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We Asked Our Audience For Their Spookiest Hair Scares (And Asked A Pro How To Fix Them)

Our readers shared their hair horror stories—and we tapped a pro to find out how to solve them.

We celebrate Halloween all October long, and we love sitting around a fire and telling scary stories as much as the next girl. As hair experts, however, hearing hair-related horror stories is just as terrifying as ghost stories. Whether it’s DIY bangs (yikes) or bleached hair gone wrong (bigger yikes), we’re committed to helping our audience resolve their scariest hair horror stories. 

Well, we took it to TikTok and asked our followers to share the spookiest hair stories they’ve experienced—and they didn’t disappoint. We’ve rounded up six of the top hair scares and tapped Laura Frazier, Redken artist, for her expert fixes. Read on for our complete roundup. 

Good hair day by @tombhair.

Hair Scare #1: “I slept in my clip-in extensions, and my hair became matted."

The Solution: Redken All Soft Heavy Cream Deep Conditioning Treatment Mask Or One United Multi-Benefit Hair Treatment Spray

If you have slightly matted her, Frazier recommends a detangling formula like Redken One United Multi-Benefit Hair Treatment Spray. 

“Mist this product in your hair, get yourself a tail comb and instead of combing, you want to use a ‘stab and stir’ technique to loosen up that matting,” Frazier says.  “Then, you can comb through.” 

To do the stab and stir technique, place the tail end of your comb in the middle of your matted section of hair and move it around in a circular motion to loosen the tangles. 

Dealing with a spookier case of matted hair—like, severely matted clip-in extensions? Frazier suggests using a more heavy-duty detangling product like Redken All Soft Heavy Cream Deep Conditioning Treatment Mask. This intensely moisturizing mask softens the hair, making it easier to brush through while also adding shine and frizz control. 

Good hair day by @thevividvillain.

Hair Scare #2: “I left my curling iron wrapped around my hair for too long and burnt it.”

The Solution: Redken Extreme Strengthening Shampoo And Conditioner

Burning your hair with a hot tool is a big yikes, but you can improve the look and feel of that damage with a shampoo and conditioner like Redken Extreme Strengthening Shampoo And Conditioner. Made with amino acids and arginine to strengthen and repair hair, this system for all hair types helps hair grow longer and stronger—and can reduce damage up to 75 percent!

Good hair day by @beeblondor.

Hair Scare #3: “I decided to bleach my hair at home, and it's breaking off...needless to say, I regret not going to the salon."

The Solution: Redken Extreme Bleach Recovery And Acidic Bonding Concentrate

For salon pros, there’s nothing scarier than an at-home bleach job. The first thing you’ll want to do after an at-home bleach session gone wrong, Frazier says, is call your stylist. 

“They will assess the situation and can recommend some bleach recovery products,” Frazier says. 

Her favorite products for bleach damaged hair are Redken’s Extreme Bleach Recovery system, a three-step system featuring a shampoo, leave-in cream, and rinse-out hair treatment. These products work together to repair and nourish sensitized, damaged bleached hair from the inside out. 

Once your hair is back to its healthy state (be patient, this could take months), Frazier suggests switching to a system like Redken Acidic Bonding Concentrate. While Extreme Bleach can help your strands recover from DIY bleach, Acidic Bonding Concentrate, Frazier says, can help keep your hair healthy. Formulated with citric acid and a concentrated bonding complex, this system of shampoo, conditioner, and leave-in conditioner helps rebalance your hair's natural pH levels for healthier-looking, stronger strands. 

Good hair day by @hairmeroar.

Hair Scare #4: “My blonde hair turned green from the pool, and my mom made me soak it in tomato sauce to fix it.”

The Solution: Head to the salon for a hair color correction. 

Leave the tomato sauce in the kitchen—this is a hair scare that definitely can’t be fixed at home.  In order to get your blonde back to its pre-spook status, you’ll need a hair color correction. This salon service aims to correct the tone of your hair, whether you want to go darker, lighter, or fix an undesirable color result. Your colorist may use a hair gloss like Redken Shades EQ to cancel out the green undertones in your hair while refreshing your blonde. 

Good hair day by @adriennedara.

Hair Scare #5: “I've seen a lot of gray hair lately. I'm in my early 30s."

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The Solution: Redken Shades EQ And Color Gel Lacquers 10 Minute Permanent Color

Gray hair is on the list of hair horror stories for so many women, but it's extra scary when those grays peak through in your 20s or 30s. If you’re battling premature grays, don’t despair! Frazier has a few gray coverage tricks up her sleeve. 

“First, I like to start by blending gray,” Frazier explains. “I’ll reach for Redken Shades EQ...It colors each gray rather than covering it so nobody will know I'm getting my hair colored aside from my grays, and I’ll get a beautiful, dimensional blend.”

If you want to focus on gray coverage, Frazier says to ask your colorist for a permanent hair color like Redken Color Gel Lacquers 10 Minute Permanent Color. 

“What I love about these formulas is that you get a nice even coverage, every strand gets the same amount of saturation, and it's a quick gray coverage,” Frazier says. 

Whether you’re blending or covering your gray hair, Frazier says to always pair your salon service with at-home color care products like Redken Color Extend Magnetics Shampoo and Conditioner. 

Good hair day by @beautybybrittanymcentire.

Hair Scare #6: “I let my hair go gray...but now it’s starting to turn yellow.”

The Solution: Redken Color Extend Graydient Shampoo And Conditioner

So, you let your hair go gray naturally and now (gasp) you’re noticing brassy yellow undertones. While yellow hair is certainly spooky, it’s fixable with a toning system like Redken Color Extend Graydient Shampoo And Conditioner. This color-depositing shampoo and conditioner removes yellow tones and nourishes naturally gray or silver hair. 

Interested in trying a new cut, color, or style? Use our salon locator to book an appointment at a salon near you.

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