Thursday, April 25, 2013

DIY: How to Tone Brassy Hair





Thank you for your wonderful support on my DIY Loreal Feria Wild Ombre Hair Tutorial & Review Link

I didn't expect it to be such a hit!

***In this video i've redone my ombre and use the LIGHTEST OMBRE KIT, 

FOR LIGHT BLONDE TO DARK BLONDE! So be aware that my hair is lighter. 

However, many of my viewers had the same concern....what is toning and how can you tone down the brassiness? I've gotten my  hair dyed many times throughout the last 10 years, and brassy is a HUGE NO NO (unless that's the look you're going for)! In this video, i'll show you how easy it is to tone your hair using a dye box from a local drugstore! 

Supplies:
-Loreal Preference Medium Ash Blonde (you can choose to go darker - Dark ASH Blonde, Light ASH Brown, OR go lighter - Light ASH Blonde, Very Light ASH Blonde)
- Ardell Red Gold Corrector Link http://goo.gl/rH1Mk
- Clairol Shimmer Lights Shampoo Blonde & Silver Link http://goo.gl/Ao08V
-Hair clips
-Trash Bag (for Shirt and cover floors so it wont spill)




Hair Toning Steps:
**I toned my hair immediately after my ombre, all in the same day. Here's a quick summary of my Ombre to Toning steps: I ombred my hair, left it in for about 30  minutes (depending on how light you want it), washed it out (without conditioner), blew dry my hair completely, toned my hair, left it on for about 20-30 minutes, washed it out, deep conditioned, and DONE! 

1. Wear a shirt or make a trash bag shirt so it wont destroy your good clothes. Open the dye box. Put on your gloves.

2. Open bottle #1 and bottle #2

3. Pour bottle #2 into bottle #1

4. Add in 1-2 packets of Red-Gold Color Corrector

5. Place the cap back on bottle #1, shake well

6. Brush your hair

7. Section you hair into 3 horizontal parts

8. Squeeze dye onto 1-2 inch sections of hair. You can add it about 1 inch above the start of the ombre. Since I cant tell the exact line between the ombre and dark hair, I decide to add it slightly higher. It doesnt have to be perfect, just make sure to saturate the hair with dye.

9. Apply it as fast as possible (took me about ~10 minutes)

10. If you have left over dye, just add some more on the ombre hair to ensure everything is covered.

11. Wait about 20-30 minutes, depending on how fast your hair will absorb the dye. I had mines on for 30 minutes.

12. Wash it out once you've reached your time with regular shampoo or you can choose to buy the purple shampoo to help lessen brassiness (you can use this purple shampoo every day, a couple times a week, or even once a week just to keep the color from changing too fast). 

13. Blow dry.... and Ta-da its done! Hope you like the less brassy ombre hair!

** The toner, like most hair dyes will eventually fade, so  you'll probably need to retone every month or every 2 months (depending on the shampoo/conditioner and the type of water in your region - hard or soft water). 

97 comments :

  1. Hi Ly!
    Thank you so much for this post.. very helpful! Your hair looks even more beautiful now that you have re-ombré'd it. And it looks so healthy too! What is your haircare routine? And how do you prevent your hair from breaking?

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    1. I use Redken So Soft Shampoo and Conditioner everyday and once a week i'll use Redken Cleansing/Clarifying Shampoo and also Deep Condition with Pantene Hair Mask. Usually my hair isnt shiny, only after I straighten it with a flat iron, it adds moisture and makes it look healthy and shiny again! Thanks!

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    2. I know this is a post from way long ago but I'm planning to ombré my hair soon. Wondering if I can skip the toning process and just dump the red gold corrector into the ombré dye kit instead. Sorry, new to this hair dying stuff.

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  2. Im in the UK and can't use the toner you suggested - I don't suppose you know of a good toner I can get in the UK? x

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    1. When I say toner, it just means a regular hair dye box. You can find hair dyes at local Drug Store, I suggest using the Medium/Light Ash Blonde. Just depends on what look you are going for.

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  3. Your hair is beautiful. How long do you wait before dying over your ombré? If I dye my ombré can I tone it the next day? Thanks

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    1. I did it all in the same day. I ombre my hair, washed it out (without conditioner), blew dry it completely, then started on the toning process, left the toner on for about 20-30 minutes, washed it out, deep conditioned, and done!

