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Friday, 14 August 2015

DIY Hair Colour from Red to Brown

Is it time for a haircut?Are you thinking about colouring your hair at home?

Okay, so it's that time again. 

My hair is needing a trim and I go through the usual: Grow it?? Chop it off?? What should I do? 
This is a (very) regular conversation I have with myself (and any poor sod who makes the mistake of listening).

If you have read my "All about me" page, you will know that I like to change my hair quite regularly.
It has been all lengths from super-LONG (I'm a dab hand at a french pleat or fishtail) to shaved at the sides and spiked on top (so much fun!).

It has been bright red, orange, black, blond, peroxide blond, white, all shades of brown, all shades of auburn/red, plum, blue/black, pinky-red and even dark green!

I love to change it up...I get bored easily and, let's face it, out of all of the things you can do to change the way you look, nothing is quite so easy and painless as changing your hair.

Well, today I phoned the hairdresser asking for an appointment and they were full.
So, instead of waiting (Wait? Pah!) I decided to take matters into my own hands (it is certainly not the first time).
I trimmed my developing mullet, tidied up my fringe, and trimmed around my ears...

Oh, and I dyed it brown.

Going from red to brown is not as easy as you would think.

You have to select a colour that has a cool base to should turn purple (yes, bright purple) as it develops.

BEWARE, as a rule (in my experience) shop-bought brown hair dye ALWAYS ends up darker than you think it is going to be.
If in doubt choose a shade lighter!

I chose a 6A as my natural hair is about a 6 (that's how light or dark it is) but with more warmth. 
I did take my own advice (above) but I wanted it to a little darker.

The A part means it will be a cool colour (or Ash).
The dye I buy has the following colours, at level 6.

  • 6N - neutral -Lightest brown
  • 6G - Golden -Lightest copper brown
  • 6A - Ash -Lightest ash brown
Only the Ash tone would get me what I want this time.

Don't fear the counteracts brassiness and red undertones.
Be aware though that you can never remove ALL the redness from it at home...for that you need specialist help. And, of course, a bigger budget.

The hair colour turned pale purple slowly as I mixed it (it looked inoffensive) but it was so dark and bright purple that it looked almost black on my head (this could be very concerning for a beginner BUT don't panic). 
I have had it all shades from Bleached white to black so I never really panic (nothing an eyebrow pencil could not fix in an emergency!)

As I rinsed it off (gosh, it makes a mess!) I realised that it is very slightly darker than I wanted BUT it will fade down very quickly and my red will start to come through again.

It is a nice chocolate colour...with a very slight red tinge (not surprising as my hair was practically orange before I started)
My eyebrows needed a quick brow tint (home job again) as they looked lighter..but I think my eyes look bluer.
You can't see that in this picture but I will put a snap on twitter @samantha4blair

All-in-all I am happy....for the moment....until next time!

Red pixie cut

Not a great photo but it is a fresh-out-the-bottle red here. Short and Red and shiny.

Faded red hair dye

My hair colour is fading out to a more orange tone...still loving it but my grey temples are saying starting to say "Hello"!

short warm brown pixie cut.

The sunlight (sunset) is warming things up in this photograph, but you get the idea!

Are you thinking of changing your hair?

Please share in the comments, I would love to hear about your ideas!




  1. Glad you were able to make the changes you wanted at home rather than having to wait for a haridresser! :)

    I am really not very adventurous with my hair - I tend to grow it really long, then cut it short and regret it and want it long again, then remember how much easier short hair was and get it all chopped off....haha. It's a cycle!

    Away From The Blue Blog

    1. Hi Mica,
      I know that cycle well...except for the regretting it part... long, longer, very long, Super-short, slightly longer...and on it goes (it's certainly not boring).
      When I find a great style, my hair grows too quickly and when I want to grow it is seems to grow at snails pace..ha ha.
      Thank you for your comment.

  2. Love that you got this great look at home. My hair has gotten so much sun this summer, direct sunlight not only makes my hair lighter but drys it out. You are lucky, with your face, i bet you can wear any color and look great!
    xo jess

    I get rid of the greys, and in the fall will have fun with the extensions. :-)

    1. Thank you Jess,
      I envy your sunshine...but not the drying affect on your beautiful hair.
      I certainly don't think you need any extensions, but they are fun to dress up with.
      I will look out for them!


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