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How to Correct Black Box Haircolor Gone Wrong

Color correction 101.

We can all agree, raven-colored locks are gorgeous-but when you rely on a box of store-bought black haircolor, the look can go from oh-so-right to oh-so-wrong...fast. When black box haircolor goes wrong, we turn to the experts to correct things...color correct them, that is! To learn more about how to correct black box haircolor gone wrong, we turned to expert hairdresser and L'Oréal Professionnel Artist Suzie Bond.

Play it Safe with Professionals

According to Bond, when you want to go black you should always see a pro. "Black haircolor is the hardest color to change," she explains. There are also colors that Bond says will not come out of the hair fiber at all. This means your only option is to cut it off-still think that $5.99 box at the grocery store was a bargain?

"When a professional colors your hair, you have the benefit of having a custom formulation," Bond explains. This means your hairdresser takes the following things into consideration: hair texture, hair type, hair density, natural level, previously tinted or lightened hair, and desired end result. "Your colorist uses this information to form an equation according to the technology and science behind the products they use. When you grab a box from the shelf, you're making a guess. The odds are not in your favor."

Color Correction for Black Box Haircolor

The process of removing black box haircolor begins with multiple test strands to properly identify which product will be the most gentle and effective during the removal process. Next, Bond explains that multiple applications of that decolorizer will help reduce the pigment from the hair strand. "The removal process can take multiple appointments over three to nine months," she says.

"Removing black box haircolor is probably the most damaging service one can do to their hair," Bond says. "But, with a L'Oréal educated colorist you would have access to products that will assist in preserving the integrity of your hair like in-salon and take-home treatments."

From Boxed Black to Brilliant Blonde?

Want to go from a botched black to a beautiful blonde? Not going to happen, says Bond. "Hair fibers hold on to a certain portion of the pigment in hair color," she explains. "Some of those molecules will never leave the hair. At best, with many appointments, you may achieve a lighter level but it will still have the base of the black color such as green, gray or blue."

"The only time you should ever try black haircolor is if you're ready to commit to staying that color," Bond says. "Healthy, shiny hair will always be on trend. Think about your decisions wisely before you grab any box hair color!"

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