Corrective color may sound like it is only for those with color-gone-wrong, but that is not necessarily the case. This color option is for anyone that needs to make a dramatic change, whether that means going from patchy cherry-chocolate to platinum blonde or pastel peach to the blackest black.
What Counts as Corrective Color?
Generally, multi-step hair color is corrective color. This method is meant to leave the customer with drastically different hair, even if it means that it has to be done over time. Some situations that might require corrective color include:
- Going from an extremely light color to a dark color.
- Going from a very dark color to a very light color.
- Drastically changing the undertones or color.
- Color-matching high-contrast banding.
- Correcting patchy color.
From Silver to Black
Many assume that coloring over a light hair color will always be easy. Unfortunately, that is not always true. When you try to go from a light color (such as platinum or light silver) to a much darker color, the porosity of your hair may make the process a little bit harder.
In an effort to combat fast-fading locks, your stylist may need to add a filler color to create a warmer base. After the base is applied, your hair professional will perform the second step. At this time, the hair takes on a richer, even warmer tone. It is this warm base that should help your hair from turning green.
To assure that your results last a long time, speak to your cosmetologist about a color-sustaining shampoo and conditioner. The right changes in your wash routine can keep your warm locks dark for a good, long while.
Going from dark to light can be one of the more difficult color corrections. Depending on the health of your hair, color correction may not be possible in one sitting. However, if you are hoping to bleach virgin roots due to some unattractive banding, your stylist should be able to be of assistance. Your stylist may ask you to consider highlights, and in many cases, that is the best way to go from dark to light. Doing it slowly not only helps you prepare for the transition, but also helps sustain hair health.
Lightening dark hair takes a lot of time, patience, and upkeep. You should be prepared for regular appointments to touch up your roots, and you will have to talk to your stylist about using a toning shampoo. Once you are blonde, a purple shampoo can assure that your hair stays the shade that you desire.
When Nothing Looks Right
Everyone has had a serious hair faux pas sometime in their life. While it is never an enjoyable experience, you should never abandon hope. With corrective color, you can enter the salon with a hair nightmare and leave with the mane of your dreams. Some things to keep in mind when it comes to this level of corrective color:
- You may need to have an open mind. Depending on the way that your hair currently looks, your end goal may not be possible in a single sitting. Be ready to work with your stylist to give you the best chance of leaving the salon with hair you can work with.
- Severely damaged hair may need multiple sessions. If your hair is quite damaged and your end goal is quite drastic, your cosmetologist may recommend scheduling more than one appointment.
- There may be cases that your hair cannot be touched. In rare cases, the hair is so damaged that stylists do not feel comfortable even touching it. In such instances, work with your hair-care professional to determine when you’ll be able to have anything done to your hair. If your cosmetologist recommends waiting until you have significant new growth, listen! While it may be tempting to go to serious lengths in an effort to make your hair look right, the more you do, the worse it will be. Give your new growth a chance if this is the advice that you are given.
Dramatic Change is Good Change
Sometimes, you just need a new look. Whether that means going from light to dark or having your messy color and cut completely updated, corrective color may be the best possible choice for your hair’s needs.