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What is Hair Color Correction?

Updated: Jan 2, 2023

What is Hair Color Correction?
What is Hair Color Correction?

Color correction - in hair salon language - refers to the process of adjusting the color of someone's hair to achieve the desired shade. This can involve a variety of techniques, such as lightening or darkening the hair, removing unwanted tones or brassiness, or adding highlights or lowlights. Color correction can be necessary for a variety of reasons, such as to cover up gray hairs, to correct a previous hair color that did not turn out as expected, or to achieve a new, desired hair color. While it sounds simple, color correction can be a complex and time-consuming process, and I find it best for BOTH of us to discuss expectations if this is your first time (I suppose that's why you're reading this!)

There's an assumption that color correction can be done at home, but be warned: there are several potential dangers associated with color correction to those without experience with it (or trying to do it to yourself. These include:

  • Damage to the hair: If your hair is already brittle or damaged, and the color correction process is not carried out properly, this could lead to a bad situation

  • Allergic reactions: First time? Some people may have an allergic reaction to certain chemicals used in hair color, especially no-name brands you find at CVS or other stores, and that can lead to redness, itching, and swelling of the scalp and face. Not good!

  • Burns: Yes, if you don't know what you're doing it is absolutely possible to burn your scalp or skin

  • Eye irritation: The chemicals in hair color can really irritate your eyes

  • Inaccurate color: The least painful of this list... or is it? If the color correction process is not carried out properly, guess what: your hair is going to look pretty weird.

If you want this done right, please let me know as I've been doing color correction all my life. It's not worth taking the risk!

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