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Choosing a Hair Color From a Chart of Hair Colors

Hair color charts is something that I see crop up in my search logs and I get emails from visitors to my hair color page who are looking for a Website where they can view a chart of hair colors.

I am always a little reluctant to put any links up, because the chart of hair colors on a computer screen can be very misleading. The same is true with the hair color on the front of the box you buy at your local retailer. It isn’t “what you see is what you get” for the hair color results on you. Your base hair color contributes to the end result you will get.

Write down this formula : YOUR STARTING HAIR COLOR+THE NEW HAIR COLOR=FINISHED HAIR COLOR

There should be a chart of hair colors on the box which gives you pictures to determine your natural hair color and then the hair color you need to choose in order to get the hair color pictured on the front of the box.

If you are still confused as to what hair color shade to buy to get the result you want, call the 1-800 number listed on the box.

Here are a couple:

Clairol – 800-223-5800
Revlon- 800-473-8566
L’Oreal- 800-631-7358

Now that I’ve got the warnings out of the way here are a couple of links you can go to to view some hair color charts: Clairol’s Shade Aid and http://revlon.com/

Red Hair Color ChartClairol Hair Colors

Below are two charts of hair colors for wigs:

 

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  1. Hi Kaytlin,
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    Have fun, and good luck!

    Comment by Michelle Skye — August 31, 2012 @ 9:02 pm

  2. Hi Jesse,

    We would love to help you find the best hair color for you. The first step is to determine your skin tone. How to Determine Skin Tone is a fantastic article that describes 3 easy ways to do this. Once you determine your skin tone, it’s time to pick the best hair color. Tips for Finding Your Best Hair Colors for Your Skin Tone and How to Get the Best Hair Color for Your Skin Tone are two excellent resources that will help you!

    Good luck!

    Comment by Michelle Skye — May 22, 2012 @ 11:35 pm

  3. Hello, first I want to mention that my writing in english may be a little bad due to the fact that I am french. I have platinum blonde for years,and the reason is because I like the color but also because i been try to change my hair color with the hairdresser but have bad result so i don’t trust them. I decide to trust you to help me for changing my hair color. I have green eyes with a little bit of yellow in the middle,i have blue and green vein on my wrisk and my skin tone is very pale pink and seem to have beige or yellow in it (i have a hard time deciding on my skin tone and I did the silver or gold color trick and it look like both color look good on me) I would like to become brunette. Can you please help me. Thank you for listening.

    Comment by Jesse Tarki — May 20, 2012 @ 10:07 am

  4. When you die your hair, do you always have to bleach it?

    Comment by sheshe — June 23, 2011 @ 4:56 pm

  5. hi, i would like to dye my hair a dark red but im just wondering if it would suit me as i have medium blonde hair with light blue eyes and light eyebrows. but i really want a change in hair colour. what would you suggest from the chart of hair colours.

    Comment by clare — December 8, 2010 @ 12:51 pm

  6. Elaine,
    First of all, let me say I certainly feel bad for you in your situation. It’s obvious that your hair was over-processed from the combination of color and bleach which has made it break off.
    Hair grows on average 1/2 inch a month. I would look at the possibilities of layering the top in a way that you might be able to blend it by styling methods if that is possible . . . hard to say if this will work without seeing your hair.
    I would seed out consultations, try to get some good referals and let your gut be your guide.
    Hope this helps . . . let us know!

    Comment by Barb Quinn — June 10, 2010 @ 10:51 am

  7. Hi my name is Elaine,
    I have naturally mousey-ish brown curly hair,which was always quite fine. I had it pretty much fully highlighted and decided when i was getting my roots done, to get a full colour. The contrast looked ridiculous. My stylist said it would take time for it to blend and look the same. Each time i went to get my roots done the bleach was a different colour from the chart of hair colour, so i had yellowish/white bands at the top with highlights through the mid-end lengths. I went to a different salon to see if they could sort it out for me, and she used a hi-lift colour which gave me orange roots, so i’m not sure she left it in long enough. Needless to say i was very upset! So 2 weeks later I went to another stylist, who is a colour technician, and put highlights through the orange in the roots to try to cover it, which was great because it concealed a good bit of it. By this time my hair had grown so much that the part where my original highlights in my hair were gone because i kept trimming it, so it was the same colour apart from my roots. BUT my hair is completely broken at the crown of my head, its about an inch long in an area that’s about the size of a deck of cards, and my hair is shoulder length! I’m so conscious of it. I don’t know if it happened because my hair is so fine and porous, and the highlights maybe touched off the area where i had the full colour and just broke the hair there, or whether it’s because I had it done twice within 2 weeks. I don’t know what to do. I’m at the stage where I’m afraid to get my hair done and I don’t trust anyone! I presume i’ll have to cut my hair ridiculously short and get a brown colour. I don’t use a hair dryer or straightening iron and use organic shampoo with jojoba oil to try to condition it. Please help!

    Comment by Elaine — June 7, 2010 @ 6:58 pm

  8. Hello, in response to your chart of hair colours article, I have been dying my hair red for a number of years now, with my natural colour being ash blonde. I had blonde foils put in a few months ago as well as the red and now whenever I have tried to dye my hair red again it takes to the roots (virgin hair) but not to the rest of my hair. It always turns out two tone and looks horrible! Can I somehow strip the blonde foils out of my hair? Or is there another way to achieve an all over red colour next time I dye my hair rather than two tone?!

    Comment by Amanda — May 23, 2010 @ 3:39 am

  9. Hi im Emily. My hair color from the chart of hair colors is naturally medium brown however my hair at the moment is half brown( at the roots to my eyes) n the rest is a mixture of orange/golden highlight i gues you could say. Well i hate the color of my hair and i have been trying to et rid of it. I have got it professionally dyed once to get the orange out but it didnt work my hair was jus reddish brown and after a weeek was back to orange. Should i dye my hair permanent or temporary ash blonde to get the orange out? or do u have a better suggestion please help!!

    Comment by Emily Keating — April 12, 2010 @ 1:51 pm

  10. Hi- my hair color from the chart of hair colors is brown with natural blonde streaks. I want to get highlights in my hair like caramel and black but I’m not sure if I should get these colors. I really need help.

    Comment by Kennedi — March 30, 2010 @ 6:42 am

  11. hi my name is chelsea.
    i have bluey grayish eyes ,my hair is blonde on the top with natural streaks through it and is brown underneath,i don’t want to go to the hair salon cause i don’t have enough money.i really want to put different hair colour streaks (like blue and green)in my hair but i’m not sure what colour from the chart of hair colours i want can someone please give me a few ideas i would really appreciate it.

    Comment by chelsea — March 9, 2010 @ 2:59 am

  12. Ashley,
    If you have a colorist you trust, let them decide the best route. Your formula lacked warmth and your highlighted hair needed a ‘filler’ so it wouldn’t grab ash & copper.
    A colorist can fix this for you!

    Comment by Barb Quinn — December 9, 2009 @ 1:41 pm

  13. Hiya,
    My name is Ashley.
    i Have naturally Blonde hair on top and brown underneath,
    But last year i “Highlighted” it Platinum blonde On the Top only and now my roots are comming in ! and They are brown.. But they used to be Blonde… So now My mom said i can “highlight” The top of my hair Chocolate Brown (not the underneath cause it is already Chocolate brown) But since i have the Platinum blonde highlights still kinda there will it still work ? because i bought temporary stuff to see how it would look (it sucked) and It was chocolate brown and it turned out Green in some Spots and a lightish Copper in others. ? Do you think chocolate brown (Permeant> Would Work ? (if my hair dresser did it of course! )

    Comment by Ashhlleeeeyy ! — December 6, 2009 @ 6:40 pm

  14. Hello, I had underneath my hair proffessionally dyed blue, then when it started to fade to a lighter blue I had it proffessionally dyed to a deep purple…What color will it fade to?

    Comment by Jene — November 25, 2009 @ 5:57 pm

  15. I forgot to mention that I would like to blend with the grey more because my grey roots are back within 2 to 3 weeks after touch-up. My hair is naturally dry and frizzy, so I cannot color often enough to keep those roots at bay, so I need something to help make the look last.

    I currently use a permanent whole-head color of light brown about 1 to 2 times a year, and use a light ash brown root touch-up about every 5 to 6 weeks.

    Also, my hair is dry and thinning drastically (my Mom looks nearly bald from the top). To keep this from getting worse, I am willing to go to a professional but need to find an affordable salon (new to the area).

    My hair still gets frizzy (the course greys especially) but GIRLS, so far the best anti-frizz product for me is the one made by Dove

    Comment by Darla — July 14, 2009 @ 12:45 am

  16. I am 42, rarely go to a salon (I have had no more than a dozen perms or professional hair cuts), and I do not style my hair (wash & comb is all).
    My hair when I was little was very light brown and grew to dark brown with golden red highlights (got lots of compliments). It became slightly lighter with more red and copper highlights through my young adulthood. I have been fighting grey hair and dying my hair with kits from pharmacies for the last 8 years. I have been making it work unitl this last year.
    The problem is that I am mostly grey at the crown (roots), I would guess at least 75%. I do not honestly know how much is throughout but my guess is about 20%. I would prefer to grey naturally but my husband cannot stand it (turned off) and insists that I cover the grey.
    I think that a lighter color might help the greys to blend better but I do not have a clue if I should go more red or maybe dark blonde.
    I am pale with blue grey eyes, but I have freckles. I burn easily but I had been told several years ago that my skin tone is warm BUT I am going through peri-menopause I am bright red and splotchy almost all of the time. By the way, I can wear cool and warm clothing. I have not got any complimenst for years, when I was younger it was in cool colors but about 7 years ago, got more compliments in warm colors.
    Should I go with a warm or cool color? Red, which is more natural to me (is there any shade of a cool red)? Or blonde because I am now so ruddy?

    Comment by Darla — July 14, 2009 @ 12:16 am

  17. Hi – I usually have naturally ash blond hair and would go about once or twice a year for highlights that grew out subtly. After my baby was born about a year ago, my hair has gotten much darker. I got it professionally dyed the color of my roots, but I really felt uncomfortable with such a big change – identity crisis! I have since gone back to getting highlights, but it’s costing me a fortune to do it every 4-6 weeks. I can’t decide whether to go dark or light, but I don’t like having serious roots. I’ve never done color at home, but with the economy, I need to cut costs. Is blond hair color out of the box bad for your hair’s condition when using on a consistent basis? Can you tell a big difference between blond from a salon and blond from a box when it’s up in the really light ash/platinum shades? Thank you for any advice.

    Comment by Laura — July 13, 2009 @ 11:00 pm

  18. hi, i ACCIDENTLY (don’t ask) bleached my hair with my sister. It looked lovely and it really was a good accident. But now my darker blonde is growing out and i dont want to dye it again.

    i was wondering if as it grows out will it all blend or will i have the bottom half blonde and the top half darker blonde?? If this is so how can lighten my roots without bleaching/dyeing again? Is there some kind of shampoo?

    thank you for your time!

    Comment by Emily — July 13, 2009 @ 3:46 pm

  19. i was wondering if i should go a dark red with a dark dark red pink look into it not to bright. i am only 13 but im relle into that stuff. my hair right now is brown with blondes and golden. should i do it?

    Comment by Callie — June 7, 2009 @ 3:49 pm

  20. Jordan,
    If you are lightening your base dark brown to a lighter brown/red it will require lifting color out of your hair and that means, bleaching. If the bleaching process is not done evenly or if it is left on the hair for too long or too short of time, you will make matters worse.
    If you want it done right, have a professional do it the first time and ask if they will tell you how to do the upkeep of roots yourself.
    Good Luck!

