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Recommendations for dark brown hair color to go slightly lighter ?

Started 1365868523.57 in Beauty Banter | Last reply 1365975093.79 by lulu2

My mom wants to color her hair. She has dark brown hair, but wants to go alittle lighter. Any suggestions ? I have blond hair, so no idea from me.

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Venus Envy1365869610.333714 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
Does she color her own hair or go to a salon? Her skin coloring would make a difference because there are multiple shades in the medium brown category.

abbeythe8th1365870005.744133 PostsRegistered 9/2/2007

If she is already coloring her hair dark brown, using a shade or 2 lighter will do nothing as color does not lift color. To lighten dyed hair, the color needs to be removed or bleached. She needs to have it done by a professional colorist or she could end up with a disaster.

Has she thought of adding lighter brown highlights?

Skylands1365870753.36340 PostsRegistered 5/30/2010

No one can tell you this and make an accurate and good judgement without seeing you in person.

What R U thinking? Go to a great salon and get a consult with a colorist.

Buttercups1365870877.5374093 PostsRegistered 5/15/2007

My rec. would be Naturtint which is ammonia free (if I'm remembering the right icky chemical it lacks). Anyway. My hair is dark brown with a few grays so I use a dark blond hue, and it lightens it just a touch. Think my shade is hazelnut. It always gives me cravings for Nutella, but the hair color has fewer calories.

Last time I got my hair cut, my stylist complimented me on the color. She's a good colorist, but sitting in that chair for 1-2 hrs.... oh the neck!

I'm appalled, appalled to find that sanctimony is going on here.

ellaphant1365871435.2571507 PostsRegistered 12/13/2010

She MUST go to a GOOD salon and get a consult - have her bring pictures of shades she likes. Consults are free. Bringing pictures is the best way to have your sytylist underatnd

what you like! Good luck!

haddon91365871471.986150 PostsRegistered 10/18/2005Bucks County, Pa

I agree with the other posters...she needs an in person consult with a good colorist.

I have dark brown hair with an olive complexion. A few years ago I added blondish highlights now I have a caramel glaze. It just adds a bit of a glow and lightens my hair a bit.

luvmypupz1365871968.44991 PostsRegistered 8/30/2010By the Sea Shore

I would say to go to a good colorist and explain what you are trying to achieve. Putting some highlights in would probably be the best way to go and look really pretty.

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BigBro61365875211.482765 PostsRegistered 11/15/2007Lafayette New Jersey

My mom is 83 years old. Her natural hair color is dark brown. She has light/medium skin tone. She only colors her hair a couple of times of year. She doesnt get alot of gray. She will not go to a salon. I even ask to pay for it. So, this would be box. No highlights, just color. Also, what is the difference between permanent vs semi permanent hair color.

Thanks everyone !

My mom refuses to go out period, except doctors. So, forget the salon. Plus she cannot walk much and her arms do not work.

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Good4u1365875932.313194 PostsRegistered 1/12/2008USA - Midwest

I am interested in this too...I too use a box medium brown and for the summer will be using the same color box company, but a shade lighter to go a light brown. Will this work? I will not have colored my hair completely for six months when I try the lighter brown box color, tho' I do root touch ups. When I do my total head hair color, three weeks will have passed since using the last root touch up.

So beauties, will this work? Will I get a lighter shade of brown for the summer as I desire?

Beauty is ALWAYS before age...(Dorthy Parker misquoted intentionally)
Light-golden warm skin tone (dry side), olive-green eyes, medium brunette: Dominant Color season - Warm Autumn.

Good4u1365876031.0133194 PostsRegistered 1/12/2008USA - Midwest

Oh bigbro...the difference between the semi and perm is the semi will wash out the color in 28 shampoos back to the color you had prior to application. Permanent is will exactly what it means unless you lift the color with bleach.

Beauty is ALWAYS before age...(Dorthy Parker misquoted intentionally)
Light-golden warm skin tone (dry side), olive-green eyes, medium brunette: Dominant Color season - Warm Autumn.

bewise1365876829.7501 PostsRegistered 6/10/2010

I have read that as a person gets older,you should go lighter in color.Just a thought.

lulu21365878933.4921443 PostsRegistered 8/1/2007

If your mother refuses to go to a professional, I'd talk her out of it. If she has colored her hair with dark brown then uses a lighter shade of brown, she will more than likely end up with hot roots. (lighter near the hairline and darker on the part of the hair that has been previously colored)

Siennasky1365879223.8932693 PostsRegistered 10/20/2009
On 4/13/2013 BigBro6 said:

My mom is 83 years old. Her natural hair color is dark brown. She has light/medium skin tone. She only colors her hair a couple of times of year. She doesnt get alot of gray. She will not go to a salon. I even ask to pay for it. So, this would be box. No highlights, just color. Also, what is the difference between permanent vs semi permanent hair color.

