How to get rid of red with brown dyeby Yasmin_25Posted 4 years, 7 months ago
Hi guys. A bit of hair history - been dyeing my hair since I was 12 and I am 24 now and I've been nearly every colour and for years, I used to use permanent ginger dye every month or so and then in January this year, I got my full head bleached. I ended up going back to ginger a little later and then 2 months ago, I used Adore Truly Red over the ginger and it turned out lovely. It did fade quite quickly though. Last week I decided to go back to my natural dark brown (or as close as I could get to it). I knew that getting rid of red is very hard so I was prepared for this. I used Adore Mocha as my mum had a bottle of that in the house and it went a nice reddy brown colour which was a nice colour to start with to get me used to being dark again.
A few days ago, I went over my hair again with the same dye and it came out looking super patchy. Some parts look almost black, my roots to the lengths that were bleached months before are a dark red and wont go any darker, big chunks at the back are very red, not just little strands and wont go darker no matter how much more adore I put on them and it just looks a mess overall. I've used Mocha 3 times to try and go over it. I read online that Mocha is a green based dye so it would neutralise the red tones but it hasn't with me. I've ran out of Adore and I can't buy it in any shops near me and I usually just buy it online but I have a job interview and a birthday night out next week and obviously want my hair to be fixed by then. Is this a job I could do at home or could only a hairdresser fix it?
If you could recommend any dyes that I could find on the high street like Boots or Superdrug that would be great. I assume I should avoid warm colours. I know some are obvious from the name that they are warm such as warm copper gold but is there a way to know a dye is green based or any other tone that could get rid of the red? Should I go for a lighter colour than I want in case it goes darker or go for a dark brown? I'm just worried about it turning out jet black as I really don't suit that! should I use a permanent or just stick to a semi permanent?
I was thinking of using Colour B4 so it would take me back to a lighter colour and then put a brown on top of that but I have been reading that it doesn't work on dyes like Adore, Manic Panic etc. I've used it in the past but only for permanent dyes.
Any advice you could give me would be perfect. I'll add some pics of my hair currently. In some pics it doesn't look too bad and then in others its a mess. In person though you can really see the patchiness.
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by AndyaPosted 4 years, 7 months ago
Adore has some of the best semi-permanent natural color dyes I know of. I have not heard of Superdrug or Boots. Maybe try other shopping, pharmacy, or drug stores near you.
by ScarletfordPosted 4 years, 7 months ago
If you have a Savers nearby, they do cheaper colour removers so you can strand test.
Adore is a semi right? I don't know if fading it would help even it out so you could go over it again.
Google is telling me 'ash' browns are green based.
by Wicked_PixiePosted 4 years, 7 months ago
Adore Mocha is a warm brown, it is not ash based. Medium brown is the only ash based brown that Adore makes as far as I know. If your colour is patchy due to differing porosity in your hair, it will still be patchy whatever dye you use if you apply it all over. Try fading the current colour, ( try dandruff or clarifying shampoo) and then colour correct just the parts you are unhappy with.
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