    Comment by Barb Quinn — May 7, 2009 @ 12:11 pm

  21. I naturally have healthy, very dark brown hair (nearly black). It has always been this color with the exception of dying the bottom half scarlet red when it was short which only lasted a few days. I like my hair color but I want to play a little in these few years before I’m a professional. I want red hair. Sort of a reddish brown, a color that’s not very natural looking (Inspiration: Jean Grey, x-men). I died my own hair today, I’m very careful and did a good job, but unless i hold my hair under a lamp I can barely tell that it has any red. Essentially, I still want the red but it’s not worth going to the salon, because my hair dresser will talk me out of it : ) any solutions to get better results? I worry that bleaching will do too much damage and I am really trying to avoid very much damage.

    Comment by Jordan — May 4, 2009 @ 2:11 am

  22. Hi there… im only 14 but i got my dad to dye my hair about a year ago as my hairdresser had it and i wanted the same colour… however it went really ginger and eversince whatever colour i or a proffesional has dyed it its always had a gingery tinge to it in the end and ends up not right… my hair is naturally straight… a medium brown colour, i have a light olive type skin and my eyes are hazel. Have you got any advice on what i could do to stop the ginger and get a really pretty hair colour and any styles that would look great??… my hair is temporarily a gingery brown with different highlights and is a mediumish length.
    Thank you x

    Comment by Katie — April 27, 2009 @ 9:19 am

  23. Brooklyn,
    Your hair may get more blondish this summer naturally, if you spend much time in the sun. But if you want to start highlighting, blonde highlights should look very nice if done right.
    Start with fewer foils, that way you won’t have as much upkeep.

    Comment by Barb Quinn — March 20, 2009 @ 7:16 pm

  24. I have strawberry blonde hair, but lately it seems to be getting more red. I’ve thought about getting blonde highlights. Is this a good idea? I wouldn’t be doing it at home, or myself. I’d have a professional do it. What are your thoughts?

    Comment by Brooklyn — March 18, 2009 @ 9:42 pm

  25. Oh and one more thing if you have already dyed your hair black dont bother trying to re dye it lighter.Color wont lift color so youll just end up with darker hair or light roots and dark ends.If you want to dye your hair darker try a semi permanent color for a while first that washes out to test it because once you color it….if you dont like it you have to use bleach to get it out or scissors.If youve screwed your hair up once …have someone else fix it before you make it worse:

    Comment by Erryns Health And Beauty — February 17, 2009 @ 2:41 am

  26. hi, i have blonde hair. I have wanted to go brown for SO long, but Im so worried my hair will be thinner or dry (i have very thin hair). Is there a dye that won’t dry out my hair, or a dye whos colour wont fade into a redish tint..? HELP!

    Comment by Rebecca — February 13, 2009 @ 11:05 pm

  27. hi, i have blonde hair. I have wanted to go brown for SO long, but Ims so worried my hair will be thinner or sry (i have very thin hair). Is there a dye that won’t dry out my hair, or a dye whos colour wont fade into a redish tint..? HELP!

    Comment by Rebecca — February 13, 2009 @ 11:04 pm

  28. Oh, and by the way, I want to have a red between the 1st and 2nd henna red. Thanks again!

    Comment by Larinna — December 21, 2008 @ 2:08 am

  29. hi, i have had the same problem with my hair which i died black. but i got told to use A NON BIO WASHING POWDER and leave it on for 15 to 20 mins to strip the hair of the bLACK AND GUESS WOT IT WORKED….. also fairy washing up liquid works too.

    Comment by laura — December 14, 2008 @ 11:15 am

  30. Hi my name is susy i went to get brown coloring for my hair at cvs. I did follow the instructions by the way and it turned it a grey color. I am mad at cvs and the makers of the coloring how do i get back my normal blonde hair color?

    Comment by Susy — November 16, 2008 @ 3:42 pm

  31. Hello! My hair is naturally reddish brown also and I wanted to know before I mistakenly turn my hair purple, how do I change my hair to a rich wine color without making it caryon purple?

    Comment by Keya — November 12, 2008 @ 8:28 pm

  32. I NEED HELP FAST!!

    So my natural color is a reddish brown color more on the red side. I died it to a dark mahogony brown last winter and then lightened it up a little with some red highlights this summer. Well, it had grown out, the color was dull and I decided I wanted to go back as close to my natural as possible. So I went to Sally’s and they explained that I really needed to see a profesisonal because reds are tricky and since I wanted to lighten it that was the best route.

    So I went. Paid 90 bucks, and came out with freakin PURPLE HAIR!! Now I told here what I wanted and showed it to her in the magazine. She is a “master cosmetologist” so I am really confused!! So my hair is now on the really dark side with crayon red color on top. She is supposed to fix it today (I would go somewhere else but I really didn’t have the money to spend to begin with). Can someone tell me the steps she SHOULD take to get it to the aurburn red I desire (chestnut brown with reddish/copper overtone)

    THANKS!!!

    Comment by Tracy — November 7, 2008 @ 10:30 am

  33. Courtney,
    I suggest you go into your salon or cosmetology school to have a hands-on assesment.
    Good Luck,

    Comment by Barb Quinn — October 17, 2008 @ 12:34 pm

  34. So, I have light brown hair, but decided to dye my hair to what the package called “warm blonde.” I applied it just as the directions stated, but have blotches of what appears to be white colored hair on top of my normal color. It cannot be because of my age or anything, as I am 15….. it looks really horrible and Im not sure what to do. Please get back to me ASAP!

    Comment by courtney — October 16, 2008 @ 3:36 pm

  35. Clara,
    At the risk of sounding obvious . . . why not have the colorist you like do it once more?
    If you want it more permanent, use the same level brown in a permanent hair color, however semi-perminent may be better if you like to change it up more often with less damage.
    Good Luck!!

    Comment by Barb — September 17, 2008 @ 3:41 pm

  36. Hi, I have a sort of strawberry-blond colour hair in ringlets, I have dyed my hair before and many a times it went wrong! First I dyed it a bright pinky red (by accident) and then white (also an accident), after this I went to hairdresser and they dyed the granny hair away and I had a gorgeous chocolate brown. Now, my hair has gone back to its natural colous and I am bored as hell! I really want to dye my hair brown again but I really don’t want it to go wrong again! Please help! Thanks x

    Comment by Clara — September 12, 2008 @ 5:03 pm

  37. Christine,
    Anytime you are lifting color out, it requires bleach.
    My best suggestion is to call the Revlon hotline at: 1-800-4-Revlon They have knowledgable professionals available to answer your questions. They will be able to assess better by talking with you and getting a history of your hair than I can. Don’t go the next step without their advice.

    Comment by Barb Quinn — August 22, 2008 @ 2:13 pm

  38. Ive always used revlon colorsilk light ash blonde and it would leave my hair looking a nice white platinum blonde. Any i decided i wanted ONE shade darker so i bought med blonde and now my hair is TOO dark like a dark ash blonde and has a grayish tint! I dont want to re-bleach what can i do to make it at lease a shade or 2lighter? Should i chance it and buy the light ash blonde i usually do?

    Comment by chrstine — August 22, 2008 @ 7:07 am

  39. Verylight almost white blonde hair over gray went to professional they did low lights to add depth,put dark blonde in and it came out mossy green with grey streaks left over what do I do now she told me to use baking soda it did not help she said she will take a look at it, ANY SUGGESTIONS> pls help

    Comment by sharon macdonald — July 17, 2008 @ 12:13 pm

  40. what color and what brand is sharon osbourne’s haircolor?

    Comment by taline — June 25, 2008 @ 3:47 pm

  41. Hey, I have dark chocolate-brown hair and I have never dyed it before but I want a change – I want it lighter, like maybe highlights. But I don’t really know what to do, because I’ve never dyed my hair before. What should I do?

    Comment by Rebecca — June 4, 2008 @ 11:06 pm

  42. Emily,
    Because your hair is “dry and frizzy” now, bleaching it again will only make it worse.
    Work at getting it in good condition first, and consult a colorist who can see and feel your hair for your best results.

    Comment by Barb — June 3, 2008 @ 12:04 pm

  43. Please answer my question!!!! I have different shades of bleach blonde to medium brown in my hair. But I want to dye my whole head blond, but I hear different stories about if my hair will fall out if I dye it again. I already have dry frizzy hair, but I can’t stand my colour. So do you think my hair will fall out if i dye anymore blond into it, or will it go untamably frizzy and dry?

    Comment by Emily — May 27, 2008 @ 7:57 pm

  44. Nat,
    If your hair is long, it will be a big commitment as it’s costly to remove and takes a professional colorist to do it right.
    Why not try on a black wig to see how it suits you? Or you might try to find a place that sells clip in hair pieces which you can hold next to your face to test.

    Comment by Barb — May 19, 2008 @ 1:07 pm

  45. Yo’s! I have Darkish Ash Blonde(brown more like it!) and I don’t like it, so I want to dye it black. My mum dyes her hair, so I’d get her to help me, but still don’t know whether to do it! Should I? My friends think black would look good on me, but can’t decide.

    Comment by Nat — May 17, 2008 @ 1:06 am

  46. Sarah,
    It sounds like the salon had the right idea but they didn’t use the right formula with the toner.
    I would go back to them and have them fix it. It’s fixable at this point.

    Comment by Barb — May 2, 2008 @ 4:35 pm

  47. after dying my hair for the last 2 years black i wanted it to be a more chocolate brown. i went to the hairdressers and they put a whole head of highlights through it and then a brown towner on it. after leaving it a week i cant even look at it… its black with yellow highlights in it and completely not what i asked for. i want to put a whole head dye over it in chocolate brown to get rid of the awful color any suggestions?

    Comment by sarah — May 1, 2008 @ 1:36 pm

  48. I love dying my hair but one time i went to get my hair done and the blonde turned out a weird yellowish orangish color. Now i have brown hair and I was thinking dying the top of my hair black and the bottom blonde but i have my doubts. what should i do?

    Comment by Jennifer — April 7, 2008 @ 8:34 am

  49. Danielle,
    I think you’re right, burgundy is not the color for you from what you’ve described.
    I suggest you find a place that sells hair pieces (mall) and try different color swatches by your face.
    My guess is gold and warm auburn colors will suit you best.

    Comment by Barb — March 31, 2008 @ 11:48 am

  50. Jadey,
    You didn’t lift out enough color with the formula you used last time. I suggest you see a professional whether it be at a salon or a cosmetology school.
    Good Luck

    Comment by Barb — March 31, 2008 @ 11:41 am

  51. umm…. i want to dye my hair blonde but when i tryed 2 dye it blonde last time it turned out orange and my eyebrow stood out what can i do about this???
    pls help me

    Comment by jadey — March 28, 2008 @ 10:18 pm

  52. I want to dye my hair red, but i dont know what redish color. i have like light golden skin and brown eyes, my natural hair color is dark brown. i bought a burgandy hair dye, but i dont think that is the right color. i was thinking maybe auburn, but im still not sure. what do you think?

    Comment by Danielle Greens — March 28, 2008 @ 12:57 pm

  53. I was scanning over the comments and I am shocked at how many people color their hair at home. If hair color was a simple science I would not of had to go to school nor spent 20 grand on my education to be the best colorist I can be! Like I said, if it was this easy there would be no need for salons. On a better note for me at least; Keep coloring it at home because the color corrections at the salon make my paycheck lately!

