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This is me - After 3 blonde dyes, I'm still a brunette! Grrr
United States
July 18, 2008 5:03pm CST
colored your hair and have it come out looking as though you didn't do a thing to it? That's how I feel right now. I am trying to get my hair blonde. I've colored it 3 times in the past week, each time with a different shade of blonde. The first time showed no results except a very light tint of red in my naturally dark brown hair. The second time gave the most results, and today again showed zero to little results. I think the next time, I may just bleach all the color from my hair and then dye it blonde. What do you think?
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15 responses
• United States
19 Jul 08
Most times, you do have to bleach out dark hair before it will take a lighter color. I've had natrually dark hair most of my life. And when I try to put a lighter color over it, the color turns either light brown or shades of red. I tried to get my dark brown hair to go blonde for years. There's a secret to doing it. I talked with a friend of mine who is in the hair salon business and he says you have to step up the color gradually. Here are some tips he recommended. Go to Sally Beauty Salon and buy a professional bleaching kit. Ask the person there for help. They can point out the right things to buy. You won't spend more than $15, but the kit will work. The key to getting your hair to go blonde is to follow the directions and then wrap hair in a plastic bag over hair and fasten at roots. No joke! Don't leave any hair exposed or it won't go blonde. This is what I did and my hair turned blonde! Then once the bag is in place, use a hair dryer to warm the bag. Don't get dryer too close or will burn the bag. Do this for 15 minutes. Then wear your hair up in the bag for full length of time recommended on kit. Then wash as recommended. P.S. Bleaching your hair/turning it blonde will dry it out, so that it feels like straw. Be prepared to moisturize with conditioner daily. Look for conditioners that contain protein. You might be able to use the regular store bleaching kit with the techniques mentioned.
• United States
19 Jul 08
My friend asked me if I had a blow dryer, I guess that's her plan. She told me to wait until she comes to visit next month and she will give me blonde highlights. I currently have Pantene Pro V fortifying treatment to get my hair back in shape after these few dyes... but I'm sure she'll help me pick up a good one while she's here.
@gemini_rose (16193)
19 Jul 08
When my hair was brown I often found it hard to get a colour to work on it and if I did then the colour would fade real quick. At the moment I am blonde and I just put peroxide on it to take all the brown out and then coloured it blonde. I am at the stage now though where I am considering going darker again, I would love to just stick a red on it and see what colour it came out, but I am too chicken!!
• United States
19 Jul 08
Aw, give it a try. If you don't like it you can dye it again.
@gemini_rose (16193)
19 Jul 08
Well it is blonde so it would certainly come out a good bright red!!
• United States
21 Jul 08
Start with Strawberry blonde, cuz that will give you tints of red. See how ya like it before going redder.
@Trace86 (5033)
• United States
18 Jul 08
When you have dark hair, you need to have the professional hair dresser bleach all the color out of it first and then apply the shade of blonde you want. The hair color you can buy at the store isn't strong enough to lift that many shades of color. I also hope you are using a very good deep conditioner like Damage Remedy from Aveda or Three Minute Miracle from Aussie between colorings. If not, pretty soon you won't have any hair left to color! Please let a professional do it if you really want to go from dark brown to blonde. Also, let her know what you have already done to prevent interactions that could cause a result that is undesirable. Good luck!
• United States
18 Jul 08
I've been coloring my hair since I was 12, but I've never attempted to go blonde until now. My best friend went to school to be a hairdresser, so I'm getting much of my advice from her. There's no way I'd pay all that money at a salon when I can do it at home so much cheaper.
@Trace86 (5033)
• United States
18 Jul 08
Your friend could get the proper stuff at the beauty supply store then and help you. I know that you need some super strength hair bleach, peroxide, to get rid of the dark brown so you can deposit the blonde pigment.
• United States
19 Jul 08
This friend doesn't live near me, she's in another country actually, but I am showing her pics and asking advice through the net. I have bleached my hair before, about 10 years ago, assuming I'd get blonde and got red, so that's what I'll do again, in a couple weeks.
• United States
19 Jul 08
First once you lift your haircolor with tint, more tint wont lift it any more.If you have red in it an ash will tone that dwn sme and it may appear a litle lighter. The next best thing would be o go through and put some blonde highlites in it now. Try and find someone who does it at home. It is cheaper an safer. I ama hairdresser and I have seen lots of "mistakes"
• United States
19 Jul 08
The color I just used was a shade of ash. My friend keeps talking about doing the highlights when she comes to visit next month, so maybe we'll do that.
