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Registered: ‎04-27-2004

Help! I dyed my hair at home and it looks BAD!

The other day, I dyed my hair. I've done this many times in the past before with no problems. Well, this time I tried a different brand of hair dye (it was on sale). It came out nothing like the picture on the box and doesn't look good on me at all. My hair is an ugly, brassy blonde color!

My question is: how can I fix my hair horror at home? I can't afford to go to a salon to have them fix it. Any home remedies? Could I re-dye my hair to another color safely?

And... what are some good brands of home hair coloring kits? The one I got was Clairol Herbal Essences, I'll never buy that brand again.
dull*women*have*immaculate*homes
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Help! I dyed my hair at home and it looks BAD!

in reply to mimi_lupas
I like Nice and Easy. I used the 106A (dark natural blonde) shade. Good gray coverage, but the fumes will just about KO you. I am probably the only blond who dyes her light blonde hair DARK blonde, LOL.

Hopefully someone else will come along. My DD had her hair "highlighted" by her grandmother. Her warm chestnut hair was orange. She fixed it by dying the entire thing black. She looks gorgeous (like a thin Liz Taylor) but obviously not everyone can go from brown to black.
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Re: Help! I dyed my hair at home and it looks BAD!

in reply to mimi_lupas
IMO, there is no "good" home haircoloring. You spend just as much money fixing mistakes as it would be to go to a salon chain. If your hair is truly brassy(greenish), then you would need to have a warm shade to counteract it. If it is orangy, then you would want to use a neutral shade to counteract it. If you go the opposite of orange and go cooler, you will have a muddy dull mess on your hands. Doing this yourself is a mistake. I would go and have a pro color correction.
dull*women*have*immaculate*homes
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Help! I dyed my hair at home and it looks BAD!

in reply to mimi_lupas
Don't you think one of the problems is that so many people change their haircolor to drastic shades. For example, someone has black hair and changes it to Pam Anderson platinum blond. All the while not taking into account the fact that their skin tone, eye color, etc. is not made to go with that shade.

I really like the nice and easy, but I am going a few shades darker to cover gray and tone down the bleached out hair from sun exposure. I would not dream of going brown or black (or red either).
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Registered: ‎02-26-2005

Help! I dyed my hair at home and it looks BAD!

in reply to mimi_lupas
There are two things you can try- go to Sally & get a purple colored toner, that might work, might being the key word- it will cost about $2...
I just went to high salon that was recommended in my area for a color job... it came out brassy & coppery- not at all the light ash brown color i was going for... & have been able to acheive in the past...

so I went to Target & got a box of Preference " For Dark hair Only" (I saw it advertised on the boob tube)in "Ultra Light Golden Brown" & it worked perfectly! But you have to read the box instructions carefully- they are a little different then the usual. I just figured, heck! I'm only out $8 if it doesn't work- since I would still have to have my hair redone. But it turned out in the exact color as on the box- I am so excited:-D

you could also go to Sally & get a purple colored toner, that might work, might being the key word- it will cost about $2...
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Help! I dyed my hair at home and it looks BAD!

in reply to mimi_lupas
oops- sorry for the typos
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Help! I dyed my hair at home and it looks BAD!

in reply to mimi_lupas
Brassy means green, coppery is orange, they are opposites, lol. Are you saying your hair looked orange and green? That is scary!
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Re: Help! I dyed my hair at home and it looks BAD!

in reply to mimi_lupas
Actually my hair is more orangey, so I guess it's not brassy (greenish). The actual color of my hair alone isn't that bad, but it wasn't the color I wanted and doesn't look right with my skin.

Normally, I'd go to a salon to have this fixed, but that will cost a lot. (I got laid off recently and don't have the $ to spare)
midnight*raven
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Re: Help! I dyed my hair at home and it looks BAD!

in reply to mimi_lupas
I heard from a professional that you use the opposite color to tone the current color down or close to it. If you have yellowish hair, use purple, if you have orangish hair use blue. But someone else mentioned that purple should help with yellow or orange.

I've probably tried every brand of dye out there. I have been dying my hair at home for about 16 years and I have had some funky colors! One color (I am not sure if they still make) that was the most natural color I have ever seen was Hydrience. It turned out a bit darker then it was supposed to but a very natural blonde. No orange but an ash tone. Ash colors are supposed to be better if you tend to get orange color when you dye or if you have any red highlights at all.

I'm a dark blonde naturally and have been dying much darker so I don't have the problems I used to. Plum you just can't mess up :smileyhappy:





~The purple-hair girl who smells like Patchouli~


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Help! I dyed my hair at home and it looks BAD!

in reply to mimi_lupas
by brassy I mean too gold & red... I think that is what most people mean- not green- if I meant green I would have said tarnished brass... & since copper is also a metal, I am referring to that metal color that is not natural to hair... obviously...
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Registered: ‎01-09-2005

Re: Help! I dyed my hair at home and it looks BAD!

in reply to mimi_lupas
Here is the definition of brassy
Brassy - Refers to unflattering warm tones in hair color created by chemicals or damage.
Since it is something that needs immediate attention on limited funds, I suggest that you call the Clairol Color Specialist at 1-800-223-5800 tomorow between 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. They are equipped with the product knowledge you need to correct the color without damaging your hair more. Good luck;-)
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Help! I dyed my hair at home and it looks BAD!

in reply to mimi_lupas
Mimi,

I am sorry that this happened to you. I did the samething one time. I was so upset and did not know what to do. A friend of mine suggested that I call our local community college and find out about their cosmetology department.

