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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!

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    Can I get my natural hair color back?

    Chart of 24 different hair color swatches

    Michelle Asks about Natural Hair Color:

    I dyed my hair a light copper brown and got some blonde high lights. I highly dislike the hair color choice because I wanted a darker brown hair color and not what I actually had done. I was wondering if there is any possible way I can get my natural hair color back which is a medium brown, and how long should I wait to get it dyed to my natural hair color?


    Have you dyed your hair and are unhappy with the results? When it comes to corrective hair coloring or hair dye stripping, each case is unique, because no two hair genetics are exactly alike. In Michelle’s case she will be doing a tint-back which is an easier process than correcting a hair color that is too dark, but still tricky. These questions need to be answered:

    Do you have regrowth (roots) showing?

    • Yes? Then the roots will need to be treated separately from the rest of your hair. It helps for a hair colorist to see about an inch of regrowth to match that as closely as possible. Seeing that you want the hair color darker, the hair colorist would use a formula that will work best for tinting back the hair color that exists now. It takes some know-how to get this right, not only in the formula, but also in the application. You could do a lot more damage by trying to correct this yourself. The condition of your hair can only be assessed by someone taking a look at it. My guess is it can withstand another hair color treatment at this point.
    • No? Then you may be able to get help by calling the company hotline on the back of the box of hair color you bought. They will ask you a number of questions about your hair history and its present state. It is extremely important that you tell them exactly what you have done. This is the time to confess all of your error. Especially those that you are reluctant to admit. They will recommend the best route to take from the information you give them. Don’t do anything unless you are clear that the information you gave them was correct.


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    Hair Color Too Orange?

    Color for Hair Orange

    Orange Hair . . . Oh My! . . . Claire Asks:

    Help!! About 3 months ago a hairdresser dyed my hair permanently dark brown. Over time it has faded and now my hair has an orangey tinge to it. I’m too scared to get it stripped, but if I do what will happen? My natural color is a mousey brown.

    Please help!


    Sarah Hamilton Answers:

    “Color for Hair Correction”I’m going to assume when you had your hair colored dark brown that you were covering some previously high lighted hair? If so, I would not suggest getting the hair stripped of the orange tones. You will only damage your hair even more and you’ll be right back where you started. If you are trying to achieve the same look, dark brown hair, you simply need to have the hair re-colored. Your hairdresser or hair colorist should use a natural hair color with a blue base to cancel out the orange tones. It is the simplicity of using complimentary hair colors! The blue will neutralize the orange out of the hair.

    If this is not your case, then your hairdresser was more than likely attempting to give you a nice warm brown hair color and simply put in too much of the red/orange tone in the formula applied to your hair. Once again, your hairdresser should use a natural brown hair color with a blue base to tone out the brassiness in the hair. You may also want to have a Malibu treatment done on your hair. More on that on Barb’s article How to Solve Hard Water Hair Issues.

    A Malibu treatment will remove any buildup due to hard water, rust, chlorine and the like. It is possible there may be build-up on the hair that is also causing the orange tones. This of course also depends on what you want your end result to be. It may take a few applications before you actually achieve your desired look.

    If you are looking for an instant solution to your problem, you can have the hair stripped of the color but, this is considered hair color correction and not only is it very damaging on the hair, but is typically very costly. Every hair color correction is different, but it’s not unusual to cost in the hundreds of dollars to do a hair color correction.

    There is a chance your hairdresser may have to cut off several inches of hair after stripping, depending on the state of your hair. Definitely see a hairdresser for a consultation if you are considering this option! Your other option of a hair color application per month is not only less expensive but will maintain the health of your hair and possibly the length too!


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