    Comment by Ashley — February 5, 2008 @ 5:35 pm

  54. my hair is 4 different colors (red, brown, minimal black and blonde). but the color that shows up the most is the medium brown. i want to get blonde highlights to make my hair look better. if i do, will it mess up and change the look of the highlights?

    Comment by briana — January 30, 2008 @ 10:05 am

  55. Please help!
    About two years ago, I dyed my hair black with henna.
    Three months later, my stylist lightened it to what I thought would be brown, but it was red.
    Then, another two months later she lightened it to what I thought would be blonde, but only my roots were blonde, the rest was a brassy orange.
    I ended up dyeing my hair dark brown to tone down the brassiness.
    Obviously, my hair has grown out a lot since then. I have tons of regrowth. For awhile now I have been thinking of cutting my hair shorter, dyeing the top layer a medium blonde and the bottom layer chocolate brown. I am planning to go to another stylist….I am wondering if this will work or if the “blonde” will end up being a crazy pumpkin orange. It’s probably going to cost a lot…I don’t want to pay a lot of money for bad results.
    Thank you so much for reading!

    Comment by Lydia — December 10, 2007 @ 8:46 pm

  56. hi,im 12,my hair is slightly sandy blonde with lots ash blond on the underside,i have very pale skin,i have grey/blue eyes,my face is heart shaped,my hair goes to my chin.its close to the summer hols, and i want to fully dye it light caramel brown, but im anxious that it might turn gross ginger,is my dye idea probable????

    Comment by Melanie — December 8, 2007 @ 2:04 am

  57. Hi
    I want to highlight my hair but I can’t. I tried it once or twice on my hair and it didn’t turn out very good, it looked horrible , I didn’t wanted to go to school like that, so the next time I’m going to ask one of my sister’s to do it for me.

    Comment by Juana — November 27, 2007 @ 11:49 am

  58. im not sure what my hair will turn out like, my hair right know it like a medium blonde, i wanted to add streaks or even die my hair again and streak itt, but im not sure how to go about itt.

    Comment by Richelle — November 23, 2007 @ 10:02 pm

  59. Hi there, I have quite a fair skintone and been dying my hair a light golden blonde colour for the past 4 years, and am ready for a change. I’ve decided I want to dye it a medium (chestnut) brown, somewhat like the colour Hilary Duff currently has. I was just wondering if it would be okay if I used a box colour or if I really should get it done professionally.
    Thanks!

    Comment by Jeslyn — November 21, 2007 @ 6:43 pm

  60. IF your hair is dark and you want blonde, DONT do it yourself, trust me, and millions of other people who tried, it just comes out a horrible mess :( or u will just look like a pumpkin, and now i just have to wait for it to grow out

    Comment by karen — November 14, 2007 @ 2:47 pm

  61. Hi, I am too looking for advice. I was bleached blond for many years and than wanted change, so I died it brown and so on, until I chopped it of last year and let it grow natural, which is dark brown. as pale as I am, everybody keeps telling me, blond was better, so final I broke down and decided go back to blond, with help this time. Lady I wanted to ask to do my hair is sick for long time and I was inpatient, ofcourse, bought Maxi blond and died my hair. Color I got, I cann’t describe, but its like flaming bright orange. So I got another color, same one a did it again the next day, this morning. COlor got lighter, but still has a lot of this horible orange and I am terrified to go to work monday, and I am terrified to do anything else, because I dont want to loose my hair. I have done similar ting years ago and went to salon for help, they enede to chop my long hair off anyway and color was, well bearable, but it cost me 200 and my husband almost killed me. Today I dont have money to go get help, so I would like to know, what can I do. Dont want to go darker, dont want this either and dont want to loose my hair. Please, can you give me any advice? Thank you for your time. Ellen

    Comment by Ellen — October 27, 2007 @ 8:45 pm

  62. ive had my hair bleached (diy)
    and its in good condition but its too white
    i want to use a ash blonde on it.
    is there any hair colourants that are safe to use on bleached hair?

    Comment by Ana — October 25, 2007 @ 1:59 pm

  63. Hi. My natural color is dirty blonde, I’ve had it highlighted twice in the past 3 years, both times with a mucher lighter, but not platinum or champagne, blonde. I’m planning on dying it, but I’m not sure if burgundy or darkish brown w/ red tint would work best. I do know I want to go dark. My complexion is pale, but I don’t have freckles or anything. Mainly blue eyes, green on the inside. Hope it all helps.

    Comment by Lyndsi — October 13, 2007 @ 9:25 pm

  64. Hi i dyed my hair with a semi perm color, mahogany brown over light brown, my hair has gone purple and pink over gray re growth, can i now dye it with a medium chestnut brown permanent dye,or what would you suggest color wise thanks

    Comment by margaret throssell — September 25, 2007 @ 2:56 pm

  65. My hair is natually brown, but when I was younger I always had it blonde. From blonde I went red, then I went brown, then I went platinum blonde again,. This was all done with boxed hair color (which I now regret) about 3 months into the blonde hair i dyed my under layer black, and shortly after i dyed my entire head of hair black. since then (that was about a year ago) I have been slowly trying to get rid of the black by gettin highlights and growing it out and trying to let it fade. I have lately been thinking about going blonde, but I’m not positive the transition will be an easy one. I know your suppose to go through the process slowly, but I am one to be in a hurry with these thiings. I just want my hair to look good and be healthy and back to blonde, but I’ve been told it will fall out if i try to lighten it. what should i do?

    Comment by Britt — September 21, 2007 @ 10:36 am

  66. my friend dyed her whole head blue, nd the result was this disgusting blue-ish brown-ish color. but she fixed that problem, however, i also want to color my hair with blue, what brand should i use? my hair is black, nd i want the blue to be a dark blue on my hair, can u suggest a brand plz?

    Comment by sky — August 8, 2007 @ 12:57 pm

  67. I love coloring my hair and changing my style to add flair but i’ve colored my hair so many different times and I just can never seem to be satisfied. My hair is naturally a medium brown. I have hazel eyes and fairly light skin with rosey cheeks but with a yellowish tint to my skin.

    I’ve colored my hair golden brown, used sun-in blonde highlights, and have gotten professional blonde highlights. After finally growing out my natural brown hair I decided that I want to be a blonde. Like a platinum golden/yellow blonde color. Currently I have blondish highlights with some of my natural color left, but it looks bronzey and I feel like I wont look good as a blonde.

    Everytime I go to a salon my hair comes out wrong and now I don’t know what color to go! I don’t know what color suits me. I love blonde hair but I’m afraid it wont look good. Should I go to a professional colorist for advice? Should I take a chance and go platinum blonde?

    Thanks!
    Ally

    Comment by Ally — July 11, 2007 @ 7:12 pm

  68. Emma Watson’s hair colour is actually dirty/dark blonde, not brown, and her hair is naturally straight, and naturally straight hair can look straightened sometimes, but its not, but she said it herself, about her hair colour and it being straight.

    my hair colour is the exact same colour as Emma’s.

    Comment by Ariella — March 15, 2007 @ 5:01 pm

  69. hey my natural hair color is a light brown with red tint in it and in the sun the red comes out more and in the winter its more brown but i want to have a lighter shade of brown and have light blond highlights in it. it is possible to get the red out of my hair because i really hate myself with red hair. i really cant stand it.

    Comment by jodi Crocker — January 4, 2007 @ 5:26 pm

  70. I was hoping for advice on color and style.
    Regarding my hair color, I have fair skin with pink cheeks, dark eyebrows, long medium brown very thick hair with bangs. I am hesitant to highlight my hair as ( i have been told) i am lucky to have all different shades of brown and red highlights in my hair that are pretty (natural highlights) that come out more in the sun. They are not always obvious. I would like to make these highlights more obvious without ruining my hair. Any advice?
    Also, with regards to hairstyle, i would like to keep length to my hair, and would like recommendations on a hairstyle that would look good on a round face that i can wear down with little fuss.
    Thank you!
    Raewyn.

    Comment by raewyn — December 31, 2006 @ 3:34 pm

  71. Hi! I’ve been dying my hair without professional help now for the past 10 years and it has been every color of the rainbow. For the past five years though, I’ve maintained any of the red/coppers or warm blondes and usually get it done at Toni & Guy as a hair model. Recently (past year) they left my area, so I’ve gone back to doing my hair. I follow the steps on the back exactly :), but this time I was attempting a golden blonde (REVLON), and it turned out bright orange. I’m not too appalled by this, as I enjoy the copper/red colors, but I’ve never had my hair this color (think: Vitamin C, the singer from 2000-ish). I would rather have the color on the box. I wanted to give them a call at their number, but it’s only M-F from 9-8pm, and I did this Friday at 10pm. Any advice to neutralize the orange? I heard washing my hair with dish soap could tone down the orange. I’d rather not do that since it seems horrible for hair, but if it will decrease the orange, I’m willing :) Thanks!

    Comment by Mandy — December 9, 2006 @ 9:18 am

  72. I died my hair jet black and i want it to go back to brow without paying the money and gonig to a saloon is their anyway i can just strip all the color out without paying to much ? my hair is very straight and pretty i dont want it to look damaged ?

    Comment by Cassie — December 6, 2006 @ 4:35 pm

  73. Some Hair Tipss.
    I’m only 15, but I dye my hair ALOT. I don’t know why, but hey. It work’s for me. If you want to get rid of your hair color, strip it. It should take your hair back close to it’s original color. And look at the ingredients in the bleaches you buy. Some have a red tone to them, and makes your hair turn orangee. If you do have problems, than you might wanna see a hair dresser or ask your local Sally’s.

    Comment by Maggiee — December 4, 2006 @ 11:29 am

  74. Hi I’m Asian American and I have naturally very black hair. I tried to lighten it with Loreal’s Preference Les True Brunettes Ultra Golden Brown and it turned out to be a reddish brown. Around 2 months later I dyed it again it Revlon ColorSilk Medium Golden Brown, hoping to lighten it even more. It actually darkened my hair and canceled out the reddish tones. Now i have very dark brown/black hair. I wish to have VERY lighted hair and this time i would go to a salon. It has been around 2 months since I last color it. So I wonder if a colorist would be able to get me the color i want. And Im wondering wat color i should choose, med/light golden brown or light chestnut brown or a light reddish brown color with golden tones. Please help me and thank you. Here’s a link to my picture if it will help : http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c394/pattiibabyy92/1120114142_l1.jpg

    Comment by Patt — November 26, 2006 @ 9:50 pm

  75. I am normally a light brown colour but have been dying my hair blonde 4 as long as i can remember. I would now like to go back to my natural colour but also have highlights on top of a golden blonde. If i did a medium blonde colour myself would the highlights show through as orange?? Salons are far too expensive. Many thanks in advance

    Comment by Jules — November 24, 2006 @ 5:49 pm

  76. Hi my hair colour is dark brown i am slightly tanned with greeny bluey eyes. I was thinking of going for lowlighting with some light brown? Im a male also.

    Comment by Andrew Low — November 24, 2006 @ 1:16 pm

  77. My hair color is black and my skin tone is asian skin color tone. What color would best suit me for my hair?

    Comment by Jaime — November 11, 2006 @ 10:32 pm

  78. My hair is highlighted with blonde, my natural color is a dirty blonde or light brown. I want red hair, and have bought a home color to do it myself, with my hair being highlighted, will this affect the color turnout?

