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    How to get Back to Your Natural Hair Color

    A visitor to asks . . . “I colored my hair about 4 months ago and now I would like to go back to my natural color. Any advice?”

    First of all you need to let your hair get some roots, anywhere between and 1.5″ to 2″ would be good. Your salon hair color uses numbers or levels of hair color. Most salon hair color brands go from 1-10 or 1-12. One being the darkest and ten being the lightest. If a customer wants her hair color correction lifted above a level 10 or 12 (depending on the brand), that has to be done with some type of hair bleaching product.

    This doesn’t concern you, since you want to go your natural hair color. The first thing that needs to be done is that your hairdresser needs to examine your roots to determine what your natural hair color level is. Then they need to determine what the level of the artificial hair color is. Now, here is the thing about hair color, that the boxes don’t tell you about. If you have color on your hair and you want to go to a lighter color, you can’t use hair coloring to lighten it because artificial hair color will not lift artificial hair color that is already on your hair.

    Keep in mind that even if it has been four months since the last time you colored your hair, the chemical is still there. I hear this a lot from customers. “I haven’t done it for a while so there isn’t any in my hair.” This is false, . . . hair color fades, just because the color fades does not mean the chemical washes out, it is still in the hair.

    Even though you can’t go lighter, you can however, go darker. Let me give you an example. The hair color product you have been using on your hair matches up with a level 6 (remember 1 is darkest 10 is lightest) and your natural hair color level matches up to a level 4. Therefore, you are going darker and this can be accomplished. Now, you need to ask your hairdresser if they can use a semi or demi permanent hair color. This type of hair color correction is a deposit only hair color that has no ammonia, no lifting and is not damaging to the hair. The only problem is it usually fades faster (about 6-8 weeks), but it is worth it because it is so much better for your hair.

    Now, if you go into the hair salon and your natural hair color level is a level 6 and the hair color you have been using is naturally a level 3 then you are going to run into some problems. This means that you are going to have to go through and strip the artificial hair color off your hair and then deposit a color to match your natural hair color level. I don’t like to have to strip hair color from clients’ hair because it is very damaging (most of the time) and I have seen it cause major breakage.

    For further discussion on hair color correction you might want to check out these other articles:

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    1. Hi i am a Natural redhead , and i havent dyed my hair since janury and i got some regrowth. I am wanting to go back to being a redhead wot is the best way to do it cause my natural red hair is braking threw the brown and i got the regrowth .

      Comment by alicia — April 21, 2015 @ 10:07 pm

    2. Hi Rachel,

      A good hair colorist that specializes in corrective hair color should be able to lighten your dark hair and suggest a product that is right for you. The first thing that I would do is visit a few salons in your local area. Many salons will offer a free consultation. This is the perfect way to compare prices and meet different hair stylists. The key is to find someone that is confident in their ability to achieve your desired results.

      Once you find the perfect hair colorist, ask them to recommend a product that will help you maintain your hair color in the future. If they’re not specific, you can ask them these few questions to help you along later. Should I use a temporary, semi-permanent, demi-permanent, or permanent hair color? What is the level of lightness or darkness of my new hair color? And, will a golden, ash, or neutral tone be the best choice to match my roots to my ends?

      Good luck!

      Comment by Michelle Skye — March 12, 2013 @ 2:46 pm

    3. My hair is naturally a light brown/blonde. I dyed it a dark brown a couple years ago and have been keeping it up since. I’ve recently decided that I want to go lighter than my natural color, since I think I’ll be able to let the roots grow longer before it starts to bother me. I’m willing to get it done initially at a salon, but I would like to keep it up myself. Will the salon be able to dye over the dark and recommend a product that will blend in without making my roots too light?

      Comment by Rachel — March 11, 2013 @ 9:19 am

    4. Hi Sarah,
      Ash blonde hair color is tricky. Depending on your existing hair color and other varying factors, your hair could easily turn green or blue. This possibility occurs because these are the two primary underlying pigments in ash hair color.

      You also want to be increasingly careful because you have about an inch and a half of regrowth. Optimally, your regrowth and ends would have two sepertate hair color formulations. For example, let’s pretend your painting with green, ash watercolor paint on construction paper. First you use a piece of strawberry red paper. Then you paint on a ash green piece. Would the paint look the same on the two pieces? No, unfortunately it wouldn’t, so you’d have to make the perfect formulations to make the paint appear to be the same on both colored sheets of paper.

      I recommend seeking some professional guideance from someone that can take a look at your hair. Luckily, most hair colorists offer a consultation absolutely free of charge. It’s an excellent way to get more insight on further steps to ensure a flawless finish. Are you a fabulous fashionista on a budget? Beauty schools offer salon services for a fraction of the cost! Click here to find a beauty school near you today.

      I wish you the best of luck!

      Comment by Michelle Skye — August 18, 2012 @ 9:42 pm

    5. My natural hair color is dark ash blonde, a few months ago I dyed it light strawberry blonde. I have an inch and a half of roots showing, and I really want to go back to my natural hair color. Everywhere on the internet are horror stories about women who dyed their hair dark ash blonde and their hair turning green. What should I do? I really do not want green hair!

      Comment by Sarah — August 5, 2012 @ 8:55 am

    6. Hi Kathy,
      While the sun darkens our skin, it does a truly fantastic job of lighting our hair and providing us with gorgeous natural highlights. Over time, the ends of our hair get lighter and lighter with increased exposure to the sun. Unfortunately, when we cut our hair short, we are left with darker hair, for the hair closer to the scalp has not had the same type of exposure.

      You can get your natural highlights back without coloring it by spending an increased amount of time in the sun. For the best results, avoid hair products with UV protection because they are designed to prevent fading. Want to speedup the process? You can try highlighting your hair with lemon juice. Hair Highlighting with Lemon Juice is an article that provides you with all the information that you need.

      UV protective may not be the best choice for highlighting your hair, but using sunscreen can potentially save your life. Always remember to be careful in the sun!

      Good luck!

      Comment by Michelle Skye — April 28, 2012 @ 12:02 pm

    7. I used to have natural blonde highlights. Then i cut my hair short and now i have no more blonde and only brown. I was wondering if its possible for me to get those natural highlights back withOUT dying it…?

      Comment by Kathy — April 22, 2012 @ 11:43 am

    8. Hi Amy,

      Your natural hair color should return, but there is never a 100% guarantee. Semi-permanent hair colors generally fade over time. They usually last anywhere from 8-12 shampoos. When the hair is porous and/or heat is applied, these types of hair colors can become more permanent.

      Unfortunately, your best option is to wait. Trying anything else at the moment may result in unnecessary damage to your hair.

      Good luck!

      Comment by Michelle Skye — April 2, 2012 @ 9:23 pm

    9. I recently had my hair dyed with a semi , its way to dark for my likings im naturally a level 4, but i feel like this colors a level 2, or it might just be the undertones, before she dyed i had level 4 roots and (ombre) ends which where a 6 (they where bleached), ive try washing my hair with harsh shampoo and vinegar but its hardly faded will my natural hair color come back or is there a chance its stained my hair

      Comment by Ami — April 2, 2012 @ 5:27 pm

    10. Hi Jessica,

      A professional hair colorist should be able to color your hair light brown. This process is considered to be a corrective hair color service. Because hair color cannot lighten artificial hair color, this will be a two step process. First, they will have to use a lightener to lift the artificial pigment from your hair. Then, a hair color will be applied to achieve your desired result.

      This is a complicated process that can lead to excess hair damage. For the best results, consult with a professional. Most hair colorists offer a free consultation. During the consultation, make sure that you educate the hair colorist about all the previous hair treatments that you have received.

      Check out the The Ultimate Guide to Hair Color
      for more great information.

      Good luck!

      Comment by Michelle Skye — February 29, 2012 @ 8:40 am

    11. Hey… I’m confused… I was a dark aulburn once and after that I went to a blonde sooo … time has passed and I’m aulburn again I haven;t dyed my hair for 9 months and I want to go to the salon to get them to dye the dyed part back to my natural… so if I could go to a blonde from auburn before then how could they not dye it back to my natural light brown?

      Comment by Jessica — February 27, 2012 @ 1:18 pm

    12. Hi Grace,
      The safest way to return your hair back to its natural color is to see a professional. Unfortunately, artificial hair color cannot lighten artificial hair color. The only way to lighten artificial hair color is to use a lightening product. These products can be extremely damaging, so it would be best to seek a professional hair colorist to avoid unnecessary damage.
      Next time you color your hair, consider using a temporary or semi-permanent hair color. Here is an amazing article that describes the different types of hair colors

      Comment by Michelle Skye — February 9, 2012 @ 11:20 pm

    13. I dyed my hair cherry red and i want to have my original color now and that is a strawberry blondish color is there a way to do that with out doing a lot of damage to my hair

      Comment by Grace — February 1, 2012 @ 2:57 pm

    14. Hi there,
      Im a 23 yo female. I have long, caucasian hair – at the moment its a warm blonde due to foils for the last 3 years – natural colour is medium brown.
      I now have seborrheic dermatitis on the scalp, with no rash or broken skin, just itching and hair fall. Not sure what caused it, but i think it may have been oil build up in my attempt to wash my hair less frequently. [ it worked against me *sad* ]
      I feel that any additional peroxide in my hair may contribute to the condition, or worsen it.
      I want to bite the bullet and just dye all of my hair back to brown and then leave my hair alone for a long time so that my scalp can recover, as i feel it has thinned and has alot of breakage.
      Will it be safe to dye it? Demi perm or perm??