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  4. Thank you for such a great tutorial! Actually your Wild Ombre by Feria tutorial was perfection. Your tips and video plus the blog steps along with the follow up was great! For now I am happy with the Ombre look I have acheived with the Feria, but in time I will be toning it as per this blog post suggests! Thank you!

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    1. NOOOOO problem!!!! So happy that you found it helpful. Let me know how your toning turns out!

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  5. Hey there! I can't find the same corrector in Canada, do you know any I could find and where?

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    1. I dont know where they have it in Canada,you can try to google it and find stores in your local area. Or you can go to the beauty supply store and ask them for a corrector section and they should have it there.

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    2. I dont know where they have it in Canada,you can try to google it and find stores in your local area. Or you can go to the beauty supply store and ask them for a corrector section and they should have it there.

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  6. hello! i ombred my hair and it looks 2 shades darker than yours. i'd like it to be lighter (maybe like a shade darker than yours) so if i toned it with a light ash blonde would i get a lighter ombre? what do you suggest

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  7. hello! i ombred my hair and it turned out 2 shades darker than yours. i'd like it to be lighter (maybe like a shade darker than your hair) so if i tone it with a light ash blonde would it turn my ombre lighter? what do you suggest

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    1. There's a chance the Light Ash Blonde will lighten your hair one or two shades, doesnt hurt to try!

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  8. Hi ly! I am erika a filipina.So isaw your tutorial and wow the outcome was really nice. So i'm thinking to ombre my hair but the problem is my hair is really quite frizzy and strands are really thick haha andddd the color turned brassy already its been 4 months since i dyed my hair. So any tips on how will i start to ombre and on what type of color will i use for the ombre and also for the toner haha thankyou so much hope for your response ;) i so much adore your hair and also ur tips you've been sharing :)

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    1. What color do you currently have on your hair? Did you dye your whole head? Has youre roots show through? If you only want to lessen the brassiness on your current hair color then you can tone it down with an Ash tone dye. But if you want to ombre, then you might need to dye the top portion darker and then ombre the ends with Loreal Wild Ombre box #080 (the lightest color). I know it sounds scary to use the lightest box, but you can control how light it is by leaving it on for less time. Then you can tone the bleached portion with Medium Ash Blonde. If you want it less then use Dark Ash Blonde, but if you want it lighter then my hair then use Light or Very Light Ash Blonde with the addition of 2 packets of the Red-gold corrector. Let me know what you decide and i can help you out!

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  9. I love your results but I'm curious to know why you used the lightest ombre dye and not the one meant for dark hair?

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    1. Initially I used the #070 box for light brown to dark blonde, and the results werent light enough, so after 1 month, i redid my ombre with the #080 (light blonde) box and controlled the lightness/intensity by adjusting the amount of time the dye is left on the hair. I left it on for 30-35 minutes, if you dont want it that light then you can check your hair after 15-20 minutes then every 5 minutes after that until the desired result. All three box has the same bleach packet, the only difference is the strength of the developer (the white bottle/liquid), this helps the bleach process your hair faster and stronger. Lighter boxes have higher developer percentage. Like i said in the video, its always easier to tone down bleached hair that is lighter then what you want rather then trying to lighten the dark hair.

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    2. Thanks for the reply :) I have naturally dark brown hair and I love how natural your ombre turned out. I'm not sure which box I should use because I've never bleached my hair before. Would you recommend using the lightest box to get your results?
      How did you make it blend so seamlessly with the rest of your hair? Did you use the backcomb technique?

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    3. Yes use the lightest box, because you've never bleached your hair before, it'll take more to change your naturally color. Remember, you can adjust how light it is by shortening the time its left on your hair. I did not do the back comb technique, i use the ombre comb that comes in the box. I held the brush vertically when applying it on the upper portion of the ombre then change the brush horizontally to apply more at the lower half of the ombre. for the natural transition from your dark hair to the ombre hair, dont put too much on the brush soo it'll give it a more gradual effect. Better to start of with less and add more rather then having too much on the brush and apply too much on the hair.

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  10. Oh and I forgot to ask, when I tone my hair should I avoid applying it on my natural hair, because I'm afraid it will lighten it too.

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    1. You saw on the video, i applied my toner a little higher then the ombre part, it gives it a gradient look.

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  11. Thanks so much again :) I'm going to do this tomorrow! I can't wait.