Thanks everyone !

My mom refuses to go out period, except doctors. So, forget the salon. Plus she cannot walk much and her arms do not work.

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I would suggest a lighter brown - 1 or 2 shades lighter than her color now. Semi-permanent hair color washes out after 8-10 shampoos , permanent color does not wash out.

Siennasky1365879284.7832693 PostsRegistered 10/20/2009
On 4/13/2013 Good4u said:

I am interested in this too...I too use a box medium brown and for the summer will be using the same color box company, but a shade lighter to go a light brown. Will this work? I will not have colored my hair completely for six months when I try the lighter brown box color, tho' I do root touch ups. When I do my total head hair color, three weeks will have passed since using the last root touch up.

So beauties, will this work? Will I get a lighter shade of brown for the summer as I desire?

Yes

Desertdi1365879363.26715938 PostsRegistered 7/14/2007Surface of the Sun

There ARE box haircolors that will lift brown a couple shades without going red. Ask at the makeup department of Walgreens for help

ury1365879651.5473093 PostsRegistered 2/27/2010Midwest - Western MO

Highlight - caramel or deeper champagne. This way she doesn't go one-color light, but gets depth and a taste of what a lighter look would be.

Ury

Lexys Mom1365879796.777418 PostsRegistered 3/1/2013

My hair is dark brown and I use an amonia free color in the Lightest Brown possible and it lightens it just a bit...

14Victoria1365880707.051265 PostsRegistered 6/7/2012
I have dark brown hair and have to be careful because it is easy to get it too dark and looking like Elvira. I would recommend just a few highlights. I go every four weeks and rotate highlights one time and only root touch up the other. If she does it, I would recommend asking what color they are using then stick with it even if you go to a different salon find one that uses the same hair color.

Gellergirl1365881916.233494 PostsRegistered 7/15/2006
I have used l'oreal preference Carmelites with great results. It comes in warm or cool and is made to lighten up and give gentle highlights to darker shades of brown hair. I color year round and use this in the spring/summer.

Violet Eyes1365882194.793438 PostsRegistered 11/9/2012

If you want to lift color up to 2 or 3 shades there are many products out there.....L"oreal makes one as does Garnier. They show a brunette on the box and the color lifts hair instead of depositing color.

If your mom has a lot of gray, it won't work...I think you cannot have more than 10 percent gray for it to work. I have many friends who lighten their hair this way and it looks beautiful....just a little lighter with subtle highlights... It can turn a medium brunettee to a light brunette...

Violet Eyes1365882491.743438 PostsRegistered 11/9/2012

Superior Preference UL51 is a nice shade.... It lifts color instead of depositing it...

Nightowlz1365884351.379688 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

My hair is light brown. IMO the brown hair dyes are too dark. I have been using John Frieda foam in lightest cool almond brown. It's lighter then any light brown I have ever tried. I could still go a little lighter & may try dark cool pearl blonde which is light brown IMO not blonde. Here is the shade color chart. http://www.johnfrieda.com/en-US/homecolour/precision-foam-colour/shades.aspx I also think the foam is so much easier to use & rinse out. Good Luck helping mom.

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luvpoos1365896829.5676006 PostsRegistered 5/3/2006Kingston Ma

I had medium brown hair and tried to lighten with a light brown box color. It actually made it look darker. Waited it out then tried a dark blonde. That did the trick, perfect color for me. My daugher has dark brown hair and in the summer she gets caramel color highlights at the salon. It definitely lightens up her hair and looks realy pretty.

you can't always get what you want, but if you try sometime, well you just might find, that you get what you need...The Rolling Stones

SilentDance1365897159.40314818 PostsRegistered 10/20/2008Location, location, location!

I have achieved this with box dyes without having to lift the color. Just stay away from Nice & Easy because when going from medium brown to light brown it can come out orangey. I like Garnier.

:)


Good4u1365898136.9333194 PostsRegistered 1/12/2008USA - Midwest

Well, now this is confusing and there are answers all over the map here. Some says it does work while others say not so much.

- Does it make a difference if you stay with the same box color company you currently are using to lighten the brown currently on your hair?

- Since my last fully head color will be 6 mos ago and I only do full hair color twice a year, would that help in lighten the medium brown?

- Hair color is always darker upon first application and it does take about 4 washings to get the color lightened and it does it gradually which is fine, so why did it make it darker if you went lighter? Did you buy the wrong color? That just doesn't make sense to me.

Beauty is ALWAYS before age...(Dorthy Parker misquoted intentionally)
Light-golden warm skin tone (dry side), olive-green eyes, medium brunette: Dominant Color season - Warm Autumn.

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