I dyed my hair red and I hate it, what can I do? You have 3 options

woman wants to fix her dyed red hair

  • If you don’t like your red hair because it’s too bright, you can apply a darker red dye. I’ll tell you which dye numbers you can choose.
  • Alternatively, if you hate your red hair because it is too dark, before choosing a lighter red dye, you should apply a bleach bath to remove the darker red pigments. I’ll tell you how to apply it correctly.
  • And if you want to get rid of the red, you can apply dark brown hair color.


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How to fix red hair color gone wrong (straight from a hair colorist)


Yes,  there are three different solutions to apply if you dyed your hair red and hate the result. 

First, I’d like to tell you that the world doesn’t end on your red hair.

That should bring you calm.


Obviously, if your hair was blonde or brown, and you dyed it red, the change is very big.

Therefore, my first advice, is to wait for a few days to get used to the change. 

Try different outfits, accessories, and makeup. Try to live the change before deciding if you like it or not.

If you still hate your red hair after fifteen days, you know you have several options.


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You’ve taken a risk by choosing a vibrant and intense color, and things haven’t turned out the way you wanted. However, if you don’t take a risk, you don’t win.

And taking risks is part of life. If we base our decisions on going always on the safe side, life would be boring.

And I say this from my own experience.


Once, I decided to stop working in important hairdressing salons as an employee to become independent and work on my own.

I took a risk. I left behind the safety of a job to start working freelance and have more time to share with my children.

And I must admit that the early days were not easy. At times, I hated the situation myself.


But after a few months, when my business was more organized and word-of-mouth was bringing me more clients, I realized that I had done well to take the risk.

So, you took the risk of dyeing your hair red. And today, you don’t like the result.


But before jumping to conclusions, let’s think together:  what do you hate about your red hair? 

If you identify what don’t like about your red dyed hair, you may be able to start working on it. And maybe the solution is a lot simpler than you thought.


Let the hate start to fade and let’s focus on the solution.

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If you dyed your hair and it’s too bright, you should apply a darker red dye

woman choosing her shade of red

Your only mistake was choosing the wrong hair dye color.

Despite the mistake, you still want to have red hair. In that case, you just have to choose the right dye number. Besides, darkening your red hair is a very simple process.

When it comes to choosing a red hair dye, the color palette offers different alternatives ranging from 4.6 to 9.6.


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You’re really in luck.  Darkening red is a very simple process that won’t take you too much time. You just need to choose a darker red hair dye. 

The reds in the color palette range from 4.6 to 9.6. For example, carrot red, copper red, purple red, burgundy red, and bright red are among those colors.


If your hair is intense red, you’ll need to balance it with some of the darker reds.

Then, you’ll need to choose a red dye that’s closest to brown on the color palette.

What are these reds you can choose from?

  • 4.6
  • 4.56
  • 4.55
  • 4.66


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If you dyed your hair red and it’s too dark, you can apply a bleach bath. Then, go for a light red hair color

bleach bath to lighten hair

I’m sure that when you chose your red hair dye, you wanted to go for burgundy or purple red.

And it wasn’t a bad choice. After all, the models on Instragram, or even the ones in photos of the coloring kits, looked fantastic.

However,  if your skin is dark, burgundy red will take the light out of your face. You may not like your hair dyed red. You may feel that all the brightness in your eyes, and even the glow of the skin on your face, is gone.

Don’t worry. You have only chosen a red dye that is closer in the color palette to black. To achieve your desired effect, you should choose a lighter red to bring back the light and glow to your face.

 But, before applying a new red dye, you should bleach bath your hair.  It’ll open the cuticles and remove the darker red pigments.


 If you want light reds, choose dyes with number 6 because they’re based on dark blonde. So, they’re lighter.

  • 6.
  • 6.5
  • 6.66


What do you need for the bleach bath?

20 volume peroxide

  • Moisturizing shampoo with keratin, coconut, argan, or flax.
  • A 20-volume developer
  • Bleaching powder
  • Gloves
  • Shower cap
  • An empty shampoo container


How to do it:

woman dyeing her red hair with brown dye

  • With gloves on, mix the 20-volume developer and the bleaching powder in the empty bottle. Mix to blend.
  • Add an equal amount of moisturizing shampoo. That is, if you filled ½ bottle with the developer and powder mixture, you should fill the other half of the bottle with a moisturizing shampoo.
  • Wet your hair with plenty of warm water. Start applying the bleach bath on the lengths to the ends at five centimeters from the roots.
  • Massage for three minutes. Then, apply the bleach bath to roots and growth and massage for another three minutes.
  •  Leave the bleach bath on for five to ten minutes.  Rinse your hair with plenty of lukewarm water. Wash your hair with moisturizing shampoo and conditioner until there are no traces of the mixture.
  • Rinse your hair and remove excess water with a towel.

Let it air dry and don’t apply heat. Although the bleach bath is less aggressive than bleaching, you should try to keep moisture and nutrients.

Once your hair is dry, you can apply the lighter red dye of your choice. I’m sure you’ll feel much better with the red hair now and you’ll look for the best maintenance and care for it.


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If you want to completely remove the red from your hair, apply a dark brown dye 3 or a green toner

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Just one more comment: these two options will require maintenance.

What do I mean?


  •  If you apply a dark brown hair color to keep the red from coming back, you should wash your hair once a week with green toning shampoo.

Why green?


Because it neutralizes red. Don’t worry. You won’t go from red to green hair.

The green shampoo deposits pigments that will prevent the reddish tones from reappearing.  

After applying the dark brown 3 dye, you should wash your hair once a week with green toning shampoo  and leave it on for three to five minutes according to the instructions.


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Before you start using the green shampoo, carefully read the manufacturer’s instructions.

  •  If you decide to apply a green toner, I’d advise you go to a salon.

Toner is a professional tool, and you need to have the training to apply it and care for your hair.


  The toner is applied with a 20 volume developer. So, the least you should do before applying it is to do a strand test.

If your red hair is damaged, the toner can dry it out even more and leave it fragile and brittle.

Also, if you don’t carefully control the exposure times, your hair can turn green because the toner acts almost immediately.

So, as a stylist, I advise you to go to a professional.



All the options I offered today exclude bleaching because it’s a very aggressive process you shouldn’t do on your own to remove the red dye from your hair.

Red pigments are very resistant. You may need several bleaching sessions, which must be supervised by a colorist.

The damage caused by each bleaching is cumulative and you could burn your hair without the proper training.

Before bleaching, try any of these options to prevent hair damage.


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