Colour Advice

Find answers to all your colour questions, from colour correction to various colouring techniques...

Due to some bad reactions, are there any gentler bleaching products I can try?

I have very short very dark hair, and about a year ago I started having it bleached (virtually milky white) which I love! However, the last couple of times my head has swollen post bleach (for several days) and it has really been an uncomfortable process  

How can I get my Ombre to look more natural?

I have mid-brown hair with natural red and blonde tones. I recently dyed it Ombre on the ends using powder bleach and 12% peroxide, but it has gone an orange/red tinge

How can I match up Copper Roots to even brighter ends?

I have a bit of hairdressing experience so am dying a friend's hair in a few days. Her hair is a lovely copper colour, a little darker than a 7.43, her base is about a 6 and her roots are showing

After years of applying hair dye my colour now comes out patchy

My hair is naturally dark brown and just below shoulder length, and I have been dying it probably for about 15 years to cover the grey. I'm only really grey around the front, but it's slowing starting to spread

Why is my hair still dark brown after bleached red highlights?

I have very dark brown hair and recently had bleached red highlights applied, which I wanted. I also wanted the rest of my hair to turn a different colour, specifically RV4

How can I get from a honey/caramel blonde to a platinum blonde?

Two months ago I had a full head of foils done. The colour was blonde and it has now faded to a honey/caramel colour.

Is there a way I can rid my hair of its ginger tone and make it baby blonde all in one step?

At the beginning of last year I had fiery red hair but decided I wanted to be blonde, so I stripped it myself which turned my hair pink. I then went to a salon where they put a full head of foils throughout several times

What is the difference between permanent and semi-permanent colour?

Hi John! I have naturally very dark brown hair, almost black. I have noticed recently a few greys appearing at the front of my hair which I colour with a semi-permanent colour as I'm a bit dubious about using a permanent

How do I match dark roots to fiery copper ends?

A client recently came to me to go from brown to a fiery copper look. We achieved the look by cleansing her hair and applying a fiery copper colour which looked fab!

I have lost my faith in salons and am tempted to fix my hair myself!

I am a natural blonde but dyed my hair dark brown. After a year of being brown I had enough and wanted to be blonde again. I took the salons advice and had highlights which faded very quickly and cost me a fortune

How easy will it be to transition to my natural grey hair colour?

I recently went to a hair salon to have a consultation about letting my grey hair grow in naturally. I had red coloured hair when my grey and dark brown started growing at the roots

A recent bleach has left my hair a yellow blonde and very brittle. Any ideas?

I recently had my very thick and dark hair (base colour 5) bleached using foils. It took over an hour to do. I was then put under the climazon for 20 minutes and where my hair is so thick the underneath took very quickly so resulted in my hair going white and breaking off

How can I lighten my natural ginger/copper hair?

I have naturally ginger/copper hair and want to lighten it slightly. I did buy Lee Stafford's Hair Lightening Spray, but after doing more research I am afraid if I use it my hair will become more orange instead of blonde.

I am 58 years old with dyed red hair and am now thinking of going grey naturally

I am 58 years old with dyed red hair and am now thinking of going grey naturally. I have medium tone skin and dark brown eyes. Will this be an easy transition?

I have been trying to reach that almost platinum blonde and black look but my highlights seem to never reach the pure blonde I am looking for

I have naturally very dark, dark hair, almost a natural black on the pigment scale. I love my natural hair colour but unfortunately I have an unreal amount of grey for only being 25 and it stands out like a sore thumb, even when my hair is pulled back.

Should I continue using semi-permanent colours?

I am 25 years old and have been highlighting my hair with occasional full head dyes for the past ten years. I have now reached the point of going all natural with no permanent colour

I want to strip my hair using Colour Oops, but is this a safe option?

I badly need your help! Throughout the past few years I have had bleach blonde hair but not to the point of platinum blonde. My natural colour is sandy blonde with a gold reflect

Would using a medium brown semi-permanent colour give the effects of medium brown highlights?

I have long, very dark brown hair and about 10% grey. I usually have the grey blended to my natural shade with permanent colour

Is there a way to speed up the process of removing toner?

I recently had a toner put over my hair colour and foiled highlights because I wanted to tone down the blonde slightly. However, they are toned down TOO MUCH!

I would like a colour change but I’m not sure where to start

My hair is a natural medium brown in colour (with a few noticeable greys) which I have been dyeing various shades of red/burgundy for about 18 months

Is it possible to get my hair back to my natural red colour?

