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How to Remove Red Hair Dye

Updated on March 1, 2016
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If you've dyed your hair red and don't like the color, you don't have to put up with it. Contrary to popular belief that red is the most difficult color to remove, it can actually be a relatively easy and quick process. You can remove red hair dye and return to a less fiery color with less hassle than you've been led to believe.

Choosing a new color

Before you even begin to remove red hair dye from your hair, you need to have a new hair color in mind. This is because the process is slightly different depending on which hair color you'd like to achieve. The new shade will fall into one of these three categories:

  • Lighter hair color
  • Darker hair color
  • Same level

In the case of a lighter hair color, you can't just dye over the color in order to remove the red hair dye and lighten your hair. The lightening needs to be performed as a separate step prior to dyeing with the new shade. To achieve a darker hair color however, requires nothing more than the application of a new dye, but the shade chosen needs to be based on correcting the red tone as it darkens to the new color.

What if you don't want to go lighter or darker though? As luck would have it, if you don't want to go lighter or darker and just want to remove the red tone from your hair, this is also achievable. Once you've decided on the color result you'd like to achieve, you can proceed to eliminating the red and transforming the look of your hair.

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Achieving a lighter hair color

If you have red hair and you want to go lighter whilst also eliminating the red, you can't simply apply a new shade of hair dye over the red and hope it will work. Hair that has been dyed can't be lightened with more hair dye, and the hair dye itself won't neutralize the red tone if it's the wrong shade.

The first step towards dyeing red hair lighter is to apply hair dye remover to strip out as much as the artificial color as possible. Hair dye remover breaks the artificial color molecules down into a form that can be washed out of the hair, rinsing out permanent hair color. It can't always remove all of the hair dye, but it will save you hassle down the track by removing as much color as possible without damage and making it easier to lighten it further with other methods later on.

Bleaching your hair

Following the use of hair dye remover, you will notice that the product itself takes out a lot of the red tone and lightens your hair a little. It won't usually be enough to eliminate the red hair dye entirely; nor will it be able to lighten your hair to a much lighter shade like a light blonde though. If your hair is still too dark for your desired color, the next step is to use bleach to lighten it further.

When applying the bleach, you can leave the product for up to an hour whilst it works. A single bleach process on dyed hair will lift around 3 levels, which is enough to take dark brown to dark blonde, or light brown to light blonde. If you want to lighten your hair more than that, you will need to either bleach it twice or choose a color that requires less lightening to achieve.

You also should only bleach your hair if your hair is in good condition and hasn't been damaged by other chemicals like perms or excessive dyeing. If your hair is damaged, you shouldn't be attempting to go lighter. It's not impossible, and it won't ruin your hair in most cases, but it certainly won't do it any favors in terms of how it looks and feels.

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The last step between your old red hair color and your new color is to apply a new hair dye to your hair. You absolutely must use an ash shade here. If you don't use an ash shade, the red will not be corrected and will persist in your final color because it is the green tone in the ash dye that will eliminate the red tone from your hair.

The shade you use should also be at least one level lighter than your current level to avoid over-toning as hair that has been through color removal tends to be porous and will absorb more dye than expected. You are using the dye to tone out the red and achieve a neural color, not to actually dye your hair an ash shade. If you use the exact level, your hair can end up gray to greenish instead of natural.

To apply the dye, section out your hair and apply as with any other hair dye. Working quickly is of the utmost importance here in order to achieve an even result. Following application, this process needs to be watched constantly because toning can be quick. You'll get the best results if you rinse it once the red tone is neutralized and you like how it looks.

If you're aiming for a golden or beige shade, this will mean it is washed out sooner, whilst it will have to be left in longer to achieve a natural or ash shade. You don't have to leave it in for the full development time; simply remove the dye when the red is eliminated and you have a color you're happy with.

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Achieving a darker hair color

If you'd like to get rid of red hair and the new hair color you want is darker than your current color, this is the easiest way to eliminate red hair. In this process, all you will need to do is apply a darker color. It's the choice of shade that will get rid of red hair dye by neutralizing it.

There is one rule to follow when applying this darker color, and that rule is that you need to use a hair dye with cool tones to counteract the red in your hair. If you don't do this, the red will persist in your new color and make it appear warmer than you intended. The darker the dye is, the better it will cover, but that red tone will never completely be removed.

If you can live with a little warmth in your new color as opposed to your previous red color, this won't matter and you can simply use the exact shade you want, or at least a shade that is slightly cooler. If you don't want even a hint of red left in your golden brown, it's best to mix your color with a cooler shade.

To do this, all you need to do is mix your desired shade with the corresponding ash shade. Iif you wanted to go from a light red blonde to a medium natural brown, you wouldn't use the medium natural brown shade by itself as the excess red in your hair will result in your color looking warmer than intended. Mix 1/4 medium ash brown into the shade and you will prevent this from happening.

In most cases, mixing your desired shade with 1/4 of the same ash shade will be enough to take away any excess red. The darker you are transitioning from your starting color, the less you will need to add. If your new color is only slightly darker than you started, you will need to add more ash to counteract the red.

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Tone-on-tone dyeing for a same-level result

If you don't want to go lighter or darker and just want to remove red hair dye from your hair, you might think this is impossible. The popular conception is that red hair can only be removed by bleaching your hair extensively or covering over it with a dark color.

All hair color tones follow the same rules that color theory is based around. Tones opposite to each other on the ubiquitous color wheel neutralize each other, and you can see this process at work in the toning of blonde hair with violet shampoo. The violet tone counteracts a gold tone in blonde hair because the colors themselves, when combined, form a neutral shade.

The red tone is subject this rule of toning too, and by looking at a color wheel you can see that the color directly opposite to red is green. In order to remove red hair dye, you need to add green tone to your hair to correct the red tone. You can do this by using green-based ash hair dye.

Toning dark red hair

Hair color is based around a level system where the first number used to identify the dye allows you to decipher how dark the shade is. These levels range from a level one, which is black, to a level 10, which is the lightest blonde. Red hair fits into one of these levels depending on how dark it is.

If your hair is a bright red color for example, it may be a level 7 in the system, characterizing it as a medium red blonde. For all intents and purposes, this color isn't blonde as most people would understand it. What makes it a medium blonde color is how dark the actual shade is. In this sense, even though it looks like a cherry red color, it sits on one of the blonde levels. If you were to neutralize the red tone in your hair to a natural tone, you would actually be left with a blonde color.

The process of toning red out of your hair is easiest when your hair is in the brown range of levels. Shades from a level 5 to a level 3 correspond to light brown through to dark brown, and the ash dyes available in this level range all contain green pigment which will counteract the red in your hair. All that is required in this case is to apply an ash dye one shade lighter than your current level to neutralize the red tone and take you back to a natural brown.

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Wella Koleston Perfect Permanent Creme Haircolor 1+1 8/2 Light Matt Blonde
Wella Koleston Perfect Permanent Creme Haircolor 1+1 8/2 Light Matt Blonde

Wella Koleston 8/2 Light Matte Blonde dye can be used to eliminate the red from red hair that is a level 7, toning it to a natural medium blonde.

 

Toning bright red hair

If your hair is a brighter red color in the blonde range of levels, you'll find that ash dyes in this level range no longer contain green pigment. Once you reach the blonde range, ash dyes have switched to a blue primary tone, and then to a violet-blue tone as you get lighter towards level 10 lightest blonde .

Some brands, like Wella Koleston, produce a separate ash blonde line containing green tone, which is actually designed to neutralize red tones in blonde hair when lightening natural hair or performing a color correcton on dyed hair. These dyes shouldn't be used on most blonde hair, but for eliminating red and toning your hair back to a natural blonde color, they are perfect.

If you don't know what dyes to look for to tone out the red from your hair, you can use the table below. To use this table, match your bright red hair to the red color on the left and then choose one of the hair dyes listed that can be used to tone the red out of your hair. For the best results, use a shade that is one level lighter than your current level to avoid over-toning your hair. These ash dyes are intense in pigment and you don't need to use the same level as your hair to tone with them.

Choosing a toner

Red color
Redken dye
Wella dye
Iso I.Color dye
6 Dark red blonde
7ag Medium blonde
7/2 Medium blonde
7AA Medium blonde
7 Medium red blonde
8ag Light blonde
8/2 Light blonde
8AA Light blonde
8 Light red blonde
9ag Very light blonde
9/2 Very light blonde
9AA Very light blonde

Once you've eliminated your red hair, it's important to look after your color. All hair dyes fade, including permanent colors, and your new color will look best when it's properly maintained. If at any point your color fades substantially over time, you can use color refresher shampoos to return it to a more vibrant appearance. By looking after your hair and caring for your color, you will guarantee that your hair looks great now and well into the future.

Do you have a question about removing red hair dye? Need help to eliminate the red from your hair? Leave a comment for tailored advice and share your insight with other readers.

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      msdielise 2 years ago

      Hey, thanks for the helpful hub. Although, I am really not a fan of hair dye. I once dyed my hair and it was a horror. My hair dried out like super lifeless dry. I never got my hands on hair colors ever again. However, let's say I have a friend who has a black hair and wants to color it red, what should she do first. Does she need a bleaching agent and then apply the red color next?

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi,

      You're spot on with that logic. Because your friend has black hair, she needs to lighten it before it can be dyed red.

      If your friend has naturally black hair and hasn't dyed it that color, she can achieve a deep red by mixing a medium red color with 30 vol developer. If it was dyed black though, color won't remove color and it should be bleached first, then dyed with a red color.

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      msdielise 2 years ago

      @Maffew James, hey thanks for the tip! I really appreciate the response.. Have a nice day. :)

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      Iliana 2 years ago

      Hi! I don`t speak english verry good so first excuse me for mistakes. I dye my hair in 7,66, but only 3 weeks later the color is something like 7,44. After 7 years with red hair-i don`t want it anymore. I want to have dark blond ash hair. So my question is what will be the result if i dye my hair directly with mix of 7,1 and 8,1 without any removers. I am wondering if i dye my hair couple times in the new color is it possible to have dark blond ash hair?

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Lliana,

      Red hair fades very quickly, and that's why your intense red colour begins to look more copper.

      If you dye your hair with 7.1 and 8.1, it will neutralise a lot of the red, leaving you with a warm blonde colour. I would recommend using Wella Koleston 7/2 to neutralise the majority of the red though. This colour is a green based ash, so it will get rid of more of the red and take your hair closer to ash blonde.

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      Iliana 2 years ago

      Maffew James, thank you a lot! I`m using Keen-professional products for hair, but they don`t have 7,2... Many,many years ago when i was blond my hairdresser dyed my hair in 7,2 in the result was not so good-my hair began green! Now i`ll wait 2-3 weeks to dye my hair in dark blond and i`ll write to you again to tellling you what is the result. In the mean time i wash my hair with Head & Shoulders-the color fades more quickly.

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Lliana, Wella 7/2 won't turn your hair green because your hair is red. Green counteracts red. It's only meant to be used to neutralise strong warmth and your hairdresser shouldn't have used it as a regular ash.

      Also, be careful with the tone numbers. Every brand uses a different system. Eg, 2 is green based matte ash in Wella, but it's pearl in Indola. I'm unfamiliar with the dye brand you mentioned and don't know what their tonal system is.

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      Debbie 2 years ago

      Hi I am currently dark brown with red tones. I would like to go the new violet colour. How would I achieve it please?

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Debbie,

      Were you after brown with a violet tone, like your red; or a solid violet colour?

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      Iwona 2 years ago

      Hello. I used to have red hair for some time and decided to go but to my natural colour, dark blonde. I treated my hair with the colour remover twice and as result my hair got copper blonde but got ruined. What can I do to be dark blonde again?

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Iwona,

      If by ruined, you mean the colour remover damaged your hair, that's impossible. Colour remover can not cause damage. Be wary that many products called 'colour remover' are actually just bleach. It has to be actual hair dye remover, in two separate solutions. Bleach isn't the same thing as hair dye remover.

      At this point, if your hair is light enough for your liking, you can tone the copper out with blue to take it back to golden blonde. Do this with a light blue based ash hair dye and leave it in only until it becomes the shade of blonde you want.

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      Susan 2 years ago

      I used a L'Oreal color remover which ended up bleaching my hair despite saying on the box that it wouldn't. I dyed it red, then about 2 months later wanted to go more blonde. So I used Color Oops, which took out most of the red. Then I used a medium blonde (warm) shade. Now I have a more strawberry blonde. Which is fine, but not what I want. To get a more natural blonde do I need to bleach again and then do an ash blonde or just use an ash blonde dye next time? Ash doesn't usually look good on me. After doing an ash could I then do a more warm blonde or should I avoid that due to the red? (I should add that I also had one strip of Manic Panic atomic turquoise in my red hair. It's now more greenish from trying to wash it out. The Color Oops didn't get rid of it so I assume I either have to bleach it out or wait for it to fade even more.)

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Susan,

      What was the name of the L'Oreal product you used? Hair dye remover absolutely can not bleach hair. It's just not possible, because it doesn't contain any oxidants, and it works through an entirely different chemical process. Some products that masquerade as 'colour remover' are actually bleach in disguise however, and you need to be absolutely sure the product really is hair dye remover before you use it.

      To make things simpler, Color Oops is an actual hair dye remover. When you used the Color Oops, you mixed two separate solutions together, then applied the product to your hair. This is the hallmark of hair dye remover. The reducing agent in the first solution is mixed with citric acid solution to activate the chemical reaction. If you look at the ingredients, one solution contains citric acid, and the other will contain a sulfurous reducing agent. Look for hydroxymethanesulfinate, or another sulfur compound and you can be sure that the hair dye remover is actual hair dye remover.

      You can also tell by the smell. If you know what sulfur smells like, you will be able to identify hair dye remover by its smell. Perm solution is also sulfurous and smells similar, so if you know what perm solution smells like, you know what sulfur smells like, and ergo, you know what dye remover should smell like.

      Now...onto the actual colour correction. You don't want ash blonde because it doesn't look good on you, but this isn't what is going to happen. Ash blonde, applied to orange or red hair, doesn't result in ash blonde hair. It will give you a colour that is roughly neutral. The ash cancels out the red by balancing it out. In turn, the red in your hair is balancing out the ash. The shade of dye you use + the tones that are present in your hair = the final colour. It's just like mixing paint together.

      As for the Manic Panic. Hair dye remover can't remove semi-permanent hair colour. Hair dye remover can only work on permanent hair colour, because permanent dyes are the only dyes that use oxidation. Hair dye remover works by reduction, which reverses the oxidation process. If you'd like to know more about how this works, I'd be glad to explain it in more depth, but I've probably droned on long enough by now. The manic panic will wash out in time, or alternatively, you can tone it out with red. Red neutralises green.

      If you have any further questions, or need clarification on any of this, I'd be happy to help.

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      SMD89 2 years ago

      Thank you for your response. I used L'Oreal Hair Color Remover. Turns out it had bleach in it. Someone at Sally's told me to use Tide to wash out the Manic Panic but I might just let it fade. I will try the Ash Blonde. Thanks!

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      No problem. There are some products that contain gentle solvents, which can be used to remove semi-permanent dyes like Manic Panic, but they're not very effective. It's better just to wash it with clarifying shampoo, then tone it out once light enough. Good luck with your colour!

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      Sienna 2 years ago

      Hi, i used to color my hair red for six months with spice power from loreal. As i decided to go back to my natural color which is dark blonde i used hair color remover color B4 which according to the information on the box does not contain bleach or ammonia. In fact my hair dramatically dried out. I used this product twice because i have long and thick hair. In result i ended up with different shades of copper. As i read one of the comments i found very much like my case one of them so i followed your advice and dyed my hair with ash natural blonde from loreal ending up with nice dark blonde but at the back my hair have cherry coming through the new color which is very visible to the light. Please help me!:(

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Sienna,

      Hair dye remover doesn't damage hair, but it can sometimes be drying. If that happens to your hair, a good conditioning treatment will sort it out.

      As for the red in the back, you'd be best to apply bleach to the red area and lift it to a light orange, then tone it to match the blonde colour.

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      Sienna 2 years ago

      Thanks a lot for the answer

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      Sienna 2 years ago

      Just had a thoughts, after i bleach hair it will be i a very bad condition then what sort of conditioning would u advice to me? Thanks

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Is your red colour the only colour you've dyed your hair?

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      Sienna 2 years ago

      I used to have light blonde long time ago. When i first time colored it red i still had about 10 cm of blonde ends

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      As you were colouring your hair red for so long, most of the hair that was previously blonde has likely grown out, especially if you've been trimming it regularly. This means that the colour underneath the red is your natural colour now. If your natural colour is brown, this would explain why the colour remover revealed bright red at the back.

