Blonde highlights gone wrong, how can I fix them?

yellow hair after bleaching

  • If your blonde highlights are too dark, you´ll need to lighten them by bleaching.
  • Alternatively, if they are too light, darken them at least two levels.
  • Your highlights may be spotty. In that case, you’ll need to bleach your hair again to even out the color. Then, get highlights done again.
  • If your highlights are orange, you can tone them with a blue shampoo.
  • But, if they’re yellowish, you should tone them with a violet shampoo.


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Before considering fixing blonde highlights gone wrong, you should stop, and think about what you don’t like about your highlights. The appropriate solution will depend on that.

As you can see, some solutions are easy to reach.

In fact, you can solve some situations yourself.

But in other cases, the best thing to do is to go to a salon.


 Before rushing into things, I invite you to take it easy. 



First, every time you do a coloring technique on your hair, the final color takes time to settle.

So,  if you don’t like your highlights right after they’re done, you could wait for a few days. Maybe, after a few days and a few washes, the color will settle and you’ll finally like it. 

What if you still don’t like the color of your highlights after a few days?


Then, it’s time to make a decision to fix it.

But you can’t make a hasty decision.

Remember that you bleached some of your hair to apply the highlighting technique.

That means that if you have to bleach again, you won’t be able to do it right away.


 I recommend waiting for a fortnight. And if you don’t want to wait, my advice is to go to a salon. A colorist has the skills to solve the color of your highlights. 


That’s why I was telling you that some solutions may be easier while others require some knowledge in coloring to avoid ruining your hair.

To help you make the best decision, let’s analyze together some of the reasons why you don’t like your blonde highlights and the possible solutions.

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When blonde highlights are too dark, you need to bleach them again

from dark to light blonde hair

Of course, it sounds very simple.

You prepare the bleach and apply it to your highlights.

But things are not that easy.


Because the parts of your hair that have been bleached are more dehydrated and, possibly, more prone to breakage.

Also, do you have the experience to separate the exact same strands and bleach them again?


This is something that only professional hairdressers can do with either the cap or the foils.

Also, in this case, I recommend you wait fifteen days. The color usually lightens up to one tone with washes and hair products.

In that case, you won’t need to bleach your highlights again.


If the highlights are too light, you can darken them with a hair dye

from brown to blonde with highlights

And in this case, again I recommend that you go to a salon. Otherwise, two things can happen when you apply the darker dye:

  • You can darken the highlights too much and lose the lightening effect on your hair.
  • Your hair will be stained.


That’s why it’s best to entrust your hair to a professional colorist who will know how to highlight your hair with only a darker color.

Also, she’ll know what color to apply to make your highlights look perfect.


When the highlights are stained, it’s necessary to bleach your hair again and do the highlights again.

This usually happens when the colorist doesn’t have experience with the cap.


takes longer than foils

Believe it or not, doing highlights with the cap is quite an art.

First, you have to pull the hooked section of hair through the tiny hole. And then, you have to be very careful because the cap made of latex may tear.

And if the cap breaks, the bleach may stain your hair.


I don’t want to discourage you, but if this is your case, make an appointment at the salon and talk to your colorist to solve the problem.

Before you bleach your hair all over again, you need to evaluate if your hair will resist the process.

Can you imagine what would happen if you bleached your hair to fix some highlights, but your hair can’t take it?


I’ll be clear and concise: your hair will burn.

It means you’ll have to cut the damaged parts, which in most cases may be more than ten centimeters.

So, I appeal to your conscience. In this case, you should bleach all the hair to even out the stains.

And once the hair color is even, the colorist will pull the strands through the cap again and dye some dark to maintain the highlighting technique.


If the highlights are too yellow, they can be fixed with a purple shampoo

washing hair with purple shampoo

When bleaching is applied to lighten your hair, the highlights may turn too yellow.

And when I say yellow, I mean striking yellow.

In this case, the solution is quite simple, and you don’t need to go to a salon.


 You can apply a purple shampoo to tone your highlights. Three or four washes later, you’ll be free of the unwanted yellow. 


The violet pigments in the shampoo neutralize the yellow ones because it’s the opposite color on the color wheel.

So, your highlights will be an iridescent or pearly color.


After you neutralize the unwanted yellow tones, you should continue to use the purple shampoo at least once a week and leave it on for three to five minutes.


If your highlights are orange, you can fix them with a blue shampoo

toning unwanted orange tones

If your highlights are orange, your base color could be brown 4, light brown 5, dark blonde 6, or blonde 7.

Orange is one of the most persistent colors. How can you remove it from your highlights?


 A blue shampoo and conditioner will help. The blue pigments neutralize the orange tones and turn your highlights ashy. 

In this case, start using it three times a week and leave it on for five 5 minutes. Once you cannot notice orange shades in your hair, you can start using the products once a week.


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The first thing to do if your highlights went wrong is to wait a few days for the color to set.

  • Then, if your highlights are yellow or orange, you can tone them with a violet or blue shampoo respectively.
  • However, if your highlights are too light, dark, or stained, it’s best to go to the salon to find the best solution. Usually, it’s necessary to bleach the highlights again.

Be careful. If your hair doesn’t resist the new process, you’ll burn it.

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