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How To Hide Your DIY Hair Mistakes At Your Next Appointment

Surprise, surprise; you don't look like the girl on the box.

It was just you, plastic gloves, and a bottle of semipermanent pink dye.

What could possibly have gone wrong? Oh, right. A lot.

But we're going to take a wild guess and say your box dye job didn't work out as well as you hoped. Whether it's too-pale (or too-brassy) blonde, stripey highlights, or the colour took a little too well, an oops in the at-home-hair-colour department can feel very...permanent.

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Worry not. There is hope! 

From a quick fix to disguise the mess until salons re-open to leave-in treatments to at least make your hair healthier, here's how to fix every possible at-home hair colour disaster...

the blonde is yellow

A common concern for all the blondies out there, hair can quickly become yellow and Barbie-like, especially if you're using the wrong products. Enter purple shampoo and conditioner. Purple sits opposite yellow on the colour wheel, so that’s the shade to opt for if you want to neutralise warm tones quickly.

Whatever you do, do not try to dye your hair at home again. Typically, hair can be processed again immediately, but hair health should always come first. Instead, wait it out. Next time you're in the salon chair, be honest with your stylist. Tell them what went wrong and ask for a cool-toned blonde to rectify the damage. 

the roots don't match

This can happen when your roots simply don’t take to the colour formula as well as the rest of your strands—or perhaps just differently, which results in an overall mismatched look. For a quick fix, grab the L'Oréal Paris Magic Root Cover Up Spray that has earned the award of quarantine beauty hero amongst the Irish Tatler Whatsapp group. Or try using something like John Frieda's Root Blur Colour Blending Concealer to help disguise the shade difference. These handy root helpers aren’t just for grey hair coverage—they can work wonders on helping to blend your roots into the colour of your lengths and ends, at least until you can sort out a more permanent solution. 

So you got sucked into Netflix and forgot to rinse the colour out after 30 minutes. Don't panic. If you were going lighter, chances are you'll have "hot roots" (orange with banding marks—hot). Wait a day or two for the colour to oxidize, then treat just the roots with a colour that's one shade darker. If you were going darker and now have deep-dark roots or ends, then either dye the rest of the hair to match or wait until the salons reopen.

Whatever you do, don't try to lighten your roots; this will be disastrous. And make sure to choose shades within the same hair-colour family. Mixing brands could mix chemicals and produce unpredictable results.

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