If you had your colour done by a professional in salon, I promise you it’s always better to go back to the salon to correct things. They’ll know the formulas needed to balance the tones and how to effectively strip the previous colour if needed, without causing irreparable damage. Hair colour will always fade over time even done professionally due to environmental and styling damage that can occur, so make sure you top your colour up by using a colour conditioner or clear gloss every few washes alongside your care regimen. “There are multiple things you can do at home if you’re not happy with your colour between appointments,” says Tyson Grant, Owner and Creative Director at Forbici Knightsbridge. He recommends the Moroccanoil colour care range to his clients for at-home care. “We also recommend root touch up sprays to even out colour. It is a quick fix for any patches of colour that you’re not happy with.” Blonde base? Before you reach for a colour remover, try a purple shampoo. “For blonde hair, purple shampoos are amazing for locking in that perfect colour and avoiding letting it go dull. If you have an orange streak, a purple shampoo will instantly fix that. The longer you leave the purple shampoo, the icier your hair will look.”
For at-home hair colour jobs and vibrant semi-permanent dyes, you can revert your hue using a hair colour remover. Bear in mind though, this an instant fix that isn’t guaranteed to always return your hair to normal but strips the dye off of your strands as cleanly as possible. For instance, if you have a naturally light colour and box dye it black, a colour remover will help to lift the colour but is unlikely to return it to your original look. But if you have experimented with semi-permanent hues, especially pastels shades, the below colour removers work great to reinstate your original shade.