Hair Dye Disaster!

Oh help. I recently decided to dye my hair dark brown, my natural hair color, before the gray came. I have been blonde for years. The gray mixes right in a whole lot easier. Anyways, I now look like an Easter Egg.


I did go to a shop and got blonde highlights put it, it looked good, but the gray came in quickly. So I went back, and wanted more blonde. It came out looking like I had a calico cat sitting on my head.

I immediately went and bought a Revlon blonde bleaching kit. My hair came out very light blonde at the roots, with all the rest a reddish blonde with lighter blonde highlights. It looked like nothing I've ever seen in nature.

So I went back to the beauty shop and the tech applied a soap cap, which I guess is diluted bleach, unsure, and my hair did come out very light, but the reddish blonde is now yellow.

Short of shaving my head or wearing a babushka, I'm not sure what to do now. Should I just wait and keep getting it cut (I wear it short anyways)? I have strong hair, but I'm not sure how much more abuse I can hit it with and still have any left.


By Peep from Rochester, NY

April 22, 20110 found this helpful
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Call the help center number in the directions. I have had to call before and they will tell you what to do to fix your hair color.

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April 18, 20110 found this helpful

From the hairdresser:

hello. I guess you sure do have a problem. please remember that when you use a store brand hair dye, use one or 2 colors lighter. remove 2 tablespoons of developer, the peroxide and then mix color. this will prevent reds from showing up.This only works for light browns to black. if you would like more information, please contact me

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April 30, 20110 found this helpful

I'm so sorry that women insist on dyeing/bleaching their hair. Why bother? Live with the color you have, be it brown, black, gray, etc.

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My friend is supposed to be a hairdresser. I asked her to put a home hair coloring kit in my hair. I paid about $10 for the hair color and I looked forward to the new color. She sectioned my hair and began in the back.

I do not like the results and am upset with her for not doing it correctly. I now have streaks and lots of places in the front that look like it wasn't dyed.

It's a wine-red color and my hair is naturally dark brown. So now my hair is wine-red with what looks to be brown roots and chunks of brown throughout. Never again will I ask her to do my hair! Any suggestions to correct without spending big bucks at a salon? Please help.

By Mdmt_39 from NC


Hair Dye Disaster!

Wow. I can't even imagine how she could screw up something so easy to do.
I wouldn't do anything experimental, like trying to remove the hair color. That should be left to professionals.

I would just get a new box of the same color, and do it yourself on the sections that are missing color. That may be hard to do (skipping sections of hair), so it would probably be alright to just do a complete coverage and just try to avoid the already-colored sections. If it's the same color, and you get good complete coverage, it should end up pretty ok.

And remember, it'll fade over time.

By joanne

Hair Dye Disaster!

Just buy any box of a good brand hair color that is either darker of lighter than your hair, and dye your whole head that color. You might need 2 depending on how much hair you have. It should make it blend in a lot better. (09/20/2010)

By xintexas

Hair Dye Disaster!

You can do this yourself. Get another box of the same color. Follow instructions for complete coverage. Be sure to mix everything well, apply all over your hair while wearing the enclosed gloves, then use your gloved fingers to also work the color around on your head. Pretend like you're shampooing your hair with it. Let sit piled loosely on top of your head for recommended time. There is usually a phone number on the directions or box if you need more advice.
Calm down, re-do, and forgive your friend. (09/20/2010)

By garnetgirl9

Hair Dye Disaster!

Someone told me that Prell shampoo will strip the dye from your hair. If you don't want to try coloring again you could try that. It won't work on the first shampoo but it might blend it a little better. Good Luck! (09/22/2010)

By dwutz

Hair Dye Disaster!

My best friend, "a beautician", cut my hair once and I looked like Moe from the three stooges. I was embarrassed, sure, but she meant more to me, so we had a good laugh. She went with me when I had it "fixed" and to this day we are best of friends, so my biggest tip would be to quit blaming her for something you asked her to do, do things for yourself from now on and leave your friends out of it, and quit whining and accept the fact it did not turn out with the glorious expectation you had. Remember it is "Just" hair. Its usually fixable, or it grows back good friends not so much. (09/22/2010)

By Jron7667

Hair Dye Disaster!

I second what Jron7667 says and also what others say about simply redoing it yourself. I was a hairstylist for 35 years and I suggest you purchase two packages of the same color this time because the reason for the streaking you explained here is because there wasn't enough color for complete and even coverage from scalp to ends supplied by you to your friend to apply in the first place! Follow garnetgirl9's application directions and you'll be just fine! (09/22/2010)

By Deeli

Hair Dye Disaster!

I agree with Jron7667 "Remember it is "Just" hair. Its usually fixable, or it grows back, good friends not so much." Do what you have to do to fix it and move on. Then go to anyone else who's not your friend for your hair stuff. Good luck! (09/22/2010)

By yoder178

Hair Dye Disaster!

Smack your "friend" and get a bottle of good ole Head and Shoulders shampoo and then shampoo repeatedly till the color is out then redye. Your color will have been altered, but you can dye it and then be very kind to your hair with oil treatments and gentle kindness. (09/22/2010)

By Flomerch

Hair Dye Disaster!

It sounds to me like your friend tried to, and accomplished, streaks in your hair rather than overall coverage. If that wasn't what you wanted, you should have said so when the process was being done. Or perhaps, if you have very long hair, there simply wasn't enough in one package to do your hair. Really, this is no one's fault but your own. You are the one who chose the hair color, so if you aren't happy with it, you can't really blame your friend. And besides, dying someone's hair is not all that much fun. Your friend was doing you a favor. If it didn't turn out the way you liked, I guess you got what you paid for, didn't you.

Re-dye your own hair again, with the same stuff. (09/23/2010)

By louel53

Hair Dye Disaster!

There is a product called Oops and it is in the drug store. It will remove the dye and then you can start all over from scratch. I have used it and it really works. (09/23/2010)

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Hair Dye Disaster. I got my hair dyed at a salon today, but it looks awful. Can I go and get it re-dyed a different color tomorrow or will that totally damage my hair?

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