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How Do I Get My Natural Hair Color Back?


Natural Hair Colors


Getting back to your natural hair color? Don’t make it worse!

Getting back to your natural hair color is most always more involved than you may have suspected when first making the decision to do a drastic hair color change.

It’s natural to think hair color can be easily stripped or refilled when models and celebrities do it like chameleons, with gorgeous results mind you and no dull, dried out, or damaged hair.

But getting natural hair color back is tricky. So what can you do? Every situation is different but here is what I can suggest for this reader.

Help,About a month ago I wanted a hair color change. My natural hair color was a beautiful golden, light brown/dark blonde hair color. I dyed it dark brown and now that I have, I regret it. It turned out 3 shades darker than my natural hair color.Do I strip my hair? Will that even get it back to my natural hair color? I’ve heard that that would make it look like straw. But I’ve read that a good conditioner can make it better, but I’m nervous.Or, my second option, do I dye it as close to my natural hair color as possible? Please help, my roots are growing back and its fading all gross-like.,,

DIY hair color removal

I suggest you try an at-home hair color remover like Color Rid, seeing that the hair color you have now is so much darker than your natural hair color and this is the only chemical on your hair.

“Get My Natural Hair Color Back” Color Rid is a gentle hair color remover that can be used a few times in succession if needed, to remove unwanted hair color. Follow the instructions! You can find Color Rid or a similar product at Sally Beauty Supply, Ulta, or other beauty supply stores by you. Be sure to ask the clerks for any suggestions they might have when looking at your hair. Sometimes they are licensed hairdressers. At least they should be knowledgeable about these hair color removal products.

Some people with similar hair color situations like yours find they like the color they get when they lift out the old hair color and choose not to put another hair color on. That would be ideal. Take the time to see your hair dry after processing and if this works for you.

DO NOT do the second option you suggested. You cannot throw on another hair color over your existing hair color that will get you back to your natural hair color. It will only add more hair color on top of color and turn out darker or muddy. It will not give you the result you are looking for.

When choosing to change your hair color more than one or two shades, it’s best to have a professional hair colorist do the deed. What you don’t see with beautiful celebrity hair color changes, is our industries top professional hair colorists behind the chair making the changes look beautiful and effortless.



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DIY Home Hair Coloring

Home Hair Coloring

Do it yourself hair color is a snap with these tips

Coloring your hair at home can be a challenge, but ending up with a beautiful shade is easy if you follow these tips.

For home hair coloring success, you have to pick the right shade for you-in the correct hair color category. But the biggest challenge is the application. It’s here where home hair coloring users make the most mistakes by over-or under-processing, creating horrible looking high lights, overlapping hair color when doing a root retouch, failing to consider gray or simply not being able to reach the back of their heads. Here are some tips for getting the perfect home hair color.

Shade Selection

First, understand what you’ve got and where you want to go. If you have dark brown hair, you can’t go blonde with box hair color. If you’re a redhead who wants to be a cool or ash blonde, you’ll never be able to get out all the red under-tones. But if you want to go from mousey brown to a rich red or a deep sable hair color, no problem.

To choose a specific hair color, decide if your skin tone is warm or cool. Hold a pink, then an orange scarf against your face. It’ll be obvious which hair color looks best with your skin tone and which clashes with it. If the pink looks best on you, you have cool skin tones in your skin; if you look best in orange, your tones are warm. (for more information on skin tones visit my article “What Color are You?”) Always choose a hair coloring product that’s compatible with your skin tone. For warm shades, look for words like “warm” or “golden” on the box. For cool colors, look for “cool” or “ash” shades. When you see a box with a hair color you like on the front, always check the back of the box to see how the color will look when put over your existing hair color.

Ready to commit?

“DIY Home Hair Coloring Done Right”Home hair coloring products are either temporary, semi-permanent, tone-on-tone or permanent hair color. If you’re a blonde, avoid bright temporary hair colors; they won’t wash out. Semi-permanent hair color lasts 6 to 12 shampoos, tone-on-tone shades last 12 to 24 shampoos, while permanent hair color lasts for months and months, although it will fade. However, these are not strict guidelines that are true all of the time. If your hair is very light in color or very porous, semi-permanent hair color will last lots longer. In fact, it may never entirely fade away. If you’re in the sun a great deal, shampoo frequently, work out daily and perspire, or if you choose a red hair color shade, tone-on-tone colors won’t last as long, and permanent hair color will lose its original luster faster.

More than commitment comes into play when choosing the correct hair color category; intent matters, too. If you want to go lighter, only a permanent hair color can give you what you want. In general, home permanent hair coloring only lightens a few shades. If you want to go darker, it’s lots easier, but keep in mind that if your hair is permed, chemically straightened or damaged, the hair color will take fast and last longer.

Easy Application

Don’t try home hair coloring when you’re in a hurry. Take time to gather all your tools, including combs, clips and a timer. Do a test strand first on a one-inch piece of hair that’s hidden under your nape. If you like the result, go ahead, following the directions on the box and using the same timing you did for the test strand.

Apply hair color systematically, working from the bottom up, taking fine sections and thoroughly saturating them. When the timer goes off, rinse thoroughly, then shampoo and condition.

Root retouches give most women trouble. The keys to success:

  • Part your hair in four sections, from the front hairline to the nape and from ear-to-ear, across the top of the head. Clip the sections in place.
  • Mix the hair coloring product according to the manufacturer’s directions.
  • Apply the applicator nozzle to your scalp and squeeze the hair color onto the roots. Work through each section in very small sub-sections, using your glove-covered fingers to massage the hair color up to where roots end and the old hair color begins. Color all the sections in the same systematic manner.
  • If you have product left, work it through the rest of your hair just five minutes before the timer goes off.

If you chose the right shade for you and applied hair color carefully, chances are you’ll be thrilled with your DIY home hair coloring. If you don’t like the results, don’t try to fix the color on your own. Now, you’re getting into complex chemistry that only a professional hair colorist can control.



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Matching Make up and Hair

Make Up and

Match your make up and your hair

“Make Up and
Hair Match up”
No matter what cut, hair color or length they’ve got, most women are dying to discover the best way to do their make up and hair! Dara Klein, a NYC-based freelance make up and design artist (visit her website at, explains how to use make up and complement-not compete with your hair.

  • Make Up and Hair Match up Tip~~“When you’ve got long hair that’s usually pulled back off the face-with or without bangs” Klein says that really clean brows and skin are a must.
  • Make Up and Hair Match up Tip~~“Women with short hair tend to find accessorizing with make up much easier,” says the make up and hair pro. “Now that there’s not as much hair to overtake the face, try wearing a brighter fuchsia or red lipstick to add ultra femininity to your look.”
  • Make Up and Hair Match up Tip~~“Women with bangs should rock dark, sexy eye make up. “It’s all about the smoky eye, a  a La Chrissie Hynde. Eye-skimming bangs take on a rock and roll edge-emphasize this with a dark charcoal or black-rimmed eye,” advises Klein. “Make sure to smudge and blend at the lash line to keep the look modern and not dated.”

This Make up and Hair article courtesy of Harris Publications

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