(Closed) Help I have red hair!!

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

Yes! Ask for an ashy color rather than a neutral!

But, just as a warning, I had NO red in my hair before I dye it, and now my hair still has a bit of a red tint to it when the sun hits it right, even with using the ashy colors. However, when I used a neutral my hair was like…fire engine red. It was ridiculous!

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper

Ashy colors actually won’t help you.  You need to make sure that you are getting your hair dyed by a certified colorist and not just a stylist!  I had a problem with “red infiltration” after the first time I dyed my hair.  I found that no matter how dark I dyed my hair, it still would eventually fade to a red tinge.  I finally saw a professional colorist, and she dyed my hair with a VIOLET based dye.  Most dyes are AUBURN based (RED!!!) and will color your hair red, even if the swatchs look brown.  If you want a quick DIY fix, just go to Sally’s (or whatever beauty supply store is near you) and look for a color that is VIOLET based (it says the base on the front of the packaging).  Look for a swatch that is one or two tones darker than you would like, and dye your hair with that.  Wash out the color, and after a week, most of the really dark pigment should have come out leaving you with the color you want and NO red.  If you don’t want your hair to be stressed from so much dying, then put on a thick conditioner, tie a towel on your head, and sleep with the conditioner on.  You can do this as many nights in a row as you need to regloss your hair.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

@MightySapphire – that’s interesting! I never knew that! So, is there any way to fix the red tint if you dye at home, or is it something that can only be fixed by a professional? I’m scared of the dyes they sell at Sally’s – they look so intimidating!

Post # 8
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I fixed mine at home.  My ex-boyfriend’s uncle was a colorist and told me how to fix it.  I was freaking out because I dyed my chestnut hair to what I thought was a chocolate brown, but my hair came out Peggy Bundy red.  I cried!  It turns out that my brunette hair has a blonde base which soaks up red like a sponge.  So the colorist told me to go buy some violet based dye.  I bought all the stuff to do it at home at Sally’s then dyed my hair (for the second time in 8 hours) at home.  It came out really dark brown and I was a bit worried (I looked kinda goth) but the color did wash out well after a week, and I was left with a nice dark brown.  The only downside is that the red stayed in my hair, so every six months I had to re-dye with a violet based brown.  Eventually I grew out all the red hair, but I don’t touch hair dye anymore, LOL.  Three years of dying my hair and I was done!

I think you can dye your hair on your own if you’re only doing one color (no highlights) and you follow the directions on the bottle.  Also a tip: spread vaseline on your skin all around your hairline so that you don’t get dye on your skin! Laughing

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper

Oh, I do have a very important question:

Are you a brunette or a blonde?  Because there’s a big difference if you tried to cover up gray roots and now you’re strawberry blonde or really red headed.  Violet based dyes only work for brunettes.  I have no idea how you’d fix it if you’re blonde!  Red stays in your hair the longest and it is VERY difficult to remove, so even bleaching may not get it all out.

Post # 11
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2008

You’re going to have to find a good colorist to strip you haircolor.  It’s not a very hair healthy process, but it’s the only way you’ll be sure to lose that red tint.  I’m sorry.  I learned all about it when my colorist suggested some auburn tints.  I looked like Ronald McDonald with straight hair.  Good luck.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

hi, i’m a color specialist! if you want to neutralize a color, the easiest way to do this is to simply look at a color wheel. violet may work but it has to be a very deep shade, because typically violet neutralizes yellow, while blue neutralizes orange, and GREEN neutralizes red. what you need (if your hair actually is red and not orange or yellow…and this depends really on your natural color and what you are trying to acheive) is AshGreen hair color to neutralize. you shouldn’t have to strip it out again, but this really is only based on what you have said. if however, you are closer to a blonde shade, you may need blue or violet, or a mixture depending on the lightness of your hair. any photos? those help tremendously.

keep in mind, 8 months is a long time and your color will definitely be fixed by then. an average client covering greys will get their hair colored or retouched 5-8 times by then, and you my dear, will be totally fine.

 

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper

If you go to a colorist, they can strip the color for you.  You may lose some length but not a substantial amount (if you have it trimmed afterward, you may want to take off 3 inches.  You can grow that out by November).  It will be expensive (since your hair is so long) and you may want to interview several colorists before you make your choice.  Wais-length hair requires a LOT of work and knowledge.  They may also need an assistant to help them so that they don’t overdevelop one side of your head because they took so long to get to the other side.  I had pretty long hair (just below my breasts) and the last time I had it colored, the girl asked another girl to help her with the other side so that wouldn’t happen.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper

@JennHasFeet: Yay!  A specialist!  Thank goodness because I can only speak from my own experience, and I don’t know anything about blonde!

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

btw, do NOT use box color if you are planning on doing your hair alone. your hair will lift and deposit patchy and spotty and you will always end up with hot roots (where they are lighter or warmer than the rest of your hair) if you color your midshaft and ends instead of just your new growth. if you have long hair, coloring just your new growth on your own is really difficult. color doesn’t lift color, so if you ever want to go lighter, bleach must be used. many people make the mistake of wanting to go a few shades lighter after coloring their hair darker and so they pick up a box of a light shade, apply it only to find out that it only made the previously colored hair darker and their roots are some awful shade or orange or red.

always stick with an ashy shade if you know you pull “warm,” whether that be blonde, orange or red.

 

just a little DIY color info that most colorist wont tell you so you continue to use their services! 🙂

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