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I'm assuming you are a brunette... I am too and this happens to a lot of us when it comes to dying our hair. Most brunettes have natural red or sometimes a dark blond highlights so there for when we dye it it will come out two toned. Everybody's hair has some type of natural highlight. However if you were to have blond hair and went straight to a dark brown it will actually permanently stain the hair causing any further dying is to be expected. Try dying your hair bases darker than the second tone. Next time try a cheasnut brown paying extra attention to the known areas of discoloration. Hope that helps hun
Where you tinting / coloring over a existing color?
It is real important that you navigate / calculate what your natural color level and what natural reflect your hair is. (Not artificially from a previous tint) Because tint is not total matt coverage like paint. Hair color wont tint over tint accurately. This is how many horrific bad colors are born.
If your eyes are blue or hazel & you have a fairer complexion that color is more feasible. If your eyes are brown and your hair is medium to coarser texture and very dark its a lot more complicated because you could throw scaling down (backwards) from lots of red to brassy copper to gold.
The actual formula needed is calculated on how many shade levels of lift counteracted by what reflect your lightened hair will throw. Not necessarily by what color the tint box says. The color shade on the box is a idealistic situation. If your having trouble following me or these complexities cut about 50 strands of hair at the nape (back of neck underneath your hair and put scotch tape around it. Then mix a minute amount of color and developer and you will understand me. This way you can at worse only screw up of 50 strands of hair (instead of everything attached to your head). Bad hair color jobs are expensive to fix & as I can see what we are working with a guess is a hazard. Don't take on almost mission impossible blindly.
When tinting hair the resulting color will always be a combination of the previously existing hair color and the artificial color that is applied. There are too many factors to cover hypothetically here. But a few of the most common factors are the condition of the hair, previous tint in the hair, percentage of grey in the hair, whether or not the tint used is a permanent or demi permanent tint, and finally whether or not the light/dark level of the artificial hair color is properly matched to the existing color or colors in the hair.
Ratio is always developer to color, so a 2:1 is 2 parts developer to 1 part color. Example mixture is 40 ml developer to 20 ml color.
30 vol gives you better control and less damage to your hair. If you have VERY dark hair (level 5/4 or below), you need to pre-lift and then apply the color. It sounds like you're not a trained stylist, so I don't recommend 40 vol as it lifts too fast for most people to get an even application, especially if you're applying it to your own head (since it takes longer to do generally speaking).
You can work in sections to preserve color and get a more even application. Simply mix enough color for one section at at time, apply and process, then rinse ONLY that section with water to stop the chemical process. Repeat on all other sections. Good luck!
I've never used this product but I've had great results with the Nioxin Hair therapy treatment. My husband's hair was thinning and we started to use that product. It worked great. If you google it, I'm sure you will find the information you need.