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How to Fix Hair Color That is Too Dark

It’s a common mistake to get your hair color too dark, but it is a mistake that’s tricky to fix, especially for non-professionals. I can’t tell you how many of these types of hair color disasters I’ve seen and been asked to fix over the years. It can be the hardest hair color correction to handle.

Many times, hair color correction requires multiple steps, bleaching out the old hair color and then adding back the base hair colors that make up your natural hair color. The basic principle theory of color applies here, if you are at all confused about what artistic colors from the chart of hair colors mix to make other colors, don’t take it into your own hands. It takes a trained hair colorist to understand how to get you there with the least amount of added hair damage. There is high potential for major catastrophes here. Here are two recent comments on my blog to support my point.

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 high lights in it. My hair is coarse, curly and extremely frizzy. When i used to dye my hair it never took. I don’t want to go to a salon because i have a beauty store by my house that sells 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 don’t want to mess it up because my hair gets dry easily. Should i bleach it? please help me

Hi Melinda??I have the EXACT same problem, I bleached my hair blonde and my hair is naturally dark brown with subtle red high lights (in the sun) the hair colour turned out to look freakishly orange and to cover up the embarrassment and hair colour I dyed it blue-black. But the hair colour looks too dark with my warm brown skin tone. I look pale and scary. HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Although my best advice is to have a professional colorist fix this kind of problem, I know many of you don’t have the money to invest in a hair color correction service. Here is an option: just keep in mind it also will dry hair, so if you choose to do this, follow the directions carefully.

How Can I do Hair Color Removal? — The chemical process of hair color removal, and then getting the hair color you desire, requires an experienced hair colorist to get it right. There are different solutions depending on what hair color your trying to correct, what chemical processes are already on your hair, and how much more abuse your hair can take.

L’Oreal, Revlon, and Clairol all have consumer hotlines that take thousands of calls a year from customers who didn’t get the hair color they were hoping for. Do you know what they all have in common? When asked if they did a strand test, the overwhelming response was “No.” Why? The excuses are similar, “didn’t have the time,” “didn’t want to cut off some of my hair,” “didn’t think it was really necessary.”

Clairol — 800-223-5800
L’Oreal — 800-631-7358
Revlon — 800-4Revlon

You can try the hotline, but beware and think twice before trying hair color correction at home. A better bet here would be a consultation with your hairdresser. If they are specialized at hair coloring, great, otherwise let them refer you to someone who is. You may be able to get close to the original hair color you intended, but not without spending some more time, more money and possibly doing irreparable hair damage. All of that being said, and you still want to try a home remedy to lighten hair color too dark, here are your options:

  • Use a clarifying shampoo Metalex by Clairol — A product that claims to remove problem overtones that occur from hair colors that have deposited too much ash, red, copper, or lavender. It contains sulphonated oil, which supposedly does the stripping. The product only works for temporary hair dyes, not permanent hair dyes. You can find this hair care product and many other specialty hair care products at your local Beauty Mart, Sally Beauty Supply, or my favorite Folica.
  • Soap-bleach shampoo cocktail — The most effective, and will be the most challenging to use. To lift out hair color removal, combine one packet of bleach powder to two ounces of shampoo. You can add some water for longer hair. Mix it up and shampoo into your hair. WATCH CLOSELY for the hair turning lighter as the old hair color leaves. Wash it out when the hair color has lifted out. It’s better to wash it out early as you can redo this step as often as needed. Now you can apply a level two hair color that you wanted in the first place.

 

  

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  1. Hi Janice,

    Thanks for your feedback! Black hair color is tricky and very hard to remove. Check out 5 Hot Hair Color Trend Inspirations to learn about the sexiest hair colors today!

    Have a great, fun time!

    Comment by Michelle Skye — July 12, 2013 @ 11:33 am

  2. YOU SHOULD NOT BE TRYING TO COLOR YOUR HAIR AT HOME IN THE FIRST PLACE..

    ONCE YOU COLOR IT BLACK…. IT IS HARD TO GET OUT…..

    BLEACH IS THE ONLY ANSWER … AND IT WILL TEAR YOUR HAIR UP!…

    DONT GO BLACK…. UNLESS YOU PLAN TO KEEP IT FOR A LONG LONG TIME…

    Comment by JANICE — July 8, 2013 @ 3:02 pm

  3. Hi Haylee,
    Dark hair color, especially black, is very hard to lighten, and it involves a complicated process that will most likely damage your hair. I recommend using an ash brown hair color that is the same level (the level describes the lightness of your hair) or even a few levels darker instead. A hair color with an ash base will help neutralize the red tones in your hair. A good tip to keep in mind is that you can always color your hair darker later, but hair color will never lighten artificial hair color.

    Here are a few great articles that you can take a look at. How to Dye Your Hair at Home is an amazing, handy guide that will help you find the perfect hair color, and Hair Color Too Dark? Here are your options provides useful information how to lighten dark hair color.

    Good luck!

    Comment by Michelle Skye — April 23, 2012 @ 10:04 am

  4. Hey I’m going to be dying my currently red brown but naturally strawberry blonde hair “soft black” in an attempt to completely cover my red. Should it look too dark black(I’m kinda fair skinned) id there any way to just lighten it so it’s not as drastic?

    Comment by Haylee — April 21, 2012 @ 4:47 pm

  5. My hair has been damaged from highlighting and I was growing tired of the time it took to comb out the tangled mess it became after shampooing and conditioning. It was stressful. I was seriously thinking of cutting my hair short to get rid of all the damage. Then my stylist recommended the Shielo Color Protect Shampoo & Conditioner. The Shielo Color Protect shampoo left my hair in such great condition that I went back to their website and bout their Antioxidant Hair Protectant.

    Last night I used the Shielo Antioxidant Protectant for the first time and just after shampooing it out, the comb ran right through the damaged strands. Plus, it smells great. I can not believe how much of an improvement I have seen already and I have not even had these products for a whole week.

    Comment by Mary Anne — April 21, 2012 @ 3:09 pm

  6. Hi Meg,

    One box of Oops Hair Color Remover should be enough product for short hair, but I do recommend being extremely careful if you decide to use any type of hair color remover. These types of products should be used with caution for two reasons. One reason is that they often remove the natural pigment of your hair as well of the artificial pigment leaving the underlying tones exposed. These tones are usually not flattering ranging in colors like red, orange, and yellow depending on the lightness of your hair. The strength of color removers is the second reason. Color removers can create serious damage and even result in breakage to healthy hair.

