Over the past 7 years, I have seen many DIY hair color disasters walk into One Salon. Recently, with the trend of vibrant colors becoming almost mainstream with teenagers and twenty-something’s, the amount of these grueling color corrections has sharply increased. Furthermore, a new evil enemy to professional hairstylists has emerged: Splat Hair Color.
Trying to cash in on “the kids” and the vibrant hair color trend, Splat Hair Color is directly marketing to the young generation that has absolutely no clue what this stuff does to your hair and how impossible it is to get out. And you know what? They could probably care less, and that’s OK. They are young; they are supposed to be clueless. However, parents beware before you allow your kids to use this stuff.
Look, I get it, you’re probably not a big fan of allowing your 16 year old daughter to dye her hair neon purple, and you certainly don’t want to fork over $150 to have it professionally done by a salon. However, if you finally give in and allow them to use Splat, you are either going to pay more in the long run to have it fixed, or deal with a distraught teenager after they have to get all their hair cut off.
Let me tell you a story about a young girl who came to One Salon after dying her hair orangish-pink with Splat. She had decided that she wanted to go back to her natural blonde color. (Yeah, right.) After bleaching her hair twice, the Splat dye would still not come out. We have dealt with many different DIY box color dyes at One Salon, but we have yet to see something that just won’t come out. (Except for maybe henna, but that’s a whole different blog post altogether.)
We explained to this young lady that her options were limited. We had already color removed her hair twice, and bleaching for a third time would most certainly turn her hair to straw. Therefore, we could dye her dark brown or black, we could give her a pixie cut, or over multiple appointments, we could keep toning her new growth (roots) until the rest of the Splat faded to the point where we could get her to blonde. She was not happy, as most youngsters become when they realize their naiveté is the reason for their current untenable situation. The young lady chose option three. We toned her up, sent her home with a deep conditioning treatment to help nourish her hair, and scheduled her to come back in 4 weeks.
So, as you can see, what started out as a $7.99 DIY Splat hair color has now mutated into an exhausting, time-consuming project that requires a professional salon and hundreds of dollars to fix.
Beware of Splat!