      Using any more colour remover won't be able to lighten it any further or take away the red. Bleach will definitely be your best option. You only need to bleach the red section, and only for long enough that it reaches a light orange shade. Once there, tone that with dark ash blonde and it will be the same colour as the rest of your hair.

      Alternatively, if what you actually mean is that warmth is showing through your natural shade, and it's not actually darker at the back--it just has a red tone--you can correct this with an ash dye to neutralise the red.

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      Sienna 2 years ago

      The second scenario given by u match the most. My hair has nice dark blonde but back hair has red tone. Then what exact hair dye should i use and of which brand. As u are an expert i rely on ur opinion. Thanks a lot

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      In that case, you just need to tone it to get rid of the red. I'd recommend Wella Koleston 6/2 for this because it is a green-based ash. Green corrects red. You only want to apply this to the red, and not to the rest of your hair. Also, only leave it on until the red is corrected and the colour matches the rest of your hair. You don't need to leave it on for the full development time.

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      Sienna 2 years ago

      I will do that. Thanks a lot

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      Sarah louise 2 years ago

      Hi, about 8 months i dyed my hair from black to red, im now wanting to go back to my natural colour of a mousey brown, i first used colour b4 and bleach to get the black to a bright ginger colour and then used directions semi dyes to get my hair to a bright red, since then i have been using loreal majicontrast red to dye my roots and refreshing my colour with the directions pots, i know that when my hair fades the ends go orangey , how would i go about going back to brown?

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Sarah,

      It sounds like you had a good idea of what you were doing when you dyed your hair red. Using dye remover before bleach was an excellent way to remove the black because it takes some of that artificial colour out of the hair and makes it easier to lighten up and dye evenly afterwards.

      As for getting your red back to a mousy brown, you're probably fairly close there depending on what level of brown you want. Were you after a light brown, medium brown, or dark brown? If you look at the hair undertones chart in my How to Bleach Hair article, you can see the base tone that is required to reach any colour. You can also visualise approximately how light your hair would need to be to reach that colour: https://bellatory.com/hair/How-to-bleach-hair...

      'Mousy', as a shade, generally refers to an ash tone, so that's what you'd be aiming for here. I'd recommend using hair dye remover as your first step, to remove as much excess red as possible and help reveal the underlying colour. If you can tell me what level of brown you're after, I can give you more instruction as to what to do next and which dye shade to use.

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      christine 2 years ago

      hello!! okay so my natural hair color is a light brownish reddish color..probably a 6. last June I had it bleached to go blonde. it looked terrible and shortly after I tried to get back to a brown. I have dyed it a medium brownish red once or twice (came out kinda purpley brown) and then for the last 10 months or so I have been coloring it a Clairol 6rr Dark Reddest Blonde from Sally's. I had it colored professionally this July to a richer version of the color I have been using. I haven't touched my hair since and have let it fade. I am ready to go a medium brown..like this https://www.google.com/search?q=brown+hair+colors&...

      how would I go about doing this? I am very nervous because I have never had to remove color before and didn't realize the science behind red. thank you for your time! :)

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Christine,

      Because you want a medium brown, and medium brown hair actually has a red base, you don't have to remove the red to dye it brown. The red in your hair will actually form the base of the colour that gives it depth.

      To get it to medium brown, apply a medium ash brown dye to your hair. This will darken and tone your hair at the same time and the colour will be somewhere between an ash and a natural. If you'd like a warmer result, use a medium natural brown instead of the ash.

      However, as the image search you have linked to shows a variety of different brown shades, and many of the colours are closer to a light brown than a medium, it may be easier if you can find an exact colour you want and show that to me. A medium brown will turn out darker than most of the pictures in the link and I don't want you to end up with a darker shade than you want.

      This is a medium brown: https://img1.etsystatic.com/000/0/6500072/il_340x2...

      Is this how dark you would like your hair to be?

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      christine 2 years ago

      Ooh sorry the link didn't copy correctly! http://salondartisteny.com/wp-content/uploads/2013... or http://pinterest.com/pin/A8RsLgAQwMgGQL8WkWoAAAA/

      I know they're different but I really like both of those. I did a test strand at the end of the summer with a brown and it pulled extreme black just after 2 minutes of being on there.

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      It does seem like your hair is porous then. You can do two things to try to counter this:

      1. You can use a lighter shade. Because your hair is porous, a lighter shade will turn out darker. A shade that is two levels lighter will turn out close to a medium brown. You'd use a dark blonde dye for this.

      2. You can use a porosity equaliser prior to applying the dye. This is a protein spray that fills in the structure of the hair and prevents unevenness and heavy absorption of the colour. Igora and De Lorenzo both have great porosity sprays. I'd still recommend using a dye one shade lighter with this though. You'd use a light brown instead of a medium brown.

      It also can be related to the dye you're using. I'd recommend you try a high quality salon brand like Matrix SoColor or Wella Koleston and use that for a strand test. Some brands of dye are not true to level and turn out darker than they should be. Applying any darker colour to light hair can also cause this to happen.

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      Sarah louise 2 years ago

      Hey it was probably between a 4 and 5 it was light brown with natural highlights with a sort of ginger base

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Is that your hair now, or the colour you'd like to be Sarah?

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      Sarah louise 2 years ago

      That was my natural colour, i know i wont get my hughlights back coz the sun did that but if i can get to the light brown hopefully my roots will blend

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      In that case, I would recommend using hair dye remover first to remove some of the red. Then apply a dark ash blonde dye to darken your hair and tone out the rest of the red. That would take you to a light warm brown colour. To go a little darker than that, use a light natural brown and you will end up with closer to a warm medium brown colour.

      You may also wish to do a strand test first in case your hair is porous from all the dye and bleaching in the past. If it's porous, it will absorb the colour really well and end up darker than intended. If this is a problem, as it seems to be for so many other commenters, I'd recommend using a porosity equaliser before you apply the dye, and using a slightly lighter shade than those above.

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      Melanie Brownova 2 years ago

      I have been dying my dark brown with red undertones hair black most of my life. I decided i would like to try the ombre look so i used a colour remover the result of which was my hair was a reddish brown as the bleach in the black dye had no doubt lightened it. I applied the l'oreal ombre leaving it on for longer than the 45 mins recommeded and the result was a slightly redder brown with bright orange chunks nearest the roots. It was hideous. I had anticipated this so i used a colour/tone correcter in a violet shade whch was supposed to remove all red and copper tones. It did absolutely nothing so i ended up applying another black dye on top. 8 hours later i an left with mahogony red/brown hair that although quite nice i supose is exactly what i didn't want. I have gone off the ombre idea nd now would like brown with no hint of red, just some dark blonde highlights. Can i ever get rid of the red tones and if so how when none of the products i buy deliver what they promise?

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Melanie,

      You're correct about the black dye. The developer in dye lightens your hair as well as 'develops' the artificial colour. Remove the artificial colour and the lightening becomes apparent. This is why your hair is warmer after using dye remover, even if you have been dyeing it darker. The black dye also contains a lot of red pigment to form the base, and this will often remain in your hair even after using dye remover or bleach on it, so whilst it looks like the black has been removed, it's really just some of it that has been removed.

      As for the ombre, the problem is that hair dye can't lighten hair dye. Even though you used dye remover, there is still a lot of artificial colour remaining in your hair and this impacts its ability to be lightened by another dye. The reason that your roots turned orange is that they are close to the warmth of your scalp, and they are virgin hair if you hadn't dyed them yet. This hair lightened whilst the previously dyed hair couldn't.

      The tone correcter you used can't neutralise red or copper, despite what it may claim. This is because violet neutralises yellow only. Blue neutralises orange, and green neutralises red. If you add violet to red hair, you simply end up with a mahogany or burgundy shade. If it was violet based, it was probably also designed to be used on hair that is dark blonde or lighter, as blonde hair has a gold or yellow base.

      In order to remove the red tone, you need to use an ash brown dye. The green and blue tone in the ash brown corrects the red to a neutral shade. Highlights are a bit more difficult in your hair because you've been dyeing it black. You would need to apply bleach in foils, then dye over the highlights with a dark ash blonde afterwards to tone them. There's no guarantee it would lighten to dark blonde in one process when you're working with hair that is dyed black or even naturally black.

      If you need any clarification or further help with any of this, feel free to ask and I'll explain in more detail.

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      Melanie Brownova 2 years ago

      Thanks for taking the time to reply. I had in the meantime dyed my hair yet again with an ash brown but with very little effect. My hair is still a mahogony brown with roots that apprear a much brighter red when the ligth shines on it. It is not horrible i supose but it's not what i want. I'm just clueless now what to do with it. I've gone off the ombre idea but would quite like highlights that have no red in them if possible. Are you saying my hair will always have red tones (at least the hair that has previously been dyed black)? I just want to look more natural but without the red tones. I don't want to be blonde exactly because i don't think it would suit me or my personality.

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Red tones can always be neutralised, regardless of how bright or stubborn it is. How dark is your hair based on this chart?: http://shamiamglam.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/hai...

      What I meant about the dye remaining in the hair was that even if you lighten your hair from black to brown, there is still pigment from the black dye in your hair. Your hair doesn't look black anymore, but not all of the dye is removed. This will affect lightening and dyeing in the future when you choose different colours.

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      lisa 2 years ago

      Hi I coloured my hair with garnier fiery red unfortunately it came out very bright and im not overly keen. What is the best way to strip this colour out my hair was previously very light blonde my natural colour is mousy brown/blonde.

      also if I strip the colour what colour will it go.

      many thanks in advance :-)

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      lisa 2 years ago

      Hi just to update I tried pro-voke extra strength colour remover , I used a clear plastic cover over my hair and added heat with a hair dryer. Within 20 mins the garnier fiery red was completed removed ive not even had to use another colour to remove and brassiness. Im blonde again yehhhhhhhhhhhhh all within 30 mins highly recommend this product.

      sorry I didn't wait for advice but thought id post results anyway incase they help aomeone else x

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Lisa,

      Hair dye remover is great because it breaks the artificial colour molecules back down and they can be washed out. It's good that it removed it completely too. Sometimes that won't be the case and you will have to tone it afterwards to correct the warmth. Other times it will remove some of the colour hut you'll still have to bleach and then tone.

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      cas 2 years ago

      Hi my natural colour is a 7 and i had a dye on it but i wanted to go an auburn blonde so i stripped my hair till it was about a 9 but then instead of putting a red toner on beofre which i forgot to do i put a 7.44 on and ovs it was too copper so i put a 7.46 on and now its too red!!! I just want it to be a nice auburn shade so i don't know how to get it now please help cause no one else is

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Cas,

      This is likely due to your hair being a level 9 and using a level 7 to dye it red. Any dominant tones in the darker dye will end up more intense than expected when applied to light hair.

      Also, auburn is a rather subjective shade and you could potentially say that auburn hair is anything from a copper colour to a coppery red or predominantly red shade. I'm thinking you want more of a copper red look, judging by your description?

      I'd recommend mixing your auburn shade into a natural shade as this will darken your hair up to a level 7 and stop the warm tones from becoming too intense. About 50 percent 7.0 to 50 percent 7.46 would work nicely. If you had a picture of the colour you want, I could also look at what tones are present and give you a better idea of what shade to use.

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      cas 2 years ago

      I can't upload a picture but if you type in google golden copper with light red tones you'll see the colour i want and the same girl on pintrest with a different picture the colour i have is a bright medium to dark red does this help?

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      In that case, the colour you're after is a dark golden copper blonde. Use natural mixed with a gold copper. If the brand you're using doesn't have a gold copper shade, you could use Matrix Color Insider 7GC for this, mixed with a little 7N to keep the warm tones from becoming too intense and help balance out the shade.

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      Christina 2 years ago

      My natural colour is a dark blonde (with grey strands) I've been dying my hair a dark brown for a few years and it started to go too dark with a red undertone. I had planned to go a couple of levels lighter to a medium brown and used shampoo mixed with bleach and low developer. It's removed a little and natural at the roots so looks odd but I still want to go a little lighter and have a red undergone that I want to remove. (My hair is in good condition and the bleach shampoo mix hasn't dried it out at all. I have used colour remover [colour B4 uk] before and it left my hair in terrible condition so now absolutely refuse to touch it)

      I was thinking of doing another bleach shampoo to get the level of colour I want then matching my roots to that colour then applying an ash based dye in a slightly lighter shade to counteract the red ... Would this do the trick ?

      Thank you in advance

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Christina,

      Your roots will lighten more quickly because they're closer to the scalp. This means that they're warmer. Warmth speeds up chemical reactions and will speed up the bleach, causing it to lighten more at the roots. If you had any regrowth, this will also lighten more quickly because there is no dye in there impeding the lightening.

      You can avoid this by applying the bleach to the lengths first, about an inch away from the scalp. Let this develop for 10 minutes before you apply bleach to the roots. If your roots are already close to the level you want, you'd develop the lengths for even longer before applying the bleach to the roots in order to get an even result.

      The ash dye is exactly what you need afterwards, and that neutralises the warmth that was already present in your hair, as well as any warmth that was revealed by the bleach as it lightened.

      Finally, as a note about hair dye removers, I don't consider Colour B4 to be a dye remover because it's not a professional product and likely contains inferior ingredients. I've had a look at their website and I don't like the way they market the product. True hair dye remover is great and it definitely doesn't damage hair. It can cause dryness because it emulsifies the natural oil in your hair just like shampoo, but it should never cause any actual damage and the dryness is immediately relieved with conditioner.

      If you ever have to remove dye in the future and feel like trying dye remover again, I'd suggest using Juuce Eliminate or De Lorenzo Colour Eliminator. The Juuce Eliminate is my favourite dye remover and I have nothing but good things to say about it. However, the bleach bath method you're using is actually a better method for the result you want because of how long you've been dyeing your hair. The more dye you add into your hair, the less effective dye remover is going to be.

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      Veronica 2 years ago

      Hi,

      I died my hair red a few months ago. Now, I want to do a brown color with red undertones. The color I'm most interested in is cherrywood since it's a lot less red and more brown. I initially died my hair red using the Loreal HiColor HiLights Magenta color. I'm worried that putting a red on top will either not work or it will come out some orange color, which I definitely don't want. Should I be worried about putting the cherrywood color over the red? I tried diluting the red as much as possible, but I've had red hair for about a year and a half.

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Veronica,

      It's hard to visualise what colour you want when you say cherrywood, as that's a rather arbitrary term. Professional hair colour shades are named to follow a simple system where the depth of the colour and the dominant tones are used to describe it. Eg, you may dye your hair with a medium red brown, or a dark golden ash blonde. Box dye often uses appealing names like claret, burgundy, cherrywood, icy, etc, but it doesn't really mean anything because those names don't tell you what tones are present, or how dark the colour is.

      I assume the brown is going to be darker than your current colour? If so, use a natural brown. That will darken your hair without getting rid of all the red tone. You can mix in some of the corresponding red shade, or add red intensifier to increase the amount of red tone that will be present in the final colour.

      If you just want to tone out some of the red without going darker, use a lighter ash dye to neutralise some of the red. This won't darken it, but it will correct the red. You have to use an ash that is lighter than your hair currently is or else it will be too powerful and will neutralise too much of the red tone.

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      Veronica 2 years ago

      Hey. I've been dying my hair red using loreal hicolor highlights in red for about the past 6+ months. I've decided that I want to go teal (preferably the pravana brand). What would be the best at home method to use to prep my hair before going teal? Or should I leave it in the hands of a professional?

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Veronica,

      Teal is a blue-green colour and this is a important because of your hair's current colour. By looking at a colour wheel, you can see that blue and orange neutralise each other, whilst green and red neutralise each other. Or in other words, equal concentrations of both of these colours produce a neutral colour.

      This means that for the teal to show up vibrant and the right shade, you need to remove as much of the red as possible first. I'd recommend using hair dye remover, then bleaching it once to remove as much red as you can. After that you can apply the Pravana Teal and it will show up better. Applying it right over the red will probably only give you a blueish grey result.

      As for whether you should do it at home, if you're comfortable using hair dye remover and bleach, you definitely can. Otherwise, I'd suggest visiting a hairdresser who can do it for you. You could go home afterwards and apply the Pravana dye yourself, or bring it with you to the salon and let them do that too.

