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Hair Color At Home Is Too Dark

Hair Color At Home Is Too Dark

The Smart Girl’s Guide to What to do When Hair Color At Home Is Too Dark

It can happen to the best of us–after following all the instructions and applying it carefully, the results of your hair color at home is too dark. This is a common occurrence, but it can be fixed. Following are a few tips for color correction to help you achieve the shade you really wanted.

Shampoo Your Hair–Right Away!

Most hair color manufacturers recommend waiting a day or two after coloring your hair before shampooing, thus giving the pigments an opportunity to really affix to the hair. But if you notice immediately that the semi-permanent or demi-permanent color you’ve applied is far darker than you desired, it’s best to wash the hair as quickly as possible (in an effort to fade the color a bit).

Clarifying shampoos, which are specially formulated to remove excess buildup on the hair, are especially effective in situations like this. Simply lather the hair with the clarifying shampoo of your choice, then allow the shampoo to sit on the hair for about 10-15 minutes before washing. Be sure, though, to condition the hair well after using clarifying shampoos.

Oxidative Hair Color Removers

Effective when used to fade permanent hair color, oxidative hair color removers are formulated to shrink the pigments small enough that they can simply be washed away. Permanent hair color uses oxidative dyes; thus, these oxidative hair color removers operate via a process known as “reverse oxidation.”

To use, simply apply the oxidative hair color remover in the same manner that you would apply an allover hair color. Leave the product on the hair for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse it out and following with regular shampoo. Oxidative hair color can be drying, so be sure to condition the hair.

It’s important to remember, though, when using oxidative hair color removers, that the product only removes the artificial color that was deposited onto the hair. In other words, your hair will not go back to its original color, but will return to the color it was right before the artificial pigment was applied. This is okay, because you will simply apply the permanent color shade you really want.

Contact The Hair Color Manufacturer

Each of the major hair color manufacturers, operates a consumer hotline, accepting literally thousands of calls from consumers with similar hair color mishaps. The person on the other end of the line is a hair color specialist who can often help guide you in the right direction; however, you should be prepared to explain to the specialist how much hair color is still present on the hair. (Note: The hair grows approximately one-half inch, on average, each month). Also, be aware that he or she will likely ask if you performed the highly recommended strand test prior to the application of color.

The hotline numbers are as follows:

Clairol — 800-223-5800

L’Oreal — 800-631-7358

Revlon — 800-4Revlon

Using a Shampoo-Bleach Cocktail

A shampoo-bleach cocktail is one of the most effective methods for lifting hair color, but it is also the most challenging. Simply combine one package of bleach to 2 ounces of shampoo. If you have long hair, you may need to add a bit of water. Work the cocktail through to the ends of the hair, watching carefully as the old pigment is removed and the hair turns lighter. Wash the cocktail out completely when the color appears to have lifted.

Preventing Challenges In The Future

It’s important to remember that hair color is, at its core, the reflection of light off the pigments on the hair shaft. Taking the time to really read and understand the hair color chart can really be helpful in achieving the desired result–the first time. It can also help to prevent the application of color formulas that perhaps lack the warmth needed to prevent ashy, drab or darker tones than you intended.

Always stay within one to two shades of your original hair color, and consult your highly-trained, professional colorist who can help you achieve the color you want with the least amount of damage. Your professional hair colorist is also your best option for color correction help.


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How to Fix Orange Hair

Fix Orange Hair Here and Now!

There are many of you out there who have asked for help in how to find a hair colorist who knows what they are doing! It’s so unfortunate that there are so many people in the business who are making these types of blunders on their clients and are letting them walk out dissatisfied with nowhere to go! It gives the whole hairstyling industry a bad name.

Here are two recent readers cries for help to fix orange hair! Do you have a similar hair color problem?

From Barb:
I have SUCH a hard time finding a good hair colorist! My hair is naturally dark blonde with gold highlights. It’s kinda dull so I like to have neutral blonde highlights and chocolate-brown low lights. Hairdressers seem SO confident to do what they think AFTER I tell them the high lights will turn ORANGE if not left on long enough, and the lowlights will turn brassy if a warm based is used! Still, they DON’T LISTEN! My hair looks awful right now and is really dry after someone at a local hair salon did it. How can I find someone better? They SEEM good when giving a consultation, then my results are another story!

From Unhappy:
I have the EXACT same issue as Barb! I’ve been searching everywhere for a decent hair colorist! On top of which, I have curly hair so it makes it doubly difficult to find someone who won’t butcher my cut and someone who won’t turn me into Goldie-locks (literally). I’m so disgusted with being ORANGE. Someone….PLEASE HELP!!!

