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Haircolor turned out too dark, can I tone it down?

Started 1294177786.217 in Beauty Banter | Last reply 1294380944.893 by bixa525

My color turned out way to dark for my liking so I am wondering if there is anything I can do to tone it down a notch? It's just too dark, supposed to be medium brown but it looks almost black to me.

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LovemyBE1294177939.1225483 PostsRegistered 7/11/2008

You can try using a claifying shampoo, like Prell. It'll take alot of the color out, but not all of it.

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bixa5251294178124.85806 PostsRegistered 8/6/2005Lancaster, PA.

Will the prell leave it splotchy or will it take it out evenly?

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gardensla1294178298.90719431 PostsRegistered 9/7/2006Los Angeles, CA

L'oreal Color Zap available at Sally's is made for just this problem! I have used it and it does work.

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Nightowlz1294178811.69697 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I know how you feel. I use medium brown & it's too dark but the light brown is too light. I call it the Gothic Look. LOL!!! It usually takes mine 2 wks to tone down on it's own. I shampoo every other day. I hate to see what dark brown looks like since I call the medium brown dark. I use Nice 'n Easy with Color Blend Technology.

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philogirl1294179046.41355 PostsRegistered 6/9/2010

Thanks for this post. This happened to me this week! I'll get the L'Oreal!

caligrl1294179178.519049 PostsRegistered 7/17/2008

Happened to me too. Now I buy a light brown and a medium brown and use half of each, then i have a color ready for the next time too

Icegoddess1294179283.271638 PostsRegistered 3/19/2010

I had that happen to me last year. Unless you want to totally remove the color then shampoo, shampoo, shampoo is your best bet. Some call it the shampoo train. It will be harsh on your hair though. You should shampoo for at least 5 minutes everytime you do it. I did the total color removal thing and I was recommended a product called Malibu Undo Goo to shampoo with before using the color removal product. The Malibu product is a clarifying shampoo without the harsh sulfates in it, so not as damaging to your hair.

Hawleywood­ Girl1294179305.043268 PostsRegistered 10/15/2010Northeast PA

To tone down hair color that's just a bit too intense, lather up with dandruff shampoo. The chemicals that kill dandruff bacteria will also strip out color faster than regular shampoo.

Nightowlz1294179634.6239697 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
On 1/4/2011 caligrl said:

Happened to me too. Now I buy a light brown and a medium brown and use half of each, then i have a color ready for the next time too

Does your color turn out ok when you do that? I always wondered if that would work. Do you just put half of each color tube in with one bottle of the other stuff & then you have left the other bottle of stuff & the other half of each color left for next time? Hope that made sense? I need to try that next time. What brand color do you use?

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Icegoddess1294180137.451638 PostsRegistered 3/19/2010

Also, you might have more trouble getting the box color out of your hair than the professional stuff. There's an interesting blog all about hair coloring and the theory behind it at killerstrands.blogspot.com. It's quite informative, but it also is very much against box color or even the colors you can get at Sally's which I had always used in the past. I finally moved on to professional color once I found you could finally get it online and I decided never to let a hairdresser color my hair again after the dark hair disaster.

caligrl1294180528.759049 PostsRegistered 7/17/2008
On 1/4/2011 nightowlz said:
On 1/4/2011 caligrl said:

Happened to me too. Now I buy a light brown and a medium brown and use half of each, then i have a color ready for the next time too

Does your color turn out ok when you do that? I always wondered if that would work. Do you just put half of each color tube in with one bottle of the other stuff & then you have left the other bottle of stuff & the other half of each color left for next time? Hope that made sense? I need to try that next time. What brand color do you use?

Yes, it works well for me. I use L'Oreal, which ever type is on sale~

Shelbelle1294181236.40734720 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Yes, lather with a dandruff or clarifying shampoo, but the trick is to lather it on DRY hair, leave on for at least 30 minutes before rinsing, repeat until desired effect is achieved.

caligrl1294181476.2579049 PostsRegistered 7/17/2008

If all else fails, you could hi lite it. That's what I did before and i loved it.