    Please be aware that although products are labeled as hair color removers, they will not return your hair to its previous or natural hair color. For this type of service, I recommend consulting with a trained professional that can look at the color of your hair and examine its condition. Consultations are generally free, and they can provide you with lots of valuable information.

    Check out this article to explore all of your options.

    Good luck!

    Comment by Michelle Skye — April 19, 2012 @ 8:39 pm

  7. I colored my hair dark on purpose and then decided I wanted it a light copper red with darker red lowlights. I found the perfect way to lighten my colored hair and get the exact color I want at home. I sent my daughter to cosmetology school. Now I have my own personal hairdresser! :-)

    Comment by Carol — April 15, 2012 @ 5:39 pm

  8. My hair is boy short and i had once dyed it black but that had faded so i did a light red over and now i have black streaks in my hair but i want to remove the red and the black with that and dye my hair medium golden blonde and iwant to remove it with oops hair color remover will oops work and brighten my hair with just one box since i have such short hair or two or should i just get it bleached?

    Comment by megg bruce — April 11, 2012 @ 8:25 pm

  9. Hi Sherry,

    Coloring dark hair can be tricky. Check out the article Hair Color Too Dark? Here are your options. It’s a great, informative article that will describe all of your options.

    I wish you the best of luck!

    Comment by Michelle Skye — April 9, 2012 @ 7:30 pm

  10. Hi Demitra,

    Lightening dark hair can be very tempting, but the procedure is tricky. Check out the article Hair Color Too Dark? Here are your Options to explore all of your options before you try anything at home!

    Good luck!

    Comment by Michelle Skye — April 9, 2012 @ 6:57 pm

  11. Hi,

    I have got really dark brown hair which looks almost black.
    Is it possible for my damaged hair to change to a medium brown?
    I am also willing to cut my hair shorter if it gets more damaged after the process!

    Comment by Sherry — April 9, 2012 @ 6:00 am

  12. Hi,

    Im Demitra and I dyed my hair a dark brown almost black and i hate it ! I wanted bleach blonde highlights to lighten it up but I guess they aren’t good for your hair when your hair is too dark. So, my hair dresser said I need to wait until it starts to lighten up but what will happen if i just want to dye the tips blonde? Will it turn out ok? Im just trying to do Something different with my hair. Please give me advise.

    Comment by Demitra — April 7, 2012 @ 9:35 am

  13. Hi Lauren,

    There are no predetermined guidelines concerning how often you can lighten your hair. To keep your hair healthy, the overall health of your hair should be the determining factor.

    Do you want to go lighter faster? The first step is to get your hair in optimal condition. Quality shampoos and conditioners are essential for this process. Weekly protein and conditioning are also wonderful ideas. Learn more ways to care for your hair with Hair Care Spring Cleaning.

    Don’t want to wait? Try using lemon juice. You can learn more about this process here.

    Good luck!

    Comment by Michelle Skye — March 17, 2012 @ 3:03 pm

  14. i’m trying to get my hair to a golden blonde from a darkish brown. i went to the salon a few days ago, payed 115 dollars and my hair isn’t blonde at all! i really want it back to blonde, but she said doing it too often would super ruin my hair. how often can i do it without ruining my hair?

    Comment by Lauren Adams — March 15, 2012 @ 2:16 pm

  15. I’m sorry, but I do not fully understand your question. Are you looking for suggestions on how to remove black hair color without using hair color? You can accomplish this by using our clarifying shampoo technique listed this article. A clarifying shampoo is only effective at removing temporary hair colors, but it can fade permanent hair color as well.

    If you have a skin allergy, always remember to perform a patch test.

    Comment by Michelle Skye — February 10, 2012 @ 1:47 pm

  16. Hi Jess,
    Hair turning too dark with hair color is a common problem, but unfortunately there is no easy solution. The best thing that you can do is to find a professional hair colorist who specializes in corrective color. This procedure can be complicated. To get the best results, educate the hair colorist on any previous hair colors and treatments that you have received.

    Shampooing your hair with a clarifying shampoo is one thing that you can try at home. These types of shampoos are designed to remove excess buildup in the hair, but they can also fade hair color. I have always found that it works best if you shampoo your hair twice. Leave the shampoo in your hair for a longer period of time during the second shampoo. You can even apply heat, such as a blow dryer or the sun, to help fade the hair color. This procedure will not remove the hair color completely, but it is effective at fading hair color. Clarifying shampoos often leave the hair dry. You can return the moisture back to your hair with a quality conditioner.

    Check out this article. It provides great ways to prevent common hair color mistakes at home..

    Comment by Michelle Skye — February 10, 2012 @ 1:00 pm

  17. Hey I got my hair bleached about 3 to 2 months ago and then I dyed it brown just 2 days ago, but the brown was way to dark and now it looks horrible, I want to bleach it and was wondering how long should I wait before bleaching it and can I do it in like a week from now? My hair is healthy and pretty strong, no fuz or dry ends.
    What should I do to fix my horrible hair color?

    Comment by Jess — January 30, 2012 @ 8:11 am

  18. my skin is a alargy skin so i want to sagation how i do without hair colour hairs black

    Comment by firdous — January 26, 2012 @ 6:37 am

  19. Cristian, can you suggest us such a product ? I’m having the same problem as Leah

    Comment by Mira Hair Oil — December 23, 2011 @ 7:19 am

  20. @Eileen , there are a lot of products available online for your problem.

    Comment by cristian — December 22, 2011 @ 5:21 pm

  21. hi. i dyed my hair black a couple of months ago and i dont like it anymore! i really want to go a light colour but my hair is damaged and really dry. i dont want to go to a hair dressers because i dont have any money. do you know if there are any good hair stripping products which you can purchase yourself? and if so, how much? PLEASE HELP ME, I BEG YOU.

    Comment by Leah — December 12, 2011 @ 3:27 am

  22. hey. my hair is black and i am looking to dye it bleach blonde. the hair color in my hair is permanent and i want to change it now. what can i do myself, to get my hair bleach blonde? please help.

