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I always dye my hair at home, have done so since I was 15 years old. Id like to go a lighter colour, like a dark blonde, light brown. I have never gone light before, always dark or red. I have medium brown hair naturally, and my have is all natural at the moment. I was wondering if anyone has done it? Any tips? Do you need to use a pre-lightener before hand?
I would go to hairdressers, but its so hard with bub as I have no one to look after her during the day, and there is no after work hours hairdressers where I live. So all help, tips would be wonderful.
I've never lightened my hair at home either, like you I've only done it myself when I've gone darker. But I just wanted to suggest, maybe there might be a hairdresser in your area who does "house calls"? In our local newspaper, in the "services" section at the back, there's always quite a few hairdressers who will visit you at home. The prices always seem pretty reasonable, comparable to the cost of a salon jobby (sometimes cheaper!) And you'd be supporting a local small business! :)
Before you rush out and buy a colour you need to consider how it will react with the colour on the box- you wont end up like the pic on the front cover if your looking at a ash blonde if your hair is black for example it will depend on the base in the colour you have at the moment. Most hair colours have a red base or a blue base colour.... if your hair is dark you should do it gradually too or you will fry your hair trying to go light :) ring the brand you use colour advice line and ask for suggestions if your not sure.
sugar n spice
I really wouldn't attempt going lighter without a hairdresser. Do you not have a mobile hairdresser, late night shopping hairdresser or a friend who can assist.
As I hairdresser i would strongly advise you not to go there girl!!
Lightening your own hair can be disasterous. Im totally for doing your own colour if you are going darker or adding tone but you really need a professional when it comes to lightening.
I know you said your hair is all natural now, But say for example if your hair was shoulder length that means you hadnt had any sort of a colour in about 5 years, even a semi,(semis are disigned to stain the hair and are harder to remove than permanent colour) because if you had that hair will either 1. not lighten and your roots will (nice look!) or 2. Go a different colour to the rest.
I have spent many a long day trying to fix home disasters in the salon. Think about the damage you can also cause to the condition resulting in future colour not lasting in your hair.
Hope this helps
Sorry if i sound like Im preaching!!
Don't do it - I am a platinum blonde at the moment for that very reason :eek:
My hair is usually a chestnut type colour. I thought how much of a mess can I make, it won't be that bad....hmmm
I don't mind being so blonde but I won't be doing it myself again - darker, yes - lighter, no!!
i lightened my own hair last year & kinda did a huuuuge 'no-no', but it turned out fine ;)
i still had somewhat faded dark dye in my hair (permanent purple-black), so i was kind of half expecting a disaster, but hoping for the best! anyway, my first attempt did NOTHING! maybe it was a shade lighter, but i couldn't tell... but, since i only used half of the dye & stored the other half in the fridge just in case, i did the very nordi thing of re-lightening straight away! this time it actually worked, tho it was a little yellowy (but i from what i've seen of other ppl's that's normal, esp. when u do it at home!) i was just happy that it was different, & within a week or so the colour changed to a more natural blonde colour ;) however, i re-did it black a few weeks later because i got a new job & wanted my dark hair back (i didn't want everyone getting used to me with blonde hair when it's USUALLY dark ;))!!
i lighten my hair at home all the time. had no problems. my blonding friend is a lightner called super blonde up to seven shades. if it goes to light just put a rinse through it thats what i do. super blonde eats through permanent hair colours to its really good. just make sure that you start at the back of your neck then make your way to the front else you end up looking well not good just follow instructions and but a rinse in a colour you like to go over just in case, i like to use sandy or golden tones as i have warm skin tones.
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