So you decided to dye your hair and it came out patchy.
Relax! It’s not the end of the world. There are plenty of things you can do to fix your botched dye or bleach job.
So before you start hyperventilating and having a panic attack, take a minute and read our guide on how to fix patchy hair dye. You’ll be happy you did – and it might even save you some money!
What causes patchy hair dye?
There are a few things that can cause your hair dye to come out patchy.
One of the most common reasons is that you didn’t mix the dye or bleach properly. This will result in patches of different colors or tones on your head.
Another reason could be that you have low porosity hair. If your hair sucks up the dye or bleach too quickly, it can cause patches.
Lastly, if you didn’t wait long enough for the dye or bleach to process, that can also lead to patches.
The drawbacks of having patchy hair
There are a few drawbacks to having patchy hair.
The most obvious is that it looks bad. If your hair is patchy, it’ll look like you just didn’t take care of it properly.
Another drawback is that it can be more difficult to style your hair. When your hair is all one color, it’s a lot easier to style it in a way that looks good. But when it’s patchy, you might have to get a little more creative.
Finally, patchy hair can be more prone to damage. When your hair is all one color, the dye or bleach is spread evenly throughout your hair. But when it’s patchy, the dye or bleach is concentrated in certain areas, which can lead to more damage.
Tips for fixing patchy hair dye
There are a few things you can do to fix patchy hair dye. Let’s take a look at them now.
Use a highlighting kit
One of the easiest is to try and even out the color by using a highlighting kit. This will add some light streaks to your hair, which will help to disguise the patches. It’s not the easiest or fastest solution, but it will do a great job of covering up the patches (or at least making them less noticeable).
Plus, you’ll get some cool highlights out of it! The most common/popular colors are blonde highlights in dark brown hair.
Apply a hair mask
Patchy hair and damaged hair go hand in hand.
So if your hair is feeling dry or damaged, applying a hair mask can help to fix it.
Look for a hair mask that is specifically for repairing dry or damaged hair. This will help to nourish your hair and make it look healthier.
And as a bonus, it might help to even out the color a bit.
Get rid of orange or yellow spots with a toner
Did you know you can remove orange tones from your hair by using a toner?
Toners are used to counteract the unwanted tones in your hair. So if you have orange or yellow tones, a toner will help to get rid of them.
There are tons of different toners on the market, so you should be able to find one that works for you. You’ll need to look at the color wheel to see which kind of toner you need to add to balance out your hair’s color, but the two most common ones are blue and purple.
Bleach your hair
If you want the nuclear option, you can try to bleach your hair. This is a more drastic solution, but it will get rid of any patches.
Just make sure that you’re careful when bleaching your hair – it can be easy to overdo it and end up with hair that’s too light or even white.
Also, bleach is not exactly known for being gentle on hair. So if you’ve recently dyed it with an ammonia-based dye, you can understand how bleaching it immediately afterward is probably not the best idea.
If you do end up damaging your hair by bleaching it, then be sure to read our article on the best conditioners for bleached hair here.
Go to the hair salon
If you have more money than time and want to fix your patchy dye job as fast as possible, then just go to a salon.
Salons have professional hair colorists who specialize in fixing a patchy hair dye job. They might be able to help you even out your color, or they might be able to give you a new color that will help to disguise the patches.
Try some deep conditioning treatments
If you’re having trouble getting your hair to look healthy and even, you might want to try some deep conditioning treatments.
Deep conditioning treatments are a great way to nourish your hair and make it look healthier. They can also help to get rid of any unwanted tones in your hair.
There are a lot of different deep conditioning treatments available, so you should be able to find one that works for you. Just make sure to read the instructions carefully, so you know how to use them properly.
Use a darker dye
If you’re unhappy with the color of your hair and the patches are that noticeable, you might want to try using a darker dye.
Darker dyes will help to cover up the patches and make your hair look more even. Just make sure that you choose a color that is close to your natural hair color – trying something too drastic might not look very natural.
And be careful when dyeing your hair at home – it’s easy to mess up the color if you’re not experienced with hair dyeing. But if you’re reading this article, then you probably already know that!
Try a color depositing shampoo
To fix patchy hair, you can try using a color depositing shampoo.
Color depositing shampoos are designed to add color to your hair. So if you have patches that are a different color than the rest of your hair, a color depositing shampoo or conditioner might be able to help.