      Comment by Nic — December 13, 2011 @ 6:15 pm

    15. alright so my hair is naturally dirty blonde… i’ve been putting highlights in for years… usually i have my mom help me do it… but this time i figured i could do it by myself ha ya so it turned out fine but i didn’t get enough on my roots and i missed a few spots so i went to fix it and didn’t leave it in long enough or something cuz it turned redish orange… so the next day my mom helped me fix it but now i’m like a platinum blonde and i HATE IT. how can i tone it down without it turning green… can i put brown low lights in?? HELP!

      Comment by lindsie — November 29, 2011 @ 8:25 pm

    16. HELP
      I had light brown hair and i dyed it dark red and my school have told me I have untill monday to dye it a natural colour. I only dyed it on sat and i love it. I’m leaving the school at christmas in 4 weeks! Should i dye it? move earlier? Im so scared!

      Comment by Emma — November 15, 2011 @ 7:48 am

    17. i have a question i tried to dye my hair brown and it turned out black and i want to go back to the colour i had before.the colour i had before was light brown so i wanted to go darker but my hair turned out black please any help

      Comment by michael — September 21, 2011 @ 2:51 am

    18. Hey! Im Gretchen and I’ve been dying my hair Forever. Naturally I’m a light dirty blonde, I’ve bleached it many times and in February I decided to go bright burgundy red. Ive been dying my hair with 2 boxes of ion rv4 for once a month for 6 months. Now, I’m sick of dying it. It’s been a month since I’ve dyed it last and I already have 1/2 inch blonde grow out. I can’t bring myself to redye it red. It’s super faded, now its a red copper color. I’m on the brink of disaster and honestly just want to shave it off. Is there anyway I can color strip it so I can have my natural blonde back? Or do I have to bleach it and color over it? Help! Would I have any luck at a beauty school?

      Comment by Gretchen — September 19, 2011 @ 4:57 pm

    19. Hi,
      So basically(using a 1-12 chart)I’ve got a number 2 dark brown on my hair (castings) and have done for the past 3 years. My hair is down to my bum and in excellent condition however, as my natural colour is an ashy brown it’s a nightmare when my roots start to come through because they look grey (whack I’m not as I’m only 18 lol) so I’m looking to go about a 3-4 and maybe with 7 highlights, I am going to a professional but just looking for unbiased advice before I go. As it is only going to be 1-2 shades lighter I want to know weather it will be worth the damage? And is there any way to get it back into good contition? A friend advised me to wash my hair with washing up liquid a few weeks before, Is this true? Have you any advice for me as I don’t want to ruin it? Is it better to get the highlights done at the same time or wait until it fets in better condition? Thanks, India

      Comment by India — September 1, 2011 @ 5:56 am

    20. hey,pleeeeease help! i had a plum colour in my hair and waited 3 months to strip it. (it had been dyed many times before) i used colourb4 and stripped it. the next day i used loreal pre lightener because the stripper didnt work that well. i know this was very bad thing to do! but i just risked it. my hair turns orange and yellowy at the roots and darker as it went down. what should i do? if i dye it in the next 2 days will it fall out? thanks

      Comment by Lisa — June 3, 2011 @ 2:20 pm

    21. My hair is currently in very good condition and is an ash brown colour. I’m always getting bored with my hair and the way it looks, making changes to it but now I want to do something drastic! I want to dye it XXL Live Platinum Blonde, by the brand Schwarzkopf. I’m just worried that I might damage my hair and I’m also worried about getting it back to my natural hair colour if I ever need to. Otherwise, do you know any semi-permanent Platinum hair dyes? Thank you :)

      Comment by Melissa — June 1, 2011 @ 11:38 am

    22. Hi Kenzie,
      Strawberry blonde is a gorgeous color to be blessed with!! Your new regrowth will come back strawberry blonde, but you will probably get a little darker as you get older. All you can do at home is to use a clarifying shampoo or possibly this;
      I could also suggest you go to a local beauty school and see what they could do (for less than a salon would charge)
      Good luck!

      Comment by Barb Quinn — May 17, 2011 @ 11:13 am

    23. Hey, I have natural Strawberry Blonde hair. When I was in 6th grade(now in 7th) I started dying my hair to Darker Browns. Lots of different colors. I really really want my natural hair back, and I regret dying it ever in my life. So is there any suggestions? Please help, it’s killing me to know that I might never have my hair back. /:

      Comment by Kenzie — May 1, 2011 @ 8:20 pm

    24. i dyed my hair black a while ago and now i want to go dark red or mabe red hilights but don’t want to strip it. is there a way i could do that with killing my hair

      Comment by kristin — April 19, 2011 @ 11:59 am

    25. Hi Caroline,

      Hairstyle Blog has a number of informative articles on how to fix orange hair. Take a look at these two and follow any other ‘related articles’ for more information;

      Comment by Hairstyle Blog — October 27, 2010 @ 11:57 am

    26. I have been having high/low lights for over 2 years, and with the dryness I recently decided to go back to my natural Medium Ash Blonde Hair Colour.I took my self off to what I thought was a reputible Hair Salon.I came out looking Dark Orange at the crown, which I specifically told the girl I did not want to happen. It has been a few weeks, and I hate it, I have bought a Colour Remover which seemed to strip the colour like it said leaving my natural colour 3/4 away down my hair, then applied a Med Ash Semi Permanent, but the crown still looks a bit orangy, how am I going to get rid of this myself. I cant afford another salon visit. Help !

      Comment by Caroline — October 25, 2010 @ 8:11 am

    27. Charlotte,
      You should have about a 1inch regrowth. The regrowth and the rest of your hair will grab one box of color differently. If you add a darker color all over, the roots will also go darker than they are right now.
      You might try a semi-permanent color a shade or two lighter than your own for safe measure.

      Comment by Barb Quinn — July 13, 2010 @ 1:22 pm

    28. My natural hair colour is chocolatey brown, and a couple of months ago I had blonde/lightbrown highlights put it. I know have a couple of inches of regrowth and really want my hair back to its natural colour.
      Is it possible for me to just dye my entire head a colour that seems the same as my natural one? I’ve once done this before when my hair had to be died white blonde after a disaster – when that started growing out I just died it myself and it turned out fine.

      Comment by Charlotte — July 8, 2010 @ 7:54 am

    29. Ellamae,

      Without seeing what shape your hair is in it’s hard to tell you what to do. It may be that you could use a semi=permanent color on the fading ends that matches your natural roots . . . that would be ideal. But, best suggestion I think at this point would be for a face to face consultation.

      Comment by Barb Quinn — May 21, 2010 @ 12:06 pm

    30. Meggie,
      A good colorist should be able to do a double process to remove the old color and then dye it back to match the roots. It may need to be treated more than once to get it to keep it up, but it’s doable!

      Comment by Barb Quinn — May 21, 2010 @ 12:00 pm

    31. hi. my natural colour is medium-dark brown, and about a year ago i tried to put in some blonde highlights, then i decided i didnt like them. so i dyed my hair a colour i thought would be my natural colour, and it went a bit ginger. Then about five months ago i put another dye in to cover up the ginger. Then that started to fade and started to show the blonde highlights i had orrignally put in, so then I put another dye on top (which i have in my hair now) and it was nearly my exact natural colour, but then i started to fade, and now you can see the roots coming through the top of my hair and the rest is going lighter again. Is there any way of stripping off all the dye and just getting my natural colour back without dying it again?

      Comment by Ellamae — April 23, 2010 @ 1:43 pm

    32. Okay, so my hair is naturally dirty blonde. I dyed my hair professionally about four months ago. I was hoping to dye it just a couple shades darker, instead she dyed it an auburn/ red color. The color has lightened and faded quite a bit, but it’s still pretty red/ orange looking. How can I go back to blonde again or get the red out-is it possible??
      Please Help!

      Comment by Meggie Hauth — April 20, 2010 @ 10:16 pm

    33. Naomi,

      Thanks for the question. I answered it in this post;

      Comment by Barb Quinn — April 20, 2010 @ 8:48 pm

    34. My hair is naturally a meduim brown or auburn sort of colour and i’ve dyed it black a few months ago. Now I want to go back to my natural colour, is there anyway that i can remove or lighten the dye without having to go to a salon, or get someone to help me?