    Comment by missy — October 22, 2006 @ 8:46 pm

  79. i just profecionally had my hair highlighted she foiled the blonde and used bleach.. the underneath is a brown mocha.. the same lady did it before and it looked great.. this time my blonde is yellow on top and blue/ purple everywhere else is there anything i can do to fix this?

    Comment by amber — October 16, 2006 @ 9:42 am

  80. Hi I have natuarally ashy brown/ dirty blonde hair, I had it dyed blonde and then got it dyed back to my natural colour, except it went a bit darker.Now that it is fading it seems to be going a bit gingery which I hate. This has happened to me before! Is there anyway I can dye my hair brown without the gingerness happeneing? HELLLP!

    Comment by katie — October 11, 2006 @ 2:53 am

  81. HELP! My friend wanted bright red/orange hair, well it turned neon pink, I tried to cut the pink with a darker shadeof red/gold/brown, but it is still shining through! What base should I use to cut the pink,BUT leave an orangey color??
    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!1

    Comment by Amy — October 6, 2006 @ 10:46 pm

  82. I have very long darker strawberry blonde hair….naturally. However, I ruined it and then a salon ruined it even more. It is a neon yellow color at this point and so damaged I haven’t been able to brush through it, even with the bottles of deep conditioner I have gone through. I went to a consultation at Gene Juarez and the colorist told me red heads can’t go platinum with my length of hair. Is this true???

    Comment by Colleen — October 3, 2006 @ 2:02 am

  83. Hi I want a drasti change to my hair. I have naturally dark brown hair and I always get blonde highlights put in my hair. I was thinking about doing something more drastic and dying my hair a shade of blonde. I really want to do this but the problem is I have dark eyebrows and dark hair. Can you please email me at Xblinkbabe182@aim.com and give me some tips and help me out for what I should do here. I was hoping I could even go like a light shade of blond not too dark and not too light either.

    Comment by Kate — September 9, 2006 @ 6:20 pm

  84. every time i dye my hair ash brown it eventually fades and turns orangey!! my natural color is light ash brown, i’ve been dyeing my hair for 9 years. How can i get rid of this orangey mess!

    Comment by danielle — September 8, 2006 @ 4:31 pm

  85. Hey Everyone,

    It’s not a big problem, but I would like some advice on it… =)
    I’ve coloured my hair a few times..not full colour but highlights have been put through, that was last Christmas..long time ago, i know…
    I’ve been thinking of getting it back to my original hair colour, is that a good idea? I’m asian and my hair is pretty thick and long…it was originally darkest brown and atm its got red tints and dark brown highlights through it…I’m willing to get professional help too..
    Any suggestions?
    Thanks

    Comment by Sonia — September 8, 2006 @ 3:24 am

  86. Sophia,

    As you probably know, bleach is a powerful solution. Not sure what you used, but your hair will be extremely porous now and grab whatever color you use quickly.
    A champagne blonde may or may not be able to be achieved in a single process color.
    You could call the hot lines for the color product you use and let them walk you through what to use or, go to a professional which is, of course, safer.

    Barb

    Comment by Barb — September 7, 2006 @ 1:53 pm

  87. Angela,
    Don’t know if you had a bad colorist or what. You now have at least a couple different colors on your hair and my suggestion is to get it done with someone who understands color and can see your hair.
    If price is an issue, try a beauty school near you.

    It will work out just fine.

    Barb

    Comment by Barb — September 7, 2006 @ 1:47 pm

  88. Hi.. I was born blonde and as I grew older it turned a light ash blonde with few red tints. I have always had my hair frosted but I decided to bleach my hair all over. It is Blonde!! But I would like to tone it down to more of a Champagne Blonde. How would I do this?

    Comment by Sophia — September 5, 2006 @ 12:37 am

  89. i went to the hair dressers and got my hair died, i told her that i wanted a dirty blonde. when she was done dying it and i went home i looked at it closely and HATED IT, it came out a medium brown but a maroon tint! i was so mad, i had to go back to school in 4 days and didnt want it too look bad so i died it myself. it got rid of the maroon a lot but it was still there and i still wasnt the blonde i wanted. what can i do to get my blonde back fairly quick?

    Comment by angela — September 4, 2006 @ 10:04 pm

  90. hi I need a male gay hair stylist in nyc that
    is latino and deals with curly over process
    hair please spread the word thanks

    Comment by julie — August 26, 2006 @ 2:36 pm

  91. Hi I have really dark brown hair almost to the point where it looks black. I was wondering if it was possible for me to dye my dark brown hair to blonde, like even a light or a dark shade of blonde even if thats possible. I was hoping u would have some answers for me. Thanks for the help! I hope u will help me .

    Comment by Kate — August 25, 2006 @ 10:51 am

  92. Hi – ive just been to a salon I asked for highlights and low lights and wanted a toner to change the brassy blonde that was already in my very bleached blonde hair.. but the hairdresser put the toner all over my head, and now i have blue/grey silvery hair.

    Is their any way to rectify this? I acutally wanted dark and light streaks, and now my hair looks almost one colour?

    Comment by Michelle — August 25, 2006 @ 5:23 am

  93. Hi,
    My hair is naturally and currently between blonde and dirty blonde with choppy layers length around my shoulders and I want a change. I was thinking about keeping the same cut but putting light to medium brown color underneath on the bottom layer and maybe some high lights or low lights. Would this be a good idea with my fair skin tone and hazel eyes?? and which should I get, high lights or low lights if any at all. Please help me decide!!!

    Comment by Kelsey — August 5, 2006 @ 10:38 pm

  94. Hi,
    I have dirty blonde hair. I want a drastic change. I was thinking about dying my hair blonde with strawberry red highlights. The problem is, I have dark eyebrows. Can you help me decide what to do?

    Comment by Alicia — August 3, 2006 @ 4:20 pm

  95. To Allison to get rid of the yellow,
    One way to get rid of the yellow would be to put a toner over all, which will tone down the platnium color as well.
    I suggest you call the companies help line who makes kaleidocolor, and they may be able to suggest something in their line.
    A professional can give you some options when seeing your hair, for blending, lowlighting or changing the platimum streaks.
    Good Luck

    Comment by Barb — August 3, 2006 @ 1:04 pm

  96. To Axl,
    You have alot of things going on in your hair that needs some professional advice.
    I suggest you call the 800 number of the last color you used and give them a complete, accurate rundown of all you wrote above.
    I’m concerned of two things, the roots will need to be treated different than the rest of your hair & keeping your hair in good condition.

    Comment by Barb — August 3, 2006 @ 12:55 pm

  97. Hello,

    I just bleached the top few layers of my hair with kaleidocolor violet, and the majority of the color is a wonderful bright platinum, but in some places it is a sort of buttery color. What do you suggest I do? My hair is dry, but not terrible, so I’m deep conditioning to help, but I want to get rid of that yellow tint.

    Also, after this grows out, what do you suggest I do to get rid of all the blonde chunks? My roots obviously aren’t platinum but a sort of light mousey brown. Should I go see a professional to make my hair wintery light blonde with a few highlights?

    Comment by Allison — August 2, 2006 @ 2:02 am

  98. Hi. My skin color is a medium warm olive/golden brown, and I have relaxed hair. I dyed it “natural black” about 5 months about, and now about 2 inches of new growth have come in, but you can’t really tell. My hair is normally a medium brown, but now it’s a dark brown. I wanted to dye my hair a warm copper brown. I wanted to know how I could go about doing that. Would I have to get a color remover ? Or would I have to lighten it before applying the dye ? My hair is somewhat brittle also, and I was wondering if I should get a protein pack or something. And I really don’t want to go to a professional. :/
    Thanks :D

    Comment by Axl — July 25, 2006 @ 5:52 pm

  99. hello,
    i have naturally red/light gingery hair colour and i can’t wait to dye it. i’m thinking about dying it some shade of brown, will this suite me? what colours do you suggest?HELP!

    Comment by hannah — July 25, 2006 @ 1:25 pm

  100. hey im naturally brown, i decided 4 a change to go bleach blone anyways it turned out to b a orange colour, i then go that fixed it is a nice blonde now, but however i would like to go back to my natural colour brown… just wondering if i did that with a dye my self wat would happen would it go orange again or would it be safe and jus go from the blonde back to my natural hair colour???

    Comment by brittany — July 17, 2006 @ 12:05 am

  101. Hi, well I went to pick out hair dye last night hopping for a rich chocolate brown, I dyed it onto my natural hair color and it turned like red.. I used a magony brown and I HATE my hair, what color can I dye it so that it will just be brown. not RED! ..EW..

    Comment by Virginia — July 12, 2006 @ 10:52 am

  102. my hair if black and culry, I want to highlight my hair a brown color a few shades lighter than my hair but I want to do it myself and save some $$. would this be a good choice of color, and do you think it would be better if I got it done by a professional? Thank You very much!

    Comment by Liz — July 5, 2006 @ 1:27 pm

  103. Hey! I just discovered this site and it seems awsome!

    my hair is currently golden brownish/blonde….like Emma Watsons color…(only celebrity i could think of that has the same color)

    I want to dye my hair and i have two options…. brown… this is what i would rather be brunette but, you see i’m a natural dark ash blonde with blue eyes and i dont think i would be able to pull it off, i’m afraid it will be too dramatic, but i have dyed my hair a dark bronze brown and it turned out ok….but i dont think i would do it again with the same color….should i try a golden brown or reddish brown?(not auburn)

    or…

    i could go lighter with highlights…like a champagne blonde with highlights.

    i would like to get it done by professionals but i just dont have the time and money too.

    also, any brands (that i could find at the store) you would recommend?

    any help???

    thanks so much!

    Comment by Hannah — June 24, 2006 @ 10:39 pm

  104. To Shannon – going blonde to brown,

    I posted an answer to your question in my blog, it should be up tonight.

    Good Luck,

    Barb

    Comment by Barb — June 23, 2006 @ 3:16 pm

  105. hi my hair is naturally blonde, but for a while now ive gotten highlights to a lighter color and I have dark brown underneath. It looks good now but I want a change to go to all dark brown. Im thinking i will get it professionally done the first time to all brown and then to keep from my blonde roots growing out i will do it out of the box for the rest of the time. Do you think this will turn out okay??

    Comment by shannon — June 21, 2006 @ 10:42 pm

  106. My hair is dyed too dark. Right now it is a light black and my roots are showing much lighter. If I had my natural color, I would probably be more than 50% gray and medium brown. I cannot highlight b/c I always turn orange. I have read a lot of goods things about Colorfix, which can be purchased at Sally’s. There are a few bad stories as well. Will this remove the black? The Colorfix is supposed to be very gentle and I hear that my hair can be damaged more by a salon stripping? Please let me know what you experience has been with Colorfix. I need help soon as I have a major event next weekend.

    Comment by Maureen — June 3, 2006 @ 11:25 am

  107. I recently got my hair highlighted, and it still isnt as light as i want it to be. my hair is a brown colour now, with some medium blonde highlights. I started using sun in a few days ago to lighten up everything but am considering not because you said it was evil. i was wondering if a non-permanent dye over everything would wash out my highlights, or just lighten everything up? i dont want to use permanent dye because the ends of my hair is very damaged.

    Comment by Michelle — May 30, 2006 @ 12:44 pm

  108. I went to a hair dresser becuase i wanted my hair lighter. she obviously didn’t know what she was doing because she tried to dye medium brown hair blonde.. and it didn’t work.. then after that she stripped it twice… she burnt my head… like i have scabs… and i have strawberry blonde hair right now.. i just wanted it light brown…! i am not going back to the girl and i can’t go on any longer with this colour.. think a dark brown will fix it until i go out of town in two weekS?????????????????????????

