How to fix hair colouring disasters

Hair colouring disaster
Hair colouring disaster

For those of us familiar with hair dyeing, many will have experienced a hair colour fail at one time or other, be it from a botched DIY job at home or during a visit to the hairdresser’s. Aside from screaming, crying and swearing (or all of the aforementioned, most likely!), you need to work out how to fix things otherwise you’ll be reluctant to ever leave the house again. Not without covering your hair or dressing incognito anyway!

We’re going to set out how to put right what’s wrong should this happen to you, plus make sure your current situation’s a one-off not to be repeated. Here’s what you need to know:-

Seek expert advice
Don’t rush to the shops to purchase (another) box of dye or reach for the scissors straight away. Most colour catastrophes are fixable over time. Ask for a professional assessment by a reputable hairdresser. It may be that applying more dye on top of your existing dye could cause more harm than good. See our earlier blog post about the dangers of over bleaching.

Use correcting shampoo
The correction process may very well begin with use-in-the-shower clarifying, brightening, toning or purifying shampoo and conditioner. Read labels carefully to choose the shampoo or conditioner best suited to your unique hair needs. This will largely be dictated by the colour of your hair currently and your ultimate colour goal.

Follow instructions on the bottle(s) to the letter. In your desperate state of mind, it may be tempting to leave the product on for longer than stated, just to be sure it’ll work. Don’t! Use for the recommended length of time and no more. The application process may need to be repeated daily for a specified period.

Counterbalance your colour problem
If your hair’s too light, try sleeping in deep conditioner to fade unwanted colour. If your hair’s too brassy, apply toner to get those darker colours in order. If your hair’s too stripy, use a coloured dry shampoo to blend the stripes with the rest of your hair. If your hair’s too dark, use a colour softener or remover to fade out unwanted dark tones. If your roots are a different colour to the rest of your hair, try a root blending concealer or tinted dry shampoo.

Whatever the scenario, you could always try washing, washing then washing again to lose some of the colour strength, closely followed by a nourishing hair mask to resolve the ensuing dryness after all that washing.

Be creative with your styling
The best solution may well be to appeal to your inner creativeness and style your hair to disguise your colour issue. Add waves using curling tongs so the colour’s not quite so flat and one dimensional. Apply clear gloss to add shine and reflect the light. Tie your hair up. Plaits, especially, will hide the worst of the mess. There are all manner of up-dos and tricks you can employ as a temporary camouflage.

Make sure you ask for precisely the right colour at your hairdresser’s next time!
Whether you’re visiting your stylist for correctional work now or planning ahead for your next visit, be certain to get exactly the colour you want with no-nonsense explanations. Be very specific, for example describe how you don’t want yellow tones if you’re looking for a cooler, ashier blonde. Take along photos of looks to avoid (a picture of yourself post-colour mishap) and looks to emulate (images of celebrities cut from glossy magazines donning the colour you crave).

There should be absolutely no misunderstanding as to what you’re aiming for. Any self-respecting hair professional should be able to oblige. A good colourist will understand what you’re trying to achieve and take you towards your end target. They’ll also advise you on which colours will suit and which won’t. Follow their guidance.

If your hair dye originally went wrong at the hairdresser’s, depending on the extent of damage to your hair and scalp, considering a legal claim could be your next option. Access our previous blog titled ‘Consumer complaint issue vs legal claim issue’ to help you differentiate between the two and choose the right path.

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Barber’s benevolent work with the homeless

Barber's benevolent work with the homeless
Barber to the homeless, Ged King, with Manchester’s mayor, Andy Burnham, courtesy of the Manchester Evening News website

At this time of gift-giving and caring for others, we’ve discovered this heart-warming news regarding a philanthropic barber who, as well as offering free haircuts to those who are homeless around Greater Manchester, is now planning his second trip to overseas refugee camps providing haircutting services and urgent provisions. This story really is the epitome of the true spirit of Christmas which is more about what you can give than what you receive in return.

The barber in question is Ged King, founder of the Skullfades Foundation. Ged claims to have given over 1,200 free trims to the City’s homeless to date and urges more barbers to join his ongoing crusade in the region to continually extend support for those in need.

Taking his altruistic project to an even higher level, Ged journeyed to Parisian refugee camps earlier in 2017, armed with donated essential goods which he distributed, along with his free hairdressing services, amongst refugees.

