Haircare Advice

Color Correction Might Take Several Visits

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Many consumers with color correction issues don’t realize that hair color can not often be instantly reversed.  It can take up to five visits for some serious color problems to be reversed.  Did I say five visits?  

Yes indeed.  Hair color is not like paint on furniture which can easily be removed with paint remover.  Haircolor is a lot more like painting a white wall.  Sometimes you can’t just paint over the color with corrective white paint. Many times you have to remove the botched color in several steps.  The same is true with hair color gone wrong.  If you go to a color correction specialist and they tell you that it will take several treatment sessions, take the time to talk to them and find out why before you reject the suggestion outright.

Actions To Avoid 

Although you may feel that you can do a miracle fix with the color, at home yourself, historical evidence in not in your favor unless you utilized a vegetable, semi or demi-permanent color.  If you used a permanent color or a bleach product, it is best to try and get professional help from the manufacturer or an outside color expert. 

While there are color removing products available to professionals stylist and color experts, unless you have a complete knowledge of how to use the formulas, avoid them like the plague.  The color removal products often contain strong chemicals or bleach and in the wrong hands they can cause severe hair breakage.  Color removal products should never be used on relaxed or permed hair without the advice of a hair expert.

The only way to remove permanent hair color is with a color removal product.  Depending on the color that you selected, you may be able to cover the permanent color with a semi or demi-color.  Enlist the advise of the color manufacturer before you start experimenting with different coverage shades or you could wind up with the color of mud. If your visions of Pamela Lee blonde turned to Carrot Top orange, only a color expert can safely get you back to a safe color zone.  The same is true for purple, pink, blue or some green.  

Some chlorine enhanced greens can be removed with a special chlorine removal shampoo. When all else fails, try the tomato juice soak.  The red in the juice will neutralize the green in many cases. Many people have color disasters with henna.  Not only does henna coat the hair, it is highly unpredictable for some users. If a horrid shade of henna is haunting you, reach for good old fashioned mineral oil.  A colorist told me to follow these directions to lessen or even remove henna from the hair:

1.Saturate hair strands with a mixture.

2. Follow 5-10 minutes later with a coating of mineral oil.  Apply the mineral oil on top of the 70% alcohol. Avoid the scalp area.

3. Cover your new oily head with Saran or similar plastic.  A plastic shower cap will also work well.  

4. Sit under a hood dryer for 30-45 minutes.

If you don’t have a hood dryer, direct a heat concentrator towards the hair from your blow dryer. 

5. To remove the oil apply a little shampoo to the palms of your hands and then pat on the oil BEFORE you apply water.  After you have applied the shampoo to the oil areas, turn on the shower and lather.  Use a good cleansing or clarifying shampoo. You may need to shampoo more than once to remove all the oil and the henna.  If necessary, repeat as needed.

6. Once you have removed the henna, be sure to perform deep conditioning treatments to restore moisture to the hair. When in doubt about henna, don’t do it.  Take your time and do lots of research to be sure you are on the right track to desired color results. Time heals all hair color woundsAlthough you may hate your new color, if neither home or professional correction are an option, consider going shorter with a new style that will allow you to outgrow the color quickly.  Ask your stylist to help you select a style that minimizes any new roots or growth.  Give yourself some time to let the color fade naturally away. 

2. Heat to fade

Hot water is notorious for fading chemically colored hair.  Some volume shampoos and gels like Matrix Amplify and related products may also help fade color faster because it is designed to blow open the hair cuticle which sometimes accelerates hair color loss. Hot extra virgin olive oil and some commercial oil treatments will also help to strip chemically applied color.  An old trick of colorists is to shampoo with Prell shampoo which is known for its color striping talents. Don’t assume that it will remove your unwanted hues.  It will help fade your color which may or may not be a good thing.  While this may or may not be a good option for quickly moving past unwanted temporary or demi-perm colors, it may actually accentuate a bad shade on permanently applied color.

3. Make lemonade out of lemons

Yes, I know it sounds sappy, but I really believe that when life gives you lemons, you can have fun making lemonade. Being positive really helps in any bad situation, including sporting a head of pink and purple hues when you wanted cookies and cream. Not only does positive thinking and actions make you feel better, it gives you the opportunity to learn new ways to appreciate your hair.  Set aside some private time, drag out all your hair styling tools and play with some new looks that can help you pass the time while your horrible hue grows out.  Styling products like volume enhancing mousse or extra strength gel can work wonders on instantly changing limp locks into luscious fat locks.  A good straightening or defrisant balm can remove the frizzies for a smooth, sleek shiny cap and help you to forget that it just happens to be slightly orange. Surviving one really bad hair color experience should help you avoid them in the future.  Always make sure that you have a pre-color consultation with your stylist and that you believe you are both on the same hair page. 

Take photos of your desired hues since stylists work well with a visual view to guide them. Once the color begins, watch carefully.  If you think the color process is going wrong, instantly stop the process.  If your head or scalp starts to sting or burn speak up immediately.  Remember, it is your hair and you have to live with it.  Don’t be shy, speak up and leave if you must.

Joseph Kellner

Best Haircolor In Orlando, Florida 32836

7250 Kirkman Road

407-421-5857