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  12. Hi! Love your videos - they're awesome!! I used the Feria yesterday and would love to tone it. Would you recommend I wait until I do the ombre again and do it all the same day, like you did? Or would it be okay to tone it in a few days?

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    1. You can tone it now, you dont have to wait to re-ombre again just to tone. Good luck! Thanks for your support hun!

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    2. Hi Ly, I did a strand test to see how long I should leave the bleach in and after 45 min the ends were a bright orange color. Should I tone it now or should I lighten it more?

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    3. which kit did you use? the lightest one #080 (light blonde)?

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    1. It'll always turn orange on naturally dark hair, so if the lightness is what you want (disregard the orangey tone) then you dont need to re-ombre it. Just tone it with either Medium ash Blonde or Light Ash blonde depending on how light you want it to be. Dont forget to add in the red-gold color corrector when toning.

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  14. Thanks for the help Ly. Is there another product like ardell red-gold color corrector? I can't ship it to my country (amazone).

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    1. Go to your local beauty supply store, ask the associates what solution they have to help lessen brassy, red-gold, colored hair. Many places will give you a violet liquid that comes in a dropper or package. That does the same thing as the Ardell Red-Gold corrector. You add the corrector into the toning bottle/ dye bottle and shake everytihng up together, then apply it on your hair and leave it for about 20-30 minutes. Good Luck! Let me know if you have any other questions

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  15. Hey Ly! I just toned my hair using the medium ash blonde and it was great to tone my hair. Thanks for your tutorial! I would like to do it lighter next time (I used the darkest ombré box this time.) How long should I wait to re-do everything (the ombré and the toning)?

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    1. I re-ombred my hair about 1 1/2 months after the first time. So happy to hear that you like it!

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  16. Hi Ly, love your videos! When I tone my hair do I have to use the corrector? What does it really do? Thanks!!!

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    1. You do not have to use the corrector, however it does help tone the brassiness more by counteracting the redness. Kinda similar to: when you cut yourself, the band aid help to heal the wound, but if you add neosporin it prevents it from infecting and heals faster and better ( i know its a bad example, but that's all i can think of right now lol, hope you get it). Therefore the corrector isnt necessary but it helps.

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  17. Is it okay to just use the hair dye or do I have to use both the hair dye and the corrector? Please let me know, thanks!

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    1. If you cant get your hands on the corrector then you can use the hair dye, just leave it in longer, but having the corrector helps keep it from being brassy longer.

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  18. Hey Ly!

    I followed your step by step tutorial of ombre and toning. However, I have virgin (natural) black hair and after bleaching and toning with med ash blonde + corrector, my hair is a mess! It's still very brassy and orange :(

    Any suggestions on what to do next?! I was thinking dying all over dark brown to get rid of orange OR for a subtle ombre, use a med ash BROWN.

    PLEASE HELP! thanks

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    1. Which ombre box did you use?

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    2. Well, I lied, I technically didn't follow your steps, I went to two different stores and couldn't find a L'Oreal feria ombre kit for black hair (is there even a kit for black hair?). Instead I used Clairol Nice 'n Easy Maxi Born Blonde. I left it on the first time for 30min, rinsed, and applied a second lightening for 20-30min. I thought it would really lightened my hair, but it turned out very bright orange. Next, I used Med. Ash Blonde + red gold corrector for 30min. (my hair looked like it was getting darker but when i rinsed and washed with Clairol Shimmer lights shampoo, blow-dried it, my hair was still brassy, a darker orange/yellow).

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    3. ohhhh, so you dye you use were just dyes not bleaching kit. In order to lighten naturally dark hair like ours, we must use bleach. I recommend using the lightest ombre kit ( i know it looks super light) but it'll lighten your hair about 3-4 shades and you can always tone with an Ash dye. However, since you've just dyed your hair, its overly saturated and if you continue to try more times it wont take the color dye as well. You can either dye everything dark and wait 2 months to redo it, or you can choose to go to a beauty supply store and ask them for a color stripper (dont know what its actually called, but if you tell them you just dyed it and wanted to remove the color/strip the color they'll show you what to use), afterward you can go and find the ombre kit either at walmart, target, cvs, walgreens, rite aid,etc, and reombre it. The brush provided in the kit is what's making the ombre look more natural. If youre totally fed up with everything, you can seek professional help. Good luck!

