You dyed your hair too dark
“This is the most common complaint I hear,” says Candy Diaz, a hair pro in New York City. For new at-home colorists, finding your best shade right out of the box (pun intended) is tricky. That’s one reason many pros recommend picking a box of color that’s a smidge lighter than you think you want because, more often than not, DIY color will process darker than expected. Stay on the safer side, and you’ll be saving yourself a lot of time and money in the long run.
(Plus, it’s easier to deepen, rather than lighten, color if you don’t get it right the first time). That said, lightening up a too-dark dye job is not impossible. The key, says Diaz, is to wash your hair right away with dish soap to strip out those fresh color molecules.
“This should help fade the color pretty quickly,” she says. “Just be sure to follow with a good, nourishing conditioner because using dish soap can be very drying”.
Our custom conditioner can include the ingredients you need to support your hair’s overall health. If you are trying to remove a darker color, and your hair feels damaged, let us know. We will formulate a conditioner that can help restore moisture to your hair.
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Your roots are brassy
Frequently referred to by pros as “hot roots,” an orangey tint near the scalp is usually the result of using a dye that is too warm or too red for your natural hair color. Why this mismatch only shows up at the roots is because your virgin roots are less resistant to the dye than your previously-colored lengths. New hair growth is much more reactive to dye than previously dyed hair.
The fastest fix: apply an anti-brass, at-home gloss (it’s usually purple or silver and can be found at a beauty supply store) to the orangey areas for the recommended time, then rinse. If that still doesn’t do the trick, try recoloring just the regrowth with a permanent dye the same color as the rest of your hair and labeled ‘cool or neutral’ (never ‘warm’).
Blue toners can also cancel out orange tones, and purple toners work really well to cancel out yellow tones. We also offer a custom anti-brass conditioner that can reduce the yellow or orange tones in your hair. We recommend using this conditioner a few times to truly see the effects. Your hair will be moisturized and brass-free in no time.
Your roots are lighter than your lengths
Similar to the orangey issue above, when your regrowth ends up a shade lighter than the rest of your hair, it is typically because virgin hair reacts differently to dye than previously colored strands. The latter is more porous than regrowth and thus quicker to absorb color molecules.
To avoid two-toned tresses, many color pros suggest applying permanent color only to the roots for the full recommended time. Then, for the final five minutes of processing, combing the color through the rest of your hair for a quick refresh.
As for those lighter roots? A root touch-up kit (you can use one with permanent color—or temporary dye) will help deepen the shade until it’s time to color again in six or so weeks.
Your ends are dried and fried
Typically, dry, split-prone ends that are the result of over-bleaching can be hydrated back to health, though Diaz says usually the best, most effective fix is a trim. Just have your stylist snip off the most damaged areas to keep those splits from traveling up the hair shaft and weakening your hair further. This trim could even mean a light dusting for your hair, so that you aren’t losing too much length.
Pro Tip: Deep conditioning right after your color is a smart strategy, as it acts as an instant antidote to the drying, damaging effects of any bleach or ammonia in your hair color formula. This can quickly combat any harsh effects on your hair, and hydrate your strands and ends.
Looking for hydration? After you fill out the free consultation, we can provide specific products and recommendations. Your hair may do best with our curl cream, leave-in conditioner, or hair oil. Once we learn more about your hair, we can provide specific recommendations to support your hair.
Another product that may help bring your hair back to its natural state is our custom hair supplements, also known as Root Source™. These personalized supplements can help to soothe your scalp and encourage hair growth.
Your red tint is more fire-orange than auburn
When your new red hue is as subtle as a screaming siren, the best fix is usually brown. Choose a boxed color that matches the predominant brown tones in your hair, minus any warmth (look for ‘cool’ or ‘neutral’ on the box).
Then, rather than applying the dye for the full recommended time, leave it on for between five and ten minutes—and rinse. This should be long enough to cut the red without over saturating your hair color. This will help minimize the intense orange color, and leave you with a more auburn tone. And don’t forget to use a nourishing conditioner to help prevent over-drying from the double dye sessions.
Our custom leave-in conditioner can help to bring intense moisture and nourishment to your hair. A leave-conditioner or hair mask are wonderful for helping give your hair life and restoration after dyeing your hair.
Our custom hair mask has your strands in mind. Recommended for pre-shampoo use, this hair mask hydrates and smoothes hair lengths and ends. Your custom hair mask could include ingredients for color protection, deep nutrition, anti-breakage, or fiber repair. Better ingredients for better hair.
The wrap up
If you still can’t find the right solution for your hair, reach out to your stylist and create a plan. Afterwards, complete our free consultation. In the consultation, we ask you questions about your hair type, specific problem areas, as well as goals you might have.
We then use this information to create custom hair products for your hair needs. We will also recommend supplementary products that will support your custom hair care.
If you’re looking for a way to help your hair, Prose has products that can be catered to your hair specifically: custom products with natural ingredients. Our in-house chemists put the product through its paces to guarantee its safety, quality, and efficacy.
We create products to help nourish, replenish, and strengthen your hair. Tell us more about your hair’s health, and we will craft a hair recipe for you.
Whether you’re looking for a product for your ends, or shampoo for color treated hair, we formulate the best recipe for you. Hair mistakes don’t have to be forever, and we have products that can help revive your hair after any color gone wrong. Start your free consultation today. Our unique formulas couldn’t exist without you.