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Hair dying advice needed please

(12 Posts)
Uranus Sat 06-Sep-08 09:45:33

Is anyone an expert on home dying?

Bit of background: Have had salon highlighted hair for a few years. It got really blonde (I'm naturally a light-mid brown), and a couple of months ago I thought it looked too brassy, so in a moment of madness I bought some colour in Boots and dyed it dark brown. (Was told I'd have to go dark otherwise would risk it going green!).

Have now realised going dark has been a mistake. Easy conclusion to come to, as everyone tells me it doesn't suit me!!

SO am thinking I might lighten it to a honey/caramel blonde or even just a mid brown colour. I'd like a colour that has some shimmer/dimension to it, not just a solid block.

1) Can this be done by home dying, or do I need a salon?
2) Any products you can recommend for the effect and colour change I want?

I have spent all last night and this morning on the Loreal, Clairol and Garnier sites and I am confused as hell!!

Hassled Sat 06-Sep-08 09:56:44

You can buy a home-highlighters kit (I can't remember who does it - Clairol?) which is a right faff and tbh by the time it was done I was wishing I'd gone to a salon.

This looks quite a useful site re the best way to do it. Maybe if I'd read this first all would have been OK .

If you have the money for a salon trip I would do that. Otherwise - it is do-able, but make sure you have no helpful DCs around and plenty of time.

Jewelsandgems Sat 06-Sep-08 10:00:28

I would only go for a gloss colour, or a vegetable colour. Both are semi-perm I think. If you go with anything stronger, you could be stuck with a wierd colour (not even a ok brown)

If you put a gloss colour onto it, the actual colour may not look that different, but the little shiny particiles in your hair will show a lighter colour to the effect should appear a little bit lighter and brighter.

But I thnk the best decision for your hair is to just leave it til you have a good 6 inches regrowth, go to salon, have a good amount cut off, and then ask them what to do with regards to colours. They may just suggest a golden tint semi for now, and then you can build up to a colour you want again.

I know 6 inches sounds like a long time, but it is winter coming up, get a few vry cool winter hats n a bright colour (red looks great with dark brown) and next spring you will be ready!!

lulumama Sat 06-Sep-08 10:00:37

i have home highlighted my dark brown hair with blonde highlights which was a bit of a disaster, as the hihglights were too thick and i had half blonde (top) and half brown ( underneath ) hair.. but it was okayish. used a kit from superdrug, cannot remember what it was claled, but they do a hot pink one too, which is still in my bathroom cabinet, wiating for me to pluck uo the courage!

get someone to help you if you do it yourslef

Uranus Sat 06-Sep-08 10:05:49

Thanks Hassled. That is a good site. My DH will help me Lulumama, so I won't be doing it myself.

If I just buy a warm blonde shade of dye, do you think it will take on my dark hair?

Uranus Sat 06-Sep-08 10:06:47

Sorry Jewels - that last question was meant for you. (re warm blonde semi tint)

Jewelsandgems Sat 06-Sep-08 10:08:31

I think the best you can hope for may be orange (and it may not cover evenly)

Uranus Sat 06-Sep-08 10:09:49

ORANGE!!! shock

I'd get fired if I went into work with Orange hair!!!

Jewelsandgems Sat 06-Sep-08 10:11:06

Sorry the use of the word orange a bit flippant - more like a gingery-brown (with a slight orange hue) grin

BBBee Sat 06-Sep-08 10:11:57

going from a dark dye to a lighter colour is quite hard as you are trying to lift the colour.

I would go to the hairdresser if you can afford it and then take it yourself from there.

harleyd Sat 06-Sep-08 10:13:46

nothing will work unless you pre-lighten it. believe me, i have tried every colour and make under the sun, and still am left with very dark hair. im now thinking i will have to go to the hairdressers to get it done properly, im scared of home pre-lighteners

Uranus Sat 06-Sep-08 10:57:21

Thanks for all your advice. It looks like a trip to the hairdressers it is then.
I don't have an issue with paying salon prices - I just can't find a decent hairdresser since moving towns last year. Hence the self dying my hair brown in a fit of pique after the hairdressers made it too bleachy blonde.

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