(Closed) Dying Hair: Need your help ladies!

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
23602 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I haven’t lightened my hair, I also went from black to adding some red streaks.  I’m told that in order to lighten, a lot of Bleach is involved.

Post # 5
11167 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@garden_bride:Have you considered low lights to make your natural hair color pop? I have red low lights (now drastic) in my hair but you could opt for tones of coppers and brown. Low lights do not require bleach like high lights.



Post # 6
8 posts
  • Wedding: May 2012

I love that hair colour, and I also have very dark brown hair. But, unless your colorist has some magic up her sleeve, I wouldn’t be too hopeful. Bleach is definitely involved, and dark brown hair tends to lighten to a very reddish brown. Getting to that gorgeous silvery light brown is very hard, and needs some special colour shampoo maintenance. Every time I try it turns out sort of auburn, and gets brassy fast. In my experience, the bleach will also damage your hair a LOT (but I also burn the crap out of my hair on a regular basis, so that probably doesn’t help).

If you are lucky enough to find someone who can get your hair that colour, I would also suggest you bleach your eyebrows to match. Weird advice, but lighter hair looks much more natural if your brows are lighter too. 

Post # 7
2143 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

ooh, I’d be so reluctant to bleach your hair, it’s pretty much a lifetime comitment. It’s almost impossible to get it back to normal without it fading out over the time between dyeings.

Post # 8
5269 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2016

Lots of foiled “highlights” but not bleach!! Think 3-4  shades lighter brown! My hair right now has a 3 volume base dark brown with violet added then foil “highlights” that are a lighter brown… adds dimension and is not bleached at all. Keep adding more and more “highlights” each time you go to freshen and lighten up to the desired shade… I add more of the dark now bc I was not crazy about the lighter brown at 1st so she just foils in the dark brown now! Easy peasy!!!

that one above was the 1st time in Dec. I went dark 

then now!

here is a pic of me with med.brown hair  kinda like the one you posted, It was a caramel and med brown.. no bleach!

Post # 10
11356 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

There are demi-permanent colors that can be added to hair to cover gray, add shine or alter the color.  However, there really is no way to lighten dark hair without lifting your natural color in the areas you want to have lightened.

Highlighting (bleaching and toning, either with cap highlights or foil highlights) is a nice way to give natural looking highlights to dark brown hair (which I naturally have.) If you want natural-looking highlights that have a more natural-looking placement and tone, I would keep my eyes open for someone that you see (at the mall, school, work, grocery store, a restaurant, etc.) whose hair looks the way you’d like yours to look, and then tell the person you love her hair and ask her where she goes and who does it. I did this several times after relocating to my new area, away from the salon and pros that I have loved and trusted for years. For the most part, anyone to whom you say this will be very flattered and will be happy to share the information. I’m suggesting that you do this (or go to a salon and get a manicure and watch the women coming and going to see who has great hair and then ask someone who her colorist is) so that you are more likely to find a colorist who will give you the results you’re seeking. There are so many factors involved in highlighting (what level of developers are used, how long the product stays on your hair, how skilled the stylist is in determininig when enough lift has occurred so that your highlights won’t be orange, what type of toner to use and how long to leave it on your hair.) However, one of the hardest and most important components of highlighting and lowlighting is placement.

As pps have noted, highlighting or any other type of permanent color does require expensive upkeep to maintain. I use permanent color to cover my gray, and I have to have a touch up every six weeks.  I only have the highlighting and lowlighting done every 12 weeks.

Post # 11
2947 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I’m all for highlights myself! I have hair like yours and lightented up with partial highlights on the top:


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