Post # 1
On Tuesday I came up with the brilliant idea that I wanted to dye my hair blonde. I am naturally fairly dark brown and have ‘virgin’ hair as I haven’t dyed it since high school.
So… I went to a reputable salon recommended by my Maid/Matron of Honor who has amazing hair. I asked for blonde hair… and I got it.
My hair looks ridiculous. It’s boderline urine/yellow highlighter coloring and I think I look like Ronald McDonald.
I want to change the color, maybe to light brown, but I don’t want to spend another $150.00 on a salon dye-job to wind up with something heinous.
Is it safe to use a drugstore hair dye on recently blonde-ified hair? Can anyone recommend a good drugstore brand??
Post # 3
Be really careful if you dye it yourself at home. I dyed my hair from blonde to brown (I’m naturally a brown and the blonde was awful on me) and my hair ended up with major green undertones. It never really was the same after that – I tried to have it professionally colored, but it never looked right after that. I had to wait for it to grow out to look normal again.
Could you go back to the salon and tell them you’ve been trying to get used to the new color (which is why you waited a few days to contact them), but that it is not at all what you expected? Maybe they would be willing to work with you.
Post # 4
i would definitely contact the salon first…they may be able to put a toner on it to take away the brassiness.
Post # 5
I would go back and ask if they could tone it down – toner is like a rinse and should be fairly inexpensive! I always pro dye my own hair (I have major allergies to most at-home dyes) but my sister has had some bad results dyeing over recently bleached hair.
Post # 6
DO NOT PUT BROWN OVER BLONDE!!! It will turn green. The hair has to be ‘filled’ with a red before going back to brown. I would def have this fixed professionally. Make sure the fill the hair first to prevent the green look.
Post # 7
thanks ladies! I knew in my heart I’d just screw it up if I tried to fix it myself. I just feel stupid calling the salon asking them to fix something that I asked for.
Nevertheless I will call them tonight so I can get it taken care of!
Post # 8
If it looks really bad, sometimes they’ll work with you on a fix. Good luck!
Post # 9
I’m a stylist! As a professional, we know that going lighter can be a shock to many, and so we are prepared when someone calls the following day or two later to tell us that they just can’t get used to this. Typically, we give you a week to figure out if you like it or not. Since you don’t, make sure you tell them ASAP so they can get you in to fix it. They should do this free of charge within a week. Outside of that time frame, you will be charged full price. This is how it should go in any salon.
All they need to do is put on a toner or a semi permanent gloss with an ashy blue/violet base a few shades darker. If it comes out darker than you were hoping, it’s better that way because it is sure to fade quickly because the haircolor is not permanent, your hair is porous from the bleaching and since color molecules were removed from the shaft, there wont be much for the artificial color to grab onto in the cortex.
You’ll be fine!
Post # 10
Thanks Jenn!!! That was super helpful! I’m definitely going to give them a call after work tonight so I can get it fixed!