How to Fix Bad Hair Highlights

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How to Fix Bad Hair Highlights
Fix bad hair highlights with a good hair toner. (Hair stylist image by Nina Hergarten from

If you highlight your own hair, you may have had an "oh no!" moment. Perhaps you left the dye on your hair for too long or maybe it wasn't long enough. You may have used the wrong colour or mixed the ingredients improperly. Whatever the reason, you probably want to know, first and foremost, how to fix the mistake. Thankfully there are some solutions to fix bad hair highlights.

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Things you need

  • toner
  • towel
  • small brush
  • bowl

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  1. 1

    Select a toner shade that closely matches your own hair tone. Toner shades include warm tones such as reds, cool tones such as ash or neutral colours like brown.

  2. 2

    Wet the hair.

  3. 3

    Mix the toner by hand until it reaches a consistent colour. Apply the toner using an old toothbrush or a mascara wand. Toners soften the effects of too-bright highlights. If you highlight your hair too often without using a toner, you may find that your highlights begin to come out too bright.

  4. 4

    Follow the toner's directions regarding the length of time to leave it on your hair. Toners generally stay on hair anywhere from two to 20 minutes. Wash out the toner and shampoo your hair with a colour-safe shampoo.

  5. 5

    Rinse your hair until the colour runs clear.

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