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hearyoume
Aug 2, 2005, 08:36 PM
Today I dyed my hair "dark brown" and it came out too dark. I don't want to strip or bleach my hair, I just want to make the color fade a little faster. I've read about several ways to do this and I wanted to know if anyone knew the best method or if any of these really work. Here are the suggestions I have found:

1. Wash it with Prell shampoo
2. Wash it with a dandruff shampoo that has tar in it
3. Wash it with shampoo mixed with baking soda
4. Wash it with Dawn dish detergent
5. Wash it with Tide

If anyone can elaborate on these (i.e. tell me how frequently I would have to wash my hair with any of these) or give me other suggestions that would be great. I would especially like to know of any method that is less damaging to my hair.

Thanks.

the_ginger_bread_girl
Sep 3, 2005, 04:35 PM
Dear hearyoume,
I just made the same mistake a few days ago- I'm a natural blonde, but I tried to dye my hair auburn. (bad, bad idea.) now I shudder every time I look in the mirror, since it became a crazy, bobo-the-clown orange-red.
Obviously, I tried a bunch of hair-dye removal tequniques. The baking-soda-and-shampoo didn't work for me at all, but then again, I didn't leave it on for a very long time. I'm currently trying the old "dish-soap" remedy (here's hoping it works!), and if it helps, I'll post again to let you know.
As for prell shampoo, it's supposed to work really well, but I haven't gotten out to buy some. But it may depend on when you died your hair, since I read everywhere that it comes out easiest in the first 48-72 hours after dying. But don't fear, there are hair-dye-removal kit things at salons if you're willing to go out and buy something.
Also, check out this website for the prell tequnique (and a hot oil treatment which is also supposed to work). You'll have to scroll down a bit, but when you get to it (it's in bold letters and says something like, "when you've dyed your hair too dark") it gives you specifics that I'm too lazy to type. The site is: www.hairboutique.com/tips/tip1236.htm.
Good luck!
~the gingerbread girl~ :)

beavertail
Sep 20, 2005, 07:01 AM
well, I'm sitting here right now with my head full of dish detergent, wrapped in a towel - I figure maybe it needs to sit for a bit? I had my hair coloured yesterday (supposedly a mid-brown brown; my natural colour is mid-brown & I'd just wanted to freshen things up) and I look completely goth, my hair is nearly jet-black. I'd go back to the salon, but they're too snotty & I know they'd just make me feel like this is what I'd asked for. ANYWAY.
I washed my hair with sunlight (dish detergent) and head 'n shoulders (dandruff shampoo) about 10X last night, conditioned like crazy, left it on overnight... and TODAY, it looks exactly the same :(((
so now I'm washing it maniacally a few times more with the detergent - if I don't see any improvement, I'm going to go to a beauty supply store to see what they have in terms of a 'color fix' solution. Actually I think it IS called 'color fix', haha - does anyone have experience with this??
I'd go and get highlights put in, but my poor hair needs a break for a few months, anyway...
good luck!!

Chery
Sep 20, 2005, 09:24 AM
If nothing else works, and you want to protect your hair for a few months, maybe a colored mousse a little lighter than what you've got might cover it up for a little while - at least that can always be washed out. I myself use quick and brite (totally environment safe and an enzyme) to wash my hair and it's colored silver blond then I use silver mousse on it after washing. I stays shiny and does not feel like straw. Good Luck.

KateQueen
Oct 9, 2005, 11:18 AM
also, check out this website for the prell tequnique www.hairboutique.com/tips/tip1236.htm

The Prell technique works the best. I've done it twice, so far, and each time I rinsed, the water was black. I thought about using the L'Oreal Color Remover Kit, but I don't want to damage my hair any more than it already is. I definitely recommend Prell.

lisakayosu
Oct 10, 2005, 12:57 PM
Is it the regular Prell shampoo that works the best? I went to the store and saw 4 or 5 different kinds of Prell shampoo. I really need to get this hair color out! ;)

KateQueen
Oct 10, 2005, 01:04 PM
It says "Original" on it. I found mine at the grocery store (our Target doesn't even carry it, LOL!) Good Luck!

Chery
Oct 10, 2005, 01:44 PM
Boy the Prell must be some great stuff. Did you know that the prell dishwashing liquid added to a lot of water and sprayed on your trees and bushes in the garden also keep aphids and other bugs off it? Thumbs up for Prell!

Red star
Oct 16, 2005, 07:57 PM
My beautician really screwed me over. I specifically said no red. I thought I was going from blonde to golden brown. I got red (purple lowlights). :( It's been almost 48 hours, however I've gotten rid of some. I've washed with Prell at least 8 times. Hot water, however is doing it. Notice the water color when you rinse with warm water & then with hot. Hot strips the color! Also I've been using hot extra virgin olive oil, then washing with Prell, A lot! Then deep conditioning, because I think it prevents the color from settleing in the hair cuticle. I'm going to try the tomatoe base next, they say the acid in tomatoes strips the color. P.S. These are for bad brunette dyes not for blondes. Good luck!

dragnflyangell
Oct 16, 2005, 11:58 PM
If your hair is not colored too much and is in good shape and your not scared try mixing bleach , 20 volume peroxide, and shampoo and work it evenly into your hair but don't scrub but the shampoo will take the harshness out of the bleach and for a quick fix it will lighten hair but you might have to color over it if you get it too light just watch it carefully. I am a hairdresser and when something like that happens that is what is the fastest way to lighten hair but it is hard to tell you what to do because I cant see it. I hope evrything turns out. If you need any more help email me and I will try to help in anyway I can. Good luck.

Chery
Oct 17, 2005, 08:10 AM
If your hair is not colored too much and is in good shape and your not scared try mixing bleach , 20 volume peroxide, and shampoo and work it evenly into your hair but dont scrub but the shampoo will take the harshness out of the bleach and for a quick fix it will lighten hair but you might have to color over it if you get it too light just watch it carefully. I am a hairdresser and when something like that happens that is what is the fastest way to lighten hair but it is hard to tell you what to do because I cant see it. I hope evrything turns out. If you need any more help go ahead and email me and I will try to help in anyway I can. Good luck.
Glad to have a 'specialist' in this aboard. My exam was in 1969 and I'm sure that there have been a lot of changes and new techniques since then. Please answer the questions put to you on the forum, instead of email, so that we can all benefit from your advice. Enjoy this forum, you'll really are a welcome member!

gutpulldrag
Nov 21, 2005, 06:51 PM
I dyed my hair dark brown and it came out too black for my taste. I was wondering how much color the Prell would take out? Thanks.

PrettyLady
Nov 27, 2005, 03:56 PM
I would normally recommend that people go to a salon to get their hair dyed. However, I know some of you just don't have the time or money to spend, so you color your hair at home. Yes, Prell or dandruff shampoo will assist color fading faster. Take some Prell shampoo and apply it throughout out your hair, leave it on for 45 minutes, then rinse it out with warm water. Use a conditioner after your done rinsing the shampoo out.

Here's another tip: Hot oil treatments will also help to strip chemically applied color.

PrettyLady
Dec 6, 2005, 07:41 PM
Chery, I didn't see your question until now. Not the kind of oil you normally use on your skin, it has to be hot oil hair treatments. Hot oil treatments will gradually fade hair dye. However, I wouldn't recommend using it to repair damaged hair. You probably heard that oil treatments restores hair and makes it soft and shiney, but it's not true. Most oils do not have the ability to penetrate into the hair shaft. It lays on top of the cuticle and cause build up. It's best to use deep conditioners on damaged hair, it will repair the cuticles and make the appearance of your hair healthy.

Chery
Dec 6, 2005, 09:40 PM
Chery, I didn't see your question until now. Not the kind of oil you normally use on your skin, it has to be hot oil hair treatments. Hot oil treatments will gradually fade hair dye. However, I wouldn't recommend using it to repair damaged hair. You probably heard that oil treatments restores hair and makes it soft and shiney, but it's not true. Most oils do not have the ability to penetrate into the hair shaft. It lays on top of the cuticle and cause build up. It's best to use deep conditioners on damaged hair, it will repair the cuticles and make the appearance of your hair healthy. I never needed any oils for my own hair, I used mayonaise and that worked for me, wrapped in plastic and placed under a red lamp for 20 minutes, then a lot of rinsing, but never hot. If hair gets too hot, it's not good either. Now I let my daughter do my hair, as it's hard for me to lift my arms long enough without pain of arthritis and old age. Too bad I don't get grey hair, no women in my family ever did, but I wish I had it. It's hard to get the right 'silver gray' color I want and it's a pain to retouch it. Thanks again, and you give great advice. Don't stop..

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PrettyLady
Dec 7, 2005, 04:13 PM
Chery, thank you for those kind words. I also think you give great advice, your comments are very helpful to me and others. I must say that everyone here has been doing an outstanding job as well. It's good to see that all of you are using your knowledge to help people. It doesn't matter how old you are, or where you come from, your advice makes a difference here. ;)

TamaraInkk
Dec 20, 2005, 06:01 AM
I've just had my hair stripped of its prievious colour and dyed bright orange--huge disarster-- I went back and had it toned down by dying over it, it was OK but I just got back from vacation and the sun and pool have spripped the colour back to a dull urban. I hate it, but I can't afford to change it yet again- (the last effort cost $300) I'm going back in a mouth but I can't stand it atm. I want to dye it blond but I don't know how to get the current colour out, I thought about bleaching it but last time it went orange- but then I had blue black in it- will it be OK this time givern that its had most of the preivious colour stripped resently? I'v read that if it does go orangy after bleaching that you can use a ash based hair dye that it nuetralises the orange? Is this true?

PrettyLady
Dec 20, 2005, 06:07 PM
Hello,TamaraInkk, I will answer your question before I go out tonight. When you add bleach to your hair it will change your hair color in stages. First it will change from black to red, and then lighten gradually from red to orange, orange to yellow, and finally from yellow to white. When your hair is very dark and you want to dye it blonde, it will most likely turn orange. The hair would have to be bleached to remove the dark color. Changing your hair color can be a difficult process. I don't think you should do this on your own. I recommend that you see a hairstylist.

Some hairstylists will get confuse when toning down hair colors. Let your hairstylist know that they need to use a violet base color to neutralize the orange in your hair. To tone down the red, they have to use ash/green based color. Good luck, hun.

jpalis
Dec 20, 2005, 06:12 PM
You need to by a toner and it will lighten the hair. You can but it at any hair place and it doesn't cost a lot. Hope that helps

PrettyLady
Dec 20, 2005, 06:40 PM
Toners are very weak and they will only work on very light hair. If your hair isn't light enough not much will happen. TamaraInkk hair has to be bleached if she wants her hair blonde. It's best that she goes to a hairstylist to have it done, I've given her some advice on how to tone down unwanted shades, she can pass it on to her hairstylist.

bellabrunetta37
Dec 21, 2005, 06:46 AM
All of your advice is very helpful. I dyed my hair dark brown a little over two months ago. It's still black. How long do I have to wait before it's "safe" to try a lightening kit? Loreal has a kit that lightens hair but it says right on it that you shouldn't use it on dyed dark brown or black hair. I didn't know if there was a time afterwards that I could use it without totally ruining my hair, please help

Chery
Dec 21, 2005, 06:59 AM
Hello,TamaraInkk, I will answer your question before I go out tonight. When you add bleach to your hair it will change your hair color in stages. First it will change from black to red, and then lighten gradually from red to orange, orange to yellow, and finally from yellow to white. When your hair is very dark and you want to dye it blonde, it will most likely turn orange. The hair would have to be bleached to remove the dark color. Changing your hair color can be a difficult process. I don't think you should do this on your own. I recommend that you see a hairstylist.

Some hairstylists will get confuse when toning down hair colors. Let your hairstylist know that they need to use a violet base color to neutralize the orange in your hair. To tone down the red, they have to use ash/green based color. Good luck, hun.

Dear Pretty... you really know and care about the outcome of some of the vast expectations of several dark-haired women who want to become blondes overnight. This is not possible unless they go to professionals, and you've been trying so kindly to explain this. I hope this sinks in to most. Also, someone stated that they were in the sun and in the pool - what most un-natural blondes forget, that the pools with clorine in them will give their hair a shade of green - which is not fun. The sun is a natural bleecher, and also dries out the hair if not treated with the appropriate products to prevent this. I just love the way you try to explain and wish you were here to help me with mine.
LADIES - THIS GIRL KNOWS WHAT SHE'S TALKING ABOUT - LISTEN UP...

PrettyLady
Dec 21, 2005, 10:09 PM
all of your advice is very helpful. I dyed my hair dark brown a little over two months ago. it's still black. how long do i have to wait before it's "safe" to try a lightening kit? loreal has a kit that lightens hair but it says right on it that you shouldn't use it on dyed dark brown or black hair. I didn't know if there was a time afterwards that I could use it without totally ruining my hair, please help

Hello, bellabrunetta37. Remember that "Color does not lift color." When putting a brown color on very dark hair, it will do nothing. To lighten the hair one to two levels and add a color, you will have to use 20-volume peroxide.

Most women color their hair every 4 to 6 weeks. But it really depends on the porosity of your hair. If your hair is not damaged and is in good porosity, then it's okay to color it. Don't put the lightening kit on your hair, it's going to ruin it. Please consider letting your hairstylist color your hair. When the hairstylist colors your hair you can ask them questions and how to maintain the color on your own, it will save you money this way.



Dear Pretty... you really know and care about the outcome of some of the vast expectations of several dark-haired women who want to become blondes overnight. This is not possible unless they go to professionals, and you've been trying so kindly to explain this. I hope this sinks in to most. Also, someone stated that they were in the sun and in the pool - what most un-natural blondes forget, that the pools with clorine in them will give their hair a shade of green - which is not fun. The sun is a natural bleecher, and also dries out the hair if not treated with the appropriate products to prevent this. I just love the way you try to explain and wish you were here to help me with mine.
LADIES - THIS GIRL KNOWS WHAT SHE'S TALKING ABOUT - LISTEN UP...


Thank you Chery and BellBrunetta37. I came to this board to offer my help and I'm glad to see that my beauty advice is useful to people.

lbtravel
Jan 11, 2006, 06:03 PM
I just wanted to pass on the help I received when I recently dyed my hair too dark. I have dark brown hair and chose a dark brown permanent hair color kit from the drugstore to cover the greys. My hair turned out almost black--I looked Goth. I've since learned that I was supposed to have used the medium brown hair color.

I tried shampooing a million times with Prell and really hot water... nothing worked. I went to Sally Beauty to see about getting a color deposit formula, and two very nice ladies working there told me that my best bet was to use original formula Dawn dishwashing liquid.

I didn't believe them at all. But I tried it and it totally worked! It had even been a few days since I had dyed my hair, and they said it wouldn't matter.

They told me to shampoo with the Dawn, leave it in about 5 minutes, and then rinse it out. I shampooed two more times after that just to be sure. You could see the dark water at the bottom of the shower from the hair dye rinsing out. Make sure you condition well because it does leave your hair pretty dry.

The color is still a teeny bit too dark, but at least I'm not embarrassed to go out in public again! :)

Hope this helps you like it did me!

PrettyLady
Jan 11, 2006, 09:47 PM
I don't recommend using just Dawn detergent on your hair to fade the color, the chemicals in it will ruin your hair. Add a few drops of dish detergent to your shampoo before you use it on your hair. The detergent will dry out your hair like crazy. After you use a mixture of shampoo and liquid dish detergent to lift the color. Please apply a deep conditioning treatment on your hair for 15 to 20 minutes and use a plastic cap to protect your hair. The deep conditioning treatment will restore moisture balance to dry or damaged hair.

Chery
Jan 13, 2006, 01:46 PM
Pretty - got that 'spread it' message again.
Girls, this lady knows what she's talking about, and her advice is, in my opinion, the best you can get - and it's FREE.

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Sassy Mom
Jan 13, 2006, 07:32 PM
I saw the postings about using 20 developer and shampoo to help lighten hair. Could you tell me how often I can do this and when I do apply should I let it sit on my hair.
Thanks

Sassy Mom
Jan 13, 2006, 07:37 PM
I would like to know how often I can use the 20 developer along with shampoo to help remove the hair dye? And howlong should it sit on my hair if any?
Also second question:: I seem to have some spots on my scalp they look just like a sunburn would on skin it does get itchy and I have been using a special oil that if for babies cradle cap to help with it but if I itch it then just like a sunburn it peels off and then I am left with dandruff looking things in my hair. Is there anything I can do to prevent this from happening or fix this? I do colour my hair but usually only every 8 weeks. I did my last colour at the start of December. And I really want to get my hair back to my natural colour which is blonde. I have been colouring it brown for the last year.
Thanks so much this site rocks.

PrettyLady
Jan 15, 2006, 10:15 PM
Sassy, it appears that you have an unhealthy scalp, it might be seborrheic dermatitis. If the symptoms are scalp irritation, scales on the scalp or red patches you need to see a dermatologist for evaluation and treatment. I advise you not to put any peroxide or dye in your hair until your scalp has healed.

