Post # 1
Hello bees! So, for as long as my FI and I have known each other I have always had my hair a reddish/light brown color. My hair is naturally dark brown. I was in need of a root touch-up over the weekend but then decided, hey, I haven’t had brown hair in years, so let’s put it back and see what he thinks!
Well, he was a bit shocked to see it so different obviously lol, and so was I since I’ve had it lighter for so long…but we have engagement pictures coming up in a week and a half, and with the wedding coming up in May I am now indecisive on how my hair should be. I know for the engagement pictures I don’t really have a choice but to leave it brown unless I just try something drastic, but just for curiosity’s sake, which do you like better?
Also, about hair coloring…if I were to really want it back to reddish, would I kill my hair if I waited it out a few days and dyed it again? I use Garnier Nutrisse Lightening Color Creme for Dark Hair, and I have never overly dyed it before (aka, I usually get lazy and dye it like every 4 months lol) so would I really do that much damage if I dyed it twice within a week just this once? I’m also getting a trim so any dead/split ends would be chopped off anyway…
Or brown! This is about as close as it gets to my natural brown color.
Thoughts? Thanks! 🙂
Post # 3
I really like the light brown reddish 😀 but you look great in either hair color. The thing about lighting your hair, it takes stages, if you go out and buy a blonder lighter color it could turn out patchy. I would advise about 2 weeks and actually go see a professional. IT can make the world of difference if lightening. Dont want it to go orange now!
Post # 4
I also like the lighter color but I am biased since I’ve been coloring my hair blonde for about 10 years now.
There is this stuff called Color Oops! that will shrink the dye molecules in the brown dye and wash it out. It doesn’t strip your hair, and it is very effective. I’ve used it before when I dyed my hair a color I didn’t like.
I wouldn’t try to lighten it this soon after coloring it, or it will most definitely go orange, like cc said. When you dye your hair darker, it deposits color on the hair shaft. When you lighten it, you strip color out. You would be trying to strip out color that you just deposited, and it would be very rough on your hair. I would try the Color Oops or wait a month and go to a professional.
Post # 5
I like the light brown/reddish on you as well. It goes best with your skin tone.
Post # 6
the only way to go lighter now is to use bleach or a color stripper (such as color oops). there is no way that you can take a lighter permanent hair color and put it over synthetic colored hair and hope that it turns out, because it won’t. color doesn’t lift color, color only lifts virgin hair. if you decide to go lighter, you MUST see a professional because even the most careful application of a stripper or bleach to your hair, you will end up with patches and hot roots.
having said that, i think the dark looks great. i wouldn’t worry about the engagment photos. if in the next few weeks you want to gradually fade out your haircolor without using chemicals, you can emulsify baking soda and dish soap and wash your hair with that to start stripping the hair color. this wont take it out completely and you wont see drastic changes, but you may eventually get close to what you had before you color it dark without using lifting products at all!
Post # 7
I like the light-reddish colour but PLEASE don’t DIY your hair when you’ve got something important (ie. Engagement photos or wedding!). My bestie decided to dye her hair (she naturally has light brown hair and used a packet dye at home) brown and it went black. TWO DAYS BEFORE HER WEDDING! Needless to say she freaked out and she had to go to the salon where all they could do was put blonde foils through it to try and lighten it up. She still looked gorgeous on the day but I know it caused her a fair bit of concern! Wait it out – enjoy your engagement shoot with fab darker locks and tackle it professionally afterwards! Best of luck!
Post # 8
- Wedding: April 2010 - Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort, St. Thomas
I second what @JennHasFeet said – color won’t lighten color, so if you were to put something lighter than the dye you just used over it, it won’t lighten it. And the baking soda/dish soap trick will definitely pull some of the color out. Another good trick is if you can find it, use Prell shampoo for a week or so (just make sure you use a really good conditioner with either method).
p.s. I actually like the brown better on you
Post # 9
Thanks everyone! I really wish I hadn’t colored my hair and I am usually smarter than this haha. I wish I could make it go back to the lighter color but I guess I will just have to deal with this for the engagement pictures :-/ I don’t want to mess it up anymore so I won’t dye it again, but I really wish it were lighter!
And thanks for all the hair coloring tips, I will definitely be taking it into consideration for next time!