.

      Reply
  78. Britney
    January 25, 2015 at 4:17 PM (2 years ago)

    I dyed my hair yesterday a bright auburn color and it was way more red than I expected and the roots looked orange. So I went bought a honey brown rinse today and now it looks burgundy. I was trying to achieve copper hair. What’s the best way to do that?

    Reply
  79. Britney
    January 25, 2015 at 4:17 PM (2 years ago)

    I dyed my hair yesterday a bright auburn color and it was way more red than I expected and the roots looked orange. So I went bought a honey brown rinse today and now it looks burgundy. I was trying to achieve copper hair. What’s the best way to do that?

    Reply
  80. Beth
    January 16, 2015 at 9:47 PM (2 years ago)

    This article was Perfect! Thank you.

    Reply
  81. Beth
    January 16, 2015 at 9:47 PM (2 years ago)

    This article was Perfect! Thank you.

    Reply
  82. EVELYN MENDOZA
    January 9, 2015 at 8:50 PM (2 years ago)

    I have had my hair colored black for years I would try to lighten it but I always did something wrong. But today I lightened my hair and it turned yellow, my hair color goal was to turn into a light golden brown haircolor but after I put that hair dye it didnt grab onto my hair.
    My question is why it didnt grab?

    Reply
    • Hollee Wood
      January 10, 2015 at 7:36 AM (2 years ago)

      Your hair may be too porous to hold the color… You can try using a “filler” before you color it again. Hope it helps!

      Reply
  83. EVELYN MENDOZA
    January 9, 2015 at 8:50 PM (2 years ago)

    I have had my hair colored black for years I would try to lighten it but I always did something wrong. But today I lightened my hair and it turned yellow, my hair color goal was to turn into a light golden brown haircolor but after I put that hair dye it didnt grab onto my hair.
    My question is why it didnt grab?

    Reply
    • Hollee Wood
      January 10, 2015 at 7:36 AM (2 years ago)

      Your hair may be too porous to hold the color… You can try using a “filler” before you color it again. Hope it helps!

      Reply
  84. Kim
    December 28, 2014 at 7:50 PM (2 years ago)

    I kind of have the opposite problem and I’m not sure what to do- I’ve been bleaching my hair about 2-3 times a month for about a year (I know, totally unhealthy) and it’s very short but I’m growing it out. I knew I couldn’t keep bleaching it if I want it to grow, so today I died it a somewhat dark brown to match my darker roots, and it went completely purple gray. I read lemon juice can restore it to blonde, but I really want it to stay a medium to medium dark Brown. should I buy red filler then do a Brown over it or can I just dye a golden Brown over the gray?

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  85. Kim
    December 28, 2014 at 7:50 PM (2 years ago)

    I kind of have the opposite problem and I’m not sure what to do- I’ve been bleaching my hair about 2-3 times a month for about a year (I know, totally unhealthy) and it’s very short but I’m growing it out. I knew I couldn’t keep bleaching it if I want it to grow, so today I died it a somewhat dark brown to match my darker roots, and it went completely purple gray. I read lemon juice can restore it to blonde, but I really want it to stay a medium to medium dark Brown. should I buy red filler then do a Brown over it or can I just dye a golden Brown over the gray?

    Reply
  86. Ginger
    December 9, 2014 at 12:14 PM (3 years ago)

    Omg, you guys! Stop screwing around with your hair at home and go see a pro. You have probably all spent more on products trying to “fix” your multiple hair mishaps then you would have if you’d seen a professional in the first place. Color is tricky, and there are a ton of factors that can make it turn out a certain way and not another. And the LAST thing you should do to hair that you’ve accidentally fried is apply MORE harsh chemicals on it. Please, please, please- just go to the salon!

    Reply
    • Hipster
      December 27, 2014 at 5:03 PM (2 years ago)

      I have seen plenty of at home highlights and colors that turned out very nice, also I have seen some pretty bad hair salon colors and highlights turn out pretty bad. I myself have gone to high end salons and hated what they did and more so the over $200 I have spent on my hair and not satisfied with the color or the condition of my hair. That all being said, these day, there is so much info on the internet and if people read up, it is possible to get the same results as a hair salon at home.

      Reply
  87. Ginger
    December 9, 2014 at 12:14 PM (3 years ago)

    Omg, you guys! Stop screwing around with your hair at home and go see a pro. You have probably all spent more on products trying to “fix” your multiple hair mishaps then you would have if you’d seen a professional in the first place. Color is tricky, and there are a ton of factors that can make it turn out a certain way and not another. And the LAST thing you should do to hair that you’ve accidentally fried is apply MORE harsh chemicals on it. Please, please, please- just go to the salon!

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    • Hipster
      December 27, 2014 at 5:03 PM (2 years ago)

      I have seen plenty of at home highlights and colors that turned out very nice, also I have seen some pretty bad hair salon colors and highlights turn out pretty bad. I myself have gone to high end salons and hated what they did and more so the over $200 I have spent on my hair and not satisfied with the color or the condition of my hair. That all being said, these day, there is so much info on the internet and if people read up, it is possible to get the same results as a hair salon at home.

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  88. Marissa
    December 5, 2014 at 2:02 PM (3 years ago)

    I normally color my hair dark auburn or dark mahogany red, box dye 4R or 4RM. The last round of color is about 5 weeks old and faded a bit. What will happen if I color again at 6 weeks with a dark burgundy?

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  89. Marissa
    December 5, 2014 at 2:02 PM (3 years ago)

    I normally color my hair dark auburn or dark mahogany red, box dye 4R or 4RM. The last round of color is about 5 weeks old and faded a bit. What will happen if I color again at 6 weeks with a dark burgundy?

