toning down bright hair

3:30 pm - 03/14/2011
I had my hair colored today at a salon training...and the color is way too bright. I didn't say anything (i know, I know) because I had been there for 4 hours already and kind of assumed it was a misunderstanding between the stylist and myself. I wanted a Amy Adams/Lily Cole type light, coppery color but feel like my hair has ended up electric orange.

this is my hair in natural light, hours after the color

Will it mellow out if I wash it today? I plan on lightening my eyebrows a bit too so maybe it'll seem less drastic but right now it seems super super bright and orange (not copper) I could get to a Sallys as well and pick up some product but I'm not sure what I'd want to use. I like the lightness, I guess I just want it a bit more muted? I'm a little afraid of causing tons of damage to my hair as the stylist today first bleach washed it (bleach+shampoo) to lift then deposited color. Also, she didn't get close enough to my roots in a couple spots so those areas are still pretty dark.

Advice? ideas? much thanks! I'm a bit in shock.... I've messed up my own hair plenty of times and also went blonde-blonde a few summers ago so I'm used to weird colors but I'm the soloist for a big concert coming up in a couple weeks and my dress happens to be bright red and I don't want to look like a fireball on stage

kissxbangxbangx 14th-Mar-2011 10:45 pm (UTC)
I have no advice for you, I just wanted to say I think you actually really suit that colour! Although I think the coppery colour you're going for will suit you fantastically as well. You have great skin for red hair, if that makes sense.
esmee 14th-Mar-2011 10:56 pm (UTC)
I think it suits you too, but I understand if you feel shocked. I would leave it alone for at least a few washings. I have really light hair and in my experience anything red practically bleeds out of my hair. You'd be attacking the colour it is today which may not be what it is a week from now. I know nothing about hair but I have coloured it various shades of red a few different times.
i_am_negotiable 14th-Mar-2011 10:57 pm (UTC)
I dye my hair all the time and the color you walk out with is hardly the color you'll end up with - it'll definitely fade. Most likely quickly as well. Still, if you're not happy with it, you should really tell the salon! They should offer to fix it for you...but I agree. Few people could work that color, but it doesn't look bad on you at all!
pinkstiletto510 14th-Mar-2011 11:02 pm (UTC)
I know I should have said something...or even, brought in pictures of EXACTLY the color I wanted. I found something similar in a magazine of Nicole Kidman and said "like this but less orange" which the stylist took as less orange and more red...really I should have said things like copper and auburn. Eh, it was 9am and I wasn't super awake yet. It was only a $10 product charge (which, if I went to a salon and had it done by one of their on the floor stylist, it probably would have ran me $80+) and I tipped anyways

It'll probably mellow out...especially since it's red. It's just shocking right now, very shocking with the sunlight outside

thanks :)
i_am_negotiable 14th-Mar-2011 11:33 pm (UTC)
Hope it works out alright, whether it fades to a happy medium or you get it fixed :) Still, you can work it, girl!
vinylchild 14th-Mar-2011 11:07 pm (UTC)
Though I don't have any useful advice, I would like to chime in and say that I actually love that color on you! I'm sure it will look just as good when you get the color you want.
he1ena 14th-Mar-2011 11:15 pm (UTC)
I think it's super gorgeous! Just pretend you're Florence (from Florence and The Machine). :D The color suits you well. I'm actually a bit jealous!
caliginous 14th-Mar-2011 11:28 pm (UTC)
I agree it looks great. Wait a few washings and see what it does, not only will it fade some but there's a small chance it'll oxidize and go darker on its own. If not, I'd throw something really gentle over it, even something as simple as a coffee rinse might give you just enough stain to bring it to tolerable levels without any more damage (your hair will also smell like coffee for a while).
carefree 14th-Mar-2011 11:29 pm (UTC)
It will definitely fade and probably very quickly! I've hair various shades of red hair (auburn, bright red, natural red, strawberry blonde, copper, etc) and they always fade insanely fast. So I'd just stick with it. It looks great on you anyways! You definitely have the complexion for it!
mnemo_syne 14th-Mar-2011 11:51 pm (UTC)
It's bright, but I agree that it doesn't look bad on you at all. I have no advice but at least there's that. :)
joymeetsworld 15th-Mar-2011 01:27 pm (UTC)
I'm going to echo what everyone else has said - I think it looks great on you!
thesasquatch 15th-Mar-2011 07:14 pm (UTC)
That color is great, honestly. But I think in a week or two, you'll have exactly the color you originally envisioned - red is BRIGHT at first but fades fast. I dye my hair copper-red (Garnier Nutrisse #76 Hot Tamale, if you're looking for a good box dye) and it is always screamingly bright, Little Mermaid-red the first few days. After a week it's your standard-issue orange-red and after two it's copper. Then I start getting roots and start over.
tokio 16th-Mar-2011 05:10 am (UTC)
I don't think it looks bad, but I also don't think it suits you. I think an Amy Adams type of color would suit you way more. It needs to be darkened a level or two and it needs some pink in it. Definitely call the salon -- there's nothing you can do about it on your own.
pinkstiletto510 16th-Mar-2011 05:14 am (UTC)
I ended up throwing a semi-perm level 8 neutral blonde shade over it this morning with a 10 developer. The color is nice.... I think when it fades again (as my hair is fairly damaged now) I'll go over it again with a neutral tone and it'll probably be where I want it.
Eventually, I'd like to add some small highlights and low lights but now that my base color isn't orange, I can get my hair back in shape first
thanks :)
xrunamokbabyx 17th-Mar-2011 02:21 pm (UTC)
Red is an incredibly volatile color, relax, it will tone down and wash out some over your next few washes. In fact you may find you'll have your perfect shade for a day, because some reds are so volatile, they will continue to rinse out little by little with every wash. Red is an incredibly difficult color to hold and sustain, so it will not be sooo vibrant for very long.
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