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      Sarah 2 years ago

      My hair is naturally Medium ash brown. Level 6? In the summer I had heavy highlights. Some were almost platinum. After about 3 inches of roots I dyed it Medium ash brown from the ends up trying to avoid adding color to the roots. This worked great. My hair is very curly so you really couldn't tell that I hadn't dyed the roots. That faded on the dyed ends so I re-dyed it with the exact same Medium ash brown as before. This time it came out a lot darker. Several weeks later I used ColorB4 to remove it. It took it back to almost platinum blonde with some slight red tones. The roots looked natural. I applied a Light Natural brown....Mistake! It looked very auburn/orangy. A few days later I applied the colorB4 again expecting the same removal results but it barely lifted it at all this time. I then applied a 7a tryig to get the red out. Now it is sort of Medium blonde with some weird copper under tones. How do I get it back to any shade of ash? I will take anything from medium blonde to medium brown just not copper. I am afraid to bleach. Should I bleach shampoo? Help please?

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      Judy Musto 2 years ago

      I dyed my hair and it turned too dark.I used Opps color remover and it removed the dark but turned my hair orange I then dyed it with nice n easy 8/ 103 A It turned my hair red.What do I use to get my hair medium blonde. WANT THE RED OUT.

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      @ Judy 2 years ago

      I am the comment above yours. I feel your pain! I am still trying to figure out what to do.

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Sarah.

      Medium brown is a level 4. Hair dye remover is great, but it can't remove a buildup of colour very well. It's best when used after each dye. When you add a dye on top of another dye, there's just too much colour to easily remove and it won't work properly. You'll also find that it just tends to work better on ash colours than it does on anything warm.

      ColorB4 isn't a very good product either and I would recommend a dye remover like Juuce Eliminate, De Lorenzo Eliminator, or the dye remover designed for the hair colour line you use. For example, the De Lorenzo product is designed to work best when used to remove their Nova Colour dye as it's perfectly suited to their own colour line. Whilst all dye removers will remove any permanent dye, they are even more effective if designed for the particular colour.

      As for correcting the warmth, you definitely don't need to bleach it. You need to use a blue-based ash to neutralise the orange tone of copper. The ash you used was likely green-based if it corrected the red but left copper tones. I could recommend a few colour lines where the ash is blue based or a blue based ash is available if you would like.

      The main thing though, is that you need to figure out exactly what level your hair is at the moment. If the ash isn't dark enough, it won't tone your hair. If it's too dark, it will end up too ashy. Use a blue-based ash that is either the same level as your hair or one level lighter. The same level ash will give a strong ash result, whilst the lighter ash will give more of a neutral-ash. Which you use just depends on how much cool tone you would prefer.

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Judy

      Your hair needs to reach a level 7 in order to be dyed medium blonde. In natural hair that is lightened, the hair will look a golden colour at this level before it is toned. In dyed hair like yours though, it can look anything from red to gold because of the artificial colour that is left in the hair, so you can't use the colour change as an indicator of how light it is. You'll need to be able to tell the level by the darkness of your hair itself.

      If it's not light enough, you need to lighten it more first, and this requires bleach. If it is light enough, you can correct the hair using an ash blonde dye. Specifically, I'd recommend using Wella Koleston 8/2 as not only is this a high quality professional dye, but it is also green-based and will neutralise the red in your hair to a cool blonde result.

      If your hair is too dark and you don't want to bleach, you could always use a darker ash dye to tone it to a cool brown colour instead. Also, if you need any help with determining what level your hair is, a picture of your hair would allow me to tell you what level it is and whether it is light enough.

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      Alex 2 years ago

      Hi,

      I very recently decided to dye my hair brownish red, using a medium copper brown dye. my hair is naturally blonde, a warm light blonde color, and my hair turned a lot redder than I wanted. I would love to go back to my natural. would a color remover work on demi permanent dye? I am comfortable bleaching and everything as well, as I've been doing my hair for five years. THanks

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Alex,

      When you apply any darker colour, there is a risk that the primary tone will become very dominant. In this case, the copper tone became too dominant and made your hair look too red. You can avoid this somewhat by mixing your desired colour into a natural tone to soften it. The natural is a balanced shade (Usually, depending on brand), so it doesn't contain any really strong tones that will show up too intense on blonde hair.

      Hair dye remover won't work completely on demi-permanent as the dye is made up of both oxidative and direct dye. Oxidative dye is the kind found in permanent colour and this can be reversed by the dye remover because the chemical process that makes it permanent can be reversed. Direct dye is a stain though, like that found in a semi-permanent or temporary dye and doesn't work the same way so the dye remover won't strip it out.

      It'd still be a good idea to use the dye remover before using anything else like bleach though, as even if it only partially removes the colour, that makes it a lot easier to remove the rest with less damage. After that, I'd recommend trying to wash out as much of the direct dye as possible using clarifying shampoo instead of your regular shampoo. This, coupled with the dye remover first, may be enough to take it back to blonde in a few weeks, in which case you would just need to tone it with an ash blonde dye to take away some of the leftover copper and red tone.

      If it doesn't remove enough of the colour or doesn't do so quickly enough though, you can use a mild bleach wash at this point to take out the rest, and then tone it. You may be able to avoid bleaching entirely, and that's the best case scenario.

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      tripleg7 2 years ago

      I used color oops (2 weeks ago) on my hair (ion demi 7wr blonde) and it got some of the color out but not all of it. Today I used a bleach bath and now my hair is orange with some yellow roots and some of my natural (8 a with some warm around hairline) on the roots as well. Do I need to use a color to tone it out that has green or can I use a blue base or blue/violet? I would like to be my natural 8a blonde all over if possible. Also what brands should I use for color? I was planning on using wella color charm but I will use something else if you think it would be better. Thanks so much!

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Tripleg,

      Green is only necessary for neutralising red tones. If you're dealing with orange or yellow, you need blue or violet, respectively. You can use the Wella Color Charm, but Wella Koleston is better. Their /1 tone at your current level would tone nicely. Use a /0 tone for the roots to even it up and the colour should turn out great.

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      tripleg7 2 years ago

      Maffew, thanks for getting back. You already know about what happened after I went to the salon for help. I wish I would have waited for your response and told a salon what to do per your advice or even tried it myself, as I may have had a better result than what I got at salon :(

      Thank you again for taking the time to chat.

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Don't worry Tripleg,

      Even the worst colour mistakes can be corrected. Whilst you have a colour you don't like right now, you can fix it.

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      leanne 2 years ago

      help, in a moment of madness i put a semi permanent mahogany over my light ash blonde highlights and ended up looking like a tomato, so then I thought put a mid ash blonde over it to bring it back blonde (that waspermanent) and now i have a dark copper effect which is ok, but just not me. Do i need to rehighlight my hair again and how do i remove this copper? I am in the Uk. many thanks.

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Leanne,

      Semi-permanent dyes wash out over time. I'd recommend switching to a clarifying shampoo to speed up this process and allowing the colour to fade. Once it has faded out more, apply a weak bleach bath to the highlights only, allow that to lighten up to your desired level of lightness, and then tone it with a blue based ash blonde dye to neutralise any remaining copper tone.

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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Maffew. I enjoyed your most informative hub. Easy to follow with tip top presentation and photographs. Well researched by someone who knows what they are talking about. Well done.

      voted up and all.

      Graham.

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      Js 2 years ago

      Hi. Last night i dyed my hair with a mix of ion color brilliance 6R- dark red blonde and 7RC- medium copper blonde. My hair pulled way more of the dark red color and is a cherry red when i want more of a copper red color. How do I fade out the cherry red color. It it possible to tone to a more coppery color. Thank you.

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi JS,

      Copper is a mix of yellow and red, and you need to make the yellow in your hair more dominant to take it from red to copper.

      You can definitely tone it. You need to add yellow into your hair, as well as a small amount of green. The green is necessary to neutralise some of the red and shift it towards copper, whilst the yellow blends into the remaining red to intensify this effect.

      You could do this by using semi-permanent dye like Manic Panic or a similar brand, mixing a little of each colour into shampoo, testing it, and titrating the amount of dye until you have a solution that is the right strength. Doing it this way you need to be sure the green dye really is pure and doesn't contain any blue pigment though. Blue will neutralise copper and have the opposite effect.

      You could also use pure tone permanent dye mixed with shampoo and 10 vol developer. I used to do this to neutralise mahogany tone using Indola 0.99 (Green creator) and 0.33 (Gold creator). Indola discontinued the green creator though. There are still some brands that make a similar product, but you might have trouble finding one.

      Alternatively, apply a bleach wash to take out some of the colour, then apply a golden shade to boost the amount of yellow tone in your hair and shift the colour to a more copper result.

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      Lily 2 years ago

      Hi, about 3 months ago I dyed my hair reddish brown which was great, then it started fading so I dyed it a demi-permanent dark auburn over it and it was really red. Now I'm sick of it and want to go back to my natural dark blonde (although I don't mind brown). I went to a beauty store and I was told to mix two parts developer with dark blonde dye, which i just did. It did not take out all the color, half at best, and it's more red on top. I'm waiting a day until dying it again, would a medium ash brown neutralize the Orange red color? Or better, would a lighter ash color work? Thanks so much

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Lily,

      An ash dye will neutralise warmth, but it needs to be selected based on how dark your hair is. Without seeing your hair, it's difficult to tell you which level to use. You could always try a light ash brown, perform a strand test, and shift the level up or down depending on how it interacts. If the toning isn't powerful enough, go a level darker. If it over-tones, go a level lighter.

      Apart from that, if you want to go back to dark blonde, you need to actually remove a certain amount of colour to lighten it up before toning. Toning can get rid of the warmth completely, but if your hair isn't light enough, it will never be dark blonde from toning alone. Removal of the colour would require bleaching and then toning.

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      Lily 2 years ago

      Thank you, I tried a medium ash brown because the red dye I used was a 5 and it worked well! It's a little darker than expected, but it's just tinted red. I'm just going to add gradual highlights and lighter root touch ups until my hairs back to normal.

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Sounds good Lily,

      Just keep in mind that the highlights will show red tones again after lightening. Overshoot the lightening a little lighter than you actually want and then tone the highlights with an ash tone. Ash always adds a level in order to completely cover and neutralise warmth, so it will always look darker than other shades.

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      Amy 2 years ago

      I died my brown, highlighted hair a dark neutral blonde and it turned it brown/red. I want to get to my natural color of light or medium brown with highlights. Do I start eliminating the red by dying a light ash brown or blonde? Thank you

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Amy,

      That's somewhat strange. It sounds like the dark blonde lightened your hair. The red base tone underneath your visible brown colour was revealed because of the lightening effect, causing your hair to look red.

      Your hair seems like it's very receptive to lightening. I'd recommend using a deposit only toner like a semi-permanent ash dye to avoid lightening it any further and neutralise the warmth. Try dark ash blonde first as a strand test and adjust the strength with a lighter or darker ash depending on how your hair reacts.

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      Amy 2 years ago

      Yes that's exactly what it did was lightened it everywhere and some of the highlights are still showing through. I felt like my hair needed a break from bleaching so wanted to go close to my natural for awhile but now hate the red tone in it. I'll definitely try the dark ash blonde first and then adjust if need be. However, the pieces that are still "highlighted" although reddish looking will they turn green?

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      It's best to tone the highlights separately with a lighter ash. You could separate them out with foil, then apply the darker shade to the remaining darker hair.

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      Keeleeox 2 years ago

      Hi, Iv died my hair black for year and went to a salon to get it medium brown they bleached it and it was left very orangy/red. They put on a medium brown what looked lovely at first but then it washed up to a copper brown I want a medium natural brown, do I need to use an ash brown and if so what colour would you recommend.

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      Laura 2 years ago

      Hi maffew James , I just came across this article and found it very useful after of course starting on my research on how to get rid of my red hair . I have a natural medium ash hair colour and decided to dye it red . I used red loreal majirel hair dye and yup my hair turned red same as Ariel the Disney princess hair colour the colour didn't last less than a month then I started using semi permanent red hair colours and of course with every shower the red hair get washed. Now I want to get back to my ash colour as I'm planning to have a baby soon and dnt want to be always worried about the colour fading away . Can you please help me step by step what to do now? I wudnt like to bleach my hair . Would a dye remover and an ash blonde dye be enough ? Thank you in advance

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Keelee,

      Use light ash brown demi-permanent dye and develop until enough warmth is neutralised. This will give a natural tone result.

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Laura,

      By medium ash, do you mean medium ash blonde or medium ash brown? The process is different depending on which of these you're trying to return to.

      Returning to blonde will require lightening or at least colour removal first if it's currently darker than the blonde you want. Then an ash dye is used to counter the remaining warmth.

      For a brown colour though, the red tone is fine and can be neutralised with the right brown dye. If the brown is quite a bit darker than your current red, it'd be best to use a natural tone, whereas if it's a lighter shade of brown, an ash dye is required for extra toning power as there isn't much pigment that will be covering the red.

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      Laura 2 years ago

      Thank you for your reply

      I would like to dye my hair ash blonde ? Would a dye remover be enough to take away the red colour ? And then dye my hair with an ash blonde tube hair dye ( like (koleston, wella ) ?

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      Keelee 2 years ago

      Thankyou very much :)

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      Dana 2 years ago

      Hi Maffew,

      About 4 months ago, I dyed my hair a bright copper red. I liked it for a while, but decided I wanted to return to my natural color, which is an ashy light brown. I have tried toning it with ashy blonde/brown dyes with little success (I think the most recent one I used was Wella 7/2--I liked it for about a week and then it faded). The resulting color is an orange-y blonde. I'm okay with going to a darker brown than my natural color, I just want to know how to get rid of these warm, orange tones. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Laura,

      In that case, you need it to be as light as a light blonde in order to reach a medium ash blonde. It doesn't matter if your hair still looks red, as long as it is light enough. Any red tone can be neutralised with the right dye.

      The reason for this is that blonde isn't really a colour, but rather a 'depth' of hair. This means that hair that is a certain 'lightness' is blonde. If there is too much pigment in your hair, regardless of what tone that pigment is, it won't be able to be toned to blonde.

      You should definitely use dye remover first, as any dye you can remove with this makes it easier to lighten further. In the best case scenario, if your hair is light enough underneath the dye, and the remover takes the majority of it out, you could possibly tone right afterwards and reach a medium blonde. This isn't likely if you've applied the red colour more than once or used any dyes that are semi-permanent or demi-permanent though.

      If it's not light enough after using the dye remover, the next step is to bleach it until it is. After that, tone with a blue based medium ash blonde to correct the warmth. It needs to be a light blonde prior to dyeing as the cool tone from the toner will darken it in order to neutralise the red tones. The result is a medium ash blonde.

      As for examples of dyes you could use, Wella Koleston is definitely a good brand. Koleston 7/1 is the shade you would use, and if you're dealing with a lot of leftover red colour, you could add a very small amount of Koleston 0/28 to this. This is a pure tone though, so only use a small amount and only if there is still red tone in your hair (Not orange or gold).

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Dana,

      Until it faded, did the Wella 7/2 completely neutralise the red? It was a good choice using the /2 tone as that is green based and will correct red tone, so if it toned well, the next thing to do is work on getting the tone to last longer. If there was still leftover warmth or another unwanted tone, I could also tell you what to mix into the 7/2 to counteract this.

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      Dana 2 years ago

      It neutralized the red and left a brownish gold color. I loved the brown but wouldn't mind toning out the gold as well.

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Dana,

      In that case, add a little Wella Koleston 0/66 to that shade. This is a pure violet tone and will help to neutralise gold. You only need a small amount though as it's very concentrated. You also shouldn't take out too much of the gold or your brown will begin to look flat and greyish.

      To make the colour last longer, I'd recommend using 20 vol as the developer. The stronger developer helps to really push it into the hair and make sure it oxidises fully.

      If this still leads to substantial fading, the colour loss is more likely a porosity issue, meaning your hair cuticles are damaged so it can't retain colour properly. In that case, try protein treatments and use a porosity equalising spray before toning your hair again and you should see some improvement, but you'll always notice some degree of fading. A toning shampoo or a semi-permanent mousse used as often as necessary will help keep your hair toned without risking further damage.

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      James 2 years ago

      Hi, Maffew! I am haunted by red hair. I dyed my hair a mahogany red back around October. Following that, I redyed it a deeper, darker red at the end of November (both of these being permanent). Recently, I decided to try and go back to a more natural color. I first started with trying a lighter blonde/brown (this was before I understood this wouldn't work straight up); of course, this dye did nothing and my hair was as vibrant as ever. Then I purchased a deep, dark brown that looked beautiful and showed few highlights. As you probably expected, most of it has washed out at this point and I'm sad because now the 'red' is just a brassy gross looking color where my roots are just ew. Would the best option be to buy a color remover and then redye to the dark brown, or could you recommend something else?

