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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

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Call 1-800

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.

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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.

 

Color Remover

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.

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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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What to do When Your Stylist Screws Up on Hair Color Job

Has this hair color issue happened to you?

Alyssa writes:
“I advised her to increase the amount of brown (chocolate truffle) throughout my hair, and to change the shade of blonde from a yellowish over to more of a wheat blonde. She asked me if I wanted to darken the faded streaks around my face and I advised yes. After the color process was over, she was washing my hair and applying a toner, and out of nowhere she stopped and said, “I have to go get something, I will be right back.” She completed my hair and I was somewhat satisfied, however, this was nothing new, I react this way every time she has done my hair. When I got home, I pulled my hair up and noticed why she stopped during the toning of my hair. She completely missed a triangle of hair around my face, and the section she did get, the highlighter was taken out too early and is a strawberry blonde color. In addition to this, when I advised her to increase the amount of dark hair, she changed the color to a darker brown, that totally looks horrible with my color of blonde. Due to she is the daughter of a close friend, and I don’t want to get her in trouble, I called her a week later and left a message to return my call three times. She has not returned my call, so apparently she is very aware of why I am calling. I am not touching my hair due to I don’t know a thing about hair color. I have had the damaged job for two weeks and I am furious I paid $170 for this. Is it too early to go to a salon for correction? And should I notify the owner of the studio this has happened?”

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Alyssa is not alone

Hair color correction can be a tricky business. In Alyssa’s case the trouble becomes twofold as her hairdresser/colorist is the daughter of a close friend. I’m well aware that Alyssa is not alone with her hair color job gone bad dilemma. But things could get more difficult to correct if she doesn’t take action fast.

You have done the right thing in trying to reach your hairdresser. I’m afraid, as you probably have suspected, that your hair stylist doesn’t know what to do.  The fact that she hasn’t called you back speaks volumes about her level of color correction experience. No doubt she is stressed out, as she wanted to please you and hasn’t got the confidence that she can now fix the problem.

First of all, you need to go back sooner, rather than later to get the color fixed. The problem will only get more complicated if left long enough for roots to begin to appear. My suggestion is that you force the issue with your hair stylist or the salon. You could do this a couple of different ways. First, you could simply walk in and have your hairdresser look at your hair color. Tell her you aren’t happy with the color and ask her directly if she is able to get it closer to what you had in mind. Use your women’s intuition here, I’m suspicious that she is afraid of her capabilities of handling a hair color correction and might be relieved to be let off the hook . . . as you should be too if she isn’t positive of what steps to take.

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Seeking a Higher Authority

Another option is talking with the salon owner, who I’m sure would want to know about the problem. She wants to have a chance to fix it and keep you as a salon customer. Most hair salons have stylists who are at different levels of experience. They should be able to fix it for you and for what you paid, it should be at no cost to you.

If your gal hasn’t the experience or know-how of correcting this problem, this will be a big learning moment for her. This can be a win-win situation at this point for everyone if handled correctly.  You can come out with the hair color you were after, the hair salon keeps you as a client, and your friend’s daughter will increase her knowledge of not only color correction, but how to face-up and work through problems that can  and do arise when coloring the hair.

But at some point you might just have to bite the bullet and find a new hair colorist. If you get to that point, here are some tips How to Find a Hair Colorist and this video:

  



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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: http://haircolorist.com/

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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