Fixing Hair Color Mistakes

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Hair color mistake and how to fix it

Hair usually goes through an orangey stage as pigment is being lifted. People think they’re turning into pumpkin heads, freak, and rinse out the product before it’s fully processed. If you fall into this trap, get a new box of the haircolor you used the first time, re-highlight the orangey sections, and wait ten to 15 minutes, says Brooks. Another common dye disaster isn’t so easily fixed at home: straying too far from your current haircolor–going too dark or too light–and ending up a surprising shade of, say, violet.

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What you can do on your own to remove hair color is to cover up. And depending on the color you selected, you may be able to cover the permanent color with a semi or demi-color. But before you decide to re-color your hair with another color, seek the advice of the color manufacturer, because mixing colors can result in bigger disasters than before.

If the hair color used was a light to medium shade, you may be able to cover it with a semi-permanent hair color after a few days. If you used a very dark shade, then it’s very difficult to remove hair color and you might as well live with it. Dark hair colors are hard to correct because the pigments in the dye are very strong. If your hair has been colored a shade of green, you could try a chlorine removal shampoo, or, if all else fails, tomato juice soak.

Mistakes do happen, but learn from the mistakes and take care not to repeat them. And before you set out to repair the damage, call the manufacturer of the product first. They’ll be able to suggest you ways to remove hair color. Still, if you’re unable to correct the problem, remember it’s just hair. The color will eventually grow out or fade on its own.

You can also make the best of the situation by visiting a stylist and getting a new flattering hairstyle that’ll draw attention away from the ghastly color. You can also use this time to accessorize your hair and try out different styles. Anything that’ll draw the attention from the hair color should help. Also, remember to use hair-coloring products that are safe, because a head full of orange hair is better than a head without hair.

Fixing Hair Color Mistakes: Color by Color Tips

If you are like me you have turned your hair, green, purple, and even orange by pure accident trying to color your hair. Here are the way to avoid, or mask these mistakes if you have this issue.

Green Hair – Green hair usually happens due to trying to color your hair with hair color that has the name Ash in it. So Ash Blonde or Ash Brown which there are several of them out there. The ash means the hair colorant actually has green tones in it and if you have hair that take to color very well it can turn green. So to avoid this do not use the products that say Ash, neutral is fine Ash is not. Green tones are the hardest ones to deal with because you can color over them successfully so you have two options. Go to a salon and have someone strip your hair down to a blonde base and then recolor, or you can get tastefully and well placed highlights that will mask the issue until it slowly goes away in a few weeks.

Purple Hair – This can happen for several reasons, perhaps the hair color you used had a lot of purple tones and your hair took to the color too well, or your hair had a previous color that did not react well with the new color you tried. To fix this you will likely have to stay away from the red colors you life for one month and color your hair with a neutral brown or brunette, go darker not lighter, not only with this help condition but it should cover the purple. To avoid ever going purple remember to stay away from the burgundy hair colors. If you love red as much as me make sure to get the Auburns or the straight red hair color but mix with a dark brunette if you want a darker tone. Just make sure you are mixing within the same company. Such as only using Feria or only using Colorsilk.

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Orange Hair – Ah yes if you have ever tried going strawberry blonde it is likely you have had this happen. Again you will need to stray from your love of red for at least 4 weeks. Color with a darker color with no gold tones and this will take care of the orange. The reason it happens can be varied, maybe you tried a hair color that doesn’t work with your hair makeup, or perhaps you thought you needed 3 boxes of Strawberry Blonde hair color when really what you need and what salons do most times is intermingle several colors in one mix. Because my hair is so thick and long I have to use three boxes of hair color, however mix my red with a reddish brown and then a gold, for strawberry blondes, mix them with blondes, but don’t use Ash!

Most hair oops can be fixed at home, however if you have particularly brittle hair or unhealthy hair spend the honey to go to a salon so you don’t end up hurting it more, otherwise you may end up with no hair. Although I have experienced all three of these oopsies while finding my way to the best color, I have also found the solutions and received some sage advice from hair colorists that have helped me along the way. So feel free to play with your hair just don’t overdo it.

Hair Color – Herbal

Hair coloring is the art and science of changing the natural color of your hair. There are thousands of cosmetic brands that have launched an array of colorants that enable you to change the color of your tresses and enhance your look. But most of these artificial colorants comprise of harmful chemicals that can damage your hair causing it to become dull, dry and brittle. Herbal hair color is the safest way by means of which you can alter the color of your locks and keep them in good health. They are also more inexpensive and gentle as compared to artificial dyes and colorants. For thousands of years, men and women have used these products to change the color of their tresses naturally.

