Correcting your DIY Color
You may have made the spur-of-the-moment decision to color your hair at home, while stay-at-home orders may have had you scrambling for a solution for your regular hair coloring routine. If you’re one of the many people that couldn’t wait for salons to reopen, the following are a few tips for correcting DIY color and dye disasters.
Color is Too Dark
You may have left the color on too long or your hair may have started out darker than what the package instructions show. If your color came out way too dark, use a clarifying shampoo immediately. It will help remove buildup rather than preserving the color.
Then wash with a shampoo that’s not designed to conserve color – do it several times to help the color fade. Finally, follow all that with a hair mask treatment or conditioner designed for color-treated hair. It may not remove all the color, but it will definitely help normalize it.
Dyed Your Neck and Ears
Even if you have someone to assist with the DIY hair dye, it’s easy to accidentally get it on your neck, ears, and outside your hairlines. The best remedy is to use petroleum jelly to coat the hairline prior to coloring your hair. It’s also fairly easy to remove with an alcohol wipe if you do it as soon as possible.
If you color your hair and it comes out looking faded, you have a couple of options. Try a deep conditioner or toning gloss to revive the color and make it appear more vibrant.
One of the best ways to mitigate the brassy look is to use a purple shampoo designed to address the orange hue. Purple or violet overtones in shampoo can help with tamping down the orange glow. If that doesn’t work, the best solution is your stylist.
Roots are a Different Color
Sometimes your hair will accept an over-the-counter hair color better than the roots. A spray-on root touch-up treatment can be helpful for blending the two shades until you can reach your stylist.
Too Much Red
If you were hoping to break up the monotony and go red – but your hair went too red – try dying it a brown shade in the same color level as the red that you used. You can try using it on the areas that are the most offensive by applying and leaving it on for increments of five minutes. If you still can’t get the desired results, you can also try a color remover.
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