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I'm a 22 year old female with naturally mid brunette hair with red undertones and no grey. For the last six months I have been regularly getting it salon dyed with a long-lasting semi permanent dye, copper red. Because of the natural colour of my hair it has been coming out a dark auburn, which I like. My hair takes the dye well, is very healthy, and it only fades slightly in the months between getting my hair dyed.

Recently I've been thinking about going lighter and getting a true ginger colour (think Ron Weasley shade!). Do you think my hair would need bleaching before going to the lighter shade, and if so, would the red colour be likely to fade more quickly? What sort of thing should I be asking my colourist, and should I take in pictures of the kind of colour I want?

Thanks for your help,

Hi Tay

Anytime you begin the process of going lighter you are decreasing the melanin in your hair and eventually have an effect on your natural tone. In order to achieve that ginger tone, you must definitely have to lighten the hair, otherwise by using hair dye, you will have a vast difference between the roots and the mid-shaft to the ends.

Your hair colorist will know best by seeing and feeling your hair. You are young and now is the time to have fun, so I wouldn't worry about it. But realize that your touch ups will be sooner than later, as your roots will show in the first couple of weeks.

Questions to ask your stylist is:

"Can you do this color on my hair without lightening it first?"
"What level of developer will you use?" The higher the number the higher the stress on your hair.
"Is this a good idea?"
"Will my hair be able to go to that shade with minimal damage?

In ending, YES, bring as pics so that you can share your vision with your colorist.

I wish you all the best....have a fun coloring day!

Nick T

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