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HELP – My Hair Came Out Too Red! | How to Fix too Red or Brassy Hair

This is a question I’ve been getting a ton lately, “my hair came out too red, now what do I do?” I have been there

You don’t have to be a redhead to have this issue.  Almost every woman who has colored her hair has had it come out too brassy, too dark, too light, just not the right shade.

Below, I tried a new hair color combo and it came out flaming red.  I don’t even have pictures of it until 3 weeks after coloring, when I’d been fading it with every wash. 

I debated coloring again right away but two things: Color can’t lift color (make it lighter) and if I waited 2-3 weeks to try coloring again, I would risk stripping too much keratin (protein) from my hair and making it limp and weak.


Step 1 |  Strip – Clarifying Shampoo

Make sure whichever shampoo you choose actually HAS sulfate in it.  Many color safe shampoos don’t have sulfate, but you want this to help fade the red.  This one is affordable and what I used to strip the color.   

Put it on your hair when your hair is still dry.  This will help pull the fresh color from your hair. 

Rub it in just as if you were in the shower and make sure you bring it evenly from roots to ends.  Leave it on for about five minutes, then hop in the shower and rinse. 

I did this every other day in the first two weeks after my Big Red Disaster and by week three I was just using the toning shampoo on it’s own.  

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Step 2 |  Tone – Toning Shampoo

Each color on the color wheel has an opposite color.  For red, the opposite shade is green.  For orange (think brassy) the opposite shade is purple or blue.  By putting a toner with the opposite color in your hair, you can neutralize the brassiness or red tones. 

I can not find a good green toning shampoo.  Instead, I put 1-2 drops of high quality green food dye into my normal, hydrating shampoo

You can always increase the amount of drops you add the next time you shampoo, but it’s always better to start small and build. 

For hair that is too brassy, use this orange toning shampoo

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Step 3 | Hydrate

Steps 1-2 are drying because of all the shampooing (but still not as drying as highlights or bleaching) so I do recommend getting an amazing deep conditioner on your hair twice a week, especially focusing on the ends. 

This one with Keratin transforms my hair back to silk when my hair is feeling brittle after coloring (and it’s only $8!).  This other favorite 2 step keratin mask is amazing, quick, and smells incredible. 

For deep conditioning when my hair needs moisture, I love this oil mask from this Brazilian brand and this deep conditioning mask from a favorite Italian hair brand that adds an incredible amount of shine. Both super high quality.

Also, adding a dime size amount of jojoba oil on your ends before you shampoo, when your hair is dry, will help your ends not get too dry.

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This three-step combo should fade the red significantly, keep the color from turning brassy, eliminate the need to put dye right back on top of you hair, and hopefully help keep it healthy! 

In about 3 to 4 weeks after my too-red color, the next time I colored, I did this formula and from then on, it’s been my go-to Strawberry Blonde color formula!

Related Post | My Favorite Strawberry Blonde Hair Color Formula

I really hope this info helps because I know that “OH NO” feeling when your color doesn’t come out quite right.

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Is my hair color perfect? Nope. But is it a naturally occurring color on this earth and not crazy red? Yep.



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