    Comment by Eileen — December 2, 2011 @ 2:51 pm

  23. Hi there the best trick I have found is using anti dandruff shampoo. There is one called head and shoulders which I have found to be helpful in stripping away some color. I hope this might help someone

    Comment by Jess — November 17, 2011 @ 9:38 pm

  24. After a hair bleaching fiasco, my hair was DRY, DRY,DRY. It felt like a brillo pad. My sister-in-law told I would need some intensive hair conditioning to get it back near normal.I had wanted to use the Hydrate Conditioner from Shielo Hair before I destroyed my hair. SO i decided to buy the Shielo Hydrate Conditioner and give it a try. After ONE application my dry, brillo bleached hair, it was shiny, soft and smelled great. My hair looked better than it did ever before. I do this once a week and my hair looks great, the color has been preserved, and I am never trying anything else. Ever.

    Comment by Jessiej — November 10, 2011 @ 8:10 pm

  25. All the answers here are for women, what can a man do? My beard that was mostly grey, so I used Just for Men light brown. Left it on too long now I have dark brown, darker then the hair on my head.
    What can I do?

    Comment by Beard_TooDark_Jim — September 3, 2011 @ 2:12 pm

  26. I just got my hair coloured to dark brown
    it was light brown before,
    the problem is it seems to have a hint of purple to it… will this go away?
    is this meant to happen :S
    please help, i don’t want purple hair

    Comment by Gina — August 26, 2011 @ 8:05 pm

  27. I have naturally strawberry blonde hair and decided to give it a color boost so I bought the new golden blonde mousse as it sounded easy as I do not usually color my hair. It has turned red. Please how can I undo the process as this is a permanent color dye?

    Comment by Diane — July 8, 2011 @ 4:43 pm

  28. hello. my story is quite long. i had my hair pink in the front and black in the back. i got tired of it, so i decided to get splats blue hair dye and dye all my hair blue. the “splat” came with a complete kit with a little bleach and the dye. i bleached my hair with it and the front looked great but the back looked orange and brown. i wanted to lighten it up so i got more bleach with a 40 volume creme developer and the bleach powder, but the brown/orange didn’t come out. so i decided to just dye it blue and see if it will come out lighter when it fades so it’ll go back to blonde. stupid mistake. the back of my hair is now a gunkish blue/green. i want it back blonde. what do i do??

    Comment by Autumn — May 30, 2011 @ 9:15 am

  29. Hey all, I have had my hair bleached in the last few days and it went yellow, so my mate dyed over it with dark brown hair dye thats now gone black. i start my new job tomorrow so can I use a hair colour remover and dye it again or will my hair just fall out ?

    Comment by Krish — April 28, 2011 @ 11:55 am

  30. Pinke,
    The easiest method on your hair would be to shampoo the ends only with a clarifying shampoo. You may need to do it a few times, but I think that might take care of it. Be sure to condtion the hair well afterwards.

    Comment by Barb Quinn — April 25, 2011 @ 4:08 pm

  31. My hair sylist decided to highlight and lowlight my blonde hair, she usually just highlights. The ends of my hair are porous and dry so several strands ended up very dark compared to rest of hair. How can I lighten it back some without having to go back to her?

    Comment by pinke — April 22, 2011 @ 7:24 am

  32. The Shielo Color Protect line may cost a little more than other, but it is well worth the money. It leaves my hair silky and the color shines and I get asked quite a bit if I have highlighted my hair … and that’s after I had it done weeks ago! You should try it!

    Comment by Ciara R21 — November 18, 2010 @ 11:42 am

  33. Hair care is an overall term for parts of hygiene and cosmetology involving the hair on the human head.I really thanks to you that i knew that how i care my hair and make stylish.

    Comment by manic panic hair color — September 30, 2010 @ 2:05 am

  34. My hairs n natrually an light arburn brown, ive been dying my hair black for 2years, i now want it chocolate brown with honey blonde high lights. Could I Get This Done In One Trip To the Hairdresers?

    Comment by Michelle — May 24, 2010 @ 1:33 pm

  35. I have been using equal parts creme developer and Metalex conditioner, put it on my hair and leave in for an hour. It lightens up my dirty blonde hair to a lighter golden blonde. I have been doing this for more than 20 years. Clairol has discontinued Metalex what am I supposed to do now?

    Comment by Teddie — May 16, 2010 @ 11:17 pm

  36. Cherilyn,
    I know you would like to try to fix this yourself but your best move now from what I’ve read, would be to have a professional look at it.
    Try an advanced training school in your area to get it done right and for the lowest prices.
    You have three different tones on your hair, roots-midshaft and ends that need to be treated differently. You need more color taken out of ends than the rest of your hair.
    A professional needs to evaluate if your hair can handle a bleach mixture at this time.

    Comment by Barb Quinn — April 20, 2010 @ 9:30 pm

  37. My hair is naturally medium brown, but i have been dying it for years, its been dark brown, coppery, bright red, and now its black. but im growing my hair from a short style and want to go back to my natural hair colour, but dont want to have to deal with brown and red roots and black ends :/
    Any suggestions on how i can rectify this inexpensively without damaging my hair?
    Please i need help :(

    Comment by Alexandra — April 20, 2010 @ 11:50 am

  38. PS-Oh I asked Sally’s staff to show me the Color Corrector i read about that they sell in their store-suppsed to be gentle & not harm hair-but they told me it’s more damaging than the 20 developer/shampoo mixture! Cant see how that ban be true-but the girl sounded so sure of herself!