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi James,

      So you definitely like and want to return to the dark brown?

      If so, you don't actually want to remove the red. Dark brown hair naturally has a deep red base tone underneath the brown colour you actually see. It's the combination of this red tone and the added cool tone that creates a deep rich brown. Without the base tone, you end up with a very strange colour. Eg, an ash tone turns out blue or green, or a gold tone turns out an intense muddy golden colour. It basically leaves you with whatever dominant tone is in the brown rather than an actual brown.

      The biggest problem you actually face is the fading, because whilst it looks a nice brown after dyeing, it will fade back towards red, as you've already experienced. This is sometimes unavoidable with darker dyes, but there are a few things you can do to keep it longer.

      If you initially used a box dye, I'd recommend switching to a salon dye instead. Salon dye is less prone to fading as it's designed to give hairdressers lasting vibrant results for their clients. Box dye on the other hand is, quite cleverly, designed to fade quicker so that you'll have to buy more boxes, and use it more often.

      What you can also do with the salon dye is control the volume of developer used, and although 10 vol is generally used for any result where you are depositing only, using 20 vol can often help prevent fading because it causes the colour to oxidise more effectively and penetrates the hair more readily.

      Apart from this, if you keep dyeing your hair dark brown, you'll gradually notice that fading becomes less of a problem after a few dyes. The more dye that builds up in your hair, the less likely fading will occur, and it can take some time after having lighter hair before a darker colour begins to stick and stops fading so quickly.

      Lastly, if fading does occur and the warmth is creeping back in, you can use semi-permanent ash brown dye to correct the red that shows and keep it from looking reddish as it fades so that your colour remains beautiful for longer. De Lorenzo even makes a Cool Naturals shampoo that can tone brown hair and help eliminate warmth whenever you wash it.

      If you have a different colour in mind, let me know and I can give you advice for that specific shade. Good luck with your colour.

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      Kayla 2 years ago

      Hi, i dyed my hair brown but it is now fading to a red and i don't want to dye it anymore. Is there anyway to tone down the red without dying it?

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Kayla,

      Not without dyeing unfortunately. You need to add cool tone into your hair to neutralise the warmth.

      You could use semi-permanent dye like Igora's mousses for this. They are completely non-damaging and wash out over time. Using the 5-0 shade as often as needed would tone your hair and eliminate the red.

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      Kayla 2 years ago

      I just got my hair toned with a medium ash brown and it removed all the red tones which i was very happy with. But the medium ash brown turned out very dark, like black! I don't know what to do to make it lighter without the red tones creeping up in my hair again.

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi again Kayla,

      Was it a hairdresser that toned it for you? If so, it's possible that there was so much red tone and it was so dark that the medium ash brown was needed to tone it all out.

      This does darken your hair because when you correct an unwanted colour, you introduce an opposing colour that, together with the unwanted tone, will produce a neutral tone.

      In other words, when you tone hair you're not removing the unwanted colour technically, just adding more colour to the hair that neutralise's its appearance.

      Still, it would have been better if a light ash brown was applied instead as it would have still corrected most of the red without darkening the hair anywhere near as much.

      Do you know what kind of dye was used, (Permanent, demi-permanent, or semi-permanent)?

      Also, how long was the colour left in?

      Anything other than a permanent dye will fade over time. The permanent will still partially fade but will take longer to do so and won't ever completely wash out.

      Any other ways you can remove some of the darkness depend on what type of dye was used.

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      Brandy 2 years ago

      Hi Matthew,

      I'm trying to get my hair to a level 6 ash/neutral brown. For the past year I had dyed my hair a level 10 lighest ash blonde and a week ago I had dyed it a level 6 neutral blonde but after a few washes it started looking dingy like dirty dishwater. I just colored it again with a level 5 mocha brown but it pulled way too red and purple for my complexion. Please help me get back to my natural level 6 ashy neutral brown please!

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Brandy,

      It's a bit more complicated with the purple tone involved. You need a green-gold based tone to correct red colours that contain purple tone. Otherwise if you just correct the red, the purple will remain.

      Also, after applying a level 5, your hair is now darker than a level 6 so it can't be taken back to a level 6 without lightening. You could bleach wash it, then colour correct with a mix of level 7 green-based ash and gold left on until it neutralises.

      I'd recommend just leaving it as dark as it is and toning some of the red and purple out though as after being a level 10 for so long and then dyed darker, it's not likely to lift evenly and will probably just lead to more complications.

      If you'd like a formula to try for the toner, I'd recommend equal amounts of Wella Koleston 7/2 and Wella Koleston 7/3 with 10 vol developer. The 7/2 is green-based and will correct the red, while the 7/3 is gold and will correct the purple.

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      Brandy 2 years ago

      Thank you so much for your help! I decided to use a color remover (which worked incredible) then I used a level 7 ash. My hair turned out perfect! Thanks again :-)

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Brandy,

      That's great that your colour worked out.

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      stacey 2 years ago

      Hi, I'm a level 6-7 Red Violet. My hair faded some but I want to lighten it to a dark blonde for now and do an ombre so I have two questions, one is this possible and two how : )

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Stacey,

      If your hair is a level 6, it already is dark blonde. If it's closer to a level 7, it's closer to a medium blonde. This can sound strange but it makes sense if you think of level and tone as separate. The level is how dark it is while the tone is the actual colour.

      If you were looking at a 6G and a 6R the colours look different: the first is dark golden blonde, while the second is dark red blonde. Both are the same level, but very different results as the 6R is a bright red colour. What you need to do to reach something which looks like an actual blonde is to neutralise the red and violet tones to produce a more natural shade.

      This involves toning, and as toning adds a small amount of colour, you'd be best giving it a mild bleach wash first. Lighten it half to one whole level and then rinse. After that, tone using a mixture of green based ash and a golden shade. For this you could use Wella Koleston 7/2 (Medium blonde - green ash) and 7/3 (Medium golden blonde). This will produce a fairly neutral to slightly cool dark blonde result.

      For the ombre you need to bleach the ends of your hair. You can get a graduated effect or a flat effect depending on what you want. The difference is that a graduated effect would get even lighter as it moves towards the ends while a flat colour is the same level all over. Let me know what kind of result you would prefer and I'll explain in more detail.

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      Kady 2 years ago

      Hi! I've been dying my hair medium red for a few months, but now I want to go to a light purple color. Is there maybe a gradual way to do this without using bleach?

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Kady,

      Not really. Because your hair is dyed, adding more dye on top isn't going to lighten it. If the colour you want is lighter, the only way to get to it is to first lighten your hair.

      However, if you were using permanent dye and you had lighter hair before you dyed it red, dye remover may work. This breaks down the artificial colour from the dye and it washes out of your hair. Dye remover only works on permanent dye though and doesn't always work if you've added layer after layer of hair.

      Apart from that, you can mix blue tone into a purple colour and apply that for a purple result. This will be as dark as your hair is now, so it won't be a light purple, but it is achievable without lightening. The blue that is added mixes with the red that is already in your hair to produce the intended result, otherwise it would be more magenta than purple.

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      Kmase 2 years ago

      So my niece dyed her light to med blonde hair a darker med red shade. She wanted to return to the blonde and used a Wella color remover product. Her hair is now a light and bright Orange, like Tennessee Volunteer orange. What should be done next to get it to any normal shade of blonde? At this point she isn't concerned with it being her exact natural color, just normal blonde will do and she will let it grow out to natural color gradually with as little interference as possible to avoid a root line.

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Kmase,

      It's still a bit too dark to tone to blonde. She could tone it with a dark ash blonde and that will take the orange to a light brown, but she would need to either use the dye remover again and try to take out more of the colour first, or bleach it to at least a golden-orange before it will be able to be dyed blonde again.

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      Denise 2 years ago

      Hi Maffew,

      My hair is naturally dark brown, almost black but not quite. It ALWAYS tends to pull red color so for the fall season I decided to work with it. I went to a salon and dyed it burgundy red. To keep up the color I've been using Rusk Deepshine Direct in Wine every 3-4 weeks but I'm soooo tired of dealing with keeping red hair. It's very high maintenance! I want to dye my hair a golden brown color and get ombre, done by a pro, afterward. If you could lead me the right way I would love some advice. I'm scared I will mess up and create a mess!

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      Not happy 2 years ago

      Hi. I had highlights/lowlights put in my hair. Highlights turned out a lot lighter than I wanted so stylist added toner. Still didn't like the color ( looked too orange) so I went back the next day and told her to do an all over color. Now it looks red purple. Still don't like. How do I go to a light to medium brown?

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Denise,

      Direct dyes like the Rusk red you've been using to maintain your red can be somewhat more irritating to remove because you can't use dye remover on them and bleach never takes it all out. How dark is it currently?

      The best way to get rid of it is going to be to bleach your hair to lighten it slightly further than the darkness you want for the brown, and then tone out the orange colour that will result. It needs to be slightly lighter than what you want after bleaching as the toning adds cool pigment into your hair that darkens while it neutralises the warmth.

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Not Happy,

      Sounds like a 'mocha shade' or something similar was used for the all over colour. This is a warm colour with red and purple tones and not really what you want to put over hair that is already too warm.

      Quick question first, is your hair even now? Ie, are the highlights still visible as either lighter sections, a slightly different colour, or both?

      You can tone your hair to get rid of the red purple colour, but any difference in the hair that was previously highlighted will still remain somewhat uneven afterwards; albeit without the warmth.

      I'd recommend using a mix of both light ash brown and light golden brown for this as 75% of the ash shade and 25% golden shade. The ash cancels out the red, while the small amount of gold is necessary to cancel out the violet that is causing the purple appearance. Without the gold it will still neutralise the red, but the purple tinge will remain.

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      Chandra 2 years ago

      My natural hair color was a dark brown that looks black. I bleached it to blonde and added Crimson mixed with raging red (Adore brand) and it looked at bright red. When it started to fade

      I used raging red so now it's a darker red just a little bit though. I want to go back to my natural color if not as dark then at least brown, a medium brown. I'm unsure of what do. A friend of mine (cosmetology student) told me that I couldn't. Any advice on what to do would be greatly appreciated.

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      Denise 2 years ago

      My hair is still a vibrant red. Not as much on the blue side with the undertones now though it's fading out to a brown/red/orange color. I'm very nervous about bleaching my hair. It is brittle and dry due to highlights, coloring, and heat styling. I've heard horror stories about bleach causing breakage or worse! Is there anything else I can do to avoid bleaching? Maybe dying a different color or multiple applications over time to get the red out?!?!

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Chandra,

      Easy peasy,

      Just apply a red protein filler, then cover that with a dark natural brown (3N), after it has soaked in. The protein filler will even out the red in your hair and correct any porosity. This red colour then forms the base tone for your dark brown colour.

      I don't know why your friend said you couldn't dye it back though. I'd imagine they merely meant you can't get your exact natural colour or directly reverse the bleaching. The result you achieve will be close to black, and very close to your natural colour. You can't replicate all the little nuances of your natural shade with dye though.

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Denise,

      That's perfectly fine and I'm glad you mentioned the condition of your hair. If not using bleach, you will need to use a darker ash to cover the red. That will neutralise the red tone and take it to a darker shade of brown.

      Do you know what level your red hair is? Otherwise, you can link to a picture of red hair that looks similar and I can tell you. The ash dye you use will need to be at least the same level; though will more likely need to be a level darker in order to get rid of it, so you will need to know what level your hair is to choose the right dye.

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      Lynsey Harte 2 years ago from Glasgow

      I wish I had found this hub sooner. I had an awful experience involving being in a hairdressers for 3 days while having all sorts of bleach and heat applied at the same time!! My hair was ruined at the time, and I developed a mild phobia of hairdressers lol Will definitely remember this though!!! Voted up and pinned :)

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Sparkleyfinger,

      That definitely doesn't sound like it was a good experience. Some hairdressers tend to just attempt to bleach out red dye until they strip most of it out. It's better to only bleach it to lighten it to how light it needs to be and then neutralise the red with toning though as you can never actually get it all out with the former method. In any case, I'm glad you enjoyed the article.

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      Kelsey 2 years ago

      I recently dyed my hair red using Ion Brilliance, I loved the color, but I want something different. I bleached my hair, but the red color didn't come out, it's now a pink color and my roots are blond. Can I put the blue dye over?

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Kelsey,

      You can put it over, but the small amount of remaining red may create a slight violet tinge in your blue colour depending on how dark the blue dye is. The darker your blue colour, the less likely you'll notice any mixing of tone as the small amount of red leftover will be completely drabbed by the concentration of pigment in darker dyes.

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      Brodie 2 years ago

      Hi maffew

      I dyed my hair bright red, with loreal hi colour highlights bright red, then once that faded I used the magenta.

      I now have horrible regrowth and sick of being bright red.

      My original hair colour is orange/red.

      Before this my hair was black, then dark brown with brown ends. Then from that I bleached it ones it was orange and then darker on middle of my hair and that's when I went red.

      Now I'm wanting to go a nice light brown, with lighter balyage through it. I can do all that myself but, I'm wondering what I should do to get the at least a light brown.

      I've been washing my hair a lot to try to naturally strip some red, it's faded Ali in places.

      Should I bleach it, then use an ash colour dye on too then the brown I'm after?

      Would be much appreciated if you could get back to me

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      Susan 2 years ago

      Hi Maffew,

      I dyed my dark blonde hair with highlights with temporary light red and it ended up much to bright for my liking. I do not want to wait for it to fade and would like to dye it medium brown. Do I have to use a color remover, wait for it to fade, or can I just dye over it? I am willing to go a shade or two darker. Thank you so much for your advice.

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      Susan 2 years ago

      I just wanted to clarify that by temporary I meant demipermenant. When I dye overdo I have to use permanent or can I use demipermenant?

      Thanks!

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Brodie,

      Bleach is going to be the best option if the overall colour is darker than a light brown. You need it to be a bit lighter than the level you actually want as toning out the leftover red will darken somewhat. Ideally, bleach it to closer to dark blonde, then dye over that with light ash brown.

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Susan,

      If the demi-permanent dye you used was mixed with peroxide developer, it's partially oxidative. This can be somewhat removed with dye remover. Deposit only demi-permanent dyes that use an acid developer can't however, because of the way dye remover works.

      However, a medium brown will easily cover the red if it's a dark blonde or lighter shade (Level 6 or lighter). Any darker and it will still mostly cover it, but you may see some warmth remain. It's better to allow the demi to wash out before going ahead with the medium brown, but it doesn't matter too much overall if you're in a rush to change the colour. If you can't wait, use an ash shade and that will help cut down on warmth.

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      Mari 2 years ago

      Hi I decided on dying my hair dark chocolate brown after dying my hair for the 4th time REFLECTIVE AUBURN BLACK. It's been over 8 months since I've dyed it and the red hasn't faded all the way so I'm wondering if I dye it dark chocolate brown will I still need to do the mixing of the ash? Or would I be better off dying it a dark ash brown alone. I hope you can help me on this. Thank you

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      Claire Manning 2 years ago

      Hi there. My long (in between waist & bra strap length) natural colour is a dirty blond & I have been dying it XXL Live Color #33 bright red for approx 2/3 years. Over the last 8 months I went over the red ends & dip dyed it XXL Live Color deep black on the last third of the hair. I am now sick to death of the upkeep as my light roots are through in 2 weeks & not only is it costing me a fortune but it's getting extremely tiresome. What is my best option for removing as much colour as possible? I was thinking of a nice honey blond colour but I have been really eyeballing & loving the silver grey colours about at the moment! Now I know this is going to be impossible but even if I can get to the honey colour I will be happier than the red! I have been recommended BlondMe to remove using their Blond Toning & Crystal developer & the Goldwell System but I am completely in the dark & don't know what I am doing & will be doing this at homde with my mothers help. So am I to understand that I need to remove colour, then bleach then use a green based ash colour? I have also been told that XXL Live Color is easy to lift. Can I do this all in one day or will I have to walk around looking like a freak in between treatments?? I am completely confused, at a loss & need help. Thank you. (I am in the UK)

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      Claire Manning 2 years ago

      I have also been told that Colour B4 is better than Goldwell.

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Mari,

      Given that you're wanting to reach a dark chocolate brown colour I'd recommend mixing the equivalent ash shade into that dye instead of using the ash by itself. If you just use ash, it will end up far cooler than you want. Chocolate tones are quite warm, so you really just want to soften that red a little rather than completely neutralise it.

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Claire,

      That amount of dye is difficult to remove; especially with the black on your ends. It's not likely you'll be able to get it light enough to tone to silver without significant damage. A darker blonde is certainly easier and more achievable and you'll have more luck with that, but it's mostly based on the condition of your hair. If it's still in very good condition when you reach the blonde levels, you can cautiously take it towards a lighter shade of blonde.

