Color oops???

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Color oops???
Tue, 07-24-2012 - 9:37pm

So my natural hair color is a light/medium blonde and I've been dying my hair dark brown for about 2 years and it looked almost black, eventhough I have never actually dyed it black. I only touch up the roots now, so the rest of my hair has faded to more of a dark brown instead of black, but still some parts look black. I really want to lighten my hair because I'm tired of it so I was looking up safe ways to lighten hair while pregnant, because I am currently 6 months pregnant, and I came across this color oops stuff that is bleach and ammonia free, and it says it removes artificial color from hair. I looked at the reviews and some people said it worked great, and other's said it did not work so good. Most of the reviews say that it turns the hair a copper color or in some cases a brassy orange, but if you use an ash blonde hair color to dye over it then it will get rid of the orange tones. I was wondering if anyone has tried this product and if it worked well for them and if I should use it to lighten my hair. 

Thank you !!

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Wed, 07-25-2012 - 12:59pm
Hi mommy2bxo, and welcome to the boards! Congrats on the baby. Is it your first?

Have you checked with your doctor? I'd be leery of messing with any kind of hair chemicals while pregnant. Even if this product is safe, what if you hair turns orange? Then you'd have to use more chemicals to fix it.
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In reply to: mav33
Thu, 07-26-2012 - 11:01am

Hey, mommy2bxo : ) This mommy speaks from experience in telling you that I continued to go to the salon and have my brown hair dyed blond throughout my pregnancy with no problems or ill-effects on my child whatsoever (after having consulted with my doctor). There are of course some products/treatments you have to avoid, especially anything containing formaldahyde.

After years of going to high-end salons, low-end salons and everything in between, I learned enough to be able to achieve my desired color quite successfully on my own. I don't know about that particular product and don't want to advise you on removing color from your hair but I will urge you to have that part done at a salon because if you screw up that part of this process, you are in for a daunting task of trying to fix a mistake that will probably add several steps to a procedure that should have been pretty simple. I speak from experience. Don't do anything impulsively or haphazardly because when you look in the mirror afterwards, you'll be kicking yourself in the as- while you sob.

If after lightening your hair, you do end up with unwanted coppery tones and/or brassiness (something I'm an unfortunate expert on), you shouldn't proceed to add a permanent ash hair color to hair that has just essentially been stressed and somewhat damaged by the prior process because parts of it will grab a lot of that ash and turn gray. Go to Sally's and get Wella Color Charm Toner in T18 (white lady) and T14 (silver lady, i think). I mix the 2 because if the hair is pretty light already, the T14 can muddy it up a bit but if your hair's not light enough, the T18 will have very little affect. The 2 together have been fail-safe for me. Combine half of each with 20 volume developer. Apply to your roots first because that hair is healthier and will not absorb the toner as quickly. Then after about 15 minutes, apply to the length of your hair and process for an additional 15 minutes.

I hope this helps because blonds really do have more fun : )