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What color high lights would look good with dark hair? I was thinking a reddish auburn color. ?

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  1. dye your hair once or twice a month a few shades lighter than your normal hair if you don’t want to damage it, nothing is as bad as bleach.. i should know 🙁 i’ve bleached my hair 9 times.

  2. The best thing to do would be to bleach it becuase I have dark hair myself and I had the same problem.. I tryed home remedys, and even just dyeing the red over it and it only ended up damaging my hair more because i had to re-do it because you may only get like a tint of red, and somtimes it can turn some really funky colors depending on the dye. Bleaching may not be the best for your hair but thats the only thing you can do if you want to dye your hair. Depending on how dark the dark brown in your hair is you may also be able to try hair strippers which are supposed to remove all the color from your hair, but i wouldnt recomend that because i have tryed it before and my hair only looked faded a tiny bit. If you are going to bleach your hair make sure you go to a salon, they can do it without killing it as much.
    Hope this helped :]

  3. “Dye” by definition is only used on fabrics or hides, and should not be used on hair. There are better products today which are more effective at changing colour and not as dangerous as dyes.

    If you have dark hair, and you want to get lighter, there is only one way to do that… by using a lightener (another word for bleach). You can call it whatever you want, but you need to remove some of your natural colour.

    All tints will remove some natural colour from your hair, even black, and then they deposit the colour pigments you want. Some will lift up to 2 levels in tone. And no, bleach is not really damaging!! You are going to colour your hair… that is already damaging, and bleach is the same thing.

    Your first step always is to have a proper analysis done to see if you can achieve the colour you want, and if it will look good on you. Go have a consultation with a qualified professional hair colourist. Ask all the right questions about the cost, about up-keep, about retouches, etc. When you have all the facts, then you can decide what you want to do. Remember that the cost also involves keeping it up… you don’t want dark roots!

  4. That’s probably one of the easiest hair color transitions you can make. I would just fade out the brown color gradually until it reaches a tone that is close to the new color you are after. Try a soap cap (bleach with shampoo) or baking soda mixed with shampoo to do a pretreating and begin lifting the color out. Then try Vitamin C crushed down and mixed with water or shampoo. Leave it on for as long as you can, even overnight. This will fade it lighter and add ginger tones. To tone down any actual brassiness or to add more ginger highlights try cinnamon mixed with olive oil. Red is the most fun hair color.

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