    Comment by Melissa — May 19, 2006 @ 9:47 am

  109. I love your site, and I’d really appreciate any help you could give me for my current hair worries –

    I’ve got a round face shape, and my (dark brown) hair tends towards lots of curls and volume. I’ve tried out a bunch of different professionally-done highlighting at a series of salons, and every time, I keep getting the impression that they when my hair is curly, they almost look stripe-y. When I straighten my hair, the effect is gone. (A) Is this a common curly-headed problem?, and (B) Should I leave my hair curly at all? Between my highlighting troubles and the volume emphasizing my face shape, I’m wondering whether I should consider all straight, all the time? (Maybe you have some alternate miracle styling tip — I don’t want the daily straightening to damage my hair!)

    Thanks for this valuable site!

    Comment by Katie — May 17, 2006 @ 5:51 pm

  110. hi my natural hair color is a light brown and a couple years ago i dyed it a semi permanent burgandy maroon color and after a couple months it still didnt fade it went into a lightish red brown an so i stripped my hair and it turned orange so i died it brown and it turned into red brown with an orange tint so i lef it alone for a while and have been deep conditionong it but at the begining of this year i dyed it again and it turned orange brown with sort of a red tint but its light and so i want to dye it again like dark brown but i dont want to damage it but i hate the color of my hair what should i do??? quinn

    Comment by quinn — May 14, 2006 @ 2:37 pm

  111. well my natural color is a dark medium brown and about 5 months ago i went to the salon and put blonde streaks in …i didnt like it much…so i waited 4 months later and went again to dye my hair my natural color but now i ended up with ginger streaks ….HELPPPP

    Comment by sandy — April 21, 2006 @ 4:52 pm

  112. Hi, I’m naturually really pale skinned with natural medium brown hair and blue eyes and freckled. I’ve gotten lots of highlights before and had been blonde for four years and got the urge to color my hair medium brown. I didn’t really like it since I was so used to being a blonde. So I highlighted my hair blonde again after having my hair brown for a couple of years. After I highlighted my hair recently, the blonde seems to wash me out since I am so fair and it makes my darker colored eyebrows pop out. It just makes me look even more fair…I seem to have cool tones…what color would be best for my skin/eye color?

    Comment by Sarah — April 21, 2006 @ 9:37 am

  113. hi i have just put some weaved foils of red dye in my hair and i had white blonde hair previously now the colour is going pink and pinker every time i wash it help!! is there any thing you know of that remover red from hair?
    thank katie

    Comment by katie UK — April 14, 2006 @ 5:16 pm

  114. I have Dark Reddish-Brown hair and lightly tanned skin. Can anyone suggest any colours that would look good as highlights or all over colors???

    Comment by Dee — April 14, 2006 @ 3:36 am

  115. If you have an already ok color and want the health back…try snipping off the ends and letting your own color come back. Then, you can add highlites to fresh hair. This eliminates dryness and make your hair silky and natural looking.

    Comment by tami — April 11, 2006 @ 1:49 pm

  116. My hair is dark brown with natural red highlights, and I am looking for a drastic change.Would it be a good idea to dye it blonde and what shade??

    Comment by Kellie — April 10, 2006 @ 11:56 pm

  117. Heather,
    Most natural when highlighting, will be shades one or two levels lighter than your own.

    Comment by Barb — April 10, 2006 @ 2:28 pm

  118. Katherine,

    If you’ve seen many of my posts on corrective color, you know how I feel about “sun-in.” Aaarg!
    You will need a two process color, one for your roots and another for the ends.
    Go to a beauty school for your best bet.
    You will surely end up with a mess if you attempt this one.

    Comment by Barb — April 10, 2006 @ 2:25 pm

  119. hi my name is heather and i have auburn red hair and want to add some highlights to it. what color would look the best and still look natural?
    thanks!

    Comment by heather — April 8, 2006 @ 4:52 pm

  120. hello, i have used “sun-in” and it is starting to grow out and show my natural colour which is a light-medium brown. I can’t afford to go to a salon, so do you have any tips on what colours to use to help my hair?

    Comment by katherine — April 8, 2006 @ 2:16 pm

  121. Hi Dana:

    If you try bleach at home you are likely to end up spending a whole lot more than the $130.

    Sell the Honda and record collection if necessary to have this done professionally.

    Comment by Barb — April 5, 2006 @ 6:47 pm

  122. Hey,
    Ive been dying my hair since grade 5 and i am now 18. Recently, on new years eve i got a full head of highlights, and few weeks later i put a brown box colour over, now i want to go back blonde. Only problem is, i dont have 130$ to spend at a salon to do so. Would a blaching kit work? What products could i possibly use to get it back to blonde (platinum)without having to go to a salon>?

    Comment by Dana — April 5, 2006 @ 2:23 pm

  123. Hi
    i have had the same hair for years, i was in Annie in the west end and was required to dye my hair bright red. I am now becoming bored with my natural colour. I have a seen a style which would require me to go a couple of shades darker but have really bright platinum blonde underneath so it just shows through. I have fallen in love with this style and i will go to a professional salon to get it done, but i am worried that the blonde wont come out properly and damage my hair. What is your advice
    thank you
    libby

    Comment by libby — April 5, 2006 @ 9:29 am

  124. hiya i have hazel eyes and med olive skin and dark brown hair with a redish under tone and about 5 months ago i went to do half my hair bleach blond at my local salon i had been doing golden and honey highlites and wanted to go for a changed so they did halm my hair with a high lift bleach and then tinted my other half with a chocolat brown the brown came out nice but the blong had orangy brassy tones and i haven been back there cuz i dident like the colour so i have been bleaching my roots and hair at home and the results have been better than at the salon so im happy but i want it lighter and i reasently wanted to do the other half or my hair blond to have a full hed of blon but it cam out a bit brassy blond and i was thinking maby it was cuz i still had the tint in it but i have been thinking of bying a herbal ecenc hair duy to add some light platinum hilghts to my hair and wanted to no if it was a good idea as half my hair is got a blond brassy (strawberry blond) colour to it so what do you think.
    thanx for your time jessica

    Comment by Jessica — March 31, 2006 @ 7:24 pm

  125. Hi–I love this website! I have straight fine hair that used to be blond and is now what I call “hidden blond” (revealed in sunlight). I’ve sometimes had my hair professionally highlighted, but the coloring I liked best, when I had it done years ago in Los Angeles, was an ash blond rinse. Sure, it was good for only one shampoo, but the shine and color it brought out of my natural hair was FABULOUS–like a movie star’s! (No, it didn’t turn my hair platinum–it made my own natural hair color look great.) Nowadays, at least here in Florida, hairdressers don’t seem to know what a rinse is. Do you know of a product that can perk up hair the way that rinse did?

    Comment by Kirsten — March 25, 2006 @ 6:29 pm

  126. Hi, my hair is naturally blonde, almost platinum I’d say. I’ve been dying it blue/black for a while now but, it’s gotten to be a hassle. I went to a professional and they said that they could get it to a dark brown. Even if they did that, I’d still have my white blonde roots growing out awkwardly. I asked if I could just get it bleached, but apparently that could damage my roots, because they’re already blonde.

    I can’t stand this, is there anything I could do? Do you think it would work (and be safe) if I dyed it a lighter color, then in a few weeks dye it lighter. Eventually being able to go back to my natural color?

    Or, could I dye it black again, then soon after bleaching it. That way the bleaching wouldn’t get to my roots?

    Comment by Brenna — March 23, 2006 @ 7:03 pm

  127. its Lauren again. i was also wondering. would the burgundy color go well with my complexion? i was also debating dying my hair a burgundy almost black color. or would you suggest me going back to a medium brown?

    Comment by Lauren — March 21, 2006 @ 9:56 pm

  128. ok, so on the 20th i decided i wanted my hair to be a burgundish red brown. i used loreal color expert in 3.5 darkest mahogany brown. i have naturally medium brown almost dark brown hair( which has never been dyed before), and my skin has a yellow undertone and i tend to look sallow sometimes. so i had my friend help me apply the base color. which turned my hair a purply brown. which i was ok with. but then i had the bad idea of letting my friend do the highlights. now the top of my hair is a hideous blood red/ orange color. while part of my hair is purple and the bottom of my hair is still brown because there wasnt enough dye! i look horrible because clearly, red is not my color because i have meditreanian coloring. it makes me look even more sallow and yellow. i cannot afford to go to a professional and need to fix it ASAP. what would you suggest i should do to get back to my medium brown? i was also wondering if it would be a bad idea to highlight it after that. and should i go with cool tone or warm tone hair to counter act the yellow in my skin??

    Comment by Lauren — March 21, 2006 @ 9:21 pm

  129. Hi. I have natural coppery red hair, and have never dyed it or done anything chemically to it. I don’t have too many freckles, and my skin has pink undertones to it. Is natural red hair especially difficult to dye? I would like to go darker. What are my color options?

    Comment by Kathy — March 20, 2006 @ 1:44 am

  130. I just dyed my hair black too, although it’s not permanent. My hair is naturally dark brown, but this colour looks horrible on me. I have thick hair, and is usually more oily than dry. Do you think bleach is a good idea, or will the colour grow out?

    Comment by Vanessa — March 19, 2006 @ 9:47 pm

  131. hi,
    i have naturally dark brown hair to which i added blondish highlights last year and i wanted to go completely blonde (not too light blonde but more of a mix of blonde and reddish tones) anyway i was wondering if i should dye my eyebrows too so that they look better with the lighter hair or if i will be ok with my natural brown eyebrows. Thanks (could you please email me the answer thanks again).

    Comment by mariel — March 13, 2006 @ 12:56 am

  132. I am natural auburn, but now white hair is coming in. Want to try strawberry blonde, but when I color hair it goes orangey/new penny color. What can I do?

    Comment by janise — March 12, 2006 @ 10:01 pm

  133. I’m feening for a change; ONCE again.
    I had naturally black hair which I highlighted about a year and a half ago (a reddish colour, can’t recall the exact colour), after awhile it turned blonde but it didn’t look bad …I re-highlighted a cinnamon colour …then a couple months later I dyed it all this plum type of red …now I know red fades very quickly and it did …so the highlights showed through (my VERY first highlights) …it looked distorted so I dyed it all blue-black…a couple months later I dyed it brown …but it didn’t show up at all …and now its fading again and the highlights are showing through ONCE AGAIN
    I want to go all brown or actually anything
    and I’m wondering if I can get rid of the black (the blue black) like COMPLETELY (I’m going to cut off all the highlights) …is this possible!?
    thanks

    Comment by Angelli — March 12, 2006 @ 8:59 pm

  134. hi, im quite young and i want somthing a little funky, im too scared to diy it so im prepared to go to a salon. however, last time i did that i wanted slices of colour put through my hair in a copper and light brown which i though would look nice against my dark brown. i walked out about 2 hours later with bright red! its faded now and ive got roots, i need a change. i was thinking dyeing over the red with black, but i would really like some electric-blue put in. i thought i could add it in with extensions but my hair is already long, so i dont think that will work. can you give any advice about how this would look and how i could introduce a new funky colour without it being too full on or silly. thanks

    Comment by kelly — March 10, 2006 @ 12:21 pm

  135. To Ali , Re: Your March 5th Post,

    I answered this by posting an article on it. It’s titled “Highlighted hair botched? It can be fixed. Just clip and paste this into your browser: http://visual-makeover.com/hairstyle-advice/highlighted-hair-botched-it-can-be-fixed/

    Comment by Barb — March 7, 2006 @ 6:29 pm

  136. Hi. I dyed my hair in the end of december. I bought Revlon at a Walgreens near by. My hair is naturally a Dirty Blonde. And ive always wanted it darker, and my hair had been dyed previously to me dying it again in the end of december. Well.. I bought a brown//medium brown color and my hair turned black. I tried re dying it about a week and a half later and i had the same results. I thought maybe it was just revlon products because I used Revlon both times. Well tonight i dyed my hair with Herbal Essence, and i bought medium brown i bought two because my hair is frizzy naturally curly, thick and long. Well.. I didnt exactly get the results i was expecting. It pretty much just dyed my roots, and everything else was still a dark dark brown//black. My mom has been telling me that we should strip my hair with hydrogen peroxide, because that will lighten it. What do you think i should do about this? My hair is DRIVING ME NUTS.
    I dont know what i should do. Please help.