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    4. I did use a bleach kit, the Clairol Nice 'n Easy Maxi Born blonde is bleach. It came with a developing cream, 2 packets of lightening powder and liquid lightener. If i go all dark, what color do you recommend to get rid of the brassy orange color? Black, dark brown, med. brown?

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    5. If you know that eventually you'll redye your hair a lighter color, I do not recommend going black. Black is the hardest color to remove and dye over. If so you can choose dark brown or dark ash brown (if they have that), or medium ash brown. Just look at the color shown on the box and see if you want dark or medium brown, but if they have Ash, always get ash to minimize brassiness. But if you really want black and will keep your hair dark for a long time then I would go with Soft Black.

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  19. So you had already ombred your hair and it was brassy so you toned it with the medium ash blonde correct? Well I didn't ombre my hair but had done highlights a few months ago that were a little brassy. I thought I would try the medium ash blonde...I used Nice and Easy. The box said it would tone down brassiness. Well I ended up with a darker color (My hair was medium brown with blondish highlights)It covered my highlights and now I have a darker medium brown/blonde hair that is brassy looking. It looks ok inside but looks pretty orange outside. Any suggestions? I don't think it is safe to dye it over again with a lighter ash blonde for fear it will get more brassy. Uggg! I just wanted a hair color similar to the bottom of your hair in the video. LOL!

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    1. Well you if you really want to redye it you can go to your local beauty supply store and ask them for a solution that strips the new hair color off. Alot of time, its hard to dye over a new dye job because it has already saturated the porous hair and wont absorb the newer dye, thus I think you should strip/remove that color. While there, you should try to pick up a couple of package of red-gold corrector and also the purple shampoo if you prefer (only use this 2-3x a week--its optional). Then you can go to your drugstore and pick up a medium ash blonde hair dye, ignore the ones that say "helps reduce brassy hair" or those made to lighten dark hair. Add the red-gold corrector to the dye bottle and shake up the corrector and dye. It should look really dark and purplish. Apply it to your hair, but since you have highlights not ombre you dont want it to really change the non-highlighted hair, so this means you'll have to sacrifice the amount of time and leave it on for about 15-25 minutes, just enough so it'll soak in the blonde hair but not enough where it'll drastically change your non-highlighted portion. Alot of time, its hard to balance the highlights with the darker hair unless you choose to individually pick out all the highlighted hair and tone it (which is ridiculous). So toning with an ash dye and corrector should really help. I used the Loreal Preference Medium Ash Blonde, or if you want it a tad bit lighter then Light Ash Blonde. Let me know if that helps or if you have any questions.

      Here's examples of the color remover, read the reviews and you'll see that it works! http://www.sallybeauty.com/hair-color-removers-correctors/Hair05-10,default,sc.html

      Dont forget to deep condition your hair as the color remover will weaken your hair. Maybe after you remove your color, give your hair at least 1-2 weeks before you tone it. Good luck!

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  20. Hi Ly
    First of all, thank you for the videos. I am now your big fan. I had had natural black for at least 4 year until one day I decided to get a radical look change. I didnt see your video and had no idea what ombre was so i dyed my hair brown but my hair was very black so the brown wasnt visible at all. The next day I dyed my hair with pure medium blond, my hair turned kinda dark brown with slight red. Then at the same night, i saw your ombre video and knew right away that I want ombre with the toning. The following day I went to get the whole kit exactly as you suggested in the videos: lightest ombre, medium ash blond, red-gold corrector and shampoo. The ombre didn't come out blond like yours but orangey (red flag #1). When I mixed the medium ash blond toner, I put the whole small packet of corrector in the mixed toner bottle and the color was changed to purple kinda red instead of yellow like yours in the video (red flag #2). I left this on for 30 mins and the outcome is still brassy orange (red flag #3) I really want the same look as yours because your hair is so pretty with the PERFECT color but I didnt know which part I messed up lol. What do you recommend me to do? I was thinking about put the same color toner today to reduce the brassiness but afraid it might be too much chemical for the hair. Stripping color sounds scary for my hair too. thank you. T_T