      As for the process, I'd recommend using dye remover first to break down as much of the dye as possible. This is drying but it isn't damaging as long as you use conditioner afterwards, so the more dye you can remove with it, the better off you'll be later on when you start bleaching. Once you get to that point, bleach with 20 vol developer and a decent bleach powder; eg, BlondeMe or Igora Vario if you want to use Schwarzkopf brands. Indola and Wella also make excellent bleach powder. When bleaching, you also need to apply to the hair that was black first and allow that to lighten up to match the rest of your hair. As it's darker, it will stay darker then the rest of your lengths if you don't do this.

      Your main goal first is to get everything light enough for toning. You can tone out any unwanted colour, but if it's not light enough there's no amount of toning that will make it lighter. Toning only deposits colour and it is by depositing a complementary tone that the unwanted tone is neutralised. Violet will neutralise yellow, blue will neutralise orange, and green will neutralise red. This is because when these colours are balanced, the way light interacts with your hair causes it to look neutral.

      You have to use whichever tone is appropriate for the tones that are left in your hair. If your hair looks mostly red for example, you'll benefit most from a green-based ash like Wella Koleston's /2 dyes. By using the right level for how dark your hair is, you can neutralise unwanted red that wouldn't be affected by a regular ash blonde dye as most ash blonde shades are based on violet, violet-blue, or in rarer circumstances blue. If your hair is more orange or golden at this point though, you won't need anything green-based.

      In summary, use dye remover to strip out as much dye as possible. Then bleach your hair the rest of the way until it is as light as you want it. Following that, tone with the right complementary colour to neutralise the unwanted warmth that is left. If you have trouble with this let me know what it looks like and I'll be able to give you a better idea of what you can use to get rid of the unwanted colour. Until you actually lighten it though, there's no accurate prediction of what colour it will be before toning.

      One last thing in regards to your question about whether you can do it all in one day. Unfortunately not. It'd be best to use the dye remover, wait at least 2 days, bleach, and then wait at least a full week before bleaching again if you need to lighten it more. Bleaching your hair more than once in a week without a break for your hair to recover is an easy way to destroy it. Without time for natural oils to build back up and the pH to normalise, a subsequent bleaching is significantly damaging. The dryness gets worse and that combined with the high pH leads to a lot of breakage. You can tone at any point with a temporary colour to stop it looking terrible if you really need to, but this adds colour that although temporary and able to be washed out, will still make it harder to lighten.

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      Mari 2 years ago

      Thank you :) I just returned the chocolate brown dye and got dark ash brown but I will go get the dark chocolate again. I Can't just buy one chocolate brown and keep one dark ash and mix them both?

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      Mari 2 years ago

      Oh and they are boxed dye is it safe to mix two ?

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      Mari 2 years ago

      Sorry again last message I promise. is dark chocolate brown close to a black color? I really don't want a very dark color I always had black hair and wanted something more brighter I guess. Is there a color you could recommend that is in the brown family but also that we'll help with the red in my hair.

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi again Mari,

      No problem with mixing the dyes as long as it they are the same brand and colour line. You'll probably find it easier if you mix them with a tinting bowl and brush though, as the applicator bottle supplied with box dye wouldn't be the easiest way to mix it.

      Dark brown is close to black. On porous hair it can even look black for a while until it starts to fade, so it's not always the best option if you want to avoid going that dark. If that's the case, use medium brown shades instead.

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      Hilary 2 years ago

      Hi Maffew - what wonderful help and information you give! Thanks in advance for your help...

      Just a quick question... I have always used semi permanent dark brown dye on my hair to keep it nice and shiny and a fairly dark... For years now 10+ .. With the occasional highlights at a salon to switch it up.. Which I never keep for very long.

      My natural hair was probably a golden light brown/blonde.

      I dyed my hair red a few months ago which you can only really see in the sunlight..,but don't want to deal with the roots coming in.... I did buy the color fix remover but before I use it- just wanted to get your insight because of the dark semi permanent color underneath the red... What do you think would be best to get it back to a nice brown.. I would love to get a golden brown/blonde but am not very hopeful... Thanks so much!

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Hilary,

      As the dark brown dye you've been using is semi-permanent, dye remover can't remove it because it only works on permanent dye.

      The reason for this is based on the way permanent dye works. Developer which is mixed with the dye causes a chemical reaction where the dye is oxidised. Before this, the dye is comprised of small colourless molecules that are small enough to penetrate into the hair shaft. When oxidised, these dye molecules take on the intended colour of the dye and are too big to be washed back out of the hair shaft.

      Dye remover reverses this by breaking down the bonds again so that the dye breaks back down into its original form. It can be washed back out of the hair because it's no longer too large to leave the hair shaft.

      Semi-permanent dye is more like a stain. Oxidation doesn't take place, so there is nothing for dye remover to actually reverse. If the red dye was a permanent dye though, chances are it will help remove that red tinge. Because this is only a slight tone and you would still have all that dark brown dye on your hair, it probably won't make much of a difference.

      As for removing the semi-permanent dark brown dye, you can get mineral oil based products, as well as other kinds of 'colour removers' which contain solvents that can help dissolve the stain from the semi-permanent dye. These kinds of products aren't always extremely reliable though. The best idea is just to stop using any more of the dark brown dye and wash your hair with clarifying shampoo. This will gradually remove the dye and start to take you back to the colour that is underneath the dye.

      Once you no longer see any more fading of the dye, you will have to bleach it to get it any lighter. After that, it would be necessary to use a light brown dye to tone it to the exact shade you want once it is light enough. Also, on a side note, the hair that was previously highlighted may fade quicker and lighter. This is because this hair has been lightened in the past and it could be more porous. If this becomes a problem you can even it out when bleaching by starting with the darker hair first.

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      Hilary 2 years ago

      Thank you so much!

      So just to confirm - using the remover could get a little bit of the red out - so that part is kind of optional...or would you recommend doing it regardless? (it was a permanent dye)...After that I will just have to get the semi-permanent dark brown to fade out with clarifying shampoo, then use bleach to get it lighter if desired.

      Would going straight to bleach first, and skipping the other steps be an option?

      My natural roots (light brown) are coming through and its such a contrast with the reddish dark color I have now, that is the problem I am trying to fix without putting more red on.

      Thanks again!

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Hilary,

      You can use the bleach straight away, but the dye remover doesn't cause damage, so any amount of dye it can remove makes it easier to lighten afterwards. The clarifying shampoo and fading the colour over time is also an easy way to take out additional colour and decrease damage and your use of bleach.

      However, if you're in a rush, you can skip both of those processes. After bleaching it to the desired lightness, you'll need to tone it with another dye to deal with the warmth that is revealed and get it to a nice shade of light brown as bleaching will reveal a bright orange colour by the time it gets to the light brown level.

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      emi 2 years ago

      hei

      so i dyed my medium brown hair with wella 7.1 mixed with just a 6% developer and it turned out brassy(my hair was almost virgin ). can i get a cool dark blond if i just put that again with a 9% or a 6% developer or it will never work that way and the only way for me is bleach and then tone.

      cause i.m afraid of bleach and i would rather go back then bleach.

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Emi,

      The reason this happens is that although you're using an ash shade, the 20 vol developer tends to lift a maximum of 2 levels in most cases. This lightens your hair from medium brown, which is level 4, to about a dark blonde, which is level 6. The ash tone in the Wella dye used is at level 7 though, so it's not quite strong enough to fully neutralise the darker warmth in your hair and it ends up brassier than intended.

      If you would actually like it a little lighter, by all means go ahead and dye it again. The more dye in your hair, the less lightening you'll see with another dye, but you have a bit of leeway here before bleach is your only option. If you had dyed your hair black, that would be a different story and no amount of subsequent dyeing is going to lighten it very far, but blonde dyes don't deposit as much pigment so you can still expect it to produce noticeable lightening if you go over it again.

      If you're happy with how light it is and just want to get rid of that brassiness though, you can do this using a dark ash blonde dye. This is strong enough to properly tone out the warmth and give you a cooler result.

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      emi 2 years ago

      hello again

      thanks for the help

      i.m sorry i posted in the red dye page but the color really freaked me out and to my subjective mind it looks like bright red.

      so thanks again

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Emi,

      That's alright. Let me know if you have any trouble toning it or have any further questions about the process.

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      Kate M. 2 years ago

      I have naturally dark brown hair and on wed I went to the hairdresser and got a copper balayage. I didn't atticpate how orange the copper would be and I would like to remove the copper highlights and return to my natural brown hair colour all over. I have bought a semi pernament hair loreal casting creme goss dark brown hair dye. It stays leave for 20 mins but I have never died my roots of my hair before and I'm worried it will turn my hair black? Also is this the right thing to do to remove the copper highlights?

      Thanks!

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      Amber Johnson 2 years ago

      Hello I have been red very bright in 6-7 range for going 6 years. I want to lighten it to achieve a copper or strawberry color.How should i go about doin? Please and thank you for any advice

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Kate,

      Semi-permanent dye will wash out over time so be sure this is what you want to use as it will have to be repeated every few weeks to maintain the colour. As for your hair turning black, this can happen with such a dark colour; especially over the balayaged hair, which will be more porous as it has been lightened. Given that it will wash out, this isn't too much of a problem unless you're using a permanent dye, in which case you'd be best using a medium brown dye instead.

      Another option is to foil permanent dye over the balayage, wait for it to develop and darken up to where you want it, and then just apply fresh dye to the rest of your hair for a few minutes to get it to look even all over.

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Amber,

      How much lighter do you want to take it? 1 level? 2 levels?

      Bleach it as light as you want it to be, then apply a demi-permanent ash dye, one level lighter and process only until it softens the warmth and produces the more subtle red tone that is present in strawberry blonde hair. As you want this sort of shade, the process is a lot easier for you because you're not concerned with neutralising every last trace of red tone. You still need to use an ash dye rather than a strawberry blonde dye though as there will be too much red at first and the strawberry shade would only add more. The colour you get is the result of the colour you add, plus the colour that is already in your hair.

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      ellie 2 years ago

      Hi,

      I dyed my hair red but didn't like it so I dyed black that was four months age and is faded th dark brown I would like to go light blonde would a hair dye remover and bleach work?

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Ellie,

      How many times did you apply the black dye? The less times it was applied, the more lift you'll get from the dye remover. Overall, there is also red dye underneath that and the dye remover is probably only going to take you back to a red-brown shade, or possibly to bright red. If it removes more, that's a bonus, and it's not damaging so it's worth using first regardless.

      After this, bleach to level 8 and then tone with light ash blonde. Normally at this point, your hair would look yellow before toning when it reaches level 8, but this isn't likely to be the case with all that red and black dye in your hair. Red tones persist from dark dyes and it will probably look closer to a bright ginger colour instead. Base your judgement on the depth of the colour (Lightness), rather than the colour it reaches. It may help to look at pictures of light natural blonde, light golden blonde, and light ash blonde if you aren't sure how light level 8 is. This will give you an idea of how light your hair will need to be before toning.

      During the process, be very mindful of your hair's condition, use protein treatments, and take it slow with the bleaching over a number of weeks. This kind of transition from dark brown or black colour is very hard on your hair.

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      monica 2 years ago

      Hello.. i wanted to know how can i get rid of dark red color with black in it too. Should i strip the color out or use a hair dye?

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      ChristySamarel 2 years ago

      Hi,

      To start, I want to apologize for the details I am about to share on my hair history. I just want you to have all the 411 to avoid back and forth questions and answers. And I want to thank you ahead of time for your advice. I read your blog and it is super helpful and informative! This is my first time blogging, by the way!

      I have natural straight black hair. I have been dyeing it light brown, and now red for the past 7 years (permed 2x but most of the permed hair has been cut off). 6 months ago, I had red with blonde highlights. I then colored it red over the highlights. My last trip to the hair salon (last week) I wanted dark blonde/light brown. My hair stylist said I had to start with a dark brown, like a 5. So she bleach washed my hair to remove the red but it didn't take much. So now I have really dark brown hair with red tone. My question is that is it safe now for me to use store bought dark blonde, like Wella brand, to achieve my desired color?

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Monica,

      It does depend a lot on what result you want. Without knowing what colour you want to reach, I can't give much in the way of recommendation other than that a darker ash dye will cover and neutralise red shades, whilst for a lighter colour you need to bleach to slightly past the colour you want and then tone with ash to neutralise the remaining red tone.

      In your situation, if the red is very dark to the point that it looks almost black and you don't want to go lighter or darker, it needs to be corrected slightly differently by lifting at least one level and then toning to darken it back up and neutralise the red tone.

      Let me know what colour you want to achieve and I can give you a better idea of how to reach it.

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Christy

      It's fine to use the dye as long as your hair is still in good condition, but unfortunately it probably won't do anything in terms of lightening. Dyed hair is a combination of natural pigment and artificial pigment from any dye that has been used. Using more dye doesn't cause significant lift of the artificial colour because it will only lighten your natural pigment.

      To remove the dye, you need either dye remover or bleach. Bleach destroys the dye molecules whilst dye remover works by reversing the chemical process that gets it into the hair and makes it permanent. With dye remover though, you'll see less of an effect when your hair has been dyed many times or with darker colours.

      If you just want to use the dye to tone your hair and cut down on the amount of red tone in-between salon visits whilst you proceed to blonde however, it can still be used for this, but keep in mind that it is adding more colour into your hair again and this will make it harder for your hairdresser to lighten your hair.

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      Tara 2 years ago

      Hi, i hope you can help, iv been red for 12+ months this is a mix of salon and box colours it's a deep red, today iv put a chocolate box colour on (loreal honey chocolate 503) however it has such a prominent red tone in the light it still looks red, how can i rid it of red tones i want to go a dark brown! is the honey chocolate possibly including red tones? Thanks in advance

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Tara,

      Chocolate shades tend to contain a lot of red tone to give them the warmth characteristic of the colour. It's not so much that this red tone leads to your hair looking red, but more that there isn't enough cool tone in a chocolate colour to counteract the red that was already in your hair from dyeing it red.

      To correct this, tone your hair with light ash brown in semi-permanent. This will add cool tone back in and neutralise the warmth. After application, rinse as soon as enough red tone has been corrected and you like the colour. You don't need to leave it in for the full development time. Putting

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      monica 2 years ago

      Hi, thanks for responding. Yes that was my fault for not being specific. I want to get rid of the dark red off of a friends hair. She wanted to go red but whoever did it must've not known much. So she said it was red for like 2 days and then she started seeing a lot of really dark black parts on her hair as well.. so now she wants to get rid of it and go for a light broWn in the 6 level i say. So i need tips on what to do so i can achieve that color on her. I also use wella hair color.

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Monica,

      Because the colour is much darker than the colour that is desired, you'll need to lighten it. You can start out by using dye remover to remove permanent dye, but the effectiveness of this decreases with very dark colours or dye build-up. It's an optional step that can make it easier to lighten it but can be skipped if desired. In any case, dye remover is non-damaging.

      After this, lighten the hair further with bleach if it is still too dark and take it to about level 7. You want it to be lighter than level 6 because of the patchiness, which will very likely persist after lightening. Dyeing it with a mix of natural light brown and ash light brown will then darken it to the final colour, neutralise the red, and even it up.

      The idea here is that the natural, being a balanced shade containing all three primary colours, is the only shade that can properly darken hair evenly. Other tones like ash tend to leave patchiness. Mixing the two gives you the toning of the ash but allows you to darken everything to the same level. Use Wella Koleston 6/0 and 6/1 half and half for this.

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      lilly 2 years ago

      Hi,

      I have dyed bright Auburn hair and I want to get a white blonde hair color I am not sure how to get without my going orange a friend told me if I put a couple of drops of green food coloring in the bleach mix I will get blonde not orange hair. Do you know if this is true? If not how would you recommend me get white hair?

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Lilly,

      You'll need to bleach to pale yellow and then tone with pastel violet to reach white. At this point, just about all remaining red tone is going to be lifted out, but any red dye that does persist will look a very pale orange colour and this can be neutralised by using a blue-based toner rather than violet. Eg, Wella Koleston 10/8 is blue-based and tones to silvery white.

      As for the food colouring, I wouldn't recommend adding it to bleach. Not because it won't work--green tone does neutralise red, but not orange or yellow--but rather because bleach is a powerful oxidant and there's no way to tell how it is going to affect the green dye you're adding. It could break it down, or it could change it into a different chemical entirely.

