So long story short, my brown hair had some greys showing and it was bothering me. I colored my hair medium ash brown, which was basically my natural color. Looked great. The dye kit came with a highlight component that was supposed to harmonize with the base. The kit was called "French eclair."
I had someone do the highlights and they looked awful. I dyed over my whole head with a revlon permanent dye kit called brown black. I felt this was the only option to cover the highlights. This happened the day after the first dye job/highlights.
Now it looks awful. The color is very black and makes me look goth/washed out. I used the vitamin c pill color lifting method to remove some of the dye, but it's still pretty dark. It has now been 2 days since the first dye job.
Anything I can do? If I just have to let it grow out, how do I hide the lighter brown roots as they come in, without doing further damage or permanent dye to my hair?
Color removers usually work well on permanent box dye colors. If use a color remover rinse the hair thoroughly at least twice and wash the hair at least once. This is my suggestion and opinion.
Colour remover as soon as possible. If you're in the US I believe Color Oops is pretty good but there should be a few to choose from. You're looking for a colour remover that comes as 2 or 3 bottles in a boxed kit. It should not be a powder & liquid (this type is basically bleach). Colour removers all stink of sulphur but the stench is worth it; they're highly effective on permanent dyes and don't damage your hair too much.
Follow the instructions on the box carefully. I would buy 2 boxes to ensure you have plenty on hand. Keep your hair covered while it processes so that it can't dry out. You'll get better results if you wait in a warm area while it works, but don't apply heat directly. Once the required time is up expect to spend at least 30 minutes washing and rinsing your hair. I recommend shampooing at least 5 times. Colour removers work by reducing the colour molecules in your hair and you need to physically get this colour out or it will reactivate and darken your hair again. That's why the rinsing stage is so important. Follow it up with a good conditioner.
You may need to do a second application to get all the dye out.
When the colour is removed you can tone in your highlights with a semi-permanent dye. Choose a colour 2 shades lighter than your intended colour because bleached hair tends to absorb more colour and can go darker than expected.
Hope this helps!
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Thanks very helpful! I used color oops and it still stinks, in fact it's making me nauseous, but spraying febreze on my head is making it sort of bearable. I'm now a nice reddish color. I'm guessing everything but my natural red tones got stripped. My highlights are gone too, which is great and somewhat surprising. Very happy now. I actually like the red! It's light enough that I can cover it with semi permanent and go brown--my options are now endless, as opposed to being stuck with black which nothing can cover. I think I'll give it a rest for a few days though! The vitamin c pill washes worked pretty well, I did 2 of those, but color oops did the heavy work!