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

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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.

During the summer I chose to have the ends dip dyed blonde, however instead of my stylist dying a few inches as asked she dyed, almost up to my ears, the most hideous blonde colour. To cut a long story short, I have since had numerous dyes and cleanses in a desperate hope of restoring my hair back to the colour I loved, I am now left with dull brown hair which is in terrible condition and does not suit me!

I have another appointment in two weeks, I've booked for a trim as I need to cut some of the split ends away and may have a fringe cut in also to get rid of the frazzled hair. I am using a deep cleansing conditioner twice a week and leaving in overnight, plus I am using head and shoulders to attempt to fade the brown in order to return to the desired colour.

Am I doing enough to have my hair dyed yet again in two weeks? I'm desperate to change the current colour as it’s vile and has affected my confidence hugely. Please advise me, I would be very grateful for positive news for once.

Many Thanks,

Anon, Wales

I think the problem is the dip-dye has caused your hair to become quite uneven in its colour and unfortunately I think that it will be very difficult to get back to the shade you once had without a lot of patience.

I am not quite sure as to how the hair has gone from red/ginger to dull brown unless they coloured it brown to go with the lighter ends. Anti-dandruff shampoo will fade the colour a little but not enough to get the colour you desire so i think you need to have an in-depth consultation with your colourist on what you want to achieve. They should also be able to tell you what is realistically going to be possible.

Moisturising masques are great and you should keep using them to maintain the condition.

John Clark at Brooks+Brooks, London 

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