Hair Color Too Dark?
The disaster of coloring hair too dark . . . happens often. But what you choose to do next . . . is what is most important!
If your hair coloring project resulted in a hair color too dark, you’re not alone it is a very common outcome. Hair dyes are chemicals and it doesn’t take much of a misstep for some unanticipated results to occur. Here is a question from a reader who posted a comment on one of my articles this week:
I used a permanent “Dark Warm Brown” 5 days ago. It is too dark. Can I put a “Light Warm Brown” on now to take it lighter? If yes, how soon can I re-dye it? Thank you! Comment by Katie
My first advice is to call the manufacturers 800 number on the back of the box. They employ professionals who can determine the best route for you to take. They will need to know some history on what chemicals are on your hair now, what your natural color is etc. Be clear and accurate on your answers, swallow your pride and fess up no matter how badly you messed up. Keep in mind your answers are all they have to go on and if you are going to color at home again, you need their recommendation to be an accurate one. They will also advise if they feel you need to see a professional in order to get it right.
Clarify or Highlight
You may be able to lighten your hair to some degree by using a clarifying shampoo. The color will naturally lighten some each time you shampoo. If that isn’t enough, you can lighten it by adding highlights. Although there are at-home highlighting kits, using a professional can make a big difference in the artful application of highlights and your end results.
Another, more complicated route to take would be to go with a formulated color remover. One color remover that get’s top reviews is “Colorfix”. If you are going to use a color remover, be meticulous in following directions when fixing hair color too dark. Be sure to read the reviews at Amazon or Folica, they are always insightful.
When You Need a Hair Color Fix . . . Who do You Call?
Add this link to your bookmarks American Board of Certified Hair Colorists. You don’t want to lose any time in a hair color emergency. This resource might come in handy. The advice that I give in my class Finding the Right Hairstyle for You! still trumps. Calling a good hair salon in your neighborhood should yield the name and number of a good professional hair colorist.
Remember, don’t skimp at this moment. . . re-mortgage the house if necessary when you have a hair color dye emergency. Pay whatever it takes to get the very best hair colorist, you’ll not regret it. The site also has some interesting technical information in the study portfolio, for those of you that need to know how hair color chemical reactions occur.
And for all you hairdressers out there, this site is a must to keep your how to fix hair color skills at the top of your game.
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