Your hairstyle and color makes a statement about your personality and can make some of your character traits clear to observers before you say a word. Whether you add color to your hair yourself or rely on a professional stylist to update your hair color, you may be thinking, “I dyed my hair too dark” once you see the finished product. If you have recently colored your hair and now your coif is darker than you wanted, there are ways to achieve your desired hair color. If you used a permanent dye to darken your hair and want to lighten the tone, here are some helpful tips that will successfully transform your look. 

What Can You Do If You Dyed Your Hair Too Dark?

There are several reasons why your hair coloring may not come out exactly the way you wanted. If your hair is naturally light and you are dying it darker, you should not leave the dye on for an extended period. However, if your hair is naturally dark and you want your strands to be lighter, you should leave the color on your hair longer. If your hair is chemically processed or damaged, it is best to restore your hair before coloring it. However, if you want a new look before your hair is fully healthy; leave the dye in your hair for as long as you can without causing more damage.

No matter what type of hair you have, the hair coloring process is incredibly intense and can dry the hair strands. The color will be even harsher on your hair if you do not deep condition the hair after rinsing out the dye. If you dyed your hair at home and the color is too dark, there are some solutions, but the process could take some work.

Specialized Shampoos for Dyed Hair

The safest option for lightening dark hair is to use a special shampoo. A lightening or clarifying shampoo can lift the color and help you get the desired result. You can request that your stylist use a shampoo that is designed to lighten your hair. You can also wash your hair with clarifying shampoo in between salon visits safely to  lift the color even more. Apply a handful of shampoo to wet hair and leave the product on your hair for at least five minutes. Rinse thoroughly and repeat the process two or three times for best results.

How to Lighten Hair That Was Dyed Too Dark

If you dyed hair too dark, there are other safe ways to reverse or lift the color that will not damage your hair. Hair dye remover can lighten the hair and keep the color from appearing too intense. However, a remover will not change your hair to its original color. It will take a few weeks or even months to get your hair back to its natural hue, but the remover will make the dark dye less noticeable. Use the gentlest hair dye remover available for this process and do not use the remover regular, since it will make the hair strands weaker. Using dye remover every time you wash or condition your hair can also cause hair breakage.

If you are using a dye remover, do not combine the remover with any hair bleaching products. The two chemicals cause a harmful reaction and a color that you may not like.

Need More Help?

Public Image Ltd. can assist you in restoring your hair color and giving you the highlights or lowlights you want. Our friendly and professional stylists are familiar with current hair trends. We will consult with you to walk you through the hair lightening process and ensure that you are satisfied with your new hair color. Contact Public Image Limited to book your consultation or appointment today. We are located in Wayne, NJ in Passaic County and have been voted ‘Favorite Salon‘ for several years.