Herbal hair color can be used to add highlights, cover any grays or simply to accentuate your look. Most herbal hair dyes work well when they are used over a period of time until the desired shade is achieved. Henna and walnut raisins change the color instantly and have no side effects. There are various plant based colors that can highlight, darken as well as lighten the original color of your tresses. The only drawback with herbal colorants is that they are unable to match the color strength of artificial colorants that work on the basis of the strong action of harmful chemicals.

If you have been using artificial colorants and chemical dyes for a long period of time, it is essential for you to conduct a strand test prior to using herbal colorants in order to avoid the risk of allergies. Also, the product build-up of commercial colorants can alter the action of herbal dyes.

Prior to coloring your hair with any herbal product, you must read the instruction manual carefully and then proceed with the process of applying the color. Always wear gloves before applying the color and rinse it out thoroughly while washing.

Types of Herbal Hair Color:

Chamomile: This is probably the most popular herbal hair color among blondes. A weekly rinse with chamomile helps in accentuating blonde highlights. To prepare a chamomile rinse, brew half a cup of chamomile flowers in a quart of boiling water for about half an hour. Strain the mixture and let it cool. Use it as an after shampoo rinse to wash your hair. Rinsing with chamomile tea also helps get brown streaks.

Calendula: This herb is used to brighten blonde hair and works well when you want to have blonde highlights.

Lemon: This is a widely appreciated hair lightener and works well in all climes. Take the juice of two lemons and mix it in a quart of water. This can be used to lighten the color of dark hair when used as an after shampoo rinse on a weekly basis. Remember to dry your hair in the sun in order to get maximum effect.

Rhubarb Root: This herbal dye has been used by blondes to add golden tones to light brown hair. It puts shimmering glints to highlight the tresses. Pour three cups of hot water over four tablespoons of chopped rhubarbs and simmer for 20 minutes. Use it as an after shampoo rinse 15 to 20 times and rinse with normal water for the final time. For best effect, dry your hair in the sun.

Henna: If you want to give an auburn hint to your tresses, you can use henna powder, mixed in water. Henna is applied to the hair in the form of a paste and is then left on to dry. Was your hair with a mild shampoo and the effect that you get is awesome. If you are looking to get a darker tone, you can mix coffee powder in the paste.

Sage: If you want to darken your tresses, take a handful of dried sage and boil it in a quart of water for about half an hour. Cool the potion and use as an after shampoo rinse. Use this rinse on a weekly basis to get the desired effect.

Tag alder bark: This is used for darkening the hair and generally produces a lighter tone than sage. It works best when used to darken blonde hair or to cover grey locks. Simmer an ounce of bark chips in a quart of boiling water for about half an hour. Then cool the infusion and use as an after shampoo rinse.

With these herbal hair colors, you can get the desired effect over a period of time, but they are worth the effort.

How to Fix Hair Color Mistakes at Home

Step 1:
Use a deep conditioning treatment prior to lightening or darkening hair and after hair color or hair color removers have been applied. The hair shaft requires protein to retain hair color deposits as well as a smooth outer cuticle to avoid discoloration and odd colored fading.

Step 2:
Remove excess hair color with laundry soap?

Remove excess color with several applications of a strong detergent-based shampoo such as Prell. Optionally, try liquid laundry detergent, namely Tide, if you feel your scalp is in good enough shape.* Shampoo the hair, let sit for a few minutes, minimize scalp exposure, rinse thoroughly, and repeat as needed for 1 to 3 days.

Step 3:
Reduce brassiness in proportion to how extreme the problem is. Subtle brassiness can be corrected with anti-brass shampoo over a period of days. Moderate to extreme brassiness requires hair color correction or products designed to remove brass.

Step 4:
Apply a hair color toner to fix mild blond brassiness when the hair color tone is otherwise adequate. Otherwise, the choice to fix hair color is to lighten the hair more with high lift color or to darken the hair to a shade where the red and/or gold is less prominent.

Step 5:
Compensate overly warm colors with an ash-based (cool) color. If high lift hair color or bleach is needed, consider streaking or highlights to minimize hair damage.

Step 6:
Get a haircut or trim to fix a hair color disaster that is largely limited to the ends. Hair in poor condition, including split ends, is very difficult to remedy. Additional hair color treatments may cause hair to split more. Additionally, light reflects differently off of healthy hair and may improve the overall look.

Step 7:
Reverse over-lightened or bleached hair color errors by reverse highlighting or applying low lights rather than using hair color on a full head of hair. This minimizes hair damage and generally looks more natural or attractive. Bleached hair does not retain color well and solid hair color tends to fade into unnatural and uneven shades

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Janice is a writer from Chicago, IL. She created the "simple living as told by me" newsletter with more than 12,000 subscribers about Living Better and is a founder of Seekyt.