      Comment by Josey — April 19, 2010 @ 3:48 pm

    35. PLEASE READ!

      Hi. About a month ago i wanted a change. My original color was a beautiful goldy, light brown/ dark blonde color. I dyed it dark brown and now that I have, I regret it. I got it 3 shades darker. Do I strip my hair (will that even get it back to my original color)? I heard that that would make it look like straw. I looked it up, and saw a good conditioner would 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.

      Comment by Naomi — April 13, 2010 @ 6:20 pm

    36. Mark,

      If the pigment has been stripped, which is my guess, like I said, it will need to be filled and then colored . . . by a colorist.
      You will have big troubles if you put on another color believe me. The roots will turn muddy and the rest . . . who knows?
      Pay for this one to be fixed and when it grows you can go back to coloring your own.
      It will be fixed quicker if you cut it short.
      Let us know how it goes!

      Comment by Barb Quinn — February 5, 2010 @ 12:46 pm

    37. Well with the past six years of my life I would not be surprised I have tured grey from the stress and trajedies and financial poverty Ive had however my hair has always ben pretty colourful and I doubt very much I have turned grey in three months.

      Im still in mid forties.

      Thanks for the support Barb
      THe only thing I can think of is I stripped the pigments doing all this dyeing?

      Any ideas?

      Comment by Mark — February 4, 2010 @ 12:56 am

    38. Mark,
      This makes no sense that your roots would come in white grey unless in fact you have turned grey.
      The only thing I can think of is maybe the copper colour your hairdresser put in has faded out. And I’m assuming they lifted out the auburn colour to put a lighter colour in your hair, and now that color has slipped out.
      If that’s the case your hair will need a filler and color applied. I suggest going back your last colorist, or a new one if you didn’t like them. Just don’t DIY your next hair color!
      Good Luck!

      Comment by Barb Quinn — February 3, 2010 @ 4:22 pm

    39. Im a man
      I have dark hair but not quite black
      I dyed it couple times blonde it grew back natural dark OK

      I dyed it blonde then dyed it sort of auburn colour which went wrong and went to hairdress who dyed it again a copper sort of colour all this within a month
      Now my hair roots seem to be growing back freakin white grey colour
      this is devasating
      Whats hapened and

      Is there any way I can get my natural colour back?

      Comment by Mark — February 2, 2010 @ 3:40 pm


      Comment by london boi — January 3, 2010 @ 11:27 pm

    41. Kristy,
      Call the 800- help line from the manufacturer of the haircolor you used. With some questions they will be able to give you the best answer for the right results.

      Comment by Barb Quinn — December 9, 2009 @ 1:51 pm

    42. Nicola,
      You have enough roots now that an experienced colorist may be able to lift the color out of the ends and use a semi/demi permanent color to match your roots. They can only do this if your hair is in good enough condition to withstand a double process. Do a deep conditioning treatment at home and have a consultation.
      Cutting the hair is also quick way of getting rid of old hair color more quickly.
      Good Luck

      Comment by Barb Quinn — December 7, 2009 @ 2:09 pm

    43. ive died my hair many times and and my natural hair colour is a light brown. over the past to years ive had my hair either natural blonde or dark brown. back in september i dyed my hair red and its washed out alot now and is alot lighter. my roots have come through about 1-2 inches, i want to get back to my natural brown colour, anyway of making it grow out quicker or matching it?

      Comment by nicola — December 7, 2009 @ 12:18 pm

    44. my hair is a dark brown and i tryed to dye it black, and it bleached my roots. what can i do to fix it with out going to the salon?

      Comment by kristy — December 6, 2009 @ 3:19 pm

    45. I have a light blonde hair color, I recently bought 30-day wash out chesnut brown hair color. It’s been past 30 washes, and my hair hasn’t gone back to Blonde.
      ~ Gabby

      Comment by Gabby — November 19, 2009 @ 11:11 pm

    46. My hair is grey, darker at the back but white around my face. I was encouraged to have dark foils by my hairdresser and loved the look. I had it done three times because my hair is short. The foils lost their definition and I looked generally mousy all over. I then felt I had to cover it. I used a semi permanent and then a permanent, dark brown. It looks OK but I have a pronounced regrowth after a week and want to go back to grey. Will my hairdresser be able to strip the colour out successfull? It is now two weeks since the permanent, and about 4 months since the first foils.

      Comment by pam — November 14, 2009 @ 10:30 pm

    47. I have been using the lightest color of blond on my hair for the last 10 years waiting for my hair to go white. I am now ready to go white but don’t know how to stop using the coloring and just let it grow out without looking freeky. Is it just a dream that I have that I can strip out the blond and it would be naturally beautifully white? I am 67 and have been coloring forever and don’t know what is under it all, naturally it was dark brown. Some of that is still peeking through (roots) in the back.

      Comment by Judy — October 24, 2009 @ 6:34 am

    48. hi, when i was born my hair what an auburn color, and it fell out because of cradle crud, and now that i’ve dyed my hair it has grown back out to auburn. i’ve never saw my hair completly this color and i want to see what it would look like, how do i do it?
      p.s i can’t afford to go to a salon.

      Comment by jeni — August 5, 2009 @ 4:50 pm

    49. Jenna,
      My advice? Don’t do it yourself . . . try finding a professional who will do it. Not sure why the salon refused to do it. They either thought it would damage your hair too much, or, they didn’t feel they had enough experience to get it right.
      There are colorists out there who can help you, your job is to find one!

      Comment by Barb Quinn — June 4, 2009 @ 11:25 am

    50. i have brown hair which is in really good condition but i recently went to a salon to get my head stripped but they refused. i really want to get back blonde as quick as possiable. i was thinking of doing it my self by bying it from sallys… i need some advice please.

      Comment by jenna — June 3, 2009 @ 4:58 pm

    51. Nikki,
      Your hair color won’t fade back to the exact blonde you had after highlighting, but it will keep fading if you stop putting in the brown color.
      You may want to try using a clarifying shampoo a couple times a week to get more fade on the brown. Then be sure to condition well!
      If it doesn’t become light enough, see your colorist to add more foils!
      Good luck!

      Comment by Barb Quinn — March 23, 2009 @ 1:59 pm

    52. Hi, i had my hair bleached and colored light blonde permanently (in foils, 2 colors close 2 eachother)

      natural color is medium brown (some gold-ish tones)

      ive been dyeing my hair with semipermanent for 2 months now (pretty much 2 weeks after getting it bleached.. school made me) i dye it a medium-dark brown and it looks natural

      i want to go back to the blonde.. how long will it take 2 fade.. will it ever fade properly back 2 the blonde?

      help asap please. thanks in advance.

      take care

      Comment by Nikki — March 19, 2009 @ 12:56 am

    53. Caramel Color,
      Read all articles here relating to “hair too dark” and read comments to see problems others have had when trying to fix by themselves. Then make your best decision whether you think you can handle this or if you should turn it over to a professional.
      Your best bet with this color fix is to go with a professiona.

      Comment by Barb Quinn — March 9, 2009 @ 12:42 pm

    54. I have a question…my natural hair color is a light chestnut brown (as i was told by a hairstylist) .. i have been dying it black for a while.. is there any way i can go back to my natural color without damaging it too much ? please help

      Comment by Caramel Color — March 7, 2009 @ 8:11 am

    55. Rina,
      To get to where you want to go and to get it done right takes know-how. A professional should look at your hair and tell you what can be done.
      It’s pretty much a sure thing that if you do this at home you will end up with a funky color you don’t want and have more problems to fix.
      It might be that a colorist can lowlight and tone your hair to get to an acceptable color with less damage.
      Good luck!

      Comment by barb — January 26, 2009 @ 3:09 pm

    56. well my natural hair color is like a really light brown and i had highlight in it and then i colored it all natural blonde and now i want to go back to my natural light brown color before may so i can put highlights in it for prom again.
      what do u think i should do ?
      should i use permanant hair color?

      Comment by Rina — January 25, 2009 @ 7:54 pm

    57. Olivia,
      Your might try a brown wash out hair tint, two shades lighter than your natural brown. This will tint the ginger shade down temporarily and fade out. If you add your own shade of brown to your hair, it will darken it substantially!
      If you question what shade of brown tint to use, ask your hairstylist.
      Good luck!

