Overcoming Hair Color Mistakes



Everyone who has ever dyed their hair will understand the difficulties of correcting hair color mistakes. Look on the back of any hair color box and you will see a color chart. But many of us fail to realize that this chart is only there to guide us, in reality our hair may never turn out as expected.

Common Questions Regarding Hair Color Mistakes

A lot of mature men and women make the mistake of dyeing their hair many shades darker than their natural color. In general very dark hair can be aging, so it is advisable to choose a hair dye that is no more than two shades darker or lighter than your natural hair color.

If you feel that you would like a dramatic color change then it may be better to visit the hairdressing salon.

Can We Fix Hair That Has Been Dyed the Wrong Color?

Some people leave the hair colorant on for too long whilst others don’t give the colorant time to develop. The results of a poor dye job can be dramatic. It may be possible to apply a color-removal product or a toner to lessen the impact of the disaster but many people find that they are forced to visit a hair professional who can “put things right”.

If you have applied a permanent hair color then you may not be able to correct the problem yourself, you may need to enlist the help of a professional hair colorist.

Let’s Look at the Top Ten Mistakes Made when Coloring Hair

  • Choosing the color by the picture on the front of the box
  • Coloring very dry or damaged hair
  • Selecting a color that doesn’t match your skin tone
  • Forgetting to carry out a strand test
  • Leaving the dye on for too long

Can We Cover Up Our Mistake By Applying Another Dye?

Hair colorants are full of harsh chemicals and it would be a huge mistake to apply a second dye to cover up a hair disaster. The two colors may react and the problem could become worse rather than better. Have you applied a hair color that has gone disastrously wrong?

If you have then you should make an appointment to see a professional colorist.

You can visit the pharmacy and buy a hair colorant for a few dollars but it comes with no guarantee. The color on the box may look stunning. In reality your hair could turn out a very different shade altogether.

If you have had a “hair disaster” then you may need to seek advice from the professionals. We at Evergreen Beauty College are used to dealing with hair color mistakes and we can turn your nightmare into a dream come true through our hair salon services.

Evergreen Beauty College offers esthetics and cosmetology programs. Contact us for more information.

Frank Trieu
Vice President of Business Development & Industry Relations

Frank Trieu is a cosmetology industry leader, and despite his accomplishments and accolades, he still prioritizes students on the Evergreen campus. Through building relationships within the community and local salons, retail stores, and spas, he helps facilitate job placements for aspiring beauty professionals using his expansive network.

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Chris Pederson
Chris Pederson
3 years ago

My daughter messed up her hair trying to dye it on her own. She wants to cover it up with another dye but I’ll let her know how that is a terrible idea. Instead, I’ll find a professional who can help her out.

Derek Swain
Derek Swain
3 years ago

Thanks for mentioning how you should consider dyeing your hair two shades darker or lighter than your natural hair color. My wife has been interested in having her hair colored this summer. Maybe she should find a professional that can handle the dyeing process.

Curtis Butler
Curtis Butler
3 years ago

I think it’s great that you mentioned how you should rely on a professional to color your hair if you are interested in making dramatic color changes. My sister wants to dye her hair black this summer. She should consider finding an expert that can handle the process for her.