Oops! What To Do When Hair Dye Goes Bad
So, you’ve taken the plunge and and colored your hair at home. We commend you for your bravery, but now you’re unhappy with the results. What to do? Ask Denisa has the answers for you whether you went too dark, too light or you just plain don’t like the color.
Did your hair come out much darker than you expected? If this is the case try using a hair dye remover like Color Oops Extra Strength Hair Color Remover. (http://www.developlus.com/products/coloroops/index.html) It’s available at Walgreens for about $10. You want to apply this as soon as possible as it’s easier to remove the dye if you’ve just colored it. This product is gentle enough for you to go back to your original color and (do we dare?) apply another color the very same day. It does not however, have any effect on hair that has been lightened by bleach or peroxide (think highlights or blonde dyes, more on that next). Another method of removing dye color from your hair is by applying a mixture of clarifying shampoo and vitamin C powder (available at your local pharmacy or GNC). The powder costs about as much as the dye remover, so unless you have this already at home, we’d go with the Color Oops, which most likely will work more efficiently. If your color is just a tad off, try washing it with dandruff shampoo like Head and Shoulders. This will strip some of the dye out and fade your color one to two shades. A good solution for reds that come out too bright or browns that come out too dark.
If your hair came out lighter than you wanted it, the only solution is to re-dye with a shade that is two levels darker than the one you applied. This is a simple solution. But know that mixing one dye on top of the other may have funny effects. Go with a color that’s similar to the one you already dyed it with, but again, just a few shades darker. The dye will adhere better to your hair if you apply it to dry hair, so blow dry before re-applying the new color. I also suggest you leave it on for a good 45 minutes to an hour to insure it takes. Even if it says 20-30 minutes on the box, leaving it longer will ensure better results.
So, what if you highlighted your hair and the highlights are orange or too light or just crazy looking overall? Never fear, there are solutions for this as well. If my highlights come out too light and I want to go darker I usually go for a semi-permanent hair color product such as L’Oreal’s Casting Crème Gloss. These dyes are much gentler on the hair and tend to blend both colors so your highlights don’t disappear completely. They wash out slowly over a few months so your highlights will brighten over time. But since they don’t contain ammonia or peroxide, you can apply them the very same day of your mishap and/or reapply in a few days if you feel the need.
If your highlights are orange or bright yellow in color (caused by rinsing the lightening cream out too early), there is still hope. Clairol makes a great product called Brass Free Brunettes (or Blondes for that matter). This counteracts any orangey or brassy colors and helps regulate your tone to a more natural hue. Its gentle on the hair so it can be applied right after the mistake. Our only problem is finding it in drugstores. It’s not always around when you need it. If you cant find this product, go for a Casting in a cool toned color. Anything with the term “ash” in it (light ash brown for example) will counter-act extra warmth (aka brass) and help you even out your color so you end up with the fabulous (and savvy) hair color you intended.