What Is a Colour Correction?

A colour correction in the salon world is wanting an extreme change or having an unfortunate experience with a hair colour. There are two common colour corrections, going from dark hair to much lighter hair or light hair to very dark hair. Colour corrections can also be used to get rid of unwanted yellow or brassy tones. Everyone`s hair is different, therefore every single colour correction process is different.

What Happens in a Color Correction?

Colour corrections can sometimes be done all in one day but often need multiple colour services done over a period of weeks or months. To achieve your desired colour in one day it depends on current colour, desired color, your hair's porosity and how much time was booked for the service, which can sometimes take up to a whole day of work. Sometimes it is best to do a colour correction in a few sittings to prevent damage to the hair. You may not leave the salon with the desired colour in one sitting but it will give your hair time to recover from one lightening process rather than trying to fit several processes in one sitting which can be very damaging to your hair. When going from dark to light we use lightener (what is known as "bleach"). This de-colourizes the hair while another colour or toner will need to be used after to put colour back into the hair. Unfortunately, while using lightener not only does the colour come out, so does the protein, which can leave the hair fragile and dry. To help protect the porosity of your hair, we would suggest a Protein Kerastase Treatment to help put some of the protein removed by the lightener back into the hair.

When going from light to dark instead of just putting a color we will need to fill the hair first with an in between colour. This prevents the colour from becoming muddy or green.

How much does it cost?

There is no set price for a colour correction. Stylists charge anywhere from 100-200 per hour, depending on their experience. The cost of the service reflects the amount of colour used and time spent on a client's hair. 

Hair can be too damaged to colour correct due to conditions of the hair and may need a cut, extreme conditioning and rehydration rehabilitation prior to any colour correcting service. The number of visits to salon can not always be determined until the first process is started. It is important to take your stylist's recommendations on protecting your hair. We want to not only achieve your desired colour but also to make sure your hair is healthy!

By Kayla C

The Loft Salon • Spa • Bar