Hair Dye Gone Wrong: Help! I Need To Fix My Hair Colour!

Hair Dye Gone Wrong: Help! I Need To Fix My Hair Colour!

How do I fix brassy or yellow hair? Read on to find out how you can fix a colour fail.

There is no beauty crisis worse than one that involves having to fix hair dye gone wrong. You can cry about your epic colour fail in the bathroom and on social media. But, you've still got to deal with the problem at hand.

Lucky for you that we've got your back. 

We know exactly how to deal with common hair colour disasters. From quick fixes so you can actually go out tonight, to what you should tell your hairstylist the next time to to avoid such disasters --- this is what you need to know about how to fix hair dye gone wrong.  

1. WTF! My hair is supposed to be blonde!!

If you're internally screaming, "But it's not blonde! It's a horrible mess of yellow with ugly metallic undertones!"

Yes, it happens and it's quite common among Asians who bleach their hair to make it ash blonde. However, having blonde hair is quite high maintenance and if you do not use the right hair products to keep it that way, chances are you'll have ugly yellow hair pretty soon. 

Quick fix

The first step in this "how to fix hair dye gone wrong --- my hair is hideous yellow" scenario, is to take a look at the colour wheel.

You will see that purple is on the opposite side of the yellow. So this is the colour you'll need to cancel out the yellowness in your hair. So stuff your hair under the biggest hat you own, head out and buy yourself some purple-toning shampoo.

It lathers up like regular shampoo and we recommend leaving it on for a couple of minutes before rinsing it off. This method is really easy and will fix hair dye gone wrong almost immediately. BUT, it will only last a couple of washes before your hair is yellow again. 

Long-term solution

If you are dead-set on ash blonde locks, even after  an "ugly yellow" episode, be sure to pick a reputable salon --- preferably one that specialises in hair colouring. Be specific about what you want. Ask for cool ashy colours and avoid warm tones at all costs.

It is also a good idea to get your hairstylist to fix your ruined hair if you are worried you might end up messing it up even more.

Not only would the salon have a wider range of colours to choose from, but more importantly, your hairstylist may know some trade secrets about how to fix hair dye gone wrong.

2. Help! I look like a carrot!!

Orange tones are known to be stubborn and extremely difficult to neutralise. This is because the darker the hair is, the harder it is to lift the underlying pigment out of the hair, making it more prone to turning brassy. 

Quick fix

You could probably get your quick fix with just about any purple toning treatment. But dark-blue/indigo purples work best when you want to neutralise orange undertones.

We recommend using the toner as a mask as opposed to using it like you would a regular shampoo.

Apply to dry hair and leave it on for about 10-15 minutes before washing it off. I personally have tried both ways and find that the colour payoff is so much better when applied to dry hair.

Long-term solution

An experienced hair colour expert can usually tell if someone's hair is going to be brassy or not after dyeing it. Still, to fix hair dye gone wrong and to minimise more damage to the hair, you can always get your hair stylist's wise opinion. 

He might tell you that your hair needs to be lightened to a blonder colour to take out all the orange tones, before adding back your desired colour and tone. Going from brassy to classy will definitely take more effort and time.


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3. Yikes, do I have algae growing in my hair?

So, things didn't go quite as planned and you end up with green-tinged hair because it became too ashy. Life sucks right now...

Quick fix

If you can get your hands on a toner to fix hair dye gone wrong in this instance, then be very happy. The correcting effect of toners may last longer than shampoo, but they are also a temporary and only lasts about two weeks.

To start with use a clarifying shampoo for a couple of days to strip out the green undertones from your hair. If that fails, then we recommend choosing a self-dye kit with warmer colours to balance out the green.

Mix it with a bit of conditioner and leave on for about five to 10 minutes, before rinsing off. The change should be immediate with your hair looking warmer without the muddy green undertones.

Long-term solution

Run to your stylist, because he should be able to assess your situation and suggest solutions. 

To fix hair dye gone wrong that leaves you with ash-green hair, it is likely he will suggest colours with gold, copper and peach undertones. These are all warmer colours and should help eliminate the green in your hair.

3 Ways to do aftercare for coloured hair

If you constantly bleach and subject your hair to all sorts of "abuse," you'll likely be left with dry and brittle hair. So, if you love colouring your hair, but also wait to keep it healthy, you'll need to do the following:

  • Apply a weekly hair mask to replenish moisture and strength 
  • Use shampoos and conditioners that are formulated for coloured hair.
  • Remember to apply a heat protectant before drying or styling your hair. Air drying your hair is actually much better.
  • Finally, remember to give your hair a break from chemical treatments from time to time.

We would love to hear from you! Do share with us if you have any horror stories and experience where you had to fix hair dye gone wrong. Let us know in the Comments below!

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Written by

Rosanna Chio