Woman with orange brassy hair color. How to Fix Orange Hair

The hair salon owner should (and almost always wants) to do what it takes to make the customer satisfied. As a customer, if you are dissatisfied with the service you received, you owe it to yourself to make the hair salon owner aware of the problem. If they can fix it, they will. At the very least, if they can’t fix it they should return your money.

Call or write the hair salon owner. Writing a letter is a great way to state your case clearly, sans the drama and emotion. That way the owner won’t feel a need to be defensive and can give you their closest and most discreet attention. Keep in mind your first objective should be to correct the mistake and if they have the experience to correct the mistake, you won’t be paying someone else the big bucks to fix it. Clearly stating the problem as you experienced it, can be a win-win for all . . . even for the original hair colorist who should take some learning strides from their mistake. I have written an article dedicated solely to What to do when the salon screws Up, give it a read for more tips on how to deal with problems with hair salons.

Find a Board Certified Hair Colorist. A board certified hair colorist is a professional who has taken the extra time and effort to become more knowledgeable about the mechanics and chemistry of hair color dyes. These professionals have a proven high level of competency in the area of hair coloring. This is clearly one way in which the consumer can recognize a competent hair colorist. However, the folks who do the certification say,”the certification process will only determine that the hair colorist knows the subject matter. Even a champion professional golfer picks up the wrong club to make a shot every now and then. No examination can guarantee the individual who passes will perform a hair color the client will be happy with.”

We should also add here that there are many good hair colorists out there who are not board certified. This is just one way for you to be able to find a hair colorist you know is highly skilled and trained.

To find a board certified colorist in your area, go to:

The above website has a practice exam on-line for hair styling professionals. If you are a licensed professional and wonder if you could benefit from taking this course, go to; FAQ’s, Review Study Material, Practice Exam.


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Braided Hairstyles Dominate Hair Show

Braided Hairstyles

Not Your Mother’s Braided Hairstyles at Orlando Premier Hair Show

As women we are constantly looking for ways to enhance our looks. Sometimes we try to curl our hair a different way, try a new roller set, or maybe even a new haircut and color. Then there is also the option of adding accessories to enhance what you may already have going on. You can go to your local beauty supply, Target, or even Walmart to purchase clips, bows, scarves, and other pieces that capture your personal creativity. There was even a fad of wearing colored feathers a couple of years back that took us all by storm. As we utilized these different accessories we began to feel more stylish in our own way.

Braided Hairstyles

However, as a professional hairstylist and makeup artist I am always open to learn and receive new ideas in the wonderful world of beauty. On a recent escapade to invoke the student in me, I headed to the Orlando Premier Hair Show. As always I left with a host of new ideas and a burst of creative energy. I was intrigued as I watched well-known platform artists take hair designing to new heights with braids.

Braided Hairstyles

You can make the looks as elegant as you like or contour a neat or messy everyday look. The versatility is what captured me.

Braided Hairstyles

These styles are great if you like to wear your hair half up and half down as well. You see, a lot of this has been done to a certain extent, but it was the new energy and techniques that captured me.

Braided Hairstyles

By the looks of things, your professional stylist will begin to offer more arrays of braid styles in the salon for all occasions.

Braided Hairstyles

You will begin to see that your own braided hair can be the accessory that you may be looking for. Your options vary with all the different 3 strands, twist, and coils to create the looks. With these nine basic formats you can create an endless variety of braided hairstyles.

Braided Hairstyles

So as we delve further into the summer months and you’re looking for ways to accessorize your look and stay cool, this can be an option that’s at the top of your list.

Braided Hairstyles

And if you’re heading back to school this fall, you’re likely to see lots of braids on showing up campus. And why not with when you combine the low maintenance of braids with the high fashion, well what’s not to like?

Braided Hairstyles

You have the gift of accessorizing yourself with your own hair strands. Talk to your professional hair stylist about trying one of these trendy braided hairstyles.

Terae DeWitt
Contributing author Terae DeWitt has become one of the industries most sought after hair stylist and makeup artist. Trained and inspired by some of the best, Vidal Sassoon and Paul Mitchell in her craft of hair and She was trained and certified through Flynt Makeup Academy. She is experienced in leading edge hair styling and makeup for print, television, commercial advertising, and weddings. You can follow Terae on Twitter and Instagram.


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