Happy Halloween hair color fans! To celebrate the scariest night of the year join the HairColorCode team as we face our fears and reveal our hair dye nightmares… be afraid, be very afraid.
Nightmare # 1: Coloring your hair too dark
Hopefully by now you know our golden rule – if you want to go more than three shades either side of your natural hair color, then get your butt to the salon. Its not that it can’t be done, but as far as we are concerned it isn’t worth the risk.
And how do we know? Just ask the nameless HCC team member who dyed her dark blonde hair (and her bathroom, and her Egyptian cotton towels) jet black. She was aiming for Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction, but somewhat missed the target and ended up closer to Morticia Addams. What’s so bad about that, you might ask, we love Morticia’s fabulous gothic style? Well what didn’t work so well was the spot she missed at the back of her head. From a distance the blonde against the jet black looked like a bald patch. Scary!
Nightmare # 2: Coloring your hair without shampooing it first.
It is a widely held myth that color comes out beautifully when applied to dry, unwashed (i.e. greasy, dirty, product laden) hair. Wrong! This is one of the biggest hair dye mistakes, take it from us that your hair needs to be squeaky clean before you apply your chosen color.
To avoid this bad dream becoming a reality, shampoo your hair well without scrubbing your scalp too much (it might get scraped and you will feel a sting when the hair color is applied) then dry as normal. Also, do not use conditioner on hair about to be colored as it must be free of oily substances, otherwise you may get patchy, inconsistent color. Arghhhhhhhhh!
Nightmare # 3: Coloring treated hair.
Noooooooooooooo!!! Sorry to be so dramatic, but if your hair has been treated (straightened or permed), you really must wait for at least six months before coloring it. During that time you should condition your hair and ideally use a keratin hardener solution to make the bonds of your hair resilient.
You have to pamper your hair and be kind to it – we would recommend cream treatments at least once a week. Also, avoid using hair irons if possible (no-one said this was going to be easy!) as they can damage your hair even more. If in any doubt always consult a qualified professional, perhaps then you can avoid the fate of the HCC’er who had to shave her head as her hair was damaged beyond repair…
Nightmare # 4: Failure to do a strand test
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, always do a strand test at least 24 (preferably 48) hours before application. The best place to do a strand test is just below the nape, that gives you a good idea of whether or not the color is right for you but its easy to hide a mistake. Also, doing a strand test will check if you are allergic to the hair color or not so it’s killing two birds with one stone.
We confess that here at HCC we don’t always follow our own advice (what can we say, sometimes it’s too exciting to wait) – most memorably when the Ed introduced her dark hair to a bottle of bleach and immediately followed with a bright red dye. Not only did it destroy her hair, even an elementary class could tell you that white plus red equals pink… The result? Well, let’s say it would have made a troll doll jealous.
So there you have it, our most hair raising moments laid bare so that you can avoid a fate worse than death…. bad hair!
We would love to hear about your hair dye disasters (we can’t be the only ones who have ever got it wrong?) – let us know in the comments below.Hair Color Mistakes and Mishaps,