Change Bad Hair Color Days

March 19, 2016
Tips and Tricks

A few thoughts about bad hair color

Have you ever tried to cut your own hair at home? You might even have painful memories of watching the big gash you made grow out. With bad haircuts you can change the location of your part or change your hairstyle until the hair grows out. This is not true with bad hair color. It has to be fixed immediately.

In order to save money, some of you buy hair color products for “at home” use from the drugstore. You genuinely believe this is the least expensive way to color your hair. Unfortunately, it can end up costing you much more when you make a mistake.

What if you don’t get the right shade? What if the ends of your hair are too dark? What do you do? You call the salon. Technically, you would save more money if everything went right, typically $12.95 for a box of hair color. A mistake, however, could cost you a lot more.

Five easy step to good hair color days!


First, take some time for yourself to relax and simply care for just you. Second, if you are going to the hair salon, book your appointment early in the day or late in the afternoon (before and after the crowd). You won’t have to wait because the hair colorist isn’t running late, which could happen in a busy salon.


Take into consideration the full cost of the hair color service before you schedule it. Explore the exact service you want. At first, choose a simple process that will fit into your budget and your way of life. This can always change as your budget increases.


Know the results you want to achieve. This will save you time and money. If you have never colored your hair before, it will generally cost a lot less if you are only wishing to add an “allover” luster. It will cost much more if you want to go from dark brown to light blonde. Highlights and lowlights will also cost more than an average one-process color. If you need corrective hair color, expect to pay a lot.


Take advantage of the free consultation offered by salons. This will eliminate the guesswork about the processes you will need to achieve the hair color you want. Even if you decide to color your hair yourself, talk with the professional.


Here is some good news and some bad news. If you were born with beautiful, healthy hair, it will generally retain its shine and healthy condition between hair color services. But if you have dry or ultra thin hair to start with, you could have continued dryness after you have your hair colored.

If your hair is dry after it’s colored, try this before you color your hair again, whether you do it yourself or have it done in the salon.

  • Before you color your hair, give it a treatment, rinse it out, and dry it. You can do this yourself or ask the hair colorist to do it. This will help retain the moisture in the hair shaft and protect it from the chemicals in the hair color.

The Last Word

Achieving beautiful hair color doesn’t have to be difficult. If you start with small steps and move toward more involved processes, this will help alleviate the stress caused from making hair color mistakes. It will also keep you in your hair color budget. Remember your goal: Beautiful Hair! This can take time.

Tracy Hill


My name is Tracy Hill – Hair Colourist to Hollywood’s elite, and former international hair colour training director for Clairol Inc., L’Oreal, and Vidal Sassoon.  I have been an authority on hair colour for more than 30 years.

With my busy star-studded clientele covering the pages of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Cosmopolitan, often times my clients just couldn’t make it to the salon.  So I got busy and created coloursplash!®, a new product line called coloursplash!® designed to be used between salon appointments.

coloursplash!® is a unique ammonia and peroxide-free hair color product that keeps your hair looking fresh and perfect everyday of the month…AND it diffuses your grey!  This hair colour innovation is so effective it’s no wonder it sold out in only 6 minutes on QVC!

I also decided to put my decades of experience into an eBook to help as many people as possible with their hair coloring questions.  In my eBook, “Excuse Me… Your Roots are Showing,” I’ll give you expert advice, tips, and hair color secrets.  I will tell you everything you need to know about hair color; from coloring your hair at home, going to the salon; to choosing the right hair color.  In “Excuse Me… Your Roots are Showing” I will also dispel hair color myths, explain how to deal with coloring dilemmas, and much more!

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