Oops! I got my Hair Color too Dark, Now What?
How to Fix Hair Color That is Too Dark
It’s a common mistake to get your hair color too dark, but it is a mistake that’s tricky to fix, especially for non-professionals. I can’t tell you how many of these types of hair color disasters I’ve seen and been asked to fix over the years. It can be the hardest hair color correction to handle.
Many times, hair color correction requires multiple steps, bleaching out the old hair color and then adding back the base hair colors that make up your natural hair color. The basic principle theory of color applies here, if you are at all confused about what artistic colors from the chart of hair colors mix to make other colors, don’t take it into your own hands. It takes a trained hair colorist to understand how to get you there with the least amount of added hair damage. There is high potential for major catastrophes here. Here are two recent comments on my blog to support my point.
Hi, I dyed my hair jet black over a year ago. I want to lighten my hair to a nice light brown and put blonde high lights in it. My hair is coarse, curly and extremely frizzy. When i used to dye my hair it never took. I don’t want to go to a salon because i have a beauty store by my house that sells the same products. Is there a way i can strip my hair and get rid of the jet black dye? what should i do? i don’t want to mess it up because my hair gets dry easily. Should i bleach it? please help me
Hi Melinda??I have the EXACT same problem, I bleached my hair blonde and my hair is naturally dark brown with subtle red high lights (in the sun) the hair colour turned out to look freakishly orange and to cover up the embarrassment and hair colour I dyed it blue-black. But the hair colour looks too dark with my warm brown skin tone. I look pale and scary. HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Although my best advice is to have a professional colorist fix this kind of problem, I know many of you don’t have the money to invest in a hair color correction service. Here is an option: just keep in mind it also will dry hair, so if you choose to do this, follow the directions carefully.
How Can I do Hair Color Removal? — The chemical process of hair color removal, and then getting the hair color you desire, requires an experienced hair colorist to get it right. There are different solutions depending on what hair color your trying to correct, what chemical processes are already on your hair, and how much more abuse your hair can take.
L’Oreal, Revlon, and Clairol all have consumer hotlines that take thousands of calls a year from customers who didn’t get the hair color they were hoping for. Do you know what they all have in common? When asked if they did a strand test, the overwhelming response was “No.” Why? The excuses are similar, “didn’t have the time,” “didn’t want to cut off some of my hair,” “didn’t think it was really necessary.”
Clairol — 800-223-5800
L’Oreal — 800-631-7358
Revlon — 800-4Revlon
You can try the hotline, but beware and think twice before trying hair color correction at home. A better bet here would be a consultation with your hairdresser. If they are specialized at hair coloring, great, otherwise let them refer you to someone who is. You may be able to get close to the original hair color you intended, but not without spending some more time, more money and possibly doing irreparable hair damage. All of that being said, and you still want to try a home remedy to lighten hair color too dark, here are your options:
- Use a clarifying shampoo Metalex by Clairol — A product that claims to remove problem overtones that occur from hair colors that have deposited too much ash, red, copper, or lavender. It contains sulphonated oil, which supposedly does the stripping. The product only works for temporary hair dyes, not permanent hair dyes. You can find this hair care product and many other specialty hair care products at your local Beauty Mart, Sally Beauty Supply, or my favorite Folica.
- Soap-bleach shampoo cocktail — The most effective, and will be the most challenging to use. To lift out hair color removal, combine one packet of bleach powder to two ounces of shampoo. You can add some water for longer hair. Mix it up and shampoo into your hair. WATCH CLOSELY for the hair turning lighter as the old hair color leaves. Wash it out when the hair color has lifted out. It’s better to wash it out early as you can redo this step as often as needed. Now you can apply a level two hair color that you wanted in the first place.
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