So, you’ve had your salon visit for a hair makeover recently. Or maybe you saw some cool hair color to try on from Pinterest and tried DIY. However, you didn’t like the outcome of your hair makeover because it was too dark.
That can be annoying, especially if you’re anticipating a successful major makeover that you’ve been dreaming of. There must be something wrong happening along the way, but one thing’s for sure, you can still make it look better. Here’s how to fix your hair mess down below.
Fixing a Too Dark Hair Color
1. Lighten the color by washing your hair
As soon as you finish your hair color session and find it too dark to handle, go ahead and let it bleed. Meaning to say, go ahead and wash it off with the right shampoo, of course.
For the shampoo, you don’t need to use hair color shampoos. Just use the regular ones, especially a clarifying shampoo. This type of shampoo is excellent in rinsing off oils, dirt, and even hair color pigmentation. Massage the shampoo onto your scalp until the tips of your hair.
Make sure you wash it off thoroughly to rinse out the extra pigmentation added from your hair. You will notice all the traces of pigmentation on your bathroom floor as you rinse it. You don’t want that, and you need to get rid of that. You will have to repeat the process at least twice to get the best result.
2. Patience is the key
As you see, permanent hair color can stay in your hair for as long as it can. Constant washing and shampooing your hair won’t do its magic overnight. Mind you, it takes time, and real patience is involved.
It would take an average of 10-15 days to lighten up your new dark hair color. Of course, with constant washing and shampooing daily. Besides a clarifying shampoo that you can use, you can also partner it with an anti-dandruff shampoo. Remember, do not use hair color shampoos. The goal here is to lighten your hair color and not darken it.
After shampooing, always moisturize your hair with a hair mask or conditioner and even hair oil products to keep out the color from your hair. Moisture prevents the hair color from sticking out on your hair for too long. Leaving your hair dry for the most part will keep the color stuck deep in your hair roots. So, never leave your hair dry as much as possible.
3. There’s a quick fix you can try
Ok, so patience is not your thing. We get that. You can purchase a hair dye remover to remedy your hair mess temporarily. Take note; the hair dye remover won’t remove the color entirely. It can only lighten the color so it would not look too darkly striking.
It’s one of the safest ways you can avoid damaging your hair while applying remedy on your hair color. Pick the mildest hair dye remover product you can find at the department store. Never risk damaging your hair more with strong products that can cause a frizzy, dry hair with split ends.
When using the hair dye remover, only use it once or twice a week. Using it daily can damage your hair and cause hair breakage. Also, please do not mix it with any bleach since this is also lethal for your hair. Although it’s safe, it can still pose risks for your hair when used excessively.
4. Pamper your hair
With all that deep hair coloring and constant shampooing, I bet your hair is too exhausted to handle all that work. The hair’s gotta breathe, too, you know. As soon as you notice that your original hair color starts showing up, let it break. You know how our bodies need to detox, so does the hair, too.
Equilibrium on anything is crucial. With your hair being shampooed constantly, the original oils from it get flushed out over time, leaving your hair dry, especially if you don’t apply any conditioner. It’s important to wait it out and encourage your hair again to secrete its natural oils. Do not apply any harmful chemicals on it and use natural products that are good for your hair. Your hair and even your scalp will thank you later.
5. Consider not to recolor your hair
I know it’s tempting to do so but don’t. Your hair went through a lot lately, especially from your recent hair dye session. Hair dyes are usually strong and have harmful chemicals that keep the color last for a long time. Mind you, recoloring your hair based on your original hair color or coloring it with a lighter one will not bring any help or make any difference at all.
It will only make the situation worse. Your hair color is not the same anymore, so adding another color might create a different result than you expected. It’s best to wait and let your hair grow. You’ll start seeing your hair roots growing your hair’s natural hue. As soon as it reaches the desired length of your actual hair, cut the ones that have the dyed part. This way, you get your original hair back without harming your hair’s health.