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Beauty Blooper: I Vow Never To Double-Dye Again

Here's a lesson for all of you out there who are looking to dye your hair dark. Thanks to a brave anonymous BellaSugar reader, you can consider yourself all the wiser about double-dying!

"My brother's girlfriend convinced me to dye my hair black. I didn't like the way it turned out, so I tried to dye over it—only to find out that you can't dye over black like you can with other colors.

I was told to go to a beauty supply store to buy something to remove the color. It turned my hair blond at the roots and orange in the length. It looked horrible.

Also, you are supposed to wait a couple of days once you strip the color away to begin dying again. I endured this humiliation, wearing a baseball cap around town for three days, until I tried to fix the color...but to no avail. It didn't take, and it left my hair looking like a wet Barbie doll's—gross!

Finally, I went to a hairdresser for a professional treatment, and we decided the only salvation was to cut all of my hair off. It's been a whole year and finally my hair is just getting back to normal. I will never again do anything to my hair myself again!"

Moral of the story: If you're planning a drastic change, a professional colorist is your best friend.


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Allytta Allytta 8 years
that advice is good for stupid inexperienced people. i went from dark dark brown with red undertones to platinum blonde all on my own and with the help or Loreal professional colour remover and some Garnier hair dye. It look amazing. Of course it took time, but the colour never looked gross. It was copper blonde at first and went to platinum in 6 months. And it was cheap and now i feel like beauty queen, because I now know a lot of beauty tricks and can do pretty much anything myself.
krisrenjen krisrenjen 9 years
I went black once.. (from medium brown) and it looked like I had dumped shoe polish on my hair. I kept one picture of it so I'd remember not to do that again! :)
thedeannamarie thedeannamarie 9 years
Welcome to my world. I've had my hair orange three times. I've resolved to just love it dark, and try to stick to the medium brown dye rather than the dark brown or heaven forbid, black. If you ever screw up and your hair turns orange, a medium ash brown makes it look tolerable. It'll still have a weird orange tint, but most people just call it "golden brown". Be VERY careful when dying your hair extreme colors. Black does not come out. Neither do hot pinks, blues, fire engine reds if you dye it blonde before hand. Rule of thumb: If you screw up when dyeing your hair, dye it ash brown. It's less noticeable. And you don't have to pay hundreds of dollars at a professional.
Merlin713 Merlin713 9 years
I have colored my hair a lot of colors with the box hair dye. That stuff is not very good for your hair! I have almost black hair right now, which I had professionally done. In my opinion, you should always go to a professional because it could cost you more in the end if you do it yourself. Also, if you have colored your hair too dark and want it out, you can use a little bit of Dawn dish soap to take some of it out. After that you should call your stylist!
snwhite39 snwhite39 9 years
I dyed my hair black. Best thing I ever did.
mominator mominator 9 years
I am naturally dark hair. I picked up the wrong hair color (a med brown) and it turned my hair a reddish orange. I want to go back to my orginal dark hair but do not know what to do.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I've always heard not to go more than a few shades one way or another by yourself. It's quite scary to think of all the things that can go wrong.
c0rkie c0rkie 9 years
WOW! :(
potterlove potterlove 9 years
Right on to professional hairstylists!
arrhythmia arrhythmia 9 years
ouchies, i've always wondered about that...
Kadronious Kadronious 9 years
Speaking from experience, don't dye your hair black unless your in it for the long haul. The only way to rid yourself of black locks is to strip all the color out of your hair. And even then you usually end up with a lovely shade of light orange and broken ends. So think long and hard about it because once you go black it's hard to go back. :)
poisonivy poisonivy 9 years
I don't agree that no one should dye their hair black. Dark hair looks lovely on the right person. Look at Rose McGowan, Rachel Bilson (used to be black), Jennifer Connelly... however if you have never had really dark hair, it can definitely be shocking at first, even if it does look great.
vienvien vienvien 9 years sad.
auddie auddie 9 years
I've totally gone black by accident before, but I decided to give it a try and ended up liking it a lot. I had a really short pixie cut at the time, so it also grew out a lot faster. If you dye at home and it's not what you want, you can try washing your hair with dish soap. It's usually best if you haven't dried your hair all the way yet, but it can strip out the color, but if you went really dark, it may not do anything.
Babychloe Babychloe 9 years
I once dyed my hair blue black. I thought it would look really cool. But I ended up looking very Goth. I found out, just like you, that you can't dye over black. I didn't want to strip my hair, so I just used harsh shampoos for a couple of weeks which pulled much of the black out and got it back to a soft black. Then I had to get hightlights to lighten it up. What an ordeal!
ToonasaurusRex ToonasaurusRex 9 years
oh, and now my hair is midway down my back, and healthier than i ever remember it being!! but still, no dye for me :)
ToonasaurusRex ToonasaurusRex 9 years
this is almost EXACTLY what happened to me!! I had black hair for years, and decided to go back to blonde (my natural color). The guy i went to (recommended by a friend) swore up and down that he could do it in one shot (my hair was not very long at the time), so i said go for it. Needless to say, 4 hours later i looked like a calico cat -- patches of black, brown, orange, red, yellow, and weird greyish color. Not only that, it was TOTALLY damaged (it felt like straw!). I wore my hoodies to work (thank god it was winter!!) for a month. Since my hair grows really fast, it was then long enough to cut it all off. 3 years later..........well, i still haven't tried dyeing it again!! i'll stick with my natural dirty blondeness :)
maisiegirl maisiegirl 9 years
Always spend the extra $$$ to see a professional. They are trained to access your hair, how your hair takes color and they can avoid severe hair damage. Sorry you had to learn a hard lesson, but thankfully, hair does grow back. I bet you look great! Besides, going to a professional colorist not only leaves your locks looking gorgeous and the color looking rich, but there is no icky bathroom cleanup!!!!
rubialala rubialala 9 years
Oh, that's so awful I'm very sorry for you.
pinkraindrops pinkraindrops 9 years
Also, just to add a little bit, if you have had permanent color put on your hair, and then you use a semi-perm like manic panic or the like, it clings to your hair like a permanent color and the only way to get rid of it is to get it stripped by a professional.
pollypo pollypo 9 years
Also, if your hair is kind of dry or just very porous, it will suck up the dye very fast and you'll end up darker than you intended. Also, I wasn't saying that everyone should be blonde, just that black is tough for most complexions to pull off. I have naturally dark brown hair and would never go blonde, for instance.
askmetostay askmetostay 9 years
oooh, i LIVE for at-home dye jobs....when i got my professionally done, the red faded soooo quickly. but i use feria now, and it stays in pretty well. but dark shades are definitely little sister tried to dye hers a little darker, and it turned black.
JustMe21 JustMe21 9 years
Yes, don't color/cut yourself! Pay to get it done! I've had bad experiences myself!
dmblauren dmblauren 9 years
i will never use store bought hair dye again. 3 years ago i dyed my hair a dark red shade from herbal ecsenses. it totally messed up my hair and took multiple trips to the salon to get it corrected. 3 years later my ends are still damaged where i had all of that dying done.
menthadict menthadict 9 years
Ouch...but I'd see why she'd want to dye her hair black. It's a very beautiful color, haha
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