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Ash tones... I see. So Ash brown? It won't leave my hair a flat colour? I'm sure I've had a bad experience before leaving my hair a funny colour. I worry about flat colour. Can you tell I have no idea about hair dye! I'll look at nice and easy colour chart now.
Iced chocolate....sounds so good, but turned out dreadful on me. A sort of orangey marmalade colour and I had to go over it with something equally bad. I ended up at the hairdresser who had to give me a very dak brown to cover it up (and you could still see the red in it).
CAREFUL - you will go too dark with some of those castings specially if you slap them over the top. Chocolate Brownie for instance is a number 400 or a 450 if I recall and that is really a shade up from black or darkest brown. Slap that over an existing brown and you will be nearly black. And they have the most peroxide of the brands, as they have no ammonia. So black straw if you are not careful.
It sounds like you need an ashier tone or at least a "natural" instead of a warm.
But not too dark! Particularly as you are already brown (having done the one that came out too red). I'd be tempted to whack a dark ash blonde over the top (assuming you have absolutely no regrowth/virgin hair at the roots) to tone it and then use the Light Ash Brown when your regrowth grows in.
(Clairol Nice n Easy, we are talking, brand wise)...
I have used garnier nutrisse in dark brown,nice colour but don't try clairol perfect 10 in number 4 dark brown espresso unless you want to be almost black (tried this less than 2 weeks before my wedding :-( )
Thank you Tatty! Do I just pop the ash blonde over the dye on my hair now? I don't hate the colour so could wait. The semi is 24 washes when would I be safe to start again? I have virgin roots. So light ash brown, you think is the way to go?
Thank you everyone for your advice. I didn't think brown would be so difficult!