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Despite having heard the warnings, many people persist in using at-home, out-of-a-box color in hopes of achieving professional-looking results. Unfortunately for most color DIY-ers, the results aren’t pretty. Additionally, correcting the problem can be far more time-consuming and expensive than having gone to the salon in the first place. So, the first rule for avoiding hair color nightmares: skip the at-home experimentation and seek a colorist at a salon that uses the best professional hair color available.

Of course, hair color nightmares come in all shapes and sizes and aren’t always the result of bad coloring. There’s a whole variety of hair color problems that arise from fading, using harsh shampoos, too much sun, chlorine, etc. You’ll be glad to know that all of these color problems also have solutions! Here’s a list of hair color “oh-ohs” and their possible remedies…



There’s nothing blondes fear more than having their golden tresses turn orange or copper. This unwanted look is referred to as “brassiness” for its resemblance to that particular metal alloy. But blondes aren’t the only victims of brassiness! This hair color problem also shows up as “lifted” color in darker hues.

The remedy is a toner to neutralize the brass effects. To prevent a recurrence of the problem, add a good color neutralizing shampoo to your routine.


Your Color Came Out Too Dark

Let’s say you were aiming for golden blonde, but you ended up with “golden” brown. You’ve got a couple of options. The first is to wait and see how much the color fades after a couple of washes. The other route is to make an appointment at a high-end salon and have the color stripped. This is an aggressive procedure, so whatever else you do, do not try to do it yourself!


Your Color is One-Dimensional and Flat

Simple: ask your colorist about Balayage! This subtle technique will wash your hair with multi-dimensional color and barely-there natural highlighting. Your stylist will add lighter tones through the mid-lengths and ends of your hair using a freehand technique that mimics natural, sun-kissed changes in tone. It’s a sure-cure for flat, all-one-color hair!


Problems with Pastels

The pastel trend is one that many women are trying to do themselves with varying degrees of success. A common problem arises when pastel pink comes out looking too cool. A gold toner can solve the problem by restoring some natural warmth to your color.


Caring for Your Color

Using professional-grade color-safe shampoos and conditioners is a must if you want to preserve your color. Otherwise, it’ll fade and lose its richness and depth. Some great products to incorporate into your routine include:

  • Kevin Murphy Colour Care and Shimmer.Me Blonde – Formulated with rich emollients to repair damage and keep colored hair moisturized.
  • Kerastase Bain Chromatique – Sulfate-free, formulated to extend the life of your color.
  • Oribe Shampoo for Beautiful Color – Preserves color, repairs damage and protects your hair from the elements.

In addition to using top-grade products, you should also cut back on the frequency of washing. When you do shampoo, use the coolest water you can to avoid dry, brittle hair. Chemically-treated hair is especially delicate and susceptible to dryness. Try to keep your colored hair out of chlorinated pools and keep it covered in the sun with a chic straw hat or with a professional product that includes SPF protection.


Color Correction Services at Deseo Salon & BlowDry

The best salons have expert colorists who offer color correction services to take care of color mistakes. Deseo Salon & BlowDry in Denver offers the highest quality color correction services, and will send you home feeling serene, confident, and beautiful!

We’ve seen it all here; from patchy, uneven color to highlights that were meant to be subtle but came out looking like stripes, we can put your color woes in the past. Our professional colorists know how to handle “hair-tastrophes” with grace and skill, getting you the beautiful results you originally envisioned.

At Deseo Salon & BlowDry, our passion is in our craft, and our mission is to provide you with high-quality hair services you want and deserve. Book now!

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