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    1. Sounds like you didnt miss any steps, the problem is that your hair was natural black. Natural black hair is very hard to lighten, even with bleach the results will guarantee to be brassy. To overcome this alot of times you'll have to leave it in longer, to get from black to lighter it has to go through black-->red-->blondish red orange-->blondish. In my ombre video, i initially use the medium ombre box and the it lighten up. But after a couple of weeks i wanted my ombre to be lighter so i redid my ombre with the lightest box and left if on for about 30-35 minutes, but this really depends on your hair and texture it might need to be longer. So check on that. Afterward, I shampooed (did not use condition), blew dry completely, then toned with Medium Ash Blonde (plus 2 packets of corrector--the bottle is suppose to be turn purplish), washed it out after 25-30 minutes, or until you feel its less orange (might take longer), wash it out, shampooed, deep condition for 5 minutes, and done! If youre afraid that its too damaging, you can wait to re-do it after a couple of weeks or month (depending on how damaged it is). The second time should lighten your original ombre more. Stripping your hair makes it very weak. I dont recommend doing the ombre, toning, stripping , retone/dying all in one week. Youre hair will become too saturated and wont absorb the new dye easily. Let me know if you have more questions.

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  21. Thank you so much Ly
    Im so excited that I wanna re-ombre and re-tone my hair again this Friday. My hair color looks so ridiculous now, super brassy orange. So this time you recommend me to still use the lightest box of the ombre kit and still medium ash blond toner with 2 packets of corrector, is that correct?

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    1. Yes. But just check on your hair ever 5 minutes or so after the 20 minute mark until desired lightness, just dont leave it on more then 1 hour, 45 minutes is the recommended max time. if you can find a bottle that has Very Ash Blonde then that will be even better. But they usually only sell it at sally's beauty supply or other beauty supply stores. Leave the toner on longer this time, you just need to have test strands and wipe it down after the 30 minutes mark, and see if its still brassy, if still brassy leave it on for another 10-15 minutes, etc. until desired color

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  22. My hair come out very brassy. I will be using the ash blonde 71/2A. I have at home wella charm toner T18 and also wella additive 050. Can I use one of these instead of the ardell red gold corrector? if so which one?
    or should I just go ahead and find the ardell?

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    1. I havent use either one of the products, but i would assume that the T18 is better since its an ash tone, where as the o50 goes for a silverish color. You can definitely use these instead of the red gold corrector. Let me know how the T18 works, so i can tell my viewers. Thanks.

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  23. Hi Ly

    The last time I dyed my hair was almost 2 years ago. .dyed it dark brown (natural black). So anyways, I wanted a change and decided to try ombre like yours. I used the lightest ombre kit and then the med ash blonde to tone it down..It came out brassy as usual since I know I wouldn't achieve the blonde color the first time..also I didn't use the purple shampoo...didn't get a chance to buy it...well since u said that u got that lighter color after doing ombre the second time, would that work for me as well? I don't really wanna wait a month and a half to do it..it's been 2 days since I did mine and I wanna do try to color it again (ombre and tone it)..do u think it will be okay? Also should I use the lightest ombre kit again? I'm thinking of getting the light or very light ash blonde for toning instead of the medium. Thoughts? Thank you in advance!

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  24. Is your hair still ombre? How often do ou have to tone it?

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    1. In my latest video, i dyed my hair soft black. However, when I had ombre hair i would tone it every 1 or 1.5 months, depending on how often you wash your hair. I wash my hair every day so the color will fade faster. I just redid my hair again and instead of a full ombre, i used the same kit for a more sublte ombre highlight look for fall.

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  25. Hi,
    If I can't find the corrector or unable to order from the internet, could I skip the step? or it's like a really important step that I really shouldn't skip?

    Thanks!

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    1. No you dont have to get the corrector, its just an additional step that will help in lessening the brassiness. I've tried toning without it and it still helped tone down my hair, just not as well. Just leave the toner in for about 20-30 mins.

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  26. Hi There

    Thank you for the video and blog post!

    I also have super dark hair and don't love the brassy look! About 7 months ago I ombre'd my hair and the ends are now a brassy golden brown. I need to redo my ombre as its grown out and now looks like tips. I am planning on getting the lightest L'Oreal ombre kit to re do it . However, I am worried about my ends going super blonde whilst the mid lengths wont be light enough.

    Do you think I should put it all on at once and wash off the ends, whilst letting the mid lengths process a bit longer?

    Also, I have a golden ash blonde color to use as a toner, do you think this would work okay? Or will it be too brassy as a toner? I don't mind being golden but not brassy!