Spurred on by the huge success of his Paris expedition, Ged’s currently crowdfunding and campaigning for donations of clothes, toys, rucksacks, sleeping bags, non-perishable food and other items to take on his scheduled 2018 visit to Dunkirk. With strong backing, Ged can achieve his ambitious objective of delivering four vans full of donations, manned by a team of twelve volunteers, to refugees situated in Dunkirk’s camps.

For people who’ve lost everything – their home, possessions, even family and friends – Ged and the Skullfades Foundation can give “a positive chat, warm clothing and a haircut” which means the world to his destitute recipients.

Find out more on the Skullfades Foundation and read the full story as originally reported on the Manchester Evening News website.

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Happy Christmas hair!

Christmas hair
Christmas hair

With Christmas party season in full swing, we’re here with some timely festive hair tips. When planning for your Christmas do, there’s a tendency to invest all your thinking power into what you’re going to wear.

A new sparkly dress with matching shoes, bag and jewellery are indeed a must have, but what about your most important fashion accessory… your hair? Don’t spend lots of money on your Christmas outfit without considering how to finish off the look with your hair.

Here are some inspirational ideas to create the perfect Christmas hairstyle…

#1: Adopt an up-do
Women are growing their hair longer than ever. As many of us begin our Christmas celebrations straight from work, you may lack the time to do your lengthy, luscious locks justice by styling it loose. A fast, effective up-do is more easily achievable in less time within the confines of your office toilets!

If you have a lot of hair, keep things simple to manage the bulk. Choose your up-do goal. It could be anything from a branded bun or fishtail crown to pinned-up curls or twisted chignon. Once your shape’s right, just add a bit of shine spray or hairspray to hold it in place and control flyaways.

#2: Introduce some colour
Winter’s definitely the time of year to make your hair look richer, warm up your skin tone and frame your eyes with some brighter colours. Auburns, reds, coppers and chocolates are popular colour choices.

Anyone following fashion knows that grey is the new blonde. Grey, silver and blueish hair hues are everywhere this season. Conversely, you could instead opt for Snow Queen vibes with a shade of on-trend, granny-chic grey.

#3: Fake it!
If you’re frustratingly short of those pre-Christmas party minutes with scant time for hair preparation, rely on products to create the illusion of pampering. Try hair powder to fluff up your hair, dry shampoo to remove grease, serum mist to add luxury shine, styling spray to lock everything into position or shimmering spray to inject a bit of glitter.

A visit to the hair and beauty aisle of your local chemist with a few pounds in your purse will do the trick.

#4: Be elaborate
If you have longer hair and fancy a worn-loose style, get out your curling tongs or hair straighteners to tame those tresses. Where party hair’s concerned, the bigger, the better applies. Backcomb at the roots for volume. Curl your hair in sections, always in the same direction, then brush through afterwards to turn those tight ringlets into vintage, glamorous waves which are very with-it.

#5: Men should get involved too
With male grooming on the rise, men aren’t afraid to express themselves through their hair. For gents with longer hair, there’s more scope to switch your style from relaxed and casual to sleek and tailored as occasion demands.

Change partings, add a quiff, scrunch it up, tie it back, use colour, anything to make you look party-ready for your Christmas celebrations.

The worst thing you can do at the moment is cause a hair disaster. Now, more than ever, you want to look your best. When buying products, read usage instructions. When using high heat-emitting equipment, use protection spray and don’t overheat strands of hair. When colouring, perform all the necessary pre-dye tests before you begin. When visiting the hairdresser, use a trusted professional and give clear directions as to what you want.

Happy Christmas hair everybody! Now go rock those parties…

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What does over processed hair look like?

Damaged hair
Damaged hair

We’ve all suffered from badly conditioned hair at some point in our lives, split ends being a prime example, caused by all manner of triggers such as excessive styling with hot instruments or exposure to the sun on holiday. This damage is fairly easily remedied with a good trim and a brief spell of salon-quality deep conditioning.

Over processed hair is an entirely different league of distress altogether. The tell-tale signs are:-

  • Your hair will feel dry and straw like.
  • It’ll be brittle and break easily when brushed.
  • It’ll look dull, frizzy and lack any shine.
  • No matter how hard you try to style your hair, it won’t hold and you’ll have lots of fly-aways.
  • It’ll be resistant to colouring or other chemical treatments.
  • In sum, it’ll be completely lifeless and, most likely, falling out in handfuls.

To show just what over processed hair will look like, we’ve found this stomach-churning YouTube video. Before you watch, we have to add a disclaimer. The ‘star’ of the video, Apryl Myers, is quick to explain that her intentions to ruin her hair are entirely deliberate, for demonstration purposes, as she’s planning on cutting her hair short afterwards anyway.

