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Natalie asks:
In the summer I dyed my hair red using a few box dyes. For the past few months I have tried to get the red to fade using Vosene shampoo. My hair is now dark brown (same colour as it is naturally) but there is still a hint of the red. I want to get my hair dyed chocolate brown with caramel streaks (a bit like Cheryl Cole). I am worried because a few years ago, I went to a hairdresser to get my hair bleached blonde and no skin or strand test was done. Now, three years on, I still have patches of hair missing. When booking my appointment, I asked the hairdresser if he would do a test and he said I do not need one and he can tell by looking at my hair it’s healthy enough. Also, I bumped into an old school friend who is now a hairdresser and she said it doesn’t need to be stripped, it needs bleach and a tint and that the hairdresser is trying to rip me off. I’m just really worried and unsure what to do. I really want my hair done but does it sound to you that I am being ’ripped off’ and can I get the hair colour I want without it being stripped?

Sue PembertonAnswered By:
Sue Pemberton
I am sorry but it is very difficult for me to give you the correct information unless I can actually see your hair myself.

All I can do is help you understand and work through the process giving you some facts. If the box color was a true semi permanent red, meaning there are no two things mixed together then that semi colour should be gone, which means you can use hair colour to lift your hair, however it will only lift to a golden brown with a hint of warm copper due to how dark you are naturally. ...More >

Although, you said you still have a hint of red in your hair which leads me to believe the red color was not a semi but a demi which is a colour with a low volume of developer that lasts 4 to 6 weeks, or permanent colour, if that is the case the stylist will have to lift your hair with a lightener (bleach) in order to get the level of lift and shade you are looking for and then tone with a colour.

I am not sure what you mean when you asked if the stylist is ripping you off, you only said he did not feel it necessary to do a strand test as he felt your hair was healthy enough. Also regarding your past experience three years ago of bleaching your hair all over and still having patches of your hair missing confuses me. I would think the patches if you still have them are possibly alopecia usually caused by stress and worry. Bleach can damage the hair if not done correct and if the hair is not healthy enough in the beginning of the process to handle the lifting, but your hair would only break off at the scalp or damaged ends and should have grown back by now as your hair grows 1/2 inch per month and the bleach would only damage the hair on the outside of the scalp not the hair inside.

Anyway I hope this helps in your decision and I am sorry I can not help you more.





Jeff asks:
I have dense hair with very thick grain. As a result my hair is always straight and when I try to comb it, it becomes straight again within minutes. So I really have no hairstyle at all except for army style very short hair.

Sue PembertonAnswered By:
Sue Pemberton
Add texture to the hair by cutting into the hair, this will improve the look of your hair texture and stop if looking so straight. This type of cut will give appearance of different lengths, even on short hair. I would suggest that a choppy hair cut might be better regardless of your length. Then when styling, use your hands as a styling tool rather than a comb. You could also always add a splash of colour to break up the density of the hair.







Katie asks:
I have dyed my hair many times over the past few years - I have been light brown, dark brown, black and all shades of red. My natural colour is a blonde colour and I’d like to go back to it. What’s the best was to go about it? I am thinking of having the colour stripped by an expert hairdresser, then dying it a shade similar to my natural one. What do you think?

Gary SunderlandAnswered By:
Gary Sunderland
Providing you go to an expert salon in colour correction you should be able to change your colour. As to it coming out close to your natural colour then this could be tricky. ...More >

I would make sure you ask for a strand test doing beforehand so you can make sure your colour comes out as you wish.

Also check the condition of the strand test after the colour correction to ensure it still looks healthy, it is my experience that this is a tricky process and it can affect your hair condition drastically.

By having the strand test done first you will see the result before you have your whole head done.

Better to be safe than sorry.





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