I called and found out that I could get ANYTHING done for just a few dollars. Some of it was even FREE. Nails were $15, hair coloring was FREE, hair cut was $6, hair styling was FREE, pedicure was $10 and so on.

All of their services were conducted in a VERY professional manner with the instructor close by. I have been going regularaly for over a year with NO problems at all.

I just give the student a tip for his/her services and pay the cosmetology department their fee.

Needless to say, I have forgotten what the inside of a real salon looks like.

Give your local community college a try~!!



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Help! I dyed my hair at home and it looks BAD!

in reply to mimi_lupas
Well, thanks for the definition, but I think I will go with the color theory I learned in cosmetology school than a $4 hair color box. And while a good colorist can do a correction carefully mixing some shades to counteract the mistake, simply going in the opposite color range is going to muddy the hair, and cause further damage. Anyway, I have said my 2 cents, if people just want to continue with home stuff, I really can't help.
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Help! I dyed my hair at home and it looks BAD!

in reply to mimi_lupas
And yes, if you can;t afford a salon, go to a cosmetology school as Kim suggests. They are closely monitored by a teacher, and no school wants to lose the people they have to practice on. In fact, you will NEVER get better supervised haircare after the stylists leave the salon.
dull*women*have*immaculate*homes
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Help! I dyed my hair at home and it looks BAD!

in reply to mimi_lupas
I guess you can tell who the professional hair colorists are on here. Whever I hear the term "brassy" the very first image that comes to my mind is horrid orangish hair. The sorta blond color that looks like it is dull orange. I had no idea that brassy meant green. Learn something new every day.

Needs, didn't you post something on here awhile back regarding orangish tinge to blonde hair? Do you remember? if so, can you explain it again? I had always wondered why so many blond dye jobs end up with a reddish tinge to the root area.
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Help! I dyed my hair at home and it looks BAD!

in reply to mimi_lupas
There is no need to get condescending. I pulled the definition from a salon glossary. When she posted her question, everyone knew what color hue she was referring to except for you, since you are a cosmetology graduate I would assume that you would have the knowledge to advise her, yet your replies just make you look catty and arrogant.
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Re: Help! I dyed my hair at home and it looks BAD!

in reply to mimi_lupas
Dull, if you have to lighten your hair more than 3 shades to get a blonde color, you will have to go through orange and yellow stages and then tone or add the blonde color afterwards. For dark hair that tends to be really a difficult and pricey thing to lighten, there are newer color formulas. One of them can take very dark hair, even black hair to a seriously light blonde with one step. The one I am most familiar with is Magma by Wella. The only downside is you can't mix it with other lightening or lifting colors later. You can color over it with deposit colors though. And I am sorry if someone thinks I was being "catty". I was answering the question to the best of my ability. I wonder why some people never recognize their own cattiness but love to point it out everywhere.
dull*women*have*immaculate*homes
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Registered: ‎06-24-2003

Help! I dyed my hair at home and it looks BAD!

in reply to mimi_lupas
Gosh, for a minute I thought she was talking about me being catty.

I've gotta say, this board seems to interpret things way differently than they are intended, IMHO. Unfortunately the written word does not translate as well as the spoken one-so it is easier to just assume the best. I just give the poster the benefit of the doubt.

And thanks for the explaination about the orangish stages as one lightens their hair. I was worried that this would happen when my daughter tried to fix the mess my mom had made of her hair. One good thing about black hair dye-it hides lots of lighter shade mishaps.
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Registered: ‎02-03-2005

Help! I dyed my hair at home and it looks BAD!

in reply to mimi_lupas
I feel I can chime in here. I have dyed blonde hair that tends to get "brassy" when my color fades. I have also used the term "brassy" to refer to the orangish undertone my hair sometimes has. (Rusk makes a "bright" shampoo thats has a deep purple color that is intended to help with this problem. In fact, the back of the bottle states "Effectively neutralizes and erases yellow or brassy tones, even on highlighted or blonde tinted hair")...I too have refered to brassiness when speaking of an orangish tint to my hair. Problem is my beautician of 10 years uses this brassy term to mean the orange undertone as well. (Also, many in that salon do this and theres a pretty good mix of young and current hairstylists in there). Maybe the TEXT BOOK meaning of brassy means green but it has developed a "SLANG" meaning or understanding in most salons in my area. By the way I just had my hair toned down and LOW-LIGTHED with about a level 5 brown and I love it! HOPE IT LASTS , It seems to be lasting longer this time....UPWARDS OF 3 weeks and counting!....WHAT IVE DONE FOR YEARS AND HAS WORKED PRETTY WELL IS, I DYE MY OWN HAIR WITH LOREAL PREFERENCE (COLOR IS CALLED LIGHTEST NATURAL BLONDE COLOR ...FUNNY I KNO)..AND THEN I HAVE MY BEAUTICIAN DO A PARTIAL OR ALL OVER LOW LIGHT. ....she never hassles me about doing the at-home jobs and says shes amazed how great it usually turns out and the fact that my hair is in pretty good condition for dying it for upwards of 15 years!!...I try to use good salon products or the best OTC ones to help tho! Good rule of thumb tho is to consult your hairstylist FIRST! and for at home SCREW UPS....I would run to the salon for sure :smileyhappy:
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Re: Help! I dyed my hair at home and it looks BAD!

in reply to mimi_lupas
"Well, thanks for the definition, but I think I will go with the color theory I learned in cosmetology school than a $4 hair color box"
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