While we all want our hair colorings to turn out perfectly, sometimes mistakes happen. And when a major hair color gaffe happens, you have two choices:
1) Walk around with a totally messed-up dye job, or…
2) Do something to fix the problem.
Assuming you care about your appearance, the second choice is most likely going to be what you pick. This being said, here is a look at some different things you should keep in mind when fixing a hair coloring gone wrong.
Fix the Problem Quickly
The biggest thing you need to keep in mind when hair color doesn’t turn out the way you expected is that the quicker you get to the problem, the more chance you have of fixing it. In the best case scenario, you will fix a bad dye job within 24 hours of the coloring; in the worst case scenario, you’ll attempt to correct things within 72 hours.
Letting the dye sit in your hair any longer than this will let the unwanted color penetrate your cuticles.
Now this isn’t to say that it’s impossible to remove or reduce the color after 72 hours, but you’ll need to invest a lot more time and money into the matter if you don’t handle it quickly.
Assuming you’re going to fix a hair color mishap yourself, the best way to do this is by purchasing a hair correction kit. When buying the color corrector, make sure that you get the whole deal, including gloves, a shower cap, conditioner, color reducer, a color brush and processing lotion. In addition to all of this, you should get a set of instructions to follow with the kit, but we’ll also cover what to do below.
Most corrector packages call for you to mix the conditioner and color reducer together; once the mixture is created, you put the mix on your head with the color brush. As you apply the mixture, make sure to move the brush from your roots to the tips. The next step involves gently massaging the color reducer into your hair.
When you’ve finished with the reducer, you need to cover your head with a shower cap, and wait for the allotted amount of time (according to directions). While you’re waiting, you should be doing strand tests to see if the product is actually reducing the color (hopefully it is). If you’re unfamiliar with strand tests, you just need to take a small part of your hair, and wipe away the product to see what color your hair is.
After removing the shower cap, you can apply the processing lotion and let it sit in your hair. Once the processing lotion has run its course, you can jump in the shower to rinse the product out.