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How to Get Back to Your Natural Hair Color

Do you want to get your natural hair color back?

The” how-to” of getting back to your natural hair color can be tricky and is always best left to a hair colorist professional.  But, if you’re getting this answer from your professional hair colorist . . . well, let’s just say, I would be looking elsewhere to spend my money.

I have a problem with my hair color. I have been told by a couple different hairdressers 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 high lights and have tried on various occasions to get back to my natural color. The hairdressers 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?

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I think you are right! Given the response, “it’s the chemistry of your hair that’s causing the problem,” after the fact, sounds like an excuse to me and that in reality, these people don’t have the know-how to do the corrective coloring your hair requires.

From what you have described, the hair colorist is putting the same solution on your virgin hair as your processed hair and is expecting the same results? That can’t happen! The basic formula that applies to all hair coloring

  • YOUR BASE COLOR + ADDED COLOR= FINAL COLOR

There is more than one way to go about getting your hair back to your natural ashy brown hair color and your hair colorist would need to see you to decide the best route to get you there. But your situation appears, at least from what you’ve mentioned, to be easy to remedy.

It could be that you may need nothing more than toning down the hair color as needed until the unwanted high lighted hair has been cut off. But it’s not possible for me, or anyone for that matter, to give the right solution, chemically speaking, over the internet .  .  . after all, you have seen what can happen even when someone has you right there in their chair!

Your best solution lies in finding a really top-notch hair colorist and there are many of them out there. I know it can be discouraging when you’ve had bad results as you’ve mentioned, but don’t give up, just find better resources. You can try, the list of the Board Certified Hair Colorists in your area. Ask for referrals from friends, training schools or any woman who has a great hair color!

Try a reputable advanced training center and get it fixed at a discounted price, the schools are there to teach the students how to do corrective coloring and every step is heavily supervised.

 

  





13 Comments »

  1. Go for it . . . Going natural is one of those times when a professional hair colorist will keep you from looking freaky.

    Comment by Paul Lynn — November 22, 2016 @ 12:14 pm

  2. I’ve been coloring since 24, now 64. I’ve decided to go natural. I know it will be grey. That’s why I started coloring back then. Should I just let it grow out or have the color (red) taken out by the hairdresser?

    Comment by Barbara — November 21, 2016 @ 12:57 pm

  3. Hi Caitlin,

    Dark hair color is a common problem, but unfortunately there is no easy solution. Just remember, you’re not alone. We see this problem in the salon all the time.

    Hair Color Too Dark, Here are your options is an informative article that will help explain all of your options. Check it out today!

    Good luck!

    Comment by Michelle Skye — June 3, 2012 @ 7:40 pm

  4. Hello,
    I have a light dirty blonde hair,naturally. But for the past couple years I dyed it so many times to black. How can I get rid of my black and go back to my natural dirty blondr?

    Comment by Caitlin — June 2, 2012 @ 2:05 pm

  5. i dyed my hair a lighter blonde than my natural colour but i really want my natural colour back, what do i do?

    Comment by franki mcleod — March 10, 2012 @ 1:50 am

  6. Sooner or later you’re going to have to get some professional help . . . things are only going to get worse and more expensive to fix if you keep up the DIY routine.

    Comment by Barb Quinn — November 13, 2011 @ 11:33 am

  7. Hi,
    I recently had a hair disaster! I wanted to have an ombre style browny blonde hair colour BUT the hair dresser made it too dark at the top and bleached the bottom too blonde. She used semi-permanent dye on the top.
    I hated it so I went back and she put a semi-permanent dark brown all over, but it’s fading. The bleached part of my hair has gone a nice browny blonde, but the top is still dark brown! I want to get rid of it all and go back to my natural hair colour which is a reddy light brown. How could I go about this?! I am in desperate need of help as I don’t know what to do and do not want to do a DIY but then again I don’t have a lot of money to spend either. Please get back to me asap! Thank you.

    Comment by Charlotte — November 13, 2011 @ 10:08 am

  8. Audrey,
    You might try a color shampoo in a brand you like ie; Redken, Paul Mitchell, etc. Also there are many over-the counter color shampoos or glosses. One reputable brand gloss I’ve used is John Freida. These all have a color molecule in them or they wouldn’t stain the hair but they are not as concentrated as permanent hair color or semi-permanent hair color.
    Always remember to, condition, condition, condition, and deep condition. That, as well as heat moderation, is really important in keeping your hair healthy and to keep it from fading.

    Comment by Barb Quinn — May 17, 2011 @ 10:39 am

  9. I have natural red hair, but it faded over time… is there any way to get it back without having to dye it?

    Comment by Audey — May 15, 2011 @ 2:54 am

  10. my hair’s natural color is black.im at the age of 14 and my hair are getting grey.give me a soloution to get back mynatural color easily.

    Comment by zai — January 12, 2010 @ 11:02 am

  11. my natural coulor is a mousey brown, i dyed it a dark brown, i have been trying to cover up the roots when they come through an im fed up of dying it, it looks horrible, how dod i get my natural coulor back!? its now loads of diffrend shades of bown please help me!

    Comment by Kaitlin — July 25, 2009 @ 4:58 am

  12. Alex,
    The links above give ideas, but my guess is your best move would be to have a professional fix it.
    People want a quick at-home fix, but when hair gets too dark you need a trained professional to lift out the color and get it rigth. There are a few ways they can go about doing it for you.
    Good luck!

    Comment by Barb — June 3, 2008 @ 11:56 am

  13. my hair is like a light brown, with hints of blonde, i dyed it to a dark brown, and its near black. i hate it. but i dont know what to do to get it back to my natural colour? Help !?

    Comment by alex — May 30, 2008 @ 4:11 am

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