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One of the most common mistakes made by people who color their hair at home is to make the problem worse by applying the wrong color to correct their first mistake. For example: Have you ever colored your hair and ended up with a color that is too red or brassy? To correct this problem, many people try to pull the red color out by lightening their hair. This only causes more problems and more brassiness. Other people try to darken their hair again only to have it turn too dark. Both of these approaches are wrong and you will understand why with a quick course in color correction.
Once you have done this you can easily correct color that is too red or too green. All you have to do is look at your color wheel. If your hair is orange, look at the orange space on your color wheel. Then, look directly on the opposite side. What color is there? It should be blue. Colors with a blue base are considered beige colors. So, to counteract or cancel the orange color, you need to choose a color with a beige base. You don’t need to darken or lighten at all.
So, the next time you have a color dilemma, don’t try to strip the problem out of your hair. Simply use your color wheel to cancel out the unwanted color. Doing so will save you a lot of time, heartache and money. You can learn more about general color theory here.