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  90. Steph
    November 21, 2014 at 2:48 AM (3 years ago)

    I’m really hopig you answer this, so here I go. I had red hair for months, during the summer I cut it and let the color fade completely. The thing is, once I added copper to my red dye, so every time it faded, it would turn a copper/orange. I never bleached it, I would just use the same colors as I went: red and magenta (and it worked fairly well because I used a 40 developer [and yeah, my hair was pretty damaged]). So now I’ve had my hair red-free for plenty of months and I have this ugly honey color. It’s kind of copper, in some parts of my bangs it looks blonde and I want to get rid of that without having to touch my black roots at all. I experimented on my bangs by using a powder that’s supposed to lift the color and I used a developer of 20, but it didn’t do much (although it does look a lot lighter). It did lift the color near my roots too, and turned a more noticable orange. I’m just not sure of what to do. What do I do if I want this color out?

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  91. Steph
    November 21, 2014 at 2:48 AM (3 years ago)

    I’m really hopig you answer this, so here I go. I had red hair for months, during the summer I cut it and let the color fade completely. The thing is, once I added copper to my red dye, so every time it faded, it would turn a copper/orange. I never bleached it, I would just use the same colors as I went: red and magenta (and it worked fairly well because I used a 40 developer [and yeah, my hair was pretty damaged]). So now I’ve had my hair red-free for plenty of months and I have this ugly honey color. It’s kind of copper, in some parts of my bangs it looks blonde and I want to get rid of that without having to touch my black roots at all. I experimented on my bangs by using a powder that’s supposed to lift the color and I used a developer of 20, but it didn’t do much (although it does look a lot lighter). It did lift the color near my roots too, and turned a more noticable orange. I’m just not sure of what to do. What do I do if I want this color out?

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  92. n
    November 19, 2014 at 2:57 AM (3 years ago)

    will one night dye work out in light brown/golden blonde hair?

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  93. n
    November 19, 2014 at 2:57 AM (3 years ago)

    will one night dye work out in light brown/golden blonde hair?

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  94. Hollie
    November 17, 2014 at 11:01 AM (3 years ago)

    I NEED HELP I NEED SOME ADVICE PLEASE ASAP!!! I have a appointment to see if I have breast cancer & I don’t want to go to the Dr.’s like this… I bleached my hair several times and I was wondering if dying my hair dark brown would help it, because it was REALLY FRIED!!! LIKE SPONGY IT WAS REALLY REALLY BAD!!… PLEASE HELP PLEASE!!!

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  95. Hollie
    November 17, 2014 at 11:01 AM (3 years ago)

    I NEED HELP I NEED SOME ADVICE PLEASE ASAP!!! I have a appointment to see if I have breast cancer & I don’t want to go to the Dr.’s like this… I bleached my hair several times and I was wondering if dying my hair dark brown would help it, because it was REALLY FRIED!!! LIKE SPONGY IT WAS REALLY REALLY BAD!!… PLEASE HELP PLEASE!!!

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  96. Camryn
    November 9, 2014 at 11:24 PM (3 years ago)

    Hi! I have virgin hair and it’s medium brown with gold highlights in it, i want to go to a lighter blonde, around the color of my highlights. If i want this to look nice, should i have it professionally done and not go to wal-mart? Also, will i have to bleach my hair since i want to go lighter? I’m C L U E L E S S!!!

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  97. Camryn
    November 9, 2014 at 11:24 PM (3 years ago)

    Hi! I have virgin hair and it’s medium brown with gold highlights in it, i want to go to a lighter blonde, around the color of my highlights. If i want this to look nice, should i have it professionally done and not go to wal-mart? Also, will i have to bleach my hair since i want to go lighter? I’m C L U E L E S S!!!

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  98. Christine
    October 21, 2014 at 11:17 AM (3 years ago)

    Hi. My grandaught as dryer her hair which was a strawberry blonde like her dads to dark brown very dark now she wants her auntie ti high light it but my daughter does not want to go there she say it will not take as she as played about to many times with her hair drying it red brown what do you think or is her auntie being nasty

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  99. Christine
    October 21, 2014 at 11:17 AM (3 years ago)

    Hi. My grandaught as dryer her hair which was a strawberry blonde like her dads to dark brown very dark now she wants her auntie ti high light it but my daughter does not want to go there she say it will not take as she as played about to many times with her hair drying it red brown what do you think or is her auntie being nasty

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  100. CRHinWilmNC
    October 10, 2014 at 8:24 PM (3 years ago)

    Hi. I have dark ish Brown hair with about 25% gray. I always color my hair some medium to dark brown shade (4or5) sometimes a reddish brown shade but right now I have about 1 inch of roots. I want to do a level 4 dark auburn Brown but will it give me a weird line of demarcation?

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  101. CRHinWilmNC
    October 10, 2014 at 8:24 PM (3 years ago)

    Hi. I have dark ish Brown hair with about 25% gray. I always color my hair some medium to dark brown shade (4or5) sometimes a reddish brown shade but right now I have about 1 inch of roots. I want to do a level 4 dark auburn Brown but will it give me a weird line of demarcation?

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  102. Julie
    October 2, 2014 at 5:06 PM (3 years ago)

    Jennifer,
    Sounds like the last thing you should do is continue processing your hair until you’ve spent some time repairing it. I’d recommend repeated PPTs (pure protein treatments), along with keratin treatments to repair the integrity of the hair. I wouldn’t go anywhere near bleach again (in fact, I’m surprised no one recommended a simple bleach wash in favor of a full application. Likely you’re hair’s in such disrepair now it’s going to pull base color, regardless of what you put in it. When your hair gets healthy enough, don’t develop with anything over a 10. Warmer tones with golden bases are probably your best bet. You can use demi or semi-perm color in the brown range and get the same result without the extra damage of perm w high volume. Best of luck!

