Hair Care

Hair Color Correction Techniques

Made a mistake when changing your hair color? Read some of the most chronic of the hair color corrections that are needed to be done, and just how to correct them in the article.

A mistake in changing your hair color may seem like the end of the world, but the good news is that it’s not! We will cover some of the most chronic of the hair color corrections that are needed to be done, and just how to correct them.

#1: My hair is brassy!

The majority of women who dye their hair are going for a lighter color. We all think of gorgeous, golden locks or platinum blonde hair, but then all we get in return are these orange, brassy strands that do not look AT ALL as we were envisioning. What gives?

If you started out with darker hair, your hair is naturally going to be a lot more resistant to bleach than, say, a natural light brown or darker blonde shade of hair. It is generally not recommended to try and “blonde” your hair at home if you do have darker hair, as it may be nearly impossible to fix the “brassy look”.

For the less severe brassy cases, try using a “blue” shampoo, or any blue-toned shampoo that you can find in any salon or spa. These shampoos are created specifically to reduce the brassiness of your bleached hair. Otherwise you can also ask your colorist to apply a blue or violet toner to your hair to help combat the redness that is creating the brassy appearance.

For those with a moderately severe brassy problem, invest in a good semi permanent shampoo that is an ashy tone (this means a blue or purple shade rather than a golden or orange shade). This will help tone down your hair and restore a more natural, less brassy look.

#2: I hate my hair color!

So you bought that boxed color and you thought it’d look fantastic on you. One hour later, ‘lo and behold, the color is not at all what you expected and looks absolutely atrocious. Before you break down into tears, know that there is help available.

If you tried permanent hair color, a colorist (yes, you will have to have a professional do this for you) can actually apply a color remover that will lighten your hair and you can then re-dye your hair. This will be quite damaging to your hair, so follow up with a lot of deep conditioning treatments and don’t even think of dyeing your hair for at least a month or two. Try to stray away from blow dryers and straighteners as well.

If it’s a semi-permanent color that you have used, continue to shampoo your hair and use a deep conditioner after each shampoo. A deep conditioner will not only help keep your hair hydrated, but it will actually help also strip your hair of the semi-permanent hair color.

#3: My hair color is just too dark

Correcting a lighter hair color is easy – you can just dye it a darker color! But what do you do when a hair color is too dark? First, before you even buy a hair dye, choose a dark hair color that is a shade or two lighter than you THINK you want your hair to be. If you have been dyeing your hair previously or have thin hair, then if you choose a dark hair color it will almost undoubtedly appear even darker as your hair is more porous than normal hair and will absorb more of the color.

To really get rid of your darker hair color, you should seek the advice of a hair colorist who will be able to correct it for you.