      Comment by Barb Quinn — January 3, 2009 @ 12:29 pm

    58. wel i have brown hair and i decided to have red highlights put it but then they turnedd ginger !!
      so i was wondering what would happen if i dyed them over with near enough the same colour brown as my natural hair colour ??
      help mee pleaseeee x

      Comment by olivia — December 28, 2008 @ 1:35 pm

    59. Paige,
      You are right to have concern about changing your hair color after using a metallic dye like Sun-In.
      My best suggestion for you is to see a professional for advice on what your next move should be.On your own you could end up with not only a color you didn’t intend, but also damaged hair!
      See this article for more info;

      Comment by Barb Quinn — December 9, 2008 @ 1:49 pm

    60. i have a question
      i have been blonde my wntire life but then gradually my hair has started to go darker so i found this product called sun in. it lightens your hair and is heat activated but i only use dit on my roots.
      Im getting sick of doing this and the colour is starting to come back even darker then before so i want to dye my hair a light brown caramel colour so i dont have to worry about it. is this a bad idea? Could the product that i want to use have some chemical reaction to the sun in because i think it is a metallic colourer or something?

      Comment by Paige — December 8, 2008 @ 11:02 pm

    61. Sierra,
      Rule #1 is don’t do anything too fast, when it comes to color correction. Your desire to quickly fix this type of problem is bound to cause you much more pain and misery! (Just read some of the comments above to see what can and does happen)
      I know people hate to hear they should see a professional when correcting a color problem, but it’s the truth. That’s what you need to do at this point, and an experienced colorist can get your hair color back to a beautiful, even colored brown!

      Best to you!

      Comment by Barb Quinn — December 8, 2008 @ 2:20 pm

    62. i died my hair black like 2 days ago i hate it its way to dark i used a permant die is there anyway i can get it to a dark brownn fasttt!?!?!?

      Comment by sierra — December 8, 2008 @ 11:53 am

    63. Amanda,
      Leave it to the professionals now. You will only do more harm by just throwing more color on.
      A professional needs to assess what colors are needed on your roots and what to do with the rest of your hair.
      Once it is fixed, you may be able to keep up the color, but at this point, you will only do more harm that will cost lots to fix or cost you the length of your hair!

      Good Luck!

      Comment by Barb Quinn — October 31, 2008 @ 10:33 am

    64. Ok, so about 3 months ago i permanently dyed by hair a light brown colour. My natural colour is mousey blonde/brown. The dye faded very quickly and my hair now has an orange tint, which is infact now lighter than my natural hair colour.

      The problem is my roots are nearly 2 inches long now, and i dont know what to do about it.

      Ive tried a semi permanent dye over the top, but that just changed the colour of the roots and the hair separately & didnt make it an even colour.

      I cant leave my roots to grow out because it will look awful.

      What can I do?

      Comment by Amanda — October 24, 2008 @ 11:58 am

    65. Good question Brooke,
      You are not alone with this problem. We wrote an article with the answer here;

      Hope this helps!

      Comment by Barb Quinn — October 2, 2008 @ 11:45 am

    66. I dyed my hair black less than two weeks ago. Apparently I was supposed to use 2 boxes cause my hair is so long and thick. But, the brown is showing up in spots now, and whenever I shower, the blue dye runs out. Its crazy!
      Anyway, I was wondering…could I dye my hair again…soon? Even if its only been 2 weeks? I really want the full coverage of the brown and stuff.

      Comment by Brooke — September 24, 2008 @ 2:24 pm

    67. Stephanie,
      I suggest consulting with your hairstylist. They may be able to save you from looking and feeling awful!

      Comment by Barb — September 22, 2008 @ 2:53 pm

    68. Claire,
      A colorist has answered your question in an article which will be posted today. Hope this helps!

      Comment by Barb — September 22, 2008 @ 2:51 pm

    69. AHHHHHH help, about 3 months ago a hairdreesser dyed my hair permanetley dark brown, and over time it has faded and is now a orangey tinge to it. Im too scared to get it stripped, but if i do what will happen? my natural color is a mousey brown

      Comment by Claire — September 1, 2008 @ 4:28 am

    70. My friend dyed my hair a medium brown from one of those color hair boxes and it looks really good actually, but I really miss my blonde hair,…I want it back. Should i go to my hairstylist? Or can it just grow out?

      Comment by Stephanie — August 25, 2008 @ 12:32 pm

    71. a very good portion of the top of my head is my natural color. Which is a light brown. Probably a good 4 inches of it has grown in. I have long hair and the rest of my hair always fades back to this blonde color that I dyed it a year or so ago. Is there a way where I can dye the blonder part of my hair to the natural light brown shade of the top and have it stay? Or will I always have to keep re dying it every few months.

      Comment by Kari — May 2, 2008 @ 10:53 pm

    72. Hi, my natural hair colour is a light blonde, for the past couple of months i have been dying it dark brown with a semi-permanent colour. But i really want to go back to my natural colour but i’ve got no idea how.. ive tried to use a permanent dye similar to my natural colour to dye over the top, but it didnt do anything! is there anyway of getting rid of the brown, without having to just grow it out! would love some advise :)
      thanks xxx

      Comment by Rosy — February 1, 2008 @ 5:41 pm

    73. Good question RTT,
      I decided to write a post from your question, you can view it here;
      Good Luck!

      Comment by Barb — January 10, 2008 @ 1:25 pm

    74. I have a problem with my hair color. I have been told by a couple different stylists that it’s the chemistry of my hair, but I think there still has to be a solution. My natural hair color is a light ASHY brown. I have had bleach highlights and have tried on various occassions to get back to my natural color. The stylists will put a “ash” color on and it will take on my processed hair but will turn my natural ashy roots red! No one can seem to find a solution. Can anyone give me any advice about fixing this issue?

      Comment by RTT — December 31, 2007 @ 6:48 am


      Comment by Barb — November 28, 2007 @ 2:12 pm

    76. hey ok so i think my natural color is like a blonde to dirty blonde and about 2 weeks ago died it non permanently a brown ish red color. its definatly faded since then but i want to go back to my natural color sooner than 28 washes. i heard that im going to have to wait until my blonde hair grows back in even though its not perminate because my hair is lighter than what i colored it… is there a way i can go back to my natural color sooner?

      Comment by hannah — November 26, 2007 @ 9:59 pm

    77. I just went and got my hair bleached at a salon a weak ago.

      My roots look good, but the rest of my hair is yellow. I’ve pretty much given up, and want to dye it back a light brown.

      My question is, is it too early to dye it since i just got it bleached a week ago?
      and if not, I know i will need to use a semi- perm. color, but if i use that will it help the ends of my hair. because now they are damaged and breaking off.

      and also, what is this talk about green?
      will my hair turn green if i try to dye it back?
      please tell me what to do! i look like a big yellow scarecrow :l

      Comment by Allison — November 22, 2007 @ 8:21 pm

    78. I have a dirty blonde natural hair colour but for about 5 years now I have been getting my hair dyed blonde….or getting platinum blonde streaks in it…..or sometimes getting a platinum blonde streak with a darker brown to compliment it….point being is that i have tried so many times telling the hair colourist “i want to go back to my natural roots” and they say okay….and then after my appointment when my hair is finished my hair is an orangy colour and i just detest it! so then that always happends, it’s happened about 3 times so then whenever that happends I just get my hair re-done with blonde and brown streaks because I guess I know that is my comfort zone of hair and I know it won’t look bad. I’ve wanted so bad to go back to my natural hair colour though because I’m pretty sure it’s not healthy for my hair to keep colouring it. But no hair stylist can get my ACTUAL natural hair colour right. I bring in pictures and show them and I know what my colour is. and when they look at my roots they always tell me the colour its going to be and it never works out that way

      Please help!! :-)

      Comment by Susie Summers — November 6, 2007 @ 11:16 am

    79. hey my hairs naturally a blondish brown and i get natural blonde streaks in the front in summer. i want to dye my hair blonder but i really dont want it to turn out gross. and i hate re- groth , if i dye it and dont like it ive heard you can get it stripped and it goes bak to your normal colour, is that true?

      Comment by Teigan — October 19, 2007 @ 6:17 am

    80. Ok, I dyed my hair black with semi-permenant haircolor. I went to the salon to get the color stripped out, and it turned out to be light golden brown with a whole head of highlights. I want to go back to my natural color which is medium brown to dark brown. I want to used Loreal Natural Match haircolor, is this safe, or will it surprise me with a color i do not want, or fry out my hair?

      Thanks, Kandice

      Comment by Kandice — October 13, 2007 @ 3:34 pm

    81. Help!
      I have a light blonde natural color. I want to dye my hair a medium darkish brown before school starts. I want my hair to look dark brown but not black. Last time i did this, i had dyed it a ashy brown and it turned out reddish brown and it looked really ugly. I dont want to have that experience agin! how do i do this with out going tot a salon but not going to a reddish color or plain black? i am soo confusedd!