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  103. Julie
    October 2, 2014 at 5:06 PM (3 years ago)

    Jennifer,
    Sounds like the last thing you should do is continue processing your hair until you’ve spent some time repairing it. I’d recommend repeated PPTs (pure protein treatments), along with keratin treatments to repair the integrity of the hair. I wouldn’t go anywhere near bleach again (in fact, I’m surprised no one recommended a simple bleach wash in favor of a full application. Likely you’re hair’s in such disrepair now it’s going to pull base color, regardless of what you put in it. When your hair gets healthy enough, don’t develop with anything over a 10. Warmer tones with golden bases are probably your best bet. You can use demi or semi-perm color in the brown range and get the same result without the extra damage of perm w high volume. Best of luck!

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  104. Jennifer
    September 11, 2014 at 1:21 PM (3 years ago)

    Hi can someone please help me with some advice??
    I am natural blonde but I like it light so I have been bleaching my hair for years now. In the last month I dyed my full head dark brown because I wanted to do the ombré with blonde on the bottom. I did it and the colours were correct but I didn’t like it so I decided to go red. I went to Sally’s and the girl recommended a filler for the blonde and then a permanent dye all over. I did that and the bottom was pink, which I thought night happen, so I went back and another girl recommended crimson red ‘N Rage color which is a stain. It worked amazing! I absolutely loved the red. I did this a week ago and now I have no choice but to go blonde again. I went back to Sally’s and the same girl told me I could do color removal or bleach. I asked her several times if my hair would turn out pink and she said no it will bleach it blonde. So I went home bleached it and as I rinsed, my hair started falling out. My roots were yellow the middle was pink and the ends if my hair were a hot pink. I was very upset and went back. It was two different employees and I explained what had happened. They told me to do the color removal and that there might be a tiny tint of pink but then just to run it through a second time and then for a honey blonde they told me to get this dye in which the hair sample looked grayish. I told them I didn’t want my hair to be that color and they old me it wouldn’t be because something with the mixture of tones. So… I came home and I did the color removal, twice! My roots came out a yellowish and the rest of my hair was purple!! I went in today to speak with the manager and she didn’t understand why they said to do all of that. She recommended I bleach again with ammonia free bleach powder and then put a very light golden blonde dye over. I used the bleach and had to wash it out after 10 minutes because my hair is like a goo at the tips and breaking off everywhere. All of the purple spots turned like a medium pink. I have no idea what to do! What would happen if I put the light golden blonde dye over my whole head? I mean, is it going to make the pink a gross color? Or do you think it will blend the bleached and pink better? Because my hair looks like shit right now and I need to fix it ASAP. Please help!!! Thank you!

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    • Hollie
      November 17, 2014 at 10:42 AM (3 years ago)

      I hope things got better for you!!!! (o= This is just about how things went with my daughters & my hair!!! BUT THEY’RE NOT PROFESSIONALS!!! My hair is fried and I was wondering if dying my hair brown would make a better again???

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      • Hipster
        December 27, 2014 at 5:11 PM (2 years ago)

        If it is fried it is fried, try unrefined coconut oil, put it on your damp or dry hair and leave it on over night, wash it out after at least 8 hours, you will probably have to wash it 2 or 3 times in a row to get the greasy feeling gone. I do this to my hair every 10 days and have naturally thick coarse hair and I dye and highlight my hair often. After one month you will notice a huge improvement, very natural and very nice. Try not to dye your hair so often, or just do roots etc not all over dye job.

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  105. Jennifer
    September 11, 2014 at 1:21 PM (3 years ago)

    Hi can someone please help me with some advice??
    I am natural blonde but I like it light so I have been bleaching my hair for years now. In the last month I dyed my full head dark brown because I wanted to do the ombré with blonde on the bottom. I did it and the colours were correct but I didn’t like it so I decided to go red. I went to Sally’s and the girl recommended a filler for the blonde and then a permanent dye all over. I did that and the bottom was pink, which I thought night happen, so I went back and another girl recommended crimson red ‘N Rage color which is a stain. It worked amazing! I absolutely loved the red. I did this a week ago and now I have no choice but to go blonde again. I went back to Sally’s and the same girl told me I could do color removal or bleach. I asked her several times if my hair would turn out pink and she said no it will bleach it blonde. So I went home bleached it and as I rinsed, my hair started falling out. My roots were yellow the middle was pink and the ends if my hair were a hot pink. I was very upset and went back. It was two different employees and I explained what had happened. They told me to do the color removal and that there might be a tiny tint of pink but then just to run it through a second time and then for a honey blonde they told me to get this dye in which the hair sample looked grayish. I told them I didn’t want my hair to be that color and they old me it wouldn’t be because something with the mixture of tones. So… I came home and I did the color removal, twice! My roots came out a yellowish and the rest of my hair was purple!! I went in today to speak with the manager and she didn’t understand why they said to do all of that. She recommended I bleach again with ammonia free bleach powder and then put a very light golden blonde dye over. I used the bleach and had to wash it out after 10 minutes because my hair is like a goo at the tips and breaking off everywhere. All of the purple spots turned like a medium pink. I have no idea what to do! What would happen if I put the light golden blonde dye over my whole head? I mean, is it going to make the pink a gross color? Or do you think it will blend the bleached and pink better? Because my hair looks like shit right now and I need to fix it ASAP. Please help!!! Thank you!

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    • Hollie
      November 17, 2014 at 10:42 AM (3 years ago)

      I hope things got better for you!!!! (o= This is just about how things went with my daughters & my hair!!! BUT THEY’RE NOT PROFESSIONALS!!! My hair is fried and I was wondering if dying my hair brown would make a better again???

