I messed up my hair

posted 3 months ago in DIY
Post # 2
1498 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019 - City, State

You need to go to a professional colorist if you really want to fix your hair. Don’t do anything else yourself! 

Post # 3
46 posts

You really need to go to a colorist and never attempt to fix it yourself. I believe you can do it but better don’t. Just the other day I was in similar situation after dying my hair in what I thought would be a color I wanted, but I got a hue that was much darker. So I went to the professional to fix it.  You can experiment on your hair color in a photo editor, tho, like Photodiva, where you can change the color to see whether you like it or not, but don’t do it on your hair irl.

Post # 4
115 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2020 - Colorado

I agree with PP, you should go to a professional. They will be able to help you and put all of your anxiety at ease. It will be worth it. So sorry you don’t like your hair!! That’s the absolute worst! 

Post # 5
1089 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

This definitely falls under the color correction category and I would also suggest going to a professional. 
however there are products out there that claim to remove hair color. I am in no way recommending them cause results can vary from person to person. There’s Color Oops, One and Only Colorfix, Ion Haircolor remover etc….. I’ve never used any of these products myself, and again would suggest a professional!


Post # 6
894 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2020

Did you just do this within the last couple days? While I also think a professional is your safest bet, I find that when a color turns out too dark, a couple thorough shampoo washes will strip a lot of the color away. For my wedding, my colorist turned my hair a couple shades darker than what I would have liked. I just intensely shampooed it each day leading up to the wedding, and a week later it was a perfect shade!

Post # 7
308 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Tennessee

Definitely go to a professional. I did the same thing and went to the store and bought Color Oops. I waited a full 24 hours before I put that on and oh wow!!!! It was so much worse and dried my hair out so bad. After that, I went straight to a professional and I don’t know how but she fixed the it thank goodness 😅 that was six years ago and I haven’t dyed my hair since. Good luck bee 🙂

Post # 8
1004 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

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@Lauren29:  crushed vitamin c will remove color 


If u Google it that might help u did it and it did work 

Post # 9
5413 posts
Bee Keeper

Was it a permanent or semi permanent dye? Also I get it if you don’t feel safe going into a salon yet due to covid.  

I wouldn’t add any color again at this point.  I once accidentally dyed myhair black by leaving the dye on too long. I kept it for awhile and it faded after a few weeks of washing it a lot. But eventually i had to go to a professional to fix it. When I first did it I went in and the hair colorist told me that they could try to remove it but it could break off my hair. That’s why I ended up keeping it until it faded a bit and a stylist felt comfortable coloring over it. 

So for now I would wash it extra but not with anything special just regular shampoo and you gotta keep conditioning it. Do a conditioning mask and just try to keep it healthy at this point. Do not lighten over dark dye that needs a pro and you can really damage your hair. Like it can break off. 

Post # 10
752 posts
Busy bee

It’ll lighten in a few washes. No panic

Post # 11
97 posts
Worker bee

Lol the other day I went from beachy blonde to dark brown. I went in asking for it to be as close to my natural shade as possible (auburn), but it came out soooo dark. Like so dark. Cue full panic mode lol


Since it cost a fortune, I thought well nothing left to lose might as well wait it out. I bought cheap shampoo and washed it more then normal. It has now faded so much, and grew on me and the underlying auburn colour is peeking through now. I reccommend before spending a ton of money at a colourist, try scrubbing it for a week. It will probably fade!

Post # 12
24 posts

I did this before! Went to salon and got color stripped 

Post # 13
1214 posts
Bumble bee

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@Lauren29:  I’ve accidentally gone black more times than I care to admit! Even some medium and dark brown dyes can turn out too dark. I use Vitamin C powder and Dawn dish soap. It will remove some of it. Add crushed or powdered Vitamin C to a little dish soap, and saturate your hair with it. Cover it with a shower cap, and sit in the sun to warm it up. You need to leave it on your hair for at least an hour. When you rinse your hair, it will feel dry, and smell bad, but your normal conditioner will restore softness. This method causes no harm to your hair. I’ve used it several times, and it works! Don’t re-dye your hair anytime soon. The color you recently put on may darken a bit after you use the vitamin C to strip it. The dark color molecule expands again, and fills the shaft. You can use the Vitamin C to strip your hair again, in a few days. Then leave your hair alone, and the color will fade a bit in a week or two. If you dye it dark brown in a week or two, use only a temporary dye to tone the color. Use a color 2 shades lighter than your desired color, and a low volume developer, like a 5—never use boxed dye. Go to Sallys, or another beauty supply store, and purchase professional color. Even temporary dyes leave a little color behind, because different parts of your hair process dye and developer differently. Good luck! I feel your pain. 


Post # 14
1932 posts
Buzzing bee

Ok so I’ve gone darker than I wanted to more times than I want to admit. So, yes the best thing is to go to a colorist but it’s a hefty price tag. They strip the color from your hair and then redye it to make it even…and every time I’ve gone to a colorist when they redye it, it’s practically just as dark as when I came even though I tell them my hair grabs color like nothing else and to not keep the dye on too long. So basically, wasted money. 

I usually use Color Oops, make sure your hair is healthy enough and follow the instructions. Sometimes it just removes the dye and your hair is even and you don’t need to redye it afterward, sometimes it turns out some weird orangey color that you need to dye over. It’s best if you can give it a couple days before redying…but you CAN redye right after. Use a demi or semi permanent a few shades lighter than you need, and keep the color in for maybe 2 minutes and rinse it out as quickly as you can. 

OR, you can just live with it, wash your hair frequently with clarifying shampoo/head and shoulders, and it should fade a bit in about a week. 

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