(Closed) Dark hair to lighter color?

posted 5 years ago in DIY
Post # 2
2594 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I don’t recommend doing your own color before your wedding unless you are using professional grade stuff and know what you’re doing. Trust me, I learned the hard way. I had to pay $300 to fix it! 

Post # 3
1757 posts
Buzzing bee

Is your hair dark brown right now because it is natural/virgin hair, or is it dyed dark brown? If it’s natural you can use a hi-lift dye (use a dye at least 2 shades lighter than the actual color you want because they always come out darker than expected). If your hair is dyed dark brown you’ll have to remove that color and re-dye, you’d better google a LOT more before trying anything.

Post # 4
601 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

As a stylist I would never recommend doing this, especially with a box. Your hair most likely will need to be pre-lightened with bleach and toned afterwards. You can purchase these things yourself at Sally, but again I would not recommend it. If you end up needing to go to a professional to have it fixed a corrective color can cost hundreds. Just my two cents!

Post # 5
4230 posts
Honey bee

I wouldn’t attempt this on your own. As someone who uses box dye on their dark brown hair, going lighter would be very difficult to achieve on your own with box dye. Best leave this one to the professionals. 

Post # 6
167 posts
Blushing bee

Stylist here as well… I’d go to a salon, not worth the massive bill you’ll have when you mess it up and then have to have a stylist fix it. 

I’d never advise going lighter at home. Ever. Go to a salon and have a consultation w a colorist. Good luck!

Post # 7
1154 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I have been coloring my own hair for YEARS.. the past year or so it was getting progressively darker… finally I went to a professional. She had to lighten it all over (basically pull all the near-black color out) then re-deposited the medium brown color I wanted. Then I went back a week later (to give my hair a little break from all the chemicals) and she did partial foil highlights. My wedding is in just over 7 months and I would much rather pay a stylist to keep up the quality color every 6 weeks, at least until my wedding, than try to manage it myself and potentially be stuck with an issue last minute and pay an even higher amount to fix it. 

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