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I desperately need some color correction tips.

I decided to dye my hair at home.  According to the hair color package, the result should have given me a rich Ebony black.

Unfortunately the color I got was not the color  I was expecting.

My hair has an ashy/dirty brown look with the slightest green tinge in certain lights.

What can I do to remove the green tinge? Can I deepen my hair color somehow?

Should I use hair bleach?  I am very disappointed this was not a wonderful hair coloring experience.

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I'm so sorry to hear about your disappointing hair coloring experience.

Unfortunately, home hair color treatments can be challenging and the results may not always turn out as hoped.

As you've discovered, the hair color displayed on the box may not match the color you were hoping for.

There are several reasons for the difference including, but not limited to, the true underlying pigment of your hair.

Another common challenge may be the existing of previous color on your tresses.  Trying to remove the green and/or deepen the pigment is not an easy task.

I strongly recommend you visit a professional hair color correction expert to remove the green tinge, deepen the color as you wish and avoid future potential complications.

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Color Correction Tips

If you still wish to take the risk to try and fix your hair at home you can consider the following options:

1.  Work on removing green with homemade ketchup or tomato paste mask.

The red from the tomatoes along with their acid counteracts the green tones.  Simply massage the tomato product of your choice into damp hair.

Wrap your hair in plastic wrap to encourage your hair receives full benefit.

Leave on for 20 to 30 minutes, then rinse out completely with cool water.

2.  To address the lightness, apply a darker shade of the same brand to your hair.

Keep it on for about half of the recommended time. Check your color every five minutes.

Rinse when you feel your hair is dark enough.

Note:  Many of the top home hair color companies provide a toll free number for you to call for advice.

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Consider taking advantage of this (usually) no cost service.  Be sure to have you color boxes available and keep notes of what you did up until the current time.

Keep it on for about half of the recommended time. Check your color every five minutes. Rinse when you feel your hair is dark enough.

3.  Just go with your new hair color flow.

Over time all hair color fades.  This can be accelerated with washing hair in hot water with a clarifying shampoo.  This may or may not fade the green, although it will also take you more into the lighter brown base.

If you go with the current hair flow, green and all, you give your time to recover before attempting serious color correction.

Besides, green hair is a chosen shade by many and remains a popular hair color choice.

It's best you don't attempt to fix your current hair color problems with bleach since it may cause more damage.

If the color correction tips listed above don't seem like viable options for you, please check in with a professional color correction hair expert to achieve the ultimate hues and tones you desire.

Best wishes,

Karen

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