(Closed) NWR: Hair coloring disaster. I'm SO upset and don't know what to do! Pictures.

posted 5 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
2292 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Honestly I wouldn’t let her touch my hair again.  I’d talk to the manager of the salon and see if they can do anything for you; at least get your money back so you can go to a different stylist.  Balayage isn’t supposed to get to your roots, but she very obviously didn’t do any blending.  It seems like she’s never actually done balayage before and was just winging it.  I’m so sorry Bee! 

Post # 4
2170 posts
Buzzing bee

I’m sorry you are unhappy with your hair. If you don’t trust her to fix it, get a refund and find someone else. 

For what its worth, I think the colors are really pretty and I do not think your hair looks ruined, but your opinion matters more.  The color is definitely more on one side of your head than the other. I don’t know all that much about bayalage, just what I have read on here, I thought that technique was color on the bottom half of your hair. What you have looks to me like highlights of different colors. 

You hair still looks healthy which is a good sign that more color can be applied to make you happy. Good luck. 

Post # 5
499 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

What the fuck? Sorry bee, she did an awful job (but it’s hair, so it can be put right!) and I wouldn’t be letting her touch it again. Money back at a minimum. Surely a colour expert, even without specific balayage training, should be able to have a better pop at it.

Despite the above, please don’t take it as a confidence hit. She did a bad job with your hair but you’re still a pretty girl x

Post # 6
147 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Have you tried doing soft curls like in those pictures you showed her for inspiration? I’ve never had a balayage before, but I have heard from others who have it that it’s a look that looks best curled. I’d assume that’s why most pictures you see of people with this kind of coloring have it curled. Even curled though, I’m not sure this look will be the natural one you’re going for…Can you ask the owner of the salon to give you a refund so you can go to somebody else?


edit: just saw that she is the owner…sorry, bee. I would just ask for your money back and try somewhere else. A good hairstylist should be able to fix it no problem, without doing too much damage to your hair from over coloring. 

Post # 7
3107 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2016 - Surfer\'s Beach, Grand Cayman

Balayage generally doesn’t go to the root, sometimes a stylist will have some strands come closer to the root and others further down but it should all look very blended and natural. Looks to me like she may have taken a while applying the color and didn’t leave it on long enough to develop, which is why only one side is showing up and none of it is light enough. Also did she use toner afterwards? I think it shouldn’t be too hard to fix, but you should get your money back.

Post # 10
601 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I’m a hair stylist, and there’s good news for you. I think it’s a pretty simple fix. As for the rep/copper, red and orange are the underlying pigment of brown hair colors so EVERYONE with brown hair pulls warm like that. My hair is very dark brown and always does it, it’s just a basic part of color theory that every stylist should know. There are some simple things that can be done. Here’s a chart:

I actually think overall it looks good, with the exception of the spot missing highlights and how close it is to the root. This is my opinion having only seen the pictures and not seen it in person. There needs to be more balayage put in where it’s missing, obviously. She needs to take a brunette color with a cool base and go back through and feather it further down so it’s not so close to your scalp and then back through and hit the rest of the brown hair. Then after that comes out she needs to tone your blonde with a cool based toner. 

Salons will usually work with you and are happy to help if you call back right away. If the stylist won’t accommodate then ask to speak to a manager or owner. I’ve had colors I didn’t like, so I understand how you feel. Good luck, bee!

Post # 11
1519 posts
Bumble bee

I would be really upset too if I were in your shoes.  Its obvious that she had no idea/experience with balayage and just made it up as she went.  The color imbalance on either side of your head is really horrible and the mistakes she made looks worse than a newbie stylist coloring for the 1st time.  Just a tip for the future, for balayage you must go to a stylist who knows how to color hair in this way vs. traditional highlighting and coloring.  You can always ask them if they have any pics to show their work and a good stylist will always have some.  

Honestly, I’m surprised your mom’s stylist let you walk out of the salon with your hair looking like that.  Do not go back to her to fix this issue, there is a greater chance she will f*ck up your hair even worse than it is.  

Post # 13
147 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

Oh wow…I’m so sorry that happened to you. Unfortunately, that happened much worse to me (think skunk strips!!) LOL. Balayage is a new(ish) trend that more seasoned hair stylists may not be educated on. Many of my friends are cosmetologists and they had to go to a few classes to learn how to do a balayage correctly, and it takes practice. This hair color technique is harder than it looks, and our experience happens to more people than we probably know! When I went to get my hair color corrected, the damage was too severe to correct (I had very long hair, and it’s pretty thick). Looks like you may have lucked out since your hair isn’t very long, so maybe another stylist will have an easier time correcting it. In my understanding, someone who is a color specialist is someone who knows about color theory…not necessarily how to apply color correctly or know all of the latest trends. I would get your money back at the LEAST!! Also, go onto Yelp and look at salons around your area and read the reviews, many times past clients will post photos of their hair and you can get a better idea of that person’s work. Best of luck!

Post # 15
2170 posts
Buzzing bee

I’d be nervous having her try to fix it since she doesn’t see what’s wrong with it. Do you want her to add more blonde on the other side of your head? Change the blonde color that is there and add more? I would advise caution against going back to her, and if you do, be VERY specific about what you want her to do. Maybe take your Mom? You mentioned she was a stylist, does she have enough knowledge to be watching this lady work and know if she does something wrong, or that isn’t going to make it better? 

Good luck!

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