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Hairstyling/color after anathesia


I had two outpatient surgeries within 5 days that required anathesia.After 25 days went to my hairdresser for a cut and color.Expecting same usual color it came out dark brown instead of medium blonde how long should I have waited to try again.

HIya Jean,

I hope your health is improving. It depends on what was used and the conditon of your hair. Did your stylist use permanent color or demi permanent color? Were you trying to lighten your hair or just add color?

You will have traces of the anesthesia in your hair for up to a year by the way. Generally, when color goes too dark, even if you use the same fomula, it's a porosity issue. What I do for those clients who have had surgery or are taking a lot of medications.

So, If your question is how long you should have waited before you colored your hair, there really is no set time because everyone is different. If your question is, how long do you have to wait before you can fix it, that depends on the condition of your hair and what was used on it to begin with.

Here's what I do for those clients that are in your situation: I start with a clarifier like Malibu C. Then I do a protien treatment. Then, I dry the hair and follow with the color service, and finish with a color sealer. If the client has recently had surgery, a change in medications, or anything of that sort, this is not optional. I won't do the color service without these additional steps. Frankly, I do this on nearly everyone regardless because it prepares the hair and the color comes out more vibrant, lasts longer, and the color is more even.

It should be easy enough to lighten your hair back up so that  it's not too dark but you'll want to have your stylist do a pre-treatment process like this one and follow up with good maintenance products at home.

I can't really tell you much more without knowing more about what was used on you hair. Hope that helps.



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I can answer questions on all types of hairstyling, cutting, designing, coloring, corrective color, perming techniques,product knowledge, and in general, anything that has anything to do with hair. PLEASE NOTE: I am a professional designer and trainer. I do hair and teach advanced classes to licensed designers. I do not, under any circumstances, recommend doing chemical services including but not limited to relaxers, perms, color, highlights, or any other chemical service at home. I will not tell you how to use professional products nor will I tell you how to do your color at home. What I CAN do is arm you with current and accurate information and help you to be able to better communicate with your stylist/designer. I can also help you with what you need to do at home to maintain, protect, and treat your hair.


I have been a designer and educator for 31 years. I have been a salon consultant for Redken, affiliate trainer for ABBA Pure and Natural, Director of Education for my own salon and am currently a member of the design team and advanced trainer for my company. I specialize in corrective color, perming and style support, and image updates (make overs)

I have been actively licensed for 31 years. I actively participate in and teach cutting, perming, coloring, and business building classes. I am a REDKEN Certified Haircolorist, and REDKEN Specialist. I also have extensive training in Structure in Motion Cutting Techniques and Tigi Cutting.

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