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post #11 of 13 Old 09-01-2010, 12:02 AM
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Well, I can certainly feel your pain. My boy is black, and looks fairly bay at this point. In July, he looked rather seal brown, actually.

Personally, I'm not too worried about it. With the coming winter, it will darken up, and Quic Black shampoo helps immensely for us.

Please do not use human hair dye - it's harsh and could cause serious reactions. Not to mention it fries the hair.

I plan on using a temporary dye spray for my boy's tail for our show in October, simply because it's fairly burnt looking and yucky, but I'm just going to Quic Black his body and if it is still bay-esque, oh well. Dying could make things turn out a lot worse.

I have heard mayonnaise *prevents* bleaching, but I have not personally tested this. Although your horse would smell like poo.

In a nut shell, here is my advice out of all my rambling: It's already so close to the fall/winter, don't stress about it now. Use Quic Black and forget it. Next spring, around March, try Black As Knight, research try the mayonnaise, and use the Quic Black every couple of weeks, and all those things combined should help you out, but at this point, it's just not worth the trouble to try feeding BAK and fooling around with mayo. And it's never worth using human hair dye!

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Well, the dark (I used black) dyes are not nearly as harsh as the lighter ones, which is why this is the only color I would try. I would also only do the mane, and not really rub it into the roots. So far-worked for me, got rid of the fried red parts and put his mane back to black.

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post #13 of 13 Old 09-01-2010, 10:09 AM
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Well, the dark (I used black) dyes are not nearly as harsh as the lighter ones, which is why this is the only color I would try. I would also only do the mane, and not really rub it into the roots. So far-worked for me, got rid of the fried red parts and put his mane back to black.
Actually, it's only the bleaches that are 'harsher' than regular colors. Trust me as someone who has dyed her own hair more times than I can count, and did some amateur cosmetology for a couple of years, all dyes, no matter the color, are harsh, unless of course you go with one of a few 'natural' ingredient options. I haven't dyed my own hair in a while, so I have no idea if there are any out there at the moment. I'm sure there are though.

Most 'normal' lighter colors though are just a pigment, just the same as the dark dyes, no more of less harshness - just like dark dye will not darken light hair totally, light dye will not lighten dark hair much, because the light dye is not specially formulated or anything to be stronger to lighten dark hair, because it's meant for lighter hair. Bleach will because it's so much stronger, and man it burns.

I hope that made sense.

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