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How To Fix Your Hair When You Dye It Too Dark

What to Do If Your Hair Colour Comes Out Too Dark


It can happen to even the most skilled at-home colourist: you use a colour to dye your hair, and the hue comes out much darker than you'd hoped. But believe it or not, you don't have to suffer with a hue that's not for you. Keep reading for our tips on how to lighten a botched dye job.

  1. Try a clarifying shampoo: These types of cleansers are full of colour-stripping surfactants (the stuff that makes your shampoo and soaps lather). The faster you can get to your freshly dyed hair, the better; just make sure you deep condition afterwards.
  2. Call the hotline: If you experience unwanted results from an at-home hair colour, immediately call the hotline number on the side or back of the box. The company representative can offer you professional advice on what to do next.
  3. Face the facts: The only true way to lighten colour is to remove it. But once that unwanted colour has been removed from your hair, sometimes toners have to be added to colour-correct. If your too-dark colour is still not looking right after a few shampoos, heading to a professional is probably the best option.

How to prevent it in the first place: Since semi-permanent or demi-permanent colours typically fade a lot faster than permanent colours, they are often more gentle for the home colourist. When colouring your hair at home, go only one to two levels lighter or darker than your natural hair colour to avoid "oh no" moments. While most at-home colour includes a description of what the shade will be (such as medium-light brown), keep in mind that level one equals black and level 10 is light blonde.

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