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How to Deal with a Bad Hair Job

It's happened to almost everyone at one time or another. You go in to the hair salon with a fabulous photo of a hair color that you've been dreaming of, only to come home with regrets. Even though your stylist and everyone in the salon said you look great, somehow you're doubting that this "copper" tone they're raving about is your color at all (in fact, you think it might be orange).So, what do you do when you get home and you hate your hair color? Who pays to correct the color?

1.  You Got What you Asked for, but you Just Hate It

First things first, are you sure you hate it? Make sure you really give the color a chance to grow on you. If you got what you asked for, but you just aren't a fan of the look now that it's on your head, you may just need time to adjust to the new look. A new color, especially if it's drastic, can take a week or two to feel at home (and remember, it'll probably fade a little). Don't go changing the color drastically on one day and then again on the next. You could really compromise the integrity of your hair's health.

If you've adjusted and you still hate it, you'll have to go back and have it corrected. Just know that as long as your stylist did what you asked her to do, the correction is on your dime, this time.

Definitely go back to the stylist that performed your color when this situation occurs. While she may be disappointed that you didn't like the result, she knows what she did to your hair and can best assess how to reverse the look to something you'll like more.

2.  Your Hair Looks Nothing Like The Photo

When you take a photo in to your stylist and you come out with something completely different, and you absolutely hate it, this is a different story all together.

If you feel like your stylist did a good job, but the color didn't come out right, give her a call to discuss the reasons. Sometimes a quick toner or a few extra highlights are in order to perfect the color.

Sometimes your color may not have come out correct because your expectations were too high or it may take multiple appointments to get your color the exact way you want it. Either way, if your stylist promised you an approximate result and you didn't get that, give her a chance to correct her mistake.

In this case, typically your stylist will pick up the cost of correcting your color.

3.  Your Hairstylist was Negligent with your Color Service

There are times when your color didn't come out right but you just know your colorist was negligent in her process. Maybe she over processed your hair, or chose the wrong tone completely with your base color. Perhaps she missed an entire section, or your "natural" highlights came out chunky and dis-proportioned.

If this is the case, you'll want to discuss your service with your stylist or her manager/salon owner. Most of the time, the salon will help correct your color service and pick up the cost to correct your color.

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