One of the least pleasant beauty experiences in the world is washing and drying newly-dyed hair and discovering, instead of a fresh new look, a hair disaster. Whether dye has created a patchwork out of hair or the luscious red shade has turned locks a shocking maroon by mistake, there are several ways to help fix a bad hair dye job. When a bad hair dye occurs, it is important to proceed with caution and avoid panic; hasty attempts at fixing a bad hair dye may result in an aggravated problem.
Many beauty experts recommend seeking professional help or advice immediately. Bad hair dyes can usually be fixed by professionals immediately, but may be expensive. Typically, hairdressers fix a nightmare dye by stripping the color from the hair before it can truly take permanent hold. In many cases, a professional can then redye the hair, either to the desired new color, or back to the original shade. Although this may be the least risky way to fix a bad hair dye, it can be quite pricey.
For those who choose to try and fix the hair at home, there are several options. First, if the dye used was temporary or semi-permanent, it may be possible to strip it out of the hair using a clarifying shampoo. Look for shampoos made for oily hair, or those used to remove dandruff. Shampoo hair thoroughly a few times, then dry to see if the color has toned down or vanished. For best results, try this treatment within two days of the original dye.
It may also be possible to dye hair back to its normal color. If trying this method, it is important to use a very natural looking shade that will help reduce the appearance of a bad dye. Some experts recommend using strawberry blond if hair has gone green, neutral brown to wash out brassy red colors, or ash blonde to remove pink or maroon. Follow manufacturer's instructions for a normal dye job. It is important to note that this method can end in slightly random results; it may work flawlessly and rid hair of bizarre colors, but it can also backfire. If the original dye was not applied evenly, attempting to re-dye strands may result in a patchwork or streaky appearance.
One way to avoid a bad hair dye is to strand-test any box of dye before applying to hair. Snip a small section of hair and apply the dye, then allow to saturate according to regular dye instructions. Rinse the sample and dry it to see how the finished color appears. Since color may vary slightly with every different box of dye, even people that regularly dye hair at home may be able to avoid disasters with this method.
Another major cause of bad hair dyes is improper application. To avoid streaks and patches, be sure that hair is saturated from root to tip, working in small sections and pinning dyed strands down to ensure that all layers are accessible. For those with curly or long hair, consider buying and mixing two containers to ensure that dye does not run out. Taking simple steps to ensure even application can prevent a bad hair dye from ever ruining a makeover.