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Old 11-10-2013, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I currently have dark brown hair (between level 3 and level 4) and want to lighten it two levels. Do you think it's possible for me to do this without bleaching it? I've colored my hair many times before and would like to avoid bleach if I can. Is it possible to buy hair dyes at Sally's that just have less harsh lightening agents?

I know I should really go to the salon but would really to avoid spending all of that money. I just want to get my hair to a light/medium ash brown color. I don't want any warm tones or brassiness. Is it possible to just dye my hair a lighter color? Any advice?
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Old 11-10-2013, 09:24 PM
 
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That's easy pie. Especially since you have brown hair. You only need 3 household items. Baking soda, lemon juice, and peroxide. Just follow the directions in the video. I lightened my hair naturally from black to dark brown using a slightly alternative method but you come out with the same results.

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Old 11-10-2013, 10:08 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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That's easy pie. Especially since you have brown hair. You only need 3 household items. Baking soda, lemon juice, and peroxide. Just follow the directions in the video. I lightened my hair naturally from black to dark brown using a slightly alternative method but you come out with the same results.

Hm, I'll have to consider this, but I'm a little nervous lol. I don't know if I feel comfortable putting peroxide in my hair..it won't turn it orange?
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Old 11-10-2013, 10:24 PM
 
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Hm, I'll have to consider this, but I'm a little nervous lol. I don't know if I feel comfortable putting peroxide in my hair..it won't turn it orange?
Only if you go overboard. You can offset the brassiness by adding a bit of cinnamon powder. If you want to go the hair dye route, there's a hair color series called L'Oreal Hi-Lift Brown that is specifically made for darker hair colored individuals and lightens the hair directly from that color to a light non-brassy brown. No bleaching process. One of my friends is mexican and has jet black hair and she used that and it turned light brown. So you might want to consider that.
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Old 11-10-2013, 10:27 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Only if you go overboard. You can offset the brassiness by adding a bit of cinnamon powder. If you want to go the hair dye route, there's a hair color series called L'Oreal Hi-Lift Brown that is specifically made for darker hair colored individuals and lightens the hair directly from that color to a light non-brassy brown. No bleaching process. One of my friends is mexican and has jet black hair and she used that and it turned light brown. So you might want to consider that.
Oh okay, I think I'll check out that brand. Does it work on hair that's already been colored? Also, how much peroxide, baking soda and honey should I use in that mix?
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Old 11-10-2013, 10:33 PM
 
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Oh okay, I think I'll check out that brand. Does it work on hair that's already been colored?
I'm not particularly sure. Definitely check out the labels. They sell it at Walmart and Walgreens. You can also look online.

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Also, how much peroxide, baking soda and honey should I use in that mix?
Like the woman in the video, with my particular method, I was just winging it and mixing the products together until I got a pasty substance kinda like real dye. So just add however amount you think you will need and then mix them all together until you get that same substance.
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Old 11-11-2013, 01:02 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Oh okay, I think I'll check out that brand. Does it work on hair that's already been colored? Also, how much peroxide, baking soda and honey should I use in that mix?
I tried the Loreal Hi-Lift browns and they lightened my new growth but didn't do anything to the part that already had the dye.

The peroxide and baking soda mix is very drying to hair, it feels like straw when you're done. I've used it before mixed with conditioner, haven't tried it with honey. But it left my hair feeling much dryer than a bleach cap (bleach, developer and shampoo mixed together) and didn't lift the color as much.
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