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Is it driving you nuts that your recent colour job is looking more orange than red? Or perhaps your first attempt at a subtle silver has left you looking ten years older? Whatever the colour mistake you now regret, there is a way out.

Forget using colour remover or trying a different tone. As for crossing your fingers and hoping it will turn out well, don’t bother. It rarely does, and you could make it worse. Would you be interested if we told you there was an easy way to correct your hatchet dye job? Well, that’s exactly what this blog post is going to show you. Read more to learn some of the easy fixes that will get you out of a colour jam!

What To Do When Your Blonde Goes Yellow

This has got to be the greatest fear of any woman looking to go blonde the unnatural way, and it happens most often when you use inferior hair dye products. Use the wrong product and you increase the chances of your hair turning Barbie-like.

If your DIY blonde dye job is turning yellow, you need to act quickly. An easy fix is to pick a colour on the opposite side of the colour wheel. For example, purple sits neatly opposite yellow and excels at neutralising the warm yellow tones. A purple-toning shampoo and conditioner set will help reduce the warmth of the yellow and tone the brightness down a little.

Brass Is The New Black? Not!

Hair turning orange is the stuff of nightmares, and orange tones are challenging to deal with. Challenging, certainly, but not an impossible task. If your latest dye job has gone wrong and your hair’s gone orange, your best bet is to use dark-blue or indigo toning treatments. Use an indigo toning treatment as a hair mask instead of just washing your hair with it. With a mask, you give your hair more exposure, thus accelerating the reaction and the neutralising of those brass tones.

In the longer term, use the services of a professional colourist for your next dye job. They have the knowledge, experience and tools to lighten your hair to a more acceptable tone. For example, suppose you have naturally dark hair but want to achieve an ashy shade. The hairstylist will need to lighten it a touch then tone it darker.

Roots To Ends Colour Mismatch

Getting the hair dye product to cover the entire length of your hair evenly is almost impossible, especially if your hair is particularly long. There is bound to be a mismatch of colour somewhere between the roots and the ends. So how do you correct this? A short-term fix would be to use a blending concealer at the roots.  Choose from one of the many excellent products available and disguise the difference in shade between your natural colour and the hair dye. Alternatively, use something as simple as a dry shampoo with a tint of the desired shade to fade that mismatch.

Colour Darker Than You Intended?

More is less, right? That maxim might work in other circumstances, but when it comes to changing your hair colour, you’re better off following the instructions on the packaging. It often comes as a shock when the rich, chocolate-brown colour you fantasised about fails to materialise. Instead, you end up with jet-black strands that make you look like a goth-wannabe.

So, what is the answer to the darker-than-expected conundrum? It’s simple, really. Wash, wash and wash some more. Your trusted Fairy Liquid or shampoo works wonders at stripping out the excess colour. After all the washing, you’ll want to use a nourishing mask to reintroduce some moisture and stop your hair from getting dry. Leave the mask on overnight, and you’ll wake up to hair that’s several shades lighter and nourished.

Alternatively, you can head down to the salon and ask your stylist for help in getting the colour to fade more rapidly. Tricks of the trade include adding highlights, gloss or balayage.

Highlights Gone Rogue

HIghlights can go wrong in more ways than one, but the most common occurrence is when they go super-stripey. Highlights are hard to pull off, especially if you’re doing them in a badly lit room when your eyes are closing with tiredness. Instead of subtle babylights, you wake up to super-stripey and chunky highlights, which are miles away from what you expected.

If it’s an emergency and you have places to be, dry shampoo is a quick fix. Spray coloured shampoo in the areas you want to blend in and that should do the trick. Balayage is a long-term solution that your stylist will accomplish by covering the chunky stripes with a similar colour to your roots or base.

The last couple of months have led to a record number of hair DIY disasters as people have been unable to access hair salons during the lockdowns. If your hair is in poor condition or if you’re experiencing hair loss, you need to take action sooner rather than later. The quicker you react, the easier it is for your hair loss specialist to identify the appropriate corrective treatment. Vinci Hair Clinic is here to help. Get in touch with us and book your free consultation today!

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