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Getting back to your natural hair color is a challenge that Rosy faces

Hi,
My natural hair color is a light blonde and for the past couple of months I have been dying it dark brown with a semi-permanent hair color. I really want to go back to my natural color but I’ve got no idea how… I’ve tried to use a permanent dye similar to my natural hair color to dye over the top, but it didn’t do anything! Is there anyway of getting rid of the brown, without having to just grow it out! Would love some advice :)Thanks xxxComment by Rosy
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I’ll give you a little background on hair color and what they are actually doing to your hair. Semi-permanent hair color is most often used to go a shade or two darker than your natural hair color. Many people like a semi-permanent color because it is less damaging to the hair and tends to fade out for a soft out-growth. On the other hand permanent hair color penetrates deeper into the hair cuticle providing a longer lasting color with a more defined out growth.

There are a few ways you can get a good start at becoming blonde again. The only home remedy I would suggest is to try a clarifying shampoo a few times a week until you feel you have reached maximum results. The clarifier will slowly remove any build up of hair color in the hair. It is a less damaging approach to lightening the hair but, it’s not a guaranteed way to remove all hair color. Aveda’s Hair Detoxifier and Bumble and Bumble’s Sunday Shampoo are two great clarifiers to choose from.

Your other option would be to call a hair salon and see a hair coloring professional. Going lighter once you have dark hair is much more difficult to achieve at home than vice versa. The problem you are having with lightening your hair is color will not lift out previous color; you have to remove it. Putting a blonde hair color over dark hair has the same effect as using a highlighter on black paper, it does nothing.

By going into a hair salon a hairdresser can take a look at your hair and formulate what will best suit your needs. The hairdresser could take a dramatic route and do a bleach and tone on your hair to remove the old box color. This option could potentially be very damaging to the hair depending on how the box hair color lifts out of the hair.

A better approach would be to do a foil/high light in the hair. The unfortunate side to this option is, you will not completely get rid of the brown. The benefits to this option are:

  • Appearance of hair color being lighter all over
  • You will save the integrity of the hair
  • You will have great dimension in the hair
  • Your outgrowth will be less harsh and more natural looking

Let’s face it, no one naturally has one single, solid, hair color right? You can have the best of both worlds by adding high lights to your brown hair and be adding depth and interest as well!

 

  





6 Comments »

  1. Debbie,
    It will take a few times of coloring your hair before it completely covers your blonde! Your hair has been “stripped” for a lack of better words for years and it will be a process to gain that health back to the point where the hair can actually hold that color in.

    Keep putting a semi permanent color on every 4-6 weeks. But becareful not to pull it through the ends of the hair for the entire processing time because it will darken the hair too much!

    Good luck.

    Comment by Sarah — February 3, 2010 @ 11:39 am

  2. I have used frost n tip on my hair for years, it stays blonde where it is not growing. I have try regular hair to get it back to it’s meduim brown before and it wash out in about four washes. Can you tell me what I need to do.

    Comment by Debbie — February 3, 2010 @ 11:15 am

  3. hey:)
    i have been dying my hair for year now and have been every colour under the sun and i really want to go back to my natural colour but i am no sure what it is and then i used a pre-lightener on my my hair to try lighten the colour i had but i went orange. any advice?

    Comment by Chrissi — February 2, 2009 @ 9:53 am

  4. I have gone back and forth from dark to light for years. Everytime I would go from light to dark I would have no problems and when I would go back to light my hair would either turn orange or green. I have dark now and want to go back to light. I just tried the other day and it did nothing. How can I get my light blonde back without it changing to orange or green?

    Comment by Sheena — January 29, 2009 @ 2:06 pm

  5. I have medium brown hair, and I am thinking of dying it a fiery red color, but if I decided to grow it out, how would I do that without cutting it short or leaving it with a grow-out line?

    Comment by Brooke — January 19, 2009 @ 8:40 pm

  6. Hi,

    I have been dying my hair a dark brown for years and would like to know a way to get it back to it’s natural grey with out the ugly growth line and not having to cut it really short!

    Comment by Sandy — December 8, 2008 @ 7:35 pm

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