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Hi. I got a halo hair extension wire which is a light auburn colour but its still lighter than my natural hair which is also light auburn. I took it along to a sally's shop and the best match was the matrix socolour 8R, it was spot on looking at the colour shade chart. The advisor there said that it should be fine as my natural colour was auburn too. However, it was a lot darker than expected after I dyed my hair. I used a 20 developer. Its turned out quite a dark auburn now which is even further away from the colour I was wanting to match the extensions! The extensions look more like a copper strawberry blonde. Should I have used a 30 developer? I only anticipated having to lighten my hair two shades to get the best result so thats why I used the 20. Is there anything I can do to lighten the colour? Or is it best to try to dye the extensions darker? Any advice would be gratefully received. Thanks for your time.

 What you need to do before it gets worse is to go to a salon to get this fixed. To lighten your hair now would require lifting out the colour with bleach or colour remover before you can apply a lighter colour. Lighter colour will not lift darker colour on its own. I suspect that the colour was not light enough to begin with and 30 volume would not have made enough difference anyway. I'd suggest going to a salon to get your hair more closely matched to the extensions. Even a cosmetology school in your area, where the work is done under the guidance of a trained instructor at very reasonable prices. But deepening the extensions is no easy task either. The hair is usually highly processed and takes colour differently than your own. This is also something that you may want to have done for you instead of experimenitng on your own. Often this would be done with a non ammonia demi permanent colour instead of permanent.
Best of luck to you.
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