    Thanks so much and look forward to hearing from you.

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    1. Yes, use the lightest box. I've been telling all my viewers to use the lightest box after i tried reombre-ing the second time. Thats a great idea, you can definitely put it on and wash the tips off once they reach the lightness you want and let the mid lengths be processed longer. I've never heard of a golden but ashy blonde color, dont know how it can be both warm and cool tone. Golden gives hair a brassy tone because its a warm base. When added to you hair it'll give it more of a warmer brassy tone, which i dont think you would want. So I recommend getting a only Ash tone dye (even an ash tone dye will still result in a slight brassy color). Of all the tones (warm, neutral, cool) only the cool tone will help the most, dont forget to buy the brassy color corrector and add that to the dye/toner bottle. After you ombre, shampoo (do not condition), blow dry completely, and begin toning, you need to watch your hair after the 15 minute mark. Every 5 minutes after the 15 min mark, you need to check and see if it has less the brassiness, dont leave it on past the 40-45 minute mark cuz i'll be slightly more greeenish. I recommend between 20-35 minutes depending on your hair texture. AFterward deep condition you hair for it'll be super dry. Good luck, let me know if you have any other questions.

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  27. Hi Ly! I find your advice/tips really helpful and so I decided to drop a question for you so you can help me with my hair problem. I am Asian too and I've been wanting to dye my naturally black hair reddish brown but unfortunately, i don't get the desired color I want, instead it turned out same black color and the dye does not hold the color into my hair except on the roots. I've used Garnier #452 and Loreal Feria #56 (both have the same shade of reddish brown) in a span of one month. Should I use protein filler first before I dye my hair? And should I choose the light color so that it will lighten my black hair? I would really appreciate it if you can help me! Thanks so much in advance!

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    1. Naturally black hair is one of the toughest to lighten. By dying your hair 2x a month it caused the follicle to be overprocessed and not absorb the dye color. I never try to dye right on my roots cause it always turn out a different color. But in order to achieve lighter hair, you should either 1) bleach it or 2) use a light/medium reddish Blonde (not Brown). If you choose to use bleach, you can buy the kit at your local drugstore (highlighting kit or ombre kit --like the one i used) and leave the bleach on your hair for 15 - 20 minutes, just enough to lighten it a couple of shades, then you can use the reddish brown dye over it. Remember that bleaching your hair is damaging and can have bad results if youre new to hair dying. Or you can buy a light/medium reddish Blonde and dye your hair, this will eventually lighten your hair to a medium/light red Brown (yes a red brown not blonde). There's no way that a blonde dye can lighten your hair to a blonde since its naturally that dark. So trust me, it'll only lighten 2-3 shades. What i usually do is apply the dye 2 inches away from roots, and then finish it off by applying it to the roots, that way the hair at the roots wont lighten too fast and become a lighter color then the lower parts of my hair. I'm not a hair colorist but this is from my own experiences. HOpe that helps!

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  28. Hello there! I saw your tutorial on how to tone down the brassiness of lightened hair and I have a question. I recently had highlights put in my dark brown hair. I wanted that really nice cool caramel/honey color and my hair turned out to have kind of orange/brassy light brown tone to it. The stylist used a blue toner to get rid of some of the brassiness. HOWever..it still has orange/golden copper tint in it. IF i use the ash blonde will it fix this problem? do i apply it to my whole head (even the unhighlighted parts) or just the highlights? your hair color on the video is gorgeous and exactly how i want my hightlights. im just scared it wont work since i have naturally warmer hues and red undertoned dark brown hair. thanks dear if you could reply i would appreciate it :) :)

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    1. Your stylist did the right thing by putting a blue toner, but since we have naturally dark hair, its 100% guarantee that we will get brassiness (red/orange). Even with the ash tone dye, it'll still have some brassiness, but it'll be much less. I recommend either using an ash tone dye plus the red-gold corrector packages (its a violet color) and it should help to lessen it. But not guarantee to be completely gone. Dont leave it on too long for it'll turn slightly green, so after the 15 minutes mark, start checking on your hair every 5 minutes until desired results. As for how to apply this, if you apply it on all of your hair then your dark hair might lighten too and you wont see the color variations of dark and highlights. You can choose to only do the highlights but that's really difficult for you to do in a fast and efficient manner. Its up to you and how you want to apply it.

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  29. Hi Ly!

