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How to fix a botched balayage job

‘Cause bad balayage happens to good people.

By Erin Cook

Ever walked into a salon with picture of Lauren Conrad's soft balayage to show your hairdresser, only to walk out with something completely different?

You're not alone. We've all been there, babes – and there is a way to come back from bad balayage.

As reported by the Daily Mail, recently, Sydney woman, Emily, found herself in tears after paying $260 for a balayage job that can only be described as botched. Take a look at the below balayage and TRY not to cringe.

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What's worse is that poor Emily was just hours away from boarding a plane to Vanuatu to attend a friend's wedding.

Fortunately for Emily, this story has a happy ending. Catherine Sheppard from The Mooch Room came to the rescue, transforming Emily's hair into something more akin to what she had imagined.

So, what should you do if you’re unhappy with your balayage?

Step one: Go back to the salon and see if they can do anything about it. Barney Martin, from Sydney's Barney Martin Hair explains: "You should definitely give them the opportunity to right the wrong."

"The sooner you get in touch with the salon the better. Don't forget if you do go somewhere else they may use a different brand of colour making it even harder to try to colour match."

Can you fix a botched balayage job at home?

Barney's thoughts on fixing your balayage yourself? A resounding, "NO!"

"Get to a reputable professional as soon as you can," he says. "Even by trying to put a blanket colour over it at home you will still be left with what is two tone hair, this is not fixing it."

If you go to a new salon to get your hair fixed, what should you say to the hairdresser?

"Help!" But seriously, Barney says, "Bring the original image and explain where you would like your colour to get to."

How would a hairdresser fix this kind of disaster?

As Barney explains, "It's such a bespoke service, that's like asking how long is a piece of string." (Hence why you should never attempt to mask bad balayage at home.) "Some good toning could significantly camouflage a horrendous balayage and help to balance out the contrasting colours."