Colour Correction: What is it?

Colour Correction is a technical service you can book at most hair salons, and it involves the hairstylist using bleach, colour or toner to improve your current hair colour. Some corrections may involve all three. It may be a service you are considering having now that lockdown is over, with many of us regretting using a box dye on our hair while the hair salons have been closed. Or maybe you have attempted bleaching your hair at home, and instead of it going a creamy blonde, you have been left with orange hair. But not to worry, we are here to explain what a colour correction involves and what you can expect from the process.

The Consultation

Once you have found a hairstylist to perform the colour correction, you should attend a consultation before your hair appointment. It is an important part of the colour correction process as it allows you to discuss with the stylist what it is that you don’t like about your current colour. You can even show them images of different hair colours you like and would want to achieve.

It also gives your hairdresser the chance to examine your hair and the current condition. For example, if your hair is extremely damaged, the stylist will not want to put bleach on your hair and will try and reach your desired colour another way. It is important to remember that sometimes the colour you want can’t be achieved in just one sitting at the salon and sometimes may take a few appointments. One way your hairstylist can see how the colour will take on your hair is by doing a strand test. It involves them taking a small amount of your hair and colouring it to see how it processes. Another reason for carrying out a strand test is to test the hair’s porosity.

Fiber Fix

After using a box dye or an at-home bleaching kit, your hair won’t be in the best condition. It may feel dry, brittle, and lifeless. But this is something your hairdresser will determine during your consultation. To help your hair during the colouring service, you should be offered the option to add a restructuring treatment to your colour formula to re-bond the hair. For instance, Fiber Fix Bond Fixer can be mixed into colour, lighteners, and chemical products to repair the hair from the inside. These specialised treatments will come at an extra cost. However, they are worth it as your hair will look restored, healthy, and strong.  


Your new hair may start at the salon, but it definitely doesn’t end there. If you want to maintain your salon-fresh locks, you must implement a hair regime to support your new colour and preserve its condition. You must purchase a colour-safe shampoo and conditioner from a professional, reputable brand. By doing this, you can avoid bad additives that you will find in cheaper haircare. The After Colour Care shampoo and conditioner are perfect examples of colour-safe products that preserve the colour intensity and shine. Furthermore, your new hair will require a hair mask to restore moisture and condition your strands in-between hair appointments. We would recommend the Nourishing Restructuring Mask

Salon Treatments

Another way you can keep your hair in top condition after a colour correction is by booking in for follow up treatments at the hair salon, in-between colour appointments. Therefore, you can ensure that your strands are kept healthy, ready for the next time you are in the salon chair. The Botugen Professional Reconstructive Programme is the perfect treatment to reconstruct damaged hair and repair the cuticle. This service restores the hair’s body, volume, and shine.


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Things to Avoid

  • Heated styling tools – using straighteners or curling wands can result in breakages and split ends, so if you are in the process of repairing your hair and trying to improve its overall health. You should ban heated styling tools. Make the most of your hair’s natural texture or experiment with different styles. If you do have to use heated styling tools make sure you use a heat protection product, such as Thermal Shield Thermal Protection Spray.
  • Tight Hair ties – wearing your hair in a tight bobble, on the top of your head can snap your strands. Instead, opt for silk hair ties that are gentler for your hair.
  • Don’t leave your hair wet – your hair is most vulnerable when it is wet and is more at risk of breakages.
Leave It to the Professionals

 The most important thing to remember when it comes to dying your hair is to leave it to the professionals. The damage you can cause to your strands is just not worth it, and it can take a lot of money and time to reverse that damage. Colour corrections can take time. But good things come to those who wait.


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