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

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Hello,

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

Is it worth going to a hairdresser to get my hair stripped back to its normal dark brown colour, or is there anything less damaging to my hair I can do?

Thank you,

Anon, UK

Ombre hair is such a beautiful look and I don't see it disappearing from view anytime soon. I would never suggest doing it yourself, even if you can buy home kits to do it now. As your hair has been coloured before it won't look like the models on the box. 

I need to explain that if you went to the hairdressers they wouldn't be able to remove your plum colour and return you to your natural dark brown shade in one step (even if you only used a semi-permanent shade of plum). If you had to mix two bottles together when you dyed your hair plum then it means it has to a degree permanently changed your natural hair colour.

To remove this colour they will need to strip the hair of the current shade then assess the colour after. They then will need to colour it to try and match your natural hair colour and Ombre it after this. 

John Clark, Head of Colour at Brooks+Brooks, London 

Waiting for one colour to fade or grow-out, before changing to another, is always less damaging to the hair condition. But if you want to make the change fast, then you can have the colour professionally stripped with a low peroxide, like 6%.

Recolouring with an oil-based colour like L'Oreal's Inoa is also better for the hair as it contains no amonia. Make sure you use regular treatments though to preserve your new colour and maintain moisture. Something like Bumble&bumble's Mending range would be good. 

Alice Gazagnes, Stylist & Colourist at Simon Webster Hair, Brighton

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