I currently have a very visible amount of re-growth on my naturally red hair which is currently dyed dark brown

A home dye has turned my roots ginger!

I have been having a full head of highlights on my hair for about a year and a half. Before this I had been using a permanent brown box dye on my hair for years, but this had built up and it took me ages to correct the colour and go blonde

My hair is looking rather yellow, can you advise me of a solution?

For years I have been having blonde highlights in my naturally fair-brown hair. My highlights are a combination of lowlights, highlights and bleach. Recently my hair has been rather yellow in colour after a visit to another salon as they used too much bleach

Why is my black hair colour not lifting?

I recently wanted to change my hair from black which I was dying for some time. I tried having it stripped twice but it didn't do anything apart from make it look brassy

An all over colour has bled across my highlights!

I had professional highlights done four weeks ago to obtain a lighter caramel effect and to disguise a heavy greying hairline, and to generally lighten my hair to soften my features

How can I go grey gracefully?

I am 52 and have been highlighting my hair blonde for the past ten plus years. I am about to get a shorter cut as it has become thin and miserable and also too blonde

Should I stick with my natural silver colour?

When I was younger my hair was naturally dark brown but I have been permanently colouring it for about 15 years, I am currently 63 years old

I have naturally dark brown hair but want to be a slightly lighter, golden colour

About three months ago I had my hair coloured at a local salon. I have been going to them on and off for a year, so the girl that did my hair already had records of my colour.

Allergy to hair dye – are there other options?

I wondered if you could advise me on something. Whenever I use any hair colour I get an allergic reaction every time and my skin, face and eyes swell.

I wanted to go from dark to blonde but my stylist has made a complete mess of it!

I went to have a few blonde highlights put in to start the process of going lighter but the first set went orange - like the fruit, and I'm not kidding!

Is it true that no one uses bleach for highlights anymore?

I recently spoke to a hairdresser that is near me and the lady said that my old hairdresser had no knowledge of hair as no one uses bleach for highlights and the roots will just have to stay and to not even think about dyeing it again!

What’s the best way of covering gray hair when on chemotherapy?

My sister has had highlights for years but is now undergoing chemotherapy so she can't have chemicals on her hair

How can I counteract brassy orange tones in my hair?

 It’s been about two months and my colour is starting to lift. I’m left with a very brassy orange tone in places!

I have been using Just for Men for many years now but it’s not covering my grays that well. What’s the best thing to do now?

I have a grey birth mark on my head which I have been dying since I was 18 using Just For Men. I’m now 40 and have more grey hairs that I want to hide

Since having my roots retouched I am experiencing a large amount of hair loss!

I have just had my roots retouched as I have a lot of grey, but when the hairdresser rinsed it off a lot of my hair fell out mostly on the crown and on the sides

After having a full head of blonde highlights I still have at least a cm of growth showing!

I have just returned from the hairdressers after having a full head of blonde highlights and I still have at least a cm of growth showing - more in some places.

I’m thinking of going blonde with fine highlights so I can eventually go all over grey. Is this the best way to go?

I have long dark hair but I am completely grey around my temples/face, hairline and on top - about 30%. Normally I colour it dark brown but I feel I would like to go older 

Why When I get my hair coloured does my grey root area always comes out a different colour?

My hair is grey from the roots (about an inch) and I have had my hair coloured now for around 20 years

I dyed my hair red but I now want it blonde. How do I do this?

Naturally I have dark golden blonde hair and have been highlighting it for a couple of years. About two years ago I died it red with Schwarzkopf and after about six weeks I went over with Schwarzkopf Iced Blonde

Can I achieve a pink dip-dye without bleaching?

I am currently ultra light blonde and  I had my hair bleached for the first time four months ago

After a complete colour disaster is it better to go back to being brunette or do I have another option?

I have dark brown hair and have half a head of blonde highlights every eight weeks. My hairdresser, who is mobile, suggested I have my usual half head of highlights along with an all over brown tint as this would look less harsh

I had my hair bleached which has left me with breakage and damage

I had my hair bleached three months ago at my salon in which I experienced bad breakage and damage. How long should I leave it before I dye it again?

I always have red/orange undertones showing through once I dye my hair. How do I get rid of these?

I had my hair bleach shampooed in order to achieve red hair. I am naturally a level 2, maybe 3, brown so I was told it was necessary

I want to dye my hair lighter to mask my greys. What do I ask for at a salon?

I really need your advice. I have naturally very dark hair which I started to get greys in my early 20s, so I have been using shop bought hair dye to hide the greys for 15 years. I have only ever used the darkest brown hair dye as it is the closest to my natural colour.

