How to fix a dye disaster

23:35, Nov 04 2013
Hair dye
DYE JOB: Being a blonde may be fun, but it's also one of the hues that is most likely to go wrong when colouring.

Recently Johnny Depp changed his hair colour (presumably for a role) but the results were not good. The man could pull off Edward Scissorhands' ridiculous mop, but even this dye disaster was beyond him.

Most of us have been there, you either try to dye your hair at home and end up with a colour nothing like on the box (and let's be frank, nothing like any hue on the known colour spectrum), or your hairdresser gets a little creative and you end up with something completely unlike what you'd imagined.

 I've normally been quite lucky with hairdressers, but when I was between stylists and trying a new one I did have a particularly memorable follicular nightmare which happened right before a job interview.

I decided to go get my regrowth done so I could make a sparkling first impression very specifically saying to my then hair stylist, "Please do exactly what you did last time, I've got an important job interview in a couple of days".

I guess I mumbled, because when he took the foils off I had a head full of horrible monstrous tiger stripes and he said, "I decided to do something different!" with a bright grin. Needless to say I never went back and I didn't get the job (for which I entirely blame the hair and nothing at all I said or did).

So what should you do when hair dye goes bad?


Goldwell Colour Expert at Prema salon, Matthew Rogan's first piece of advice is don't tackle it yourself.

"As a senior colour specialist I never suggest anyone attempt at-home colour. I see disasters on a daily basis in the salon; usually it is a 'dark chocolate' which has turned out black or a 'light ash blonde' which has resulted in the colour being brassy and gold."

If you ever make the mistake of getting yourself into this sticky situation Rogan says to seek professional help immediately.

"Never try to correct the colour yourself at home as it's only going to make the situation much worse, create a bigger colour correction process and add to the expense to correct your hair colour." 

And if, like me, your problem happens at the salon you probably shouldn't sit there shell shocked like I did, then wash your hair twenty times in three days after you've left.

Rogan instead recommends the very sensible suggestion that honesty as the best policy.

"It is very important that we receive honest feedback be it good or bad.  If it is bad, a client should never be afraid to tell us and let us know what it is that isn't quite perfect about their hair colour. We want every single client to leave our chair looking and feeling amazing.  You are our walking billboards after all."

Good hairdressers are willing to go that extra mile to make sure you are 100 per cent happy with your colour.

If you want to experiment with your shade preparation is key. Rogan suggests discussing it in depth with your colourist, instead of just going in with a picture of a celebrity and saying 'I want this' as not every colour suits every person.

"I recommend that you make an appointment for a colour consultation with your colourist to talk about what your options are and what will suit your skin tone, eye colour, clothes you like to wear, make up and also your existing hairstyle. It's about finding which shade will work best for you."

And just remember, tiger stripes suit no one...

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