- To dye your hair lighter after Color Oops, I recommend you wait at least 48 hours.
- Choose a dye two numbers lighter than the color left by Color Oops. For example, if your hair is light brown #5 after Color Oops, you can lighten it with a blonde hair color number 7.
- Now, if you can’t wait 48 hours to lighten your hair after Color Oops, you should choose a dye four numbers lighter than the color left by the color remover. For example, if your hair is a light brown 5, lighten it using an extra light blonde hair color #9.
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So Color Oops left your hair dark and now you want to know how to dye it to lighten it?
The easiest part of your question is the “how to dye it” part. Because obviously, all you have to do is buy a box dye and apply it according to the instructions. There are also professional dyes if you don’t want to use box dye.
It couldn’t be any clearer or simpler. The instructions even come with quite detailed drawings.
But it’s not the “how to dye your hair lighter after Color Oops” that concerns me. Rather, it’s the “when can you dye your hair lighter after Color Oops.”
Why? Let’s see.
If your hair turned dark after Color Oops, dear reader, something went wrong when you used it. Human error, so to speak. Maybe you didn’t leave it on for the right length of time. Or perhaps you didn’t rinse the Color Oops out with warm to hot water.
Therefore, the color you wanted to remove didn’t completely fade. This gave way to re-oxidation. That means the color molecules show up again in your hair.
So now your hair is darker after Color Oops.
Can you lighten your hair after Color Oops by applying a hair dye?
Yes, but here’s when to do it so you don’t ruin either your hair’s health or its color.
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When to dye your hair lighter after using Color Oops
My advice is to wait at least 48 hours to dye your hair lighter after Color Oops.
This is because the color remover leaves the hair cuticles open for at least 24 hours. If you apply a dye immediately after Color Oops to lighten your hair, the color will fade much faster.
Why? Because your hair is more porous after you use Color Oops. Therefore, it absorbs dye color molecules quickly and easily. But it will also expel them faster when you wash your hair.
And that means you won’t succeed in lightening your hair. The only thing you’ll achieve is wasting time and money because your color will turn out faded. That’s not the same as lighter.
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Also, color remover contains chemicals that dry out the hair. And dye contains ammonia and developer, which also dry hair out.
Therefore, if you dye your hair to lighten it immediately after using Color Oops, you’ll only ruin your hair’s color and health.
For the sake of your hair, wait 48-72 hours to dye it lighter after Color Oops. And now let’s move on to the second important topic.
What hair dye color should you use to lighten your hair after Color Oops?
- If you’ve decided to wait 48 or 72 hours to dye your hair lighter after Color Oops , choose a dye two numbers lighter than the color that Color Oops left behind. If Color Oops left it brown #4, you can lighten it with a dark blonde dye #6. If Color Oops left it dark blonde #6, you can lighten it with a light blonde #8.
- Despite my advice, if you decide to color your hair lighter immediately after Color Oops , choose a dye four numbers lighter than your current color. For example, if Color Oops left it a dark brown number 3, you can lighten it with a medium blonde hair color #7. If Color Oops left it a light brown #5, you can lighten it with an extra light blonde hair dye #9.
To lighten hair that went dark after Color Oops, wait 48-72 hours to dye your hair. Also, choose a dye two numbers lighter than the color left in your hair.