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      • Hipster
        December 27, 2014 at 5:11 PM (2 years ago)

        If it is fried it is fried, try unrefined coconut oil, put it on your damp or dry hair and leave it on over night, wash it out after at least 8 hours, you will probably have to wash it 2 or 3 times in a row to get the greasy feeling gone. I do this to my hair every 10 days and have naturally thick coarse hair and I dye and highlight my hair often. After one month you will notice a huge improvement, very natural and very nice. Try not to dye your hair so often, or just do roots etc not all over dye job.

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  106. Lindsey Cortes
    September 4, 2014 at 8:10 PM (3 years ago)

    okay so i have a question of anyone is still reading. i recently bleached my hair then several months later decided i wanted to go back to brown. i dyed it with products from sallys 20 devoloper and a brown color and i was so nice for a few days then i noticed the color started lifting. i let it go because i still was happy with the results. but just the other day (which was a couple months after the brown) i went to a salon and got a 6rvb color and i LOVE the color but feel like its already lifting back to the same shade as the other one. anyone know why or how i can fix it to keep to color.

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  107. Lindsey Cortes
    September 4, 2014 at 8:10 PM (3 years ago)

    okay so i have a question of anyone is still reading. i recently bleached my hair then several months later decided i wanted to go back to brown. i dyed it with products from sallys 20 devoloper and a brown color and i was so nice for a few days then i noticed the color started lifting. i let it go because i still was happy with the results. but just the other day (which was a couple months after the brown) i went to a salon and got a 6rvb color and i LOVE the color but feel like its already lifting back to the same shade as the other one. anyone know why or how i can fix it to keep to color.

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  108. darcy
    February 13, 2014 at 11:36 AM (3 years ago)

    Hello. I have been using a High Lift color for over 5 years now (Ion HL/N-12 and 40 developer) and it has lightened my hair to the point of it looking almost platinum. I need to stop it from lightening anymore or it’s gonna be pure white. (i do already have a few pure white strands) How do i so this? Use a regular color instead of the high lift? I am so scared of turning my hair green or purple. (once in a while the white areas of my hair will look lavender after coloring) Help!

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  109. darcy
    February 13, 2014 at 11:36 AM (3 years ago)

    Hello. I have been using a High Lift color for over 5 years now (Ion HL/N-12 and 40 developer) and it has lightened my hair to the point of it looking almost platinum. I need to stop it from lightening anymore or it’s gonna be pure white. (i do already have a few pure white strands) How do i so this? Use a regular color instead of the high lift? I am so scared of turning my hair green or purple. (once in a while the white areas of my hair will look lavender after coloring) Help!

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  110. emma
    January 17, 2014 at 2:04 AM (3 years ago)

    Hi need some help when a stylish is colour matching and mixing the colour does she just put in the colour I pick or does she need to put in my base colour to what are the rules for picking which colours to put in bowl thanx

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  111. emma
    January 17, 2014 at 2:04 AM (3 years ago)

    Hi need some help when a stylish is colour matching and mixing the colour does she just put in the colour I pick or does she need to put in my base colour to what are the rules for picking which colours to put in bowl thanx

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  112. ValentinaN
    November 10, 2013 at 1:33 AM (4 years ago)

    Can you please advise me with my problem?
    I had for about a year bleached, blonde hair, but started getting really tired of it and wanted to be dark copper. So I basically used a 4.4 medium brown/copper and my medium brown roots as well as some pieces of my hair turned purple and the rest a nice dark copper. I used a 6 volume developer and now I know this is why my new hair didn`t really grab the color, I should`ve used 20 volume developer. So I guess that if I would use now 20volume developer with a mixture of 4.3 and 4.4 to get that nice natural auburn color my purple hair won`t be lifted of its color, right?
    Should I use a color remover such as Color B4 and then apply the new color?
    Thank you for reading this!

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  113. ValentinaN
    November 10, 2013 at 1:33 AM (4 years ago)

    Can you please advise me with my problem?
    I had for about a year bleached, blonde hair, but started getting really tired of it and wanted to be dark copper. So I basically used a 4.4 medium brown/copper and my medium brown roots as well as some pieces of my hair turned purple and the rest a nice dark copper. I used a 6 volume developer and now I know this is why my new hair didn`t really grab the color, I should`ve used 20 volume developer. So I guess that if I would use now 20volume developer with a mixture of 4.3 and 4.4 to get that nice natural auburn color my purple hair won`t be lifted of its color, right?
    Should I use a color remover such as Color B4 and then apply the new color?
    Thank you for reading this!

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  114. Anna
    July 30, 2013 at 1:14 PM (4 years ago)

    Ok, I’m having a big problem getting the hair color I want. It’s a light red…Strawberry blonde. Like Rita Hayworth, or Catherine McCormack in Dangerous Beauty. I’ve had this color before and love it for my complexion. 2 yrs ago I colored basically virgin hair (my natural haircolor is medium brown) a medium auburn, but it turned out very dark eggplant color, which I HATED. So a few days later I went to Sally attempting to get a lifter, but they were out, so the girl working there said to bleach and use a light auburn color afterwards. I got home, bleached it, and about 15-20 min later it turned the exact color I wanted! It was a little more orange, but I didn’t mind. So I left it just bleached and used NO color, toner, anything over it .

