Sometimes, things go wrong. From spilling milk to damaging our cars to the tune of hundreds in repair bills, a lot of things can go wrong in the modern world. Still, modern problems tend to have modern solutions, from plain old washcloths to state of the art auto body repair equipment and computerized paint color systems that make it appear as if the damage was never there at all. Still, not all problems have such immediate solutions such as mopping things up or sending a severely damaged car to the auto shop. One particular modern problem that is unique to a world of industrial cosmetic chemistry is putting in the wrong hair color. Sometimes it starts out innocuous but every so often, people find out that, for whatever reason, the hair dye they put in their hair isn’t working anywhere near as well as they’d like, be it bad interactions with biochemistry to simply being unpleasant to look at. Getting you damaged hair mistakes corrected can be painful as you find someone good enough to do the job. For those situations when your hair dye really isn’t working out, there is hair color correction. But that raises the question of what is hair color correction and when should you get it done?

Hair color correction, also called hair dye stripping, is any cosmetic chemical process meant to purge the hair of any unwanted deposited color. The chemical process strips the hair of unwanted color via a product that’s based largely on the element of sulfur. The hair dye strippers increase sulfite levels in order to make hair more porous and undo the oxidation process inside the hair color that binds it the hair. The bonds between hair dye molecules to the hair itself and each other are weakened greatly, allowing the unwanted dye to be washed out with relative ease. These products are effective on both older dye jobs and newer hair colors. However, most hair dye strippers are ineffective on hair lightened through the use of hydrogen peroxide. This is because hair bleaching is a relatively irreversible process that directly oxidizes the melanin hair, making it colorless. Because most hair dyes contain hydrogen peroxide, the interactions caused by piling on hydrogen peroxide will like not match your hair’s natural color. After using these products, it’s advised to use a clear color filler before trying to dye your hair again as doing otherwise may cause the hair to darken faster and more intensely, resulting in a less than ideal coloration working. To avoid getting any type of color correction make sure to book with a good hair color specialist that shows and explains this on their website. Always call before and every stylist should be giving you a consultation prior to fixing any damaged hair.