      It's better to tone separately rather than try and mix colours into bleach because you don't know what colour your hair will be until you get it as light as it needs to be. You can't neutralise a tone when you don't know what tone will be present. Focus on getting it pale, and then decide on the colour to use based on what it looks like at that point, because if you don't get it light enough, you can't dye it white regardless of whether you tone it properly or not.

      Once you do get to that point, neutralise yellow with violet, yellow-orange with violet-blue, or orange with blue. Only use green-based dyes on actual red, where the red tone is true red and not more orange.

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      Mell Watson 2 years ago

      Great info, tho I would never dare to dye my hair orange/red :)

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      Jocelyn Rain 2 years ago from Pennsylvania

      So glad I came across this article. I love dying my hair red, especially in the summer. I haven't for quite some time because the last time I dyed it I did it myself and didn't get the results I wanted and almost ruined my hair by using laundry detergent to strip the color from my hair. I feel more confident I can do it correctly now.

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      mazza1 2 years ago

      Hi Maffew,

      I hope you can advise me on how to change a red red tone to a more natural copper/ auburn tone such as Wella 6.41.

      Last year my hair was dyed with a demi-permanent level 4 brown colour, I let this fade and then used colour B4 to lift it 1 or 2 levels and there were orangey patches due to highlights which I was expecting and was pleased with the overall result as I wanted to get my hair to a natural deep orangey/copper shade as the final colour.

      Instead of doing the colour myself I went to a hairdresser, they stripped my hair with bleach to a maybe a yellowish level 7 type blonde and then used something like a permanent Wella 66/44 or possibly 6/45 instead of the Auburn / copper red I want.

      So my question is how best to get a Wella 66.44 to something like a 6.41 which is the colour I really want? Do I need to use Colour B4 to remove the tone and then dye with 6.41 or….as I already have the level 6 red base in my hair can I neutralise this with something like an ash based 7.1? or do I not need to neutralise the red completely and use something like a 6.7? or just plain 6.0? I am cautious of making the hair just go dark brown. I would really appreciate your advice as anywhere I look it is mostly people wanting to get rid of red tones all together, not moving from an unnatural red to a more natural one. Thanks.

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Mazza,

      Easiest way to do this is to use Wella Color Touch 8/1, apply, and leave only until it has softened the copper before rinsing. You want a fairly light ash like this or else it will just neutralise most of the red tone. Of course, you can always do a strand test if you want to know exactly how it will affect your individual hair and adjust from there.

      This is assuming that you have the exact tone you want and the only problem is that it's too vibrant though. If it looks too red and you want it to be more coppery, use a combination of ash and gold. The gold mixes with red to create copper, whilst the ash softens the overall colour. Adjust as necessary to form the tonal result you want; just make sure that you're using shades that are about 2 levels lighter to avoid excessive toning or darkening.

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      Mary 2 years ago

      I had my hair dyed a vibrant red with a brown base , my hair naturally dark brown and I want to o back to dark brown . Cani mix a 4n with 1/4 4 ash to get a dark brown ? I had done 2 days ago . Should I wait a week ? Thx

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      mazza1 2 years ago

      Thanks so much for your advice Maffew. I have a 7/1 and some 8/38 ( gold and ash) so I will strand test them to see what works best.

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      Maffew James 2 years ago

      Hi Mary,

      Perfectly fine to do so. If the red is darker than level 6, consider using more ash in the mixture, or even the ash only to ensure it doesn't continue to show red tones in your dark brown colour. If you would like a warmer brown though, this isn't going to matter as much. In any case, if you're still seeing red tone after dyeing, this can still be corrected later with ash if necessary.

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      Carrie Peterson 2 years ago from Colorado Springs, CO

      Wow! This is fabulous! I had bright red hair but had to give it up because of the intense maintenance required to keep it looking vibrant (think: Ronald McDonald color). I was using a L'Oreal product meant just for highlights, but I used it on my whole head. To maintain it, I used the L'Oreal on my roots with a lift, then used Splat on the rest of the hair. The Splat is an incredibly messy product, not only can you NOT get it on your scalp, God help your shower! It was wonderful but faded very quickly .... and then of course it's faded but won't wash out entirely so I switched to brown. I would like to go to a dark blonde but have no idea how to get there.

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      Maffew James 24 months ago

      Hi Brynn,

      The process to get to dark blonde would require lightening with bleach to slightly lighter than dark blonde, then toning with green-based ash blonde dye to neutralise the red tone. The toning adds this cool tone in to counteract the red and this will darken the hair slightly again, which is why it should be lightened slightly further than the colour you actually want in order to get the exact result afterwards.

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      wiserworld 24 months ago

      This was really informative and incredibly detailed. I always wondered if this would work well with red Koolaid...

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      Carrie Peterson 24 months ago from Colorado Springs, CO

      Thanks!

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      Lisa 24 months ago

      Thanks for this article and for following up on the questions!

      I have (dyed) light brown hair with unwanted red undertones. Strong red undertones that have resisted previous efforts to neutralize them. I've tried purple shampoos, "red out", and also tried dying with an ashy light brown colour. The red always comes through.

      Do you have any suggestions? If so, can you suggest specific products by name (if that's allowed). I'd love to go into the store with a list rather than trying to figure it out myself and getting it wrong again!

      Thanks again for tackling this. My most frustrating hair issue! :)

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      Maffew James 24 months ago

      Hi Lisa,

      Light ash brown wasn't strong enough to neutralise the red undertone? In that case, you're going to need to use a darker shade. You will notice darkening from full neutralisation though as you're adding cool tone to counteract the appearance of the red tone. Ie, the total amount of pigment decreases, even though it gives the illusion that the red tone is 'gone'.

      To do this, you can use a light ash brown with added ash intensifier/concentrate (Availability will depend on brand), or a medium ash brown, or a mix of light and medium ash brown to create a colour between those 2 levels rather than going as far as the medium brown.

      Strand testing will be the best idea here though with your previous trouble as brands vary and it's possible for one brand's light brown to be darker or lighter than a different brand. If you apply a small amount of dye either to a small section of hair, or to a few strands of hair you've cut off from the layers underneath, this will give you a good idea of whether the dye is strong enough. If the colour doesn't change, either go a level darker, or add ash intensifier until it does. Vice versa, if the colour becomes ashy very quickly, the dye is too strong. You don't want the colour to change to quickly or else you can easily lose control of the toning.

      For an example of a product you can use, I'd recommend using Wella Koleston 5/1 and adding 0/11 (Pure ash tone) as necessary to increase the toning power. Alternatively, instead of the 0/11 you could add 0/28 which is a green and blue concentrate, and this will allow better toning of red and copper tones, but you'll need to be careful with how much you use and test if in doubt.

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      Lisa 24 months ago

      Hi again,

      Thanks for your suggestions. I'll give it a try! I did use an ash intensifier last time…. it was strange. For the first week my hair was extremely dark, even though I'd dyed it light brown. The red was gone, but my hair looked way too dark. Then the ash intensifier slowly washed out over the next few weeks, and now I'm back to light brown with red undertones. I hope your idea will work! Thanks. :)

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      Maffew James 24 months ago

      Hi Lisa,

      This is what happens with toning, your hair will darken to some extent. If you want it lighter when it's fully toned, it's best to bleach it out lighter then what you actually want and then tone, as that way when it darkens back up, it darkens to the level you want.

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      jennifer 23 months ago

      I have dark ash blond hair with natural dark blond highlights every time i try to dye my hair it orange or red now what do i do to remove the red dye

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      Maffew James 23 months ago

      Hi Jennifer,

      I'll need more information to give you a better idea of what to do, but if the dye you used was permanent and you've only applied it once on top of your dark blonde natural colour, you can remove it with hair dye remover. Dye remover becomes less effective the more times dye has been applied, the darker the dye is, and the longer it has been before using. It only works on permanent dye and won't strip out semi-permanent dye. After using it, you will generally need to tone with ash to neutralise any remaining red tone from the red dye.

      As for more specific guidelines, if you can tell me what type of dye you used (Semi, demi, or permanent), whether your hair was dark blonde prior to dyeing or you had used any other colours, and how many times the dye was used, as well as what shade was used, I will have a better idea. There's no real panacea for every unwanted colour as they need to be treated on a case by case basis depending on what was used and what your hair has been through previously.

      One tip though; if you're using warm brown, chocolate brown, auburn or other similar shades, these can turn orange or red because the red tones in these shades become really dominant if they are applied to blonde hair, and this could explain why you're seeing this happen all the time. An easy way to deal with this is to mix natural/neutral into the shade you want so that the result is more balanced. Eg, if you were using medium chocolate brown, you can mix this as half medium chocolate brown and half medium natural brown and there's far less chance of redness occurring.

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      Alison T. 23 months ago

      This is the most amazing article! Thank you so much! I'm currently a level 5 red/violet/brown or whatever I am now, lol, and I want to work my way back to an ash blonde. I'm going to follow everything I've read off this article and the one about toning. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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      Maffew James 23 months ago

      Hi Alison,

      I'm glad you've found it helpful. With the ash blonde, your first step is going to be to get it light enough for the blonde you want, and then take it a little further past that because the amount of pigment that will be required to tone it and also take it to a cooler ash shade from the red tones that will be remaining will darken it slightly when you get to that point.

      For the toning, the use of a standard ash blonde dye at the level you're aiming for is good if you're seeing mostly an orange colour after lightening. If it's more of a reddish tone, the use of a small amount of green-based ash mixed into this ash blonde will help neutralise it more effectively. For anything else, like violet tones that remain, you'd need to adjust accordingly, but you shouldn't see the violet tone persist after lightening.

      If it does, or if you're having any trouble working out what dyes to use for toning, let me know and I can give you a more precise shade or mix of shades to deal with it, but you won't know for sure what you're toning until it has been lightened.

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      Taylor 23 months ago

      Hey Matthew!

      My natural hair is a very neutral soft blonde color my mother always lovingly referred to as dish water blonde. However, the moment i step into the sun it turns light golden blonde with platinum highlights.

      For the past couple years I've been dying my hair fiery red but stopped last thanksgiving to go back to my natural color, or something near it. I just don't want the upkeep of red any more and i want to look like me again!

      For the past few weeks I've been using the John freida blonder shampoo and bleaching spray with a lot of success. Much of the bright, vibrant red has faded to copper red with some blonde peeking through, but still not my natural color.

      Should i bleach out the rest, or use an ash based blonde to neutralize the rest of the red? Can i use a warm blonde over the ash, if it does get the red out? To avoid looking too mousy?

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      Taylor 23 months ago

      I should mention it is turning kinda orangey-yellow

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      Maffew James 22 months ago

      Hi Taylor,

      Depends on whether it is light enough for you. If it's light enough, you can go ahead and tone to neutralise the remaining red. Doing so will slightly darken it from what it is though, as toning works by adding a complementary colour which balances out the colour you don't want. Lighten slightly further before toning if you want to keep it at a specific level.

      If it's darker than you want it though, you'll need to continue lightening before you can tone. Well, technically you could go ahead and tone if you wanted, but if you do this it will be toned, but still darker than the colour you actually want.

      When you do get around to toning it, use an ash shade 1 level lighter than your current level for a fairly neutral result, or use ash at the same level for an ashier result. You can control how cool the result becomes by not only doing it like this, but watching it as it tones and removing it once it has reached the exact shade you want. If you over-tone it accidentally, leave it for a few washes and most of the time it will fade out to where you want it. If it remains too ashy for your liking, you can indeed put a warm shade over it, but make sure it's 1 - 2 levels lighter so that the effect is subtle and you don't end up with an overly golden or coppery colour and be back where you started.

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      Cec 22 months ago

      Hi there!

      So, my natural hair color is probably a 6 with light highlights and I've been dying my hair red for over a year (dark red at the beginning and for over 8 months I've been dying it with a 7.666 tone). I decided that I no longer want red and that I'd like to go back to my natural hair color, and probably a liiittle darker. So, should i just choose the hair color i want and add a quarter or a bit more of the corresponding ash shade?

      I know that that's what you say in the article but I'm sooo afraid I might do something wrong and end up with an awful color, that I have to ask...

      Thanks a lot :)

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      Maffew James 22 months ago

      Hi Cec,

      How much darker is your natural colour compared to the red colour you have now? If there's only one level difference for example, you will need more ash to properly neutralise the red. The darker you go though, the less ash you need to use because the cool tone in the darker dye will act to neutralise the red without much additional ash tone.

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      Alex 22 months ago

      Hi

      I have been dying my hair red for the last few years, my natural colour is dark brown. I've been left with about 2 inches of bright red roots with dark red length every time I dye. I'm now looking to change to a very ashy almost grey dark brown. Any advice on process and colour choices? I should mention I made the mistake of using a drugstore box last time and it's left my hair in terrible condition

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      Maffew James 22 months ago

      Hi Alex,

      A dark brown colour will look closer to black when it's really ashy, so you may want to consider using a medium brown instead for that prominent ashy tone to show up properly. Shades from medium blonde to light brown will give a truer grey colour if you over-tone them, but that would only be if you wanted an intense grey colour.

      As for the dye to use, for dark brown a dark ash brown dye is fine. Eg, if you were using Matrix SoColor, you could use 4A for this. That ash tone will counteract the red as it darkens up and leave you with a very cool tone.

      If you use a medium ash brown, this is going to get that slight grey tone, but because the dye is lighter, the intense red colour in your hair might not be fully neutralised. You can deal with this with an ash concentrate. Eg, with Matrix SoColor, you can add their blue additive to increase the ash tone.

      As another example, using Wella Koleston,, you could use 3/0 for a dark brown result. This is a natural tone because Wella doesn't have a dark ash brown, but given how dark it is, it will still cover the red properly. You can add 0/28 (Green-blue concentrate), to intensify the ash. With a medium brown shade, you can use 4/0, and again, you can mix in 0/28 for an ashier result if necessary.

      For your hair's condition, you may want to consider using a protein treatment once or twice a week for a few weeks before dyeing it if you feel it's significantly weakened, or just in general to increase the strength and get it back to better condition. With the dye you use, if you're using one of the brands I've mentioned, you'll mix this with 10 vol as the developer and this will cause very little damage. All permanent dyes cause at least a small amount of damage though, so if your hair isn't going to stand up to the process, you're better off dealing with the damage first.

      Finally, for the roots, because these are lighter, you're going to be better off using a natural tone on that area so that it darkens up properly. With your lengths this isn't a problem because they're already a fairly dark red colour and will take the dye properly. For the roots, it means if using an ash shade, mix this half and half as half natural and half ash for use on the roots, and then use the ash by itself on the lengths to get a more even colour.

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      Alex 22 months ago

      Hi

      Thanks for your reply. If I was using wella what would be the process for fixing my roots?.

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      Rachel 22 months ago

      Hi Maffew!

      I had been dyeing my hair with Manic Panic Vampire Red (pink-based, if that means anything) over my unbleached, virgin dark brown hair for about a year, and then I decided that to go blonde. I went to a salon after 4 months of active fading treatments and had them do did a test strand of bleach. It turned out a bright peachy pink, and I was told if I truly want to be golden, I'm probably going to have to grow it out, or risk destroying my hair. That was 4 months ago, and since then I have kept trying to fade it and grow it out, but it's an extremely stubborn color. I have about 4 inches of virgin regrowth now, and after reading this hub, I got this idea of going to the beauty supply shop and picking up some 20 volume bleach paired with an ash blonde toner, and some high-lift ash blonde dye and doing a few test strands to see if any of those different methods would help. My question is, assuming the ash blonde color would properly neutralize the red on the shaft and ends, would it probably look entirely different on the virgin regrowth, even if the bleach lifted both ends of the hair about the same level? I don't want to go platinum, just a lightish golden.

      Thanks! :-)

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      Maffew James 22 months ago

      Hi Alex,

      Apologies for the late reply. For the roots, use the natural shade by itself. Eg, if you were using 4N and a few of the concentrates for the lengths, you should only be using the 4N by itself for the roots because you won't need any extra cool tone in there for that lighter hair.

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      Maffew James 22 months ago

      Hi Rachel,

      I have to stress here that with the use of ash dye, you really want to base your shade selection specifically on how light your hair is. Eg, if your hair is a level 5 and you apply 8A, that will generally do very little. You'd ideally want to use 6A for more of a neutral result, or 5A for a strong ash result. What this means for you is that after you get it as light as you want it, you'll then need to figure out what level it is at, after which you can choose the correct level of ash to tone it properly.