    So I had that for a few months, and then used a box color in a dark burgundy, which was okay but not my favorite. About 2 months later I used another box color in dark brown, mainly cause I was tired of being a redhead. In the 2 yrs since then I’ve kept it brown, using a red brown box color that didn’t do much here and there. So, this past week I decided I wanted the light Rita Hayworth red again, so I got Garnier Olia box color in light auburn on my now faded, kind of light brown hair. It did nothing, actually making my hair DARKER. So yesterday, I went to Sally, told the woman working there ( who was VERY rude) what I wanted, and was expecting to get a lift or bleach, and she was like “No, you need 3 boxes of strawberry blonde color and 40 developer” I was wary of this and made it clear to her I wanted my hair A LOT lighter, and wouldn’t I need to bleach it, but she was adamant this would work. Like you said, color doesn’t lift color, so I don’t know why she told me to do this. But I did it anyway, today, and again…. IT BARELY DID ANYTHING!! It”s little redder, and it looks pretty enough but it is not what I want. I want the light Rita Hayworth red. Please google her hair color before sending me any advice, lol. I’m frustrated because I hate doing more damage to my hair for it to do nothing. What do you suggest I do to get the color I want?? Please don’t say go to a salon, because I’ve had more bad experiences there than at home, and I’ve been to pretty much everyone in my (very small) town.

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    • Hollee Wood
      July 30, 2013 at 1:50 PM (4 years ago)

      Jeeze! That’s a bummer! It sounds like the girl at Sally really doesn’t know what she’s talking about! I would maybe do what worked before and bleach it! You’ll have to bleach it to get the darker color out! If it doesn’t turn the shade you want, you can tone it or color over it with the shade you want! Just do a lot of good conditioning treatments! My advice to you is that you sound happiest with the Rita Hayworth color (which is gorgeous btw) and so once you get back there, you should stick with it! I wish you luck!!! Hope it helps!

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  115. Anna
    July 30, 2013 at 1:14 PM (4 years ago)

    Ok, I’m having a big problem getting the hair color I want. It’s a light red…Strawberry blonde. Like Rita Hayworth, or Catherine McCormack in Dangerous Beauty. I’ve had this color before and love it for my complexion. 2 yrs ago I colored basically virgin hair (my natural haircolor is medium brown) a medium auburn, but it turned out very dark eggplant color, which I HATED. So a few days later I went to Sally attempting to get a lifter, but they were out, so the girl working there said to bleach and use a light auburn color afterwards. I got home, bleached it, and about 15-20 min later it turned the exact color I wanted! It was a little more orange, but I didn’t mind. So I left it just bleached and used NO color, toner, anything over it .

    So I had that for a few months, and then used a box color in a dark burgundy, which was okay but not my favorite. About 2 months later I used another box color in dark brown, mainly cause I was tired of being a redhead. In the 2 yrs since then I’ve kept it brown, using a red brown box color that didn’t do much here and there. So, this past week I decided I wanted the light Rita Hayworth red again, so I got Garnier Olia box color in light auburn on my now faded, kind of light brown hair. It did nothing, actually making my hair DARKER. So yesterday, I went to Sally, told the woman working there ( who was VERY rude) what I wanted, and was expecting to get a lift or bleach, and she was like “No, you need 3 boxes of strawberry blonde color and 40 developer” I was wary of this and made it clear to her I wanted my hair A LOT lighter, and wouldn’t I need to bleach it, but she was adamant this would work. Like you said, color doesn’t lift color, so I don’t know why she told me to do this. But I did it anyway, today, and again…. IT BARELY DID ANYTHING!! It”s little redder, and it looks pretty enough but it is not what I want. I want the light Rita Hayworth red. Please google her hair color before sending me any advice, lol. I’m frustrated because I hate doing more damage to my hair for it to do nothing. What do you suggest I do to get the color I want?? Please don’t say go to a salon, because I’ve had more bad experiences there than at home, and I’ve been to pretty much everyone in my (very small) town.

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    • Hollee Wood
      July 30, 2013 at 1:50 PM (4 years ago)

      Jeeze! That’s a bummer! It sounds like the girl at Sally really doesn’t know what she’s talking about! I would maybe do what worked before and bleach it! You’ll have to bleach it to get the darker color out! If it doesn’t turn the shade you want, you can tone it or color over it with the shade you want! Just do a lot of good conditioning treatments! My advice to you is that you sound happiest with the Rita Hayworth color (which is gorgeous btw) and so once you get back there, you should stick with it! I wish you luck!!! Hope it helps!

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  116. deborah
    July 29, 2013 at 8:08 AM (4 years ago)

    I bleach my hair all the time.. I have a bit of yellow. If I use a high lift neutral blonde would this rid the yellow quite a bit?

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  117. deborah
    July 29, 2013 at 8:08 AM (4 years ago)

    I bleach my hair all the time.. I have a bit of yellow. If I use a high lift neutral blonde would this rid the yellow quite a bit?

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  118. Kayt
    June 26, 2013 at 10:50 PM (4 years ago)

    Hi! My question pertains to how coloring my hair affects it’s health! Please help I am desperate! :((
    Back in September i had my hair colored for the first time on my virgin brown hair. What I basically had done was kind of an ombre… she left a few inches of my roots natural and then the rest down to my ends were colored a caramel/honey color. Then, in November I went back and had that color lightened a bit more. In February I went back to get the color taken up to my roots with highlights and then in May I went and got it lightened a little bit more with some brighter highlights. I noticed after my appointment in February that my hair had thinned out A LOT and that the left side of my head (i part my hair to the right) had a major section of breakage. Before I had ever colored my hair it was very thick and was growing out pretty long.
    Now I want to dye my hair back to brown so that I can stop lightening it and getting touch ups so that I can grow my hair out again. I’m just so sad about the condition of my hair and I did everything I could to try and keep this sort of thing from happening. So really my question is, by dying my hair back to brown, will my hair be less fragile and will I be able to grow it out??

