Red, purple, blonde, brunette - you can change your hair to match any color of the rainbow. But should you? At least - should you apply the dye on your own?
Professionals would say no, but not all of us have the budget for salon color. If you've DIY'd and now you're freaking out - here's how to fix issues with hair dye gone wrong.
The Best MethodWe know it might be too late if you're searching this now, but the best way to avoid hair color slip-ups is to always go to a salon.
Box hair color from the store has more pigment in it, almost by double than quality salon dye. That means it's much harder to fix a color issue if it's done at home, vs changing something at a salon.
If it's so bad that you can't fix it at home and have to have a professional fix it, you can expect to have some unhealthy hair. Since there's so much pigment, professionals will have to use harsher chemicals to get it out.
Yes, it can be expensive to get your hair done at this salon or any, but it's worth knowing you'll look in the mirror and see something you like.
Do the OppositeSo let's say you dyed your hair burgundy red/purple, and you hate it. You feel a little bit too much like Melisandre and like you're going to start spewing magic spells.
If you're just not happy with the tone of the color, look for the opposite of that shade. For example, burgundy/red-purple has blue tones, cool tones. Now you want to look for a dark auburn, that has warmer tones.
The two should cancel each other out and leave you more in the middle than where you started.
If it's too dark - wash it a few times, conditioning in between. Colors fade, especially when you wash right after dying.
Do not - we repeat - do not try to bleach any color out at home. At home bleach is intense and there's a very, very, high learning curve. You'll most likely end up with orange hair if you attempt to bleach.
It's Yellow - Not BlondeThere is a very big difference between yellow and natural blonde. Blonde is a cool tone, and yellow is something you see in children's drawings.
If you went blonde but now you're yellow, there's an easy fix. You just need some toner, which may look purple or blue in the bottle.
It'll cancel out those straw yellow tones and help you feel like a real, photo ready, blonde. Make sure to keep treating your hair with toning shampoo and conditioner for as long as you're blonde.
Hair Dye Gone WrongIf none of that works, they sell products on the market that can "erase" whatever color you just put in your hair.
These hair dye gone wrong correctors will strip your hair of color, but they're harsh and bad for the strands. Only use them if nothing else works.
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