What To Do When You Don't Like Your Hair Color To Avoid The Post-Salon Trauma

There's something seriously risky about getting your hair colored. It's not like a cut, which, if it goes wrong, can be hidden with styling, or even a tiny bit of growout can fix — the color is there, and once you've altered your natural colored, it's altered, and no kind of up-do is going to hide that. But don't panic — there are a few things you can do if you don't like your hair color before you call the salon in a frenzy (or, like, cry).

If you have a colorist you trust, that's great, but sometimes things happen — you move and have to find someone new, or something just gets lost in communication and you end up with a dye job different than what you had envisioned. Even the best colorists have off days, and when you're working with chemicals, it's tricky to sometimes get exactly what you want. You could end up leaving the salon feeling far too dark, too light, to brassy, have too many highlights, have not enough highlights — see, there's so many different things that can happen that would leave you dissatisfied.

Your colorist wants you happy, and if something is wrong, then you should definitely go back and get it fixed, but before you make any hasty decisions or get all worked up about it, try these six things at home if you hate your hair color. It might be an easier fix than you thought.

1. Wait

Seriously. Just chill and do nothing. If you made a dramatic change, give yourself time to get used to it before you decide you don't like it. In addition, if you got highlights and they're feeling too bright, you definitely want to wait several days to a week, because highlights can be brighter fresh out of the salon. "Highlights can be brighter and more vibrant right out the salon, depending on the type of toner that your stylist used. The right toner can cool down a platinum blonde, or add a buttery golden to all over warm brunette," celebrity colorist and Color Director for eSalon, Estelle Baumhauer said.

2. Wash Your Hair

Dye job too dark? Wash your hair. You'll definitely get a little fade up the first time you wash it (and you may even see some of that color going down the shower drain...)

3. Use Dish Soap

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This will dry your hair so you want to use it in conjunction with a good conditioner, but dish soap is stronger than your shampoo, and can help fade up color that's too dark much faster. Basically, it's like the equivalent of several shampoos in one.

4. Use A Purple Shampoo

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On the flip side, if you got highlights and they feel too brassy, use a purple shampoo, which has cooler pigments to counteract the brassy orange/yellow hues in your hair.

5. Switch Your Hair Part

If your highlights feel too heavy, switch up your hair part. Colorists usually place highlights according to your part, so chances are, switching to a different part would have less-heavy highlights and reveal more of your natural hair color.

6. Go Back To The Salon

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If all of the above fails and you're still unhappy, go back to the salon. To change the tone of your highlights, colorists can apply a glaze to eliminate brassiness or deposit semi-permanent color on top of them. If your hair is too dark, they can add some highlights or use something stronger to strip the color. Color correction is a tricky process in and of itself, so just make sure you really need it before going down that route.

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