• United States
19 Jul 08
good luck
@dextornap (333)
• India
21 Jul 08
I tried too just like you to color my hair. But dont know why it never appeared to be colored. I went to the parlor and had this done. And whola i got the new color, but to my dismay lasted only a week or so. Do you know the reason for this?
• United States
21 Jul 08
It may not have been a permanent color. Next time you do it, make sure you tell them you want permanent color. Tell them what happened last time. Maybe even go to a different salon, cause it sounds like that one jipped you.
• United States
19 Jul 08
You really should be careful with your hair. My cousin tried to do her own hair. She has dark brown hair. Her hair became very coarse and there was a lot of damage to the shaft which caused breakage. You really should see a professional and have them do it.
• United States
19 Jul 08
I think each person, and their hair is different. I've colored my hair thousands of times in the past and I've never had a problem. I've never had a professional do it, and probably never will. The only thing I see a professional for is to cut it because I can't do that by myself.
• United States
19 Jul 08
Yes, I have had that happened once or twice actually. I colored it dark brown and it did not look I did anything to it.
• United States
19 Jul 08
Your current hair color depends on what it's going to turn out. If you're fair haired, you shouldn't have a problem going darker. If you are dark haired you should buy a color much lighter than you want to go, and if you're lucky it will lighten a little bit.
@neelygal (1022)
• Bahamas
19 Jul 08
Trust me do not do that,lol.I tried it a few months ago and I looked like a freak lol.I immeditely coloured over the bleached out blond like the same night,lol.It looked horrible.The end result wasnt much better.Perhaps if you ent to a salonand got it professionally done it would be better.Good luck!
• United States
19 Jul 08
I'm not going to bleach it blonde, I'm going to bleach it, then color it blonde. My hair will only bleach red. And I will not go to a salon, as it costs too much when I can easily and cheaply do it at home.
@walkthetalk (1307)
• United States
19 Jul 08
I say good luck. Maybe you should think about buying a better product. $3.00 really isn't much. Your hair means a lot, a whole lot if it falls out. But I wouldn't do anything for a while. I would also think of going to a professional. Good luck.
• United States
19 Jul 08
The product I use is made by Revlon, and I trust them with my whole heart.
@DonnaLawson (4032)
• United States
19 Jul 08
You will have to remove the color if you are going lighter in your hair color.. You can 't get a blonde color is your color is dark brown.. I need to remove the color from mine if I am going to a lighter color, but I have had dark brown hair for so long that I am afraid to change it.. My hair would be completely white if I would quit coloring it..
• United States
19 Jul 08
I was afraid to change mine too, that's why I started with a darker color. But the more I lighten it, the lighter I want it to go. I think the light kinda suits me.
@laglen (19782)
• United States
19 Jul 08
I know a friend of mine is a cosmetologist and will not make dark hair blonde. She Will send you on your way. You have to strip your hair which can cause it to fall out.
• United States
19 Jul 08
I've stripped my hair once and didn't have a problem, and I have had blonde highlights, I've just never turned all my hair blonde.
@GreenMoo (11842)
19 Jul 08
I think that's what you'll have to do to turn dark hair blonde. I think you might be best to give it a little while for your hair to recover before you subject it to another proceedure again so soon though. The last thing you want is for it all to turn green because it's in bad condition or something!
• United States
19 Jul 08
I've got a really good conditioner to help get it back in shape after all this, but I will still wait a bit before I go that route.
• United States
18 Jul 08
i think that you should consider getting it professionally done.
• United States
18 Jul 08
It is far too expensive to go that route. Doing it at home only costs me $3 each time I do it.
@AshleyHasan (1024)
• India
19 Jul 08
Yes long back I have tried to color my hair and I applied the burgandy color and it turned out very good the color stayed for 15 days, I have used Garnier hair color may be you can give a try by applying Garnier color.
@successlog (3172)
• China
19 Jul 08
hi friend; i think you have your own standard to dye your hair. as for me, when i was in school,i have that idea to dye my forehead hair to gold color.Becuase many students did it for a good look.but finally,because of my parents'rejection, i didn't dye it.But now, i have a formal job in society.so i think it is not suitable to dye my hair now.. Of course, you can do it any time because you are a lday..wonderful lol