    Comment by cherilyn — April 20, 2010 @ 12:58 am

  39. (Need corect shampoo & bleach mixture to “LIFT” out some of this nearly black looking dye mistake! Best formula ratio & timing for safety)

    Ive had a hair disaster! Ive been successfully dyeing my hair light or med ash brown for 10 yrs and doing my own highlights & always get stopped & asked what salon i go to-so i know im doing something right. But not this weekend!
    Decided to try L’Oreal’s Permanent foam type Medium ash brown, It turned JET BLACK!! I read home remedies online to wash numerous times with PRELL shampoo or clarifying type or dandruff type & mix with Dawn Liq dish soap. I tried it all-got excited to see dark grey foam going down the drain but didnt look different when dry. So i used the Oops color remover from Walgreens. It didnt return me to natural color though. Top of head was orangy & ends were more mahogany red! My natural color is med ash brown. So I go to SALLYS Beauty Supply Store-thinking they MUST be so knowledgable! HA! They sent me home with a little bottle of ph corrector to prepare hair for more dye &10 vol developer & Light ash brown dye. I colored it-Noticed it was getting very dark in less than 10 mins! I rinsed & was back to BLACK!! Went back next day & asked about mixing bleach with shampoo(on internet) So she gives me 10 vol developer & tells me mix half & half with my shampoo. Is this right?? Ive been reading ladies are mixing powder bleach with shampoo. Is the 10 volume developer same as bleach? Do i need to put bleaching powder with the developer then the shampoo? Just confused since i always mix the powder w/developer for my highlights-so I thought maybe same formula on hair but for 5 mins or less to lift a couple shades til i get a dark ash color if possible. Any professionals out their? Since i just found out Sallys help are not licensed beauticians!! So why are we listening to their “know it all” advice? HELP please!
    FYI-I did go ahead & put my highlights in while it’s nearly black-I was told it would lighten it up & i might like it. It’s better looking but still WAY WAY too dark for my taste.

    Comment by cherilyn — April 20, 2010 @ 12:53 am

  40. rescue remedy for hair dye mess quick fix:-

    non permanent light brown applied for 20 minutes. this will get you by. may not be what your looking for in colour but will certainly neutralize anything to a respectable degree until further treatment is possible

    Comment by Mhairi McNeill — April 12, 2010 @ 12:49 am

  41. hi my name is emily i have been trying to find a way to color my hair browsh blood from jet black hair. i have red hair to witch makes it even harder for me what can i do with out going to a dresser to get it done?? please help

    Comment by emily — April 7, 2010 @ 12:07 am

  42. There are hair dye removal products which actually work starting to appear. COLOUR B4 is one which is now available in Boots Stores in the UK. I tried this on my over dyed hair and it worked beyond belief! And contains not bleach, it just reverses the permanent dye!

    Comment by Jemma — April 6, 2010 @ 6:17 am

  43. I am a medium brown naturally and 8 days ago I dyed my har “Natural Black” wit Nice’n Easy. I hate it!!! It is way to dark. Is there any way that I can lighten it without any kind of bleach and cannot afford to go to a stylist.?

    Comment by ambr — April 5, 2010 @ 9:11 pm

  44. i hav natrual dark brown hair. over the year i hav died my hair black but now i want to go blonde which i was having before i dyed it black. can you help me on what to use and how long it should take. i have done a strand test with bleach and the hair didnt snap.

    Comment by cheryl — March 25, 2010 @ 9:27 am

  45. Well I don’t have a lot of money so I color my own hair. I’m naturally light brown but decided I wanted to try strawberry blonde. What a mistake. It looked reddish orange. So I tried to color over it with an ash blonde, what another mistake. It turned out almost black. So I called my hairdresser to ask how to fix it, got no answer so read all the on-line stuff I could, the only thing I had around the house was head and shoulders so I washed my hair in it, seamed to lighten it some, then I bought a hair color with a high lift. Ultra light sun blonde, left it on for 40 min.’s and guess what it worked, thank goodness. My hair is almost back to a color I can live with for awhile. Next time I feel like a new look I think I will just go see my hairdresser and pay the big bucks. So for those of you who have dyed your hair to dark give this a try. Then condition a lot. Good Luck

    Comment by Elaine — March 6, 2010 @ 9:42 pm

  46. What kind of bleach powder? obviously I cant just use comet

    Comment by mrsfavaro — October 28, 2009 @ 6:24 pm

  47. Annette,
    Kristle answers your question in this post; http://www.hairstyle-blog.com/my-black-hair-color-is-a-mistake.html
    Hope this helps!

    Comment by Barb Quinn — October 7, 2009 @ 12:38 pm

  48. Black dye mistake. Not terrible, if I were younger it might be okay. But at 54 it is just wrong. What was I thinking?

    I have researched and it seems risky to highlight dyed black hair. Fine texture hair, bob to neck end, not in bad shape, but at my age I can’t risk damaging hair that isn’t getting any younger!

    I am using head and shoulders to fade it slowly and lots of conditioner.

    Do you think it wise to try highlights to break up this black shoe polish? Could the beauty salon do silver highlights? Or copper on dyed black hair? Because as gray comes in that is going to be a trouble.

    Help!!

    Comment by Annette — September 4, 2009 @ 9:51 pm

  49. so i got my hair done and i have lite blonde hair and i wanted a dark brown underneath. the color looks black… what should i do????? HELP ME

    Comment by kendra — August 18, 2009 @ 7:53 pm

  50. I was reading about the home remedy #3.
    What kind of powder bleach? Something I need to buy at a Beauty Supply?

    Comment by Pam Millington — August 4, 2009 @ 10:51 am

  51. Hi Fran,
    Try washing your eyebrows with Prell shampoo a few times! Prell shampoo should strip some color from your brows, just be careful of your eyes!

    Comment by Barb Quinn — May 15, 2009 @ 2:16 pm

  52. HI, I my eyebrows are very blonde and I had them tinted brown,I thought they were ok but got home and now I believe that they are too dark. How do I lighten them?

    Comment by Fran — May 15, 2009 @ 11:17 am

  53. Rob,
    JCPenney’s salon has a v.good reputation. I am quite sure if you call the salon and talk with the manager, they will make this right.
    Two things about this stylist/colorist who worked on your hair . . . she’s not as experienced as she would like to think she is AND she doesn’t understand customer satisfaction.
    The manager will give you their top rated, most experienced colorist to do the color correction . . . on their dime.
    Don’t try anything at home . . . believe me it can get worse!
    Good Luck . . . let us know!

