Can I fade red hair dye?

So I dyed my hair bright red a long time ago,then dyed them purplish brown over that red.
As the colour faded,the red began showing through and now it is a strange but not completely unnatural colour with bright red tint there and there.Im not unhappy with it,I just want to grow out my natural hair colour,which is medium brown.

Ive noticed that the purplish brown parts which werent dyed red before blend in with the roots well,but I get a rather weird orange colour around the parts where my natural hair colour meets with the red tinted hair.Plus the difference between brown roots and red hair is painfully obvious.

Therefore,is there any way,how I can actually tone the red hints in my hair down,or fade it or whatever using preferably natural products? I dont want to use anything too harsh on my hair.

Or do I just have to wait until it grows out?
Sorry you didn't get any answers - wish I could help but it's beyond my expertise. I hope you find a solution here.
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Red hair dye actually fades the fastest. It was explained to me once, that the molecules of red hair dye are bigger than other colors of dye and don't adhere(there is a better word...) to the hair as well. Washing your hair a lot will help it fade faster.
Dying hair is a layering process...as I have come to find. The color you dye your hair will be affected by the color you already have in your hair. Believe me, this was a learning process(been dying my hair for 16yrs and there have been some interesting out comes).
I'm not sure what was happening with the orange where your roots met the red color. I can only guess that when you dyed the brown over the red and then it faded, it became a brassy color.
I don't know many natural remedies for this, other than just washing a bunch or letting your hair grow out.
I understand the "Hi, here I am" roots. I'm naturally blond(light to med) and for a little bit I was dying my hair this beautiful intense red color. Every 4 weeks I start getting the blond racing stripes(as I'd call them), it stood out too much and took too much up keep.
Anyway.....for the brassy/orange, there is a product(I think LOreal), it's called Banish the Brass(or something really close to that). Or just dye a medium brown over the existing color and that should help. The brown is darker than what is already on your hair (you may end up with some reddish hits that would be noticeable when your in the sun), but the growing out process would be less annoying (watching the roots grow).

Last edited by A.Rose; 01-11-2011 at 04:36 PM. Reason: typO
I found out by accident how to really fade red hair. One night, many weeks after coloring, I gave myself a protein treatment with heat (about 20 mins or so), followed by a deep conditioning treatment with heat, left on for about an hour.

Well my hair was in great condition afterward, but I swear a lot of the red was gone. Perhaps try that!

Also, lots of washing with really hot water will help it fade too. The hot water helps the cuticle open a bit more.

Good luck!


Hair Type - medium to fine texture, high porosity, lots of it, type 2b/3a
Thanks a lot for all the replys !
A.Rose-your reply was really helpful,thanks ! I guess I will just wait until the red grows out-Im somehow uncomfy with dying over it again...
And Jerseygirl-What ingredients did you put into these DTs? :-)

...
Lately Ive found out that honey and cinnamon seem to get the red into a more acceptable and blend-able ( Does such a word exist? :-D) shade...Im curious about the results after some time,Ive noticed a visible change in colour after just two honey treatments!
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If you are willing to dye your hair again, I've heard that colors that say "cool" or "ash" will help get rid of warmer/redder colors.
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(according to CurlGenie - HUGE surprise, I always thought I had fine hair and my stylists always agreed)

Tried CG for a summer, but it wasn't for me. I don't load up on sulfates and silicones, but I have no shame in using them when I want/need to! Currently loving LOOB.
If you are willing to dye your hair again, I've heard that colors that say "cool" or "ash" will help get rid of warmer/redder colors.
Originally Posted by KeLynn
Hmm,thanks for the info,but I dont really feel like dying my hair again.
Getting back to my natural colour- inch by inch
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If I remember correctly, I used Nexxus Emergencee for protein (and I used it with heat, left it on for 20 mins, even though the directions are different than that), rinsed it out, and then used Jessicurl Weekly Deep Treatment with heat for 60 mins.

If you don't want to spend that money, just get a protein treatment from Sally's, and a deep conditioner. There is one called Aphogee which is heavy duty protein, but if you don't need that much, there are less intense ones. As for deep conditioners, there is a nice one called Nature's Therapy or something like that. I think it's a knockoff of Kerastase. It does have amodimethicone in it though. If you want silicone free, they probably have something there.

Any good deep conditioner will do. There are probably some good ones at the drugstore too.


Hair Type - medium to fine texture, high porosity, lots of it, type 2b/3a
If at some time you do choose to color over it go in to a salon to have it done. You will need to remove the color to get a nice natural looking new color. I would choose someone that knows color correction.
If I remember correctly, I used Nexxus Emergencee for protein (and I used it with heat, left it on for 20 mins, even though the directions are different than that), rinsed it out, and then used Jessicurl Weekly Deep Treatment with heat for 60 mins.

If you don't want to spend that money, just get a protein treatment from Sally's, and a deep conditioner. There is one called Aphogee which is heavy duty protein, but if you don't need that much, there are less intense ones. As for deep conditioners, there is a nice one called Nature's Therapy or something like that. I think it's a knockoff of Kerastase. It does have amodimethicone in it though. If you want silicone free, they probably have something there.

Any good deep conditioner will do. There are probably some good ones at the drugstore too.
Originally Posted by jerseygirl07067
Ill definitely have to try that! Your hair seems similar to mine,as I cant tell from you siggy,so it might work! And even if it wont...Atleast Ill get nice moisturized curls for a while :-D
Thanks :-)
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