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Colouring hair Chocolate Brown from Black?

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yazzy85 Tue 03-May-16 08:27:03

Any advice how I can colour my very dark brown (almost black) hair to a lighter chocolate brown shade? Will Box dyes do the job or would I need to get the salon developer and colours?

dementedpixie Tue 03-May-16 09:32:48

I imagine you would need to strip colour from your hair before doing the lighter colour as box dyes will not lighten black hair.

Judydreamsofhorses Tue 03-May-16 11:14:42

You'll need to strip it. Mine had gone really dark brown, not quite black, and I ended up with lighter roots when I tried a lighter dye, so just dying over them in the darker shade again. I stripped mine with Scott Cornwall Decolour, and then a second treatment with his Colour Remover which contains a low level bleach, then re-coloured with a lighter reddish brown. I had to go and get the ends chopped off the same week as my hair was mega dry, but it looks so much better.

EatShitDerek Tue 03-May-16 11:19:58

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Judydreamsofhorses Tue 03-May-16 11:25:47

I think the Scott Cornwall stripper stuff is basically a bleach bath (not the colour remover one, the second one I used). I just wasn't confident about quantities in mixing up my own so figured that was a safer bet.

freshprincess Tue 03-May-16 11:32:55

I've used the ColourB4 remover which worked well. There's no bleach involved just strips all the colour.

yazzy85 Tue 03-May-16 11:52:54

Would I need to strip it even if my natural colour is very dark brown? There's no hair dye on it at the moment. Can I colour over it right away after bleaching? Thanks x

freshprincess Tue 03-May-16 11:57:45

Oh sorry, ignore me, I assumed that the dark brown was from hair dye rather than natural.

Judydreamsofhorses Tue 03-May-16 12:01:01

Yes, you can colour over straight after bleaching.

NannyMarmalade Tue 03-May-16 12:01:57

Go to the Hairdresser. Don't risk a DISASTER! says NM who once ended up with purple hair

MadSprocker Tue 03-May-16 12:52:16

I agree with Nanny go to a hairdresser.

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