Changing Hair Color

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Registered: 03-29-2004
Changing Hair Color
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Tue, 07-27-2004 - 5:35pm
Hello. I am in the middle of a hair crisis! My husband talked me into coloring my hair black a couple of years ago. I am ready to return to my natural brown hair, but can find nothing that will cover the black! Has anyone had any success with over the counter products?
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Registered: 03-04-2004
Thu, 08-05-2004 - 3:45pm
I am sorry to tell you that I have been told that the only thing you can do to correct this is (1) let you hair grow out naturally or (2) go to a professional and let them lift the black color and re-color it to your liking. I recently let my stylist color mine dark brown and now it looks black and I am washing it like crazy to help the fading process hoping not to have my dry hair become even dryer to lift the dark color off.
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Registered: 06-13-2004
Mon, 08-09-2004 - 4:38am
Actually, I'm a natural blonde who dyed my hair black last summer...I liked it, but after a while, the roots started to show and it looked TERRIBLE! So yes, I had gone to a beauty supply store and buy a hair stripper(which basically strips all the black dye out of your hair, it will look an orangeish color afterwards.) Next, have someone who works at the store, match a dye thats similar to your natural root color and dye your hair back to that color after you strip it! Trust me, it works...and now my hair color looks like it has never been touched! GOOD LUCK!
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Registered: 08-12-2004
Thu, 08-12-2004 - 3:22am
hi there mustwork247, but i've got some bad news for you. i, too, have once dyed my hair black. i could NOT find anything to cover it, and many people i know, including hairstylists, who have also dyed their black agree that there is no guaranteed way to cover black hair dye. the only ways to really get rid of black dye are to grow it out or bleach it out, which is highly NOT recommended. what i recommend, and i what i did, was grow my hair out a little and get subtle/natural highlights slightly lighter than black, particularly around the top. that way, you wont look too punky but it should lighten the intensity of the black. hope this helps!
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Registered: 08-12-2004
Fri, 08-13-2004 - 9:37am
Hi, I am a hairdresser, and although I don't specialize in color, I would not recommend that you try to do this yourself. You will probably end up going to a salon to get corrective color anyway. Your hair needs to be stripped and then colored. Color is a very tricky process that I would not try to do myself. Good Luck. Dawn