      Please write back soon, Lauren

      Comment by Lauren — July 17, 2007 @ 12:59 am

    82. Hi, my natural hair color is dark brown (almost black) and i’m looking for a way to lighten it to a lighter brown. I’m only 14 so my mom thinks i’m too young to get it done in a salon, so i was wondering what healthy ways i can lighten it at home. I have heard lemon juice, vinegar, and some other things can work, but then again, i also have heard that they can damage your skin, they can smell bad, and so on. So by any chance, do you know for sure what products i can put on my hair to lighten it in a healthy way? I hope to hear an answer soon, and thanks a lot! :)

      Comment by Ashley — July 16, 2007 @ 12:59 am

    83. hello pls help..
      yesterday my mum dyed my hair dark brown but i had blond streaks and my hair went a dark reddy colour, when it went a reddy colour mum decided to put chocolate brown over the top and it went chocolate brown but you can see a few red streaks and my roots are red. one hair dresser said i cant put a base colour on until about a year, but she said the only way was to strip my hair.. but mum fears my hair is going to fall out considering i have dyed it 4 times and i am only 13…i would rather my hair be a nice colour and be bald than have reddy horrible hair..i am constantly being teased and dissed at school even by my friends . i want my hair to be stripped then dyed my natural colour which is light brown, do you think that wod be possible without causing my hair to fall out or get damamed to badly..i would lyk my hair to be stripped then dyed my natural colour then streaks,please tell me dat wod be possible…considering this is the last time im dying my hair for a long time, all it causes me is misery when my hair is soo ugly…….. please please help.
      from emma

      Comment by emma — May 18, 2007 @ 3:23 am

    84. Debbie,
      Because your hair is so long, and all the different processes you’ve been through, let a professional get it right . . . at least to begin with. Then you can keep it up after that by doing just your roots.

      That’s my best advice,

      Comment by Barb — March 1, 2007 @ 1:41 pm

    85. Julia,
      I feel for you. The stylist who took you to dark brown felt he/she could not lift out the other color without damaging your hair too much, and that is what they know.
      It may be possible that a colorist with more experience would select to bring you to a blonde color, if they think the condition of your hair can withstand it.
      I would seek out the best in your area, you will need to pay, but if you want it bad enough . . . maybe its worth it.


      Comment by Barb — March 1, 2007 @ 1:31 pm

    86. I’m trying to resolve a major hair dilemma at the moment. My natural hair colour is dark blonde, i’ve been getting highlights done professionally for a long time but allowed a friend to convince me to touch up my roots with a store bought product a few months ago. Unfortunately the result was not the fresh sunny blonde look I was going for, rather a bright orange/ blonde. I immediately went to the hairdressers in the hope that they could strip the orange colour and make it blonde again. Unfortunately they said it would damage my hair too much and instead they dyed my hair a dark brown (which still has a reddish tone to it). I’m tierd of my brown hair colour and longing to be a blonde again. is there anything a hair dresser can do to transform brown hair (with red tones) into blonde?

      Comment by Julia — February 20, 2007 @ 7:09 pm

    87. My natural color is dark brown. For 20 yrs I was blonde, about a yr and a half ago I had lowlights put in. It got very expensive and time consuming. After about 8 months I went out and got a box of nice and easy , natural light golden brown and did my whole head. I have been doing it since. The only thing that bothers me is I have a lot of red highlights. Someone told me to change to a ash or cool brown to reduce the red. Then someone else told me because of the previus highlights it could turn green…any suggestions.? My hair is very long and the ends wash out quite fast. I only leave the dye on the ends for 10 minutes. should I leave it on longer? When it was blonde I used unred with my dye to get the red out..Help..

      Comment by debbie — February 7, 2007 @ 12:18 pm

    88. My friend messed up my hair!! My hair color is naturally red and we bought an ash brown(medium) and when we were buying it i told her i wanted it to be light brown and she said it would be but when we dyed it IT WASNT and not its dark and i dont know what to do!! SO my mom came home hated it but she wanted to help me becuase she knew i wasnt happy with it and niether was she so she wanted to help me fix it. We then went to 5 hair places and basically they said we cant do much of anythign at this point becuase we will over process the hair. WHAT DO I DO NOW??

      Comment by nicole — November 19, 2006 @ 12:31 am

    89. I have dyed my hair for five years now, but stopped in March 2006. My hair has grown about 2 or 3 inches out and it looks horrible. My natural hair color is very dark brown. I tried to dye it back to my natural hair color using store bought products, but within 2 or 3 months it faded to this light blonde with some red (the dye was originally darkish brown). Now with dark brown overgrowth and the blonde like other hair, the contrast is horrible. Is there anyway that I can permanently get my hair color back with just once dying or would I have to continue dying my hair again and again (I will not start dying my hair again if this happens). I am so frustrated! Please help me! Thanks.

      Comment by Sarah — November 18, 2006 @ 11:23 pm

    90. hi, my natural hair colour is blond, but i got it died permanent dark brown(but it looks black), i want to get the colour out of my hair and go for a light borwn one what would sute my skin tone more. can i get my permant colour stripped out? will it damage my hair? and how much will it cost? write back please x

      Comment by emma — October 9, 2006 @ 8:38 am

    91. Heya, Basically ive been getting blonde highlights (bleach) since i was 9 years old, my natural hair colour being a mousey brown. Recently ive grown bored of the blonde and really want to become a chocolate brown brunette. I read somewhere i would need to dye my hair a “red” shade to get the brown to stick, is this right or should i just go straight to the salon?
      Thanks x

      Comment by Kassia — September 20, 2006 @ 11:14 am

    92. My natural hair colour is med brown..w/red and golden highlights…I’ve been dying my hair blonde now for 5 yrs…I would like to go closer to my natural color without getting green results..How would I do that?

      Comment by Elizabeth — September 12, 2006 @ 3:32 pm

    93. i have mdium brown hair and died it dark blonde with lodes of highlights over the years.. i now want to go back to my nautral colour and have left some roots but it looks really stupid. could i use a semi permemant colour that fades out untill it grows out fully?

      Comment by CATHERINE — September 1, 2006 @ 6:28 am

    94. Amy, Katie and Ruth:

      Check out my article today:

      You’ll find some answers

      Comment by Barb — August 9, 2006 @ 1:24 pm

    95. I have reddish blonde hair, and I had blonde highlights put in in February. I want to dye my hair fully blonde – is there anything I should keep in mind? – people say that the highlights will effect the outcome of the dye, but in what way? – basically, will i look like an idiot in the end?

      Lol thanks…

      Comment by Ruth — August 9, 2006 @ 6:46 am

    96. Hi, I let my friend use an at home blonde highlighting kit on my hair about 2 months ago. Now I want a dark brown hair color. is their anyway i can fix it myself? i’m scared i might turn it green and i need it dyed before friday! help!

      Comment by Katie — August 8, 2006 @ 3:31 pm

    97. i have a mousy brown to a dirty blonde color of hair.recently my friends convinced me to do a semi permanent color of brown.i hate it! i want to get my natural color back.i would like to strip the color out of my hair but my mom said that then your hair has no color and they wouldn’t know my natural color to dye it, and i don’t want to just dye over it cause then it might go a gross color.shold i just let it grow out and fade slowly?(i don’t even want anyone to see my new hair) /or should i get it stipped?

      Comment by amy — August 7, 2006 @ 12:06 pm

    98. I have naturally brown hair, and have dyed it blonde with lighter blonde highlights for a few months now. I recently dyed it a few days ago and I want to dyed it back brown. Is this gonna damage my hair extremely bad, or worse make my hair fall out, please help. Thank you


      Comment by Cherie — July 21, 2006 @ 7:51 pm

    99. My hair is currently three different colors. My roots are a dark blonde, in the middle there is a suppose-to- be semi-permanent ash blonde, and the bottom is a permanent orangey blonde badly chunked on highlight. I put the ash blonde on to cover the chunky highlights, but it didn’t work. CAN ANYONE GIVE ME SOME ADVICE ON HOW TO GET ANY OF THIS OUT??!! I want to get it out before school starts in a month so I don’t look bad. pleas help. Thanks:)

      Comment by jezz — July 15, 2006 @ 9:11 pm

    100. Hello everyone i am 19 years old and i am currently very stressed because my hair’s getting white in this age. i have no clue why is this happening with me only as i am still young guy. i have colourd my hair few times but then after 2 or 3 weeks they start getting bit white.

      Comment by Sunny — July 2, 2006 @ 1:23 pm

    101. i no longer know what my natural hair color is. my hair used to be blonde, but as happened to my mom, i assume that it was in the process of turning to brown, but i was too impatient, so i dyed it brown myself. i have been regularly dying my hair, trying out new dark browns, but it always fades to a reddish blah color, and on my hairline, i always grow back blonde hair. idealy i want my hair to be medium brown with some blonde hightlights, but i have no idea how to achieve this since my hair is most likely very damaged from all the dying i have done. do those at-home hair dye remover kits actually work? any advice would be greatly appreciated, thanks

      Comment by elle — June 26, 2006 @ 7:08 pm

    102. Hello!
      I got some advice from an hairdresser from the web I now have a beautiful golden Brown colour. I uses a perment dye that contained no bleach.
      Bart simpson have left the building!!!
      Do not bleach your hair at home, go to a pro!

