How to Match Natural Color, Going From Brassy to Dark Brown? (Levels, Filling, Etc.)Posted 2 weeks ago
I've never dyed my own hair before so I'm pretty lost, but my goal is to get back to my natural dark brown color. My current hair is faded from being dyed a natural red/orange color and has 5 months of root growth. My natural hair is pretty dark and can be seen at the roots in the first 2 pictures; the 3rd picture is from when I went to a salon and asked them match it as closely as they could to my natural.
I've seen a lot of talk about needing to "fill" in the hair before going from light to dark... should I fill my hair and if so, is there a certain type of product to use for it? And, maybe more importantly, what hair dye/level should I use to get as close as I can to my natural color so that I don't have to keep retouching? I've seen some people say it's better to go with a lighter shade with bleached hair because it will end up a lot darker, but I have no idea if that's true... Thank you to anyone who might offer any help; I'm trying to learn as much as I can from video tutorials but I need to get this done before Monday and I would greatly appreciate any advice so that I don't mess it up!
by vivienne StaffPosted 1 week, 5 days ago
So, you generally want to use a shade a level or more lighter than your goal shade when going over bleached hair just because bleached hair tends to absorb more dye than virgin hair, which seems to be what most dyes are designed for. It's also just easier to go darker than it is to go lighter, so it's easier to fix if it's too light initially.
As for filling, it's usually just for when you're trying to achieve an ash brown-type colour over a bleached base, because ash browns tend to have some green or violet tones in them to counteract your hair's natural warmth. Bleached hair doesn't have as much of that natural warmth, so you might want to add some gold or red tones to prevent your hair from having a green tint as it fades. You can use a dye (semi or permanent) to fill the colour or a red additive or toner. However, I think you can probably get your goal colour without a fill colour as it looks relatively warm.
I don't have recommendations for specific dyes since I don't use a permanent dyes very often, but your hair looks like it's maybe around level 3-4 (close to level 2 in the first photo, but I think that's just the contrast with your ends). I'd start with a level 5 brown in a neutral tone (check the colour charts for the numbering conventions depending on the brand). Try a strand test. If it's too light, you may need something like a level 3 or 4 to adjust it. You might need to adjust the undertone by adding a little red or gold, too, which are sometimes sold as additives and sometimes you might need to get a second shade. In general, though, it's a little hard to predict exactly what you'll need without seeing your hair in person. Still, this should give you a starting point.
Posted 1 week ago
Thank you for the advice, it was super helpful! I used a level 5 neutral semi-permanent and didn't fill, and it turned out pretty good!