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post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 
so i dye it with a permanent red and I either picked the wrong color or I left it on too long. what do I do to lighten this up? HELP !!!
post #2 of 28
I'm not too sure, my friend did this once but just re-dyed it brown and it turned a nice auburn color. Have you thought of calling a professional salon and asking them what you should do?
post #3 of 28
Yeah, I would say go to a salon and have them put a brown gloss on it to tone down the red a bit.
post #4 of 28
I'd call a professional! I know nothing about hair dye anyway!
post #5 of 28
What's wrong with it? I like it. It looks very natural and seems to suit your complexion.

I think you are in shock at the change, not so much the colour. It takes time to get used to a new colour when you first decide to dye your hair.
post #6 of 28
I think it's cute, sorry. I'm partial to red hair colors. I have dyes my hair all shades of red lately and honestly I like your color and would do it to my hair again if I could get it that light.
post #7 of 28
wash it 10 times?? that's what I used to do if I got a perm and the curls were too tight, not sure if it works with color
post #8 of 28
How long ago did you dye it?
A fresh dye takes a few shampoos to look it's best, give it a week or two, if it doesn't calm down, you'll have to have a stylist fix it.

Do NOT re-dye it yourself, this can cause some very serious damage to your hair.
post #9 of 28
I like it too!
But getting it highlighted with something a little more neutral would tone it down a notch, and despite the expense, I have to agree if you are going to dye further, have a stylist do it (you dont have to go to an expensive salon!) to avoid further disaster....
post #10 of 28
I don't think it looks bad at all
post #11 of 28
I like it too. I think it's a nice vibrant colour. And remember it will fade fairly quickly with repeated washing, and be less shocking to you.
post #12 of 28
Reds fade the fastest, so it'll tone down in a couple of washings, even with a color-safe shampoo. Don't put another permanent dye on it, it will do too much damage - when you touch up the roots, pull the color through the rest of the hair for only the last 5-10 minutes. Permanent colors first lighten, then deposit the color. Lightening the hair damages (or opens up) the cuticle so the color can go in. If you hair has too much damage, it won't keep any color.

If you want to tone down the color (after a few washings), use a temporary color or gloss (not semi-permanent). Those are safe to use because they do not lighten (thus no further damage to) the hair. ...Free advice from a former color specialist on a professional hair team!

I like it the way it is, though, I think it looks nice. I like your haircut, too.

Cheers, from
SwampWitch
post #13 of 28
Have yout thought of an herbal essences streaking kit. give it some shades of lighter red or strawberry blond.
post #14 of 28
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the great ideas. I just colored it this afternoon so I will wait a week before finally deciding. I cut it myself because I am so cheap. The idea of a gloss is a great one and will add shine. My natural color is an ash blonde... my husband thinks I am nuts to have messed with it.
PS I love your hair too !!

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Originally Posted by SwampWitch View Post
Reds fade the fastest, so it'll tone down in a couple of washings, even with a color-safe shampoo......temporary color or gloss (not semi-permanent). Those are safe to use because they do not lighten (thus no further damage to) the hair. ...Free advice from a former color specialist on a professional hair team!

I like it the way it is, though, I think it looks nice. I like your haircut, too.
post #15 of 28
From the diary of a hair color addict:

If you dye your hair too dark go out and get the following items:

Palmolive dish soap (the green kind)

VO5 oil leave in hair conditioner

A top notch shampoo and conditioner (Aveda products or something similar)

Leave in conditioner (the spray kind if you can find it)


Step one: Wash your hair with Palmolive. Rinse. Towel hair dry. Put the VO5 in your hair (follow instructions on the back of the box). Wash out after 10-15 minutes.

Step two: The next day. Use the high end shampoo and conditioner on your hair. After leaving the shower spray in the second conditioner.

What you should accomplish: Lightening your hair at least two levels.


I've done what you've done twice.
post #16 of 28
I like the color on you, I think it looks very nice, I would just leave it alone.
post #17 of 28
I like it too! I think it looks great on you.
post #18 of 28
Number 1: You're still in shock from the color. that's OK!

Give it a few days. I use to dye my hair red all the time (some good colors some bad).

The thing about Red dye is that it has peroxide in it, similar to dying your hair blonde. After a week you'll begin to see it start to lighten, especially if you're in a sunny area. Within a month something that hue will change to an even lighter color, maybe 1 or 2 shades lighter.

So don't worry!!!
post #19 of 28
I agree with previous posters, I like the color! But then I have been "enhancing" my hair color for years. I have mousy brown hair and I use Clairol Sunsparked brown - gives me great auburn hair. But, if you make a mistake - I once bought the wrong color cause I left my glasses at home and was to vain to ask someone to read the bottle- try shampooing with a brand like Suave and it will rid you of some of the extra color. Other than that, I have been told that red is the hardest color to remove from your hair. If you still really hate the color after a few days, go to a professional!
post #20 of 28
I like your new color, too. It will fade some after a few shampoos.

While we're on the subject of hair color, I could use some advice, too. I've been coloring my hair for years--a very nice light auburn. I did a root touch-up the other day & missed a spot in the back. To my utter dismay, without the color my hair is white! I know that someday I'm going to be a little too old for auburn hair (my original color, BTW) and will probably just let the white take over. The problem is, my hair is long (mid-back); how do I let the white come in without looking absolutely ridiculous? I hate having short hair, so cutting it short while it grows out isn't an option. Do I simply start using a lighter hair color over time until it's light enought that the white roots won't look quite so silly? Do you think I'd need a professional to do this?

