One of the most important rules of Colour is: You can not Colour your Hair with a Lighter Colour, when your Hair is already Coloured with a darker Colour, regardless if it is a Permanent or Semi Permanent Colour.
For example: You have been Colouring your Hair Chocolate Brown for awhile and now want to Lighten your Hair to a Light Ash Blonde. So you apply the Blonde over your Chocolate Coloured Hair and Natural regrowth, to end up with Blonde or lightened roots and a Toned Chocolate Brunette.
This is one of the most common at home Hair Colouring disasters, that commonly leads to an expensive trip to the salon.
If you want to lighten your Hair, follow our guide that relates to you.
Do you want to lighten your Hair by a shade?
If you feel your Colour is too dark or you just want it a little bit lighter, use Colour Remover on wet, towel dried Hair. By weakening the strength of the Colour Remover, you will allow the Colour to lift and remove a shade, without fully removing the Colour. It is also great to add some warmth to your Hair.
Do you want to go back to your Natural Colour?
Use Colour Remover, to remove your current Colour and your Colour Build Up. Once removed, you will reach a warmer version of your Natural Colour. This is from previous Developers you have used. Try the Toner Kit 48 hours after the last Colour Remover, to help Tone down the warmth and leave you with your lighter, Natural Colour.
Do you want to remove it and start again?
To remove your past Colour to re Colour with a Colour that is lighter than your Natural, begin by Colour Removing. Again, remember your Colour Build Up, allowing at least 1-3 applications to remove your Colour and Build Up. Once you are ready to re Colour, leave your Hair for 48 hours to a week, before re Colouring. This is because your Hair becomes very porous once you have Colour Removed, so any Colour applied will be easily absorbed into your Hair, resulting in your Colour being a shade or two darker. Let your Hair settle after Colour Removing, and choose a Colour two shades lighter when re Colouring.
Do you want a big change and clean all your pigment out?
If you are looking to be an Extra Light Blonde, and you have Naturally Dark Hair that you have been Colouring dark for a long time, it can be hard to shift your unwanted Colour. If it is not fully removed, it will stop the lightening process from working. Begin by Colour Removing, doing at least 1 - 3 applications to remove as much Colour and Build Up as possible. To remove that last stubborn bit of Colour, you will need to use a stronger Product like Bleach with a Bleach Bathing Technique, for a slower, safer way to lighten your Hair and remove all the Natural and artificial Colour pigment. So you can move onto your next lighter Colour.