How to Remove Red Tint From Hair

Written by helena baker
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Red tint is one of the most common problems with hair colour. It's often the result of colour that has gold or red tones, and often doesn't show up until the colour starts to fade. Unfortunately, it can be very difficult to remove at home, but it can be done with some basic supplies from the beauty store.

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Things you need

  • Tube of purple tint
  • Tube of green tint
  • Neutral or ash hair colour
  • #10 or #20 developer

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  1. 1

    Look at your hair in the sun to determine if it is primarily brassy orange or red tinted. Red tint will need green colour and brassy orange will need purple. You can mix green and purple together for a blue colour if you need to.

  2. 2

    Mix your hair colour and developer as indicated in the instructions included with the product.

  3. 3

    Add five drops of your chosen tint -- green, purple or a mixture -- to the mixed colour and shake thoroughly.

  4. 4

    Check the colour and add more drops as needed. The added drops should leave a barely noticeable colour. Add too much and you'll dye your hair blue or green.

  5. 5

    Colour your hair and rinse as directed in your instructions. If you do not achieve the results you want, try again in a few weeks when your hair has regained some of its strength.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a deep conditioner on your hair after colouring to reduce damage.
  • Always do a test strand first.

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