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Hair Color Too Dark?

Hair Color Too Dark

The disaster of coloring hair too dark . . . happens often. But what you choose to do next . . . is what is most important!

Here is a question from a reader who posted a comment on one of my articles this week:

I used a permanent “Dark Warm Brown” 5 days ago. It is too dark. Can I put a “Light Warm Brown” on now to take it lighter? If yes, how soon can I re-dye it? Thank you! Comment by Katie — March 10, 2008

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My first advice is to call the manufacturers 800 number on the back of the box. They employ professionals who can determine the best route for you to take. They will need to know some history on what chemicals are on your hair now, what your natural color is etc. Be clear and accurate on your answers. Keep in mind your answers are all they have to go on and if you are going to color at home again, you need their recommendation to be an accurate one. They will also advise if they feel you need to see a professional in order to get it right.

You may be able to lighten your hair to some degree by using a clarifying shampoo. The color will naturally lighten some each time you shampoo. If that isn’t enough, you can lighten it by adding high lights. Although there are at-home high lighting kits, using a professional can make an extreme difference in the artful application of high lights and your end results.

Another, more complicated route to take would be to go with a formulated color remover. One color remover that get’s good reviews is “Colorfix”. If you are going to use a color remover, be meticulous in following directions. Be sure to read the reviews at Folica, they are always insightful.

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3 Comments »

  1. I had blonde highlights in my medium brown hair. It was getting a little too solid. My hair dresser suggested to touch up my roots and give me some low lights. Meaning to pull some of the base through my hair. He first did base, dried and foiled the low lights. My hair came out for me too dark alittle red brown. You can see some of the high lights. I did not want this may low Lights. Will this lighten up the more I wash so you can see my high lights. This is just more low lights than I wanted. I wanted to still look blonde but with definition.what can I do besides going back and getting highlights. Too much process.

    Comment by Annette — September 16, 2011 @ 3:51 am

  2. Gertrudis,
    Your stylist is right! You cannot lighten your dyed hair without using bleach. It is a very tricky process at this point and to get it right, I highly suggest you have a professional take care of it. It may cost a bit up front to get it right, but it will be well worth it. You can always go to a beauty school to get it done for less $$$.
    Good luck,
    Barb

    Comment by Barb Quinn — September 4, 2009 @ 10:47 am

  3. I dyed my hair black last year around July. On december I wanted it my natural hair color again (which is light brown), but my stylist said I couldn’t get that color on top of black, unless I bleached it (which I didn’t want to), so I got a dark brown dye. My hair is growing out darker now and I need any advice on how to getting it to grow lighter and, would applying lemon juice bleach my dyed hair, as well? Thanks! Please answer back!

    Comment by Gertrudis — August 30, 2009 @ 11:13 am

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