How to Fix A Bad Hair Dye Job At Home

by Contributor

Sometimes the hair-dying process doesn't turn out as expected.

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Dye jobs often have unintended consequences. People who try to lighten their hair may end up with an orange or yellow brassy color. Or an attempt to become a redhead may turn out pink. Sometimes a shade of green can result from trying a darker color.

Some salons will charge up to $100 or more per hour to fix such problems. An alternative is to fix it yourself. You probably won't end up with the color you wanted but, you can look normal again.

Items you will need

  • Hair dye
  • Timer
  • Towels
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Cotton pads or balls
Step 1

Purchase the right color of hair dye. If your hair is long, thick or coarse, consider buying two boxes of color. If your hair became brassy (orange/yellow), buy a neutral brown. Your hair won't be platinum blond by using this method; it will be darker than you wanted but still in the normal range. If your hair is green, you should buy a strawberry blond color. If your hair is pink, use an "ashy, neutral blond" hair color. This will likely take the pink out of the hair and leave you with an auburn color.

Step 2

Grab a couple of old towels and put on some clothes that you won't mind getting dye on, just in case there are any spills. Put a towel around your shoulders to protect your clothing. Make sure you keep a bottle of hydrogen peroxide and some cotton pads or balls close by. To clean up any color on the skin, simply dip the cotton in the hydrogen peroxide and wipe the skin clean. Be sure not to get the peroxide in your hair. Make sure that you read the directions for the hair color you selected. This is important because not all manufacturers will have the same processes or coloring times.

Step 3

Put on the gloves included in your color kit. If you have chosen to buy two boxes of color or more, be sure not to mix the color until you need it. Mix only one box at a time. Apply hair color from roots to ends, using 1/4-inch sections, running from the forehead to the nape of the neck. Apply hair color to the hairline first, then continue to work through the rest of the hair. Make sure that you fully saturate your hair because sometimes the hair will clump together and leave some strands uncolored. When you finish applying the hair color, pile the hair loosely on top of your head.

Step 4

Time your hair color. Be sure to time your color according to the manufacturer's directions. Set a timer or watch the clock so you don't over-process your hair. Hair color can be safely left on the hair up to 45 minutes, so don't get worked up if you lose track of a little time.

Step 5

Rinse the hair with warm water. Using hot water can fade the color. When the water runs clear, you are ready to condition the hair. Avoid shampooing. This will over-dry the hair and fade the color. You may choose to skip shampooing for a couple days due to all of the processing that your hair has gone through. Doing so will help to restore the natural oils in the scalp and hair. You may choose to use the conditioner that came with your color kit, or use a conditioning mask if you already have one available at your home. Apply the conditioner generously and evenly, then comb through the hair. Allow the conditioner to sit for five to 30 minutes. Rinse the conditioner and then style your hair as usual.

Warnings

  • Do not attempt to fix any hair color with a bleach, lightener or highlighting kit; use only hair color.

    If you feel you can't handle this task, ask a friend for help or go to your stylist

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