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Here's how to fix those hair dye disasters

It’s too dark, too orange or even green - of course we are talking about hair dye disasters. You followed every step from the instructions but ended up with a less-than-stellar result. What now?

The good news is that there are some fairly easy tricks that can help you fix almost every hair disaster. Here's Michael Douglas to help us rectify our mistakes.

MY HAIR IS TOO DARK

  • Wash your hair with the shampoo as soon as possible to get off the hair colour

  • Use a deep conditioner after you are done with the shampoo to replace the oils you have removed

  • You can also use a few drops of dishwasher soap mixed with your shampoo to strip the dark colour. However, this product will dry out your hair, so don't forget to use a deep conditioner and even let it sit for quite a while before rinsing it off.

MY HAIR TURNED ORANGE

  • Get a blue or purple-hued hair shampoo and conditioner to neutralize it

  • Be careful when styling your hair with hot tools. The heat might bring back the yellow and orange tones.

  • Try to use a lower temperature when styling your hair and don't forget to use heat protecting products

  • To prevent brassiness opt for cool and ashy tones in the future

MY BLEACHING HAS GONE WRONG

  • Instead of regular conditioner, get a hydrating hair mask to repair the damage you have done

  • It's also recommended to use deep conditioners instead of harsh shampoos at least in the first weeks after your bleaching disaster because they tend to dry out your hair and strip it of the natural oils

  • You shouldn't style your hair with hot tools at all

MY ROOTS ARE A DIFFERENT SHADE THAN THE REST OF MY HAIR

  • The first thing you can do is get one of those root cover-up sprays. These products are not only for gray hair or grown out roots. You can also use them to mask your colouring mistake, at least until you think of a better permanent solution.

  • Don't try to dye your hair once again or with a different colour. Dying your hair a few times in a row can cause damage, so it's best to avoid the risk of making another mistake at home.

  • Another common hair colouring mistake is "hot roots". Your roots might turn too orange or too warm compared to the rest of your hair. When you choose a colour that's lighter or redder than your existing colour, your uncoloured roots will pick up the pigment effectively. However, the colour might have little to no effect on the rest of your hair. First things first, get a purple shampoo to neutralize the brassiness. Next, choose a shade that's the same as your current shade or one with a cooler or more neutral tone.

  • Wait for a while until it's safe to colour your hair again and fix this mistake

MY HAIR HAS TURNED GREEN

  • You have to stick to your unexpected greenish dye job for at least two weeks until it's safe to dye your hair again.

  • When it's finally time to colour your hair, choose warm brunette tones to neutralize the green. Don't forget that you need to pick a hair colour that's the same level as that cool brown shade.

  • Apply the new colour only on your green-toned strands and leave it on for a shorter time, so you don't damage your hair

I'VE GOT DYE ALL OVER MY NECK AND EARS

  • Apply a thick ointment like Vaseline on your neck, around the hairline, and on your ears. Make sure you don't cover your baby hairs because the ointment acts as a barrier to the hair colour.

  • Once you have dyed your hair, use your pointer and middle finger (with your gloves on) to rub the hairline

  • After washing your hair, use a wet towel with a dab of clarifying shampoo and rub it into the stained areas to remove the colour. Rubbing alcohol, like vodka, on the stain also works.

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