If your hair is brown and you want to be blonde, the 20 volume developer isn't strong enough to lighten your hair to blonde. You may need to use a 30 volume peroxide to strip the brown color from the hair, then a toner has to be applied. It's important to wait until your scalp is healthy before dyeing your hair. When your scalp is healed, please do not attempt to dye your hair on your own, it's best to let your hairstylist do it for you.

PrettyLady
Jan 16, 2006, 11:34 PM
Chery, I hope she follows the advice and see a dermatologist. If she puts a hair dye or peroxide on her head. She will have an abnormal reaction such as redness, itching, burning, or other signs of irritation. You should never use a hair color if your scalp shows any evidence of abrasion, eruption or other abnormal condition. It's best to make sure that the scalp is healthy before applying hair dyes or other chemicals to the hair.

Sassy Mom
Jan 17, 2006, 05:05 AM
I have made an appointment finally to see the dr. but I did read online that putting apple cider videgar would help heal any irritations on the scalp and what do you know it seems to be working. I have not been itching at all nor do I have redness.I am not doing the peroxide treatments for some time and I already use salon dye I don't even bother with the stuff they sell in the store.
Thanks so much for your help:)

courtney81
Jan 17, 2006, 02:42 PM
I just colored my dark brown hair a natural black color and I think it is way too dark. I called my grandma who is a former hairstylist. She recommended that I wash my hair with liquid clothes soap, towel dry and repeat a few times then put on a conditoner and leave on for about 1/2 hour. Good luck and may I suggest temporary hair color as opposed to permanent!

PrettyLady
Jan 17, 2006, 11:52 PM
Sassy, your welcome. I'm so glad that you've made an appointment to see your dermatologist. It's very important that the scalp is in healthy condition before using hair dyes. The use of hair dyes can trigger dermatitis with symptoms ranging from mild itchiness to even hair loss. If you have any abrasions on your scalp, please wait until they are healed.

Courtney, someone has mentioned using dish detergent on their hair to fade the color. I've recommended that they not use just dish detergent on their hair. I had to tell them to add a few drops of dish detergent to their shampoo before using it on the hair, then apply a deep conditioning treatment for at least 20 minutes. Using dish or clothes detergents will leave the hair in poor porosity. I don't want to see people ruining their hair or loose it, that's why I advise people to see a professional hairstylist. The hairstylist will diffuse the unwanted color and apply a corrective hair color.

Sometimes it is necessary to remove all color from the hair in order to achieve the correct color. Dye removers are not generally sold for use by unprofessionals because the process is too complex for the untrained. Therefore, color removing is a professional service done by hairstylists. Color removers may contain ingredients designed to diffuse pigment, both natural and artificial, and are sometimes mixed with hydrogen peroxide. Ladies, it's best not to attempt to dye your hair on your own, you will most likely end up with different shades and it will be harder to correct the color. I suggest that you schedule an appointment with your hairstylist to color your hair, they will make sure that the hair is one even shade, and they also will give you tips on how to maintain your color.

Catcher7
Jan 19, 2006, 08:19 PM
I went to a salon and asked for a warm brown with a slight red tint. I got dark brown on my ends and copper penny colored on my scalp. To fix it, I dyed it all dark brown. But I'm almost in tears because you can still see some red through it and its so dark brown. If I use that prell shampoo will it only remove the brown and leave the copper color or will it remove both shades gradually?

I'm so upset right now :(

PrettyLady
Jan 20, 2006, 12:28 AM
Sorry to hear that you didn't get the color wanted at the salon. Sometimes, getting the exact color can be tricky. The hairstylist that did your hair didn't choose the right color. You should have gone back to the salon and have them fix it, most salons will re-do the client's hair if they're not happy with it. However, you've decided add another color to your hair and the salon you've went to will not fix it for free since you did it on your own. Unfortunately, Prell will not remove the dark color or the red in your hair, it will fade the color slightly. Your hair is level 3 dark brown, but since you want it lighter, you will need to go to level 5. Level 5 is "Light Brown" and it will lift your color about a shade or 2. But you've also mentioned that you have red tones in your hair. The ash colors gets rid of the red tones on the hair. So the color you will need to use is "Light Ash Brown." When you apply the color make sure that it's distributed evenly throughout the hair, and leave it in a little longer than the usual time. Hun, next time have a hairstylist do it for you.

Teaghue
Jan 20, 2006, 05:08 PM
Hey there

I recently dyed my hair tips red. BRIGHT red. I made the mistake of bleeching my hair before I did it (I have dark brown, bleeched the tips blond) and dyeing the tips red. I was hopeing for a dark red, but got a "coke can" type color. Now as it is fading (We dyed it this past Saturday) it is turning orange. I would like to get it back to just the bleeched tips by Monday (if possible at this point). Is there anything I can do?

I liked the blond tips, but this orange is killing me! It just isn't my color. Hehe :D

PrettyLady
Jan 21, 2006, 12:02 AM
Teaghue, the ends of your hair was overprocessed. When your trying to achieve a red color you should never bleach your hair above the orange stage. Remember that red fades faster than any other colors, and it will most likely turn orange. It's best to choose a red color with a touch of brown in it because it will penetrate the hair shaft better. But if you want to go from orange to blonde, then you will need to bleach the hair. You must also make sure that the porosity of your hair is in good condition before you lighten it. If your hair is healthy, apply a 20 volume peroxide, leave it on for about 5 minutes, then rinse it off and dry your hair. Next, apply a neutral blonde toner and the tips of your hair will be blonde again.

I've noticed that a lot of you ladies have been coming to me for help on how to correct your hair color. I understand that some you don't have the money to go see a hairstylist. Since I'm also a Cosmetologist, I will try my best to help you. But if I feel that your hair is in bad porosity, I will have to refer you to a hairstylist. However, I will give you information that you can take to your hairstylist. Ladies, feel free to ask me any questions, I'll happy to answer them on the board.

Teaghue
Jan 21, 2006, 07:03 AM
Hey, thanks for the advice. I forgot to mention that this is only semi-perminent. It is fadeing, but I want to gone faster if possible. I can see some blond through the orange so I am assuming that it will all fade to blond over time, correct?

^_^ Thank you so much for your help. You are a life saver. Btw, I'm a guy. Lol.

PrettyLady
Jan 21, 2006, 04:23 PM
Teaghue, if you have used a semi-permanent color in your hair, the color will last within 2 to 6 weeks. A semi-permanent color is suppose fade after 6 shampoos, but it does not rinse completely out of bleached or light hair. Your hair will fade if you shampoo it a lot. I didn't know that you were a guy, it's great to see that guys are also coming to me for hair advice. Guys like to get highlights in their hair, they prefer blue, red or blonde highlights. My brother is in an alternative rock band, so he asked me to do red highlights in his hair. After I came home from work, I went to see him to do his hair, and all his friends were there. He told me that his friends think that I'm hot looking and they like to go over his place whenever I'm there. Now his friends call me to cut their hair all the time. I don't think you will have another hair disaster, post #37 has all the answers you need. It's good to hear that I'm a life saver, if you have any more questions, post it on the board and I'll be glad to answer them.

Chery
Jan 21, 2006, 11:25 PM
Hey, thanks for the advice. I forgot to mention that this is only semi-perminent. It is fadeing, but I want to gone faster if possible. I can see some blond through the orange so I am assuming that it will all fade to blond over time, correct?

^_^ Thank you so much for your help. You are a life saver. Btw, im a guy. lol.
If pretty's advice is not fast enough for you, there is a wax that is in a can and it's especially for blonds, it puts a golden blond highlite on, so try that on the tips on Saturday if nothing else worked. Good luck.

o0BabiiGrrl0o
Jan 23, 2006, 03:20 PM
Today I dyed my hair "dark brown" and it came out too dark. I don't want to strip or bleach my hair, I just want to make the color fade a little faster. I've read about several ways to do this and I wanted to know if anyone knew the best method or if any of these really work. Here are the suggestions I have found:

1. Wash it with Prell shampoo
2. Wash it with a dandruff shampoo that has tar in it
3. Wash it with shampoo mixed with baking soda
4. Wash it with Dawn dish detergent
5. Wash it with Tide

If anyone can elaborate on these (i.e. tell me how frequently I would have to wash my hair with any of these) or give me other suggestions that would be great. I would especially like to know of any method that is less damaging to my hair.

Thanks.














I just put small black streaks in my hair but I washed my hair right after I dyed it which I wasn't supposed to.. and now I have nothing but black on the top of my head and brown underneath I look goth! I want to fade it a little and I just bought some prell shampoo it says original on it.. is that the right stuff?:confused:

PrettyLady
Jan 24, 2006, 12:24 AM
BabiiGrrl, remember that black or brown dyes are the hardest to fade. Using Prell or a dandruff shampoo will slightly fade the color. If your shade is too dark, use a few drops of Dawn liquid detergent with the Prell shampoo you've bought. You will need to shampoo your hair several times, the more you shampoo, the faster color will fade. The hair will feel dry afterward, so be sure to use a deep conditioning treatment for 15 to 20 minutes. If the color doesn't fade, I recommend that you go to a salon to have the color corrected.

mom2702
Jan 25, 2006, 08:08 PM
I've read a few of the postings on this site & they've been helpful! I recently colored my hair, using a medium brown color & my hair turned Black! I too have the Goth look! YUCK! I am wanting to try the Dawn Dishwashing liquid process on my hair, but I've got a question. I have a friend who does people's hair in her home & she suggested I add some highlights to my hair. So, she did... they're blond highlights, which don't look very good against my black. My husband and 2 kids, tell me it doesn't look that bad, but I hate it!! Doubt that I'll ever let her do my hair again!! Anyway... my question is, What will the "Dawn" process do to my blond highlights that are mixed in with my black hair? Will the process help fade them as well? Thanks for your help!

deadeyes-star
Jan 25, 2006, 08:59 PM
OK here's one for you. A new policy came up at work. Hair must be one solid normal color... mine is purple blue and turquoise. So yeah, I plan on just bleaching the whole thing blonde and toning it to a platinum which hasn't been a problem in the past after making it all colorful but the color in my hair hasn't faded out enough that the bleach will take it all out completely and I only have this week to fix my hair. Its only semi-permanent color but still how can I get it to fade out most of the way really quick? Does prell and all that other stuff work on semi color as well? Please help if anyone has any advice, I don't wish to lose many more days of work over my hair.

Note:dying it darker is not an option. I'm just one of those people that dark hair looks horrid on.

PrettyLady
Jan 25, 2006, 11:27 PM
Mom2607, using Dawn liquid detergent, dandruff shampoos or an intense hot oil treatment with heat will fade the hair "slightly". If you have black hair with blonde highlights and you use Dawn, you will still have blonde highlights, but it will be a little faded. I'm sorry to hear about your hair problem, you should consider letting a hairstylist to fix your hair. Good luck.

PrettyLady
Jan 25, 2006, 11:37 PM
Deadeyes-star, semi permanent colors will gradually fade away. The color lasts up to 4-6 shampoos because it contains no ammonia and does not have a developer. The more frequent you wash the more quick it will fade away. Yes, you can use the Prell on your hair, you can also try the other products that I've mentioned above.

_Timea_
Feb 2, 2006, 02:41 AM
Hi, I've been reading the advice on this board and it all seems really helpful but I'm not sure if it will help me with my particular situation.

I have naturally light brown hair but dyed it black with a semi-permanent colour. That was back in July. I then dyed over it after it was slightly faded with a dark brown. That was in August. I now have stripes of black and copper mixed unattractively with the light hair that is showing through at the roots and the tips. It is a complete disaster.

My friends told me you can have the colour stripped from you hair at a salon. I was wondering if any of you have tried it and if you recommend it. If not, what do you suggest?

PrettyLady
Feb 2, 2006, 11:36 PM
Timea, semi permanent dye can last a long time, depending on your hair type. It doesn't wash out of the hair completely. Also, dark hair colors are hard to fade because the pigments in the dye are strong. I understand that most of you can't afford to have your hair color corrected at the salon. So since I'm in the beauty field, I will do my best to give you answers. There's a product by Loreal name Loreal Color Zap and Color fix by Jheri Redding, it washes away unwanted color and leaves the hair ready for re-coloring. But if it doesn't work on your hair, you may need to have the color stripped professionally. I'm glad you find the advice useful.

salonregret
Feb 25, 2006, 10:45 AM
Was looking forward to splurging at the salon to have my hair colored last night, spent $300 to look like a witch! I've been using same stylist for 8 years. I explained thoroughly what I wanted and we even reviewed pictures, samples of medium auburn with light highlights, we agreed on pictures of auburns that were "too dark and some that were "too red" so I felt confident she knew exactly what I wanted, I even said "I trust you", Three hours later I'm walking out of the salon horrified:eek: but didn't want to hurt her feelings. It's so dark of an auburn that it looks black from a distance, I look like I'm wearing a bad wig with pale skin! I went home immediately and shampooed my hair twice! There's NO difference, I'm already turning down offers to socialize and it's been less than 12 hours since I've had my hair colored. I was seriously thinking about floating in the jacuzzi today, thinking combo of the sun and warm chlorine water would fade the color but after reading info on this site, may not be so healthy for the hair, and GREEN would be a worse color than I have now:( Now I'm considering changing my skin color to match my hair. I'll go to the tanning salon for a little tanning bed and spray-on tan combo. If anyone has any better ideas, would love to hear them.

salonregret
Feb 25, 2006, 10:51 AM
P.S. Going to a professional stylist go me into this mess, sometimes I think it's better to buy a box of clairol and do it myself, at least it would've cost less for the same result.

Chery
Feb 25, 2006, 11:36 AM
Was looking forward to splurging at the salon to have my hair colored last night, spent $300 to look like a witch! I've been using same stylist for 8 years. I explained thoroughly what I wanted and we even reviewed pictures, samples of medium auburn with light highlights, we agreed on pictures of auburns that were "too dark and some that were "too red" so I felt confident she knew exactly what I wanted, I even said "I trust you", Three hours later I'm walking out of the salon horrified:eek: but didn't want to hurt her feelings. It's so dark of an auburn that it looks black from a distance, I look like I'm wearing a bad wig with pale skin! I went home immediately and shampooed my hair twice! There's NO difference, I'm already turning down offers to socialize and it's been less than 12 hours since I've had my hair colored. I was seriously thinking about floating in the jacuzzi today, thinking combo of the sun and warm chlorine water would fade the color but after reading info on this site, may not be so healthy for the hair, and GREEN would be a worse color than I have now:( Now I'm considering changing my skin color to match my hair. I'll go to the tanning salon for a little tanning bed and spray-on tan combo. If anyone has any better ideas, would love to hear them.Dear, Pretty will probably tell you the same thing, you SHOULD NOT have left the salon unsatisfied - and I'm sure if anyone can advise you on what to do now, she can. You should have told them that they messed up instead of sparing someone's feelings - and you are suffering for it now. Especially when it's your hard earned money, the I'm sure that they would have given you a certificate to come back or fix it on the spot. They would do the same if the table were turned around and you did something wrong.
Sorry about your dilema and hope that it does not take too long for you to get your normal life back.


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Good luck, and keep us posted.

PrettyLady
Feb 27, 2006, 12:42 AM
Chery is right. Salonregret, you should have said something to the manager of the salon if you weren't satisfied with the color. You didn't get what you paid for, therefore, they have to re-do your hair. Do not put chlorine or the box of Clairol on your hair, it will only make matter worse. Go back to the salon and have them fix your hair.

angiebabyy
Apr 9, 2006, 04:03 PM
Ok well... I heard that Prell shampoo works well. See... I experiment with my hair often. My hairstylist, Carlos, and me decided I could go a shade and a half brighter in my red because it was fading fast. I was scared to do the whole head so I higlighted it... and because of that, I did no dye my eyebrows. Well its much more red then my natural dark brown and my eyebrows are REALLY annoying me. My boyfriends mom told me its very unhealthy to dye your eyebrows anyway. I do like the color, its gorgeous, but its just not me. I would like it to fade a bit.. I dyed it yesterday morning and today I washed it with dandruff shampoo but I see no diffrence. Tommorw I'm going to make a trip to Walgreens for Prell because it's 3 bucks so it's very eay on the wallet and I really don't see how it's not worth a try. I just want to tone down the color a bit, forget beiong seen in school,I have senior portraits a week from tomorrow!! My problemo is this

If I have a scrub down with prell, will my hair end up orange:eek: ?

salonregret
Apr 9, 2006, 07:58 PM
Well, it's been 6 weeks since the disastrous dark hair color, it's finally faded into the warm auburn I'd hoped for when I first had my hair colored , however... Now that it's at just the right color, my gray is coming in at the temples. Time to color again! Has anyone tried the new hair color product that promises to match your roots to your current haircolor? It's supposedly a product to buy you time before you go back to the salon for professional hair coloring.

cazgirl
May 13, 2006, 03:33 PM
Hi All:

I recently had my hair hilited by someone totally different (for a change). Beautiful base colour, but my blonde hilites are very ashy. I went to my regular hairdresser today and fessed up, she told me she couldn't help me out by adding more or making darker the ones that already existed, but to wash my hair with Sunlight dish soap. Really? So... has anyone tried this? Keep in mind my hilites are blonde (an ashy blonde) my under or base colour is like a light brown (a tad of a caramel tone to it). I hate the ashy tone - makes me look grey, and I feel frumpy. I can't believe she wouldn't fix it for me, though I guess in the long run she is doing me a favour. Guess I'll try the Sunlight, just wondering if anyone has tried it on blondish hair with success. Thanks!

