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

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Hello,

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

Every time I go to the salon I have it coloured the closest they can get to my natural colour, but every time it fades to a gingery golden tone which I don't want as my roots become very noticeable.

I use colour protect shampoo and conditioner as well. I now don't have enough money to go to the salon as I'm only in my teens and I don't want to risk damage to my hair! I was thinking of getting a home-dye instead in the hope that it doesn't fade as I am desperate for my natural colour back.

What do you think, and what would you recommend?

Thank you :)

Anon, UK

If the salon you go to is continually colouring your hair with a permanent colour  with a colour, then the orange colour you keep seeing is always going to be exposed after so many weeks due to natural fade.

The only option is to use a semi-permanent colour in a shade that is close to your natural or even a shade that is the same level but with an ashen reflect (so to neutralise any unwanted warmth as much as possible). I don't really think that home hair dyes are reliable and you don't have as much choice in shades. I would strongly recommend you visit your salon and enquire whether they use these semi-permanent colours.

If you have the patience then maybe growing it out and have regular trims to get rid of as much colour as possible is an option.

John Clark at Brooks+Brooks, London 

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