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  119. Kayt
    June 26, 2013 at 10:50 PM (4 years ago)

    Hi! My question pertains to how coloring my hair affects it’s health! Please help I am desperate! :((
    Back in September i had my hair colored for the first time on my virgin brown hair. What I basically had done was kind of an ombre… she left a few inches of my roots natural and then the rest down to my ends were colored a caramel/honey color. Then, in November I went back and had that color lightened a bit more. In February I went back to get the color taken up to my roots with highlights and then in May I went and got it lightened a little bit more with some brighter highlights. I noticed after my appointment in February that my hair had thinned out A LOT and that the left side of my head (i part my hair to the right) had a major section of breakage. Before I had ever colored my hair it was very thick and was growing out pretty long.
    Now I want to dye my hair back to brown so that I can stop lightening it and getting touch ups so that I can grow my hair out again. I’m just so sad about the condition of my hair and I did everything I could to try and keep this sort of thing from happening. So really my question is, by dying my hair back to brown, will my hair be less fragile and will I be able to grow it out??

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  120. Anonymous
    June 16, 2013 at 5:04 AM (4 years ago)

    Thank you all the way from Jamaica 🙂

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  121. Anonymous
    June 16, 2013 at 5:04 AM (4 years ago)

    Thank you all the way from Jamaica 🙂

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  122. Anonymous
    June 15, 2013 at 8:09 PM (4 years ago)

    Tried dying my non virgin hair brown but now realizing it can’t wok,can I now dye it to black because the dye changed the hair color to an ugly grayish looking color

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    • Hollee Wood
      June 15, 2013 at 10:49 PM (4 years ago)

      Yes. You can always use color to go darker, but you won’t be able to lift it lighter again without bleaching it. Hope it helps!

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  123. Anonymous
    June 15, 2013 at 8:09 PM (4 years ago)

    Tried dying my non virgin hair brown but now realizing it can’t wok,can I now dye it to black because the dye changed the hair color to an ugly grayish looking color

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    • Hollee Wood
      June 15, 2013 at 10:49 PM (4 years ago)

      Yes. You can always use color to go darker, but you won’t be able to lift it lighter again without bleaching it. Hope it helps!

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  124. Leisa
    April 18, 2013 at 4:00 AM (4 years ago)

    Hi!
    I’m just after some advice hah!

    I have very short hair (pixie cut), and it’s been red for a little while now, but before that it was blonde. Yesterday I used JoBaz colour removal to remove the red in hopes of slowly returning back blonde. It worked wonderfully! No trace of red, just a slight golden tinge to my hair. I thought to counteract that, I’d just put a light ash blonde over the top and BOOM my old blonde back.

    But after washing out the ash dye. My hair was slightly pink? A kind-of-blonde-kind-of-pink type thing. I’m thinking damn:/ I wish I had have just toned it after the JoBaz.

    Regardless. It’s now ash blonde with a pink tinge. I am wondering, will putting a golden blonde or medium blonde over the pink rid me of it. Or should I just leave it alone and see if the pink fades out?

    Thank you for any help:)

    Reply
    • Hollee Wood
      April 18, 2013 at 1:37 PM (4 years ago)

      I would probably leave it alone for a little bit and see if it fades…I’m not sure what would cause the pink undertones unless the color was defective or somehow had pink as a base color (ash is typically a blue base). I think golden would be a bad idea so maybe try going with a neutral if it doesn’t fade! Hope this helps!

      Reply
      • audrey
        September 16, 2014 at 7:40 AM (3 years ago)

        you need to buy a blue shampoo…..apply it to your head….let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing and it should take the pink out.

        Reply
  125. Leisa
    April 18, 2013 at 4:00 AM (4 years ago)

    Hi!
    I’m just after some advice hah!

    I have very short hair (pixie cut), and it’s been red for a little while now, but before that it was blonde. Yesterday I used JoBaz colour removal to remove the red in hopes of slowly returning back blonde. It worked wonderfully! No trace of red, just a slight golden tinge to my hair. I thought to counteract that, I’d just put a light ash blonde over the top and BOOM my old blonde back.

    But after washing out the ash dye. My hair was slightly pink? A kind-of-blonde-kind-of-pink type thing. I’m thinking damn:/ I wish I had have just toned it after the JoBaz.

    Regardless. It’s now ash blonde with a pink tinge. I am wondering, will putting a golden blonde or medium blonde over the pink rid me of it. Or should I just leave it alone and see if the pink fades out?

    Thank you for any help:)

    Reply
    • Hollee Wood
      April 18, 2013 at 1:37 PM (4 years ago)

      I would probably leave it alone for a little bit and see if it fades…I’m not sure what would cause the pink undertones unless the color was defective or somehow had pink as a base color (ash is typically a blue base). I think golden would be a bad idea so maybe try going with a neutral if it doesn’t fade! Hope this helps!

      Reply
      • audrey
        September 16, 2014 at 7:40 AM (3 years ago)

        you need to buy a blue shampoo…..apply it to your head….let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing and it should take the pink out.

        Reply
  126. Ani
    April 17, 2013 at 7:16 PM (4 years ago)

    I have naturally blonde hair. My natural color is a level 7, and after sun exposure a level 8. Does anyone know if blonde dye can lighten natural blonde to about a level 10? And if the sun continues to lighten hair even after it is dyed blonde?
    I’ve bleached my natural hair to platinum blonde before, but I don’t want to use bleach again because it’s harder to grow out waist length(if even possible). Also, because I was diagnosed with a thyroid problem, which has caused my hair to thin out and be more fragile. So yeah, I don’t want to weaken my hair too much more by using bleach.
    Anyway, is it possible to lift natural color two shades with dye?

    Reply
    • Hollee Wood
      April 18, 2013 at 12:03 AM (4 years ago)

      Yes. You can definitely lift natural color with dye. However, if your hair has any color on it, it will not work. The sun should continue to lighten your hair. Hope it helps !