      Comment by Cathy — April 20, 2006 @ 12:38 pm

    103. Cathy,
      STOP…mortgage the car, or get a part time job, just pay for a professional now ( go to a beauty school for cheaper price)
      At the least – go to a school and have them look at it, get an estimate of what they would charge…if you can’t afford it, ask them if there is something you can use at home. Just be sure the instructor gets in on the assesment!

      Comment by Barb — April 20, 2006 @ 12:16 pm

    104. OMG LOL I Dyed my hair 6 weeks ago( containing bleach),I Did not like the colour( dark blonde gingery) so I bought another dye to put on top
      Dark blonde by loreal Excellence,Last night I had a mad moment
      and Put another dye over it( with bleach) now it is yellow :What can I do, will it safe to use another dye over or should I use a semi, I can’t afford to visit the hairdressers!!! OMG What a mad moment I had , now I will not go outside the door!!!!! any advice as soon as possibe plzzzzzzzzzz oh by the way I look like Bart simpson

      Back to top

      Comment by Cathy — April 16, 2006 @ 10:17 am

    105. hi, the last time i dyed my hair was back in january. i think i dyed it chestnut. a little while before that in aug i dyed my hair a hidious colour, started off as a dark dark purplish black and in the sun it was a deep cherry red =S. my natural colour is between dark blonde and light brown, not really sure because i have been colouring my hair in many different ways for the past 4 years (including peroxide, lemon juice, and mostly boxes). i was just wondering if stripping off the artificial colour would work in my case, or would the easiest way out be just growing out my hair?

      Comment by Nadia — April 4, 2006 @ 9:20 pm

    106. Hi. I am and have been debating for a long time of wheter or not to go lighter or darker. I naturally have a ashy brown/ashy blonde hair. I have been highlighting my hair for about 5 years so i know what im doing but from highlighting it about 7 months ago its had a orangish tint to it. I dont know wheter to get blonde highlights to make that go away or brown. Please help me out, becuase i am in need of seeing a salon soon. Thanks.

      Comment by blanca — March 25, 2006 @ 2:34 pm

    107. can someone tell me how to lighten my naturally dark auburn hair, which is darker on top and lighter on bottom, and naturally highlighted, and I think age and lack of sunshine , it is darker coming out, I wish to keep the red tone, but be lighter all over and with highlights also..thanks

      Comment by issabella — March 24, 2006 @ 6:54 pm

    108. I have been coloring my hair med. auburn for 5 years, I also have some gray. I would like to just go natural, which is light ash brown, I tried to fix it myself and ended up in a salon. They were unable to fix it and I ended up with strawberry blonde hair for a while. I just ended up going back to med. auburn. What should I do to get this red out of my hair?

      Comment by Angela — March 23, 2006 @ 4:56 pm

    109. My hair is naturally a golden medium brown and I bought a feria that was just a little darker than my hair color. My hair turned out almost black with a lot of red in it, actually in the sun, its completely red. It was permanent. I dont mind it being dark, I would just rather it be a esspresso golden dark than a red one. Someone told me I should put an ash brown in my hair to neutralize it. What should I do?

      Comment by sandra — March 20, 2006 @ 12:34 am

    110. I’ve been dying my hair for two years now, using a permanent dye every time. My natural color is somewhere between a light to medium brown. I’ve been dying it a darker brown, and every time it fades, it leaves my hair a reddish-orange color. I’ve stopped dying my hair for a little over a half a year, and now my roots are about an inch and a half. I really want to have my natural color again, but I do not want to rely on redying it over and over by a professional, because it always ends up fading away within a few days, or worse, it turns into a brassy red/orange shade. Please help!

      Comment by Gabrielle — March 18, 2006 @ 6:36 pm

    111. I had my hair dyed by a professional- it was too light. then I used Loreal med golden brown and now there is this awful reddish tinge – which I would like to get rid of. Any suggestions???

      Comment by julie — March 17, 2006 @ 10:59 pm

    112. I’ve recently dyed my hair black and now regret it and want to go back blonde,what shall i do?shall i strip it then bleach it,will it work?
      I’ve also had henna in my hair will this be impossible to strip?Help,its realy depressing me being dark, i look like a witch,lol.

      Comment by derri — March 13, 2006 @ 10:27 pm

    113. I have very dirty looking medium color brown hair. that is my natural color. I have been gettin highlighted for months now. But everytime i go into get it highlighted it gets more and more blond in my hair and now it looks like i have dark brown roots and blond hair all over instead of suttle highlights which i wanted. is there anyway to get back to suttle highlights with out starting over and damaging me hair anymore? or shouldi just have them dye it all one color blond? help! amy

      Comment by amy — March 13, 2006 @ 6:28 pm

    114. Hi,
      I lightened my hair to a level 8, my natural color is a 6. I have an inch of regrowth showing (light ash brown). The lightened hair is not in good condition. I am trying to find a good semi permanent color with no peroxide or ammonia, in a light brown/dark blonde shade to get me through until my natural color grows in fully. Any recommendations? Everything I see is usually in vibrant colors like purplish reds or red/brown red/blond shades (like color pulse).

      Comment by Julia — March 12, 2006 @ 9:31 pm

    115. well right now i have sort of an auburn colour in my hair and my natural hair colour is a very light brown i would like to bleach my hair but i recently had a perm about 6 months ago , is it possible for me to go along in bleaching my hair without alot of damage happening??

      Comment by sam — March 7, 2006 @ 9:28 pm

    116. Hey there, well about 3 months ago i died my hair using the Redken Shades EQ product, my hair dresser did it professionally. Well it was an auburn color, so of course it has red in it. Well i dont know if you are familar with this product but it is semi permanent. And it used to be incredibly dark but now it is almost back to my natural shade but it still has the red tint to it. And i really can not stand not haveing my natural dirty blonde color and more. Is there anything i can do to get rid of this horrible red color? Thanks!

      Comment by Amanda — March 7, 2006 @ 6:29 pm

    117. Good afternoon. I have been having my hair dyed light red professionally for the past 15 years at least. I now find that it is too expensive for me to continue getting this done by my hairdresser every 3 weeks. My hair, although thin, grows quickly and my white roots show too quickly if I try to extend the in between time. Is there any way I can change from a professional hair dyeing to doing it myself with a store-bought product without messing it up? Thank you!

      Comment by Enila — March 7, 2006 @ 3:27 pm

    118. He, im 14 and my natural colour is sandy blonde, i recently felt like a change, and im a big fan of red, so i decided to dye it copper red kind of colour. And i like it, but when i was happy with it, i thought i could make it better by putting blonde streaks in it, which didn’t look so good! Now im sitting here with my nice copper hair but these horrible streaks in them, should i grow them out, or go to the hair dressers? Buy a product? I just need a bit of advice please!!….But no one ever reply’s on this!..PLEASE!

      Comment by Lizzie — March 3, 2006 @ 2:33 pm

    119. How much money is it to get your hair stripped im 14 and i dyed my hair and then in a little while the roots start to show and i want to get it back to its origainal color because it is embarrasing can you please help me find out the cheapest place to get it done at and somewhere close to orland park orland hills somwher around there in Illioniois
      PLEASE my graduation is soon and i want my original color!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE HELP ME PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! write me back soon PLEASE!!!!

      Comment by sheri — March 1, 2006 @ 8:15 pm

    120. I thought going to the local beauty college for highlights would be fine, unfortunately, now I have a crown of brassy blonde ugliness on top of my head. It looks horrible! I’m in the process of interviewing for jobs right now and I need my hair to look professional ASAP! But I’m worried that putting brown/chestnut color over the bleached hair will make it turn green, or worse… What can I do and how long do I need to wait? I do have a good half inch of roots, because she didn’t get the bleach close to my scalp at all, is it safe to do this soon?

      Comment by Amber K — February 25, 2006 @ 4:18 pm

    121. Help! I dyed the dark part of my hair with jerome russelpunky colors “midnight blue” and although I wrapped the bleached bangs in foil to protect them, some blue got on the roots when I rinsed it out. Now it won’t come out! I washed it a few times with ordinary shampoo and tried toothpaste too, but since my hair is naturally dark, the front blonde part is pretty damaged. How long am I going to have to live with this?

      Comment by Kate M — February 22, 2006 @ 10:34 pm

    122. Hi, I need help! Im 14 and i still hav my natural colour which is dark brown. It’s even darker now though because a few months ago i dyed it black, but it was only a semi permenant. So right now i just have very dark brown, but it’s pretty much natural! Anyway, i want a new style for my hair! A new colour preferebly! But i just don’t know what! I have a thin face and pale-ish skin but just about normal i think. My friends say i should dye it a type of red colour. Then they said blonde highlights. So don’t know, please help!!

