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How can I lighten my dyed hair? Dark brown to light brown doing it myself? TY!

Started 1286797434.37 in Beauty Banter | Last reply 1286912133.75 by JustPeachy

I've colored my hair dark brown for awhile but now its just getting too harsh looking. I want to go up a few shades (from a 5 to a 7 in Clairol from Sally's Beauty). I've been coloring it at home for years with great results, just want to go lighter. I can't afford to pay a few hundred dollars to lighten it at the salon.

I've washed it with baking soda and dandruff shampoo, seems to have lightened a little but now nearly to a 7N. I know that I can't just put the 7N over the 5n, won't work. Someone suggested using a really blonde color to lift some of the brown, then go back over it with my desired color. Or, using one of those Color Oops kits.

Anyone have any sugestions? Thanks! (btw, my hair is in great shape, don't want to end up with a crunchy mess!)

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Dachsie1286798484.472607 PostsRegistered 6/4/2006

"Someone suggested using a really blonde color to lift some of the brown, then go back over it with my desired color. Or, using one of those Color Oops kits."

This sounds like the route to go. You have to first lift a bit of the dark brown out.

Then apply over with the desired new shade. If you do not lift a whole lot of the dark old color, be extra careful to go with the lightest shade of your new color. This is the tricky part because the how the new color takes on the new base lighted hair can be a real roll of the dice. And subsequent times you color with this new lighter shade will be different too because base color putting color on to will be changed next time.

If you are going for a truly ash lighter color, suggest you have some drabbers (available at Sally) or other corrective colors around in case the new color applied comes out too brassy.

You could do all this experimenting on a small swatch of your hair to make this less of a trial and error game.

Sunshine K­ate1286798879.17312371 PostsRegistered 11/13/2006The Beautiful Mountains & Western Sky

If you're using hair color from Sally's, are you mixing it with a developer? If you use a 30 or 40 developer, that lightens the color. If you use a 10 developer that will darken it.

I would go to Sally's and ask them and hopefully you can find a SA that can help. Some Sally's have some very knowledgeable SA.

If you want to strip your present color, Head & Shoulder's shampoo is a great stripper. I dyed mine too dark a few months ago and H&S really stripped it lighter after washing it daily.

Respectfully ~
Kate

duclane1286799174708 PostsRegistered 12/28/2004

Use color remover sold right where the home hair color section is, usually on the top shelf. And start over with a new color---do it all the time.

Blondbycho­ice1286799276.4631296 PostsRegistered 4/18/2007

I would call Clairol, they have an 800 # and will give you expert advice on how to achieve the color you want without damaging your hair. I would never put a blond color on top of dark dyed hair, you will end up with alot of red espec at the roots. Please take the advice of the Clairol experts as they are truly helpful.

Catwoman81286799818.826 PostsRegistered 10/11/2010

I don't know, I think you should save your $ and go to a professional for at least the first color change. I work at a salon and have seen/heard many horror stories by women trying to save $ by doing it themselves only to end up paying more for a correction. Just an opinion :)

JustPeachy1286806152.0671048 PostsRegistered 5/16/2008
On 10/11/2010 Sunshine Kate said:

If you're using hair color from Sally's, are you mixing it with a developer? If you use a 30 or 40 developer, that lightens the color. If you use a 10 developer that will darken it.

I would go to Sally's and ask them and hopefully you can find a SA that can help. Some Sally's have some very knowledgeable SA.

If you want to strip your present color, Head & Shoulder's shampoo is a great stripper. I dyed mine too dark a few months ago and H&S really stripped it lighter after washing it daily.

I'm using a 20 now. If I use the 7N and a 30 or 40develope, will my hair lighten?

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JustPeachy1286806286.241048 PostsRegistered 5/16/2008
On 10/11/2010 duclane said:

Use color remover sold right where the home hair color section is, usually on the top shelf. And start over with a new color---do it all the time.

Will this take me to an orange color? And if so how do I dye over that, will 7N cover it?

JustPeachy1286806430.9871048 PostsRegistered 5/16/2008

Dachsie - whats a "drabber"?

hungarian41286806658.3331423 PostsRegistered 8/28/2010

a while back, my hairdresser added subtle hightlights around my face and it broke up that dark color so nicely !!! she added few in back

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LipstickDi­va1286813537.02339197 PostsRegistered 4/22/2005On the Lake in Ohio

OMG I would be terrified to use a really light blonde and then color over it again with a darker shade. That is going to be very hard on your hair isn't it? And if you go from a dark brown to a light blonde, you are going to end up with orange hair because at home kits will only lift your hair so much. I think you might be in for a disaster that ends up costing you more to have fixed by a professional.

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manny21286814860.7631786 PostsRegistered 3/11/2009

Be careful with the 30 and the 40 volume it will be a faster processing time. I stay with 20 it works perfect. The 10 volume doesn't darken hair it just brings it up slower ( most home kits have 10). Just strip out some of the color with the color corrector and then start using a lighter brown. Don't do blond or you will have a real mess on your hands.

lulu21286815866.2421652 PostsRegistered 8/1/2007

If your hair is dark brown and has been for a long time, I would leave it to a pro to lighten it. If you are set on doing it yourself, go to Sally's and get detailed instructions. Color OOPS removes the top layer of color and it may take multiple applications. After using it, you should use a demi-permanent color a few shades lighter than the color you want.

JustPeachy1286881620.381048 PostsRegistered 5/16/2008

Thanks ladies!{#emotions_dlg.biggrin}

Desertdi1286882383.88316199 PostsRegistered 7/14/2007Surface of the Sun

I used to use Metallex mixed with peroxide to "lift".............but I don't know if they make that any more.

brandiwine1286894633.092437 PostsRegistered 11/9/2006Colorado

Don't know if this has happened to anyone else, but if I put the Ojon stuff in the jar on my hair it will strip the color and leaves it soft. Have no idea why it takes the color out of my hair, but it does.

JustPeachy1286912133.751048 PostsRegistered 5/16/2008

I've also thought of putting in very heavy highlights, so that the next time I do all over color I can go lighter. Any info on this?

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