It happens to most of us at least once. We get suckered in by advertising, or we want to save money, so we buy a box of stuff, put it all over our hair, and hope for the best.  But sometimes, hoping for the best doesn’t work and we end up with any number of at-home-hair-color blunders.  If this happens to you, don’t overreact. It’s what you do next that decides your hair’s fate. Lather, a Raleigh hair salon, is here to help.

Most hair experts believe there is a 48 – 72 hour window before the hair color locks into the cuticle — past the point of no return.

DO NOT try to fix this yourself with something else from the drugstore.  Hair color blunders are not like a bad color choice for your kitchen walls.  Hair color can not be covered by a coat of white paint. Or removed with turpentine.

Get to a professional!

Even a pro can’t wash out or magically reverse hair color blunders, but a good stylist can “correct” your hair color by getting it back to a similar shade of your natural hair.  This may take a few sessions but it’s not something that should be rushed.

Now we’ll  let you in on the only two temporary “fixes”:

* Some colored shampoos can help soften the bad coloring.

* You can cut your hair short to minimize the effect.