Mistakes happen, right? Right. For most situations you just move on and forget it. It’s not always that simple when it comes to your hair. It usually involves a visit to your local salon’s hair color specialist. That is exactly what happened in the situation shown in this post.
Now that the mistake has been made; what happens next? Color correction (we will get to what that means a little later). First and foremost we need to know what has been done…a little history.
In this case the young lady’s natural hair color is light blonde. You can’t see any trace of her natural color since she made the mistake just two days prior to this photo. She had been coloring around her face and underneath black for a couple of years. The rest of the hair had been a red color for about nine months.
The mistake occurred when she decided she wanted to be her natural color again. So, of course, she did what most anyone would think you could do; she bought a “color remover”. Simple enough…apply the remover, let it sit the recommended amount of time and the color is gone. OH NO!! It didn’t work.
What next? Bleach! Surely that will work! She applied a bleaching agent all over from the scalp all the way to the ends. The package said it could stay on for up to 90 minutes. Worry started setting in at the 60 minute mark so she washed it out. The additional 30 minutes wouldn’t have made that much of a difference anyway. The result of all this effort is what you see in the pictures. Quite frankly, the hair was in better shape than I would have expected. Don’t misunderstand, however, there was a significant amount of damage.
So, this is what I started with. Over-lightened at the scalp, dark red brown around the face and underneath and orange/yellow on the rest.
Now that I have the long and sordid history it is time to see if we can move forward with the goal of having a more natural looking blonde color. There are no promises or guarantees of giving her exactly what she would like. However, I can guarantee it will look better.
To be continued…Oops! Color Gone Wrong, Part II