    Comment by Mariah — March 7, 2006 @ 4:25 am

  137. Hi,
    I had my hair appt. with a wonderful colorist in town two days ago who did my color weave that we scheduled the week before. I chose the three colors from the “chart,” and I am a bit disappointed with my results. The colors (as you point out) are not exactly the way they appeared once they mixed with my natural hair color. I did not have any color on my hair prior to the session, and I did this for my 21st b’day. The guy is known all over town for his experience and prices! I did not have a blow dry scheduled, so i did not see the results until I got home. My light strawberry-blonde looks very dark red, and my honey blonde looks orangey. My dark brown is nice, but my natural color is a medium brown. Should I call him and ask to come back and explain, or is that way too insulting for someone of his status? Would he blame it on me for picking the colors? Should I wait and see if it gets better in a few more shampoos? Thanks so much!

    Comment by Ali — March 5, 2006 @ 4:57 pm

  138. hi, i have medium hair, and i wanted light highlites, well they turned out like an orange brown, it was so bad i went and got another dye kit the same day to make all of my hair light , well that turned orange, so the next day i got a dark dye kit, and now my hair is still kinda yellow orange, light ish…i can’t afford to go have it done at a salon, what else can i do?

    Comment by Emily — March 3, 2006 @ 9:59 pm

  139. My hair is originally straight and was permed last year when it was long. After 7 months, my hair grew out but the perm didn’t. Finally, I cut it off to about shoulder length and now I must straighten it every morning or else it will get very frizzy and curly. My problem is, my hair isn’t exactly curly anymore just wavy and my hair grows really slow. I don’t want the frizz anymore and I’m afraid it isn’t good for my hair to straighten it so much. I have considered professional straightening but I figure that’s almost like having a perm and I think my hair’s been through enough. What should I do?

    Comment by Jessie — March 3, 2006 @ 6:19 pm

  140. I want get my hair colored by a professional. But I don’t have enough money, for one of those high end places. My natural haircolor is dark brown. Right now its a reddish dark brown. I hate red, because I’m on the cool side, and it makes my skin looks drown out. I have a deep dark brown eyes, medium skin with no color in my cheeks, and I’m asian-american. I don’t know what color highlights I should get? I don’t want something subtle, or my highlights to be brown, but nothing crazy like pink, and please no auburn. Someone help me!!!

    Comment by Julieta — March 3, 2006 @ 2:39 pm

  141. Hi I have a question about Red Hair, I wanted to Know How can u keep A red colored Hair for A long time

    Comment by Tania MOlina — March 2, 2006 @ 10:56 am

  142. I recently had my brown hair highlighted and the result was much blonder than I had hoped. Now it looks too light. Is there a color wash or something I can do at home to tone the blonde down??

    Comment by Shawn — February 28, 2006 @ 8:22 am

  143. hi ok
    ive had this problem for the longest time.
    im asian, and i have thin fine hair. ive been dying my hair for around 2 years now.
    the problem is, i cant get rid of the “warm” color in my hair. it is always either red, orange, or a mix between the two. There was a time where I used lemons to get my hair to a very blond color. I looked ok in it but i thought it was too blond and different, so i tried a brown dye, and thinking blond hair would be easy to transfer to brown, i put in the dye and 2 weeks later, i have “orange hair” again. Is there any way asians can get rid of the “warm tones” in their hair?

    Comment by Beez — February 26, 2006 @ 3:43 pm

  144. hey!INEED HELP i got dared about 2 weeks sgo to dye muh hair black!! it lloks crazi it is jet black an it looks fake.. there is some brown wit it an i dont kno wat to do i dont have much money to go to the salon an i want to fix it cause it makes me look real pale and everyone thinks im gothic SO PLZ tell me sumtin to do to muh hair!!!

    Comment by Samanhta — February 24, 2006 @ 5:03 pm

  145. hey…i have brown hair with highlights at the moment…(i use to have blonde hair when i was little but it keeps getting darker) i have big blue eyes and medium skin. I want a change… my hair is naturally wavy, with a mind of its own…i’m debating on a perm or even chemically straightening it and i was wondering if i could pull of blonde hair?

    Comment by kay — February 21, 2006 @ 10:19 pm

  146. Hi. i have naturally dark brown hair which i have been bleaching to a light ash blonde for the past year. Its in very bad condition and i have a lot of breakage, even though i use hair masks and deep conditioning treatments. I want to dye it back to the natural colour. I tried to do it gradually by dying it a dark blonde, but it turned a sage green colour so i had to bleach it again. I just cant keep up with the regrowth. A friend says to get it brown again i have to dye it red first. Is this true? Please advise me as I really cant afford to go to a salon

    Comment by Liz — February 19, 2006 @ 5:06 pm

  147. everybody i beg of you listen to me if you have ANY RED IN YOUR HAIR do NOTTTT!!! i repeat do not try and bleach your own hair my first day of high school i wanted to make a little statement so i tried bleaching my hair but it came out the color of a yeild sign!!! go to a rpofessional if you have ANY RED WHATSOEVER in your hair itll turn the most horrrrid orange yellow red color

    Comment by Katie — February 14, 2006 @ 8:11 pm

  148. WELL I WANT TO CHANGE MY HAIR COLOR BC ITS SO BORING AND MY HAIR COLOR IS DARK BROWN BUT I THINK IF I BLEACHED IT OUT TO LIGHT BROWN I THINK IT WILL FRY MY HAIR DO AND RIGHT NOW I HAVE LIKE SPLIT ENDS!!! AND I DON’T KNOW HOW TO DECIDE THE COLOR AND I KNOW THAT MY MOM WILL TAKE ME TO A SALON BUT I STILL WANT TO KNOW BEFORE I DO. AND ALSO WILL IT KILL MY HAIR DO AND WILL IT TURN OUT LIKE I HOPE???? SO PLEASE GET THIS BACK TO ME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BECAUSE I THINK I HAVE TO GET MY HAIR DONE ON FRIDAY. PLOEASE HELP ME!!!!!!!

    Comment by Tram Messerly — February 13, 2006 @ 9:41 pm

  149. To Leanne with navy colored hair,
    Read my post ” Hair color too dark? Here are your options.” at: http://www.visual-makeover.com/hairstyle-advice/haircolor-too-dark-here-are-your-options/

    A permanent color will not “fade” back to your natural brown, but you can get there. . . probably with professional help.

    Comment by Barb — February 10, 2006 @ 11:47 am

  150. To Rose with brassy red and blonde tones,
    You need to find a colorist WITH experience that IS the best thing you can do for your hair. Quit making matters worse doing it yourself, it’s not working. You’ll need to do some research–ask around. Even a REPUTABLE school of hair design should be able to fix this for you—-or direct you to someone who can.
    Good luck, it CAN be fixed.

    Comment by Barb — February 10, 2006 @ 11:24 am

  151. I recently got my hair highlighted for the first time ever, and I hate it! I had it done in a salon by someone who apparently didn’t have much expeience. I went there to find a solution to the brassy red tones I have from months of at home red dyes, I was told the highlights were my only hope to fade out the red. The highlights are very blonde and uneven throughout my hair. I dyed it twice since then but the brassy tone and blonde highlights continue to preveal, and only my roots seem to take. Mind you one of those two times was done professionally. I’m not ready to give up on my hair, I just want my dark brown colour back. Will some one please tell me how?

    Comment by Rose — February 10, 2006 @ 1:12 am

  152. Hi, my hair is naturally a really dark brown and a few years ago i got highlights in it. I never dyed it again and they were almost grown out but the ends of my hair were just grossly light so i dyed my whole head a dark brown trying to get my ends to their natural colour. Instead, my whole head turned a lighter brown. I then got it done professionally and again it stayed a light brown. So finally i dyed it black and now it looks like navy. How do i make it fade back to a dark brown? Or what should i do to get it the darkest brown it can be without being black?

    Comment by Leanne — February 8, 2006 @ 12:32 am

  153. My hair is naturally a light brown color. I have pale skin and love the look of dark chocolate hair against pale (with pink) skin. Everytime I dye my hair (at home) it brings out red undertones from my natural hair. I’d go to a professional but I feel like it won’t make a difference. It always looks great the first week, but then fades to a brassy orange red color. Should I give up, or is there a color I could dye it? Some have suggested an ash brown, because of it’s lack of red color. I need help!

    Comment by Jill — February 6, 2006 @ 6:57 pm

  154. I know better to have put myself in this position, but here it is… I normall get my hair colored professionally, between a 4-6 level warm brown and have for years, mainly to cover gray roots. However, occasionally I do the roots on my own. I did this a couple months ago when I couldn’t get an appt. and was leaving to go visit my parents and didn’t want my mom thinking I’d lost my job and was living on the streets for letting my gray grow in. So I continued doing this since now I was off chedule for a touch-up when I finally got in to the salon for a cut. I waiting too long for my last appt, which was for both color and cut with my regular hairstylist. And then, the day of the cut, I got a call saying she had the flu. I was desperate, and got a last minute appt at another salon. The girl used a color that seemed to have too much red in it, and pulled through to the ends too early, which gave me a dar, muddy look that was a lot redder than I wanted, with short shoppy bangs. I’ve spent the last couple days trying to remove the color and lighten it and tone down the red. Now it’s lighter BRIGHTER red-orange, somewhere between Grace Adler and a cartoon superhero, only more damaged. Is there anything I can do to tone it down while waiting for an appt to lighten/tone and chop??

    Comment by jean — February 5, 2006 @ 6:59 pm

  155. Hi,
    My hair is naturally mid brown. About a year ago I went to the hairdressers and had a half head of blonde highlights put in it. It looked GREAT! In January I went to the hairdressers to get it done again because the roots were coming through. But the hairdresser put to many in and I looked like a tacky bimbo! At first when she did it, I liked it because I didn’t really realise how much blonder it was! That’s why I didn’t say anything. Now I regret having my highlights and I just want it to be my natural mid brown! About a week ago I got a non-permanent brown die. It looked good and it got rid of my highlights. But now the die is coming out and the blonde is coming back. I died it with non-permanent die just in case it went wrong. I really don’t no what to do to get it back to brown! And I don’t really wont to go back to the hair dressers. What shall I do?

    Comment by Stephanie — February 5, 2006 @ 3:46 pm

  156. I have somewhat already light blonde hair and I decided that I wanted to go lighter so I put BW2 which is a bleach and a 40 volume devolper most of my hair came out the platnium color I wanted and some of it came out yelllow. My hair is not damaged at all and isn’t brittle or dried out. (thank-goodness) I was wondering how long you think my hair will stay yellow and or if I should put a different color in my hair to dull it up a bit?

