What to do After a Hair Dye Disaster

Ever dyed your hair yourself and it came out just a little too dark? One of our own BX staffers recently suffered from this unfortunate beauty blunder.  In a panic to find a quick fix (without spending tons of money on professional color correction), she searched high and low for the most effective solution.

Here’s what she found for options*:

  1. neutrogenaUse an anti-dandruff shampoo (they tend to have a stripping quality)
  2. Lather up with Dawn dishwashing detergent (although this will leave your hair very dry)
  3. Repeatedly wash with a clarifying shampoo (like Neutrogena anti-residue shampoo)
  4. Apply three parts lemon juice to one part conditioner
  5. Try L’Oreal’s Color Zap for an at-home color reversal (but at-home kits didn’t seem to work the first time!)
  6. Mix baking soda into your shampoo
  7. Take it to the salon (but beware – this is going to cost you!)

After thoughtful consideration, our BX staffer decided she did not want to take any action that could potentially further the damage, but she did want results. Here was her plan of attack:

prellStep 1: Washed hair with Prell shampoo mixed with two tablespoons of baking soda, and left in for 30 minutes. Followed with a conditioning treatment.

Step 2: Wash again immediately after with just Prell shampoo, followed by a moisturizing conditioner as well as a leave-in conditioner.

Step 3: (Next day) Repeat Step 2

Step 4: Washed with Prell (again), followed with conditioner mixed with lemon juice.

The Verdict

Her hair is definitely lighter, but the difference is subtle, and it has not returned to its original shade. Our BX staffer realizes this will only happen with time, many more shampoo treatments, and sunlight, but still believes the Prell/baking soda/lemon juice extravaganza did make a difference and were in fact worth the effort.

Tell us – have you had this beauty blunder?  If so, what have you’ve tried?  What worked and what didn’t?

*Note: Results vary based on type of dye used (permanent or semi-permanent), and best results are achieved by taking action within the first 24-72 hours.  WARNING – we say hitting the salon up is your best option to make sure you don’t have another at-home hair dye disaster!