Please enjoy the next segment in our series on handy tips to manage hair disasters when they strike.  Don’t forget to check out our segment on Over-processed Relaxer Disasters if you missed it!

fixing hair disastersColor Gone Wrong Disaster #2

Lightened and bleached hair is fragile and vulnerable to breakage. If you have chosen the wrong shade, you can always do a quick fix by going darker or using a toner to alter the shade, but what if it the processing comes with damage?  Fortify hair two weeks before and one week after color services with a color-friendly protein treatment, especially if you are also using relaxers.  It is best to leave two weeks between relaxing and coloring for optimal hair health.  Excessive exposure to sun rays or chlorinated water can alter color in horrific ways. Alleviate color disasters with the use of the color wheel.  Complimentary colors (the colors directly across the wheel) neutralize each other (purple neutralizes yellow, red neutralizes green etc.).  First determine the unwanted tone in your hair then choose a non-reactive item in its color family to neutralize it.  For example, as suggested in the original article, you can use ketchup to undo green tresses. Massage ketchup into your hair and leave it on for 25-30 minutes, then rinse with tepid water. The red pigments will neutralize the green ones.

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