Here’s How To Go Back To Your Natural Hair Color
Published Sept 13, 2021
Having colored hair is nice but at some point, the desire to go back to your natural hair color will hit you. Whether it’s because others think it doesn’t suit you or you yourself think it’s awful, regretting your hairstyle choices is perfectly normal. I mean, achieving a hair color that perfectly suits you sometimes takes a few tries. And if you haven’t regretted even just a single hair styling decision you’ve made, then are you even human?
But know that getting your hair back to its natural color won’t be that easy. For one, all those hair treatment chemicals have definitely damaged your hair in one way or another. Plus, hair bleaching products oxidize the melanin molecule in your hair removing all of its colors. In case you didn’t know, this is an irreversible process. And if you’ve used a permanent hair dye, then getting your natural hair color back will be a lot harder.
No worries. All hope is not lost yet. Here are some tips on how to go back to your natural hair color:
1. Let it Grow
This is one of the most effortless and cheapest ways to go back to your natural hair color. Plus, it’s “au naturelle” so you don’t have to worry about causing further damage to your hair. You just need to learn how to put up with your current hair color for a few months. Or you can also experiment with different types of hair styling techniques so the color “demarcation” won’t be that obvious. Using a hair growth shampoo and conditioner can also hasten the process.
A regular trip to the hairdresser might also be necessary if you’re growing your hair out. You need to get regular trims and slowly get rid of the dyed sections of your hair if you want to see a gradual difference.
But if you have naturally slow-growing hair, this might not be the best option as it could take years before you can achieve your ideal hair length.
2. Try a Shorter Do
If you don’t mind having short hair and large portions of your natural hair can already be seen, you can just cut all the dyed hair away. The shorter your hair is, the less growing out will be required.
Besides, shorter do’s have been a trend the past few years with celebrities rocking pixie cuts on the red carpet. This might even be an opportunity for you to try out hairstyles that otherwise would have been too “risque” for your taste. Plus, with so many chic and short hairstyles to choose from, there’s bound to be one that will suit your bone structure perfectly.
3. Dye Your Hair With Your Natural Hair Color
If this isn’t yet obvious, then you should give it some serious thought. I mean, you can’t go back to your natural hair color overnight. But the fastest way to do it would be to color your hair with a shade closest to your natural hair color. Though, in most cases, this is easier said than done.
You see, even for professional hair colorists, achieving a specific hair color can be a challenge. It’s even more so if the hair is already dyed a different color. Dying your hair can also be very unpredictable, especially if you’re DIYing it. Instead of getting your natural golden tresses back, you could end up with a horrible shade of blonde that’s much closer to orange than gold.
Besides, most hair dyes have dimethicone other hair-drying substances. So whether you’re trying to get rid of your blonde hair in favor of your much darker natural color or vice versa, there’s bound to be some damage to your hair. This is especially true if you’ve dyed your blonde hair a darker color and want to go back to being blonde. You may need to bleach your hair before you can apply any colors.
To avoid further coloring blunders and minimize hair damage, go to a professional. It might cost you more but that’s nothing compared to the shame of having to put up with a botched hair dyeing job.
4. Get an Ombre or Balayage
As you probably noticed, growing your dyed hair will produce a sort of “horizontal line” that marks where the dyed hair ends and your natural hair begins. The best way to “soften” these lines is to get an ombre or a balayage. This won’t only ease your hair color’s transition but also highlights your hair and makes you look very fashionable. Who knows, it might turn out to be the perfect hair color you’ve been looking for all this time.
5. Use Root Concealers
Root concealers are more of a temporary solution than a permanent one. But they are very effective at hiding your root regrowth. They also come in a variety of shades. Whether you have blonde hair, red hair, brown hair, or dark brown hair, there’s a root concealer to match your exact hair color.
6. Embrace Your Grown Out Roots
Instead of hiding your grown-out roots, why not embrace them? Take inspiration from celebrities like Drew Barrymore, and Beyonce who have rocked their grown-out roots at some point. Besides, according to Allure Magazine, shadow roots is a hair color trend you should watch out for this 2021.
7. Try Hair Color Removers
Yes, hair color removers exist and, in most cases, they can remove even permanent hair dyes. It works by entering your hair shaft and dissolving the color pigments that are being held there. And about 20 to 30 minutes after application, both the color remover and the hair dye pigments are washed out of the hair.
While this product may sound great, it has its limitations. For one, it can only remove hair colors that are darker than your natural hair color. If you’ve bleached your hair, it cannot restore it to its natural color. Also, if you’ve been coloring your hair for a long time, it may take more than one session to get rid of all the colors.
While dyeing your hair can be pretty easy, undoing it can be a hassle. So if you don’t want to go through all the pains of getting your natural hair color back, get your hair color done by a professional.
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