      Comment by Emma — February 22, 2006 @ 1:37 pm

    123. I’ve bleached my hair to a very golden blonde, and I’m a natural raven haired person. As in the darkest black. I heard dying bleached hair black can result in green hair. What do I do?

      Comment by Rachel — February 19, 2006 @ 2:22 pm

    124. How can i remove my highlights from my hair if i have medium brown hair if i don’tl ike them or if its too blonde?

      Comment by Sabrina — February 13, 2006 @ 5:55 pm

    125. I have a huge problem. I tried to use some of that colour pulse stuff in my blonde hair and I’ve tried everything to get it out. I don’t know what I should do. I’ve ever tried dying it blonde again. I just can’t put any more dye in my hair because it is really weak at the moment. What should I do?

      Comment by Alana — February 8, 2006 @ 2:10 am

    126. My hair was a medium auburn with color (natural mostly gray now) My roots grow out so quickly I decided to go to a lighter brown, because I am always mixing a neutral with my red to prevent HOT ROOTS and tired I doing this. I used Clariol 84N but it is a bit darker than I wanted my hair — it is pourous. I know about stripping artificial color I have done it in the past successfully but it is a pain and can damage so here is my question.

      Can I take a lighter neutral brown and mix equal parts with a 30 volume developer to lighten my hair now? Process time say 30 mins.??

      Comment by Judy — February 6, 2006 @ 3:39 am

    127. I am trying to grow out my highlights and have been using a deposit only color in a dark blonde (6N) with good results. The only problem is that after about 3 weeks the color fades and looks dull. How often can I apply a deposit only color, and what will happen to my hair if I apply it too often?

      Comment by Joy — February 3, 2006 @ 6:28 pm

    128. I used to highlight my hair. My natural color is a medium ash brown, I would say. I have gone to different salons on mulitiple occasions trying to get my hair back to its natural color. However, everytime each person dyes it, it comes out a bit too dark and with red tints to it. I have mentioned it to every stylist and they still can’t get it right! What should I do because now I’ve got my roots coming in and I really hate the difference in the color. I just want to stop dying it all together, but I don’t want my hair to look trashy. HELP!

      Comment by Nikki — February 1, 2006 @ 6:07 pm

    129. helo
      i dyed my hair black about 6 or 7 month ago and am wanting it back to my natural color which is like a dirty blonde
      what do i do?
      i have heard tha getting your hair stripped leaves your hair in a dry brittle mess??

      Comment by rihanna — January 28, 2006 @ 3:19 pm

    130. My hair is naturally black (well, dark, dark brown) but lately, I’ve been getting white hairs! I’m only 12, so I don’t know how this is possible. Is there any way to fix it without damaging my hair? I’ve been told that dyeing (I don’t know if that is spelled right..) my hair dark dark brown won’t help, the hairs will still stay white! Is there anything I can do?? Please help!

      Comment by Becca — January 25, 2006 @ 10:06 pm

    131. My natural hair colour is brown, however for the last year i have had blonde highlights put into it. I now dislike this and want to go back to my natural colour. My problem is that how?? I believe that it will look silly if i have half brown hair half blonde….is their anything that you can suggest please??

      Comment by rachel — January 22, 2006 @ 1:53 pm

    132. i died my hair bleach blonde summer last year and my roots have been coming through since then they were about 4 inches down my hair and then last night i died it brown (ebony) it has turned my hair grey and purple what should i do ?
      can i dye it brown again ? or if i go to my hairdressers will they be able to sort it for me ?
      please let me no !

      Comment by victoria — January 22, 2006 @ 8:06 am


      Comment by YVONNE — January 21, 2006 @ 3:12 am

    134. I have a Question- I dye my hair quite often,(blond) I’m naturally light to medium problem is my hair usually turns brassy.what I want
      to know is”what shade of blond should I use?” I
      was always told to stay away from anything ash,
      but today I was told to use ash,it keeps away the brassiness.please help.

      Comment by Rhonda — January 19, 2006 @ 8:41 pm

    135. Please help me, i have looked all over for help. I have been highlighting my hair since i was about 14, and now i jus want my hair to grow out and be the normal color. I keep having to cut it because it is so dead. What can i do, is there any way i can get the blonde out without stripping it. My hair is way over processed and i do not wanna put any more harmful products in it.. Thank you Amber

      Comment by Amber — January 19, 2006 @ 5:14 pm

    136. I am dying to change my hair from black to a lighter color. I use nice and easy black. Please help.


      Comment by Shiloh — January 17, 2006 @ 1:16 pm

    137. Hi, I have a question, I recently bleached my hair, so it’s kind of blond now. My natural hair color is auburn (many, MANY people tell me it’s rare…?). Anyway, if I want to switch back to my natural hair color, do I have to shave off everything, or can I do other things to get it back without having to shave it all off? I don’t wish to purchase hair color products that match my hair, I just wonder what steps I could take to get it back in a natural way.

      Comment by victor — January 15, 2006 @ 4:32 pm

    138. To Michelle on toning down the red;
      I think you have it right, to use a semi- permanent light or medium ashe blonde to tone down the red. You can wash your hair with dawn liquid dish soap a few times to try to strip out the red. Then be sure to condition/deep condition the hair as needed.
      If your hair is long, coloring those long ends twice a month, even with a semi-permanent will be hard on that hair. Try staying with once a month, the ends should fade a bit anyway.
      Good luck!

      Comment by Barb — January 13, 2006 @ 5:33 pm

    139. To Talia with the orangey, golden highlights;
      I would call the 800 # of the product you used. They will need to know if you had any color in your hair previous to using the current one. They can tell you the possibilities of what you could use from their product line.
      If you, or the help line, are unsure of what your final results will be with what they say you can use….stop and have a professional fix it!

      Comment by Barb — January 13, 2006 @ 5:20 pm

    140. My natural color is dark ash blonde hair with about 20 percent gray. I tried to cover the gray with a semi-permanant color in medium ashe blonde and realize now that it only tones the gray down. I wish I had stopped there. I decided to try a permanant color only a day after the semi-color and now my hair has alot of red tones. I have decided to stop using the permanant color and go back to the semi-permanant color until it grows off. I considered having the color stripped but my hair is already very dry feeling. How often can I use the semi-permanat color since it fades faster without hurting my hair. I would use it twice a month if that was o.k. I always loved my natural ashe colored hair color minus the gray. Now I am a reddish haired girl. Any advice to tone down the red other than semi-permanant color?

      Comment by MIchelle Greene — January 9, 2006 @ 3:22 pm

    141. HELP!

      I bought a colouring and highlighting kit and coloured my hair last night. The colour came out ok, but the highlights turned out horrible. My original hair is dark brown. The new colour is sort of reddish brown, and the highlights are a horrible orangey brownish golden. It’s more visible on top and front of my head than the rest of the hair. I’d like to go to a darker shade that’s even all over, what should I do?

      Comment by Talia — January 5, 2006 @ 3:42 pm

    142. I’m not sure what to do with my hair- it is medium length, just past my shoulders, and naturally curly, although I had it relaxed about 6 months ago and now it is more wavy. My natural color is a golden brown, but about 9 months ago I had it dyed very dark brown, almost black, with a semi-permanent dye. Unfortunately, that never fully washed out, so I do have slight roots I would like to get rid of. (You can only see it in certain lights, and when I wear my hair straight.) What I would love to do is go to basically back to my natural brown, and add hightlights, but I am not sure if my hair can handle more processing. It is quite dry (being naturally curly, and due to what I have already done) so I don’t want to ruin it, but I hate where I am at right now. Can I get highlights? If not, how long would I have to wait?


      Comment by Susan — January 4, 2006 @ 7:12 pm

    143. I have a quick question. I just recently (about 3 weeks ago) dyed my hair a light copper brown and got some blonde highlights. I highly dislike the haircolor choice because i wanted a darker brown rather than what I actually had done. I was wondering if there is any possible way I can get my natural color back which is a medium brown, and how long should I wait to get it dyed to my natural color? Can you please help me, thank you!

      Comment by michelle — January 3, 2006 @ 11:59 pm

    144. My mom thought my hair was boring and decided to try the at home dyes you buy at wal-mart. It looked a little better, but then my roots started to show so we dyed it again with the same stuff. It came out way to light. So we let my roots grow and then went to the salon to get my hair dyed back to its normal color and it still came out to light. I haven’t dyed it since and my roots are atleast 3 inches long and my hair is always in a ponytail. I want my natural color back, but I am scared what will happen. Can you please help me, Chelsea.

      Comment by Chelsea — January 1, 2006 @ 4:38 pm

    145. i used revlon cornsilk hair color,i used soft black i had a brownish -red,it turned it a dark black,i hate it,i tried to color again nothing lightened it.i was told black is hard to change,can you help me,i don’t like it dark it looks fake.please e-mail me at my e-mail address i’d appreciate the help.thank-u,pat

      Comment by pat — December 30, 2005 @ 8:55 pm

    146. how much would it cost to strip my hair. Right now my hair is black and i wanna go to light brown.

