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How to Lighten Over-Dyed Hair

The gentler route back to blonde.
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Q: My natural shade is a light brownish, honey blonde sort of colour. I decided to go lighter by getting a bunch of highlights done, but I got over that pretty quickly, so I dyed my hair dark brown at home. 

It looked really good but it faded into this weird caramel colour. Then I dyed my hair burgundy-plum, which was amazing for the winter. 

Now, I don't know what my hair colour even is because it faded completely! But I think I want my light hair back for summer. What do I do? — Amina

A: Amina, it sounds like you have very nice natural pigment to start with.

I’m not sure if your hair faded into a light plum, or a strawberry, but I recommend for you to lay off the colour for a bit, since you said you don’t know what is your natural colour anymore.

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So, you should take the highlight approach again. 

Have soft, thin, natural-looking highlights put everywhere in the hair. This will create a beautiful lift. 

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If you lift to a light golden blonde, I think you will hit the target. 

Also, this will allow your natural hair to come through and it will blend beautifully. 

Let me know how it's going at the end of the summer.

Tony Chaar is one of Canada's top celebrity hairstylists and the owner of Tony Chaar Salon at 140 Avenue Road in Toronto. Call 416-920-9965 to book an appointment.

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