Help! I should have known better!

United States
June 13, 2007 8:15pm CST
Ok folks, I need your help. First, I am a natural redhead. Not the orangy-red, but a pretty coppery-red. A lot of grey had begun to appear and several times in the past year I have used one of the semi=permanent hair dyes. (washes out in 28 washings) It was such a close match to my own hair that no one could tell I was dying it! I bought the exact same color/brand and dyed my hair last night. The results are HORRIBLE!!! My hair is now a gross rusty color! Please help me get this out of my hair! I have washed it 4 times today. Twice in Prell shampoo (someone said that would speed up the removal of the color) and twice in Dawn dish liquid (again, supposedly it would hasten the color fading). Despite these 4 washings, my hair is still something like out of a horror movie! Help!!! I need advise (please don't tell me to go to the hairdresser....as the only one I trust is out of town for 2 weeks!)
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@wrdsofwisdm (1070)
• United States
14 Jun 07
Your safest bet is to go to a salon and have a vegetable dye in a Cool shade to counter act the Warm orange and tone it down. The vegetable dye has less chemicals so it won't dry out your hair. Tell them which dye you used also. I know it will cost a few more bucks, but you're worth it. (wink)
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• United States
14 Jun 07
I just looked up local.com and entered hair salons and your state and it pulled up a whole bunch of them. You could narrow your search by adding your city. You could call and ask if they have the vegetable dyes available and get pricing.
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@Gumball (793)
• United States
14 Jun 07
If you still have the box and the bottle that the dye was in, check to see if the names match. A few years ago I bought a box of what I thought was blonde (because the box said it was the right one) only to find out after it was too late that somehow a bottle of a brown shade had been put in the blonde box. I called the toll-free number on the box and got the advice of the tech staff they have for just such problems. They told me to go ahead and re-color it but I was using a permanent dye, not a temporary one.
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• Canada
14 Jun 07
Same thing happened to me but instead of a brown shade it was a bright red!
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@4cuteboys (4102)
• United States
14 Jun 07
This happened to me before. The only thing I can think of is either trying the stripper for the permanant hair color and hope it works for the semi perm color, or doing the darker color on top. When I was in this position I decided to go darker. I'm not much help, I know! Keep washing it in the meantime!
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• United States
14 Jun 07
Ouch Crazynurse, I am with poster number 1 I would probably go buy what works and try that. Arrrrggg this is exactly why I do not try different brands of hair color. I am blond and I once ended up with a slight green tinge.
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• United States
14 Jun 07
LMAO Yes trans you read right....It had something to do with a henna treatment I had gotten. There are dyes you can not mix with henna as it turns out... :)~
• United States
14 Jun 07
Never trust a man that lurks around womens discussions :)~
• United States
20 Jun 07
I have done that before, one time I ended up with a purple haze color when I tried to color my blonde hair brown, it did not take, and I went and bought another color and covered it up and no one ever knew, but my Mother and me!!
@Trace86 (5033)
• United States
14 Jun 07
I have to agree with the others. I would go buy another color and put it on top. On the other hand, I have seen a box of hair color remover at the store. It supposedly strips your hair of ALL color and then you reapply another color on top. It is supposed to be way harsh. After all, if you did it your hair would be subjected to 3 chemical processes in a very short amount of time.
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• United States
14 Jun 07
Yeah, I definitely do not want to put harsh chemicals on again! That is why I don't want to put another dye on top of this one! The only stripper at the store said it was only for permanent dyes, not the wash out kind like I used.
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@chertsy (3804)
• United States
14 Jun 07
At least you got one solid color. I dyed my hair a long time a go a dark black color. Well, back in April, I decided to dye it again after my 5 yr old commented on my grey hair. I love the shade red, so after I dyed my hair omg. I looked like Ozzy Osbourne, except I had red hair on top with black on the bottom half. Then I decided to dye it a red color again thinking I didn't leave it in long enough. Nope, I ended up having to use black again to cover it up, lol. Don't over dye, it's not good for your hair. Doing this, my hair is dry, a lot is starting to come out. Make sure you use more conditioner than normal. Also know in 28 washes it should come out, if not you can call the 800 number for the dye company. You can find that info online even after throwing the box away. Good luck, at least you don't look like a freak, a punk rocker, or a backwards version of Ozzy, lol. Hope that makes you feel some what better after picturing that.
• United States
14 Jun 07
I know how you feel, a couple of months ago, I did the same thing, same brand, same color and everything. It turned out a brassy orange and was horrible. I also had 2 friends that this happened to at about the same time. We had to call the 800 number on the box and ask how to fix it. It was like the colors got mixed up, or the wrong color put in the bottle or something. Good luck!
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@RenaeT (688)
• United States
14 Jun 07
Well, I'm not a hairdresser, but I wuold go buy another color and put on top of it! I'm not saying that is what YOU should do, I'm saying that's probably what I would do! And, the results may not be very good! Remember me? bEETLE bRAIN?? How about deciding to wear a hat for a couple weeks? A scarf? LOL! I know, I'm no help at all!!!! So sorry!!