Brace yourself and watch video here.

This is what’ll happen to your hair if it’s over processed, in this case from over bleaching. The same can happen from other chemical services such as perming, relaxing or highlighting.

In case you missed our earlier blog posts on this subject, follow our tips on bleaching, read Katy Perry’s story about how “your hair falls out when you go too blonde” and access sound hair care advice to keep your hair in good shape.

Unfortunately there’s no magic cure for correcting over processed hair. A severe cut and absolute caution in the future will be in order for sure. If this has happened to you during a visit to the hairdresser’s, and you’ve ended up with scalp burns, scalp blisters, hair breakage or hair damage, you’re well within your rights to raise a claim against your salon for compensation. Do contact us to start legal proceedings.

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Be careful of over bleaching!

Be careful of over bleaching!
Bleaching procedure

Platinum blonde hair is a popular trend right now. Celebrities and catwalk models around the globe are switching to icy white colours. It’s actually a head-turning style that’s always been high up the popularity and fashion stakes. Masses of famous people from bygone times adopted the bleach blonde look too. Think Marilyn Monroe, Debbie Harry and, more recently, Madonna.

Back to the modern day, Kim Kardashian is the latest celebrity to reach for the peroxide. She readily admits that it’s high maintenance, though, and is quoted as saying ‘being blonde is a full-time job!’ and she ‘loved taking this risk’.

As striking and image-improving as it may be, bleaching your hair is a serious business. Consider for a moment what bleach actually does to your hair. It raises the cuticle and removes the colour pigment from the shaft permanently.

Even when done to the healthiest locks, bleaching can damage your hair, making it brittle and porous, even break completely at the weakest point, as well as the ability to cause chemical burns and blistering to your scalp.

Would-be blondes are advised to follow these rules:-

  • Only take the plunge if your hair’s in the best condition – strong and healthy – to begin with.
  • Don’t bleach previously bleached hair. Only bleach sections of new growth. Overlapping is a big no-no.
  • Ensure a strand test is performed to check for adverse effects and to calculate how long to leave on the bleach.
  • Never take bleach all the way to the scalp so that chemicals don’t come into direct contact with your sensitive skin in this area.
  • Employ good aftercare by washing less frequently (every 3 days or so is ideal), using conditioner every time you wash, applying deep conditioning treatment once weekly and trimming split ends regularly.
  • Instruct a reputable hairdresser with proper qualifications and adequate insurance in place. Bleaching should always be done professionally.

Referring back to Kim Kardashian, while some men may indeed prefer blondes (as apparently does her husband, Kanye West), repeated application of bleach is ill-advised. Damage can be severe and irreversible.

At Hairdressing Claims, we’ve encountered lots of cases of hairdresser’s negligence for bleaching procedures with scalp burns, scalp blisters, hair damage and hair breakage the most common outcomes. If you find yourself in this heartbreaking situation, please contact us and take the first step towards claiming compensation for harm caused.

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Warnings about dyeing children’s hair

Child at the hairdresser's
Child at the hairdresser’s

With all the warnings that come with hair dyeing – perform strand and skin patch tests; don’t overlap; never apply onto damaged hair etc – none is more urgent than never dyeing hair of under 16s.

That’s because hair colour products contain chemicals that can cause severe allergic reactions. In extreme cases, these reactions can be life threatening, particularly for children. The Hairdressing Federation, which promotes best practice amongst the profession, advises its members never to use hair dye on children under this age.

A programme created by the BBC, titled X-Ray, sent a 12-year-old schoolgirl undercover to 17 hairdressing salons, 16 of which completely ignored industry recommendations and dye manufacturer’s instructions, and offered the child colouring appointments.

As stated by the Hair Council representative, Shirley Davis, where dyeing’s concerned, on “under 16s it’s a no-no”.

Responsible hairdressers should live up to their professional duty to safeguard clients against harm, especially those more at risk of negative side effects such as children. As awkward as the situation may be, hairdressers should steadfastly refuse to dye hair of minors. The potential outcome of not doing so is a serious hazard to health and should be avoided at all costs.

Read more on the BBC website.
Catch up with the already-aired X-Ray programme on BBC’s iPlayer.

At Hairdressing Claims, we can support families whose children have suffered injury at the hairdresser’s, be it from hair dyeing or other treatments. Contact our legal team for free initial advice before proceeding with your claim. Email enquiries@hairdressingclaims.co.uk, phone 0800 970 9102 from a landline, call 0333 202 6560 from a mobile or complete our online enquiry form.

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