What Can go Wrong When Dying Your Hair? (Problems)

Anyone who has tried to dye their hair at home knows that sometimes, the results can be unexpected.

Well, that "sometimes" is a very gentle way to put it. So what can go wrong with dying your hair at home? There are many things that can go wrong when you dye your hair, and all end up giving you something very different than what you dreamed.

Let's look at some of the problematic results with the most common of  colours and examine their possible causes. In the following cases, we assume that you followed the instructions correctly both for mixing and application and colouring process, so that the problems have not been caused by your mistake.

Colour does not take Problem:

Ok, you’re just finished washing your hair to take away the rest of what you're dyeing and drying using a hair drier to check the results. You may notice that something has gone wrong just starting to rinse your hair. As hair dries, the problem is obvious: the colour does not show.

Possible causes: The hair is obviously resistant to chemicals. If your hair is gray or having great natural pigmentation, might have low porosity, which makes it less likely to absorb moisture and, therefore, is less likely to penetrate into each dyeing hair to deposit colour.

If your hair has been treated with stains (especially with products like henna) or if you've dealt with some other product to increase the brightness (for example, gloss enhancers), it may contain a layer that covering and sealing it, so that impedes the penetration of other chemicals.

Henna is one of the most common culprits. It is an oil-based colouring that covers the hair follicle and is able to cause many problems for you or your stylist in the future when you want to get an application or permanent colour.

Solution: For low porosity, and resistant hair, the best solution is a softener (keratin). Search your beauty salon product with softening agents or apply a volume 10 developer for 10-20 minutes before you re-dye your hair.

Developer Rinse with water to remove hair and make it dry enough to reapply the colour accurately. This should allow better penetration of the dye in the hair follicle and give you a better result. In the case of henna or other colour treatments impeding the penetration of colour, you need to take steps to remove the annoying sealer you 'd applied previously.

When it comes to henna, you can use alcohol and mineral oil to remove and remove the henna enough to improve results. If this is another sealant, look in the product packaging or read the manufacturer's instructions to find a solution to the problem.

My colour is uneven - mottled Problem:

You've finished the application of colour and, for now, all is normal. When you finish drying your hair, however, you notice your new hair colour is uneven and appears mottled in some areas.

Possible causes: The most likely candidate is a build up of hair product in your hair. If you are using too many hair products daily, that can cause an accumulation occurrences in the hair that will not go away with a simple wash, especially if you use a mild shampoo.

The build up causes colour preparation to not penetrate hair at certain points along each hair, which can cause the colour to be uneven.

Solution: If you're the type of person who uses many different hair products, or use hair products all day combined with heat treatments (and arranged hair with additional products throughout the day), you should always use a clarifying shampoo to completely remove hair product build up and residue before submitting your hair colouring treatment.

Thus, your hair will absorb the colour evenly and the resulting colour is distributed evenly, and so will look like you want.

Oh, my Goodness, I look GREEN!" Problem:

You started to dry your hair after applying colouration and you realize that the colour is not what you had planned. In fact, there are many reflections of a colour you find completely appalling that are starting to show with drying.

Possible Causes: Sometimes, even if you make the best effort possible,  you can select a colour that is not compatible with your current colour. Either because of too similar pigments or because the pigments are combined giving a final result that’s objectionable (for example, a gold base [yellow] naturally combined with a bluish tint base [ash tone] which gives a greenish result).

These unfortunate results often happen when you try to make subtle changes in your hair colour. If you don’t know what colour base you've used previously, you may choose a new dye base with a  non-complementary colour.

Solutions: The good news is that all the errors of the colours, apart from the most drastic, can solved with a simple colour correction.

This is usually the point when women who prefer the "do it yourself"  approach to dying their hair go running to the hairdressers in Livingston. The stylist will simply sit on a chair, observe the result of coloration and choose a colour that can neutralize unwanted tones.

Usually mix colour corrector includes a developer weakness with a conditioner to prevent further damage to the hair than necessary. The true colour result will depend on the actual colour shade you dislike:

For green hues, use a red colour base, to orange hues, use a blue colour baseuse a violet colour base, and vice versa.

But it wasn‘t so dark on the box! Problem:

You've started to notice that something is wrong halfway along the colour application process. The hair seems awfully dark.

Then you confirm it: After application of colour, rinsing and drying, the hair color is fine, but is MUCH darker than you expected.

Possible causes: This usually occurs with semi colorations. A person uses a colour wanting to intensify the natural colour a shade or two, not knowing what colour applications have cumulative effects.

The process is similar to a mixture of instant coffee: The more coffee you add, the darker it becomes.

Solution: You can apply a preparation for lightening the colour, or the next time, use a lighter shade of semi-permanent colour to prevent the hair going too dark.

Many kits have colour photos in its box where it says what the recommended base colour shades that are available.

It shows the basic colours and colour results that will be obtained after applying the product. Always remember that if your base colour is darker than the one shown on the box, you get a darker colour if you use a semi-permanent colour.

Here we have presented the most common problems related to colour applications, the probable causes of each of them and their respective solutions to correct and prevent errors.

Wondering what can go wrong when dying your hair does not have to be a daunting task, but you have to know what can go wrong and you have to consider how other hair care products and can affect the final result.

Once you understand these basics, it will be much easier to get the desired colour (or at least know why it’s not possible to get the colour you want.

For total piece of mind make an appointment with a professional hairdresser in Livingston.

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