    Comment by Barb Quinn — May 13, 2009 @ 5:22 pm

  54. Okay, I went to JcPenny’s and asked for Blond highlights, and the bottom to be dark brown all over, then the lady started talking about adding some red to the brown I said Okay! BIG MISTAKE, I think my hair was purple, are marroon. So.. I went back for a color correction, the girl said it looked fine…but she added a darker color and more highlight! My hair is no color that I have ever seen on anyone! Everyone keeps asking so,…what color is that? HELP! Is their anyway to fix this at home! I have already spent all my $

    Comment by Rob — May 12, 2009 @ 2:31 pm

  55. Amera,
    Your answer is easy . . . DON’T TRY IT!!!
    You should be scared, your brain is trying to tell you something here. Your dilemma is even a tough one for a colorist to do, but the good news is an experienced colorist can get you evened out!

    Good Luck!

    Comment by Barb Quinn — April 3, 2009 @ 1:11 pm

  56. HELLO, about 9 months a go i dyed my hair dark brown with a blue to a purple tint. i dyed it a couple of times after may be twice but it went darker to a point it looked black only with a red tint,i have about 3 inchs of growth now,i have long hair all the way down to my lower back , my natural color is a light brown with an orange tint to it in the sun.it looks horrible in the sun u should see it , but any ways i need to change my hair color to my natural , without it turning to a horrible color, i heard so much about using poroxide and shampoo but im so scared to try……..help!!!!…………..thanx

    Comment by AMERA — April 2, 2009 @ 10:51 pm

  57. Ok, I dyed my hair a dark auburn and I am naturally a dirty blonde. I want my own hair color back? What should I do?

    Comment by Megan — March 9, 2009 @ 4:27 pm

  58. hello,
    I dyed my hair dark brown yesterday and it came out dark dark black,what can i do??

    Comment by annie — December 20, 2008 @ 12:48 pm

  59. Vanessa,

    Sorr I don’t know off hand, but would suggest asking your stylist.

    Comment by Barb — March 26, 2008 @ 11:46 am

  60. Hi, I have a color corrector, Rusk Elimin8 ID. Now, I have used this before under the direction of my stylist and she has used it on my hair to try and re-lighten it. It hasn’t had much effect on my hair. I would like to try it one last time, but have misplaced the directions. Do you know how to mix it?

    Comment by vanessa — March 25, 2008 @ 10:51 pm

  61. What is the Powdered Bleach? Do you buy that at Sally’s? I dyed my hair too dark thought I would put blonde highlights in and they turned redish. I have all ready stirpped my hair once this weekened. And I put the light brown on but its too Dark.
    HELP!!!

    Comment by JA — January 14, 2008 @ 4:57 pm

  62. i had beautiful, beautiful, dark blonde hair w. platinum highlights. they were gorgerous. natrual.

    and then i messed up.
    i dyed my hair dark brown.

    &nd you know what? it turned black.

    i spent almost a half a year obsessing over my hair. i tried everything to get it out. baking soda, mustard, bleach, stripping it, and dishsoap.
    i pretty much ruined my hair.

    finally, almost befor it was too late, my mom showed me what i was doing to my hair. colored or not, you cant mess with it as bad as i did.

    its been almost 2 months since iv dont anything to it, and to tell you the truth, it looks ok. not my natrual of course, but i can live with it.
    it hasnt fully recorvered yet.

    so please, please, please. think twice before you do anything to it. please.
    remember my story, and youll be just fine:]

    Comment by lauren — December 16, 2007 @ 6:22 pm

  63. hi,im naturally a golden/dark blonde colour but want so go brunette so my hair is darker n just 4 a change really.i have grey/green/blue eyes and fair skin that tans easily,wot shade of brown should i go?

    Comment by becca — November 1, 2007 @ 5:04 pm

  64. hi,im naturally a golden/dark blonde colour but want so go brunette so my hair is darker n just 4 a change really.i have grey/green/blue eyes and fair skin that tans easily,wot shade of brown should i go?

    Comment by becca — November 1, 2007 @ 5:04 pm

  65. My roots are dark dishwater blonde while the remainder of my hair was dyed a light blonde about 4 months ago. I would like to use a demi red hair dye. Is there any chance that the demi will permanently dye my hair since my hair has been chemically treated in the past???

    Comment by Rhi — October 24, 2007 @ 12:49 pm

  66. Comment for REGINA. I wouldn’t worry about the ash brown, Regina, since your virgin hair is DARK, to start out with. I have “heard” that it is platinum blonde hair, that will take on a greenish, or purplish, or grayish, tint, although I have never had that problem, either. If your hair has red undertones, you definitely want to stay away from reddish based brown, (auburns, etc.) UNLESS you want lighter brown hair, with red. I would definitely go with ash, to counter any natural red in your hair. Since your hair is dark, and you are only going a shade or two, to a lighter ash brown, I think you would be fine. You can call the number on the box of the hair dye, to be sure. Although in my opinion, they will probably direct you to something with reddish undertones, which I would personally, avoid. I’d go with the ash, if your hair has been previously unprocessed.

    Comment by Mikki — August 5, 2007 @ 3:22 pm

  67. Question over a color correction job I received at a salon. I went in with platinum blonde hair, with areas of canary yellow and some red, from a previous stylist that used bleach on me. I am a natural brunette. I went to have a color correction done to another stylist. I had one inch of growth at roots, of my natural dark brown hair. She bleached my roots, and then ran a different formula of a gentler bleach through my ends, to get the color uniform. Then was going to apply a tint, in the blonde shade of my choice. I told her I have SERIOUS red undertones in my hair, and in the past have used an ash blonde, to get the desired shade with NO problem. She told me the ash would make it look gray, and suggested a honey blonde, with warm undertones. I told her I worried about the red undertones, as I have hypersensitivity with pulling red, even when my hair is bleached platinum. She assured me it would be okay. I trusted her, she used the honey blonde, and my hair turned MAROON!! This is a professional, mind you. I told her no, I came in for BLONDE hair, and came in with BLONDE hair, with dark roots. She said well, we can apply ash, and hope that it will counter the red. I told her fine, that that is what should have been done in the first place, I KNOW my hair. Well, the ash helped, but I left the salon with a mahogony/brown hair, (which was better than maroon) but I didn’t go in for THAT shade. I told her I still wanted blonde, she said it will be a long time, before I can go back to blonde. For some reason I felt guilty, (as I was at the salong for 5 hours) and paid my $ 200.00 bill. She said she didn’t charge me for the color job that turned me maroon. But I should have never turned maroon in the first place. I am confused how to handle this. This stylist cuts my hair well, and I don’t want to sever the relationship, but I feel she was inexperienced with the color, and I should not have had to pay for the supposed “color correction” that left me dark mahogany brown, which I did NOT go in for. Please advice on how to handle this. I’m very upset. I have sank nothing but $$$ in to my hair the last two years, to keep it blonde, and now, here I am a mahogany brunette, and I didn’t ask for it. Thank you for your advice.

