For those who've used Color Oops

1:23 pm - 05/05/2008
After a bad highlighting experience last month, I accidently dyed my hair black. (The box said natural darkest brown but it turned out jet black) I'm planning on using Color Oops to get rid of the black and the other million different hair dyes on my hair.
I have a question, should I use a permanent or semi-permanent hair dye after I use the Color Oops?
I was thinking about using a medium golden brown.
xxciaodollxx 5th-May-2008 07:40 pm (UTC)
ah! stop dying your hair your killing it! if you dye it too much it becomes weaker and weaker and will eventually fall out.. =0
go to a professional
chuppie 5th-May-2008 08:17 pm (UTC)
Umm... my hair is not even remotely close to falling out.
I can't afford to go to a professional. I don't like having my hair dyed at salons and I do a better job at home usually.
wendye 5th-May-2008 11:21 pm (UTC)
I don't like having my hair dyed at salons and I do a better job at home usually.

+1! I have never ever been happy with salon color, whereas an $8 box of L'oreal never lets me down.
sammysayalot 5th-May-2008 08:16 pm (UTC)
I'd say try semi-permanent just cause they are generally less damaging to your hair.
darkerdarker_ 5th-May-2008 08:43 pm (UTC)
i think if you use the color oops, you won't be able to get too light (maybe an orangey-brown color?) and the semi-permanent may not do much if it's too light in comparison to what your hair will be after the color oops.
kelly1616 5th-May-2008 09:08 pm (UTC)
i promise u the dye will fade! that jet black effect its only for about a week or 2 then u should start seeing a lighter color peeking thru.
chuppie 5th-May-2008 09:15 pm (UTC)
I've had it dyed black for over a month and it's still jet black. :(
thesasquatch 5th-May-2008 09:52 pm (UTC)
After you do the Color Oops, do some kind of protein treatment on your hair so it won't be as porous. Otherwise whatever color dye you use afterwards will go crazy dark/ash. Nexxus Emergencee, Tigi Dumb Blonde Reconstructor or Redken CAT are pretty easy to find.

After that, you can dye. If your hair is in decent shape I would use a permanent since it will likely fade faster after you strip it, even with the protein treatment. Then you can use a color-depositing conditioner to boost the color afterwards. If your hair feels really burnt after you use Color Oops, then use a semipermanent.
chuppie 5th-May-2008 10:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks, that's very helpful.
thesasquatch 6th-May-2008 01:07 am (UTC)
You're welcome! Good luck. I forgot to mention that you should do a deep conditioner after the protein treatment but before you re-dye, and then use the conditioner that comes with the dye as well. The protein will repair your hair but won't moisturize it.

And then use a shade lighter of dye than you are hoping to end up with - in your case, use light golden brown dye rather than medium. This will additionally help you keep from going too dark. If it's still not what you want, it's much easier to darken too-light color than to lighten too-dark color, as I'm sure you know now!
paperdollkisses 6th-May-2008 09:10 am (UTC)
I just used color oops extra strength to remove my color and go back natural. I started with Intense red (many many coats of it) and here's my experience.

I didn't was or condition the day of. I find that it dries my hair out. I applied one bottle and followed the instructions for wait time and rinse. The rinse is the hardest part because it's absolutely boring to stand rinsing your hair out for 5 minutes. It pulled out a lot of the color but I felt I needed more out before I dyed again so I waited for 14 hours and repeated the Color Oops extra strength.

That was enough of it out that I was happy with it. It was then a red/orange blonde color. Then I milked 3 aloe leaves and left it in my hair for 15 minutes, put shampoo in before I wet it and then shampooed and rinsed it out. Then I put Nexxus Emergencee on my hair for 3 minutes. My hair looked and felt much better.

I waited 3 days and then used a permanent color in light brown and didn't wash my hair for 3 days after. The color held up well. I still had my curls. My ends were a little dry but I was due for a trim and didn't have much taken off at all. It's been 6 weeks and I haven't had to color to cover anything yet.
noflashphotos Question: filler21st-Mar-2012 11:19 pm (UTC)
When you re-dyed your hair, did you use a filler? Also, did you use a box dye or dye with developers that you would get from Sally's?
paperdollkisses Re: Question: filler22nd-Mar-2012 12:04 am (UTC)
The emergencee by nexxus has a protein re-constructor in it. I think I got that at Sally's, but I'm sure any protein deep conditioner would do. Ion from Sally's also has a good protein conditioning treatment. It's in a single packet or bottle form.

The color, however, was L'oreal Feria. I was in a Feria phase back then and that stuff really grabbed onto my abused hair and held onto it despite being drying. Fortunately my hair has a forgiving nature and I have the attitude of it being 'only hair' and it grows back fast. So, I'd chop it when it started to look too brittle.

I think I've only used the color oops one other time since this post and that was just to pull some of the brown out so I could go a dark ash blonde. Just remember that if you get to a state of brass that you can't pull out --a 'rinse' (just the color, no peroxide) of an ashy or cool color will temporarily tone down the brass. While 'golden' warm shades can bring it out more.

