How Do You Fix a Hair Color Mistake?

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Fix a hair color mistake by washing the hair with a clarifying shampoo, then applying a color remover, followed by the application of a hot oil treatment or hair mask. You need clarifying shampoo, a color remover kit, and a hot oil treatment or hair mask. Most hair color mistakes can be fixed in less than three hours.

  1. Wash with a clarifying shampoo

    Wash the hair with a clarifying shampoo. This is the gentlest way to remove hair color and the safest method for hair. If the clarifying shampoo does not remove the color, it may be mixed with a small amount of bleach and conditioner and applied to the hair under a shower cap for approximately 15 minutes.

  2. Use a color remover kit

    Purchase a color remover kit from a local beauty supply store. Apply the color remover to the hair following the manufacturer's instructions.

  3. Hydrate your hair

    Once the color is removed, use a hot oil treatment or hair mask to replace the oils stripped by the color remover. Leave the treatment on the hair for the time indicated in the instructions. Rinse it off, and style the hair as usual. If necessary, recolor the hair or visit the salon for a professional's help.