How To Fix A Botched Dye Job At Home Without Screwing It Up

How To Fix A Botched Dye Job At Home Without Screwing It Up

Most women (if not all), have at least onehair colour-related sob story to tell. And the universal salt in the wound is that it often takes place right before one of the biggest milestones in your life.

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Whether it’s a botched DIY dye job, a not-so-subtle streak of highlights or an unfortunately bad balayage experience, before you lose all hope and reach for the scissors consider this: Most colour catastrophes are fixable over time.

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To help you cope with whatever colour crisis you’re currently working through, we’ve got the intel on how to fix these hairy mishaps.


If your colour job left your locks with more brass than a Michael Bublé album, your first instinct might be to book in a quick fix. But, for the sake of your hair, consult an expert before doing anything. Since tones, formulas and techniques can be so varied, a professional assessment about when and how your hair can be processed again is crucial, as they’ll be able to determine what is best for maintaining the health of your hair. 


There are a number of products you can use in the shower to help kick-start the correction process. If you feel like your blonde ended up a little too dark, use a clarifying shampoo to help remove unwanted tones.

bh recommends: Hask Purifying Shampoo – Charcoal with Citrus OilPalmer’s Natural Fusions Micellar Rosewater Cleanser Clarifying Shampoo and Maui Moisture Detoxifying + Volcanic Ash Shampoo

And if you’re colour is looking a little too golden, give it a rinse with purple shampoo to counteract it for a creamier finish.

bh recommends: Provoke: Touch of Silver Brightening ShampooTIGI BedHead Dumb Blonde Violet Toning and Aveda Blue Malva Shampoo

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Alternatively, if you’ve ended up with locks that are too light, try sleeping in a deep conditioning, colour treatment mask 2-3 nights in a row. Through over-conditioning, this will help fade the unwanted colour.

bh recommends: Kerastase Bain Chroma CaptiveWella SP Reverse Regenerating Hair Mask and Andalou Exotic Marula Oil Silky Smooth Deep Conditioning Hair Mask


One of the easier colouring mistakes to correct, a too-brassy dye job calls for toner. Brassiness can be a result of a darker base not being processed enough, so applying toner helps get the job done. If you can’t wait for your next trip to the salon to nix those brassy tones, a purple or blue-tinted shampoo which contains correcting and neutralising pigments is a temporary solution.

bh recommends: De Lorenzo Novafusion,  JUSTICE Professional Perfect Violet Shampoo and KMS COLORVITALITY Blonde Shampoo


If skunk-like highlights weren’t exactly what you had in mind, solve the issue by blending the highlights with a toner to match your natural colour and lessen the contrast. Alternatively, book an appointment at the salon for more highlights. Use a shade slightly darker or lighter to fill in the spaces

bh recommends: Goldwell Dualsenses Blondes & Highlights Anti-Brassiness ShampooFudge Clean Blonde ShampooJohn Frieda Sheer Blonde® Colour Renew Tone-Correcting Shampoo


Even if you start with the best of intentions, and follow the directions on a box to a T, sometimes hair colour mishaps just happen – and even to the most skilled DIY colourist. If you find yourself reconsidering your newfound Morticia Addams-inspired strands, a colour softener or colour remover is an immediate way to fade out those unwanted darker tones.

bh recommends: Scott Cornwall Decolour Stripper and Colourless Max Effect


Despite it being one of the most coveted hair colour trends, many people still have the wrong idea on what balayage actually is and as a result, sport dark roots and light ends. In fact, the term means “to sweep”, and is always done freehand by a colourist. Don’t risk the ‘top deck’, dip-dyed look by attempting this at home – go see a professional who will give your hair effortless, naturally sun-kissed colour instead.

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  1. All of these are possible and while I have dyed my hair for years, I’m luck to say that l’ve never had a bad experience with the colour that my hair has turned!

    All I can say is don’t over-react when something goes wrong with your hair – relax – find a hairdresser or friend you can trust and start again – the shampoos and hair masks sound like reliable products!

  2. I regularly use L’Oreal home permanent colouring kits and vary between them. I now won’t use ash blonde as it seems to make my blonde hair grey, which I try to hide. Lucky I don’t need to fix problems.

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