Using a Semi Permanent Hair Color Over Permanent Dye?

I recently dyed my hair using a permanent dye. I went from a light cool brown, my natural color, to a medium brown. It was supposed to be a chestnut color, but it is still a cooler brown than I was hoping for. I want a hint of red. So basically now I'm wondering if I would be able to use a semi permanent medium reddish brown color over this medium brown that I have now, or would my hair not take the color because of the permanent dye? And if it is possible to redo my hair using a semi permanent dye how long should I wait? I am already planning on letting this color stay for the month that is suggested, but I do really want a warmer brown so I don't really want to wait longer than 4 weeks.


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October 11, 20170 found this helpful
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Mix a little dye and test a piece of your hair first.If you like the color then go ahead.Sleep with conditioner in your hair once a week so it is not dry.

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October 5, 20170 found this helpful

You could apply semipermanent dye right away. I would do a test on a swatch of hair before I did the whole head.

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October 6, 20170 found this helpful

Here is some information about re-dying your hair again.

  • Any dye can damage your hair because of the chemicals in the hair dye.
  • If you have weak or fragile hair it is not possible to re-dye your hari so soon after dying your hair.
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  • This can cause major damage to yuour hair and also breakage.
  • Nobody should dye they hair again before 6 to 7 weeks after the last time you dyed your hair.
  • If you are set on dying your hair again so soon you will need to try and fix your hair first. Every few days you'll need to dee condition your hair to repair the damage the dye has caused.
  • After dying your hair a second time so soon you will need t ocontinue these deep conditioning to your hair every few days.
  • Before deciding on red highlights here is some facts you need to know and understand.
  • Red won't full penetrate the stands of your hair because of the molecules in the red pigment.
  • You might end up with a faded color that looks old or unattractive.
  • Once you put the red dye in your hair it is there to stay. It is almost impossible to remove the red dye from you hair because of the large molecules in the red pigment.
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  • If you're looking for red highlights you might need to select a cherry red or orange red to get the highlight you are looking for.
  • Each shade of red is different and has a different effect on your hair.
  • One last thing. Many people who have tried this have ended up with green hair.
  • If you really want to add red highlights to your hair I would suggest having a professional do this for you. Home dyes can or might not give you the results you are looking for.
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