How to fix patchy hair dye?

The first attempt at dyeing your hair may not give you the best results. But there is always room to correct any errors. For instance, if your hair dyeing attempt results in patchy or uneven colors, you could fix it right away.


How to fix patchy hair dye?


You would want to dye your hair making it look natural to get complete satisfaction, however, the patchy result won’t look pretty. It is hard to be precise and add the same amount of shade to every region of your hair. 


However, you could just fix the patchy result after your first layer of dye, with a second round of dye. Only this time, focus on the shade that you do not want. Give it the appropriate grade of lightness or darkness, enough to match the shade of your desire.


How do you dye your hair to avoid patches?


  1. Choosing your shade


Firstly, make sure you are not short of any supplies. Get an extra box of dye in case you run out of it during the process. 


Choosing your desired color is not as plain as it looks. You might look for a cinnamon brown shade. It owns a maroon hue. So, if you have dark brown hair then try getting a stronger shade of the dye to overpower your natural color.


Similarly, make sure you decide the color with a precise vision of how it would turn out after the process is complete. 


  1. Try with a strand


A single look at the dye color might not convince you to get that color transferred onto your hair. However, you could safely go for a strand test, where you get the dye on a single strand of your hair. Separate the strand and let the dye remain for at least 24 hours. 


Once you obtain the final look, you can go ahead and decide on whether to drop it or stick to that shade. 


  1. Follow up with a patch test. 


You can’t be too careful about your skin reacting to the dye’s ingredients. Make sure to do a patch test before heading on to dyeing your entire hair. All you have to do is apply a small bit of the dye mixture behind your earlobe.


Now, the reaction need not show up immediately. So let the patch stay for as long as possible. Give it about 40 hours or more. Pay attention to the smallest irritation and remove it as soon as it happens. 


If it doesn’t, then go ahead with the process.


  1. Get your hair ready.


If your hair is oily or has any haircare products applied to it, make sure you remove them. Start dyeing on the second hair day after a good wash. This makes sure that the natural oils provide moisture and nourishment to your hair.


  1. Separate the strands into sections.


Divide your hair into two equal sections, and then divide them further into two sections on each side. If your dyeing your own hair, this method would prove to be useful. 


Make sure each section is accurately divided and strands don’t come out.


  1. Be careful with your hairline. 


While dyeing, your hairline and other ends should be guarded properly. If your dye smudges out of your scalp region and it goes unnoticed, then it would be extra work to get the color out of your skin. 


Try applying a layer of petroleum gel, like vaseline, any sort of balm, chapsticks, or oils, along the hairline in the front, behind your earlobes, and at the back of your neck. Once that is done, proceed with the next step.


  1. Prep your working space.


You would want all the necessary equipment at arm’s reach. So make sure to get the following ready;

  • Extra clips.
  • Towels.
  • Tissues.
  • 2 Box color.
  • Plastic bowls.
  • Cotton balls.
  • Pocket mirror.
  • Brushes.
  • Wipes.
  • Plastic cover.


Make sure to have them ready and for quick access. 


  1. Get started with dry hair.


Make sure your hair is dry and no moisture persists. Moisture will ruin the dye mix preventing the colors to attach to your hair.


  1. Set the mix.


Mix the developer and the cream evenly until they turn into a single color. Once it is ready, start your dyeing.


  1. Start witht the front sections. 


Apply the dye to your hairline and slowly spread it upward. You would want to tie your hair clip to your hair section in the front high enough to show the hairline precisely. 


 Now spread the dye at the back section. Then work on each section individually, taking time on each of them. Try comping the dyed section before clipping it back. 


Make sure to clip each section after dyeing them. 


  1. Final step.


Once all the sections are covered, remove the clips and massage your scalp from the top to the bottom to make it more even. Cover your hair with a plastic bag and wait until the mentioned time is over. Refer to the instruction leaf to figure out this information.


After the time is over, get the conditioner and give your hair a nice wash. Make sure you use the conditioner provided in the box, or any other color-preserving ones, so that it does not wash off the shade. Dry gently and enjoy the results. 



How to fix uneven hair color at home?


The reason for uneven hair could either be a consequence of an uneven base, poor hair structure, improper mixing of the dye, not using a developer, or uneven application. 

  • If you have an uneven base, dye your hair with a darker shade compared to the one you have applied. 


  • Uneven roots are caused by over-bleached roots. We tend to start extra while dyeing the roots. So the roots get additional dye compared to the other regions. To fix this, you could use a color depositing shampoo or redye your roots with a shade lower than the previous one.

  • If you have over-dyed some region giving it a darker look, then don’t fret. Use a clarifying shampoo until the darkness fade to your desired shade. You could also use a strong ingredient like baking soda.

There are several dye removers available for such situations.


How do you fix splotchy hair dye?


So if your roots come off as a different shade of dye compared to the rest of your hair, then that is an issue. 


If you wish to get the same shade as your roots throughout your hair, try dyeing the rest of your hair a shade that is lighter than your roots. However, you don’t have to dye your roots again.




There are no hair dye flops that can’t be fixed. Make sure to take care of your hair, and don’t stress over it too much. This article has provided you with all information to get your hair dyed professionally. 

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