Color correction can be a daunting term—but do we really understand the meaning? You would
think that if your hair is colored too dark, you can just put another color on and make it lighter.
But there is a very strong science behind this: color does not lift color. If you put a lighter color
on hair that is too dark, it will do absolutely nothing.
Color correction is primarily used in two cases: when colored hair is too dark, or the color is not
the right tonality. Too dark means that it does not suit your skin tone and eye color, or perhaps
it washes you out, emphasizes every line and pore on your face, or brings out your not so
beautiful features. Tonality means it may be too warm or too cool for your skin tone and/or eye
color, and something just isn’t quite right. This does not always mean that you are in for a
complete overhaul, but it does mean something must change for it to look more natural on you
and bring out your more flattering features.
Color corrections can be challenging because they all depend upon what was used to color the
hair, how many levels lighter the hair needs to go, or what kind of shift in tone is required. Box
dyes are by far the worst. Using metallics and high levels of ammonia to color the hair, they
blow the cuticle or the outer layer of the hair shaft and then the metallics are placed in the
cortex inside the hair shaft to make the color stay. They also typically color your ends a much
darker shade than the rest of the hair. If your hair is made too dark by a box color, the metallics
are going to resist and make it very hard to get that color out. How much lighter you want your
hair to be will determine how much work needs to be done.
Professional color is much easier to get out of the hair because many times the color was done
recently, and so it has not had complete time to set into the hair. Professional color also does
not contain metallics, so it’s easier to remove than box color. That being said, all is contingent
on what color we are shooting for. If you’re a dark brunette and want blonde hair, it may be as
simple as putting some highlights in such as foils or balayage to brighten things up. If you want
to go all-over light, then maybe a color remover is your best option. If the tone is not quite
right, that can always be adjusted with a simple color wash to bring out your best features and
make you glow.
Color corrections have come a long way from what they used to be. No longer do we have to
“strip” the hair, meaning put bleach all over your head and pray that the color lifts out.
Professional color companies have developed color removers, which open the outer layer of
the hair shaft and remove the color molecule (mechanically while shampooing it). These are
safe and effective and will not leave the integrity of your hair lacking. Once the color is
removed, you can apply your target shade.
Color correction does not have to be scary. The best thing you can do when faced with a color
challenge is call us at Dsparada and book a complimentary consultation so you and your stylist
can decide the best course of action to make you feel like yourself again!
By Jennifer Patronelli