I'm not ready to give up my auburn hair yet, just really curious as to how to make the adjustment when the time comes.
post #21 of 28
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Originally Posted by libby74 View Post
I like your new color, too. It will fade some after a few shampoos.

While we're on the subject of hair color, I could use some advice, too. I've been coloring my hair for years--a very nice light auburn. I did a root touch-up the other day & missed a spot in the back. To my utter dismay, without the color my hair is white! I know that someday I'm going to be a little too old for auburn hair (my original color, BTW) and will probably just let the white take over. The problem is, my hair is long (mid-back); how do I let the white come in without looking absolutely ridiculous? I hate having short hair, so cutting it short while it grows out isn't an option. Do I simply start using a lighter hair color over time until it's light enought that the white roots won't look quite so silly? Do you think I'd need a professional to do this?

I'm not ready to give up my auburn hair yet, just really curious as to how to make the adjustment when the time comes.
The best thing to do here would be to go to a professional and explain what you want to happen. They will start to lighten your hair a half a step at a time and over a period of a year or so the white should be in with out you looking silly.

Also if you've been doing at home hair color for all these years you may have some color build up at the ends, so that's going to be hard to lighten. You may have to get the ends cleaned all with this whole process.
post #22 of 28
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Originally Posted by lookingglass View Post
The best thing to do here would be to go to a professional and explain what you want to happen. They will start to lighten your hair a half a step at a time and over a period of a year or so the white should be in with out you looking silly.

Also if you've been doing at home hair color for all these years you may have some color build up at the ends, so that's going to be hard to lighten. You may have to get the ends cleaned all with this whole process.


Libby, that's what my friend did. She's naturally light blonde, but dyed her hair dark red for several years.

She got married almost a year ago, but she wanted her natural color for her wedding photos. So she started another year in advance and gradually lightened it back to blonde (through a professional stylist).

Then it won't look half red/half white.

I'm not getting married, but I did grow tired of the red a year ago. What did it for me is that my hair is naturally ash. One time I went extra long without dying it and B thought that my roots were growing back gray .The golden red compared to my ash hair REALLY made it look that way.

So slowly dye by dye I'm going back to my original color. I know I should go through a pro, but I've been dying the same color level for a few years. Now it just looks like red/brown hair.
post #23 of 28
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Originally Posted by libby74 View Post
...The problem is, my hair is long (mid-back); how do I let the white come in without looking absolutely ridiculous? I hate having short hair, so cutting it short while it grows out isn't an option. Do I simply start using a lighter hair color over time until it's light enought that the white roots won't look quite so silly? Do you think I'd need a professional to do this?...
There's a super-simple fix for growing hair out a different color without the "line of demarcation" (or roots); we used to teach stylists all the time. They were always skeptical at first, but then they were blown away when they saw it. You need a professional to do this once, maybe twice.

Ask for the color specialist at a good salon. (You can find a good salon by calling around and asking what kind of continuing education their sylists participate in - they should be going to at least one or two hair shows or schools a year.)

Ask for a color weave, done very finely. This looks like highlighting while it's being done, with the foil, but it's different in that only the roots are colored, and there are no streaks because it's woven so finely. The colorist matches the dye color on your hair, and, using a metal rattail comb, finely weaves some of the hair out, puts the foil under it, and colors only the root part. It won't be all the roots, only 30-50%. This should be done all over the head, not just the top.

What you end up with is roots that are half natural color, and half dyed color. It grows out with no line! The half and half makes a beautiful transition between the two colors, because it contains both. It's amazing how it looks!

I hope this is clear. The first visit won't be cheap, but if you really want to grow out long hair that is a radically different color, this is the way.

Cheers, from
SwampWitch

p.s. The longer the roots, the better, and you only have to have it done once.

p.p.s. It's extremely difficult to lighten hair that has been dyed a dark color. It never looks right, and ends up very damaged.
post #24 of 28
I think the colour is really pretty - it is probably a bit of a shock if you are fair normally, but it's lovely!! I am normally dark brown, (with bits of grey!!!!) and I always go for red tones - they do fade quicker than other shades, so you'll probably find that after a few washes it will tone down . Just don't be tempted to wash it too much, or you'll end up with it all dry and brittle (personal experience a few years ago after 'pink hair' incident!!!)
post #25 of 28
I'll let you in on a secret I used to do when I wanted a very natural red or auburn color... if the orangey reds are too brassy, and the burgandy reds are too purple, you buy one of each color and mix them!

Blue and orange are opposites on the color wheel, as are yellow and purple.* Combine opposites and you get a neutral color.

So, while the red remains, the undertones (blue and orange, or purple and yellow) combine and give you a natural red. Cool, huh?

Cheers, from
SwampWitch

*This is why little old ladies would have blue or purple hair... many were smokers and it turned their hair yellow. The stylist would put a rinse or toner on to counteract the yellow, but often over-did it.
post #26 of 28
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by SwampWitch View Post
Cool, huh?

Way cool. I want to hire you !!!
post #27 of 28
I'd get professional help. You wouldn't want to end up with something worse (not that I'm saying it looks bad now).
post #28 of 28
Thanks for tips, especially to Swampwitch. I'm going to print out the ideas and keep them for when I decide to stop coloring my hair.
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