PrettyLady
May 15, 2006, 12:37 AM
You can try the Sunlight dish soap to see if it works. But if it doesn't fade your hair color, then try using Prell or a dandruff shampoo and hot water. These products are known to strip hair dyes slightly. Heat also helps to fade hair dyes from the hair faster than cold water. Good luck.

cazgirl
May 15, 2006, 04:46 PM
Thanks PrettynPetite1... I couldn't stand looking at myself anymore with the "ashy" hue to my hair so went to a salon in the local mall. After several attempts at adding a 'toner' - something light blonde I think he said, then finally painting on another colour straight from the tube, I have no hilites left and a golden brownish colour. Don't like it... I'm used to being blonde, and I have no hilites left. However, I guess it's better than the green/ashy tone. Hard to get used to though. So... I did use Sunlight Dish soap on it this morning when I washed it - nothing came out. Am really afraid of going green again. I live in Ontario, Canada... we don't have "Prell" shampoo here. Guess I'll just hope it washes out / tones down over time. Any idea how soon I could get some blonde hilites into this?? Thanks SO much.

PrettyLady
May 16, 2006, 11:38 PM
Frequent shampooing will fade hair dyes faster. You can also try using hot oil hair treatments, or you can use a clarifying shampoo to fade your hair color. Washing your hair will dry out, so make sure you use conditioner. When you're ready to add highlights, don't go too light or too dark with the highlights. Highlights should look natural.

cazgirl
May 17, 2006, 02:11 PM
Thanks PrettynPetite1... I am seeing the colour "fading" gradually, and the hilites are coming back through somewhat - hope the "green" stays behind though. I did call the stylist that fixed me up, he said, like you... anytime I'm ready to come in for hilites though he doesn't want me to go too light. I'm just having a hard time getting used to not having the blonde hilites.

You know, I really would love to find a great stylist who knows what would look good on ME, knows their colours, can recommend / suggest what would look good, and a stylist who gets to the root when using foils. I hate paying $140 for foils only to get home and see a good quarter of an inch of root already!!

I find it hard to express my concern without sounding *****y. My last stylist, who I have gone to for years, and am very comfortable with, and can say stuff like "make sure you hit the root" has lost my business now. She refused to help me when my hilites were ashy/green, so I guess it's time to search out someone new. The guy who fixed me up was okay, not fussy on the colour I have now though, but at least he was willing to try, and was very confident he could do it. If only nature blessed us with exactly what we want!!

Thanks again!!

PrettyLady
May 18, 2006, 12:42 AM
I'm glad to help, Hun. If you're not sure about a hairstylist, do some research. There are lots of salons out there with different stylists and different levels of experience. You can get a consultation. These are usually free as long as the stylist doesn't do anything to your hair. This will allow you to get a feel for the stylist's personality, knowledge and capabilities. Good luck.

bdevine
May 18, 2006, 11:08 AM
I am a hair dresser and can honestly say that the product you are looking for is called molases made by abba it is an intense clarifier and used daily will drastically reduce your color. Also washing with the hottest water helps to fade color.

cazgirl
May 18, 2006, 04:53 PM
Thanks Again PrettynPetite1... well, this hair has gone "green" too - well, a tinge of it. So... I trotted off to my former stylist, and asked her if NOW she could do something with it. She said "yes, now that he has covererd it over for me". So, tomorrow I go at 12:30.. her plan is to go an all over colour, darker than it is now, with blonde hilites - not thin ones, but larger ones. She feels that if they are larger (chunkier as she put it) it will cover better against the darker colour. You know, I trust her - she's done my hair for many years, but when she told me she wouldn't fix it, I was miffed. So not so sure now.

She says for sure she can get rid of the greenish cast... but is there a polite way of asking her to get as close to the root as possible with the hilites (I've often left there with definite quarter inch gaps, and been reluctant to go back).

One more question - if colour "fades" over time... won't the "Greenish / ashy hue" fade as well??

I'm thinking of getting her to just put lighter hilites in what I have now - but then again, I guess it won't cover this green. Gosh, can you EVER get rid of the green??

Tks!! Keep your fingers crossed it works this time - I'm cleaning out my bank account trying to fix this.

Lmb812
May 24, 2006, 12:08 PM
Hi everyone,
I've been dyeing my hair for some time now, and while I loved the color when I would first dye it, it faded way too fast. So I decided to go with a different brand, same color.. so I thought. It came out black! Should have been light to medium brown. So I searched online and came across this forum. I went out and got some Dawn, and used my boyfriend's dandruff shampoo, and washed my hair quite a few times, and it actually worked! Now I love the color. So just remember to condition after you shampoo! So thanks everyone!!

PrettyLady
May 30, 2006, 10:41 PM
You're welcome, cazgirl. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that your highlights will come out the way you want it.

Chery
Jun 2, 2006, 04:03 PM
Thanks Again PrettynPetite1 ... well, this hair has gone "green" too - well, a tinge of it. So ... I trotted off to my former stylist, and asked her if NOW she could do something with it. She said "yes, now that he has covererd it over for me". So, tomorrow I go at 12:30 .. her plan is to go an all over colour, darker than it is now, with blonde hilites - not thin ones, but larger ones. She feels that if they are larger (chunkier as she put it) it will cover better against the darker colour. You know, I trust her - she's done my hair for many years, but when she told me she wouldn't fix it, I was miffed. So not so sure now.

She says for sure she can get rid of the greenish cast... but is there a polite way of asking her to get as close to the root as possible with the hilites (I've often left there with definite quarter inch gaps, and been reluctant to go back).

One more question - if colour "fades" over time ... won't the "Greenish / ashy hue" fade as well???

I'm thinking of getting her to just put lighter hilites in what I have now - but then again, I guess it won't cover this green. Gosh, can you EVER get rid of the green????

Tks!!! Keep your fingers crossed it works this time - I'm cleaning out my bank account trying to fix this.

Hi, cazgirl, I sure hope that all of you girls remember that it's summer time, and time to go to the swimming pool. Well, when you go into a chlorine-filled pool with bleached hair, you'll probably wind up wondering why your hair turns green. Unfortunately, it does, and we sometimes forget this. The chemicals in swimming pools can do strange things to your body, so be just as selective about your pools as you are about your hairstylists. Tell your hairstylist about your sport and swimming habits to help him/her advise you best on what to do for your hair in the summer. I've been told that applying hair-wax before swimming protects the hair a little. There should also be some new improved products from California beach-scenes that will help.

Good luck and have a great weekend, and a super summer!

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cazgirl
Jun 3, 2006, 04:24 AM
Thanks Tons Pretty and Chery... I think it's great that there is a place to go about our beauty woes, AND that there are professionals out there who will answer us!

Thanks so much!! Oh... my hair is much better, but depending on the shampoo I use, I can still see that darn "ashy hue" and the occasional green too!! Guess cutting it is the only solution.

Am on the hunt to find an awesome hairstylist who will work with me to achieve the look I want. Any suggestions (I'm from the Toronto Ontario area)

Thanks again!!

PrettyLady
Jun 5, 2006, 07:52 PM
Caz, I know you're still hesitant about letting another hairstylist fix your hair after what you've been through. But there are a lot of good hairstylists out there that will be able to correct the problem for you. The best way to locate a trusted new hair stylist is to ask for referrals. Ask friends and family for references of stylists that they trust and recommend. Also, check the Yellow Pages and phone directories to see if a stylist with the specialty you need has a listed advertisement. Good luck.

Chery is right. Prevention is the always the best medicine for hair problems. Chemically created blondes tend to have hair that may be more porous and allow chemicals to soak in easier. Heavy metals, such as copper, found in pool water are the culprits in turning light colored hair greenish. Since the outer hair shaft may be open and damaged from exposure to chlorine, this allows the heavy metals to get into the hair shaft and turn hair green. Ladies, once you get out of the pool, rinse your hair with club soda, it will prevent your hair from turning green. Or, you can use clarifying shampoos to get rid of the greenish hue.

BLUEEYESHOTTIE14
Jun 12, 2006, 02:42 PM
hi how do you apply the dawn and dandruff shampoo?
do you mix it?
i dyed my hair "dark brown" and it came out like black.
i want it to be like light-medium brown.
what can i do?

PrettyLady
Jun 15, 2006, 11:04 PM
Blueeyeshottie14, use a clarifying shampoo, it will help fade your hair faster. Keep in mind that artificial hair color will fade more quick the more you shampoo.

irishgirl2006
Jun 29, 2006, 09:20 AM
Hi all,

I have the same prob as many other posters, tried to die my naturally fair hair to brown. But it's jet black. I hate it so much, am so used to being blonde I can't stand it.

But I live in Ireland and have never heard of any of these brands of shampoo that have been suggested, or the dishwashing stuff. Please please help I can't buy any of these things here and I absolutely HAVE to get rid of this colour!! :( :( :( :( :( :(

PrettyLady
Jun 30, 2006, 05:22 PM
Hi all,

I have the same prob as many other posters, tried to die my naturally fair hair to brown. But it's jet black. I hate it so much, am so used to being blonde I can't stand it.

But I live in Ireland and have never heard of any of these brands of shampoo that have been suggested, or the dishwashing stuff. Please please help I can't buy any of these things here and I absolutely HAVE to get rid of this colour!!!:( :( :( :( :( :(

Irishgirl2006, the only way you're going to get your natural blonde hair back is to grow your hair out. However, you can also do a double process, it's when the hair is lighten with bleach and then a toner is applied to give you your desired color. This process should be done by a licensed hairstylist. But if you want to fade your color slightly and can't find the products that were discussed on this thread, shampooing with a regular shampoo and exposure to water will gradually fade hair dye.

Ifeltsleepy
Jul 15, 2006, 02:13 PM
I have a question... I've been dying my hair Dark red for about 2 years straight. I've been trying to go back to my original hair color which is blondish... I'm just too impatient to wait for it to grow out. It's faded quite a bit so far, but it's still not light enough! What can I do to speed up this process? I am not interested in bleaching or hair stripping because my hair will most likely fall out, or be damaged until it grows out. -_- Any home remedies? Will Prell work?

PrettyLady
Jul 16, 2006, 10:29 PM
Red hair dyes fade fast but doesn't mean that your hair will fade back to blonde. If you've used permanent hair colors, the chemical is still in your hair and it won't wash out. Red hair is difficult to change to a blonde shade. Do not do it yourself. I recommend that you have it done professionally. Your hair may not require bleaching. The hairstylist will determine what level your current color is. Then she/he will use a higher volume peroxide developer with an ash base blonde color to remove the red and match your original hair color.

tasha_raps_fan
Jul 20, 2006, 12:03 PM
I recently dyed my hair dark brown and turned out black almost! My natural colour is dark dark brown *almost black*, but I was not used to it since I always had my hair dyed light. My complexion is meditteranean so it looked OK but yikes it was inky darkkkk black. SO, this is what I did to make it fade. I washed my hair everyday with a clarifying shampoo and an anti-dandruff shampoo. Before I even got into the shower though to wash my hair I used VO5 Hot Oil treatment, but did NOT warm it up, I used it cold *best way to use it if you want to fade your color* So I did this everyday for 4 days, and it actually started to fade, my color is a nice rich brown. It'll eventually fade away more though because I dyed it with a non-permanent dye. SOO, hope this helps anyone out there who had the same prob. As me. Xo

lilblueeyes0703
Jul 25, 2006, 04:53 AM
OK. So on Saturday afternoon I dyed my hair a light/medium brown with highlights and of course my boyfriend told me they looked orangy. So me being the genius that I am dyed it dark brown. It came out so awful it was black and dark brown in some spots. I went to the hair salon and she dyed it one color.. dark brown with little light blonde highlights in it. I hate that you cant see the highlights and that the dark brown is way to dark for my pale face. What I want to know is, I got it done last night, if I use dandruff shampoo and put hot oil in my hair will it help fade the dark brown? Please let me know thank you

PrettyLady
Jul 26, 2006, 11:22 AM
I've answered your question on this thread.

http://www.askmehelpdesk.com/beauty-skin-care/too-dark-color-30163.html

dawn555
Jul 31, 2006, 11:27 PM
Thank you so much for all the helpful advice on this forum! I have light auburn/red hair. I like my shade but thought it'd be fun to spice things up a bit. I used Herbal Essences' Bold n' Brilliant Color in Deep Red. I left the color on for 35 min. instead of 25, since the instructions said this could be done to achieve a more intense color. Intense would be an understatement. It's now blood red. I've seen a lot of posts about brown and blonde hair but didn't see many on red. Which products would be best to just bring the color down a few notches, but do so quickly as I can't wait six weeks for this color to fade? Again, thanks!

Cherity
Aug 3, 2006, 10:06 PM
What is the best way to lighten an at home hair color the color is good it is just to dark

Phedre
Aug 4, 2006, 02:41 AM
I just had my hair done at the salon. It was supposed to be red/orange Level "7.7" (almost 8, but not quite). It's pretty brilliant red in the sun (which I wanted) but still more of a darker auburn than I'd like. I can *almost* deal but would like it a bit lighter--or perhaps more accurately, brighter.

I know the smart thing is to have the salon do it, but I've had this woman strip color before, and I refuse to do it again. Will one of the hot oil/clarifying combinations give me what I need? And does it matter that the roots were perm and the ends demi? The ends are actually more of what's bothering me. Hope this makes sense. Thanks for your help!

kaylaed
Aug 4, 2006, 12:15 PM
Does prell really help fade away darkened hair? And if it does is it that much of a change?

PrettyLady
Aug 7, 2006, 07:03 PM
Thank you so much for all the helpful advice on this forum! I have light auburn/red hair. I like my shade but thought it'd be fun to spice things up a bit. I used Herbal Essences' Bold n' Brilliant Color in Deep Red. I left the color on for 35 min. instead of 25, since the instructions said this could be done to achieve a more intense color. Intense would be an understatement. It's now blood red. I've seen a lot of posts about brown and blonde hair but didn't see many on red. Which products would be best to just bring the color down a few notches, but do so quickly as I can't wait six weeks for this color to fade?? Again, thanks!

Keep in mind that red hair color fades faster than any other color. You could wash your hair with Prell and hot water to help fade the color. If the color doesn't fade fast enough, use a clarifying shampoos to speed to the fading process.

PrettyLady
Aug 7, 2006, 07:07 PM
What is the best way to lighten an at home hair color the color is good it is just to dark

Cherity, how many shades lighter do you want to go? To go two shades lighter, it may require a product with bleach or other lifting components. If you want to take your color more than two shades lighter, you will need to do a double process which involves bleaching the hair and then applying a toner to add the desired color.

PrettyLady
Aug 7, 2006, 07:11 PM
I just had my hair done at the salon. It was supposed to be red/orange Level "7.7" (almost 8, but not quite). It's pretty brilliant red in the sun (which I wanted) but still more of a darker auburn than I'd like. I can *almost* deal but would like it a bit lighter--or perhaps more accurately, brighter.

I know the smart thing is to have the salon do it, but I've had this woman strip color before, and I refuse to do it again. Will one of the hot oil/clarifying combinations give me what I need? And does it matter that the roots were perm and the ends demi? The ends are actually more of what's bothering me. Hope this makes sense. Thanks for your help!

As you know, red hair color fades faster than any other color. And sometimes red hair will turn orange with frequent shampooing. You can use a clarifying shampoo to help fade the color, but don't use it too long.

icep
Aug 21, 2006, 03:20 AM
Hey there...

I am from Australia and am having a similar problem to the previous posts, but have no idea what prill and dawn are! I dyed my hair tonight and its gone far darker than it should have.

I dyed my blonde hair with a dark copper blonde permanent dye and it turned out a medium brown... How do I fade it? Can you give me some hints as to what the products suggested are so that I can find them here. Color correction is just wayyyy out of my price range!

THANKS :confused:

IHATEREDlol
Aug 26, 2006, 02:43 AM
HEY!

My hair is naturally light brown, but I died it red at a salon professionally, it came out a purplish red, magentaish, and I know it fades to a lighter, softer red as a few months pass...

BUT

I HATE the color. YES I died it this way before, but I didn't have a choice, he had mixed the formula already when we got there, and I wanted dark brown, OH WELL, I didn't want to cause TOO much trouble...

HOW DO I GET THIS COLOR to fade out FASTER than normal. I got it died yesterday, and I'm thinking about pruell shampoos, but I don't have any of that right now.

I keep washing it, and seeing the red drain out, but it STILL looks the same!

Any other tips, PLEASE let me know ASAP.

dragnflyangell
Aug 26, 2006, 10:01 AM
The best way to get rid of the color faster is to use dawn dish soap it will take the color out faster than anything and then go to your local beauty supply store and get some colesteral it should be in the african american people section. I have a client and I have to go any more questions let me know

PrettyLady
Aug 29, 2006, 11:11 PM
Washing your hair with Dawn dish detergent can help fade the color slightly, but it's a little harsh for the hair and it doesn't work for everyone. Use a clarifying shampoo. It will fade the color quickly with each wash.