    Comment by Brittany — February 3, 2006 @ 9:43 am

  157. Hi,
    My professional hairstylist recently begged me to do a hair show for her, and I finally caved in and agreed. She bleached my hair with a “high lift” color on top, which turned out strangely yellow. Then she added hot pink “play color” and plum and black cherry permanent colors in the back. She assured me the pink would wash out in four days, but it didn’t in eight, so I went back to her, and she ended up bleaching my entire head of hair. Then she put in a gold color, which looks horribly dull and grey on me. (After reading your column, I gather it’s because my coloring is predominantly “cool:” I have light grey eyes and pale skin, and I tend to look best in pinks, light blues and reds.) This color makes me look old, tired, even ill. She put in a few blonde highlights on top (more bleach), which helped, but overall I just feel ugly. What has worked well for me in the past is light blonde highlights on top, and a deeper color on the bottom and in the back, along with my natural color, which is a sort of dark ash blonde/light brown. I’d like to just get highlights and lowlights to give me some oomph until it all grows out, but it’s very dry and brittle on the bottom and I worry about doing more damage and having to cut it all off. I think the top could handle the highlights, because it’s shorter and in pretty good shape, but not the bottom. Should I suggest a “semi-permanent” darker color for lowlights? Or is there a semi-permanent shade that could be applied to my whole head of hair that would be more appropriate for my cool skin tone? My hairstylist is very talented, and has never let me down before, so I never thought this would happen. Now I worry that I can’t trust her assessment. Please help!

    Comment by a.r. — February 1, 2006 @ 11:52 pm

  158. I have naturally quite dark brown hair. It has a red tint when I stand in the sun. I had some dark red highlights/lowlights (whatever they are) in, and they did really look fantastic! I love red, it so went with my hazel (although more green with splodges of orange brown! XD) eyes. Now, everyone is having red highlights and I’m fed up of being another “clone”. I want to try something different. I wanted to go for a cool tone dark brown near my natural, and have some platinum blonde highlights. I have a warm slightly olive skin tone. Also, whaddya think black would look like on me? Help! P.S – I am a little punk-ish I suppose.

    Comment by Jordan — February 1, 2006 @ 4:05 pm

  159. Hey everyone,
    I have blonde hair and i want to get highlights but i am not sure what color of highlights to put in my hair. People tell me all different kinds of colors to do but i am not sure what color would go good with my hair color and my face. If any one can help please answer back. My e-mail adress is Irishcutei477@yahoo.com

    Comment by Krystal — January 31, 2006 @ 1:49 pm

  160. Hi there, I am naturally a med brown color, but for about 7 years I was very blond (Jessica Simpson like) then 2 years ago I dyed it back to my natural color. I wanted it to get healthy again because I was dying it blond & it looked good but my hair was getting damaged. Anyway about 5 montha ago I used a semipermanent dye in Auburn & the last time I did it was about 5 weeks ago. My hair has lightened up & I have regrowth. It kinda has a light auburn chesnut look, but I want to go Dark Blond with lighter highlights. Will a colorist beable to do this for me in one appointment? Should I wait longer to do this since the dye has all rinsed out about 2 weeks ago? Should I really condition my hair prior to having this done. I love to experiment, but I know for this I need professional.

    Thanks In Advance, eileen

    Comment by Eileen — January 28, 2006 @ 6:50 pm

  161. hey i have dyed my hair redish brown , mainly the colour of henna but have dyed it .i normally have dark , really dark brown hair and brown eyes and im fair , can i go blonde? or which clour will suit me?(i am pakistani )

    Comment by anna — January 26, 2006 @ 5:34 pm

  162. Hi. My hair is crazy. My natural hair color is a dark blond with a little ash in it. Right now is is a real brassy color and I can’t seem to get rid of it. I have been to a salon and although at first it appears better, the brassyness always pulls through. I would just like to get my hair back to my natural color with some blond hightlights. Please help. Oh, and by the way I must have some sort of red tint to my hair because when she I had it dyed it went reddish.

    Comment by Rhiannon — January 21, 2006 @ 4:48 pm

  163. Hi. I recently bought a brown hair dye which i thought was brown and it turned my hair black. My moms friend said that it will fade after a few rinses. Is there anyway i can lighten it up just a little because i would like to have a really dark chocolate brown. The color is starting to grow on me but im way to pale for it. Do you think if i got a tan it would make the color look better??
    Thanks

    Comment by claudia — January 19, 2006 @ 1:16 am

  164. Hi barb thanks for the advice-I only used sun-in because it was recommended by my hairdresser here! I wont be going back to her and have booked myself an appointment with a recommended stylist! Thanks again and wish me (and my poor hair!!) luck!!

    Comment by aimee UK — January 18, 2006 @ 9:53 am

  165. hi,
    i have dark blonde hair. because it’s summer my hair has some natural light blonde highlights. because of the sun naturally changing my hair it’s quite multitonal. i have hazel brown eyes and tanned skin (once again from the sun) and was thinking if i should maybe dye my hair the same color as my eyes. what do you think? and if i do do it, is it safe for me to do it at home or should i see a colorist?
    thanks

    Comment by Bianca — January 18, 2006 @ 3:13 am

  166. To Aimee in the UK using sun-in,
    I hate to tell you this, but sun- in is like the “kiss of death” to hair as all of us hairdressers have learned by seeing the results. Don’t try to color over this yourself. Your hair is in FRAGILE condition, with most likely a big variance in porosity levels. I would ONLY suggest a professional to give you a consultation for your best results.

    Comment by Barb — January 17, 2006 @ 4:21 pm

  167. To Brenna with the light golden brown hair,
    Getting back to your medium brown is basically an easy color to do, yet if you get it too dark you have more problems. I suggest calling the 800# on the back of the box of the color you have been using. They will ask some questions and direct you to their color to use.

    Comment by Barb — January 17, 2006 @ 4:11 pm

  168. To Brooklyn going from black to blonde at the salon,
    A professional can get you there in one appointment.

    Comment by Barb — January 17, 2006 @ 4:06 pm

  169. To Delli who is ‘cool’ but would like to go reddish brown,
    My suggestion is to go with a dark mahogany-brown then possible lighten sections with a lighter red to break up the solid color.

    Comment by Barb — January 17, 2006 @ 4:03 pm

  170. Hi. I have been using a product called sun-in lightener, the super formula, to lighten my hair for years. i stopped about 8months ago after my hair got in really bad condition and just couldn’t take anymore. I’m naturally light brown, and have about 2-3inches of my natural hair colour growing through at the moment. I’d like to go darker-sort of a warm chocolate shade-but last time i tried to dye my hair darker it looked mossy green in some lights-apparently this is because of the blonde? Is ther anything I can to stop this happening? I really can’t afford to go to a salon to have the colour stripped!

    Comment by aimee UK — January 17, 2006 @ 10:50 am

  171. i am tired of dyeing my hair and i know everytime i dye it iam damaging it and the roots are getting on my nerves my hair color noe is a light golden brown how do i dye my hair back to its natural color which is a medium brown?

    Comment by brenna — January 17, 2006 @ 12:06 am

  172. Hi, I want to dye my hair from black to a light(er) blond and I am wondering how many sessions at the salon this is gonna take or if it can be done in one afternoon? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

    Comment by brooklynn — January 15, 2006 @ 3:13 am

  173. Hi. I am American-Asian and have a general “cool” tone. I would like to dye my hair a reddish brown color. Would I need to be “warmer” to dye my hair a that color?

    Comment by Delli — January 13, 2006 @ 7:22 pm

  174. Red seems so “in” right now. I am curious to go really red from platinum blonde- anyone do this? And are you happy with it?

    Comment by Michelle — January 13, 2006 @ 6:09 pm

  175. To Leoni:
    We sound like we have the same hair at present- I add two Red/Gold reducer (some say corrector) packets (99 cents a piece at Sally’s) to my platinum color and it works great! (Don’t worry-Your hair will look purple during the coloring but will wash out a pure platinum color!)Of course when my dark roots are long I have to strip the lcolor off first but in the mean time the reducer packets work great! I’ve been doing this for a year – also don’t forget hask placenta afterwards to keep hair soft and shinyGood luck!

    Comment by Michelle — January 13, 2006 @ 6:07 pm

  176. To Claudia with the “horrible orange color,”
    Stop! You’ve obviously done too much already–don’t strip unless your ready for your hair to break off or get like straw!
    My first advice is to see a colorist—if you can’t afford that, try a reputable school of hair design and have them look at it. They will at least be able to give you hands on advice, which is what you need.
    Good luck

    Comment by Barb — January 13, 2006 @ 5:53 pm

  177. Marissa who is bored with her hair,
    You’ve got what sounds like an easy problem to fix—you would need to know what level, or shade your natural hair is- then use the chart given on the back of the box to determine what color you need to add to your hair to get the color you desire.
    Don’t guess and get too dark or ….. well just read the problems women have that go that way. Be careful not to over-do with coloring.

    Comment by Barb — January 13, 2006 @ 5:46 pm

  178. I have written a couple articles on bleaching that will help you. Use the search box and type in Bleach and click this site to find them.

    Comment by Barb Quinn — January 13, 2006 @ 3:38 pm

  179. Hi, I have been bleaching my hair light metallic blonde (it’s originally dark brown) for a couple of months. I’ve recently noticed that I get this weird band of slightly orangey yellow just above my regrowth. I wouldn’t mind the regrowth being dark, because I have a really punky style, but what can I do about the yellowy colour and why is it there, spoiling the platinum? Any tips?

    Comment by Leonie — January 13, 2006 @ 10:30 am

  180. Alright, i have bleach blonde hair, like it isnt white blonde but it is really light. On top of that i have dark brown streaks thoughout it. Now, i am wanting to dye my hair a warm chocolate brown colour but i am not quite sure how the dye will react on the different colours and i am not looking for a disaster… any tips?

    Comment by Jessica — January 11, 2006 @ 10:12 pm

  181. Hi..
    my hair is wrecked as i dye and straighten it to much.. my hair is naturally a lightish brown..but i decided to dye it darker but every time i dye it it fades after about a week to a horrible orange colour… i’ve been thinking about getting it stripped will this make my hair go back to normal and natural ????????

    Comment by claudia — January 8, 2006 @ 11:57 pm

  182. Hi. my hair is like naturally a golden brown but as I got older , my hair got darker and i get bored with hair easily.So i descided to color it to make it lighter . I did all this stuff to it and it went multi colored. It looks really neat but I kind of want to make my hair the color of my roots which is dark brown and get a new cut..What are yors opinions on that

    Comment by Marissa — January 6, 2006 @ 5:27 pm

  183. To Michelle who wants to use a color remover;
    There are many color removers out there, to many to know them all in how they work.
    Color removal is tricky, especially in long hair. Things to consider are: length of time to leave on the hair, hairs porosity from root to ends, how light to let your hair get before taking remover off.
    Then you will need to use the formula in this post and reapply the right color. This gets really tricky and most people can have unwanted, sometimes disasterous results.
    My suggestion – have a professional fix it.

    Comment by Barb — January 3, 2006 @ 1:08 pm

  184. Hi, I am wanting to remove the current dark brownish red from my hair, because the roots have grown in at least 2 inches and I am tired of dying my hair at all. So I was looking at a few color removers like Loreal’s Effosol, but am curious as to which product would be the least damaging to my hair and what level of dye to use after using the remover that will last and be less damaging as well. My natural hair color is just a medium brown, not too light nor too dark. I used to dye it darker, but am sick of doing it.

