Dyeing your hair shouldn’t be like rolling the dice, but oh sheesh, sometimes you just can’t predict these things. When you gamble on hair color and lose, don’t fret! While it can be a process, you’re not stuck with your follicle misfortune forever. Before you pick up the bleach or the scissors, check out these easy-peasy suggestions.
Snag a clear shampoo. Often, it will be labeled as a clarifying shampoo. You can opt for a cheap drugstore shampoo or a salon brand. Either way, as long as the shampoo is clear, you’re in the clear. (Sorry, couldn’t help myself to a pun!) These shampoos are meant to remove build up, both product and natural oil, from your hair. The clear shampoo will strip your hair, speeding up the fading process.
The temperature of the water you use to wash your hair makes a huge difference. Hot water will make your hair more porous which allows the hair color to wash out more easily. Science! The hotter the water, the better. If you recently dyed your hair, be careful that your scalp isn’t too sensitive, otherwise you won’t be feeling so hot! (Okay, last pun, really, I promise!) Always finish off with cold water for the last ten seconds. This will seal up your hair making it shinier and less frizzy.
Hair Color Removers
There are products created specifically for dyeing mishaps, but remember, these are chemical treatments and should only be used as a last resort. Plus, these color removers are just as unpredictable as hair dye. (Aka, not 100% guaranteed) The previous methods mentioned are gentler and less risky. Products, like L’Oreal’s Color Oops, are meant to take out natural colored dye and only dye that is darker in color. So if you had a battle with pink hair dye and lost, this product is not for you. If you bleached or lightened your hair, this product is not for you either. Remember, when you lighten your hair, you are technically removing color from the follicle, so you can’t use a color remover for that.
Condition Condition Condition
All the previous suggestions will definitely do a doozy on your hair. After putting your hair through a dye job and then lots of bye-bye-dye attempts, your follicles will be feeling a little under the weather. Make sure you’re taking care of ‘em! Deep condition at least once a week with a hair mask. You can snag treatments for pretty cheap at your local beauty supply store. Switch up your clear shampoo with a dandruff shampoo every now and then since these anti-flake treatments both strip and condition. Avoid heat styling when possible. Yes, that means putting your BFF, the flat iron, down.
Give these methods a whirl, and you’ll see a big difference in no time. When and if you can afford seeing a professional stylist, go for it! But hey, half the adventure with hair color is the unknown. Diamonds may be forever, but hair color sure as heck doesn’t have to be.
Written by Beth Musni
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