TimTheMan
Aug 30, 2006, 05:03 PM
I'm in the same situation as the OP. I have platinum blonde hair and this morning I dyed my hair what I wanted to be a slightly darker blonde, but it turned out to be a pretty dark brown.

I went to the drug store and couldn't find any sort of color remover, or pelle shampoo or anything. I just got out of the shower where I used a heck of a lot of chlorine bleach mixed with shampoo, and clarifying shampoo (I washed my hair about 12+ times), and the color hasn't changed at all. Any tips on how to get back to my normal color?

Thanks so much for any replies.

PrettyLady
Aug 30, 2006, 06:02 PM
I'm in the same situation as the OP. I have platinum blonde hair and this morning I dyed my hair what I wanted to be a slightly darker blonde, but it turned out to be a pretty dark brown.

I went to the drug store and couldn't find any sort of color remover, or pelle shampoo or anything. I just got out of the shower where I used a heck of a lot of chlorine bleach mixed with shampoo, and clarifying shampoo (I washed my hair about 12+ times), and the color hasn't changed at all. Any tips on how to get back to my normal color?

Thanks so much for any replies.


Please do not mix chlorine bleach with other products and use it on your hair. It is a very corrosive, hazardous chemical, and it can cause serious burns on your skin and hair.

Permanent hair color will not fade in one day. You need to be patient, your hair color will eventually fade. Clarifying shampoos are great for stripping hair color, too bad you didn't give it some time. There are other products that can fade hair color, such as hot oil treatments, dandruff shampoos, Prell and of course, hot water. Remember that your hair will softly fade every time you shampoo... Most drugs stores don't sell hair color removers, you will find it at beauty supply stores.

cindy123
Sep 1, 2006, 03:57 PM
HI I really need help my hair was dyed brown but then I went and dyed it a natural black using this asian hair dye that covers grey hair it is called "bigen speedy hair colour" which only takes 5 min 2 develop. Well I dyed it and it came out so dark and I don't know what to do? If I follow all your advice and use prell and dandruff shampoo will it make it fade faster? Because the hair dye I used is used to cover grey hair so I don't think it will fade. My friend said its going to be harder to get out. PLEASE HELP

cindy123
Sep 1, 2006, 10:04 PM
Dear pretty and anyone please help me I'm sitting here crying with sunlight detergent in my hair. I really want it 2 fade so badly my hair is jet jet black like gothic black and my skin tone is light what can I do?? Please tell me if it could fade and thanku dragonfly 4 your advice but I heard the colour removing kits can really damage your hair and result are unpredictable I went to the hairdressers today and asked what I can use 2 make colur fade one lady said I shoud shampoo it regulary but told me it will onli fade a bit she suggested to go 2 te salon and get it fixed. I went 2 another salon and they said to use a dandruff shampoo because it strips off colour but she goes that she could put my hair into colour spa thingy and then put a colour on top. She suggested foils and tld me 2 go brighter instead of lighter. HELP ME I dyed it 1 1/2 days ago almost 2 days HELP ME Please I LOKK GOTHIC AND IM SO DEPRESSED I CANT EVEN WALK OUT OF THE HOUSE CAN WILL MY HAIR COLOUR FADE?? I USED THE HAIR DYE FOR GREY HAIR AND I HAV A FEELING THAT IT Won't FADE OUT Like OTHER DYES

icep
Sep 2, 2006, 04:29 PM
Okay, so after much hunting and no response on this board, I headed out to find a way to fade my hair here in Australia... seeing as we don't have prell and dawn etc. I found a cheap at home gentle colour stripper by solfine 'creme colour' that smelled like coconuts. It was FAR cheaper than the salon option and didn't damage my hair at all! The colour came straight out, and I was left with blonde hair. It comes with a protein mask for after use and was great.

For any curious Aussies, you can get it at price attack. But it is European, so I am sure you would be able to buy it throughout Europe and perhaps the USA. Check out http://www.solfine.it/en/home/ for the relevant retailers.

A WARNING THOUGH: Listen to the lady at the counter and follow directions to the letter. Leaving it too long or putting it on hair that has been chemically treated several times or is 'over processed' can have BAD results according to the hairdresser at Price Attack, in these cases she suggested that the salon was the only option. I wasn't one of these people (only a poor dye job here!) and the at home option was cheap and easy with no noticeable damage!

cindy123
Sep 2, 2006, 10:15 PM
I'm from australia as welll!! Does it remove balck hair dye?

icep
Sep 2, 2006, 10:52 PM
According to the hair dresser at the store it sure does... it works by reopening the follicle and letting the little dye particles come out (at least that's how she explained it). It took mine back from medium brown to blonde (what it was before). You can get it at Price Attack or there is a similar product that's about 10bucks more expensive at hairhouse warehouse.

I have longhair and one pack was more than enough. It strips it even too! Be warned though, it will be a shock from the dark colour to the lighter, but you can semipermanent right away if the transition scares you! e.g.. You could strip the black out and put in a medium brown or even a red... BUT MAKE SURE It's a SEMI, as a permanent will reck your hair according to the chick in the store!!

Good Luck!

hairspray_JUNKIE™
Sep 3, 2006, 08:24 AM
I have a question and I reallly don't know what to do!
I originally had dark brown hair with a panel of white blonde along one side of my head
Yesterday I dyed it blue
It came out a gorgeous shade of navy(what I was planning on having) and I really like it
The only problem was the blonde bit
See I wanted to keep it blonde because if I tried to dye that blue as well it would come out very very bright and my school would go mad!
So I covered it during the dying process and everything went well
The only thing was when I was rinsing out the dye some of it ran through the blonde leaving it a greyish white colour and its really horrible
I'm so disappointed because the rest of my hair looks great, and I don't know how to fix it

It tried the washing up liquid and the anti dandruff shampoo but all it does its make I greyer

Could somebody please help?
Am I going to have to redye it?
Or would it be possible just to use some toner to lighten it back to white?

BaddakuTachi
Sep 4, 2006, 12:37 AM
I want to thank all of you for the great ideas on getting the black over-tone to fade from my hair. I tried the baking soda mixed with shampoo and it didn't work at all. So I tried Hydrogen Peroxide(the kind for cuts) and it took some of it out. But I went and bought a bottle of "Prell Shampoo" and the black has started to fade with every shampoo. I started with a Pecan color that was really turning red with my grey hair showing through so thought I would go with a Hazelnut shade but ended up with a Black Walnut. I was horrified! Enough has faded after three days though, that it is now a pretty brown with reddish hylights when I'm in the sun light. In side the house it still looks black but now that I know it will fade out I can live with it.
I wish I would have known about "Prell Shampoo" sooner as I would have had it on hand before I messed up my hair. When your older and your skin tone changes it's hard to get a flattering color, now that I know about "Prell" I can try them all!! Thanks Girls.

makikato
Sep 4, 2006, 07:52 PM
I just did this to myself today which sounds rather common- using a dark brown hair color on medium-dark hair and I ended up with black hair.

I'm not too worried because I've always been interested in what I'd look like with black hair and I don't look terrible (I have medium-dark brown hair naturally), but I wouldn't mind trying to fade it a little since I really prefer dark brown.

I figure my hair must be somewhat non-receptive to colors as I have used both a semi permanent and a permanent hair color before which both seemed to fade within several days. Though I assume my shampoo has something to do with it as it is not recommended for treated hair - which may be ideal in this case.

I will try the techniques mentioned but one thing I'm worried about is that under some lighting my "black" hair appears to have a blue tint. If I attempt to fade the color by any means will the blue color appear more obvious? Or is the blue just an illusion..

PrettyLady
Sep 4, 2006, 07:56 PM
HI i really need help my hair was dyed brown but then i went and dyed it a natural black using this asian hair dye that covers grey hair it is called "bigen speedy hair colour" which only takes 5 min 2 develop. well i dyed it and it came out so dark and i don't know what to do? if i follow all ur advice and use prell and dandruff shampoo will it make it fade faster? because the hair dye i used is used to cover grey hair so i don't think it will fade. My friend said its going to be harder to get out. PLEASE HELP


You can use Prell or a clarifying shampoo, they are known to strip hair color. Add a few drops Dawn dish detergent to your shampoo to help speed up the fading process. If these products doesn't help, go to the beauty supply store and get a hair color remover. It will remove the unwanted pigment from your hair, but using a hair color remover will leave your hair brassy. Once you've used the hair color remover, you can re-color your hair to the color you desire.

Lianne20
Sep 4, 2006, 08:00 PM
Not sure if this is true, or just an old wives tale... so don't go ahead if people suggest otherwise... washing your hair with a bit of vinegar is supposed to make it very shiny, and the acidity should help strip the colour away faster. Just make sure you rinse WELL!

PrettyLady
Sep 4, 2006, 08:01 PM
i have a question and i reallly dont know what to do!
i originally had dark brown hair with a panel of white blonde along one side of my head
yesterday i dyed it blue
it came out a gorgeous shade of navy(what i was planning on having) and i really like it
the only problem was the blonde bit
see i wanted to keep it blonde because if i tried to dye that blue as well it would come out very very bright and my school would go mad!
so i covered it during the dying process and everything went well
the only thing was when i was rinsing out the dye some of it ran through the blonde leaving it a greyish white colour and its really horrible
im so disappointed coz the rest of my hair looks great, and i dont know how to fix it

it tried the washing up liquid and the anti dandruff shampoo but all it does its make i greyer

could somebody please help?
am i going to have to redye it?
or would it be possible just to use some toner to lighten it back to white?

If you've used a permanent dye on your hair, the color will not wash out, it will only fade with frequent shampooing. Using a stronger developer with a toner will lighten the grayish white cast in your hair to a blonde shade. Choose a blonde toner with 30-40 Volume developer, it should bring your hair closer to the color you are trying to achieve.

BaddakuTachi
Sep 4, 2006, 09:11 PM
Makikato, I'm not sure about that blue tint showing through. I know my reddish Pecan color is showing through but that is probably because under that Pecan color is actually snow white. Now that my hair is white in places I get my own natural highlites when it is dyed. Today is my fourth day and my hair is a rich reddish brown in the sunlight. I'm pleased with how the Prell Shampoo has lightened it but I'm going to switch to another brand so that it's not stripped out to fast.
Your blue tint may just fade as well. Try the Prell Shampoo for at least three days and you should be able to tell whether or not you need professional help.

PrettyLady
Sep 4, 2006, 09:21 PM
I've provided lots of information on this thread. Please take some time to read the thread and see if you can benefit from the answers. But if you still need help, feel free to ask me questions.

Stanrot
Sep 13, 2006, 05:05 PM
I've provided lots of information on this thread. Please take some time to read the thread and see if you can benefit from the answers. But if you still need help, feel free to ask me questions.

I've read through the entire thread and a lot of the advice has been really helpful!

I have a similar situation, but with varying questions. My story is that I dyed my hair black a little over a month ago with the intent of it being temporary. I didn't research it and know I know that black is a mess to get out of hair. I want to go from a black to a light/platinum blond but I'm not sure how I should go about doing it. I'm going to a salon (since I don't want my hair to look worse than it does, to put it lightly my hair is "spotted like cheetah") but I don't know if my hair should be bleached or stripped, and wanted to get an idea of the possibility of going to a light blond before hand. I've had bad dye experiences at salons before and want to make sure that I know exactly what to tell them in order to minimize time and money involved in completing this process.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

PrettyLady
Sep 14, 2006, 08:42 PM
To go from black to platinum blonde, you must do a double process (bleaching and toning) to achieve the color you desire. First, you will need to strip of the dark pigment from your hair, and apply a toner. This process is difficult to do by yourself, you should consider having it done professionally. Don't be afraid to go to the salon because of your bad experiences in the past. There are some really good hairstylists in salons that can give you the results you want.

commonvanity
Sep 19, 2006, 06:27 PM
Okay, currently I have black hair with about half of my hair as regrowth (it is dark brown almost black). I have about six inches of black(on top) and the bottom is a slightly paler black and about six inches of my natural colour.

I previously used this same black permanent hair colour. The last time I used it, it faded out to a dark brown a tad lighter than my natural colour. About six months after that faded I used the same black to dye streaks on the top part of my hair. Two months later I had gotten bored of the streaks and dyed all of my hair the same black as the previous times. I have had it for about five months and it hasn't faded in the least this time.

I went to my hair stylist, who is an expert at colour, to get some burgundy and blue highlights put in. She used both a vol. 30 and then a vol. 40 developer on my hair for over an hour each. She said that at five months the pervious dye shouldn't matter that much and because most of the highlights would be in the regrowth. Never before have I had problems lightening my hair but the highlights only went into the two inches closest to the roots. Actually something happened to the blue entirely and ended up washing out of my hair the next day and leaving my hair a tiny bit lighter.

I have tried just about all of the methods mentioned for fading hair dye and were wondering if there were any others. My hair is in good condition but I refuse to use bleach because I have iffy allergic reactions to it.

PrettyLady
Sep 19, 2006, 08:05 PM
You've mentioned that your hair is currently dark brown to black. If you want to go a couple of shades lighter, you can use a permanent color with a 30-40 volume developer. But if you want to go 4-5 shades lighter, your hair will need to be bleached and colored.

commonvanity
Sep 21, 2006, 03:09 PM
Well, I had permanent color and both a 30 and 40 vol. developer put on my hair. The colors being put on were at the most two shades lighter than my natural hair. And I can't use bleach because of allergies that don't always show up but I don't want to take any chances. But thanks for trying to help anyway.

tschida22
Oct 10, 2006, 08:38 AM
I also received a bad dye job from the salon that is ually really good. I had blond highlights for summer and I wanted to go back to my origonal darker color for fall by getting a dark shade with a couple light low lights... what I got was black hair with reddish/purple lowlights and I look horrible. I have a professional job where I have to look nice and I look ridiculous. I tried the prell technique twice and it didn't help at all... do I have to do it a lot to work?? Is there anything else I can do to expedite the process?? I don't want to redye either... just get this dye job out!

PrettyLady
Oct 12, 2006, 09:04 PM
Tchida22, colored hair will fade gradually with shampooing and exposure to hot water. The more you shampoo, the faster color will fade. Keep in mind that excessive shampooing can make your hair dry, be sure to use a conditioner afterwards to restore the moisture in your hair.

mizkphth
Nov 7, 2006, 07:01 PM
Hello, I am in desperate need of some advice!
I came back from the hair salon today, my hair is naturally medium brown, and I had subtle highlights in it. I wanted a change. My hairdresser corrected the highlights and I had asked her to do a chocolate bown in my hair with a slight tint of red. It came out horrible. Right now I have a really dark eggplant looking color... which I hate!!

What can I do to get rid of it?
Is stripping and re-dyeing the wrong move??
How about dyeing over it with a dark brown and put subtle highligts in it to break up the darkness... any tips or advice?
I hate eggplant. That is the last thing I would ever do to my hair, and now I am stuck with it. HELP!!

PrettyLady
Nov 7, 2006, 10:07 PM
Using a dark brown color over the highlights will make it dark, however, if you apply another color to break up the dark color, you will end up with red or orange tones in your hair. Try going back to the salon and have them correct the color.

Mommy_2_be
Nov 8, 2006, 06:46 AM
Use Anything With Citrus!

LocaRosa
Nov 8, 2006, 08:14 AM
I would like to jump in on this forum. I too dyed my hair and it came out darker than expected, however, my problem is that now my hair is turning out thick and oily even after I wash it and either blow dry it or air dry it. It looks as if I didn't wash it. Its heavy and gross. Is there something I can do to remedy this? The thick/oilyness is mostly on the top crown area of my head. By the end of the day my hair is so oily its gross. Please help.

Thank you in advance.

PrettyLady
Nov 8, 2006, 03:54 PM
LocaRosa, try using a shampoo designed for oily hair. Wash your hair regularly to remove oils produced by skin glands. Shampoos like Pantene Pro-V Clarifying Shampoo For oily Hair or Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo For Normal To Oily Hair are great for oily hair.

LocaRosa
Nov 9, 2006, 07:59 AM
LocaRosa, try using a shampoo designed for oily hair. Wash your hair regularly to remove oils produced by skin glands. Shampoos like Pantene Pro-V Clarifying Shampoo For oily Hair or Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo For Normal To Oily Hair are great for oily hair.

Thank you PrettyLady. I already use shampoo for oily hair cause my hair is always overproducing oil. However, when I dyed my hair black its like I wash it in oil, its thick, oily, and yucky. I think the dye went wrong somewhere, but I've never had any problems with hair dye doing this to my hair. I've been dying my hair for years and now this. Is there some sort of home remedy I can use that is similar to Philosophy Shear Splendor Age-Defying Hair "Marinating" Oil ? Would this help?

I don't know what else to do, I shower every day and by the time my hair dries, its thick and oily and I go to work looking like I never shower :( not sure that's a good thing (keeps the co-workers away LOL)

PrettyLady
Nov 9, 2006, 11:22 PM
Excess sebum on the scalp is the primary cause of oily hair. Don't use shampoos like Shear Splendor Age-Defying Hair "Marinating" Oil, it's for people with dry hair. Try using a solvent-type shampoo or fruit acid shampoo to remove the excess oil in your hair.

