Whether you initially changed your hair color in order to mask some greys, or you just wanted a different shade, there may come a turning point where you decide that you want to go back to your natural color. If you're sick of salon bills and want to save money on your hair routine, need a healthy change of pace, or perhaps have completely forgotten what your natural color actually is, there can be something refreshing about resetting. But you don't have to let it all grow out. Exactly what you do will depend on the coloring you've had before, and what your goals are in the future.
Keep scrolling to learn how to seamlessly transition back to your natural hair color.
Consult a Hairstylist
Determine the Best Steps Forward
Transition to Your Natural Shade Over Time
If you're really itching to have any dye gone, you can replace highlights with lowlights in a shade close to your natural color every six to 12 weeks until the highlights have disappeared.
Alternately, you can slowly transition your hair by glossing it to replicate the color of your roots. "The best way to grow out your natural color, especially coming from a highlight or balayage look, is to have your colorist gloss down your hair back to the natural level of the roots to allow the natural root to blend as it grows," says IGK Hair Care founder Chase Kusero.
Let it Grow, Then Tint
Proper hair filling will ensure that your hair tone is even, and will prevent your hair from turning green or muddy. We suggest you see a professional for a tint back service. The cost to fix a mistake made during tinting back will far outweigh any savings you get from replacing your natural color yourself.
Wear hair extensions
All extensions are safe, it is how you take care of them that makes the difference. If you go to a pro, and treat your own hair with respect your hair will grow. Our top pic is a glue less method such as a beaded weft. Check out our DIY videos which cause zero damage.
Depending on how much you lightened your hair in the past, your hair's porosity, and its overall health, it may take more than one color appointment over the course of two to six months to achieve the right tone.
For the fastest results, work with your stylist to ensure that you are properly caring for your hair, and ask them what is necessary to get the best result.
After you've tinted your hair back, you'll just need to let it grow. Remember to still treat it like colored hair: just because it's your natural color doesn't mean it isn't chemically treated. Hair usually grows roughly one half-inch per month. If you keep your hair long, it will likely take years before your hair is truly "natural" again.