This is a question I’ve been getting a ton lately. My hair came out too red, now what do I do??
Since I’ve been getting so many questions on it, I thought it would be helpful to do a full post. Because…
Girl, I have been there. And 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.
I also had this problem this year, when I tried a new 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) so I’d have to go get it bleached then recolored, which makes my hair feel dry just thinking about it. You could go over it and dye again with a shade like Wella’s Light Golden Blonde to add some natural tones, but… Second, hair that has too much color can get over-proteined. Hair that is over proteined will feel dirty even right after you wash it and has a limp and heavy look. Sexy, right?
Right amount of protein = healthy hair. Too much protein = the worst.
Bottom line: try not to recolor right away if possible.
What should you do then? Strip and Tone! It’s the hair version of the Bend and Snap! Side note: does anyone else still love Legally Blonde as much as I do?
Each color on the color wheel has an opposite color. For red, the opposite shade is green and for orange (think brassy) the opposite shade is purple. So by putting a toner with the opposite color in your hair, you can really tone down and neutralize the brassiness or red tones. I can not find a green toning shampoo. You could, in theory, put a drop of high quality green food dye into your shampoo, but I have never actually tried this. Instead, I did this two step process:
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 colo.. Put it on your hair when your hair is still dry. What? Yes, 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. Putting the shampoo on while you hair is still dry will pull so much of the color out.
Step 2. Tone – Toning Shampoo
This is another gem that’s less than $10. After you’ve rinsed out the clarifying shampoo and taken a deep breath, wash your hair, wet, with a violet based toning shampoo. This will help keep any brassiness at bay, so at least the shade will look good as it fades.
Step 3. Hydrate
This combo is 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 the ends. I like this one with Keratin for when my hair is feeling over proteined and weighed down. This other deep conditioning treatment is amazing, amazing, amazing, but slightly on the spendier side. I will spend the money on it though, because it works and makes your hair so healthy and incredibly shiny again. Nothing else has made my hair as shiny.
I like to do an in-shower cocktail of regular, moisturizing conditioner on the top and middle of my hair, then the deep conditioner from the middle down to the ends. This way my hair doesn’t get too heavy while I’m deep conditioning it twice a week. Also, a dime size amount of coconut oil on your ends when your hair is dry, will ensure that your hair won’t be fried looking while you’re getting the color right.
This 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, I went back in and did just Titian Red Blonde on my roots and pulled the color through for the last ten minutes. It still came out a bit too red for my taste, but my roots did blend nicely with the rest of my hair. Then, then next time I colored, I did Titian Blonde mixed with Light Golden Blonde and from that point it’s been gravy.
I really hope this helps because I know that “OH NO” feeling when your color doesn’t come out quite right!
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Some more hair related posts you might like:
- Tips For Getting Your Best At Home Color
- My Strawberry Blonde Hair Color Formula + Extensions (youtube)
- How I Got My Copper Hair Color
- The Best Shampoo For Redheads
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xo – Molly