LocaRosa
Nov 10, 2006, 05:43 AM
Excess sebum on the scalp is the primary cause of oily hair. Don't use shampoos like Shear Splendor Age-Defying Hair "Marinating" Oil, it's for people with dry hair. Try using a solvent-type shampoo or fruit acid shampoo to remove the excess oil in your hair.

Thank you very much PrettyLady. I'll look into a fruit acid shampoo today. I really appreciate you taking the time to reply.

Have a great weekend.

Hypermommy
Nov 10, 2006, 10:41 AM
I found a product called color oops in my drug store in the hair color aisle and it works wonderful. Didn't dry out my hair or anything Bleach free.

I got the wrong color and my hair turned out black with a lot of red I got light auburn brown instead of light auburn blonde when I did the color oops now I am back to a golden reddish brown my color I had when I was a kid It looks better now then it did before I tried the color.

Try color oops. It does work.

LocaRosa
Nov 10, 2006, 10:46 AM
LocaRosa, try using a shampoo designed for oily hair. Wash your hair regularly to remove oils produced by skin glands. Shampoos like Pantene Pro-V Clarifying Shampoo For oily Hair or Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo For Normal To Oily Hair are great for oily hair.

I just wanted to post a follow up to this reply. I RAN out and got the Pantene ProV shampoo
<a href="http://www.pantene.com/en_US/products/collection/classic/purify_clarifying_shampoo.jsp">PURITY CLARIFYING SHAMPOO</a> and took a nice hot shower and VUALLA!! All the gooky wooky came off!! I mean there's still some there but I'm shooting that down tonight!

Thank you PrettyLady, your advise was a stroke of genious! (spell?)

LocaRosa
Nov 10, 2006, 10:47 AM
I found a product called color oops in my drug store in the hair color aisle and it works wonderful. Didn't dry out my hair or anything Bleach free.

I got the wrong color and my hair turned out black with alot of red I got light auburn brown instead of light auburn blonde when I did the color oops now I am back to a golden reddish brown my color I had when I was a kid It looks better now then it did before I tried the color.

Try color oops. It does work.

OOOOH PERFECT! I'm going to give this reply to my sister, she just did practically the same thing to her hair and it's a bad hair day Friday for her LOL! We're just lame when it comes to dying our hair I guess.

Thank you Hypermommy!

Hypermommy
Nov 10, 2006, 03:10 PM
OOOOH PERFECT!! I'm going to give this reply to my sister, she just did practically the same thing to her hair and its a bad hair day Friday for her LOL! We're just lame when it comes to dying our hair I guess.

Thank you Hypermommy!

You're Welcome It seems to only be at a Walgreens store when you do a search for it on Google.

I found it at Happy Harry's a drug store that Walgreens took over

Chrissie:)

http://www.walgreens.com/store/product.jsp?CATID=304384&navAction=jump&navCount=1&id=prod2180463

PrettyLady
Nov 10, 2006, 03:20 PM
I just wanted to post a follow up to this reply. I RAN out and got the Pantene ProV shampoo
<a href="http://www.pantene.com/en_US/products/collection/classic/purify_clarifying_shampoo.jsp">PURITY CLARIFYING SHAMPOO</a> and took a nice hot shower and VUALLA!!! All the gooky wooky came off!!!! I mean there's still some there but I"m shooting that down tonight!

Thank you PrettyLady, your advise was a stroke of genious! (spell?)


You're welcome, sweetie. Keep Hypermommy and I posted. I'm here to help. If you need me, you can PM me or post your message on this forum.

daniellabella
Dec 3, 2006, 03:30 PM
So here's my problem. My hair is naturally blonde, and I dyed it dark brown back in August. Now it is this weird reddish brownish color, and I don't like it all. So last night I tried to dye it blonde again, but nothing happened at all. The color looks exactly the same. So how on earth can I get my hair dyed back to blonde? Is stripping it the only way? And, I can't go to a salon, I'm just a poor college kid!

PrettyLady
Dec 3, 2006, 08:13 PM
Daniellabella, if you want a decent shade of blonde, minus the orange/red tones, it will require a double process, bleaching and toning. The hair will need to be lightened and then the selected is applied to achieve results.

daniellabella
Dec 4, 2006, 07:42 PM
OK. Is the bleaching thing like one of those hair color remover kit thingys?? And if so, is it a bad idea to do that by yourself?

PrettyLady
Dec 4, 2006, 08:33 PM
ok. is the bleaching thing like one of those hair color remover kit thingys??? and if so, is it a bad idea to do that by yourself?


The process I've mentioned is difficult to do by yourself. I recommend the you go to a salon to have your color done professionally.

daniellabella
Dec 4, 2006, 09:36 PM
Darn. Is there any other way to get the color out?? I never should have dyed my hair. :(

BallinBlonde
Dec 5, 2006, 08:15 AM
So I have natural light blonde hair and I never dyed it in my life. But in October I dyed my hair this medium brown by clairol natural instincts. It is a non permanent dye and said it would wash out in 28 shampoos. Well, its now December and its only faded a little bit. My blonde is starting to come through but its taking forever! I just want my blonde back. Is there any way I can get the brown out of my hair and get my natural color back to the way it was before?
Ps. I am in the process of using prell shampoo and am now trying Sheer Blonde shampoo by John Frieda. And I tried dawn dish soap, that didn't do a thing...

daniellabella
Dec 5, 2006, 11:56 PM
And another question, I read on here somewhere about using clarifying shampoo to help fade the color, and I was wondering what a good brand of clarifying shampoo I could use, because I'm just not sure about them.

PrettyLady
Dec 6, 2006, 06:51 PM
darn. is there any other way to get the color out??? i never should have dyed my hair. :(

You can try using a hair color removal product to strip the color. Remember that the hair color remover may make your hair look brassy, so you will need to re-color your hair in order for it to look natural. As for clarifying shampoos, try using Pantene Pro-V or Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo. You will find these at your local drug store.

daniellabella
Dec 7, 2006, 10:52 PM
So I have gotten my hair to fade a lot, but I was wondering, if I can get it light enough, will I be able to dye it blonde? And if so, exactly how light does it need to be?

scaryhair
Dec 9, 2006, 10:11 PM
Hi all, my goal was to have brown hair with light brown highlights.. dyed my hair brown myself, then a week later went to the salon for highlights. Their highlights didn't work, and they put wayy too many, so they ended up just putting bleach over them, and I walked out with orange hair :(
The next day I dyed it brown, which faded back to orange pretty quickly because I guess it wasn't dark enough. After all that suffering I've been deep conditioning my hair; its been a week, and today I dyed my hair natural brown... which turned out jet black!
I tried washing it with shampoo lots, but here we don't have dawn, purell, and I cant get out to buy head and shoulders...
I was wondering, would regular dishwashing soap work? My hair is really fragile right now, but I cant stand the color! If I leave deep conditioner on for a couple hours would that help too? Thanks in advance :o

PrettyLady
Dec 18, 2006, 05:05 PM
so i have gotten my hair to fade a lot, but i was wondering, if i can get it light enough, will i be able to dye it blonde? and if so, exactly how light does it need to be?


In order to go from brunette to blonde, you will need to pre-lighten your hair with bleach to a yellow stage and then apply a toner to achieve the desired color.

PrettyLady
Dec 18, 2006, 05:06 PM
hi all, my goal was to have brown hair with light brown highlights.. dyed my hair brown myself, then a week later went to the salon for highlights. their highlights didnt work, and they put wayy too many, so they ended up just putting bleach over them, and i walked out with orange hair :(
the next day i dyed it brown, which faded back to orange pretty quickly because i guess it wasnt dark enough. after all that suffering ive been deep conditioning my hair; its been a week, and today i dyed my hair natural brown... which turned out jet black!
i tried washing it with shampoo lots, but here we dont have dawn, purell, and i cant get out to buy head and shoulders...
i was wondering, would regular dishwashing soap work? my hair is really fragile right now, but i cant stand the color!! if i leave deep conditioner on for a couple hours would that help too? thanks in advance :o


Excessive coloring can damage your hair. I advise not to use anymore at home box color on your hair for now. Yes, dish detergent can slightly fade hair color. If your hair is fragile or dry, apply a conditioner after you shampoo. You can also do a deep conditioning treatment once a week to restore moisture in the hair.

krawling35
Dec 23, 2006, 03:30 PM
I Just dyed my hair "reddish brown" but the top turned out RED/orange (just imagine CarrotTop or Bobo the clown ) and the bottom is the reddish brown color... my natural color is a medium brown. I haven't dyed my hair in over a year, but this has never happened to me before... What can I do to fade it???? :confused:

Miss Green
Dec 24, 2006, 07:59 AM
Just had a hair care disaster. I DO NOT know what my stylist was thinking - I had dark brown very porous curly hair with slight highlights that were getting brassy orange-ish. I told him I wanted to go slightly darker for the season and he asked, "one step?" and I said, sure. This was totally stupid of me and I was frankly, not thinking - preoccupied with a personal situation. I should have known better than to do anything with my hair when I've been going through tough times

In any case. He dumped a bunch of dark brown on my head and now I have black hair. You know, aside from the slight highlights, my hair was totally virgin. That is the worst part. I could just die thinking about it. I don't know why he didn't even say, "Are you sure you want all over color?"

I could have also easily gone with a semi permanent. My hair is so porous, it would have clamped on to it very easily

In any case, I did the prell thing, but I did not know to leave it on for 15 min. Going to try that again - with Dawn, if I am not too afraid. My hair is pretty dry as it is. I am wondering if I should just live with this until Spring. You know, eventually it is going to snow and it will be hat time.

I don't know if I can hack that though. I simply feel miserable.

I am also afraid to go back to my stylist because I simply don't trust him anymore. I can't really see him taking the time to carefully fix this situation. Ugh.

javajunkie
Dec 24, 2006, 10:26 AM
I have had the same problem. I usually dye my hair med. Brown. I dyed my hair light ash brown and it came out dark brown. I had to strip the color by using Color Oops. I bought it at Walgreens. Walmart does not carry it. Color Oops does not have amonia or peroxide. You can also order it online. It turns your hair into a blond color and then you need to put another dye on. All hair dyes are not alike even using the same color. I found that out the hard way. I wound up coloring my hair four times in one week. I was lucky my hair did not fall out.

PrettyLady
Dec 24, 2006, 08:46 PM
I Just dyed my hair "reddish brown" but the top turned out RED/orange (just imagine CarrotTop or Bobo the clown ) and the bottom is the reddish brown color... my natural color is a medium brown. I haven't dyed my hair in over a year, but this has never happened to me before... What can I do to fade it???? :confused:


I've answered your question.

Click on this link.

http://www.askmehelpdesk.com/beauty-skin-care/carrot-top-50164.html#post235625

PrettyLady
Dec 24, 2006, 08:47 PM
Just had a hair care disaster. I DO NOT know what my stylist was thinking - I had dark brown very porous curly hair with slight highlights that were getting brassy orange-ish. I told him I wanted to go slightly darker for the season and he asked, "one step?" and I said, sure. This was totally stupid of me and I was frankly, not thinking - preoccupied with a personal situation. I should have known better than to do anything with my hair when I've been going through tough times

In any case. He dumped a bunch of dark brown on my head and now I have black hair. You know, aside from the slight highlights, my hair was totally virgin. That is the worst part. I could just die thinking about it. I don't know why he didn't even say, "Are you sure you want all over color?"

I could have also easily gone with a semi permanent. My hair is so porous, it would have clamped on to it very easily

In any case, I did the prell thing, but I did not know to leave it on for 15 min. Going to try that again - with Dawn, if I am not too afraid. My hair is pretty dry as it is. I am wondering if I should just live with this until Spring. You know, eventually it is going to snow and it will be hat time.

I don't know if I can hack that though. I simply feel miserable.

I am also afraid to go back to my stylist because I simply don't trust him anymore. I can't really see him taking the time to carefully fix this situation. ugh.


If you don't like the color, don't be afraid to go back to the salon and have to them fix your hair. Most salons don't want a bad reputation, so they will fix their clients hair free of charge. If you don't want the same hairstylist to do your hair, the manage will appoint another hairstylist to you. They will mix a formula to achieve your desired color.

mirabai50
Dec 26, 2006, 09:19 AM
I am a new user here and really appreciate all of the questions and helpful advice. Even so, unless I missed it, the question I have has not been asked. I am in my mid fifties and have been dying my hair for about ten years. It was originally a medium-dark brown. Over the past couple of years I have been using Bigen hair color, which I like a lot. It is not peroxide based, so it deposits only and is a very deep dark brown.

However, I have decided after much thought to just let my hair go gray. I don't know how best to do this without looking like a banshee for months on end. I have not dyed it in three weeks and can see that I have about a half an inch of growth. I know I can cover the roots where my part is for a while with those color sticks, but that won't last for long. I really want to be done with all of this (and hopefully look like Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada! ). My hair is not long, and I actually look good with short hair, so could cut it shorter if I need to. I know it is going to be a difficult process as my hair is very dark and I now have only gray coming in, but I can't be the first woman who has gone through this process, so... HELP!

Any thoughts, advice, experience would be most welcome.

Miss Green
Dec 26, 2006, 11:40 AM
Thank you, Pretty Lady. I would most certainly do that if it weren't a one-man salon. I'm currently on the hunt for a colorist who specializes in correction!

Ms. Green

Miss Green
Dec 30, 2006, 04:41 AM
Okay - so I used the Color Oops and it is closer to brown - though very reddish near the roots. Luckily my hair is thick enough that it is not too noticeable and I think I can hack it for a bit. My goal is to let some roots grow so the colorist knows what my real color is - I don't have any decent pics and finances require I wait a bit. Is this a bad idea? I am wondering if leaving the cuticle open is worse for the hair.

Would an ash toned "Beautiful Brown" take to the reddish sections and seal the cuticle? (These are ammonia free, deposit only colors). Are there other ways to close a cuticle up - even temporarily?

This experience has made me very thankful for what nature gave me and when I feel awful about my head, I just open my eyes and look around. There certainly are people with far greater worries on this earth.

Thank you to everyone for some great tips. I hope everyone has Happy Hair and a Happy New Year!

PrettyLady
Jan 1, 2007, 03:24 PM
Okay - so I used the Color Oops and it is closer to brown - though very reddish near the roots. Luckily my hair is thick enough that it is not too noticible and I think I can hack it for a bit. My goal is to let some roots grow so the colorist knows what my real color is - I don't have any decent pics and finances require I wait a bit. Is this a bad idea? I am wondering if leaving the cuticle open is worse for the hair.

Would an ash toned "Beautiful Brown" take to the reddish sections and seal the cuticle? (These are ammonia free, deposit only colors). Are there other ways to close a cuticle up - even temporarily?

This experience has made me very thankful for what nature gave me and when I feel awful about my head, I just open my eyes and look around. There certainly are people with far greater worries on this earth.

Thank you to everyone for some great tips. I hope everyone has Happy Hair and a Happy New Year!

Yes, a green base ash hair color will neutralize the reddish tones. Since you're not trying to go lighter, it's okay to use ammonia free, deposit only colors. Keep in mind that some ammonia free hair color are permanent. If you want to a temporary color, you can use a semi-permanent or temporary color.

jess4002
Jan 3, 2007, 11:19 AM
Okay, my problem is the opposite of this thread. My hair is naturally black and I decided to dye it lightish brown. I don't really like it that much, so how do I get it back to black? I'm using Head & Shoulders Dandruff shampoo right now... I just want some of the light brown to fade... Thanks.

PrettyLady
Jan 6, 2007, 10:24 AM
Okay, my problem is the opposite of this thread. My hair is naturally black and I decided to dye it lightish brown. I don't really like it that much, so how do I get it back to black? I'm using Head & Shoulders Dandruff shampoo right now...I just want some of the light brown to fade...Thanks.


If you want to go from brown to black hair, you can use a permanent black hair color. It's easier to go darker than it is to go lighter.

Smspkn2007
Jan 30, 2007, 09:16 AM
Hi, I'm a new user here. I have shoulder-length dyed blue-black hair; I've been dyeing it that color for about eight years (I've been growing it out for about 9 months though). I want to go super light blonde, but I keep hearing conflicting opinions from people. I was in a pricey salon with a friend a while back and I asked a stylist about it and she said it could be done but it would have to be stripped multiple times and dyed on top of that, and would cost like $300-600, and while it would damage my hair, it wouldn't be too bad. My co-worker used to be a stylist and she says that she wouldn't recommend it, and that if I did it, it would totally kill my hair. She said to grow it completely out! THEN, my stepmom's friend, who is a retired stylist, said it wouldn't work and my hair would turn out orange. And one of my friends who changes her hair color in salons every few months says I shouldn't need to pay hundreds of dollars, but I should be able to get it done right in any salon.

So what's the deal? If I go to a salon, will they be able to dye my hair blonde? How much should it really cost? And how badly will it damage my poor hair? And as far as salons go, how do I find a good salon? Sorry for all the questions but I'm really sick of black hair and I really want to be blonde, but I don't want to end up spending $$$$ and getting a bad dye job, then just having to dye it back to black again!