The last few times I have had my hair coloured I have been left with orange tones, why is this?

For a long time now I have had my hair coloured blonde but I am never happy with the result. My hair is naturally light brown and I was getting it coloured with Wella Colour Touch 7.7 with blonde highlights. The colour was lovely at first but on the third time of colouring the semi-permanent colour was giving of orange tones in the sunlight.

I recently had my roots coloured but they turned out brassy, why is this?

My usual salon coloured my grey roots orangey instead of brown, so I went to a Good Salon Guide salon and explained what happened but after paying almost £80.00 I still ended up with brassy roots

My daughter's dip-dye has gone wrong. How do we correct this?

My daughter had her hair dip-dyed today at a hair salon; she had it dip-dyed about four months previously and had a little bit of the blonde bleach remaining in her hair

I have recently had my hair dyed but it is starting to look tacky

My hair colour is a natural mousey brown but for years I have dyed it dark brown, although the end of last year I thought it would be a good idea to dip-dye my hair

I'm looking for a low maintenance way to dye my greys but with a product that isn't going to effect when I go and get highlights

I'm looking for a low maintenance way to dye my greys but with a product that isn't going to effect when I go and get highlights. My hairdresser asks me if my hair is untreated

For the past few salon visits I have been leaving with a ginger tinge to my hair, why is this?

I have naturally light brown hair which I have been colouring blonde for as long as I can remember, always in a salon. The past four or five times I have visited the salon I have left with a ginger tinge to my hair.

Five days after having a bleach done on my hair my eczema has flared up - is this due to the bleach?

This is really a skin and hair problem. I had bleach highlights done two weeks ago, I now realise it was a silly thing to do as although the bleach doesn't touch the scalp I have extremely sensitive skin and have suffered from eczema for 30 years.

I want a colour that will last longer than three weeks without my roots showing through!

My hair is dyed dark brown with blonde highlights, however I find that my roots always need touching up. My hair is very grey, well whiter really on my roots and hairline so I was wondering what the best way forward is?

I'm trying to get from my current bright 'Rhinanna red' to my natural dark brown - help needed!

Having had dyed black hair for many years I made the age related decision to have it lightened to something a little more natural and closer to my natural colour (mid/dark brown).

I tried getting my hair back to a light brown but it's gone ginger, what do I do now?

When I was younger I had light brown hair but as I got older I wanted it dark so have been dying my hair dark for about five years.

I want to achieve a natural light honey blonde, how do I do this?

I currently have long light blonde hair that gets dry very easily, it has been home dyed the last couple of times and the top two inches of my hair is a darker blonde than the ends.

My hair is starting to go grey, what would be the best colour for me to go now?

I have naturally very dark brown hair, pale skin and blue eyes. My hair is just starting to go grey and I want to have it dyed but I do not know what colour would suit me.

I recently dyed my hair but came over feeling light headed and dizzy, why is this?

I’m 21 years old and have been dying my hair since I was young but all of a sudden whilst I was dying it the other day I felt really light headed like I was going to pass out.

My Hair is currently a brassy colour which I want to get to a beige blonde, how do I do this?

I have fine mid-length naturally light brown hair with golden tones that come up quite light in the sun. I've been getting my hair professionally highlighted for years but the ends of it are really brassy.

My hair colour doesn't suit my skin tone, what options do I have?

My hair is naturally dark blonde but I want to go white blonde like Gwen Stefani, however when I went to a hair salon they didn't have the right colour so I just chose one I thought would be mistake!

I have had my hair coloured dark brown since my 20s and last year noticed that the hairs around my face are breaking off where my grey roots stop

I have had my hair coloured dark brown since my 20s and last year noticed that the hairs around my face are breaking off where my grey roots stop.

I went from blonde to red to brown and now my hair is a complete mess, help!!

I had my hair a lovely light blonde colour (in a bob) and decided to go red. The blonde part of my part didn't take to the colour very well whereas the root was very red. This looked a bit dreadful so I had a semi-permanent brown put over it.

I'm thinking of getting blonde highlights to hide my grey hair, how do I go about this?

The ends of my hair are naturally dark, the lengths are medium brown and the roots are about 50% grey. I want to blend the grey hair with some blonde highlights so I can grow the greys out and make them less obvious.

How can I counteract the blue tinge in my hair without it turning orange or brassy?

I just dyed my hair at the roots and brought the colour down and the mid-shaft turned to a bluish tinge. The base is a perfect colour with no brassiness.