      Reply
  127. Ani
    April 17, 2013 at 7:16 PM (4 years ago)

    I have naturally blonde hair. My natural color is a level 7, and after sun exposure a level 8. Does anyone know if blonde dye can lighten natural blonde to about a level 10? And if the sun continues to lighten hair even after it is dyed blonde?
    I’ve bleached my natural hair to platinum blonde before, but I don’t want to use bleach again because it’s harder to grow out waist length(if even possible). Also, because I was diagnosed with a thyroid problem, which has caused my hair to thin out and be more fragile. So yeah, I don’t want to weaken my hair too much more by using bleach.
    Anyway, is it possible to lift natural color two shades with dye?

    Reply
    • Hollee Wood
      April 18, 2013 at 12:03 AM (4 years ago)

      Yes. You can definitely lift natural color with dye. However, if your hair has any color on it, it will not work. The sun should continue to lighten your hair. Hope it helps !

      Reply
  128. alexus
    January 20, 2013 at 7:00 AM (4 years ago)

    My natural hair color is blonde. I dyed it to brown 3 years ago. I wanted it back to blonde so i bleached it 3 years ago. I eventually dyed it brown again, &.its been brown for awhile. My only problem is that the middle to end of my hair has a greenish tint to it. I love my hair brown, I’ll never go blonde again, but how can i stop the greenish tint at the bottom?

    Reply
    • Anonymous
      February 10, 2013 at 9:13 PM (4 years ago)

      Tone with red.

      Reply
  129. alexus
    January 20, 2013 at 7:00 AM (4 years ago)

    My natural hair color is blonde. I dyed it to brown 3 years ago. I wanted it back to blonde so i bleached it 3 years ago. I eventually dyed it brown again, &.its been brown for awhile. My only problem is that the middle to end of my hair has a greenish tint to it. I love my hair brown, I’ll never go blonde again, but how can i stop the greenish tint at the bottom?

    Reply
    • Anonymous
      February 10, 2013 at 9:13 PM (4 years ago)

      Tone with red.

      Reply
  130. krissy
    September 16, 2012 at 2:56 PM (5 years ago)

    CAN YOU PLEASE HELP ME i have bleached my hair twice now because no toners would do anything after the 1st time i had lots of dark and light yellow after 2nd bleach white and light yellow, used ion toner in lightest cool blonde didnt do ANYTHING except make my root area silvery white i dont want that at all. sally a 4 th time she recommended wella t18 that sample strande turned greyish white purple silver it was ugly at 3 min 5 min 8 min and 15 min i do not want white or silver or grey hair i want it ask blonde similar to sienna miller. i went 5th time 2 sally she recommended clairolprofessional neutrals permanent creme color in lightest neutral blonde i just tested it on a strand and it did absolutely NOTHING my cousin is a beautician and said to try to mix a gold toner w a neutral and the woman at sally said my hair is too white for that. i had a feeling a neutral wouldnt do anything please help me i cannot go in public for 7 weeks now! my hauir is neon white and yellow and it looks awful. i did try a box color on a strand and it worked perfect gave me the color on the box but i heard not to use those they r too damagin but i am getting sick of this now can you please help me?

    Reply
    • HolleeWoodHair
      September 16, 2012 at 3:03 PM (5 years ago)

      Bleach is really tricky, especially if your hair has color on it. The reason your roots turned white is because it was virgin hair, and the yellow areas are where the color was. There is not a whole lot you can do to get the yellow out, besides toning it or coloring over it. You would definitely want a platinum based toner, since purple and yellow cancel each other out… but when the purple toner gets on the really white pieces of your hair, it will turn them purple. It usually is not permanent and will only last a little while.

      Anyways, in your case I would probably do the box color. I shouldn’t ever say that because I’m a hair stylist and we usually don’t support that, but if it turned your hair the color that you want, then I think it will be fine. Examine your test strand and see how damaged you think it is compared to the rest of your hair. Color, itself, is not super damaging to your hair; bleach is what does the most damage. The real issue behind box colors is that sometimes they use weird stuff in it, like metallic dyes or henna, which could pose a problem later down the road, but I would say in most cases, you should be safe. I really hope this helps and your hair turns out okay! Good luck!

      Reply
      • krissy
        September 17, 2012 at 10:13 AM (5 years ago)

        Thank you soo much. I cant believe workers at sally are SOOO dumb when it comes to this. I am lookign at my test strands from last night the girl at sally said it would work i asked her 3 times to make sure and it did NOT do a dang thing to my color. So yeah i think box color it is. the purple based toners i think will all turn my hair white or silver and i dont want that. im going to return the toner today and ask ONE last time if they have any clue otherwise im going back to box color.

        Reply
        • HolleeWoodHair
          September 17, 2012 at 10:39 AM (5 years ago)

          Yeah that is a really pretty color! It definitely has some ash undertones, imo. I’m not sure really what your color looks like now, but if there is a lot of yellow, it will take a process. If there was a lot of darker color in your hair, it will take a long time to bleach it to the white color that you want, and by that point, it would be pretty damaged. I would just take it in small steps. Maybe when you get it light enough, have someone weave in some ashy blonde (not too ashy though, because it might turn blue or grey) but maybe like a natural mixed with some ash, like they told you. They only difference is, I would wait until the yellow is out of your hair before you do that.