    Love your tutorial.. I just have a question about the toning process. I toned my hair with a dark ash blonde, when I re-tone in about a month or so.. Can I use a very light ash blonde? Do you think it will lighten?

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    1. Yep it should lighten it alittleor if you want it even lighter then very light ash blonde, just make sure its an Ash tone dye! Initially when you first tone it, it'll look slightly darker then the box, but after a week or so of washing your hair, it'll lighten up and fade...good luck!

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  30. My natural hair is dark brown however I have been dyeing it because of a little grey as started to come, a few days ago I had some bleached highlights which are brassy & I want to tone them down. I was wondering how the ash would affect any grey roots which maybe showing?

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    1. um no one has ever asked me about this, so i cant tell you. I dont want to mess your hair up so please do more research or seek professional hope. But if you want, you can test a strand and see what the results are like. Good luck!

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  31. i am a little confused which wild ombre you have used,because in ur video tutorial you showed that you have used the medium hair dye but here you used ombre the lightest ine...???

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    1. if you read above, in this toning video i've re-done my ombre with the lightest box. The medium box wasnt light enough for my black hair, so i re-did it using the lightest box to have a lighter affect.

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  32. Hi Ly,

    My natural hair colour is dark brown. Six months ago, I colored it red. Today I thought I'd give the ombré a try, same as the one you used and the ends turned out orange!!!! Some places say I need a blue corrector, sum say silver shampoo etc etc.. I'm sooo confused...pls can u give me some suggestions?

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    1. Naturally dark hair will always turn out orange, but i believe that the redye you had on it made it even more brassy. Best thing to do is to buy the blue corrector and add it to an Ash tone dye and apply that to your hair (just like how you would dye your hair, leave it in for 20-35 minutes, depending on the results) and then buy your self the purple shampoo and wash with it about 3x a week.

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  33. Hi i watched your video and to be honest i am very skeptical mainly because it took me many tries and hours and dollars lol to get my hair the way it is now. However I noticed that my hair is rather brassy and needs to be toned! I don't have a regular ombre, its sort of ombre highlights? so its not all even colours near the end, I am wondering if this approach would be good or if it would ruin it, here is a picture of my hair just after i got it done at the salon!
    http://instagram.com/p/imUZqmBQGv

    let me know what you think! if its too complicated to do at home i will definitely go back to my stylist, if i mess up her creation she will definitely not be happy with me lol and neither will i

    thannks for your time!

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    1. If you paid alot of money to get that down then i dont recommend toning yourself. You might mess it up sooo the best thing you can do is buy the purple shampoo which helps to lessen the brassy color. apply the shampoo at least 3-4x a week, leave the shampoo in the hair for about 5 minutes, then wash it out, and condition. You'll see a subtle change in the color after a week or so.

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  34. Hi Ly..

    I have naturally black/dark brown hair with a very subtle ombre, but I have wanted to do this ash blond ombre for a long time now. I just can't find the toner you suggested. Could you recommend another one?

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  35. Hi Ly :)

    I have wanted the ash blond ombre for a long time now, but haven't come across a good method before I saw your video. I just have one problem. I can't find the toner you use. Could you recommend some other good toners? (My natural hair i black/dark brown with a very subtle ombre)

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    1. Naturally dark hair is very difficult to lighten. I've recommend everyone using the Feria ombre kit in the lightest color. I know it sounds scary to use this box but you can control the degree of lightness by lessening the amount of time its left in your hair. its better that the ombre is lighter, that way you can tone you hair slightly darker if you wish. You can use an brand toner aka drug store dye box, just look for something with a cool tone or ash tone. It can be a medium ash/cool blonde or light ash/cool blonde. HOpe that helps!

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  36. Hello. I have a dark brown hair. Can i use the feria wild in your color since i wanted the same color like yours. I am wanting lighter hair colors. Then after that also do the medium ash brown? I love your hair color.

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    1. If you've never really lighten your hair and its not processed, i recommend using the lightest ombre box like i did and toning with a light ash blonde or very light ash blonde dye.

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  37. I dont see the feria u have. Can i get tge 070 instead? Also i might get the dark ash blonde instead of the medium. What u think? Since its my first time.

