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ruta.elt

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Hello,

I went to the hairdresser and she has used a 'toner' (not sure what it was but that's how she called it) on my natural light brown virgin hair to even out the color as my ends were a little bit lighter and yellowish after summer than the rest of my hair. I remember she called it a 'color wash', and kept solution on my hair for about 15 min. She advised that she matched it with my natural hair color and there will be no root re-growth visible or anything like that. After this procedure my hair changed color significantly and is now a lot darker brown with orange undertone which I absolutely hate.. I love my natural color and want to get it back. It's been a month now and I have used clarifying shampoo, anti dandruff shampoo regularly, tried baking soda as well - color doesn't seem to be washing out. Can a toner actually change light brown hair to dark orange brown? Interesting thing - my ends are still a lighter than the rest of the hair. So she didn't get rid of lighter ends, she just changed the color of my hair, but looks like that color is a bit transparent (because lighter ends are still visible) Any ideas on what she has done? Do you think she used semi-permanent color? If it did not wash out after a month (washing hair every other day), it probably never will? I would like to try color remover however I don't know if the solution she used contained peroxide and my hair was pre-lightened.. in this case I would not get my natural hair color back? Please help.

Addition: I have now tried the color remover on a section of my hair and it did not remove orange tone from my hair. There is almost no color difference after using the remover, maybe hair is a bit lighter. I am confused.. anyone has any ideas what happened to my hair?
clairelhedley

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Hello,

Just saw your post on here while looking for advice myself. If the hairdresser used a peroxide developer that was a little too high, it might have 'lifted' your natural hair colour slightly before depositing the dark pigment to your hair. This lifting/removing of your natural pigment is possibly the cause of your orange undertone. So, it's not that an orange tone has been put into your hair, but that some of your natural pigment has been removed leaving some of the more orange pigments exposed. This is why you can't wash it out and why the ends are still light - the original dye has probably faded a lot leaving the orange and blond ends exposed again. If this is the cause, and it's difficult to say without knowing whether the hairdresser used a peroxide developer and what strength it might have been, the only way to get rid of the orange tone is to place another toner over the top that will replace some of the pigments that were lost. You will need to use something with blue undertones (ash colours) to neutralise the orange. You should use a very weak developer to ensure you don't lift the hair any further. Unless you have a good knowledge of colour theory then I would recommend trying to find a very good local colour specialist, tell your story and ask if they can replace some of the pigments. I imagine getting another dye is the last thing you want to do, but it may be the only way to get rid of the orange, other than growing it out.
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