This will be a more gradual fix, but one that will be more gentle on your hair as well. So if you don’t mind taking your time and want to avoid damaging your hair, this might be the best option for you.
Learn how to apply hair dye correctly
Not to sound rude, but you’ll never need to learn how to fix patchy hair dye if you learn to apply it correctly in the first place!
Hair dye can be tricky to apply, and if you don’t do it right, you might end up with patchy hair.
As we mentioned earlier, one of the biggest reasons why people get patchy hair is because they don’t mix the dye properly. So make sure to mix the dye well before applying it to your hair.
Also, be careful when applying the dye – make sure to cover all of your hair, and don’t leave any patches uncovered.
And finally, let the dye sit for the recommended amount of time before rinsing it out. If you rinse it out too soon, you might not get the desired results.
Make sure the dye is mixed properly
We already mentioned this in passing, but it’s worth stressing again – make sure the dye is mixed properly before applying it to your hair.
If you don’t mix the dye properly, you might end up with patchy hair. So make sure to mix it well and use a brush or applicator to apply it evenly to your hair.
Mix it well – so well that you feel like you’ve even overmixed it. Once you give yourself patchy hair once from poorly-mixed dye, you won’t mind spending an extra five minutes mixing your hair dye from now on.
Use a new dye
Another reason people get patchy hair after dyeing it is that they are using an old dye. Hair dye is like anything else, it has a lifespan. And using old products is not going to be as effective as newer ones.
So if you have a bottle of hair dye that’s been gathering dust in your closet, do yourself a favor and donate it to Goodwill and go buy yourself a new one.
Go see a professional hairstylist
If you’re really struggling to cover up your patches and you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself, then you might want to go see a professional hairstylist.
A professional hairstylist will be able to help you get the desired results, and they will know how to properly apply the dye so that you don’t end up with any patches.
But this option is a little more expensive, so it might not be for everyone.
Use a clarifying shampoo
If you’re having trouble covering up your patches, it might be because your hair is too oily.
Hair dye doesn’t stick to oily hair very well, and this can lead to patchy results.
One way to fix this is by using a clarifying shampoo. Clarifying shampoos get rid of build-up, oils, and products in your hair.
Since clarifying shampoos are so powerful, they might also rinse some of the color out of your hair. So if you want to “start over” so to speak, this might be a good idea. But clarifying shampoos differ in strength, so your mileage may vary. Still probably worth a try though.
Try to apply the dye evenly
As we mentioned earlier, one of the reasons why people get patchy hair is because they don’t apply the dye evenly.
So make sure to apply the dye evenly to your hair, and use a brush or applicator to do so.
If you leave any patches uncovered, the dye won’t stick as well and you’ll end up with patchy hair.
Let the dye sit for the recommended amount of time
Another reason why people get patchy hair is that they rinse the dye out too soon. It may be because they’re in a rush, got distracted, or are just inexperienced at applying hair dye.
But regardless of the reason, if you rinse the dye out too soon, you might not get the desired results.
So grab a book, watch a TV show, or just watch TikToks until the dye is ready to come out.
Get a friend or family member to help you
If you’re still struggling to cover up your patches, it might be because you need a little help.
And what better way to get help than by asking a friend or family member?
Even if they don’t know anything about dyeing hair, it can be good to have another pair of eyes when you’re doing something complex like coloring your hair.
They can also help you apply the dye evenly, and they can also help you rinse it out afterward.
Use root concealer
If you’ve tried all of the above methods and are still wondering how to fix patchy hair dye, you can try using a root concealer. This is a product that is designed to cover up your roots between hair colorings.
It comes in a variety of colors, so you should be able to find one that matches your hair color. Just make sure to apply it evenly throughout your hair, and you should be good to go!
Keep in mind that using root concealer to fix patches is not what the product is made for, but can be used as a “hack” if you aren’t having any luck with the other methods on this list.
We know that having patchy hair can be a nightmare. The last thing you want after rinsing the color out of your hair is to see unintended streaks and patches that make it look amateurish.
Hopefully, after reading this article, you know now how to fix patchy hair dye. Remember: it’s easier than you think! And worse case scenario, you can just shave your head!
We hope that one of these methods works for you and that you’re able to get the results that you want. If not, then maybe it’s time to consider a different hair color altogether!