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Situation 1: I colored my hair and it turned out too dark.
Solution: You can do several things but try these in the order suggested.
The first thing to do is shampoo with a mixture of shampoo and liquid dish detergent. You can do this several times but condition well between shampoos as this can be drying to the hair.
The next thing to try is a deep conditioning treatment with a protein pack. Proteins can pull color out of the hair. Saturating the hair with a protein pack and leaving it as long as you can may remove some color. You can protect the hair with a disposable plastic hair cap.
There is also a product called Colorfix (available in our shopping cart) that actually shrinks the dye molecules of permanent color only and is used for fine tuning color (lightening a little) as well as major color removal and is a very gentle product. The instructions are easy to follow and there are a few applications in each box. To read more about it, go to the consumer section of the site. We include a few extra tips and hints in the box that our experience has shown to work really well. Please note that in major corrections the hair will almost always need to be colored again.
If this doesn't get your hair as light as you want, then using a mild solution of bleach mixed with shampoo and conditioner is the next step. Do not use a haircolor to lighten haircolor. It is unpredictable, and is not meant for this purpose. It can actually drive the dark color further into the hair making it harder to remove. To make a bleach shampoo which will lighten a little and be more gentle on the hair, mix an on-scalp bleach per directions and add three tablespoons of Robert Craig Shampoo and three tablespoons of Robert Craig Conditioner. This will buffer the bleach, dilute it and condition as it is lightening. Once the hair has reached the right stage of lightness, you should use cool water to rinse the bleach from the hair. Gently shampoo the hair and rinse well. Wrap hair in a towel to absorb excess water and follow with a Color by Robert Craig shade to tone the hair if necessary.
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But does it take alot of color that u have to re-color it? I just want to take some of the darkness out-but NOT recolor it.
Yes, do the partial treatment with the shampoo mix. Wipe a strand of hair off until mostly dry to check for color. Remember, wet hair is darker so don't go too light while the ColorFix is on your hair. You can control the lift and get the color you want this way. Good luck!
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