      Comment by kristen — December 27, 2005 @ 12:09 pm

    147. i dyed my hair in august and it turned out black with red in it! i did not plan for it to turn out that way. it faded to a lighter red. 3 months later i got a box and tryed to get my natural color back. but instead of brown with blonde highlights now i have a brown with carmel and in the sunlight brown with red. is there anyway i can get back to my natural color?

      Comment by Laura — December 26, 2005 @ 10:00 pm

    148. my hair is naturally a light ash brown shade, but since iv dyed it black, no matter how many ashy brown shades i have colored it, it always turns out a red brown color; looking quite ugly with my cool complexion. even the professionals are having trouble. what should i do? please help!!!!!!!!!!!

      Comment by stephanie — December 23, 2005 @ 1:41 am

    149. My daughter has naturally white hair. Beautiful! She stayed all night with a girl that decided to dye it! Now she has dark brown hair. I am very, very upset. Most girls would give their right arm for her naturally white hair. How can she get it back to her beautiful hair? I am not sure what type of color has been put on her hair.

      Comment by Kelly — December 22, 2005 @ 2:57 am

    150. My natural color is a dark blonde/light brown, I’ve been dying it blonde for a few years and I want to go back to my natural color. I’ve grown my roots out about 2 inches. I bought a do-it-yourself kit that matches my roots. Do I start the color at the very top or where my roots end and the blonde begins?? Thanks!

      Comment by Marcy — December 19, 2005 @ 3:59 pm

    151. Hi there, I need some advice. I’m of mixed race with hair to the middle of my back. My hair is relaxed and I try to keep it free of harsh chemicals after some bad experiences 5-6 years ago. I’ve always had long hair & I try to treat it as gently as possible. My hair is naturally dark brown and I don’t color, perm, blow-dry, flat iron, or do anything overly “bad” to it except relaxers. Would it be harmful to put a temporary rinse on my hair, or maybe some highlights? I would love to have pretty blonde or light-brown highlights without having to use harmful bleach & toxic chemicals. I try to take care of my hair and I want blonde or light-brown highlights, but I need to know if I can get them safely?

      Comment by Melinda — December 18, 2005 @ 4:44 pm

    152. I am a light blonde and I want to go to a darker color..possibly brown or auburn…I want to do this myself without turning my hair green..Can u tell me how to do this? I have gone to beauty shops all over and they seem to make my hair worse…I would appreciate your help..

      Comment by shirley — December 15, 2005 @ 8:02 pm

    153. Hi, my natural hair color is dirty blonde. 3 weeks ago I used a Loreal nonpermanent dye that is supposed to wash out in 28 days. I dyed it a reddish brown color and after 2 weeks I really wanted my dirty blonde color back. I tried washing my hair with dawn dish soap because I heard that works. Now, a week later, my hair is just a plain light/medium brown color. I really want my natural color back, I used to have a lot of natural blonde highlights. Will it ever go back to its natural color? and is there a way I can get it back now? I would really appreciate any help you can give me with this.

      Comment by Alex — December 13, 2005 @ 7:31 pm

    154. I have a hair color crisis….A couple of months ago I had my hair colored at a salon (I only color once a year or so just for a change) and she was supposed to use a semi-perm caramel color on my medium brown hair. It turned out quite a bit redder than we had expected but I was ok with it since it wasn’t permanent. The color has not faded and my roots are growing out (looks like permanent color was used). So I tried to go back to my normal color using my old at-home semi-perm kit, and the results are lots of red! Whatcan I do to fix this or at least tone down the red without damaging my hair more?

      Comment by Libby — December 11, 2005 @ 1:16 pm

    155. hi! my natural haircolor is dark blonde and i dyed it lighter blonde about 3 months ago. by now its very faded and orangish. i unfortunately made the mistake of using a hair color in the states that is not sold in europe, where i am for the year, so i cannot use the same product again to freshen it or anything so i want to recolor it to light brown/dirty blonde like it was before, but i am not sure how a new hairdye i get will end up looking over already dyed hair. also im worried about it fading again and looking even more orange. what is the best thing to do to return to my normal haircolor easiest and with the least amount of maintainance later and of course the least amount of damage?

      Comment by Dee — December 5, 2005 @ 7:41 am

    156. My natural hair color is dark brown. I recently had messed on a dye job and had to redye it again. My roots are now growing out and my hair is strawberry blonde and dark brown. Is there anyway I can dye it dark again, myself, without damaging it too much??

      Comment by Becca — December 3, 2005 @ 3:34 am

    157. Hi Dav,
      Your stylist misinformed you or it was just a misunderstanding. A rinse, can never lighten a haircolor because it has no peroxide to do so. It was a permanent color that was applied.
      A rinse now, over your color would be the least damaging, but it will lighten up to your highlighted hair eventually. If your roots are noticabley different, you could use a semi permanent or permanent color to even it out to your original color. I’ld suggest asking a colorists opinion, who can see exactly what is happening.

      Comment by Barb — December 1, 2005 @ 4:42 pm

    158. I have naturally dark brown hair and my hair stylist used a rinse to lighten it to a medium brown shade. I also have blondish highlights on top of that, but now the roots have grown out and I would like to return to my natural hair color. I was under the impression that a rinse washes out, but my color is pretty much the same as it was when it was first done minus the roots. Is it the highlights that is causing it to look that way, and what will be the least damaging thing I can do to return to my natural hair color?

      Comment by Dav — November 28, 2005 @ 11:51 pm

    159. Hi Michelle,
      I’m unsure as to what you want to accomplish with color…covering gray, lighter or darker or the same sandy brown. But to get rid of the redish-orange your formula will need to include more ash tone, maybe a dark ash or medium ash blonde.
      I imagine you are doing this at home. I suggest you call the 800 number on the box and they can suggest what color to use in their product line.
      Also, make sure your hair is in it’s best condition before perming…makes a ton of difference in the end results you will get.

      Comment by Barb — November 26, 2005 @ 4:33 pm

    160. Hi, my natural color is Sandy brown. No matter what I do it will still lighten up to a dark blonde. My problem…..No matter what color blonde (dark blonde to very light ash blonde) it always brings out redish-orange tones. If I go to light brown, its so dark looking me that I hate it. I really want to stay way from highlights because I want to let my hair grow longer to have a body wave like actress Debra Messing style. Any advice on what I can do??

      Comment by Michelle — November 25, 2005 @ 12:24 pm

    161. Kate,
      Most importantly, is that you have a reputable colorist…someone you can trust. They really will have the best answer for you, because your hair is right there in their hands. They can asses the condition and porosity of your hair.
      After saying that, if your hair is considerably lightened, you will need a permanent color to hold the color on your hair. The colorist also will be able to suggest a color with a bit more pizazz for you.
      Good Luck!

      Comment by Barb — November 22, 2005 @ 1:00 pm

    162. My natural hair colour is meduim brown, i have been putting blonde highlights in for about 3 years now & would like to go back to a colour similiar to my natural colour. Maybe a bit darker, the reason why i dont want to go back to exactly my natural colour is because its a boring brown. from reading you website i’d say i have a cool skin tone. i am going to to to a hairsalon for this. can they colour my hair with a semi permant colour because i dont want to damage my hair too much? As is i have curly hair so it often frizzes. do you think i should rather just get it back to my natural colour & then try darker later on, or should i just go for a slightly darked tone first time?

      Comment by Kate — November 22, 2005 @ 7:15 am

    163. Francesca, here is my article on options.

      Comment by Barb — November 15, 2005 @ 9:08 pm

    164. I have a question…my natural hair color is a light chestnut brown (as i was told by a hairstylist) .. i have been dying it black for a while.. is there any way i can go back to my natural color without damaging it too much ? please help !! =(

      Comment by Francesca — November 14, 2005 @ 11:54 pm

    165. Jordan,
      Your best bet is to find a beauty school near you and have them fix it. They can do that at a much cheaper price than a salon. Once they fix it, you may be able to keep it up, depending on what you are going for.
      Stop trying to fix it yourself, it will need a double process to balance out the color. Your roots need to be dealt with differently than the rest of your hair. You will continue to damage your hair if you continue what you are doing.
      But the good news is, it can most likely be fixed at this point.
      Good Luck!

      Comment by Barb — November 11, 2005 @ 12:04 pm

    166. I have a question, my natural hair color is bettween dishwater blonde and light brown. last year I dyed it ultra light ash blonde. My hair is frizzy and dry with one wave in the middle my hair is about shoulder length and my roots are about 1 1/2 inches long and I have tryed so many store bought products to try to fix it but none of them have worked. I can’t go to the salon because their to exspensive. What can I do?Help me, please!

      Comment by jordan — November 9, 2005 @ 8:25 pm

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