      In terms of lightening, it should be fairly easy to lighten your hair to the blonde level because it's virgin hair and the Manic Panic dye is a semi-permanent dye. Think of it more like a stain than something which actually adds pigment to your hair. When you lighten this, your natural pigment should lift just as effectively as if you'd never dyed it. Only problem here is that the red dye doesn't really come out, so even when you get to the blonde levels, where a level 6 is a dark blonde and your underlying pigment will look golden orange, it will probably look more reddish still.

      This makes it harder to predict what level it's at, and it also means you can't always use a regular ash blonde dye to tone properly. Most ash blonde dyes are beginning to shift to more of a violet-blue base tone at this point, and become more and more violet in tone as they get to lighter levels. Adding one of these won't deal with the red because green tone neutralises this. Blue neutralises orange, and this is important here too. The smaller amount of blue tone in the ash blonde dye won't always be enough to deal with all that copper tone.

      To get around this, the best way is to adjust the tone based on what you're looking at after lightening. If your hair was lightened to a level 7 medium blonde for example, and looked reddish orange, you would know at that point you need green and blue tone to properly neutralise it. To do this, you could use Wella Koleston 8/2 for example, which is a green-based ash blonde dye. This will properly counteract all the red tone. Alternatively, in the same brand, you could use 8/1 for toning, but mix in a little 0/28 concentrate to add green-blue tone to this regular ash.

      Using other brands, you'll need to figure out whether there are green-based ash blondes available to you, as well as what base tones are present in the different shades so that you know how to formulate it to suit your needs. I listed the Wella Koleston shades because they have those green-based ash blonde dyes, and this is really convenient. Many brands don't have these, or don't even have concentrates that are pure tones to mix with their other shades. If you have a particular brand in mind that you want to use, that's definitely fine, but you'll need to be sure they have the shades or additives that you need to modify the colour to suit your purpose.

      As for the regrowth, I'd recommend doing that separately if possible, or at least applying the bleach 10 minutes later into application to this area to prevent hot roots. As for the dye, this will turn out differently here too because your roots will look more golden or yellow at the blonde stage without that red dye to mar the appearance of the base tone. If you apply green-based ash to this hair, the lack of red tone will mean this kind of dye turns your hair a greenish dishwater blonde colour. Easiest way to avoid this is to simply use a regular ash here and only apply anything green-based where red is present.

      Lastly, you want a golden blonde correct? The green ash you use to eliminate red tones won't have as much of an effect on the golden tones in your hair. What happens is that the green and blue tones neutralise the warmth of the dye, and this brings out the colour of your natural pigment, which should look golden at blonde levels. The result can appear more neutral because of the small amount of violet present though (Violet counteracts yellow), and you can deal with this by mixing a small amount of gold shade, or gold concentrate into the ash dye.

      Toning is basically all about adding in tones that neutralise the colours you don't want, or emphasise the colours you do want. Getting it blonde is only getting it light enough, at which point the red colour you don't want can be neutralised. You do not have to bleach all that red tone out, and any salon that thinks that is necessary to remove a red colour probably shouldn't be doing it. If at any point you're finding things too difficult, you'll get good results if you can find a colour correction specialist in your area. These hairdressers have more experience with toning and adjusting dye jobs, and will know how to neutralise the red without attempting to simply strip every last trace of it out of your hair.

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      Alex 22 months ago

      Hi Maffew

      Thanks for the reply. I'll give that a try!

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      Rachel 22 months ago

      Hi Maffew!

      Thank you for the reply. It cleared a lot of things up. :-) This should be a very interesting strand test experiment!

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      RachelSTL 22 months ago

      Hi! I desperately need your help! I had a friend color my hair to dark brown a few weeks ago and it turned out super dark with purply hues. She lightened it on Friday, but now it's a light auburn with hues of orange/brassy in the natural light. I normally wouldn't mind this, but my wedding is this Sat and she is going to fix it to what i wanted to begin with-dark brown. She's not sure how to do so and told me to ask the lady at Sally's. I am going after work, but want to know what your opinion is. I don't mind it being dark brown with hues of red, but just want it to be in the brown family. Please help and asap! Thanks!

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      Maffew James 21 months ago

      Hi Rachel,

      With how dark it turned out, your hair may be a bit porous, and this can lead to dye turning out darker than expected. You may want to compensate for this by using a medium brown shade if necessary so that it doesn't turn out too dark again.

      As for the purple hue, this is most likely the result of dyeing your hair darker, where certain tones (In this case, blue and violet tones), in the darker dye become very dominant on top of your lighter hair. With it looking auburn now, and to avoid it grabbing more purple tone, the easiest fix is to ensure a natural tone is used, as this is balanced and won't turn out overly warm or ashy. You may see a little of that red tone persist in the result because being a neutral shade it doesn't have a lot of cool tone to fully neutralise this, but it will definitely be predominately brown. If you wanted to get a fully neutral brown result, a small amount of ash can be mixed in.

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      Natalie 21 months ago

      Hi Maffew

      I stripped my hair and it's taken all the colour out and left it light red, I would now like to go blonde. Can you advise what is the best way to do this? My natural hair colour is a dark blonde. And I have or visually tinted it from dark blonde to ash blonde, to copper red, to dark red and then to dark purple.

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      Lorely 21 months ago

      Hi Maffew

      I currently have copper orange hair that has faded and is ready for some fresh color and I would like to go to more of a rich brown color for fall.. What is the best way of going about it.. Thank you in advannce

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      Maffew James 21 months ago

      Hi Natalie,

      If it's still a light red colour, it's likely still a bit dark to be toned to dark blonde, so you'll still need to lift it a little further before toning. Of course, with the red dyes you've used, this can cause it to look red even when it's a lighter colour and would normally be starting to look more golden. If in doubt, compare your hair to 6C (Dark copper blonde), look at how dark the colour is, and if your hair is still darker than this, it needs to be lightened further.

      For the lightening, bleach is best as long as your hair is in good enough condition for its use. A dye won't likely lift too well considering that you've dyed your hair a few times. You only need to bleach it until it's light enough for the level you want to reach, and the colour it turns doesn't matter until you tone it. In this case, for a dark blonde result, which is level 6, you want to lift it to level 6.

      Following that, this is where you now look at what colour it is in order to tone it. If it's still very reddish, use a green-based ash dye to deal with this as nothing else will neutralise it properly. Wella's Koleston dyes have a green-based ash tone available and this is a /2 tone. For other brands, you'll need to find one that has green-based ash available, or an ash additive that can be mixed into a regular ash. It's more likely it'll start to look more coppery after lightening further though, and this is where a standard ash dye is fine to use and will neutralise properly. Whatever you do end up using, use the shade at the level you're aiming at. Eg, for dark blonde, use 6A. Leave in until it neutralises the warmth and then rinse.

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      wernicke 20 months ago

      Hi, I have been growing out my hair to go gray naturally for 8 months. It is a nice silver gray (top 3 inches). However the previous level 4 copper brown(redken fusion) looks awful the remaining 6 to 8 inches. I want to grow the hair long to pull back so not interested in cutting short. My hairdresser used low lights to avoid a sharp line. I really would love to bleach the ends and dye it gray but have been told this is impossible given the red . help me?

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      ZK 20 months ago

      Hi. I had been using box dyes to die my hair for the past 5 years. By the end my hair colour was at level 3. And I have stubborn greys. Around 30% of my hair is grey. So then I got my hair professionally done and they bleached it and dyed it to a level 7. Instead of a nice blonde or a bronde my hair just has a lot of red and brass to it. I have been using loreal majirel 7 for the blonde. But then to neutralize the red I decided to use 7.1. But it still didn't work. My hair is a deeper more intense brown-red. And the greys weren't covered either. Can you suggest some other colour from the loreal majirel range that might fix the problem? I want my hair to be a nice light golden blonde-brown.

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      Bethany 20 months ago

      Hello!

      My hair is natural a darker brown, around a level 4. I had it bleached out Oct 2014 and after several failed attempts at the salon to get my hair as light as I wanted I opted to cover it with red. Since then I've been coloring it at home with a product from vidal sassoon that is a 6rr. I want to go to a medium brown. I went to a local Sally's and was advised to put a neutral protein filler on my hair and then use a level 7a with 20 developer on my hair. My hair is still pretty red. My roots, I had about 10 weeks of regrowth, are lighter blending a bit more then what they were, but the overall hair still looks very very red. I went back and they suggested I use a product by Advell called Unred and apply that to my hair with a 6 ash color and 10 volume developer.

      I bought the stuff, but haven't used it. Any thoughts and/or suggestions?

      Thanks!

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      Angie 20 months ago

      I thanks it's very thoughtful of you to answer all these people back!! My hair is a very orangey red color I got highlights then colored the highlights with a 5RR and a 6CR now my hair is all faded I would like to go back to that highlited it was before I put the red on top it was kinda brassy too but I could tone that easier then this redish color I have now.. What do you think? Than you for your time.

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      Drema 20 months ago

      My hair is normal a medium brown.I have a lot of red tones and want to go back brown.What should i do?

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      Natalie 19 months ago

      Hi , wanting to go bk to 7.0 +7.3 with highlights through it but got red all over apart from root growth which is a shade 7 , was gonna use colour before then do full head meshe of 3 dark, using 7.0 +7.3 majirel and 1 powder with 20vol do u think this would work ?

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      jo 17 months ago

      I have naturally brown hair with highlights. About 4 months ago I had blonde streaks put in the ends and a bright red dye put in over the top (diff take on an ombre style), the top half was a dark red/brown. Now its all faded and i have blonde bits, orange/red bits and dark brown on top. I want to go back to the same shade i am naturally all over. Whats the best way to do this?

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      Kiyana 17 months ago

      Hi, I've recently dyed my hair an auburn red color and it's been set and faded for 3 months now but still has a red tone, I want to dye my hair purple, but I'm afraid of how the dye will react with the red tone in my hair and my roots being there natural color brown, what's can i do go get rid of the red and move along to purple without having to dye it a different color then purple, I don't want too much damage done to my hair?

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      Jessica! 17 months ago

      Since it appears you answer a lot of questions... Maybe you could help me?

      I am trying to achieve a medium-dark ash blonde to icy blonde balayage. I have mastered bleaching and toning my blonde length and ends, so I'm good there! However, I currently have a darker shade on the roots (was trying to go for a colormelt type look) ended up way too dark (maybe a level 6 or 7) and have this horrible red tone to it. I hate it. It is the bane of my existence. I am more familiar with blonde and using violet toners. I have played around with Manic Panic green in conditioner to act as a semi-permanent toner, but it has not combated the red. I even tried food coloring. I finally broke down and bought Wella light ash brown. It was super olive-y green and it was a level 7. Associate gave me a violet additive to add (which didn't make much sense to me, since violet contains red??). Anyway, nothing happened. My hair literally looks the same. Was it the violet additive that caused the red to stay?

      I should also mention my roots are resistant to color.. This red will not go away. My hairstylist couldn't even remove it. I don't know what else to do. Besides cry! :-)

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      Kmfcoop 15 months ago

      Hi,

      I colored my hair with Hicolor in magenta (my whole head) for about a year, then used a combo of 2 parts 5RR, and 1 part 7IR over it.

      I would love to be a warm chestnut/molasses color, like a 6/6G. Since my hair is so intensely red, i did a homemade strip with dish soap and baking soda. This took some of the intensity out, but im not sure if i should give the strip another go, or if i can get away with just mixing some 7A with 6N (2 parts 6N and 1 part 7A)????

      I do have pictures, but i dont know how to link them on here ;(

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      Question for Red to Brown 15 months ago

      Hello

      Your article has been the most helpful I have found. I currently have bright red hair (wish I could attach an image). Anyway, I want to go to a dark brown but I don't want any red at all-- I was under the impression I had to use a color remover first. Can you recommend brands to mix the brown with to achieve a dark cool/ash brown? That is my natural hair color but under all this red will be blonde sign the red lifted my hair so much each time I died it...Thoughts?

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      Mary 15 months ago

      Hi I'm a natural dirty blonde with hints of red here and there from my Irish Grammy. I just had it dyed extreme loud red and black highlights underneath. It's only been two weeks and I'm seeing major sections of my blonde already reappearing. So I'm ready to strip it and go back to my natural color. Then put the fun colors in. I'm no stranger to stripping my own hair. So once I do it is kenra 5A and 7N with 20volume developer okay to use to bring my color as close to my natural tone? A stylist I know said 5A would as you've said help due to ash color. Then said to use the medium blonde to fully make my warm and natural cool hair get me as close to my natural tone.

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      Maffew James 15 months ago

      Hi 'question for red to brown',

      You won't need to use a colour remover in this case because dark brown will cover over it. The red will actually act as the base tone for dark brown, which is itself a deep red colour. When you lighten dark brown hair, it turns a rusty red-brown and then eventually turns to bright red with further lightening. The reverse process is fine to go from red to dark brown.

      If you want to be extra certain that no red tinge will be present in the final colour, use a dark ash brown as the dye because this will neutralise excess red tone and prevent it from being visible. Otherwise, use a natural dark brown, but don't use anything warm in tone, which may be described as dark golden brown, dark copper brown, dark red brown, warm dark brown, dark mocha brown, or any variation of that.

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      Kim 14 months ago

      My natural hair is dark brown on sides with blonde (hi lift color) in the front. I dyed my hair intense red with permanent color and did not like the color so I used a color remover and the sides (originally dark brown) turned a coppery color and the blonde is now pink. Not sure what to do now. Ideally I would like everything back to it's original state prior to dyeing red or create the blonde (hi lift color) all over; whichever is easiest and less damaging. I've never dyed my hair prior to the blonde (hi lift) in the front so there's no issue with layers of color.

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      Allison 14 months ago

      Hi, hope you can help me....my 16 yo daughter has natural medium dark brown hair, and had an ombre. She then chose to dye her hair with a dark red color. She did this with semi-permanent dye at a salon, over the winter it was done three times. She has now decided that she wants to go back to her brown color and add hi lites. She has gone to the salon twice now and has had permanent brown dye done to try and cover up this red color. Both times the red color keeps coming back through. We don't know what else we can do at this point. Any suggestions, would be helpful or ideas ....Thank you

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      hillary 14 months ago

      hey! I went to a salon and they gave me pink/orange/blonde hair. it looked fine in the salon but when I went home I was slightly horrified that it was more orange looking. so I put (I know I know I shouldn't have done anything other than go back and ask for a redo) some wildfire manic panic on it and now it's an intense red/orange! bad mistake. is there anyway I can make it look a dark pretty red from this point? how do I achieve that? hoping to do it myself seeing how I've spent a lot at the salon already

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      Maffew James 14 months ago

      Hi Hilary,

      You can definitely achieve a dark even red shade from this, but it does depend on how dark the darkest sections of hair are currently. The dye you use will need to be at least 1 level darker than this hair to even it out properly and get a more natural red. Once you know how dark you want the new colour to be, and how dark your hair is currently, you can plan to reach the new shade.

      If the new shade is at least 1 level darker than the current colour, it's fine to use this, and I'd recommend mixing in 25% to 50% natural shade so that it darkens properly. This means, if you're using 4R (medium red brown) as the dark red dye, you should mix one quarter to one half 4N into this. The addition of the natural shade helps even it out and take it all to the same darker level, but it will dilute down the red tone. If the red tone isn't intense enough after colouring, you can go ahead and add more red using a semi-permanent like Fudge or Manic Panic again, or depending on the brand of dye being used, you can add red concentrate to the mix during dyeing.

      If the new colour you want it close to the current level of the darkest section of hair, you can still use the same technique, but you may see more difference in level and tone across your head where the lighter and darker sections of orange and red were present. You can avoid this by bleach bathing the darker areas (if your hair is in good condition), and then dyeing as above. The bleach bath will lighten the darker areas just enough that it is able to cover properly.

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      Shereece 14 months ago

      Hi There, My hair is dark red, but what is the easiest process of changing my dark red hair to bright red? any suggestions will be great, as I haven't got a clue.

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      Cinthia 14 months ago

      My hair was bleached and extremely damage, I had black hair and got dyed bright red. I have to cut all of my hair because it was falling off. I can't stand the red color it looks horrible and no matter how much it was cut, the hair looks dry and brittle! I want to go back black please help

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      Maffew James 14 months ago

      Hi Cinthia,

      The most important thing initially will be to address the damage and reverse this as much as possible to keep your hair in better shape. Protein treatments are the best product for this and should decrease the breakage and hair loss after usage for at least 2 weeks. If you'd like a product recommendation or more information about protein treatments, let me know and I'll discuss them further.

