How to Tone Down Red Hair Dye

Updated April 17, 2017

Red hair dye is unique and stunning. says red tones are a great colour for a change in scenery and can give your hair a glossy look. The colour is rare compared to its blonde and brunette counterparts. However, sometimes red hair dye can be unexpectedly overwhelming. It can be too vivid or bright and might need to be toned down. Here's how to do it.

Put on gloves to protect your hands and fingernails from dye stains.

Drape a protective cape or towel around your shoulders to protect skin and clothes from dye stains.

Mix the ash based semi-permanent hair colour with the colour developer or activator in the colour applicator bottle, according to the directions.

Apply the colour mixture all over hair and allow to process for the recommended time.

Rinse hair colour from hair, and shampoo and condition as usual.


Choose an ash based semi-permanent hair colour that is a level lighter than your current colour. This will ensure that the colour simply tones down the red, rather than colouring it darker.


If your hair is overly porous from multiple lightening and colouring jobs, you might need to go to a salon for a professional colour correction.

Things You'll Need

  • Gloves
  • Protective cape or towel
  • Colour applicator bottle
  • Ash based semi-permanent hair colour
  • Colour developer or activator
  • Plastic shower cap
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