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dark blond result s in red tone?

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Forum Description: The tricks and tribulations of changing your hair color
Printed Date: February 03 2023 at 5:55pm

Topic: dark blond result s in red tone?
Posted By: beanie
Subject: dark blond result s in red tone?
Date Posted: July 23 2008 at 9:40pm
 I had salt-n-pepper hair color, about 50 % of each. Got tired of so much grey at 45 and got it professionally dyed yesterday. I was looking for a golden brown color, and we decided the dark blond would achieve that. It turned out brownish/reddish. Was the dye left on too long? I don't really want to go the hassle of redoing it, but what should I do next time to not get these results. I'm avoiding all mirrors right now!

Thanks, Cindy

Posted By: lovetocolor
Date Posted: July 23 2008 at 9:47pm
no, the dye was not left on for too long....sounds like you might have needed to prelighten before you deposited the dark can do a bleach bath to lighten it.  or you can put in highlights.  you could also use a color remover and redo it.....everything is fixable i have found...good luck....hope you get the color you want.

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Posted By: Susan W
Date Posted: July 24 2008 at 8:37am
I'm not a pro, but I would have guessed either what she said (your gray hair was resistant and needed prelightening to help it be more porous to absorb dye), or that your pepper strands were very dark brown or black and you didn't get enough blue or green tone put in to counter the orange that comes out when dark hair is lifted.  She may have chosen not to use blue or green based dye on your pepper hair, because of your white hairs being at risk of turning green or blue.  Your hair can be complicated to do I imagine, because you don't want your white hair absorbing too much blue or green, but your dark hairs need blue or green bases when lifting to counter the red that comes out. 

I'm really not sure what the answer is for this, maybe just getting highlights so she can do different things to the different colors you have, but I hope I've helped to explain why there might have been a problem.

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Posted By: karen s
Date Posted: July 24 2008 at 10:23am
Actually sounds like the stylist added a bit of warmth to the dark blonde, or your natural tone is still a warm tone even with 50% grey.
Maybe next time go for a more ash light brown, this will give good coverage of any grey. If you are looking to cover the red tones, a colour with ash tone will cancel out the red.

karen sanderson

Posted By: beanie
Date Posted: July 24 2008 at 12:19pm
Thanks everyone for your input. I guess I understand why the darker color hair turned out this way, but I thought the lighter hair would just take on the blond color and I'd end up with "natural" highlights.  I wish I'd just gone with highlights and low-lights. Have a good day...


Posted By: lovetocolor
Date Posted: July 24 2008 at 12:30pm
listen honey,  nothing is unfixable....just don't do it on a whim....there is a point of no return.....information is key.....everything will be alright.

happy coloring

Posted By: fakeizme
Date Posted: July 25 2008 at 12:04pm
Beanie, it sounds like what happened is that the 50% of your hair that is still dark, lightened with the peroxide and gave you a warm tone. Your hair must be in the Level 3 or 4 range? You will have a lot of red undertone lightening at that level. The white hairs probably did take the dark blonde true to tone, that's why you see 'brownish-red.' You either have to go with a darker ash blonde or brown or use bleach on the dark and then tone back to dark blonde. HTH!

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