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How to Color Hair Blonde After Stripping Color

Updated on June 19, 2010

Recently, I decided to lighten my brunette locks to a lighter shade, so I purchased an over the counter hair color at WalMart. To make a long story short, I turned my hair Bozo the Clown Orange. Not happy with this color, I went to the local beauty college.

They put 40 volume bleach on my hair to strip the orange. Then, it turned bright golden yellow. So, they put 20 volume bleach on my hair and put me under a hair dryer. Finally, I ended up with a light yellowish blonde.

Deciding this was a little too blonde for me, on the spur of the moment I ventured into the WalMart Beauty Salon one day and asked if someone could "tone it down" a little for me.

I explicitly stated that I did not want any ash color in my hair, as my hair has a tendency to turn green with ash colors.

So, guess what I ended up with? You got it. Ash blondish green hair. First, I ended up with greyish blonde hair after the beautician put Mocha lowlights in my hair. Googling this later, I found out the reason for this. According to a hair color expert, if all of the pigment has been removed from your hair and you put brown on it, it can end up looking a greyish color.

When I expressed my dislike of this color, she chose a goldish brown. I then asked her to also put in gold. After this color, I ended up with the ash greenish blonde color.

Since all of the pigment has now been stripped out of my hair, I was advised to buy a protein conditioner and start applying it to my hair. My sister, who used to be a beautician, said they could have used a protein filler and then colored. Apparently, when all of the pigment has been stripped from your hair, it also has a tendency not to hold color; that is why a protein filler is needed to hold the color.

For the time being, I'll just deal with the ash green blonde hair. I have bought Blonding Shampoo and Conditioner by John Frieda, which seems to be helping.

So, just a few tips for you about hair color. If you want to lighten your hair, go to a professional--preferably one who has had a lot of experience in coloring hair. Make sure the color, even if it is a warm color, does not have any ash in it.

Have her do a strand test before working on your entire head--maybe even a couple of strand tests at the back of your hair underneath to determine which color you like best.

Once you are happy with the strand test, have her place that color on your hair.


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      Nyvaeh 3 years ago

      This shows real extsipree. Thanks for the answer.

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      Ron 6 years ago

      That's a fantastic hub. Thank you so much.

      Ron from

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      Ann Lee 6 years ago

      I would go to a professional stylist at this point, otherwise, you are just guessing. Stylists are trained to work with color. Also, a good salon will use high quality products. With off the shelf products, you are limited in color choices, plus you are limited as far as knowledge in what color to use. here are a couple of sites that give insight on how to fix this.

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      mandy ager 6 years ago

      i stripped my hair and dyed it about 2times to blonde and nothing happed it stayed orange what can i do to get my hair blonde can you help from someone in desprate need thanks.

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      Ann Lee 7 years ago

      Thanks, Skye2day. I am starting to get used to the blonde--being outside this summer, it has lightened even more. Plus, I got it cut in a graduated bob (back short, front longer). Also, it is growing, and eventually, I'll have my own hair back. Think I'll take your advice about getting a professional to do it next time, though. LOL. And, I like your tip about frosting, rather than coloring all of the hair.

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      skye2day 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Sister Be grateful you have hair left. I am a hairstylist and master colorist of many years. ALL Glory to God. Hair color is a passion of mine.. I understand money issues but there is a whole lot of truth in 'you get what you pay for'. Walmart Box Hair color does not know what is on your head of hair. They have no clue if you color or not. The box shows a beautiful girl with perfect Blond hair.

      Tint does not lift tint. If you must do your own hair go a Little darker with a semi permanent and if you must have Blond then highlight, pull through a cap. If it gets brassy it can be toned down with a blond toner. Go to a Sally Beauty supply.I do not recommend this. Stash the bucks and go to a pro. If someone tells me how to do my job I would have to tell them I showed up in school that day and 'the light bulb did go off'. They do not need to educate me on ash tones, gold tones, red tones so on.

      If you have a broken arm do you go to walmart and get a wanna be cast?

      My heart does go out to you. Your hair is FIXABLE. A pro could tone it for you using a semi permanent color. Use a professional shampoo and conditioner. That will help the porosity in your hair. Live and learn. It is a hard lesson. I know I have repaired many heads of hair from home jobs. Trust me I did not complain about the money. It is not cheap to pay for a hair color repair.

      Pray about it God will lead the way. He can move mountains. You can email me if you have a question.

      The good news is hair grows. Blessings sister. I admire your boldness to share your story. Hopefully others will be helped with your testimony. Thanks for sharing.

      Love and Peace sister.

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      bling1993 7 years ago

      Thanks !