Fixing Hair Coloring Mistakes

October 9, 2008

Hair being dyed a bright red color.I just dyed my hair and it came out black. I wanted dark brown. What can I do? Thanks.




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October 9, 20080 found this helpful
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There is a new product out you can find at CVS or any store like that called "Oops". It is in the hair dye aisle and along with the hair dye boxes. It will take out the color you just put a reverse. It has no ammonia in it so it wont leave your hair super dry.

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I agree with the suggestion to buy "Oops". If you can't find "Oops", and you used the formula that is to last for 12-24 shampoos, you can lighten your hair by washing several times with Dawn or Palmolive dish detergent and conditioning very well.

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May 2, 2021

My daughter tried to strip the black hair dye using color-oops, and well oops is exactly correct! Her normally blond hair is now orange at the roots, red in the middle and black at the ends. Please help us fix it.


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June 3, 20210 found this helpful
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Black is the most difficult color to remove.
Since the ends are still black, use Color Oops again. Color Oops doesn't contain ammonia, nor peroxide, nor bleach, which can affect hair health. This why your daughter can use Color Oops more than once.


Use a good conditioner afterwards. Rinse 20 minutes. It will re-darken if your daughter doesn't rinse the full 20 minutes.

Your daughter's hair turned orange and red because dark-colored dyes have more pigments, and not all of the pigment may come out.
Use ash tone. That ash tone shouldn't be in the blonde range. The blonde won't be able to completely cover her hair surface, and her hair won't look blonde. Because the tone she removed was dark, if she put in lighter shades, she would need to bleach her hair so that the blond color could be seen over the light tone. For example she can apply a brown ash 4.1 or a chocolate ash 5.1, or a light brown ash 6.1. These tones will perfectly cover up the oranges. And all that, without needing to bleach.


Your daughter can recolor the same day.

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May 19, 2017

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