          Reply
      • krissy
        September 17, 2012 at 11:03 AM (5 years ago)

        i have read you shouldnt bleach til its completely white or color or toner wont do any good its already prettywhite i have pics but dont think i can put them on here

        Reply
        • HolleeWoodHair
          September 17, 2012 at 11:25 AM (5 years ago)

          Yeah that’s the problem. The more damaged hair gets, the more porous like a sponge it gets. When hair is super super white and damaged, it will soak up the pigments of the toner, making your hair whatever the base color of the toner is. The other thing is that super damaged hair won’t hold on to color either, so even if you do tone it, and it turns out perfect, it won’t last too long. For that reason, I would take it in steps, so you can get it lighter and get the yellow out, without completely frying it. I’ve bleached my hair from black to white a few times, but I had to rock an orange/yellow fried stage, and one time I completely fried half of my hair off. I would definitely not go that route, since it was so damaging. When you touch up your roots every month or so, just run the bleach through the rest of your hair for the last 10-15 minutes to lighten it a little bit. In between colors, I would do a lot of deep conditioning. I used to just put deep conditioner in my hair whenever I was at home, or sometimes sleep with it in. I think if, once it’s at the desired level and healthy, if you had an ashy color (not toner) mixed with a neutral color to cut it down a little bit, weaved in, it would turn out like Sienna’s. You’d just have to make sure its really healthy and not so porous first.

          Reply
          • krissy
            September 17, 2012 at 11:56 AM (5 years ago)

            my hair is in pretty good condition now

  131. krissy
    September 16, 2012 at 2:56 PM (5 years ago)

    CAN YOU PLEASE HELP ME i have bleached my hair twice now because no toners would do anything after the 1st time i had lots of dark and light yellow after 2nd bleach white and light yellow, used ion toner in lightest cool blonde didnt do ANYTHING except make my root area silvery white i dont want that at all. sally a 4 th time she recommended wella t18 that sample strande turned greyish white purple silver it was ugly at 3 min 5 min 8 min and 15 min i do not want white or silver or grey hair i want it ask blonde similar to sienna miller. i went 5th time 2 sally she recommended clairolprofessional neutrals permanent creme color in lightest neutral blonde i just tested it on a strand and it did absolutely NOTHING my cousin is a beautician and said to try to mix a gold toner w a neutral and the woman at sally said my hair is too white for that. i had a feeling a neutral wouldnt do anything please help me i cannot go in public for 7 weeks now! my hauir is neon white and yellow and it looks awful. i did try a box color on a strand and it worked perfect gave me the color on the box but i heard not to use those they r too damagin but i am getting sick of this now can you please help me?

    Reply
    • HolleeWoodHair
      September 16, 2012 at 3:03 PM (5 years ago)

      Bleach is really tricky, especially if your hair has color on it. The reason your roots turned white is because it was virgin hair, and the yellow areas are where the color was. There is not a whole lot you can do to get the yellow out, besides toning it or coloring over it. You would definitely want a platinum based toner, since purple and yellow cancel each other out… but when the purple toner gets on the really white pieces of your hair, it will turn them purple. It usually is not permanent and will only last a little while.

      Anyways, in your case I would probably do the box color. I shouldn’t ever say that because I’m a hair stylist and we usually don’t support that, but if it turned your hair the color that you want, then I think it will be fine. Examine your test strand and see how damaged you think it is compared to the rest of your hair. Color, itself, is not super damaging to your hair; bleach is what does the most damage. The real issue behind box colors is that sometimes they use weird stuff in it, like metallic dyes or henna, which could pose a problem later down the road, but I would say in most cases, you should be safe. I really hope this helps and your hair turns out okay! Good luck!

      Reply
      • krissy
        September 17, 2012 at 10:13 AM (5 years ago)

        Thank you soo much. I cant believe workers at sally are SOOO dumb when it comes to this. I am lookign at my test strands from last night the girl at sally said it would work i asked her 3 times to make sure and it did NOT do a dang thing to my color. So yeah i think box color it is. the purple based toners i think will all turn my hair white or silver and i dont want that. im going to return the toner today and ask ONE last time if they have any clue otherwise im going back to box color.

        Reply
        • HolleeWoodHair
          September 17, 2012 at 10:39 AM (5 years ago)

          Yeah that is a really pretty color! It definitely has some ash undertones, imo. I’m not sure really what your color looks like now, but if there is a lot of yellow, it will take a process. If there was a lot of darker color in your hair, it will take a long time to bleach it to the white color that you want, and by that point, it would be pretty damaged. I would just take it in small steps. Maybe when you get it light enough, have someone weave in some ashy blonde (not too ashy though, because it might turn blue or grey) but maybe like a natural mixed with some ash, like they told you. They only difference is, I would wait until the yellow is out of your hair before you do that.

          Reply
      • krissy
        September 17, 2012 at 11:03 AM (5 years ago)

        i have read you shouldnt bleach til its completely white or color or toner wont do any good its already prettywhite i have pics but dont think i can put them on here

        Reply
        • HolleeWoodHair
          September 17, 2012 at 11:25 AM (5 years ago)

          Yeah that’s the problem. The more damaged hair gets, the more porous like a sponge it gets. When hair is super super white and damaged, it will soak up the pigments of the toner, making your hair whatever the base color of the toner is. The other thing is that super damaged hair won’t hold on to color either, so even if you do tone it, and it turns out perfect, it won’t last too long. For that reason, I would take it in steps, so you can get it lighter and get the yellow out, without completely frying it. I’ve bleached my hair from black to white a few times, but I had to rock an orange/yellow fried stage, and one time I completely fried half of my hair off. I would definitely not go that route, since it was so damaging. When you touch up your roots every month or so, just run the bleach through the rest of your hair for the last 10-15 minutes to lighten it a little bit. In between colors, I would do a lot of deep conditioning. I used to just put deep conditioner in my hair whenever I was at home, or sometimes sleep with it in. I think if, once it’s at the desired level and healthy, if you had an ashy color (not toner) mixed with a neutral color to cut it down a little bit, weaved in, it would turn out like Sienna’s. You’d just have to make sure its really healthy and not so porous first.

          Reply
          • krissy
            September 17, 2012 at 11:56 AM (5 years ago)

            my hair is in pretty good condition now

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