How to Fix At-Home Hair Color Mistakes

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Dying hair is a popular option, and it’s not just something for women. You may be surprised to find that a quarter of the home hair dye market is taken up by men. That doesn’t allow for the men using women’s hair dye products. The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the number of people using home dyes. That also means the number of at-home hair color mistakes are increasing.

Unfortunately, many men struggle to admit they are using hair dye; they’re even less likely to admit they’ve made a mistake applying it. Of course, it will probably be very noticeable. That’s why you need to know how to fix at-home hair color mistakes.


The guide on the instructions tells you how long to leave the hair dye on. That doesn’t mean you have to leave it on that long. In effect, the longer you leave the dye on, the darker your hair will be. If you normally have fairly light hair going to a dark brown or black, it will be noticeable and probably not your intended outcome.

To solve the problem, you need a clarifying shampoo. This helps to remove the darkness in your hair, even when you’ve used permanent dye. You may need to wash your hair several times.

Orange Hair

The opposite can also happen. If you try to go lighter but choose the wrong shade, your hair can become orange. This isn’t the only way this can happen, but the fix is easy. Purchase some high-quality purple shampoo and wash your hair normally. The purple reacts to the orange, immediately reducing its vibrancy and darkening your hair. You may not end up with the color you really wanted, but at least it won’t be orange!

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Different Color Roots

This is a surprisingly common issue. It can result from not doing the roots first, or the roots didn’t take the color and the rest of your hair. This is frustrating as it makes it obvious you’ve dyed your hair and the look is not what you were hoping for. Fortunately, a root pen can work wonders with this. You’ll find the pen in any store, often labeled as root helpers for graying hair. Don’t worry about whether your hair is gray or not; the root pen will perfectly balance your colors.

Hair Dye On Your Head

Almost everyone that uses hair dye does this at some point. The trick to avoid the issue is to coat your hairline with Vaseline before you start dying your hair. This allows the hair dye to go on your hair but stops it from getting on your skin.

Of course, if you already have it on your skin, you’ll need to use a good exfoliating cream along with the exfoliating glove. Scrub gently where the skin is tainted, and it will fade, making it barely noticeable. It will then disappear completely within a few days. Don’t be put off if you have a hair color ‘disaster.’ You correct the issue, learn from it, and do better next time.