As the old saying goes, "The road to hell is paved with good intentions". We have all been there. You had a dream of a beautiful ombre, stunning multi-dimensional highlights, or you tried to take your "box color black" hair to a stunning platinum and ended up looking like the lost tabby cat that wanders into your garden from time to time. Luckily, there's a way to fix that. You may have heard your stylist refer to it as a "color correction" but what exactly is a color correction? Here's your go-to guide to better understand your hairstylists jargon as they help to restore your hair to the dream you had in mind for it and what you can expect along the way.
A color correction is not a "one size fits all" solution. Your stylist will take into consideration the current state of your hair, including the condition (how damaged it is) and the color that it turned out. After this assessment, they will formulate a plan to get your hair back on track. Keep in mind, that depending on your situation this could be done in one appointment or it could take multiple appointments. At the end of the day, the stylists goal is to get your hair looking great while maintaining its integrity, and this is something that cannot be rushed or you risk serious, irreparable damage to your hair.
We learned above that color corrections are customized to fit your specific situation. To be able to professionally execute a stunning color correction, it takes a very experienced stylist. There is so much knowledge and time that has to go into this process in order to help preserve the quality of your hair and rid it of any unwanted colors. Because this takes many hours and possibly multiple appointments, color corrections tend to be more expensive. Make sure you talk with your stylist during the consultation about the approximate price range your service may fall under. Color corrections rarely (read: never) come with a specific price because it is not a cookie cutter service. It is entirely dependent upon your situation, which may be more complicated (or less) than other people's experience with a color correction.
Nothing is more disappointing than mismatched expectations, especially when it comes to your hair. Have a heart to heart with your stylist about what a realistic outcome is for your hair, show them plenty of pictures of your desired outcome, and find out if what you want is achievable right away. Depending on your situation, your stylist may be working solely to preserve the quality of your hair and leave you with something you can at least tolerate to look at in the mirror (for now). If this is the case for you, don't be discouraged! Hair grows! You can work on long-term goals with your stylist to achieve the look of your dreams. It might take a little longer than you originally expected but all good things take time.
Healthy hair is beautiful hair, and often times chemical procedures bring about some damage. You can do your part to help prevent and repair damage by investing in a good hair care system. Your stylist will likely recommend a keratin based deep conditioner to help strengthen your hair, but you should ask for a great recommendation before you make your investment. Maintain your beautiful color by washing with sulfate-free shampoo and a shampoo/conditioner duo that works to protect your hair color.
If you're reading this in tears because your color didn't turn out as planned, grab a tissue and make an appointment with your stylist. Most importantly, remain calm! Your stylist went to school and gained plenty of experience in order to be able to fix even the most ghastly of hair mistakes, so rest assured that you are in good hands. With a little patience, a few products, and trust in your stylist, you can still have that beautiful hair you were dreaming of.