How to Use a Color Corrector in Shampoo

By Laura Bramble

It has happened in some degree to anyone who has colored her hair. Dreams of the perfect shade of blonde, brunette or red that will make you look stunning that dance in your head as you sit and wait for the color to process. Yet, when you rinse the color out, that dream turns into a nightmare. You get a purple, inky dark or orangish disaster that makes you wish you could turn back the clock and go back to your old color. The solution may only be a shampoo away. Using shampoos and adding color correctors to your existing shampoo will help correct such disasters.

Young woman combing conditioner through hair, reflection in mirror
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Step 1

Wash hair with Prell if it has become too dark or too saturated with color. Professional colorists swear by the shampoo's ability to strip out hair color. This will not work with hair that has been lightened, only with hair where color has been added.

Step 2

Buy a drabber/corrector for use in hair that has been lightened and needs toning--you can find small pillows or bottles of corrector at beauty supply stores. Choose a green-toned corrector like Ardell Unred Hair Color Drabber for unwanted red tones and a blue/violet corrector like Ardell Red Gold Color Corrector to tone brassy tones from lightened hair. Other correctors for ashy (grayish) and yellow tones are also available.

Step 3

Add a pillow or an equivalent amount from a bottle of corrector to a 16-oz. bottle of your favorite shampoo.

Step 4

Shampoo hair as you regularly would and condition afterward. The correction effect will gradually build up over time.

Step 5

Add another pillow or equivalent amount from the bottle to your 16-oz. bottle of conditioner for an even faster result.