Shimmer Lights Shampoo and Conditioner from Sally's is really good for hiding brass color too. It's a bit spendy, but well worth it while you're trying to work the color out right.
deadbeauty 6th-May-2008 02:52 pm (UTC)
Before you dye - did you try to use dandruff shampoo to lighten the color? Dandruff shampoo strips the color and makes it fade a lot faster - you might want to try that first.

I've used a similar product to Color Oops and found it lightened my hair quite a bit. (I used Color Fix I think it was called - got at Sallys) I then used a permanent color over top and it looke fabulous. So it is possible. I would suggest the Color Oops then a perm, since semi won't hold well, and use a good protein deep conditioner!
affranto 12th-May-2008 07:36 pm (UTC)
I had horrible experiences with Color Oops =/ I'd wait it out a little longer to see if you could get the color to fade. Use a really strong shampoo.
missgreentea 21st-Jul-2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
Yesterday I died my hair an intense auburn on top of what has already been dyed red a month a go...the result is this dark red/almost blackish color from a distance...not at all the red I wanted.
I saw that you were going to use color oops and I've been researching it all day today...did it work for you...would you recommend it?
xxmittegeisenxx 22nd-Aug-2008 09:47 pm (UTC)
i used color oops and then dyed it what I thought would be an intense red. It came out almost blackish!
anglo_ortiz Color Oops21st-Jun-2009 04:14 am (UTC)
I've had pretty good success with Color Oops. I had been dyeing my [naturally dark blonde] hair dark brown for years, more out of frustration than anything.

Anyway, I found this product at CVS and thought I would try it. I've wanted to get back to blonde for a long time now, but every time I tried to bleach out all the dark hair color, my hair ended up fried.

I first tried the yellow box, the gentler version. This product took out some of the darker color, but not to the point that I had that reddish medium brown color I've heard so much about (of course, I have dozens of layers of dark brown dye on my hair, so it's really not surprising that one dose couldn't undo all of it).

I conditioned my hair a few times, and decided to try again with the red box of Color Oops, for "difficult colors." I had much more success this time around. My hair was a pretty medium brown, much lighter than I had started out with.

From there I decided to bleach my hair up to blonde myself, instead of going to a colorist, and managed to get to the bright orange phase of bleaching. From there, I put on a medium blonde hair dye, and my hair's actually looking pretty good!

So, even with a few years of dyeing my hair dark, two applications of Color Oops, AND hair bleaching, my hair is fine. A little dry, in all honesty, but fine otherwise. It's not breaking off, and it still has its elasticity. I'm thrilled!
anglo_ortiz Color Oops21st-Jun-2009 04:17 am (UTC)
One more thing: apparently you want to be careful about your post-Color Oops hair. Since the product seems to de-activate hair color molecules, applying dye soon after using Color Oops can result in re-activating those old hair dye molecules that you worked so hard to shrink. In which case, you'll want to wait a little bit to dye your hair again. Wash and condition your hair a few times before re-dyeing it.

If you don't wait, your new hair color will come out quite dark!
Krystle Hatt Tips for others + a question26th-Apr-2011 07:38 pm (UTC)
I have also had bad expereiences using color correctors (instead of using bleach) I used one in a purple box from Sallys and always end up with too dark of a color once again which looks black when all I want is a dark brown like I used to have. So I did some reaserch on color Oops! and found on their website that they say to use a Color Filler if you are going to color after using the Color Oops which I looked up at Sallys and its like 2-3$ so your hair is not so porous and then always pick a shade lighter then what you want to achieve and only let the NEW color sit on for 5minutes not the full 20-25minutes that most box dyes say. I am going to be trying out this for myself this weekend, so in 3-4 days and I'm hoping this time it'll be different because I actyually found the correct way to do it, instead of just using the stuff from sallys, using a new box dye and leaving it on for the whole time. And this to me seems like it's going to work, I'm going to use Sallys dye insteead of a box dye too. Going to try 1/2 of a level 4 and 1/2 of a level 5, as those are light and medium brown. versus using a 1/2 a level 3 and 1/2 a level 4 which would be a dark brown and medium brown like my friend recentely did and got the exact color I've always been until I had a bad expereience! I've had salons strip out my color before and just the expense is way to much and I actually hated the end result, so I'm hoping that this is going to be the right way to go. Does anyone else agree? Expereicnes doing it this way like the website says for Color Oops??

Thanks! Sorry it was so long.
Arielle White 12th-Jan-2012 07:52 pm (UTC)
I also am coming from a red, I used color oops, I had to use it 3xs. I'm now at a copper blonde color, I'm trying to go a light brown. I did a reconstructing protein treatment and joico moisture recovery treatment. I bought some dark n lovely chestnut blonde, im doing a strand test now, I'm hoping it works out successfully, wish me luck.
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