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Foils & DIY Hair Colour Dye

Q: My natural hair colour is a medium to dark brown. I also have a lot of thick blonde and caramel coloured foils in my hair. I think my hairdresser has also toned down my hair so my blonde foils are very light. At the moment it is costing me too much to continue getting foils because my hair grows very fast which means I always get really bad medium brown regrowth over my blonde foils. I want the natural coloured brown I have in my hair at the moment to be a darker brown. If I dye my hair a darker brown using a DIY hair colour dye box would this make my foils go orange underneath or would my hair turn dark brown completely and fade my foils altogether? I dont really care if the foils fade completely under the darker brown dye, I am just curious as to weather they will turn orange underneath?
 
A: Unwanted colour results are a problem women often encounter when they follow salon procedures with DIY hair processes. Sometimes, a simple attempt to save some money turns into an unfortunate incident, when the colour used at home reacts badly with the colour you already have. The end result is that you can find yourself back in the salon anyway for a colour correction service.
 
      With your haircolour as described, the hair that I would be most worried about would be the light blonde highlights. Most home haircolour kits donít offer much information regarding the base colours used in the color formulas. If any of your hair is going to have an unwanted reaction with the dark brown home colour, it will be this blonde, but thatís not guaranteed.
 
      I canít say whether or not youíll get an orange tint, because I donít know the exact colour youíre using, nor do I know the exact shade of the highlights you have.
 
      What you need to do is be prepared to do a colour correction if you do end up with an overly-orange tint on the blonde segments of your hair. For this, youíll need to visit your beauty supply store (not the supermarket or department store) to get a level 3 or 4 haircolour with a blue color base, and some 20-volume cream developer. (Youíll also want to have gloves, and a colour bottle or mixing bowl and brush.)
 
      Just remember this is only if you get an unwanted ORANGE tint to the hair. Mix one ounce of the colour with one ounce of the 20-volume developer, then add 2 ounces of your favorite conditioner and mix thoroughly. Apply this mix to your hair and cover with a plastic cap. Leave it on for 10 minutes then rinse thoroughly with warm water. This should tone down the orange tint and only use half of the colour.
 
      If the hair is still too orange, you can repeat the process a second time.
 
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