GoodStuff1294181818.0515154 PostsRegistered 11/11/2008

I gave up on home color way back when. I like a rich brown base color (close to the color I had when I was younger), but it looks much too harsh at my age and stage without blonde, caramel, and/or other highlights to lighten and brighten things up a bit. Just had mine done today, and it looks great. Some things are worth a few extra dollars, and professional hair color is one of them, IMO!

beautydiva1294181931.4632162 PostsRegistered 6/20/2006

use dishwashing liquid like palomlive wash a bunch of time but use conditioner, all home color fades

shakay1294182001.75164 PostsRegistered 12/23/2006

Also making sure to shampoo within the first 24 hrs will lift color. All of the suggestions for dandruff shampoo or clarifying shampoo are right on. good luck!

Lori641294183360.391229 PostsRegistered 7/4/2007

Mix baking soda in your shampoo. This should lift the color some.

Lori

Schnapside­en1294184262.6271337 PostsRegistered 5/19/2006

I second the high-lighting. I have done that numerous times. You use the brush and paint in highlights. Last time I did it, my hairdressed asked me where I got such great highlights. When I told her what I did she said that would have cost me $200 in the salon. Go figure.

HeartsNdia­mondz1294187479.5671023 PostsRegistered 1/5/2006

bixa525, did you use permanent or semi permanent? The permanent can be removed. They sell products at Sally's. Ive used it. It works good. Makes your hair a little dry, but you can use a good moisturizing shampoo and conditioner like Fructis afterwards. If you used semi permanent color, it will wash out after a few shampoos.

caligrl1294187605.1339049 PostsRegistered 7/17/2008

Tide with bleach~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~just kiddn! LOL

BackktoBru­nette1294194025.672224 PostsRegistered 10/7/2010a Jersey Girl in PA

In the past, I've alternated use Prell shampoo and Head & Shoulders shampoo at each washing; they really work well. Good luck!






















philogirl1294194383.551355 PostsRegistered 6/9/2010
On 1/4/2011 minoulovesblue said:

I second the high-lighting. I have done that numerous times. You use the brush and paint in highlights. Last time I did it, my hairdressed asked me where I got such great highlights. When I told her what I did she said that would have cost me $200 in the salon. Go figure.

I like this idea. I haven't highlighted in years--can you recommend an easy good brand to try?

itslikeher­dingcats1294194655.0574039 PostsRegistered 9/20/2010

One thing to always know and remember when coloring your hair, don't go by the color on the box or the color description per se because that may be wrong for you. You need to go by the LEVEL OF COLOR, for example 1 being the darkest and 10 being the lightest blonde. I am a level 7 dark blonde and I will only purchase level 7 or even level 8 color for my hair in order to get it to be near the base color of my dark blonde natural roots or if I go red, then I use a level 7 color of red to color my hair. Most professional haircolor and the haircolor lines sold at Sally's will have the level of color right on the box, right next to the color description and I believe the box colors do as well. Just have someone professional determine the level of color your natural hair is and then go from there. At times, if you want to intensify a color you use, you can use a small line of the next darker level to give it depth.

The other thing to determine is whether or not the level of color is a gold base or warm base or an ash base or even a cool base. The colorist at Sally's or your hairdresser will help you with that as well.

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Sunshine K­ate1294195064.94712235 PostsRegistered 11/13/2006The Beautiful Mountains & Western Sky

This has happened to me more than I care to admit. I've found Prell shampoo strips the color nicely. It wasn't drastic, but every time I shampooed (daily), it got lighter.

I never realized Prell was so harsh until this happened.

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Kate

hungarian41294320252.7471423 PostsRegistered 8/28/2010

I had the same problem thru the years...but one time in particular it was almost black and the lady suggested a few highlights around face to lighten rather than all over...and it worked!!!..not drastic but just enough

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