      As for the colour, you can correct this back to black, but you won't be able to use anything permanent until your hair is healthy enough to handle it. Whilst the use of permanent dye to go darker only causes very mild damage in most cases, hair that is already breaking off shouldn't be stressed further with this. Until your hair is stronger, I'd recommend using a semi-permanent black dye to get it black. This will gradually rinse out over a few shampoos and will need to be repeated as needed to maintain the colour until you can dye it permanently. There's no issue with using the dye too often because semi-permanent is non-damaging.

      With time and treatment, your hair will become stronger and it is at this point that you can dye it properly using a permanent black dye. In hair that has been heavily damaged like yours you may seen a lot of fading occurring over time, and this should be addressed by using the semi-permanent dye every few weeks to rejuvenate the colour as needed. When your hair gets longer and the damaged areas are eventually trimmed off, there won't be any further fading or need to colour to keep it looking black.

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      soso 13 months ago

      Hi

      All of the information u have provided is very helpful. I wanted to ask what color I should dye my hair? Last year I dyed it burgundy and then I used henna to make my hair healthy after the dye. Last week I decided to go for a light brown look so I used 8.1 after dying it I got light brown on my roots and copper riddish on my tips. So I got two different color. Brown on top and copper from Half down. My natural color is dark brown. I want a light brown color so what do I do? Thank you so much

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      reefrex 13 months ago

      I need major help! For about a year I was dying my hair a bright ish red (schwartz one) originally my hair was strawberry blonde. I used colour b4 to get rid of some of the red which worked on my roots but not the rest of my hair. So I have my horrible rainbow colours! My roots growing in a light blondey colour, then a strip of orangey Orange then a darkish red but my ends are much lighter. My hair wasn't in the best condition before I used colour b4 and it didn't damage it but I'm frightened that the bleach will literally snap my hair off! Any suggestions how I can go lighter? Not sure if I should get it cut shorter and then just try and leave it to grow about or attempt a bleach ? Thanks!

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      Stacey 13 months ago

      hi..I have medium red hair..angled bob..I'm hoping to dye it dark purple..do you have any tips for me? please email me at staceypastrie@gmail.com..

      thanks, I love your articles btw..

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      Stefanie 12 months ago

      Hey Maffew. Firstly I want to thank you so much for your very useful tips, advice, warnings etc! Wow I'm studying to become the next big name in hairstylists lol! Well as u know, when starting in the hair industry we do experiment with different styles and colors and u know. I'm naturally a level 7-8( the dull blonde) I've been dark and all! But my hair currently a 5.2 mix 6.66 and as reds fade quickly I also used red color mask on my hair! Mut now it's partly fluffy due to the tinting. I would love to go to a light blonde +-10 with not having no hair left, nor fried beyond. Have you any idea of how I could achieve this goal in one day at our salon? Plz do help!

      PS thanks for inspiring me!

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      Stefanie 12 months ago

      Oh could send via email stefaniebarkuizen@gmail.com

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      Fabi 12 months ago

      Thank you so much for all of your advice. I actually had virgin hair and got a biolage that turned out very brassy. My hair was bleached 3 times trying to correct this by my stylest only making it worse as far what I wanted initially. My hair looked horrible. I went and bought wella hair dye very dark brown color and my hair turned out black. I hated it , so I did a wash bleach 2 times to get ride of it.My hair turned out a pink color. I went to a different s salon , hoping they fix it and my stylest assured me that ash green and expresso would get rid of the pink and bring me back to my natural brown color. I actually didn't. My hair is a dark , chestnut color with red highlights. All this was done within 1 month. Thank god I have strong hair and it wasn't as damaged. My question is that I truly want my golden blond highlights and a I was wondering how scan I get rid of this red brown color and how soon can I try highlights again.

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      Nicole 12 months ago

      Hi,

      Ive had a bright red ombre for 2 years now and wanting to go more copper tone throughout the roots and ends without losing all the colour.

      Is their a way i can achieve this?

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      Janeh1 12 months ago

      Hi i have had my hair lightened to go from black to brown at a salon they bleach washed it which left it a brassy red tone then applied ash dyes 6.1 & 7.1 mixed. I have alot brassiness showing through & even more wen in light & sun. what could i use to get rid of the brassiness & for my hair to look more cool natural brown.

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      Helen 12 months ago

      Hiya. Lots of fantastic comments. Thank you. My story is for the last god knows how many yeats ive died my hair red. Lots of colour build up. I need to move away from red now as i want to lessen dying my hair. Whats the best way to get to medium dark brown. I was thinking if using a stripper and from what ive read using an ash brown dye. Do you think this will get rid of the red. Thanks in advance.

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      Tasha 12 months ago

      HELP... I tried Splat ombre fire.. my hair turned hot pink. The next day I tried a very dark red color. Now I look like ariel...they won't let me return to work til it's a natural color. But my hair isn't absorbing any color. And I can't rebleach it (had to bleach it with bleach from splat kit for first hair try) What do I do.........

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      Annie 12 months ago

      Hi, thanks so much for your article! I am naturally on the darker side of light brown or maybe a lighter med brown. About a week ago, I dyed my hair "Medium Reddish Brown". It turned out a little darker and way redder than I was expecting. Doesn't look great. I'd like to get back to a more natural brown and do bayalage ie. Jessie James Decker. I'm wondering if I need to do a color remover or can I just correct it with a light ash brown? Thank you!!

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      Mandy 12 months ago

      Hi Maffew. These tips are amazing! I have been all over the red/copper spectrum for the past decade. I'm currently wanting a change and hoping to get to a dark blonde with subtle ombre highlights. I've been combining Feria c74 (bright copper) with Feria 82 (medium ash blonde). It's a pretty color, but still has lots of gold/orange. My natural color is an ashy dark blonde/light brown. What would be the best plan of action to get towards a dark blonde with ombre highlights? Would I put in the bleach highlights first and then tone the whole thing with blue/violet? Or would the highlighted hair need a different toner. I don't think I need a lot of lift overall, maybe one level if anything. I asked my hairdresser and she was inclined to bleach the red out, which I don't think is necessary reading your comments. I would love any suggestions you can offer!!

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      Kat 11 months ago

      I used a box red on my light brown hair and it was really dark red. I then went to the salon because I didn't like the red and wanted to do an ombré with medium/light brown on top with blonde on bottom. When the girl tried doing this it turned a light brown all over with orange pieces and purple pieces... Didn't like that at all so she colored over everything with a dark chocolate brown. It still has a reddish/purplish warmth to it and is very dark. It's been about 2 months since then and its faded a little bit not much. I still want to achieve the ombré I was talking about but don't know how I should go about doing it.

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      Deborah 11 months ago

      I am attempting to tone down my hair. My hair is light red and I want take some of the red out and even out my roots. The hair number is 8RN/71RG with 20 standard lift and I use both even volume. I am 75% gray.

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      Thalia13 11 months ago

      Hiya! I was wondering if you could help me with changing my hair colour. My hair is dark blonde with some gray and now I dye it light copper with using half 9.0 and half 9.4 with 30% peroxide.

      I want to go to light blonde and i was wondering how to do it. Any advice?

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      JiveBunny73 10 months ago

      Hey Maffew! Hope you're still reading this.

      I have been dying my hair a bold red for years. At the moment, I'm using semi-permanent dye so I can grow out enough virgin hair (eventually) to have a good chance of bleaching it so I can add a bright fashion colour. I will have some permanent red dye in the mid-lengths or at least the ends left - after using colour remover, will bleaching it take care of this?

      Should I just use the Directions violet toner all over afterward, as I'm going over it with a non-natural colour, rather than going for a natural blonde? Or do I need to dye it first as you suggest above? I'm wary of there being too much damage if I bleach twice or bleach then permanent dye. (If I can't easily get the last traces of red out I might just go pillarbox :)

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      Daniella 9 months ago

      I originally had darkish chestnut hair, I died a dark red over it and I understand exactly what your saying with nutrulizing the color but I'm a bit nervous what exact hair dye would you recommend that wI'll compleatly eliminate the red in my hair ?

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      Cheryl 9 months ago

      Hello. I have a nightmare for hair! It has been dyed and bleached too many times. So I've been trying to stay away from permanent dyes. So right now I have it dyed with manic panic red and then I put a perminant red on top of that... I know. So bad! Anyway what I'm wondering is if I made a brown using manic panic red and green do you think it would work? Or is there a better way to get rid of the red and achieve a nice brown colour with minimal damage? If I just put a brown dye on top would it work? I'm not sure what level my hair is at. The top is a lot lighter than the ends. So it's a few different levels. Like I said. A nightmare! Help!

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      Pauline 8 months ago

      HELP! I'm a brunette, naturally with over half turned silver. I colored my hair yesterday with 5G Medium Golden Brown and its just too red for me. How do I get the red toned down and bring out more brown? My nephews wedding is in 5 days! Thanks for your time & help!

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      Rhi 8 months ago

      I'm naturally a 5/6 dark blonde/light brown, for the past year I've been using an 8RG/7G combination with a 20v developer to dye my hair strawberry blonde.

      I love the colour but I'm ready to switch to a lower maintenance style. I'd like to reverse baylayage in a natural coloured root & have the rest of it be a neutral blonde shade - any recommendation for what to cover the red & gold tones with? :)

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      Helena 8 months ago

      Hi Maffew! I've been dyeing my hair red (revlonissimo 55.60) for 5 years now. I now want to dye it to a red violet tone (koleston wella 55/65). Is it possible?? Can I just dye over my current color? I don't really want to go through the process of hair dye remover or even bleach it... :/ Don't know if it's necessary, but my natural hair is dark brown.

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      Crystal 7 months ago

      Hi Maffew ! I am naturally about 75 % grey with the rest a level 5. My hair is short and is currently a 4RV all over . Previous to that i was an ombre ( dark roots - 3N with light beige blonde ends -level 10).

      Because the red/ violet kept fading I have colored it over and over the same tone in about a 1 month span. Once using a semi permanent and the other times using permanent. I want to go back to the ombre ( dark to light) the easiest/gentliest way.

      What would you suggest ?

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      sally 6 months ago

      I am a level 8 copper gold and 7 cooper red. I want to go light brown and put some blonde highlights. what should i do to get it to light brown

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      Melissa 6 months ago

      Hi, my natural color is light to medium brown and highlighted most of my life. A few years ago started to box dye it and at one point used an auburn, since then been trying to get it back to my natural color. I was told to use the wella toner dye (nuetral one) but I'm so confused that the wella toner dyes only come in blondes, I did do it once but was told that I had to keep doing it until the red completely is out of my hair than dye it to the closest color to my natural. I used the toner blonde dye once or twice & then kept mistakenly choosing the regular wella browns that were closer to my natural color, only to keep see the red coming thru. What should I do to get the red dye completely out of my hair to go back to my light to medium brown natural color? I just dyed it again tonight & used wella light brown (turned out dark brown, close to auburn b/c of the red).

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      Tina 5 months ago

      Help, my daughter is a natural brunette and she decided to dye her hair red and then figured out is was not for her and wanted to try and go back to her natural color as close as possible or remove the red somehow. We went and bought brown color garnier dye and put it on and it may have toned it down a bit but the red is definitely still there and she is not happy. do you suggest she gets it fixed professionally, though we do not wanted to pay the money or just go to a beauty supply store and they will be able to suggest to us what we can do? if we do it on our own how to you suggest we go about it and what colors should be used.

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      Alexandra 5 months ago

      I have ashy golden brown hair. I also have keratin tip extensions in my hair the same color as mine to match. I decided I wanted to have my hair a little redder so I dyed it an auburn red. The color was way darker on the tips then my roots so I then used oops to just get it out. Oops made my hair orange!!! I already dyed my hair 2 times in 2 days but the orange was so gross I didn't want to go out the house. I did research online and then decided the next day to use a medium ash brown to get orange out and just be brown. Well it only worked on my ends again!!! My real hair on the top is still orange! What should I do now? I hate my color. This is very frustrating and tiring.

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      Carolina G. 5 months ago

      Hello,

      I found a green corrective additive for hair dye since i dont have access to any of the other dyes on your list. What would you recommend I add it to if I have a level 7 "blond copper golden" and I want to go for a level 7/8 golden blond? Should I add it to a level 8 ash or natural?

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      Kate 3 months ago

      Hi, I have been reading the threads and you are so knowledgeable!

      I am a natural dirty blonde but have been been coloring my hair a Miss Clairol high lift ultra cool blonde with a 30 volume developer for the last 15 years (at home). I recently went a copperish red and I just dont care for it. I had it professionally done and she did a redken color with a gloss on the roots. I am interested in going back to my light blonde hair. Is it possible to do this without bleaching as I have only ever used developer and color on my hair and not bleach?

      If I use a color remover and then the 30 volume developer and my usual hair color, will it lift to that color or will it be a weird red/orangey color. My hair is really really healthy and would prefer to avoid bleach, but will do whatever necessary to get back to my light blonde and feel like myself again.

      Thank you in advance!

      Kate

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      Christy 3 months ago

      Hey I have some dark Red parts and other parts brown. I want to dye the parts that are dark red a light copper mahogany brown and the brown parts a dark intense red. Can I dye the dark red parts over or will I have to use a color remover?

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      ally 3 months ago

      hi, i recently dyed my hair dark brown burgundy its by the ion brand, & i like it a lot my hair is just getting damaged so i was wondering if theres a way for me to just go back to my natural color without causing more damage?

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      Sandy 3 months ago

      I am a hairdresser . I did a client who I've been doing for years. This time I added a drop of cherry cola (shades) to my formula of 6.0 and 6.68 (schwartzkoff) the color came out red. I tried straight moss on her hair. It didn't budge what can I do.

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      Lisa 3 months ago

      Hi, I've got bright red hair can I dye it with a black / blue LIVE colour.

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      Kiek 3 months ago

      I dyed my hair using Loreal Feria R57 POWER REDS - INTENSE MEDIUM AUBURN / CHERRY CRUSH. I rushed and half assed it and missed some roots at the top of my forehead. I tried to fix it about week later (Probably shouldn't have waited so long.) and the color still didn't take to the roots at my forehead and now I have bright cherry red on the top of my hair and it fades to a dull auburn an inch or two from the roots. The color at my forehead is a light auburn.

      My hair is currently 3 different shades of red. How do I even this out?

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      alex 2 months ago

      Hey i had a very vibrant red colour in my hair that has faded to a orange/fairy floss colour, would dying my hair a darker colour with cool tones still work?

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      Michelle 2 months ago

      I'm naturally red but as I've got older it's got darker I've put an intense red on and its far to bright what colour can i put on to make it more like my own

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      Bianca 8 weeks ago

      Used ion color brilliance on blonde hair turned like a reddish want to remove without bleach what to do

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      lebeast 6 weeks ago

      hey! Thx for this article!! Just wanted your expertise on my hair. My hair is naturally dark brown, but I've been bleaching and using semi permanent dyes on it for like 4 years. Currently it's bright red, and I wanna change it to a lavender violet color, will a color stripper work? Or do I have to bleach?

      Thx again!

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      lebeast 6 weeks ago

      Hey! For someone with bright red and orange hair that are semi permanent colors, would a color stripper be my best bet? I'm trying to go lavender, my natural hair color is dark brown but have been bleaching it for like 4 years. Any tips would be Mega helpful! Thx!

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      Keristan 6 weeks ago

      I have red hair and want to go back to my dark brown. How do I need to go about it without spending a ton of money an ruining my hair?

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      Kay 4 weeks ago

      Hi! I used garnier plus 6.66 to dye my hair 'garnet red'. To get back to a natural light brown colour would I be right in thinking I could use the garnier olia dark blonde 7?

      Thank you

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      Marry frank 4 weeks ago

      Hi, this article is very helpful!!!!

      I dyed my hair burgandy 2 months ago, I want to make it lighter, thinking of dying it ash blonde now, or may be goldenish blonde but im scared as to which color will I achieve after this....would it work???

      My natural color is dark brown, I've dyed my hair color 3 times or so...please help!!!

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      Monica 2 weeks ago

      hello, I need some advice on how to change colored red hair to a golden brown without bleach. Is it possible ?

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      Carmen 2 weeks ago

      Can you please help me I was a Red before but putting a black cherry in my hair toned it down lastnight I dye my whole hair my roots are black cherry but the bottom of hair is like a brown what color can I dye my roots? Please help event at 6 thank you

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      Crystal 7 days ago

      I put a temporary red in my hair and I don't like it I want my hair brown maybe a little red

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      Angela 13 hours ago

      VANISH color corrector is the ONLY one that seems to work for most people. I have used it 2 times (5 boxes the first time 3 years ago) I have just purchased 4 boxes this week. IT WORKS....but it may take several boxes to get it all out. I Love it!! Amazon sells it and also HairCrazy.com.

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