@villageanne (8554)
• United States
18 Jun 07
All I can say is I hope you got it fixed. I had my hair 5 colors in one day. Yep you heard me right 5 colors and that was at the beauty shop. I have had alot of surgerys and it seems that after each one, my hair gets grayer. I can no longer color it myself as my meds do something to the hair...I cant explain because I dont understand. Anyway. I went to the shop, the say gal did the same colors mixedd for my hair...it was purple.. Promise I am not exagerating. Then it was ..well I am not sure what that color was. they continued until I had sores on my head. They had to stop. I had to wait 4 weeks before my head was able to get recolored and then they had to cut it off because all that dye had damaged it. They now tell me that the next time they do it..they should be able to get my color back. LOL I went to the car and cried. and crid and cried. but it did no good so I just laugh on the outside and cry on the inside. LOL
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@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
21 Jun 07
My niece dyed her hair black didn't lilke it then decided she wanted blonde so she goes get a hair stripper and a blonde dye does her hair it is orange I kid you not, she freaked so they went and got her another blonde called lightening blonde still it didn't help just lightened the orange. So she decided to dye it a reddish brown to cover the orange. Thats 4 colors and a hair stripper and it damaged her hair really bad it was a frizz ball. Now she is thinking of dying it black again as soon as her hair is healthy enough...Kids! she is 16. Totally can't make up her mind..lol
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• United States
21 Jun 07
That is funny. I dont think I would tackle that again after her experience. LOL
@AskAlly (3627)
• Canada
21 Jun 07
OMIG! I hate that when that happens! I ended up looking like a calico cat once. I was not impressed. I tried a darker color over top and it made my hair brown, purple and grey. That was the last time I ever tired to do my own hair. The 1800-help on the box of dye was no help either. Have you tried and updo or anything? Maybe if you change the style you won't notice as much? I sure hope your hair has improved from 1 week ago.
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@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
14 Jun 07
There is usually an 800 number on the directions, you should be able to call them and get assistance. Tell me, do you have to work tomorrow..maybe another 4 or 5 washing would help tone it down... Wish I could help more...I have never had such a problem.
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@Gumball (793)
• United States
17 Jun 07
Is there a follow up for this? Did you get it fixed yet?
• United States
18 Jun 07
Sadly, no! I continued washing it every 4 hours since the day it happened. It toned down just a little, not much. My hair stylist is out of town and there is just no one else in this small town that I trust. I tried WalMart for the 'oops' product, they didn't have it. I am just living with it! My daughter had her 18th birthday party a few days ago, the teens thought it was just awesome.
@vitekfdr (651)
• United States
5 Sep 07
Yeah that would be a nice idea!
@vitekfdr (651)
• United States
5 Sep 07
Unfortunately we always make some kinds of misstakes in life.
@kareng (7980)
• United States
17 Jul 07
You need to wash, wash, wash, wash, wash, wash, wash it all out. Wash over and over and over again. You should be able to notice a difference with the semi permanent color. It doesn't last long at all for me. Whatever you do, don't try to put another color on it. You will really end up with orange hair then...or worse...purple :) Good luck!
@coferbox (298)
• United States
17 Jul 07
Well I hope you saved the box so you can call and complain to the company - they need to know they have a bad batch of hair dye out there. And you will probably get some free bottles or something out of it. Now for your problem now, I would just start washing it daily as normal and be sure to condition it good because it sounds like you have been rather rough on it today. You might want to try dying it again - make sure you get the next bottle at a different store. But it's anyones guess as to what will happen if you go that route. I think just pull it up in a bun and cover it with a pretty scarf for a couple of day would be your best bet. Good luck and please let us know how it goes.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
21 Jun 07
I have had that happen before. But most times the first result you get in coloring fades almost into the color you wanted to begin with atleast that has been what has happened to me I dye my hair regularing because it is a dishwater color mousy light brown and I am always dying it red. So I know it is freaking you out right now but maybe a few more washings will help. could take up to eight maybe. Well I sincerely hope not all is lost and that you get the hair color you thought. The semi-permanant is slightly different sometimes then the actual dyes. I wish you luck.
• Canada
18 Jun 07
I used to be contracted to a haircolor/haircare company. In fact, I worked on the creation of their call centre in our area. That was going to be my recommendation to anyone that is using "do it yourself" products and has trouble with the results. Check on the box. There should be a toll-free number. In our case, our call centre was staffed with former hairdressers, stylists and salon owners. They were there expressly to help with questions before and after coloring. If you don't get the desired result, they can help with solutions you can try at home -- if you can't or don't want to go to a salon for correction. It's best not to try adding other color products until you know what the potential outcome might be and multiple washings unfortunately won't work either. Even with the semi-permanent products. PS: Another tip I learned -- be careful when using colors that are black or close to black (such as black cherry) in semi-permanent color... it's very hard to get rid of and may not magically disappear after the stated number of washes.
@djbtol (5498)
• United States
14 Jun 07
Sorry crazynurse, I do not know what to tell you. What went wrong? Had they changed the product? Can you wear a hat for 28 days? It will work out, and some day you will laugh about it. Have a great (or at least good) day.
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
14 Jun 07
Hey there girl I have done this several times so dont worry. I know its easier said then done! Get the box which I hope you still have. On the back there will be a phone number you call it and tell them what happened. They will tell you what color you have use to fix it. They can match it up perfectly. I hope this helps. Let us know how you make out. Hugs
14 Jun 07
Lol. Sorry, please don't hate me for laughing there! it's you and the way your saying/typed this. (it's hard not to) hehe :) I'd wear a hat, honestly I don't touch my hair. It's brown and that's the way it stays because these air dyes are the word you used but that's my opinion. I hope it gets sorted soon, ~Joey