Now for the exciting conclusion…can the hair be saved?
In the previous article I mentioned the term “color correction”. The simple definition is to remove color that has gone too dark or to replace color that has gone too light. That’s it. As easy as that sounds, however, it isn’t always easily achieved or even possible. In this case we are dealing with both scenarios (too light and too dark).
Let’s really examine what we are dealing with. Take a look at the extremely over-lightened hair right next to her scalp. I need to add a little color here to tone down the brightness but still maintain a natural blonde color. Next, I will need to see if I can lighten up the red-orange color found throughout the rest of her hair. You will notice that it is even darker in the hair closest to her face. Lastly, the client has decided she doesn’t mind the bottom underneath section of her hair being darker. Therefore, I need to make it a more pleasing brown color without taking it back to black.
Now that I have an outline of what needs to be done I need to see if it is possible. So my next step will be trying a few test strands*. In this case I did three test strands – one to see how well a color would take, and two more using bleach to see if I could get the red section and darkest section to go any more blonde without completely destroying the hair.
The results of the test strands gave me a lot of valuable information. The strand with the color grabbed a little dark and drab so this told me I needed to go a little lighter. The bleach strands lightened more than I thought they would and the damage was manageable. Great!! We can proceed.
I got better-than-expected results by applying a light blonde color on all the hair closest to the scalp and a light brown color on pieces put in foils to create darker strands. The highlights were done using a pretty strong bleach formula. Good news…the results are better than either the client or I expected. Bad news…there will be some breakage due to damage.
Unfortunately, the damage is unavoidable when you are trying to remove color. The right products and special care of the hair can help manage the condition of the hair and help control breakage.
Here are some side-by-side comparisons of the before and after.
*A test strand is done by taking a strand of hair (about 1/4 ” wide and 1/8″ thick) and applying a color or bleach to see if I’m going to get my desired result. The last thing you want to do is create a worse mess by using the wrong colors for the correction.