How to fix spots after highlighting

by Gina

I had may hair highlighted at a salon where it was pulled through the cap and then colored. I have dark blonde/light brown hair naturally. After I got home I noticed I have what looks like leopard spots all over the top of my head under a very thin layer of highlighted hair. My hair is naturally fine and thin. I called the salon and the stylist said it would "wash out" after 3 or 4 times. It was a permanent hair color.

I have washed it that many times and deep conditioned each time for safety and nothing has changed. I don't want to go back to a salon that has pretty much acted like I don't have a problem. I am so embarrassed to even go out. I am only 5'1" and everyone taller can see my terrible dye job. Since I have went a lighter color is there any way to correct this without having to go even lighter? I don't want to strip my hair at all. It is too fine and it will damage it. If I got something like a lightening spray and tried it on the spotted areas would that just make it more apparent or could it help? Please help!


The hairdresser at the salon was right. It will diminish in time but it may take longer than just a few shampoos.

This is very typical and sometimes unpreventable. It doesn't mean that the stylist didn't do a good job though. Its happens when too much hair is pulled through the cap in that section.

Since its a point of contention for you, you can try and fix this yourself. Buy a demi permanent color (which acts like a permanent color and is deposit only) in the same shade as your natural hair color, mix the color and take a small narrow coloring brush and dab it on one spot at a time. Pull the color through some so it doesn't create another spot. Proceed to the next spot.

After application time, shampoo, rinse and condition. Your 'spots' should not be visible after color application.

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Jan 09, 2017
I have tortoiseshell hair now NEW

My hair is going grey and I have been colouring it a kind of ash brown for some time. Recently I was in a bit of a rush and I grabbed a colour which was supposed to be rose blonde thinking that I would just colour the roots which were about 1cm or less at that time. It coloured everything a horrible reddish/orange except the roots which are light blonde. I now have 1cm silver grey roots, 1cm light blonde and the rest the reddish/orange. Everytime the wind blows and the roots show I look almost tortoiseshell. Since I am 64 years old this does not suit me. I don't know what to do. I can't afford a hairdresser and anyway I am not sure they would want to tackle this mess. Help please!

Oct 01, 2015
Good post
by: Irving Doyle

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Aug 14, 2015
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