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    1. Thats up to you, i think the dark and medium feria will only lighten 1-2 shades, whereas the lightest box will lighten 2-3 shades. Keep in mind that you have dark brown hair, so 1 shade lighter = medium brown, 2 shades lighter = light brown, 3 shades lighter = very light brown ~possibly dark blonde. so by getting the lightest box it'll probably lighten to a light brown only. Plus this light brown might be very brassy. But if you cant find the lightest box then go ahead and use the medium 070 and buy a lighter toning box, maybe a light ash blonde.

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  38. Oh no. Ok, then ill just exchange and find the shades exactly like yours. Thank u so much!

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  39. Hello. I did the bleach now but it didnt do as orange as yours. It was like 35-40min so i wasnt sure if i have to leave it on or just wash it off but i decided to wash it off coz as your advised, my hair might get damaged. Im not sure if this will react to the ash tone since the orangy isnt that dark. Please let me know what to do

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    1. If the orange isnt that dark or it doesnt bother you then definitely keep it. If you just want to remove some of the orange tones then use the light blonde ash dye for only 15 minutes or so.

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  40. My friend wants to dye her hair ombre. Her hair is very dark should she use the lightest shade and what toner

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    1. Yes i recommend to everyone to use the lightest box, you can control how it light it turns out by lessening the amount of time its left in your hair. Plus really dark hair color is hard to lighten, alot of time it'll turn out really brassy. You can choose to tone with a medium/light/or very light ash blonde.

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  41. Hi, I ombred my hair about a month and a half ago using one of these kits and unfortunately hadn't done any of my research so was completely unaware of the brassy tones I would get in my hair since it is quite a dark brown. Since it has been quite a while now, would applying an ash blonde dye on top still work? Or is it most effective if you apply the dye straight after the ombre process?

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    1. You can apply the ash blonde dye now, it doesnt have to be immediately after the ombre process. It also helps to buy the purple shampoo and use it every other hair wash. This will help to minimize the brassy tone and keep it more neutral longer.

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  42. Hi I ombred my hair about a month ago at a salon and prior to that I've been dying my hair jet black for a couple of years now and of course the outcome of my ombre was very brassy. I was debating on going back to have it toned down and go lighter, but it can get very expensive so I figured I'd do it myself. I know you ombred and toned all in one day but I need to dye my roots as well since I tend to get grays :( can you recommend a color I can use for my roots and also should I be doing it all on the same day as my ombre and tone or should I wait another day? My roots now are a medium to dark brown with grays of course lol. Thanks!

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    1. When it comes to your roots that's a little bit more difficult. I think you should do it seperately from the ombre. You can use a dark ash brown, or medium ash brown for your roots. The ash helps to keep it from being super brassy.

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  43. When it comes to your roots that's a little bit more difficult. I think you should do it seperately from the ombre. You can use a dark ash brown, or medium ash brown for your roots. The ash helps to keep it from being super brassy.

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  44. Hi!
    I'm pregnant and I don't think I should use any kind of permanent dyes, I can only use less agressive dyes. Do you think a demi-permanent dye would help? My problem is: I have ombre hair that I have done at a salon 7 months ago (and I hated it!!!). They didn't do anything the way I wanted! I asked for a subtle balayage-ombre look, and they did more of a dip die look. Also, my hair was very brassy after they finished the ombre process. I just let my hair rest for those loooong 7 months, and I waited until the end of my first trimester of pregnancy. Now I want to correct this brassy color, but I was just wondering if a demi-permanent color would work, or if it is a waste of money.
    Thank you!

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    1. Yes you can try the demi permanent dye, grab one with a cool ash tone to lessen the brassiness. Also purchase the purple shampoo and conditioner, use this every other wash.

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  46. Hi!
    I did everything u did but my hair didn't turned as yours it still little orangy. Did u mix the corrector with the ash dye? Because when I did the mix turned purple but I noticed in yr YouTube video that the mix u used was white

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    1. I forgot to add in the bag til later, but it should help, you can try to retone your hair with a more blue/violet base. If you can find a local beauty store, please ask the associates for a more blue tone base toner. That should help you.

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  47. If I want to damage my hair less should I just use toner 2 weeks after I ombre my hair or just use it right after I ombre?

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    1. yes you can wait a couple of weeks before toning but in the mean time you can buy a purple shampoo and conditioner to help with the brassiness. you can find it at ulta, try using AG brand or Purelogy (more expensive), if not they have a more affordable version at Sally's beauty supply.

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