PrettyLady
Jan 30, 2007, 06:39 PM
Hi, I'm a new user here. I have shoulder-length dyed blue-black hair; I've been dyeing it that color for about eight years (I've been growing it out for about 9 months though). I want to go super light blonde, but I keep hearing conflicting opinions from people. I was in a pricey salon with a friend a while back and I asked a stylist about it and she said it could be done but it would have to be stripped multiple times and dyed on top of that, and would cost like $300-600, and while it would damage my hair, it wouldn't be too bad. My co-worker used to be a stylist and she says that she wouldn't recommend it, and that if I did it, it would totally kill my hair. She said to grow it completely out!! THEN, my stepmom's friend, who is a retired stylist, said it wouldn't work and my hair would turn out orange. And one of my friends who changes her hair color in salons every few months says I shouldn't need to pay hundreds of dollars, but I should be able to get it done right in any salon.

So what's the deal? If I go to a salon, will they be able to dye my hair blonde? How much should it really cost? And how badly will it damage my poor hair? And as far as salons go, how do I find a good salon? Sorry for all the questions but I'm really sick of black hair and I really want to be blonde, but I don't want to end up spending $$$$ and getting a bad dye job, then just having to dye it back to black again!!

In order to go from black to light blonde, you have to do a double process, bleaching and toning. I do not recommend doing this process yourself. Hair bleaching should be left to the professionals. It would be best to go to the salon and have it professionally done. Different salons charge different prices, it depends on where you go. You might want to check out some salons in your area and see what they offer and talk to them regarding your hair.

stelly77b
Feb 15, 2007, 04:04 PM
OK, horrible think happened to me today.
Winter snow day today (woopee) so I have been wanting to dye my hair for a long time. Its medium brown to dirty blonde and a little light blond from summer. I am a total (or was) a total virgen to dying aside from a rebellious purple semi-permenant faze,
So I bought lorel stuff to make my hair darker. I dyed it yesterday and it came out RED!! I am in 8th grade and I'm going back to school tomorrow should I do?! 1? I cnat go to school like this! Not that I'm superficial but its RED! Help pleaseeeeeeeeeeeee!! :eek: :confused: :eek: :confused: :eek: :confused:

sallyonsunday
Feb 18, 2007, 05:37 PM
Hey, this thread looks really good, so I thought I'd ask the experts. I just joined the forum because I'm afraid I've just made a bit of a mess of my hair...

I had mid chestnut brown colour hair on Friday and like an idiot I dyed it with Virginia, by l'oreal recital. It came out too dark and killed all the red in my hair. Then- and this was the biggest mistake- I went out and bought nice and easy's medium chestnut brown which made it this REALLY dark mahogany colour. I tried to put a bit of a copper colour mouse on it to tone it down, which was OK but it washed straight out again.

My problem is my hair rather than being a reddish mid brown, is now a purplish dark brown.

I'd like it back to the brown, and I wouldn't even mind it being a slightly orangish colour, but at the moment its dark brown with a reddish purple tinge. I'm really fair skinned so it looks way too harsh. I thought nobody would notice but my mum said "what's happened to your hair?? you've ruined it!!" argh! :(

I cant afford to go to the hairdressers right now and I live in the uk, so we cant get this prell stuff I don't think. I've never heard of it. I've washed my hair about seven times at the weekend and the colour keeps coming out but it still has this horrible synthetic bright reddish sheen to it. I wish I'd never done it. Has anybody any advice? I was considering puttting a few highlights in just to lighten it, then dyeing it an ashy brown to tone it down, but I'm worried I'll make a mess.

My hair is thick and wavy and shoulder length and coarse and my hairdresser says its in good condition. To be honest I'm not bothered about the condition, I can fix that, but I cant fix this horrible deep purply colour!

Thanks in advance. X

stelly77b
Feb 19, 2007, 07:38 AM
OK, I'll tell you to do what I did. (what I did to my hair is above your question)
I wash it, instead of shampoo, with Tide and Dawn. It has lightened the color a bit but because I used a dye with no amonya in it, I'm assuming my natural color is underneath (well hopeing) It has lightened and I'm coming to terms with it.

For you, you might want to do this and wait for it to grow out. I hate to say it but you've kind of runined your hair. :(

sallyonsunday
Feb 19, 2007, 12:26 PM
No fear stelly, I think I've just devised a uk anti hair dye step plan! This forum link should be on the back off all dyes in america and the u.k I think! Thanks to pretty lady for her patience with us all!

First of all, I washed my hair loads to get the excess dye out. Yesterday I put my hair up and hairspayed it as I read on another thread this can cause colour fading and I left it in all day. Tonight, I put hot olive oil in it and washed it right out and dried it. Then, and this was the biggie for me- I figured that you guys in the us have tide which is a detergent, right? So I used surf with stain removers on my hair (uk washing powder.) it was pretty rank and mum said "are you mental??" lol. I'd advise wearing gloves because my hands are a bit icky now and I put some water in the sink as hot as I could stand it and scrubbed scrubbed scrubbed, and lo, the water was this horrible cloudy dark purple. Bingo! :)

What's cool about this is, my regular shampoo got the reddish tones out, but god knows how but surf got the dark purplish tones out. The water was so dark puple I told my brother to come and see! I rinsed it out of my hair with anti dandruff shampoo, and I conditioned with a deep conditioner. I used simply brunette by john frieda.

Now, my hair is still wet but I think it has made a difference. If any of you guys are struggling with dark dyes, I'd certainly say give this process a try. Anna. X

PrettyLady
Feb 19, 2007, 02:36 PM
hey, this thread looks really good, so i thought i'd ask the experts. i just joined the forum because i'm afraid i've just made a bit of a mess of my hair....

i had mid chestnut brown colour hair on friday and like an idiot i dyed it with virgina, by l'oreal recital. It came out too dark and killed all the red in my hair. Then- and this was the biggest mistake- i went out and bought nice and easy's medium chestnut brown which made it this REALLY dark mahogany colour. I tried to put a bit of a copper colour mouse on it to tone it down, which was ok but it washed straight out again.

My problem is my hair rather than being a reddish mid brown, is now a purplish dark brown.

i'd like it back to the brown, and i wouldnt even mind it being a slightly orangish colour, but at the moment its dark brown with a reddish purple tinge. i'm really fair skinned so it looks way too harsh. i thought nobody would notice but my mum said "what's happened to your hair?? you've ruined it!!" argh! :(

i cant afford to go to the hairdressers right now and i live in the uk, so we cant get this prell stuff i don't think. i've never heard of it. i've washed my hair about seven times at the weekend and the colour keeps coming out but it still has this horrible synthetic bright reddish sheen to it. i wish i'd never done it. Has anybody any advice? i was considering puttting a few highlights in just to lighten it, then dyeing it an ashy brown to tone it down, but i'm worried i'll make a mess.

My hair is thick and wavy and shoulder length and coarse and my hairdresser says its in good condition. To be honest i'm not bothered about the condition, i can fix that, but i cant fix this horrible deep purply colour!

thanks in advance. x


Yellow or gold-base colors will neutralize the purple tones. But, since your hair has a lot more red tones in it, using an ash brown color may neutralize the unwanted tones.

laura999
Feb 24, 2007, 03:32 PM
Hi,

Great thread, with good information.

I need to vent a little bit. Here's what went on with me.

Like a previous poster, I have dark brown, curly hair with some gray, which I have always had covered with lowlights. No, all the gray is not covered, but that's OK with me. I've always gotten a nice, natural look, with a few gray strands, and have enjoyed my natural hair color everywhere else. The non-gray hair was virgin, never dyed.

Last week, I went to an expensive salon in town for the first time, hoping to find an alternative to the hour-long drive to my former salon. The stylist was highly recommended for curly hair.

I asked him to redo my lowlights. He looked and said that because the previous colorist had colored too much of the gray, the roots were showing in a very obvious way, and he didn't think he could do it so that it would look good. He then asked a colorist to consult with him on it. The colorist said that she thought I'd be happy with a weave for the lowlights. But he kept telling me that it wouldn't look good, and that I might as well have had all-over coloring because of the way the roots from the grown-out lowlights looked.

I kept telling him that I just wanted the lowlights. I told him that my hair had never been colored overall and I didn't want to do it. He told me that he didn't think it would look good. I finally said to him that if he didn't think he could do it, maybe a salon colorist should do it instead of him. He then went to consult with the colorist again. He came back and continued the pressure -- for 20 minutes by the clock.

I had a headache and also had an appointment for just after the cut and color, and finally just gave in. He put in the low-lights in permanent and also an overall glaze. The glaze came out a horrible black color. All of my natural dark brown highlights are completely suppressed.

I am 45 years old and still get carded, but let me tell you, with this black in my hair, that won't happen again soon. I look like a desperate 50+-year-old with this harsh, harsh hair. I've gotten exactly one remark on my new hair, and that from a non-friend at work, who after a tough meeting spent arguing with him told me with a big smile how much he likes my hair. Not a good thing.

So. I've used the Prell several times. I sat today for a half-hour with it on, then rinsed it out. It doesn't seem to be leaching the color out. (However, the Prell is turning my hair into frizzy straw.) I tried the V05. Now what? It's been a week and a half since the color was put in. The hairdresser said that glaze is semi-permanent, but I'm unfamiliar with glazes -- how long will this last?

I guess I just can't understand why a hairdresser would spend 20 minutes pushing a client into something she didn't want done. Why not just choose to do no harm and do no coloring, if it doesn't seem possible to do it right?

Oh, one more thing. This horrible all-over black -- it cost me $70, on top of the charge for the low-lighting and the charge for the haircut.

Thanks for letting me vent. Any suggestions would be most appreciated. If at all possible, I'd like to just gently encourage the black color to leach out, and not do anything more to my non-graying hair, which has already been abused enough. I just want my natural color back.

stelly77b
Feb 25, 2007, 06:48 PM
sallyonsunday, this goes to you

Congrads on your un-dying! :) I wish I could say the same for me. Even though I said I was coming to terms with it its still pretty bad... now what's this surf wax that works so well? I don't have surf wax but if you could describe it maybe I could produce a USA equivalent :rolleyes: (hopefully)

stelly77b
Feb 25, 2007, 06:49 PM
Oh, and I totally agree on having this on the back of dye-s!

Lornie
Feb 26, 2007, 12:21 PM
This forum seems like a lot of help! I've already found some great advice on here and on the webpage You Got What In Your Hair? (http://www.hairboutique.com/tips/tip1236.htm) that someone mentioned up near the top ^^^.
My situation is that I dyed my hair a temporary black hair dye in September 2006, my natural colour is light blonde, it's faded a lot more than it had a few months ago, but it still is a really dark brown with blonde splodges and blonde roots! I've seen a hair dresser and she has taken a sample to test with hair dye remover, but for now I'd rather come up with ways to fade it. It's in a good condition, so it isn't dry or anything.
So anyway, this evening is an attempt to fade my hair;
right now I'm sat here with shampoo patted on my dry hair. I'm leaving it for a half hour, then rinsing it all out really well and applying fairy washing up liquid and leaving that for about 10 minutes, then rinsing that all out, then applying a hot oil treatment without heating it, leaving that for 45 minutes and washing it out, then applying shampoo and LOTS of conditioner, cause all this will dry out my hair.

Sorry for my blabbing on, hope everyone's hair gets on a mend soon :) I'll get back to you all with the news on my 'hair fading evening' (lol) and let you all know what I found helpful!

Thanks for your patience :) xx

Soundedlikeagoodidea
Feb 27, 2007, 06:52 PM
My question is a simple one but problem is not so simple. My hair is currently light at the roots (I used Feria's hi-lift brown) and then slow gets darker as it goes towards the ends. There are several "lines" where you can see that I have dyed the roots previously. Since my hair is going gray dying is a necessary evil. The ends were almost black but the Feria did change it to a dark brown. It is still very healthy, almost to a fault the way it holds the dye! I have been dying my hair for years and have never had a problem with it darkening like this and I don't know what to do. I read through this thread and don't know that the Prell or Dove trick will work. Any suggestions??

ralphnorton
Feb 27, 2007, 07:26 PM
Pretty Lady,

I read all the posts and I think you have given people very good advice.

I have naturally dark brown hair with a white streak in front. I have been using a demi-permanent to darken the streak to a shade or two lighter than my natural hair to appear as highlighted. I like the color at the roots and at the ends, but there is a middle portion that is too dark.

How would be the best way to fade or lighten this area; in what order should I try these: Original Prell? Anti-dandruff shampoo? Hot oil? Loreal Color Zap? Color Fix? Color Oops?

How long should I leave these on?

Thanks.

Lornie
Feb 28, 2007, 10:23 AM
News on my hair, the things I did to it the other day (mentioned above) have made it fade a tiny bit, but not too noticeable. Ah well :( x

LiquidSapphire
Mar 19, 2007, 05:54 PM
This thread helped me last night, so I am going to provide what I was told and what I have done in the hope that someone else out there can use it.

Last July I had a botched job at a hair salon which required them to strip my hair and recolor it - I wanted it blonde with highlights and eventually that is what I walked out with. I was happy but after while didn't feel like being blonde anymore. Early Feb of this year I dyed my hair "medium brown" which I was surprised but I actually really liked. However this faded and about 6 weeks later it was becoming light brown, and you could see the blonde influence beginning to show through. I wasn't a fan, I wanted to go back to that dark brown I became attached to. Well, thinking I would be able to avoid this light brown fading issue, I picked up "Darkest brown". Mistake!! Darkest brown is actually black, please please please believe me if it is not too late for you lol. I was not a fan of black, black washes me out. I washed twice with dishwashing liquid and while I could see the foam turn purple the first time, the hair looked the same. In the morning I called the phone number on the box and asked how I could fade the hair to be a few shades darker. Well, of course the first thing they said was, "See a professional" Since I had mentioned that I had stripped my hair before. After I told them I did not want to do that, what they said is that I should pick up a box of "Born Blonde" which is a bleaching/lightening agent. I eventually found it at Walgreens for about 10 bucks. It is made by Clairol. Do NOT pick up just a blonde dye from Clairol, it is just hair color and not bleach, it will not help you. You can not put a light color over a very dark color and hope for any result. You MUST pull the color out. I originally could not find Born Blonde and tried Ultra Light Natural Blonde instead. 50 minutes later, I still had black hair. Born Blonde pulled the color out. You put this on your head, but you don't get at the roots, you get all but about 1 inch worth of roots. (leave about 1/3 of the dye for this later.) Once your hair starts turning reddish, then you add the rest of the dye on your roots. Once your hair is a red/gold color, or "pumpkin", wash it out. Yes it will be orange. It will be scary. Hopefully you read this whole message through before you went and did this lol. Then recolor over the orange to the brown you originally wanted. Me I went with Medium brown and got pretty close to what I meant to get the first time. So overall I'm happy. Hope this helps someone.

WARNING: ONLY do this if your hair is in decent/good condition. Some people's hair can be stripped & bleached twice (like mine) without too much of a problem. However, If your hair is dry or brittle, and you go through this process, it is VERY possible that your hair will break from all of this processing. If in doubt, go to a professional. To me, looking and feeling good about myself is worth more than broken strawlike hair, but I thought I would be safe and it turned out I was. However, your hair and scalp may not act like mine. You've been warned!

Good luck!

D3V0N
Apr 1, 2007, 09:20 AM
Hi there i have died my hair black to and i think its to dark for me.:( I have looked round for many ways how it could be faded and the one i keep coming accross mostly is washing it with prell shampoo and hot oil. I am going to wash it with prell shampoo and see what happens and i recomend you do the same :rolleyes: .. speak soon x

BeardDyed2DarkDon
Apr 4, 2007, 04:34 PM
SURPRIZE: I'm a guy. My favorite, 3 year old beard got dyed too dark and I want to lighten it a couple of octaves (for a better word, probably speeeeled wrong too, lol).
I took some of your advice, collecting all of the shampoos, conditioners, baking soda, peroxide, hot oil treatment and made up a potion which reminded me a tiny bit of a witches brew. Well no magic yet. Not much happened, a little tiny bit. I'm going to the store to get my Prell and Dawn dish soap, lol. Not getting the Tide yet.
My possibly original post is this: Hair Club For Men (I have trouble even saying that in public) has an "extra" penetrating dye for "beards and moustaches".
Here is my theory on why it is so permanent acting: it simply is much stronger than what is used on regular hair, thus posing even more of a problem to lighten to a livable color when it came out much darker that the box indicated (I know, I fell for a classic ploy, lol, right?).
I know every one of you beautiful people out there are much too smart to make a mistake like I made... but such is life when you aren't exactly a genius to start with--like me.
QUESTION: Is there an "industrial strength potion" or lotion or gel or secret mix (with or without bones and such, that will help me get back on top with this BeardDyed2Dark chapter of my life?
Thank you for anything, even your spending a few minutes reading about my plight. I won't let this thing keep me from my public too long. The option I have up my sleeve is to cut my, finally perfect, full beard off with a razor and start all over again from scratch. It is an option I don't really want to excercize.
I also just wanted to be with all of you in your homes or at work while you vicariously share at least part of my frustration and let me pick your brains on how I get out of this fine fix.
I like getting emailed, by the way, about any subject, and I always answer right away; I don't sound quite busy enough do I? It's the luxury of an early retirement program. You get more time, and less good food to eat. Not really. You just save your money up for a few weeks and then you can buy Prell and Dawn and maybe even a box of Baking Powder if you are really frugal. Lol. Just kidding. Life is good, but my color job just needs a little tweaking. HELP, please... before I take my beard's future into my own two hands.
It's all good!
PS: What ever I just did that didn't work to well is having an unexpected result. My hands are starting to burn and my fingers too. Maybe I got the potion just a bit too strong. Now I am going back to the scene of the crime (the master bathroom) to get some magic something to stop the pain.
Don't I sound like a typical male? For their sakes, I hope not.
Bye now,
Don Knight: (no shining armor, srry) I got enough to think about without trying to maintain that suit, and besides it is much to hot for summertime and too heavy for surfing.

