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    Brown hair color fading to red?

    How do I get the red out?

    I have a natural medium ash brown hair color and have been trying to get it back to its natural hair color and out of these red brassy hair color tones! I dyed it a med ash brown and it looked awesome but then it faded to a brassy light brown!

    How do I get natural hair color back?


    My first advice is that each hair color problem, once it’s become a problem, needs to be looked at case by case. In order to get natural hair color back, whoever is advising you, needs to ask you more questions. When you say, “I have been trying to get it back to it’s natural hair color” its not clear what hair color processes you now have in your hair, that’s important information. Do you have roots a different color than the rest of the hair shaft?

    I’m guessing you have lifted your hair color to a lighter shade and are trying to color back. That’s important information to know too, as it means you would need a double process with hair color in order to do it right. That means the hair color should be lifted lighter than the brassy reoccurring tone and then filled with colors to make up your natural hair color. Simply doing what you are doing, will give you the same unwanted results every time.

    Get all the free advice you can get. Call the 800 number of the hair color manufacturer and see where they lead you. They have hair color specialist who will give you their best advice, after questioning you, as to whether you can fix it at home. My article getting back to your natural hair color should also give you some ideas.

    For those of you who simply have hair color fading problems, see these tips for keeping your hair color vibrant

    Good Luck!




    1. I have Mid brown hair whih I have been colouring in similar shade to hide greys , every time I colour now it goes a brassy ginger after 2 weeks , I have been using Nice & easy so last time tried a colourant with no ammonia Garner herbashine but 2 weeks later I now have the same brassy colour which is made worse every time I am out and about in sunshine , please help me how to I stop the orange tinge and can I do this at home ? is there a better product I could be using ??

      Comment by Diane — June 5, 2010 @ 4:18 am

    2. Bellatrixed,
      They will need to determine the process they will use depending on a couple things.
      Your hair needs to be the same color from root to end to get even results, so if ANY color is left from the previous color you put in, it should be removed.
      Then they will formulate the color needed to get to your desired result.
      Do a conditioning treatment or two before you color to get your hair in good condition!

      Comment by Barb Quinn — February 10, 2010 @ 12:12 pm

    3. Ok, so I had my hair colored medium chocolate brown(from my natural lightish mousy brown at the end of July.

      It’s now February and I’d like to go Red-Auburn – copper colored.

      My hair has grown out considerably, most of the color has been cut off, and what is left has faded to the color of my natural.

      I’m going to have it professionally done, I’m just wondering what kind of processes they will need to do to it?

      Thanks –

      Comment by Bellatrixed — February 7, 2010 @ 4:31 pm

    4. I has black and i want foils to level 6 can i do it ?

      Comment by amelia — January 30, 2010 @ 7:07 pm

    5. Hi

      I had been colouring my hair with a Loreal Marejel #6N for quite awhile very successfully as in only doing the root touchup after getting my hair coloured way too dark. I went home and lived with it for a couple of days then lightened it up with Head and Shoulders shampoo and dish soap. I know…bad for the hair, but it works!
      #6N was the colour my stylist said to use to keep that colour.

      Then the other week I got the urge for some nice auburn highlights. The stylist I went to said that my hair was already a very nice colour and that they wouldn`t show up in my hair. So he talked me into having an all over auburn/copper. I warned him as I usually do anyone that my hair soaks up the colour and goes darker. When it was done it sure was darker! I liked it though and although each morning I startled myself with the shade at first, I`m still liking it. But the problem is that I have hot roots. I have about 30% greys and I`ve read hot roots are from the scalp being so much warmer.
      I`ve been hiding them where it shows with a dark brown hair crayon but am wondering if I start using Marejel #5N if it will look okay as the shade fades. How long would I pull the colour through the rest of my hair? Only as I`m rinsing it out or 5 minutes of leave in? I don`t want to get that awful dyed coating on my hair . I figure that if I still wanted to keep the red shade until it grows out, I could maybe use a glaze of some sort that isn`t permanent?
      My hair is about 4 inches below my shoulders, thick and curly although I flat iron it a couple times week. My natural colour is inbetween a medium brown and dark brown going into bits of auburn at the ends if I remember…so long ago!
      I`m trying to learn as much as I can about my hair and colouring so this won`t happen anymore. I`ve had so many $150 disappointments and want to be able to maintain things myself. If ever I do want a drastic change, at least I can go to the salon with ammunition.

      Thanks for any ideas

      Comment by Lin — August 30, 2009 @ 11:51 am

    6. Monik, I read your comment and understand how damaged your hair must be. My hair was the same vey veryyy unmanageable. I don’t know if you ever heard of it but it works wonders!! Morocan hydrating mask and oil. Get it!!!! Within two applications my hair feel softer and healthier than it was before i even colored it. Give it a try, you will be amazed. Good luck!

      Comment by Ashley — July 9, 2009 @ 9:36 pm

    7. Monik,

      Don’t do it! You will only make matters worse. I suggest you either go back to your original stylist who highlighted your hair and let her fix it. If you don’t trust her ability to fix it more to your liking, find another experienced colorist or try a cosmotology school near you. If you’re determined to fix it yourself, have a professional see and feel your hair and advise you from there.

      Best to you!

      Comment by Barb Quinn — December 8, 2008 @ 1:45 pm

    8. hi, my hair stylist used 20 & 30 vol highlight and used sivler tonner, my hair color use to be dark brown. She did my base color with cooper. My hair is damaged & its very dry. I am shocked with the result as it looks like i have grey hair. I applied the copper tooner on the highlights myself but it looked strange. Is the ash brown color suitable to apply at home?

      Comment by monik — December 5, 2008 @ 7:24 am

    9. Rayna,
      Don’t make the mistake of putting on one color all over . . . look at the comment above yours by Sarah.
      The blonde hair needs to be treated separatly from the brown. Have a professional do the match up and you will probably be able to keep up the color yourself afterwards.
      Good Luck!

      Comment by Barb Quinn — December 1, 2008 @ 2:02 pm

    10. I had my hair died bright blonde in the front, and the back brown. I wnt to get it back to all dark brown. How can I do this at home? I was curious to know if I put the dark brown all over if every thing would be dyed the same?

      Comment by Rayna — November 28, 2008 @ 2:34 pm

    11. i had my hair dyed half blonde half brown at a hair dresses after my roots started showing i dyed it all dark brown. Big mistake. I then bought a home hair lightener and now my hair is a dark orange

      Comment by sarah — July 5, 2008 @ 1:03 pm

    12. Amber,
      Go to a different hair colorist to fix it. If your hair is in good condition now, they should be able to lighten your hair without noticable damage. They may opt to lighten by foiling a bit at a time rather than lifting all the color up and toning back, that can only be assessed by seeing your hair. Ask around for a good referral, they will be able to help.
      Good Luck!

      Comment by Barb — June 3, 2008 @ 12:13 pm

    13. i told my hair stylist that i wanted my hair a carmel
      color with blond hightlights . i now have dark brown hair with hightlights that look grey in my hair. what should i do. with out it damaging my hair to go lighter?

      Comment by amber — May 20, 2008 @ 11:27 pm

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