Dyeing ash brown hair to get lighter orange/red?

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selkiesea
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Dyeing ash brown hair to get lighter orange/red?
I've been dyeing my hair with henna for about a year, and my hair is currently a little darker than I'd like. I'm going to be touching up my roots soon, and was hoping for some advice on how to get the color a little lighter/more orange this time around. This is the part of my hair that's already been dyed: http://s1293.photobucket.com/user/Selkiesea17/media/077_zps17e5ad8a.jpg.... Here are my roots in sunlight: http://s1293.photobucket.com/user/Selkiesea17/media/062_zpsaab3fb93.jpg.... I'm trying to get somewhat closer to these: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/11470174021020490/ http://www.les-elegances.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/rousse-gpa-pma-2... I believe that in the past I have used Twilight, Monsoon, and possibly Jasmine. I hadn't payed much attention to which I was buying until now. I always mixed with lemon juice and left it to sit overnight, before putting it in my hair for between 4-6 hours. If I used Jasmine this time around, and mixed it with chamomile tea instead of lemon juice, would my roots end up lighter? Should I let it sit for less time before adding it to my hair? Thanks!
ACWN
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Re: Dyeing ash brown hair to get lighter orange/red?
It has a lot more to do with how dark your hair is naturally than the henna you use. Henna cannot lighten, even if you used a weaker dye content henna and a less acidic mix, your hair is still going to turn out darker than what you want. To get the color you want, you'll have to start with lighter hair. Though, shooting for less time (2 - 3 hours) would give you more orange tones, especially in the sun.
selkiesea
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Re: Dyeing ash brown hair to get lighter orange/red?
Thank you for the advice! I'm not really willing to bleach my hair, so I guess I'll take what I can get, haha.
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Re: Dyeing ash brown hair to get lighter orange/red?
You could also do an experiment with a mixture of raw honey, cinnamon and lemon water to see if it will lighten your roots. It will need to be left on overnight. Be aware though that the cinnamon is stimulating and will be a bit tingly. My hair coloring is very similar to yours and that is what I will be trying tonight actually :) I use the Rajasthani Monsoon henna to achieve a very natural looking coppery color over chemically lightened hair.
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