|Revised Date: 01/11/12
One of the most common hair traumas involves hair color problems and how to fix them.
I have personally lived on both side of the hair color street. For many years in my quest to be very blonde, I was addicted to Clairol's Nice n Easy one step blonding home hair color kit.
I had the normal problems with using the product including overlapping new root color with old color, damaged ends and sometimes my hair would take the color at the roots, but turn out too dark or too light. You name it, I've experienced it.
In the mid 1980s when I got serious about growing my hair longer, my hairdresser insisted on chopping off several inches of my chronically Nice n Easy blonde enhanced strands. The ends were in terrible shape and my hair had gotten too blonde with uneven patches of yucky color.
He convinced me to stop the all-over-the-head process and transition to lots of highlights around my hairline with some lowlights to balance the color.
Transitioning From Allover Color To Highlights/Lowlights
Although initially resistant, he was right after two years of careful work, my hair color looked great and my ends started to grow.
Until a major hair color disaster at the hands of Laurie in 2005, my blonde tresses consistently looked natural and was very healthy. I continued to trust a professional with my color until my 2005 salon color disaster destroyed my hard won trust.
During the many years I was addicted to Nice n Easy and the years I trusted Matrix SoColor I started to keep a log of hair color issues. It is by far the most common question I receive at Askkaren. It is also a popular topic on The HairBoutique.com HairTalk boards.
Whenever I met a professional hair color expert I besiege them with questions hoping to find more inspiration to share with the many DIYers in the hair color world.
I also know that sometimes even professional hair colorists have their challenges and try to gather as much hair color information as possible.
Listed below are some of the most common hair color problems that may occur both in the salon and at home. I know I have not covered everything, but I plan to keep adding to this list.
Hair Color At Temples Or Hair Line Is Too Dark Compared To Rest Of The Head
This is a problem that I experienced when using Nice n Easy. This problem occurs when hair around the face, hairline or at the temples absorbs the color that is applied, but it is much too dark.
The solution involves adding a lightener and applying only to the area that is too dark. This can be a little tricky and really should be handled by a professional hair colorist to avoid any of the lightener overlapping to the rest of the hair.
If you wish to do this at home, it is best to have a friend help you so that they can keep a very close eye on the lightening product you select.
Clairol Professional, which is available at Sally's makes a very good lightening gel kit known as Complement Lightening Gel. This hair color product designed to be used by professional hair colorists is advertised by Clairol as moisture-rich with ProVitaminB5 and hydrolyzed silk protein for shiny protective action.
This lightener is designed to be used on the scalp for all-over double-process blonding.
Clairol recommends the Complement Lightening Gel for a variety of hair color designs and techniques. It can also be used for tresses which are too dark at the roots or around the temples.
What To Do:
For future reference, when applying hair color to the hair, dilute the formula with a lighter color before applying to the sides, roots and temple areas.
Hair Color Turns Undesirable Colors
One of the problems which often occurs is combating undesirable hair colors ranging from the common green to orange, blue, pink, purple red and bright yellow.
What To Do:
Yes, it happens all the time but there are many ways to fix it.
1. Consult with a hair color professional to prevent even more
damage. If you can't go to a pro colorist, consider going to a
high quality cosmetology school for a reduced rate consultation.
They may or may not be able to help but it's a great start.
Green Hair Color May Not Be What You Think
A common misconception about hair color that turns green is that it's because of chlorine in the water or the pool. While it's true that sometimes chlorine can turn some hair colors green, it can also occur because of other chemicals in the water supply or with water which is delivered from a well system. It may also be related to the water pipes.
What To Do:
1. Determine the true cause of the green color. Is it
in your water system or is it some other cause?
Hair color problems can be a challenge to resolve. When in doubt always visit a hair color correction professional for assistance.
Original Publication Date: 10/26/2006 - Revised Date: 01/11/12
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