    Comment by Cyndi — August 5, 2007 @ 3:14 pm

  68. I’m a hairstylist, but I work in a single chair salon by myself. I’ve been dying my hair a level 1 black semi perm w/ 5 vol for deposit only (L’Oreal Richess) for 4 years in anticipation of eventually going back to something lighter (my natural is a level 5 auburn).
    I know that color over color goes darker and though I’m using a red, not blue based black and ONLY a 5 vol peroxide, I still anticipate a bit of trouble getting out the black.
    I’m about 30% grey, moreso on top and at temples, and I’m wondering if I should do a color remover (never was trained with this type of product in the 80′s) or just try to bleach to lighten.
    Since I only need to lift 2-3 levels, and the color I’m going for will still be very red, I’d love some advice as to how to tackle this lightening job.
    I live in SF and corrective color starts at $400 which I can’t afford.
    :)

    Comment by Danae — July 25, 2007 @ 9:36 pm

  69. Ash made my hair go green. Dont ever dye your hair with any ash in it.

    Comment by Lori — July 22, 2007 @ 1:13 am

  70. i have virgin hair and want to dye it light ash brown im worried it will turn my hair green cause my hair color is a dark brown.if that color isnt good can someone warn me or maybe suggest a color that works good on dark brown hair?

    Comment by regina — July 13, 2007 @ 2:29 pm

  71. i have a similar problem to these but its a little different. I want to dye my hair a dark blonde(almost brown) but I dyed my hair (about 2 months ago) black after dying it with bright reds. The black is still there, but patches of it have faded away, revieling sed undernieth. Since then i have inches of roots that have grown out. I want to try bleaching it, and adding the caramely shade, but im not sure if it will turn my hair too orange/ turn the red blotches and roots even brighter.

    Comment by LAUREN — January 10, 2007 @ 11:07 pm

  72. hi is that I want to dye my hir aqua but I dont wana go to a beauty salon I whant a homemade dye

    what should I do ?

    Comment by Priscila — January 9, 2007 @ 10:15 pm

  73. Yesterday I dyed my hair black and it was horrible. I bought a med brown dye and it did not lighten my hair. There is a comment at the top of this page that was INCREDIBLE!!!! You do not have to go to a salon. They will ruin your hair by stripping it. I took the advice of one the commentators which sd to mix bleach powder and shampoo, but I added 2.5oz of 30 developer and applied it. I watched my hair lift and in about 15 min my hair was a beautiful chestnut brown with red highlights. It works!!!!!!

    Comment by Beth Iris — October 25, 2006 @ 9:46 pm

  74. Hi,
    I dyed my hair jet black about 2 months ago. I now want to dye it to red. My natural hair color is a dark blonde to almost brown. How should I start this process? Thanks!

    Comment by Meredith — September 28, 2006 @ 9:09 pm

  75. Hi Kathleen,
    You are right to have a colorist working with you. He is taking a good route by lightening pieces at a time, a sublte and gentle way of working with your porous hair.
    Another subtle thing you can try meanwhile is to use a clarifying shampoo 3 to 5 times a week. Just be sure to condition after every application as it will otherwise dry out your hair. A deep conditioner would be good to use too as needed.

    Good Luck,

    Barb

    Comment by Barb — September 7, 2006 @ 1:39 pm

  76. hello!
    well, it’s september now and in march i decided to dye my hair black.
    now my hair is naturally dark brown and it’s quite absorbent, so it took on the permanent dye quite well.
    problem is, now i don’t want black hair anymore=/
    i want a mid to dark brown!
    so i went to my hairdresser and he’s done the first step of bleaching bits of my hair and he’s told me to come back in 6 weeks for the next step.
    second problem is i’m rather impatient and was wondering if in the meantime there were any subtle things i could do to get some of the excess dye out of my hair.
    i’m tempted to dye it, but i won’t because that would complicate the process, but is there any home-made or products i could buy to gently lighten it?

    x

    Comment by Kathleen — September 5, 2006 @ 1:43 am

  77. hey there, (im hoping someone can help!!!!!!!!!!!) =)
    alright, this is how the albert einstein works with me. so i HAD platinum blonde hair, just a week ago… and i always do my roots in the loreal ultra light ash blonde for touch ups, and i decided to run the whole thing through my hair, not even for long, and it turned my hair sky blue. SO, then i was told (not by professional) to use a natural light blonde to get rid of it, and i used that, and it got rid of most of it. and THEN, it was pretty back to platinum blonde, ACCEPT for the fact there was still a bit of blue, and mostly grey in it. so for the last thing i did, and was ALSO told, was to add a medium beige tone to it, so that i could re-bleech it and it would go back. so i added the medium beige to my hair, and now it is awfully grey at the ends, and i am walking around looking like albert einstein. i am really sc ared to do anything to it, and i would like some advice on what to do. i dont know what to do now, and i am a heartbroken albert einstein. if someone can please help me out, it would be super great…. thankyou for taking the time. xxxooo
    lots of love.

    Comment by alanna — August 17, 2006 @ 9:50 pm

  78. To Amanda with overprocessed hair,

    All may not be as bad as you think. But timing is important that you do something sooner than later when you will have roots to deal with as well as the rest of your hair.
    Sounds like the brassiness could be toned down with the right shade to cover.
    Two important things though, have a professional look at it and either do it or give you a suggestion of what color you need to use. (Go to a beauty school if money is an issue)
    Also, do deep conditioning treatments as much as needed to get it in better shape.

    Good Luck

    Comment by Barb — August 3, 2006 @ 1:14 pm

  79. yeah i just currently tried to turn black hair into light ash brown. and it was a complete disaster. I overprocessed it and still wound up with a brown with brassy and coppertones. Its not awful, but after so many processes, it’s still not the colot I want it to be. Not to mention, my hair came out rough and straw-like. I wish there swas something i could do to reverse the damage I’ve done!!

