Post # 1
I recently got blonde highlights and I am already so tired of them. My natural color is a medium/dark brown and I am considering dying my hair back to my natural color myself, as I would like to save the money of going to the salon if I can. I’ve dyed my hair at home many times before with no problem, but I have never dyed over highlights.
If I dye my hair a medium to dark brown, should that cover my highlights? I’ve read horror stories online of people’s highlights turning green or gray so now I am nervous. If anyone has successfully dyed over highlights themselves, I would love to hear about it. 🙂
Post # 3
It depends what dye you use. If you use a brown dye that has the word “ash” or looks of an ash colour, you may get a green tint. My hair picks up the ash easily so I avoid using dyes with ash in them.
I’ve dyed over my highlites before and usually it works, but sometimes it looks like I have brown hair with slightly lighter brown highlight.
Post # 4
I have the same natural hair color and have dyed over my blonde highlights a bunch of times. I always use a semi-perm though and highly recommend, as its easy and won’t lift your natural color..leaving no screw ups. I just did it again recently and used Loreal Healthy Look in med brown and it came out sooo shiny and natural. Always get a shade lighter then your natural, cause with highlights it will saturate them since they are porous. So some dark brown colors..may turn black. I’d go for a med brown if you want to achieve the dark brown look. Also..clairol natural instincts is my other fave.
Post # 5
When I dyed over my highlights, I used a brown with red undertones in it to counteract the ashy/green affect that can sometimes happen when you dye blond to brown. It doesn’t need to look very red, just look for colors called warm, etc. You could also do a toner after your color if you have undertones you don’t like. You should also try to do a “filler” rinse before you color. This is so your open hair folicles do not absorb too much color (ask about it at Sallys, they should be able to help you find something).
After the color starts to fade, the parts that are highlighted tend to start showing some green undertones (after several weeks, not right away), so you will probably need to continue coloring it to avoid that. Also, keep in mind that you will probably not be able to get good highlights again over dyed hair, so make sure you’re sure you don’t want highlights before you do this! (Once your hair grows out from the color, you can highlight again)