What to do when your haircolor goes wrong
It's not as bad as you think.....
Even with the best preparation sometimes your hair color just doesn't turn out how you were expecting it. From time to time this will happen for various reasons. What we want to do is get you back to good hair with minimal drama.
First things first is to try to figure out why this actually happened. Hair color both natural and artificial are fantastic topics that have been studied by hairdressers and people for thousands of years.
Did you know that the ancient Egyptians and Romans had various ways for altering the color of their hair. There was no Lady Miss Clairol back then! They used things like a metal comb dipped in vinegar. Can you imagine how that might mess up your hair color?!?
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So, what happened?
What went wrong? Did you grab the wrong color? Was it a miscommunication?
If you did it to yourself then it is important to know what products were used. Write down the shade you used and any information that you can remember. This will help your hairdresser determine the steps to take you to where you want to go.
If it happened at a salon then there are two ways it could happen. 1. the hairdresser didn't listen during your consultation. 2. there was an error in application or formulation. If they feel that they can fix it, let them. If you feel they are not confident, you may want to speak with the salon manager or owner and see if there is someone else than can fix the problem.
What do you do now?
First, take a deep breath.
If you don't have a hairdresser or colorist start searching the web for salons that focus on color correction. Yahoo local is a great place to start. People will write reviews about salons in your area. Try to remain calm. Go to a salon that will take time to do an in depth analyis of your hair and consultation for your situation. Make sure that you find out the costs for all steps involved. Many times color correction isn't resolved from just one visit and there may be many steps needed and more money involved than an normal haircolor appointment. Make sure your hairdresser informs you of what the costs will be. Make sure you are comfortable with moving forward before your hairdresser makes the next step.
Bring photos of what you are expecting to be the end result. The most important thing right now is knowing what your expectations are and that your hairdresser can deliver your desired end result.
Keep in mind that if your color went dark they may need to do several steps to remove the color. If your color is too light there may need to be fillers applied in order to achieve a beautiful naturally looking result. Think of it as a primer before you paint over a wall with a new color.
If your hair is damaged there may need to be some conditioning treatements incorported in the process before, during AND after. If there is any question to how the color may turn out your hairdresser may do strand tests. This is where they try 2 or 3 different formulas and use them on a small strand of hair to get the perfect result.
Remember though..... this is a problem and may not be fixed with just one visit. You may need to come back a few times. If you have overly damaged hair the color may fade out more quickly than normal. So, you may need to layer the color on a few visits to get it to last.
Speak with your hairdresser about the right shampoos, treatments, and conditioners to maintain the color that you just worked so hard to fix.
There are shampoos that are specifically for color treated, damaged, and for protecting the haircolor. Additionally, they may recommend color shampoos which have a small amount of direct acting pigments that just help to keep your color fresh.
Our Client's Hair Turned Green From Her Pool!
So, our client called us freaking out. She gets a very beautiful highlight every 3 months to keep her hair looking naturally bright. Her pool boy must have dumped in a ton of Chlorine into her pool. Her hair turned bright green. Even though someone like Kelly Osborn might rock this color it is definitely a color our client does not want!
We recommended for her the Swimmers Wellness kit that you can see below. This treatment will 'pull' the green out.
To prevent this we recommend for her to wet her hair first before she goes in the pool with plain water and apply a conditioner and a swimming cap. If she doesn't want to wear the cap at least she can wet her hair. This will prevent the hair from absorbing the chemicals.
Also, it is important after swimming to wash the hair before it dries. This prevents the chemical from 'bonding' inside the hair.
HELP My Blonde Hair Turned Green!
Did you go swimming in a pool with too much chlorine? Did you dunk your head in that hot tub? Sometimes blonde hair either natural or bleach can be affected by chlorine in pools and hot tubs or even salt from sea water.
Did you know even the minerals in well water can build up on the hair. These can affect haircolor by causing it to smoke and turn purple or green.
Blonde hair tends to be more porous than others and since it is so light you can see the build up easier in the hair. Once this happens you need to remove the deposits if you can.
And of course, 'an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure'!
Check out some of these products to help you fix or protect from this happening to you!
Yahoo Local - A great way to find a new salon!
Yahoo Local is a great way to find a a great new salon and stylist! You can learn information about the business, find their website and learn about what their clients have said about their salon. Even if there are negative comments you can see how they deal with real situations!
Some helpful links!
- Brilliant Color Wellness Kit - Loxa Beauty
Create a fresh from the salon look with the only 100% vegan, at-home maintenance system that keeps your color treated hair refreshed and radiant between salon visits and preps hair for your next color service. Includes free wellness treatments.
- If you live near or in Burbank maybe we can help.
Our salon website. See some of our work and learn a bit more about our salon.
- Our salon blog.
We started this blog to show the process of transforming our space into our salon. We share tips and tricks for great hair and keep you updated on what we are up to!
- How to get the right haircolor and haircut for you!
This lens is to help you so that you don't get in a situation where you won't like your hair. Get tips for the consultation and finding a hairdresser and salon that is right for you!
Did you have a haircolor disaster? What happened? Did you end up happy? Do you need a referal?