    Comment by Amanda — July 30, 2006 @ 2:00 am

  80. Please see a professional if you want to correct your hair color. I recommend going to a cosmetology school. I’m a cosmetology student, and I can promise you that the results you will get from the school will be way better than any result you can achieve on your own. It won’t be a $7.00 box of dye, but it won’t be $100+ hair service either. I did two color corrections last week alone, and both cost less than $20.00. Trust me, I’ve done the whole strip the hair color myself, and had to walk around like a tennis ball for a month.

    Comment by Jill — July 24, 2006 @ 10:44 am

  81. i have really light brown hair and im thinking about dyeing it light blonde. how would i go about doing it i have a hairdye but im scared it will go ginger?

    Comment by Jade — July 15, 2006 @ 1:09 pm

  82. I dyed my hair soft black lk a year ago and now I keep trying to dye it back medium brown and the black wont come out of it, I have permanant black on the ends, How do I get it out??? I dont wanna strip it.

    Comment by Shawna — June 3, 2006 @ 7:18 pm

  83. i have naturally medium brown hair, and for the past few years i have been dyeing it a ‘natural dark brown’ which is pretty close to black. i havent dyed it atall for the past 6months and now it is growing out at the roots and i have a few inches of my natural colour back, but the rest of my hair is still very dark brown and it isnt fading atall, and i really really want to go back to my normal colour all over. is there anything i can do to make it better?

    Comment by Rosie — May 23, 2006 @ 11:31 am

  84. Allie,
    Sounds like the colorist didn’t get it right. Not sure I would want to trust them with stripping and dying back.
    Clarifying shampoos will help to lighten also. Maybe you could use that and then a rinse to tone the red down—someone needs to see you to asses that. That would be easiest on your hair. If you have roots, you need two formulas, one for the roots and one for the rest.
    Because your hair is healthy, it would hold up to a lift and tone back, done correctly.

    Comment by Barb — April 20, 2006 @ 12:07 pm

  85. Claudia,
    Go to a professional, hands on, to fix this. Anything more you would do will only make this worse. Write down all colors that are on your hair now, to tell the colorist.
    Also, see about this sooner than later, so you don’t have roots to blend also.
    Good Luck

    Comment by Barb — April 20, 2006 @ 11:38 am

  86. Andrea,
    Your problem now is you have two colors to deal with…your roots and the rest. My best suggestion is go to a cosmotology school, have them diagnose what you need. You can choose for them to fix it, ( which I would) or they could suggest what to use. But, you will need to do roots and the rest, which would be v.hard for you to formulate and put on correctly.
    Good luck

    Comment by Barb — April 20, 2006 @ 11:31 am

  87. I have naturally dark blonde hair and I really wanted to dye it light brown which would be like one shad darker then my natural colour. I went to a salon and it turned dark dark brown with a bit of red. It has lightend up a lot but NOW its turned to red for my liking. The people said they’ll have to strip it to egt it back to my natural colour because I REALLY WANT IT BLONDE AGAIN!! I am just wondering if i get it stripped and died back will it fall our and break. I am only 14 and my hair is in very good condition right now and I don’t straighten it or blow dry it anymore because if I strip it I want it to be really healthy still. What should I do:(:(:(:(:(

    Comment by Allie — April 20, 2006 @ 10:17 am

  88. My hair is light to med. brown and a couple of days ago I used Loreal Coloure Experte to try to darken my hair and get a different look. It was suppose to be dark brown with dark mahogany highlights. Instead my hair turned blood red with bright orange highlights. The Loreal people told me to color my hair with dark brown in 24 hours. My hair turned BLACK with red,purple and orange undertones! I took it upon myself to put an ash brown color over this to kill the red tones. It only helped slightly. Can anyone give me advice? Until I get a fix I’m wearing a hat!

    Comment by Claudia — April 15, 2006 @ 3:12 pm

  89. Hi, I made a mistake with my hair and need help.
    About two months ago, I dyed my hair a deep redish-brown, using a temporary dye. I immediately had regrets, as my natural hair had finally all grown back, and looked ok. On the box, it said that it would fade out after 24 washes, however, it did not. I’ve tried using anti-dandruff shampoo to get it to fade faster, and I managed to get it to a light, coppery red… that was about a month ago. I’m still washing my hair every day, and it still won’t let up. I don’t have money to go to a stylist, what can I do at home without damaging my hair?
    Please give me some advice..Thank you for your time.

    Comment by Andrea H. — April 13, 2006 @ 12:32 am

  90. I just recently had my hair dyed from a natural dirty blonde to a platinum white/yellow/golden colour! I wanted a natural light blonde but this really intense.. How to i fix it without going too dark.. I want a more natural tone but i also want to stay as light i am without looking like a cartoon….

    Comment by Kandice — April 12, 2006 @ 3:52 am

  91. I have medium-dark brown hair and I have been dying it black for about 1 year, but for the last 4-5 months I havent touched it, so I want to dye it now to medium brown but Im scared that it will look horrible! I bought the L’oreal Couleur Experte to do my own color and highlights.. in the span of the 4-5 months of no color should my hair be ok to redye to a lighter color?

    Comment by Andrea — April 10, 2006 @ 8:55 pm

  92. I have some gray, but original color is very dark brown, and have been using some brown with auburn tones or burgundies to cover gray. The results have been pretty good, but I decided to “go conservative” and tried a medium brown — the results were almost black! Someone told me this is because my natural color is very dark brown almost black. Now, I need to lighten, but what can I use that won’t damage my hair? I want to cover gray, but get away from overdark harsh look.

    Comment by Rosemarie — April 8, 2006 @ 2:34 pm

  93. I have some advice for anyone who hates their hair colour – do not bleach it. Don’t use bleach, bleach powder, anything with the word bleach in it, especially if your hair is already even slightly damaged.

    I’ve had a few mess ups, heres an example… my friend bleached the front of my hair, it completely disintegrated. As in it turned to jelly and just started falling off any time I touched it.. I had to go to the hairdresser and she put in 3 treatments and cut a lot of it off, it was short, dry, brittle, breaking off, disgusting. I couldn’t straighten it or anything.. it’s taken 5 months for it to grow back to a decent length. I also bleached my tips to put blue into them, the blue didn’t really last. It was kind of pointless.