Honestly_x
Apr 6, 2007, 05:01 AM
Today I dyed my hair "dark brown" and it came out too dark. I don't want to strip or bleach my hair, I just want to make the color fade a little faster. I've read about several ways to do this and I wanted to know if anyone knew the best method or if any of these really work. Here are the suggestions I have found:

1. Wash it with Prell shampoo
2. Wash it with a dandruff shampoo that has tar in it
3. Wash it with shampoo mixed with baking soda
4. Wash it with Dawn dish detergent
5. Wash it with Tide

If anyone can elaborate on these (i.e. tell me how frequently I would have to wash my hair with any of these) or give me other suggestions that would be great. I would especially like to know of any method that is less damaging to my hair.

Thanks.
I dyed my hair black, I hate it. I heard about this Prell shampoo, however, we cannot get it in the UK (Well I don't think we can) Any other solutions that work just as good?

PrettyLady
Apr 6, 2007, 05:48 PM
I dyed my hair black, I hate it. I heard about this Prell shampoo, however, we cannot get it in the UK (Well I don't think we can) Any other solutions that work just as good?

If you cannot find Prell in the UK. Look for Vosene or a dandruff shampoo. These are medicated shampoos and they have the ability to fade hair color. Be sure to use a conditioner afterwards.

BeardDyed2DarkDon
Apr 6, 2007, 10:40 PM
Thank you PrettyLady for this wonderful, nurturing and informative atmosphere. It is an A++ in my book. I am the too dark beard Don above.
I see all the advice and suggested products and have gathered a bunch of them but my question is still the same. If a beard and moustache dark dye is used which of these products/techniques should I try. Beard hair isn't same as hair-on-the-head-hair and is much more resistant, someone told me to color changes. I did the Prell thing for nearly an hour today. A scientist with the proper lighting and magnification could see a slight change, but it's not enough to fix the project. It's still about 97% as dark as it was yesterday, maybe a little more. What I did get is sore lips, but that will go away in a day or two.
Last night I did the baking soda, shampoo, conditioner thing, with peroxide (not the right kind, not the 20 volume; I learned a day late I was using the3% cheapo stuff)-- and no result, except reddening my neck and face.
I printed out your three suggestions and I just did the Prell.
Next I do the VO5 Hotoil, as per your instructions.
If that doesn't work I will try the last suggestion you made.
My main point all along was to find out if a more aggressive (I'm burning already) technique is needed with the coarse beard hair that has taken a "serious set" at being dark. I bet you don't ever get beard questions here about dying them too dark... A long time ago I tried to get a pro job but the salon people told me to forget about them, that the stuff they use won't penetrate.
I like doing stuff myself anyway. I am bumbling around right now but all will work out fine, I am sure of that. And in the future I will do things completely different, lighter.. lol
Thank you PrettyLady for your valuable time.
Don Knight
Washington State, USA

PrettyLady
Apr 7, 2007, 05:08 PM
I'm glad you found my answers in Beauty & Skin Care forum informative, Don Knight. Each time you shampoo your hair, the artificial color will gradually fade. The color you used on your beard will fade and grow out . If you want to accelerate the fading process, try using the products method every day. Dish detergents such as Dawn can also fade hair color. You might want to add a few drops of dish detergent with your shampoo to help fade the color faster. Keep in mind that your skin could get red or irritated since you're trying to fade your beard. Use a face cream or gel that contain aloe vera to soothe the redness and irritation afterwards.

juliev
Apr 8, 2007, 04:04 PM
Hi prettylady,
Same problem with me. They were supposed to color my hair dark brown and it's now black. I have done the prell, hot oil, suave clarifying and drops of dawn. My question is, should I do ALL of these EVERYDAY? Or which one is most effective and how often should I do it?
Thank you in advance,
Julie

Alwyzsunny
Apr 8, 2007, 06:34 PM
Today I dyed my hair "dark brown" and it came out too dark. I don't want to strip or bleach my hair, I just want to make the color fade a little faster. I've read about several ways to do this and I wanted to know if anyone knew the best method or if any of these really work. Here are the suggestions I have found:

1. Wash it with Prell shampoo
2. Wash it with a dandruff shampoo that has tar in it
3. Wash it with shampoo mixed with baking soda
4. Wash it with Dawn dish detergent
5. Wash it with Tide

If anyone can elaborate on these (i.e. tell me how frequently I would have to wash my hair with any of these) or give me other suggestions that would be great. I would especially like to know of any method that is less damaging to my hair.

Thanks.
Use lemon juice in your hair or orange juice. The acid in these beverages will naturally lighten your hair a few shades at least. Lemon juice diluted with some water is a natural hair lightener I use in a spray bottle on days when I know I will be in the sun a lot...

PrettyLady
Apr 8, 2007, 08:20 PM
Hi prettylady,
Same problem with me. They were supposed to color my hair dark brown and it's now black. I have done the prell, hot oil, suave clarifying and drops of dawn. My question is, should I do ALL of these EVERYDAY? Or which one is most effective and how often should I do it?
Thank you in advance,
Julie

You don't need to use all these product, choose one product and use it every day to speed up the fading process. If you didn't see any results from the products you've mentioned, try using Head & Shoulders. It can also cause hair color to fade quickly.

Perthgirl2007
Apr 13, 2007, 04:52 AM
Well.. unfortunately I'm another person who has fallen to the dark side. Went in with my light brown hair. Asked for mid brownl.. ended up black... Very upset. I live in Australia...

I've tried.. PPS cleansing shampoo.. and gladwrap heat... seems to work a bit
Heads and Shoulders didn't really
And BIcarb soda... hairdresser put in after I complained!. didn't work either.

At the end of the day. NEVER ever say you want a shade darker than your natural colour.. unless you are completely confident with your hairdresser. He goes ' I matched your eye brows'... what the helL! I'm so upset. And to make matters worst.. I had to pay for this botch up. If its not washed out in 23 washes ( 6 weeks)... I'm going to complain to the hair dye company...

Can we get prell in australia? And is prell like an anti dandriff? What about lemon would that kill it? And head lice shampoo?

DeeGal
Apr 13, 2007, 07:02 AM
Hi everyone. I've read some really good stuff on here so I was wondering if anyone could help me..

Basically, I have naturally dark hair, black/dark dark brown. Last year, I got blonde copper streaks and was really happy with them. It was almost a brown/gold colour and looked good on my hair.
Now obviously I needed to redo them, as my hair had grown quite a bit. So just yesterday, I went to the salon. I asked for blonde copper, but the blonde copper they had was a lot darker than what I already had. So the hairdresser said she would make it a bit lighter for me.
Buut the colour came out horrible. I hate it, but I didn't want to say anything at the salon. It's not browny/gold, as I wanted it, but it's almost red/orange. And I really really hate it. It looks horrible on my hair. I want to get rid of it as soon as possible. I can't go back to the salon and ask to have it redone, because it would cost too much. Is there any way I could fade it quickly? I'd like the colour to be almost golden/brown, not red/orange. If it were to fade, what colour would it go? Please help! I am a young teenage girl who cares a lot about how she looks. :(

BeardDyed2DarkDon
Apr 13, 2007, 02:02 PM
I'm glad you found my answers in Beauty & Skin Care forum informative, Don Knight. Each time you shampoo your hair, the artificial color will gradually fade. The color you used on your beard will fade and grow out . If you want to accelerate the fading process, try using the products method every day. Dish detergents such as Dawn can also fade hair color. You might want to add a few drops of dish detergent with your shampoo to help fade the color faster. Keep in mind that your skin could get red or irritated since you're trying to fade your beard. Use a face cream or gel that contain aloe vera to soothe the redness and irritation afterwards.
:cool:

All is well again, my hair is lighter, my crisis is over and you pretty one saved my bacon. I used three methods, finally succeeding with a bit of Dawn in a bunch of Prell followed by clarifying shampoo and hot oil to fix the slight damage I just caused myself. When using the too weak hydrogen peroxide mixed w/ shampoo/conditioner, some ran off my beard (I really get into this stuff) and I just noticed a streak of hair all the way down my chest and tummy that looks as burnt as a year old rice paddy and pure whitish yellow hair, that looks pretty much destroyed (nothing I can't fix with my clippers, lol).
Not only did my hair lighten, it is about four different colors which I love. Blonde, Brown, Gray and Black. You can't get that from Hair Club for Men. All my love, Don Knight... I hope I can say that... bye now... listen to this lady and don't do most of what I did before I met her.
Mmmmwwwwhhhhaaaaa!!

manclass
Apr 14, 2007, 09:17 AM
Hi, I am really hoping someone can help me!

I dyed my hair dark brown (l'oreal semi perm) and it turned black (natural colour is mid to light brown with slight auburn tones) which I coped with as I noticed it faded after bathing in epsom salts - because I liked the colour as it faded, I redyed it 6 weeks later thinking it would fade again with epsom salts - it did take the black hue out of the hair but didn't fade it enough to blend into the roots starting to come through as it did previously

I rang loreal and they advised me to go to a salon to get it lightened as I now had one inch roots

So yesterday I went to the hairdressers and they first used a bleach shampoo then applied a semi perm colour of brown with red tones that I was told would be fab for warming and wouldn't be obviously red, just when the light hit it

After the first colour she had to put another colour on the roots as its was too light (I couldn't see) and then once done I left with hair wet (they had squeezed me in so didn't have time to blowdry)

I got home and all I could see was orange/red - blow dryed it and it looked OK in the evening light but woke up this morning and its defo reddy/orange - the roots especially!

I rang them today and am going back in on Tuesday when they next open but I don't know what to do or say to them as I got talked into having the reddy brown and have ended up with orangey reddish hair - its darker on the ends but still got that hint in

Is there anything I can or cant do between now and then (they have told me NOT to touch it but that's nearly 3 days of orange hair!)

Will it be bad to have an epsom salt bath? Also what's the long term prognosis of my hair as I was given two different answers about what would happen as the colour fades

(am in the UK so none of the fixes mentioned are available here)

BeardDyed2DarkDon
Apr 14, 2007, 10:16 AM
Now that the Pretty Lady has educated me and rescued me from the fires of hell, you can have the same positive experience and outcome as I recently did.

JUST READ THE THREADS ABOVE: Read Pretty's advice to me and my last story or two.

Prell regular shampoo with one part Dawn liquid dish soap to maybe ten parts prell, give or take.

Also I had a session with VO5 hot oil treatment. You put it on "cold" and put plastic over it for forty five or 60 minutes. Then shampoo out with the above concoction.

Walla. It took 4 or 5 sessions with just the Prell and Dawn to get back to better than anything I could have expected.

Don't try goofy cures. Just read and learn from pretty and any one here who had positive outcomes. When we first arrive at this site, it is either this, or an asylum.

This is cheaper and more quick.

Don h.

PS: I hope this advice is helpful. My credibility isn't too high yet (new to the board, that's my excuse, lol) I have one whole, complete point (1) reputation point... at least I ain't a zeeerrroooo. But far from, "hero status"...
Pretty Lady is the resident genius here... ask, read and follow... then, eventually you will begin to once again see daylight, drive your car and leave the house again, confident you are the right color... go, my son, and reap the rewards of knowledge... there is more than hope for you... just don't dunk your head in epsom salts or parts cleaner or stand in a carwash bay on de-grease cycle before asking Pretty if it's OK... first.
Become a follower, here on this forum and then you can lead some miserable soul to freedom in the future... and believe me, there is a future, again. I have risen from the ashes of darkness myself, many will follow in my footsteps, which led me to the, "Promised Land".
Go my son, and may the Pretty Lady bless you as she has so many before you...
Don h.

PSS: forgive the fact that the manclass might have thrown me as to your sex... oooppppsss! I am never going to get my second point being so thoughtless... I do believe, however, that Pretty Ladys' advice does apply to all sexes equally, like men, women and the alternatives also, (whatever they might be)... d.

manclass
Apr 14, 2007, 11:04 AM
Hi, thanks for replying - I am in fact a girlie lol as in Manc Lass - lady from manchester :D

I have read through all 18 pages and none of the answers really fit as I don't have access to any of the mentioned products in the UK (plus I don't know if I want to fade the colour as that might make the bleach show through more)

And it doesn't seem as if anyone else has had this particular problem that I can see, i.e having their hair bleach shampooed to remove a dark dye and then re-coloured in a salon which has then turned red/orange tinged - they have either dyed blonde hair and its gone wrong or dyed onto another colour or want to fade their colour etc

I don't understand what exactly the bleach shampoo has done to my hair i.e is my natural hair colour underneath it or have they actually removed my natural colour completely and if so will it come back gradually as the new colour fades or is it gone for good and I have to dye my hair until it has grown out?

I am scared of even washing it!

BeardDyed2DarkDon
Apr 14, 2007, 05:17 PM
Man/Woman: lol. Yes, I get it all now...and all apologies are handed out and we are fine...not that we weren't anyway.

Ok, you aren't the only one who doesn't have Prell in your country...and Pretty has addressed that small issue, but again....I emplore you young lady: ASK Pretty Lady yourself; she will AMAZE you with her answer to your delimma. And she is down-right affordable. Fitting right into my tiny budget.

She will answer you based on her extensive background in these matters, give her a try, right here in this forum. I bet that you will get an answer back in short-order. She is like the , "Medic One" technition and holds the keys for you.

It is highly appreciated, that you ask her in this forum, rather than her private email, so others can benefit from your scenario too.

She may advise you to go to a professional to solve your problem, or she may have a home remedy (proven) that will save you time and money. I don't know a thing about this area of expertise, as I was a military man till I got too rickity for them to keep me anylonger. I think 30 years was long enough anyway. I am also a writer (not that anyone would care), but not an expert in speeeellling; during some days, anyhow...lol.

Ask and yea shall receive. Cast some bread on the water and you may be surprized at what you get in return (although a pessimist might say you will only get back some wet, salty bread). I have faith in this forum. And no, my dear, I am not Pretty Lady's public relations director.....she doesn't need one. Her reputation preceeds her. We here on this forum are mostly devotees of hers and of this Mecca for the hair-colored impared.

I am quite sure she is who she says she is, although I have often wondered why her private email address says Attica, NY. Lol. (Pretty Lady please don't ban me because I am the only person here that thinks I am funny, or for my non-economical use of words. I have never been called, "short-winded".)

Good Luck Man. I don't know much about all this, but I do know what solid information looks like.

D.R.H.(No I am not doctor, just always wanted to make it look like I was.)

Pretty is pretty busy working in what appears to be two states, NY and NJ, but I'm sure she will answer you soon. I bet it wouldn't hurt to address your next inquiry directly to her. It worked for me. By the way, this next item probably isn't important, but I wish I had more hair left standing on my thick skull so I could change it's color but I am definately among the hair-impared. But my beard is gangbusters....lol...and I still have some unruly stuff growing under my arms. Pretty: can they do a transplant. I hope the answer is no.

2DarkDon. Over and out! ;) :D :rolleyes: :cool:

ChristinaCatherine
Apr 19, 2007, 03:16 AM
Prettylady,
Thanks in advance for any advice.. here goes the same but different story...
Naturally my hair is a mid level 4. For the last year, I have been covering highlights and processed hair with an ash level 5 and I have loved it. Prior to that, I was highlighting it to a level 6-7 for 3 or 4 years. Anyway, I moved to LA and everyone has such gorgeous hair, I missed my lighter hair. I went to a professional for some direction. He told me that my hair was too dry to lighten to achieve the cooler light brown I am looking for (because in order to get that shade of ash with the overprocessed hair, he would have to strip/damage it first); He told me to let my natural roots grow in for 6 mo. And then he could take my virgin hair to the color I wanted... Anyway, he took me to a level 3 using a "non-chemical" color to "match my roots". Its flat, it has no shine and it makes me look very gothic. I haven't been darker than a level 5 in over 4 years. I tried mixing 20 volume with shampoo.. nothing. Dishwashing detergent... nothing. I am somewhat familiar with haircolor. I can't stand it like this, should I just strip it and cover with an ash level 6? Will that bring me closer to my ultimate goal of going lighter? Or will it be uneven and a mess? If so, what exactly do I need to mix for bleach? Confident in my abilities just not sure of that's the best course of action... Help!
Thanks, sorry for the lengthy post
:confused:

JD_UK
Apr 22, 2007, 07:51 AM
Hi all.

