Dyeing your hair is always a risk. You might end up with the wrong shade or a completely different color. For example, while dark brown is not much different from medium brown, it’s far from green. Unfortunately, green is the color many women see when trying to turn their locks from blonde to brown.
The Annoying Pigment Treatments
All our hair colors have remaining natural pigments. For example, blonds have a pigment, which is yellow. So when they try to turn brown, their color becomes orange. That’s why many blonde women are looking for ways to counter the brassy color.
Brown hair also has an orange pigment; however, it’s redder than in the case with orange. So when you dye your hair, you need to remember the opposite colors of the spectrum.
- Orange – blue
- Yellow – purple
Girls with brown hair have orange pigments that can be neutralized by blue. Blondes need some purple. But if you give the blondes some blue, you end up with green. The pigment math might be tough to grasp. However, the annoying results are easy to fix if you know what you are doing.
Ways To Get Green Out of Your Hair
Many have faced the problem of hair turning ti green after dying it brown. It is because of the natural pigments of human hair that behave differently with brown color dye. Whatever the reason is, it is pretty annoying for many of us. However, we’ve got some easiest and quickest solutions for this headache; read on.
1. Fast Food Maniac
You’ll be amazed at the easiest, the cheapest, and the quickest way to neutralize the annoying green color. Did you guess? Find a red shade somewhere. One of the sources is ketchup!
Here is what to do:
- Buy a big bottle of ketchup and get ready for a fairly unpleasant experience
- Squirt the ketchup on your head and massage it into the hair
- Cover the head with a shower cap
- Leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes (the longer, the better)
- Take the cap off and take a long shower
This quick fix method is suitable for situations where you don’t have access to professional hairstylists and hair products. It won’t make your hair get the perfect shiny brown color you’ve dreamed about, but it can neutralize the green effectively until you get to the professional’s chair. The copper color attaches itself to the hair shaft, and by oxidizing it while dying, you get green hair.
Ketchup is made out of tomatoes and vinegar. Both contain acids that can neutralize the reaction, which causes your hair to turn green. Remember that this trick will work only if the problem is moderate. It won’t yield any results if the green is overwhelming.
2. Another dyeing session
Now that the red color has neutralized the green, we can select the right hair dye to fix the problem. You need a red-based hair color, which is a good match to the darkness of your hair. For example, medium brown hair needs medium chestnut color and so forth. Don’t forget that you shouldn’t look for red hair color. Your goal is to find a color with a red base. Take a look at popular brown shades. Many of them have red bases.
- Put on your gloves and mix color and developer in the bowl at a ratio of 1:1
- Divide your hair into 0.5 by 2-inch sections. It can help you apply the color evenly.
- Take a look at each section and only cover the greenish parts with color. You might want to use the brush. Such a dyeing process might require you to get help from a friend to make sure that all the green parts are covered.
- Wait 15 minutes for the color to settle.
- Apply the dye to the rest of the hair.
- Wait another ten minutes.
- Wash your hair as usual. Shampoo it twice to get all the unnecessary dye out.
3. Bleach It
If when you see your brand new greenish locks, you suddenly change your mind about becoming a brunette, it’s perfectly understandable.
A simple way to get rid of the greenish pigment is to get rid of all the color altogether. Then, you can consider bleaching your locks to get the desired results. Even though this method can help you 99% of the time, it means you have to damage your locks and forget about dying your hair brown for a while. However, it might be an excellent choice for avid hairstyle experimenters.
Green in your hair is not a problem, so don’t panic. Instead, calm down and use one of the above methods to make your hair shine again. If your hair is still greenish and needs color correction, don’t worry; a professional hairstylist can always get it fixed if you fail at home.