    I’m now saving up for a trip to the salon to get it totally redone. I have about 3cm of regrowth, I have ash blonde hair dyed black and I’m sick of black, it usually fades to brown anyway.

    A good way to get dye out of hair that I’ve been doing is to use anti dandruff shampoo. It probably won’t get it back to your natural colour if it’s light, but it slowly takes the dye out every time without hurting the hair or damaging it. PLEASE please please don’t make a mistake like I did – it’s un fixable, if you HAVE to bleach your hair, go to a professional!!

    Comment by Lyssie — March 26, 2006 @ 3:28 am

  94. for the bleach-shampoo thing to try and wash out the dye, is it possible to use regular bleach instead of bleach powder? if so, how much? and would it just bring it back to the color it was before? thanks

    Comment by kristyn — March 25, 2006 @ 7:48 am

  95. To any of you with two toned hair,
    Ursh, yours of 3/20 prompted a post which will be up tomorrow on highlighting hair problems like yours. So check out my post tomorrow!

    Comment by Barb — March 22, 2006 @ 5:44 pm

  96. hi

    about six months ago i bleached my hair from black and put a bright re over the top. my hair is now styled in a short bob, and the red is fadeing. i want to go a bright blonde but i dont know to how to go about it? please help!
    leah

    Comment by leah — March 20, 2006 @ 1:24 pm

  97. I recently got highlights using the foil method, I chose a medium golden brown color, it turned out looking copper, why is this? also I had a semi-permanent color a year ago, the top part of my hair got the copper tone but the ends remained dark, what do I have to do in order for the color to get to the ends?

    Comment by ursh — March 20, 2006 @ 1:10 pm

  98. I’d love to ask Corrine what product she used to strip her hair also. I really would love to get rid of the blah reddish brown I have.

    My bigger problem, tho, is that my natural hair color is white!

    Comment by Andie — February 15, 2006 @ 2:22 pm

  99. I want to ask Corrine what product she used to strip her hair. I need it!

    Comment by Julie — February 5, 2006 @ 11:29 am

  100. hi,i was having jet black hair till now,decided to change it to burgundy,and also i decided to di it on my own,coz i had done it before but it did not turn out to be dark enough.so this time i used up a lot of cream n now my hair colour is all red. please tell me wat to do? i really dont want it to be so dark..

    Comment by sergio — February 2, 2006 @ 3:22 am

  101. I had too many different shades of browns in my hair from auburn underneath to almost black on the sides. It looked terrible. So I went to the store and bought a product that removes all dye from colored hair, and started over with a new shade. It worked great. My hair did look horribly dry after I got thru stripping it of dye, but after I applied the new permanent hair color and conditioned it, it looks and feels great. Very shiny and soft. And it looks very natural.

    I’ve been coloring my hair for years, I use mostly demi-perms, the last 2 times I used permanent dyes which were too dark compared to the rest of my hair. So I applied the hair color remover, and then I recolored my hair with a medium brown and worked it in thoroughly through all of hair. My hair looks great now and very natural. I realized the key to not screwing up hair is make sure you pick a natural looking shade and stick to that shade if you are doing touchups. Otherwise if you keep trying different shades you end up w/ neopolitan halloween hair. I also firmly believe that unless you have alot of experience, do not attempt to highlight your hair by yourself. Highlighting is very detailed coloring and I’ve never seen a home job done nicely. Go to a pro if you want natural looking highlights. I’ve been coloring my hair for years at home and learned by mistakes and experience, but if you are new to coloring, start with a semi-permant, then work your way up to demi-perm and then permanents if you really are careful. If you already have very damaged, dry and brittle hair then do not use the hair color remover. That stuff is pure chemical. My hair handled it well because my hair was in pretty good condition still since I have mostsly used demi-perms and not permanents. I would definitely go to a pro if your hair is already pretty damaged.

    Comment by Corrine — January 26, 2006 @ 4:59 pm

  102. hi. i had blonde hair. i just dyed my hair “cola brown” but it turned out almost black! not what i was looking for. how can i lighten it fast? i wanted brown but not black! i leave for school on saturday, so it must be fixed. i also planned on dying more reddish-gold-brown or quote “cocoa brown” into it, but haven’t done so yet. what should i do? please help.

    Comment by elise — January 5, 2006 @ 5:21 am

  103. I have natural brown hair. Around a year ago i had some ‘blonde’ highlights put in. I had them topped up a few times until it got to the point where my hair looked grey. I am only 13 so decided to dye a very light subtle shade of bown close to my own shade. Now it looks absoulutly awful and i dont know what to do. Instead of going ‘golden brown’ its has bright orange roots and dull brown and grey lenghts i think i to go to the hair dressers and ask them to do it but i dont have any money :’(
    Please help

    Comment by georgie — January 3, 2006 @ 3:53 pm

  104. Hello Alysha,
    I wish I had a magic fix for you, but the truth is I don’t. You really need a professional to look at your hair at this point. They can assess by seeing your hair if the damage is reversable or not. As Markus commented above, if they assess that it is reversable, it will end up costing alot because of the time involved. You can get a consultation for free, and maybe they will see another option for you. Good Luck,
    Barb

    Comment by Barb — November 21, 2005 @ 6:05 pm

  105. Hello, only about 2-3 weeks ago i dyed my hair black and then 3 days after dying it i got my aunt to perm it but the perm did NOT work out and now my hair is dry, frizzy, damaged and BLACK. How can i get my color and perm out so my hair can go back to its normal way? please help me!!!

    Comment by alysha — November 18, 2005 @ 3:03 am

  106. Skip all of this and search dilligently and carefully for a stylist in your area that is familiar with using color correctors like elimin8 from rusk or modulat from schwarzkopf. These are tricky and need to be used by an expert correctionist. However, with the right know how they can truly remove dark dye pigments on damaged/unruly hair and leave it ready for corrective/dimensional color applications. Search for a colorist that seems to understand the judgement necessary to achieve your desired color, not just one who understands how to remove pigment with these tools. Also pick a colorist in a location that you will be comfortable with for 4 to 5 hours as it may take that long to go back from black!!!

    Comment by markus — November 10, 2005 @ 11:38 pm

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