I've had a few bad colourings and thought it might be useful to write about my experiences here, particularly as I'm in the UK (and so can't buy some of the products mentioned in these postings)...

- Colour at home at your own risk! I now always get a salon to do it as they know much more than me about what does and doesn't work.
- Remember to consider your skin tone when selecting a colour. If you're pale and go darker, you'll look even paler!
- *Always* get a salon to blow-dry your hair after a colouring so that you can see the colour properly.
- If you don't like what a salon has done with your hair, don't be afraid to go back and explain the problem. Any decent salon will fix it for free if you don't like what they've done. I once had highlights done at a salon and they looked aweful, but I went back and they fixed it for free with an all-over colour close to my natural shade (fine by me as my aim was simply to hide grey hairs).
- If you're going to try to fade a colour that's too dark/strong, do it as soon as possible after the original colouring.
- I found that Vosene shampoo was particularly effective at fading my colour. Apply it to dry hair, leave for 30 minutes, then rinse and use a conditioner. Repeat a few times. This won't remove all the colour but should hopefully fade it to a level that you can cope with.
- If you're thinking of dying over a bad colour, get a professional to do it. One colour on top of another can produce unexpected results.
- Don't expect miracles... permanent colour is called permanent for a reason!
- Learn from your mistakes. For me, any dye with a 'hint' of a strong colour always comes out much too strong. Also, I'm quite pale and so have to be careful not to select a colour that's too dark. I've also found highlights are too unpredictable - some salons do a great job while others make a mess. So these days I stick to an all-over permanent brown close to my natural shade as the aim is simply to cover my grey.

I hope this is of use to someone :)

Gloribe
Apr 24, 2007, 06:58 PM
Just be sure and use a good conditioner after you keep using the Prell. You are going to strip not only the color, but all the moisture. I've been in the Hair business for many many years and yes, the Prell will strip color. Of course, you could just as well use any dish soap.. It's about the same thing.

Maui71407
Apr 26, 2007, 12:41 PM
So I am one of the lucky people who dyed their hair to dark as well. My question is... I have read that you are supposed to use the pruell shampoo on dry hair and I have hear you are supposed to wash it like you normally would. Which is it?

glittergirl
Apr 28, 2007, 09:21 PM
I found a product called color oops in my drug store in the hair color aisle and it works wonderful. Didn't dry out my hair or anything Bleach free.

I got the wrong color and my hair turned out black with alot of red I got light auburn brown instead of light auburn blonde when I did the color oops now I am back to a golden reddish brown my color I had when I was a kid It looks better now then it did before I tried the color.

Try color oops. It does work.

Thank you soooooooooooooooo much, Hypermommy! I was beside myself because of my gothic looking hair (was supposed to be a medium brown). So in desperation, I was reading on this site and found your post. I was skeptical, but desperate, so I tried out Color Oops. And my hair looks better than ever too. My husband made me promise (about 50 times) to always get my hair colored professionally from now on. And I'm going to keep that promise. But thank you for the wonderful tip!:)

consultwin1
Apr 30, 2007, 07:22 AM
Today I dyed my hair "dark brown" and it came out too dark. I don't want to strip or bleach my hair, I just want to make the color fade a little faster. I've read about several ways to do this and I wanted to know if anyone knew the best method or if any of these really work. Here are the suggestions I have found:

1. Wash it with Prell shampoo
2. Wash it with a dandruff shampoo that has tar in it
3. Wash it with shampoo mixed with baking soda
4. Wash it with Dawn dish detergent
5. Wash it with Tide

If anyone can elaborate on these (i.e. tell me how frequently I would have to wash my hair with any of these) or give me other suggestions that would be great. I would especially like to know of any method that is less damaging to my hair.

Thanks.

So did this work for you? I have the same problem! UGH

goldenhind
Jun 7, 2007, 01:36 PM
When I dyed my hair too dark my hairdresser told me to soak my hair in conditioner for hours and then wash it. It lighten my hair a little which made me much happier.

goldenhind
Jun 7, 2007, 01:37 PM
Soak your hair in conditioner for hours.

Bright red hair
Jul 24, 2007, 05:04 PM
I tried Pantene classic clean shampoo (because I didn't have prell) and it worked. I washed my hair first with it. Then reapplied it out of the shower (wrapped my head with an old towel because it stained) and let it sit for about 30 minutes and washed it out with hot water. I did this about twice. It lightened the color to the point that I noticed (and others noticed the difference) although you can still see the bright red. I bought prell today and did the same thing, and it worked to a much lesser extent. I also tried dawn dish soap, which did nothing but dry my hair out. Hope this helps.

OutdoorGirl
Jul 27, 2007, 03:22 PM
I had grey hair at the tempels that I wanted to cover up, so I went to the store to buy my regular NON-permanent hair color (Clairol Natural Instincts Roasted Chestnut 28B - Dark Warm Brown), but they were out, so I got another type (Clairol Nice'n Easy 131 Dark Brown)... FIRST MISTAKE :rolleyes:

My normal hair color is dark brown with some natural auburn highlights. Well, I followed the directions to a T (made sure since it was a new type) but my hair turned out solid JET BLACK. I was horrified but not completely bazeerk until I re-read the box and saw PERMANENT... SECOND MISTAKE :eek:

So after I could see through my tear-filled eyes to get online to see what I could do, I found this thread and it was very helpful. I went out to our local Sally Beauty Supply store (was really looking for Color Opps because of the rave reviews) and got Loreal ColorZap AND Salon Care Professional Color Corrector.

I was scared my hair would turn grey, yellow, red or orange so I did a test strand of both products. The Loreal ColorZap made the hair turn red-orange (NOT what I desired), but the Salon Care Professional Color Corrector turned it dark brown with just a hint of auburn (not far off from my natural color), so I took the plunge.

GOOD NEWS! I did not leave it on as long as it called for (figured that would just make it get lighter and redder), but left it on for close to 15 minutes and then washed my hair five times. Twice with Dawn dish liquid which was suggested, and then three times with my regular shampoo.

I was very relieved when I dried my hair to see that I no longer looked like the wicked witch of the west. I also went and got my "middle-of-the-back" length hair cut to just below shoulder length and layered for a new change and now I feel so much better.

Hope this helps someone in my situation... good luck! ;)

steph1101
Aug 3, 2007, 11:55 PM
I just got highlights for the first time in a salon. I have really dark brown hair and wanted to lighten up a bit... big mistake . I asked for a lighter brown but got a somewhat orange color.. does anyone know how to get this off? I only got it done a day ago

Confused_On_Color
Aug 9, 2007, 02:14 PM
You could try what I tried and it worked quite well. I mixed about a 1/2 of a cup of dawn dishsoap, 1 1/2 cups of baking soda, 2 cups of shampoo, 8 Tablespoons of hairspray, about a palm full of blonde enhancing mousse, and about 2-3 pumps of some hand soap.

littlec
Aug 10, 2007, 05:25 AM
Yesterday I had my hair coloured brown, it was meant to come out mid brown, but ended up almost black, the colouring was only semi permanent but I am finding I don’t like how dark the colour of my hair is, and I just want my natural colour which is dark blonde back. How long do I have to wait before the semi permanent comes out? And how can I get dark blonde hair back?
- Catherine.

KrystiFerrari
Aug 10, 2007, 10:50 AM
I dyed my hair 2 days ago and it was supposed to be "natural medium ash brown" and it came out almost BLACK and I am freaking out. After reading these posts I just went out on my lunch break and bought the prell shampoo, but it doesn't say originial, it says classic - it's a green bottle with a blue top, is that the right stuff? Please help me asap!! :confused: :mad: :( :eek:

littlec
Aug 11, 2007, 10:18 AM
Is prell american?
I went into the shopas king for it
And no one had heard of it?
Anyway
They told me head and shoulders strip the colour
And if you use it regulary you will be able to tell
*fingers crossed*!

Lucyw26
Aug 14, 2007, 01:12 PM
I recently dyed my hair a dark brown which turned out black!! Just followed the advice of mixing baking soda with shampoo and it really works! Its been 2 weeks since my hair went black, I was washing it twicw a day and it hardly lifted, so I mixed a tablespoon of bs with a cheap shampoo and its really lifted it!:)

cathleen thomasson
Aug 15, 2007, 08:20 PM
My hair was recently colored and it came out too dark. Is there anything I can do about it?

carmen88
Aug 17, 2007, 07:26 AM
I had really Black permanent hair color and I used this product that Walgreens sells Called COLOR OOPS it really worked for me my hair is now brown and I added some highlights to it ~CK!K@ R3B3LD3~

flower_child
Aug 21, 2007, 09:37 AM
because I value the advice of a pro.

flower_child
Aug 21, 2007, 02:03 PM
This spounds like something I could use.

moodylake
Sep 4, 2007, 11:06 AM
I'm glad to know I'm not the only one whose hair is now too dark, for my liking anyway. I read fairy liquid or soap? Would help, but I have no clue what that is. The last time I colored my hair myself I swore I'd never do it again and would let professionals do it right. Oh well, how quickly I forget. If I could add texture to my nearly black hair I think it would help. The product I used said it had 'built in highlights.' NOT!

ddfair
Sep 30, 2007, 11:15 AM
Well, here I sit, with almost black hair. Went to the salon to take out summer highlights. It was supposed to just be brown. It came out so dark with a little red. I didn't like it so my stylist put some bleach on mixed with shampoo and it did just like Pretty lady said. It lightened up to a strawberry blonde almost. She then put a toner on it and it's way dark again. I'm wondering if she left the toner on too long? Now she is out of town and I'm stuck with way dark hair again. I noticed it has a lot of red in it too. How can I lighten up? The red doesn't bother me much, it's just way too dark. I've tried the Dawn w/shampoo... nothing. I'm going to try baking soda to see what happens. Think I could put some highlights in?

HEAVENSENT67
Oct 1, 2007, 04:35 AM
Dye my hair often used to use loreal recital prefrences(espresso) for some reason no longer can get this colour even though loreal have emailed me saying product as not been discontinued... Anyway used loreal now but the dark brown shade after months of using it my hair has gone very dark brown.. Now just been to sallys for a colour remover and she gave me ( dust free blue bleaching powder) never used anything to remove colour does anyone know how I mix it ? As it is a powder.. is it water/shampoo or a developer helpppppp don't know how to mix

P.s tried the bs didn't lift any colour from my hair :(

finnibobs
Oct 29, 2007, 11:43 AM
Hi..

I was looking for the same answer as you are. I had my hair dyed at a salon and it was far too dark for me also so I asked in Yahoo and got a fair amount of answers. Different to the ones you got in here.

1. Lemon juice and olive oil then sit out in the sun (Too drying I thought)
2. Clarififying shampoo "Pentene" (Again it strips the hair so you need to use a good
Conditioner)

3. If You Want To 'Lift' The Color A Little Bit AND Keep The Shine Try Using CLAIROL® LUMINIZE™ (Found In Beauty Supplies) it Is A Gentle,NO AMMONIA Hairlighting Lotion That Gently Lifts The Hair Color Just One Or Two Shades. And Conditions And Shines The Hair. (I copied and pasted this reply. I think this is the best solution)


Hope this helps and Good luck

;-)

chloeculture
Nov 4, 2007, 06:59 AM
Last week I had my hair stripped from black, which I've had for about 6months. It cost £45 and took 3hours, my hair eventually came out ginger, but the hairdresser refused to do anymore as it would ruin my hair. I put a semi-permenant brown on it 2days after, and it went reddy brown. Today I dyed it dark brown lessen the red, and oh joy, it has gone black.

I rang up my hairdresser and she said the best thing to do was to leave it, so I decided to try and lighten it at home.

First used some normal olive oil heated for 30 seconds in the microwave on wet hair and cover in a shower cap, left this for 15minutes. I then mixed baking powder with some normal dishwasher to make a foam and put that on top for 10minutes. I then washed it all out twice with a anti dandruff shampoo and used a lot of condition.

My hair feels a bit dry... but the shade is about 2 times lighter.

Casey_gg
Nov 7, 2007, 10:36 AM
Today I dyed my hair "dark brown" and it came out too dark. I don't want to strip or bleach my hair, I just want to make the color fade a little faster. I've read about several ways to do this and I wanted to know if anyone knew the best method or if any of these really work. Here are the suggestions I have found:

1. Wash it with Prell shampoo
2. Wash it with a dandruff shampoo that has tar in it
3. Wash it with shampoo mixed with baking soda
4. Wash it with Dawn dish detergent
5. Wash it with Tide

If anyone can elaborate on these (i.e. tell me how frequently I would have to wash my hair with any of these) or give me other suggestions that would be great. I would especially like to know of any method that is less damaging to my hair.

Thanks.
I used liquid tide,baking soda and hydrogen peroxide mixed together and it lighten my hair a lot.I had used a med ash blonde and it turned out a fairly dark brown so I was pretty upset !

ariana8716
Nov 8, 2007, 07:16 PM
Okay, I died my hair Monday night..
My hair was kind of a mix of blonde,brown, and a little black..
Well it got to looking pretty nasty so I decided to go dye it
Brown back to my natural color..
It ended up with a red ashy tint at the top..

I have two questions..

1) will perell fade the red tint out?. and show through the brown that was under there before I dyed it :confused:
2)will my highlights that I bleeched out show threw soon?( iwant them to it looks cool)
Please respond asap.
Thanks!

cissy0801
Nov 10, 2007, 02:25 AM
Agree! Prell shampoo is genious but the problem is that it damages your hair. What you also need after every wash is some hair nutrients cream.it will restore the strength of your hair!

starlet_a2
Nov 12, 2007, 10:54 PM
Okay, I died my hair Monday night..
my hair was kinda a mix of blonde,brown, and a little black..
well it got to looking pretty nasty so i decided to go dye it
brown back to my natural color..
it ended up with a red ashy tint at the top..

i have two questions..

1) will perell fade the red tint out?.. and show through the brown that was under there before i dyed it :confused:
2)will my highlights that i bleeched out show threw soon?( iwant them to it looks cool)
please respond asap.
thanks!

Ariana:

I doubt the prell will take out the red. Usually red is the color your hair turns when pigment is removed, so there isn't any brown 'under' the red. If you remove red you get orange. When you dye it some of the color is 'lifted' out and then some is deposited from the dye. It sounds like it didn't deposit evenly. This could be due to the condition of your hair.

The lighter parts of your hair will probably be lighter and fade faster than the other parts, but they aren't likely to go all the way back to blonde without bleach.

If you used a semi-permanent color it might fade faster. But like I said probably the red will get redder. What type of dye did you use?

To get all your hair to match when you have highlights and new growth all mixed up together can be tricky. If you can you will probably get the best results at a salon.

Starlet

Parawhore
Nov 26, 2007, 09:49 AM
I have the same problem, my hair went all patchy when I had it dyed and I had to dye it black to put it right, but I want to go a light gingery brown but can not find anyone to bleach my hair for me. The only way is to grow it out or somehow make it fade.
I've dyed my hair a very dark chocolate brown in the past and used a cheap 2 in 1 anti dandruff shampoo, that made my hair fade to my natural hair colour, almost.
Head and shoulders is also know to make hair dye fade.
I have a bright red fringe and using my cheap shampoo has faded it to a pinkey orangey colour, and that was after one week.

Mystique70
Nov 28, 2007, 04:45 PM
I have relaxed and colored (Natural Soft Black) hair. I have been coloring my med- to dark brown hair Natural Soft Black with Permanent hair color for the past two years. I'm a bit of a caramel complexion and the black was making me look too dark, so I wanted to go natural again and get some highlights.

Well needless to say, I have been doing some research on the safest way to achieving that, even with a bit of experience under my belt. I have read through numerous posts and checked several different websites. I was all set to give Dawn, T-Gel shampoo (anti-dandruff, tar-based), and Prell a try; actually, I bought all of these today. Started reading some more on this sight and I saw a few post that recommended Color Oops. I was very reluctant to try this or anything else being that I have relaxed hair and know for a fact that black hair color is the hardest to lighten, being that it has to go through seven different phases to reach the lightest blonde; including that pumpkin orange phase.

Anyhow, I tried Color Oops Extra Strength (recommended for dark hair and hair that has been colored for longer than 48-hours; regular for light hair and under 48-hours) and it worked perfectly. No uneven tones or damage; however, a little dry after washing twice with Prell. Then I shampooed with Crème of Nature and conditioned my hair. I highly recommend this product; which can be found at Walgreens for $10 to $13.

How it works...
"Color Oops takes you back to your lightest shade. It can return your hair to its natural color if the artificial hair color applied is darker than your natural color. If your post-process hair color is lighter than your natural color, your natural color has been chemically removed and can not be restored. Color Oops will remove the artificial pigment from your hair; however, your hair will ultimately be the chemically lightened color. To go back to your natural color, it will be necessary to apply a hair colorant comparable to your own natural shade and tone."

Sorry for the long post, however, I hope this helps. Also, this site has been extremely helpful to me. Thanks.

PrettyLady
Nov 28, 2007, 07:37 PM
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