How to Fix Over Colored Hair

A deep conditioner can help fix over-colored hair.

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While the myriad of dye choices in the hair color aisle may give you the style of your dreams, too much coloring can leave you looking less like a fashionista and more like the Bride of Frankenstein. Over-colored hair is dry, lifeless and prone to breakage and split ends. If your locks looks more like straw and less like hair, don't despair. A little TLC can bring your hair back to life and give you the lush, rich locks you desire.


Stop coloring your hair immediately. Over-colored hair is already weak and porous, and dumping more chemicals on it causes more damage. Let it all hang out and go back to your natural color to give your hair a break.


Trim away damaged, broken hair. Sure it may leave your hair shorter than you're used to, but removing damaged strands will improve the look, and feel, of your over-colored hair.


Cut back to washing your hair once or twice a week. While the idea of infrequent washing may be hard to stomach, letting the natural oils from your scalp coat your hair protects it from damage. Use shampoo and conditioner especially made for color-treated hair, and cover your head with a shower cap if you must indulge in a daily shower.


Slap on a hair mask and relax! Hair masks are thick, protein-rich conditioners designed to restore softness and sheen to damaged hair. Apply a mask twice-weekly to damp hair, cover with a cap and let the mask soak in for at least an hour before rinsing with warm water.


Minimize heat styling over-colored hair, but if you absolutely must curl or straighten your hair, protect your hair with a leave-in conditioner. Rub the conditioner between your hands and run your fingers through your hair. Comb and style as usual.

Things You'll Need



3.Shower cap

5.Leave-in conditioner


4.Hair mask



Tips & Tricks


It may be a scary thought, but chopping over-colored hair short is often easier than trying to fix over-colored locks. Starting over with fresh hair is much simpler than trying to fix damaged follicles.


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