Color Oops Ruined My Hair. What to Do Now?

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Hair color oops can be a scary experience. It’s not every day that you get home and realize the hair color you chose wasn’t what you were expecting. If this has happened to you, there’s no need to panic!

It’s not the end of the world, and there are things you can do to help your hair go back to normal. In this article, we’ll share with you our favorite tips for repairing damaged hair and getting your locks back in tip-top shape.

1. Start by using a deep conditioner on your hair. 

The first thing you can do is use a deep conditioner on your hair. Deep conditioners are for when you want to restore moisture and shine in your hair, but it may take more than one application of deep conditioner (or any other type of conditioning product) for your hair to feel healthy again.

If this doesn’t work, move on to using leave-in conditioners or masks. These will help add more moisture back into the strands of your hair until they’re healthy again!

You can also use other types of products like oils and serums that don’t require rinsing out after application; just leave them in as long as possible!

2. Once a week, use a protein treatment to help strengthen your hair. 

If you have color-treated hair, it’s important to use a protein treatment once a week. Protein treatments help build up the strength of your hair and can help repair damaged hair by replacing the proteins that were stripped away during bleaching.

Protein treatments also prevent damage to your hair by strengthening it so that it can better withstand everyday wear and tear.

Hair breakage is caused by dryness, mechanical stress (like brushing or combing), heat styling tools, or chemical processing like bleaching or dyeing.

The best way to prevent this type of damage is through proper hydration from deep conditioning treatments or moisturizers with hyaluronic acid—which is just one ingredient in my favorite leave-in conditioner!

3. Trim your hair every 6-8 weeks to get rid of any damaged ends. 

Trimming your hair is a great way to remove any damaged ends so that you can keep it healthy and strong. If you have the time and patience, trimming at home with a pair of small scissors will work just fine for you.

If not, feel free to visit a professional stylist who will be happy to help (and charge you extra). If neither of these options appeals to you, consider using an electric razor instead!

4. Use a heat protectant spray before using any heat styling tools. 

There are a plethora of products available on the market that can help you protect your hair when using heat styling tools. I recommend using a heat protectant spray before using any heat styling tools.

Heat protectant sprays are specifically formulated to prevent damage from the effects of high temperatures, such as those created by blow dryers and curling irons. These sprays will help protect your hair from excessive drying out and splitting after repeated use of hot tools over time.

Using a blow dryer, flat iron or curling iron can be problematic for color-treated hair because these methods are more damaging than air drying or combing out wet strands with fingers alone (which typically does not cause breakage).

If you want shiny hair without exposing it to too much heat damage, then try using a blowdryer that has low power settings because they reduce the amount of time spent under direct sunlight while still providing enough moisture content in order to make sure each strand looks smooth and healthy afterward!

5. Avoid using any harsh chemicals on your hair. 

Color oops is a chemical product that can be used to remove dye from the hair. If you have used this product, it’s important to avoid using any other chemicals on your hair until you’re sure that the damage has been repaired by a professional stylist.

The only exception is if you are trying to remove color oops from your own hair (in which case, please use extreme caution).

6. Be sure to use a gentle shampoo and conditioner.

Be sure to use a gentle shampoo and conditioner. Avoid using harsh chemicals on your hair, which can strip it of its natural oils.

If you must wash your hair, do so with a mild shampoo that is designed for color-treated hair (and avoid shampoos that contain sulfates).

To keep your hair hydrated, use a leave-in conditioner and drink plenty of water—this will help keep the bonds between strands strong.

7. Try to avoid coloring your hair too often. 

It is best to avoid coloring your hair too often, as this can cause your hair to become brittle and break easily.

If you have over-processed or damaged hair, you should avoid using color oops at all costs.

8. Use a leave-in conditioner to help keep your hair hydrated. 

To help keep your hair hydrated and protected, use a leave-in conditioner before styling your hair. You can also use one after washing or styling your hair, or both!

Anytime there’s an opportunity for it to touch your strands—which is just about every day—a nourishing leave-in conditioner will help keep them from drying out.

9. Drink plenty of water and eat a healthy diet to help keep your hair healthy from the inside out. 

It’s important to drink plenty of water and eat a healthy diet to help keep your hair healthy from the inside out.

Drinking water helps keep your hair hydrated and can help you feel better overall.

You may also find that drinking enough water aids in weight loss and increased energy levels, which will help you feel more awake and less hungry throughout the day.

10. If your hair is still damaged, you may need to see a professional stylist help repair the damage.

If you’re still seeing the damage and have not yet discussed it with a professional, it’s time to go see one.

They may recommend cutting your hair shorter or adding layers to give the hair some movement. They might also recommend using protein treatments, deep conditioners, and other products that will help repair the damage caused by oops.

If you’re seeing breakage along the edges of your hairline or around your face (i.e., where most people see their reflection), they might suggest that you use leave-in conditioning treatments or heat protectant sprays before styling your hair with curling irons or hot rollers.

If all else fails and you’re still unhappy with how your locks look after taking these steps, there are other options for getting rid of damaged ends without having them cut off entirely:


I hope this guide helps you to take care of your hair if the color oops ruined it. If you still have questions, please feel free to email me! I am always happy to answer any questions that might come up during your coloring process.

Yesim enjoys sharing new style trends with her friends and is excited to offer her knowledge to the readers of She currently lives in a peaceful touristic town in the USA with her husband and two children.