    Comment by Michelle — January 2, 2006 @ 10:13 pm

  185. i have really dark brown eyebrows but would really like to dye my hair blonde. would it look odd? and could i pluck my eyebrows in a certain way to make it look a little more natural with the blonde (would they have to be thinner?)
    please email me and let me know what you think. thanks ~ hannah

    ps: what shade of blonde would go best with my eyebrows? it’s really worrying me as i don’t want to end up looking fake, or awful.

    Comment by hannah — January 2, 2006 @ 7:03 pm

  186. Hi. My hair is naturally a very dark blonde. I dyed it a medium brown color about a year ago and it turned out with a lot of red it in. I want to dye my hair a dark brown but i’m afraid that there will be a lot of red. How do I prevent this from happening?

    Comment by Kim — January 2, 2006 @ 3:18 pm

  187. Renee with hair that is too dark,

    Your hair can be fixed by a colorist. You need to find a good colorist, ask around or maybe your hairstylist can do it or refer someone to you.
    Sounds like your hair is still in OK condition, so have a professional fix this before you may do too much damage to fix.

    Comment by Barb — January 1, 2006 @ 10:08 pm

  188. To Nikki with the allergy,
    Only let a professional deal with this problem. They will need to do a patch test to determine if a different color line can be used on your scalp. They will also need to check if bleach can be used safely. They may be able to find a color that works for you. Don’t do more yourself, as you know it can be miserable.
    Good luck

    Comment by Barb — January 1, 2006 @ 10:00 pm

  189. To Mia,
    Your hair needs professional attention to do it right. Don’t try it yourself! You have regrowth to deal with differently than the rest of your hair. It helps to have some regrowth to show your colorist what you goal is.
    Good luck

    Comment by Barb — January 1, 2006 @ 9:50 pm

  190. To Laura with too much red,
    I would show your hairdresser how your hair has pulled up red. She can adjust your next color and add more ash to the formula to cut the red. She can do this with lightening the hair also. The key is that you trust her ability.

    Comment by Barb — January 1, 2006 @ 9:45 pm

  191. my hair is naturally an ash blonde with natural highlights and i have quite dark eye brows, however in recent times i dyed my hair a semi-pernament brown and its faded to a browny red. i want to get it back to my natural shade and i have some blonde bits coming through and regrowth. what should i do?

    Comment by Mia — January 1, 2006 @ 8:25 pm

  192. Hi!
    I have natural jet black hair and i wanna color my hair but i am so scared that the color wouldnt suit me cuz i have never had my hair colored. But i want a shade in brown. My skin is light. What would you recommend?

    Comment by Brittany — December 28, 2005 @ 2:03 pm

  193. My hair is naturally brown. I had been dying it blondish for a while and then 7 months ago i dyed it back to its natural brown color. Now i want to dye the top of it light blonde at a hair salon and leave the bottom brown. will this damage my hair too much and is it a good idea?

    Comment by Krystal — December 26, 2005 @ 10:01 pm

  194. In august i dyed my hair a really dark brown and it looked black ( i did not plan for it to turn out this way) and when my hair dresser saw i didnt like how dark it was she put a lighter brown in it but that turned into a redder color once it faded. now my hair is brownish red. how do you suggest i get rid of this. apparently i have red undertones in my hair that came out when i dyed it. i want my natural light brown with blonde highlights color back. do you think i should go back to her and get it dyed a lighter brown. im scared it will turn redder or too dark.

    Comment by Laura — December 26, 2005 @ 9:48 pm

  195. Hello:
    I have been dying my hair many different colors for about 3 yrs. now. As of right now, it is a medium brown with a red tinge to it. My natural hair color is a light brown to a dark blonde with natural blonde streaks that go through it. My natural looks as if it will blend in with the dyed hair but with the red tinge I think it will look stupid. How do I get my natural hair color back? Should I get my hair stripped? But I really don’t want to damage my hair. Once I get my natural hair color back, I would like to put blonde highlights in it. Please tell me of what I could do. Thanks.

    Comment by Ann Marie — December 22, 2005 @ 4:16 pm

  196. Hi, a few weeks ago I was trying to dye my hair back to medium brown…(I already had some red in it from dying it red a while ago.) Then it turned BALCK..then I went to sallys and got a color remover not all of it came out I still had some black sections…so I did it again on the sections I missed then I had a color Dark Blonde (my natural hair color) but when I dyed it,it still came out too dark. Now I want to go to the pros. I want my hair back to my natural hair color (blonde) I know they would have to bleach it…. I was wondering how long should I wait know I did this to my hair…my hair seems fine healthy,soft but Im still a little scared what should I do..I need help. Please E-mail me. Thanks
    -Renee

    Comment by Renee — December 22, 2005 @ 10:11 am

  197. Yeah, same problem. Naturally blonde, been dying it black for 5 years. Now I have to go blonde again because I suddenly developed a severe allergy to box dyes – as in, it literally burns my head. What now? Can they help me at a salon, even though I am now allergic? Where do I start? I can’t leave it to grow out, it’ll look retarded and I really don’t want to cut my hair.

    Comment by Nikki — December 20, 2005 @ 9:31 am

  198. hi,
    my hair was naturally blonde and i died it black. now i want to dye it back to blonde. what can i do to make my hair blonde again?

    Comment by dana — December 17, 2005 @ 11:35 pm

  199. Hello:
    I have natural light brown hair. Back in May I had put red highlights in my hair and then in August I colored my hair in brown-closest brown to me natural hair color. But now the brown has washed out and it is turning into brown-orange color and I want to color my hair in brown again, but I want a nice shade of brown. My skin is light. What do you recommend. Is it safe for me to do my own hair at home or should I see a hairstylist. Please help.

    Comment by aldijana — December 16, 2005 @ 11:55 am

  200. hEy..rite now I have light-blonde and cedar apple (mainly blonde w/ a touch of red) high-lights in my hair and since i want a change in my same color for 4 years now im thinking about going to a professional( where ive been going) and getting them to strip my blonde and cedar apple high-lights out to where im left with just my natural dark golden brown hair. And i want to get my face framed with a blonde color(chunky high-lights around my face) and to get that same blonde and a more reddish color high-lights in smaller streaks in my hair. Do you think that would look good? my skin color is a oilive/golden color.

    Comment by CC — December 12, 2005 @ 7:35 pm

  201. My hair has been blonde for years. I dye it med. blonde to cover grey. I’m thinking of dying it a med. auburn or red brown with golden caramel highlites. Do you think it will be possible and should I go a shade darker since my hair is light, to prevent brassy orange color.

    Comment by Debbie — December 6, 2005 @ 11:17 pm

  202. Hello
    I recently got hightlights. My natural color is Dark deep brown and asked for highlights 2-3 shades lighter than my color to give it a natural effect. I also told the hair stylist that I put Henna in my hair 3 months ago. My highlights now looks brassy and ugly. How can I get rid of them? I was going to use Aveda Black Malva Conditionor is that a good idea?

    Comment by Gelareh — December 2, 2005 @ 2:40 pm

  203. Hi Lauren,
    As long as they are reputable, an experienced colorist can fix this for you. If your hair is extremely dry, deep conditioning will be important.

    Comment by Barb — November 30, 2005 @ 9:39 pm

  204. I recently dyed my hair at home. It turned out a yellow-orange color, so I’m having it dyed again at a salon. Is this a good idea considering I just put the chemicals of another dye in my hair a few days ago?

    Comment by Lauren — November 26, 2005 @ 10:32 pm

  205. Hi Cheri,
    It is a dramatic change. I would find a wig shop and try on platnium to see. Bring a friend or your aunt with you so you have an objective opinion.

    Comment by Barb — November 26, 2005 @ 4:36 pm

  206. hi, my aunt recently told me that i would look good with platinum blonde hair. I like dying my hair new colors but that seemed pretty dramatic since i have naturally medium brown hair and have only had a few blonde highlights and red hair before. Im worried it will look really bad. What should I do?

    Comment by Cheri — November 25, 2005 @ 1:52 am

  207. Kristin,
    If your not sure how lowlights will look on you, I suggest going to your local mall and try on some hair pieces for color. You will find subtle levels of color change in warm and cool shades will make all the difference in the world on what you like and what you don’t like. Good luck!

    Comment by Barb — November 8, 2005 @ 5:39 pm

  208. Veronica,
    Asking if putting blonde highlights in your brown hair at home is only hard to answer because I don’t know what your expectations are. Apparently you haven’t tried it before, so this means you have no experience, and that’s scarry…it’s your hair…you need to look at it daily!
    Even though my best advice is to leave it to someone who has experience, I have had some women say they have been satisfied doing this at home, at least for a little while.
    If you decide to try it at home, do your homework, look at my posts on highlighting.

    Comment by Barb — November 8, 2005 @ 5:29 pm

  209. I just made an appointment with a salon to fix my hair. I have naturally brown hair with golden highlights,(I have light brown skin with a yellow undertone) then I put blond highlights in (which looked fantastic). Because I couldn’t afford to to get it touched up, I bought Blondisma, and boy, it made my hair a mess. So I tried to fix it again….now I have a strange orangie mess. Learn from me. Go to a professional!

    Comment by Morgan — November 8, 2005 @ 9:27 am

  210. hey i want to put brown in my blonde hair but i have had my hair blonde for so long i am worried it will not look right what should i do ???

    Comment by kristin — November 5, 2005 @ 8:52 pm

  211. Hi,
    my hair is brown and I want to put blonde highlights in it at home (diy).
    Is that a good idea?

    Thanks

    Comment by Veronica — October 31, 2005 @ 11:49 pm

  212. To Amelie and Melinda,
    I know you don’t want to hear this but…. leave this one to the pros.
    Melinda, if you look at Amelie’s comment this is what most likely will happen to your hair if you try to bleach out the black yourself. You also may put yourself at risk of frying your hair and needing to cut it all off. It’s worth paying a pro to get you to wear you want to be— then you can keep it up.

    Amelie, when your hair is this dark and you want to lighten it up, leave that move to a colorist. You now have a number of color disasters on your hair, just STOP!! Find a good colorist- and have them fix it. You can go back to doing it yourself when it means just maintaining the color you find you like.

    If you decide you want to try more at home, you could try this shampoo cocktail. There is more info on fix-it-yourself tips here:

    http://visual-makeover.com/hairstyle-advice/

    Good luck to you both.

    Comment by Barb — October 31, 2005 @ 6:06 pm

  213. this comment is towards Melinda……I have the EXACT same problem, I bleached my hair blonde and my hair is naturally dark brown with subtle red highlights (in the sun) the colour turned out to look freakishly orange and to cover up the embarassment and colour I dyed it blue black. But the colour looks to drastic with my warm brown skin. I look pale and scary. HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Amelie — October 27, 2005 @ 11:26 am

  214. Hi, I dyed my hair jet black over a year ago. I want to lighten my hair to a nice light brown and put blonde highlights in it. My hair is course, curly and extremely frizzy. When i used to dye my hair it never took. I dont want to go to a salon because i have a beauty store by my house that sell the same products. Is there a way i can strip my hair and get rid of the jet black dye? what should i do? i dont want to mess it up because my hair gets dry easily. Should i bleach it? please help me
    thanks

    Comment by Melinda — September 22, 2005 @ 2:34 pm

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