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.
Here is what I did instead to fix my hair color gently at-home:
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 really tone down and neutralize the brassiness or red tones.
For hair that is too brassy, use purple or blue toning 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.
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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 the ends.
I like this one with Keratin for when my hair is feeling brittle. This other deep conditioning treatment is amazing and quick. I will spend The Money on these two masks because they actually work and make my hair feel healthy again.
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.
Also, adding a dime size amount of coconut 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!
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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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