I am going abroad in a couple of weeks and want to ask if it’s better to have my hair balayaged before or after a keratin treatment?

I am going abroad in a couple of weeks and want to ask if it’s better to have my hair balayaged before or after a keratin treatment?

I have an allergy to PPD, can I still have foils?

I seem to have had a mild allergy to PPD (it only occurs when my roots are coloured with base six) and it affects my face, which becomes red, hot and itchy, approximately four days after colour.

I had a major colour change on my hair and now every time I wash it the water runs green!

I recently had my hair dyed a few shades lighter than my natural colour, which is very dark brown, and after a couple of months decided I was done with colours, and roots, and wanted to go back to my natural colour.

I have coloured my hair the same as always but this time it has gone really dark, why is this?

I have been getting my hair coloured by my hairdresser for a while. Recently I have started using Moroccan Oil and when I last got my hair coloured again it went dark because it rejected the tones in my hair.

I went to a salon for an Ombre colour and it has turned out awful! What should I do now?

Yesterday after months of research I went to get my hair 'Ombré'd'. I rang my local salons and only one of knew what Ombre was, which I find shocking, so I booked with the one which did; I'd been to the hairdresser before for a cut and I was happy with it.

My hair colour is plum but I want to go for the Ombre look, Should I get this stripped first?

A few months ago I dyed my hair a plum colour but I've now decided I want to go for an Ombre look.

I did a skin test and my skin went red, I tried it again and it was fine, is this safe?

I brought a Garnier Nutrisse Cream hair dye which I have brought a few times before and have had no previous problems with. I have chosen a colour which is similar to the other colours I have previously used.

I'm so fed up with my grey hair I'm thinking of going silver, is this the best option?

I’m only 29, however all my hair is grey and has been since I was in my teens. I have been colouring my hair now for years to cover it and sticking to my original dark hair colour.

Would a perm be advisable and is it OK on coloured hair?

I have been colouring my hair for many years now and as I am significantly grey I chose the blonde option. I have been thinking of getting my hair permed to give it some volume and movement as I have very straight hair and would like to know if this is something that is not advisable.

I'm trying to get a blue colour in my hair but it keeps fading, what should I do?

I recently bought a home highlight kit which required me to pre-lighten it and then dye over it with blue. The Blue soon washed out and I was left with a green colour.

After putting a red dye on my hair a while ago, I cannot get rid of the red tint it has left behind!

I have naturally dark blonde hair which has been highlighted. Seven weeks ago I put a 6-8 wash in red through it. After about 30 washes it still left a red throughout my roots and a ginger tone through the rest of my hair.

Every time I get my hair bleached my roots go a yellow colour, why is this?

I've been platinum blonde for a couple of years now and have been to tons of hairdressers, now I've found a salon I actually like except for one thing. Every time they bleach my roots, I go in for bleach and tone when I need my roots done, my roots turn yellow.

I need some advice on applying an Ombre Colour!

I am due to do an Ombré colour on a clients hair which is very long and all one length. Usually I love colouring Ombre, but this time I have to do a base colour of 4.0 as her hair is very light/reddish brown so I need to do the base as her roots match a 4.0. But she wants an 8.0 on her Ombré ends!

I had my hair bleached professionally and it has completely ruined my hair!

A trained hairdresser bleached my hair, which was in good condition and nice and long. This turned out an awful orange colour! She then added a toner which turned the roots of my hair bright yellow, the hair near my head turned purple, and then it went snow white through my lengths to my tips which were orange!

My stylist suggest I use a Keratin treatment to straighten my hair and lighten the colour, is this true?

I have been colouring my hair blue black for many years to cover my white hair roots. I want to change to ginger brown and also straighten my hair through a chemical process as it is naturally very curly.

After three failed attempts to recorrect a badly done colour at my hairdressers, I have now been told there is nothing more they can do! Any advice?

I have naturally blonde hair, but have had it highlighted to bright baby blonde for five years or so. I wanted to go darker blonde to stop dying it so often. The salon I went to botched my hair, and after three attempts to correct it said there is nothing they can do and that my hair won’t do what it should regarding fixing this colour.

I have naturally black hair and am trying to dye it purple yet it is having no effect!

I have naturally black hair and am mixed race, so my hair is very strong and stubborn. I dyed it at the beginning of November using the Garnier Olia purple colour. It had no effect at all on my hair whatsoever!

My stylist attempted the Ombre look and it has gone wrong, help!

I decided I wanted the Ombre effect on my hair, so I went to a stylist who basically didn't understand the whole Ombre idea and the way I wanted it!

If I put an all over colour on top of my foils will it look uneven and patchy?

I have been going to hairdressers for many years to have foils which are reddish on top with brown in-between the foils. I am thinking of doing an all over colour as my grey comes through every four weeks.

After I stripped my hair and dyed it, the colour has now gone far more redder than my natural colour, why is this?

I have naturally ginger/auburn hair which I recently dyed purple and hated. I managed to strip the colour out of my hair and dye it a light auburn colour, however it has gone far redder than my natural colour.

How can I get a consistent lilac colour from the roots to the tips?

I naturally have mousy blonde hair. In the past I have been white blonde, ginger and dark red. I then started to use bright semi-permanent colours such as poppy red and fire red.

How do I know if I have had a reaction to a skin test?

I wondered if you could give me some quick advice. I just had a skin test done for a hair dye and it's left a red patch on my skin which is not itching.

I have bleached hair with bad roots, can I dye straight over this?

I have bleached highlighted hair with really bad roots. As it’s getting into the winter season I don't really want to get it bleached again, so I would like to dye it a medium brown colour.

After having my hair highlighted with a colour I hated I want to go a natural golden brown shade, but will the orange tone stay?

Two months ago my hairdresser put some honey highlights through my hair which I hated, one, because I had asked for natural golden brown highlights that would not have that orange hue, and two, because the contrast with my natural hair colour was too intense for my taste. (I have a light brown base).

After a lot of colouring my hair is dry and straw like! What should I do?

Last year my hair was dyed black then stripped, then dyed blonde, which went bright orange, then dyed dark brown to cover it.

I'm trying to get to my natural brown colour but every time I dye it, it fades to a ginger tone?

I have been trying to get back to my natural light brown hair colour. However, I still have not been able to achieve this!

My highlights are growing out, can I cover this with an all over brown hair dye?

My hair is naturally dark brown and over the summer I had blonde highlights done that are now 2-3 inches away from my roots. I don't have a lot of money to spend so I want to buy a brown colour home-dye to get my hair more even.

After a lot of damage from colouring is it OK to put a tint on my hair?

Eight months ago I had my hair dyed a dark brown colour, my natural colour is dark ash blonde. I had my lovely long hair bleached at the hairdressers twice with very strong bleach, which took my hair to a light brown with an orange/yellow tint.

How can I turn my grey hair into grey platinum highlights?

I have about 25% grey in my hair, around my face frame and upper half of my head. I have dyed my hair darkest brown prior to cover the grey, but now I want to keep the grey tones and turn them into grey platinum highlights so I do not have to dye my hair so frequently.

Is it safe to add hydrogen peroxide to my hair to create the Ombre look?

I dyed my hair a reddish colour with copper undertones, but now I would like the Ombre effect on my hair. I like the dark to light look so I was thinking of dying my hair a dark brown and then adding hydrogen peroxide to the ends.

I recently went from dark brown to blonde but it went wrong!

I previously went from dark brown to blonde but it went wrong. The top part of my hair and roots went white and the bottom and ends went a red colour. I went to the hairdressers the next day to get it sorted in which they put a dark brown/blonde semi-permanent through it that looks rather gingery.

After a dip-dye gone wrong I'm desperately trying to get my hair back to the blonde I loved!

I have very long thick hair, and for years it’s been a red/ginger colour. I had the colour applied after a bleach cleanse and allowed it to fade over time to give the appearance of a natural colour, I would then have my roots done every 4-5 weeks.

I have had a disaster with some home colour - advice needed!

I used Colour Oops on my hair about seven months ago, it turned orange so I dyed it medium brown which then turned black!

How can I sort my colour which is one shade on the roots and another on the ends?

My natural hair colour is light brown. This summer I dyed it a coppery reddish colour at home using L’Oréal colour. After a few months I decided that I didn't like it, so I went to a salon to get my hair dyed brown again.

An attempted dye on my hair has gone wrong, how can I fix it?

I dyed my hair which turned bright orange at the roots and a darker ginger colour on the lengths! What can I do to get rid of the orange colour? I cannot afford the hair salon and my school isn't happy.

How can I get my hair from orange back to my natural brown colour?

In February my hair was dyed orange for a hair show and I've been struggling to get it back to my natural light brown ever since.

How can I get my hair back to its natural colour after having it bleached?

I got my hair done three months ago; I had a scene haircut and green highlights. The hairdresser bleached my hair first and then put the colour in after. Now that the colour has faded, will the bleached part fade to?