Natural blondes that have gone darker…how did you get your hair color back!

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
207 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Ooh, I’m too scared to risk going darker!

Post # 5
2335 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

How much darker is your current hair than your natural color?  Like a warm brown with blonde roots or black with blonde roots?

Post # 6
2605 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’ve done this two ways (not a pro here, so forgive me if my terminology is off).


I went from dark burgundy hair to mediumlight ash blonde several years ago.  They stripped the old colour (not bleached) and wove in lowlights of a dark ash blonde and higlights of a light ash blonde.  After stripping my hair was a wheatish beige colour, so the hi/low lighting worked very well.

I went from  darm brown to the same med/light ash blonde about 2 years ago by bleaching out the brown, adding 2 shades of colour again, and toning the hell out of it.  It was still a bit brassy, and took about 4 rounds of hilights and toning to fully remove the orange/red from the bleach.  Roots have not been much of an issue since my colourist was able to match my base colour to a very close approximation of what my natural colour (the med ash blonde) is, however I’ve heard of semi or demi permanent colour being used on the roots to help with the blending.


Post # 8
5400 posts
Bee Keeper

I’ve never gone a lot darker so take this for what it’s worth. I think you need to find a stylist who will work with you more to do this, because it sounds like this one just wants your repeat business.

What I would do is wait until your roots have grown out enough for a stylist to color match, and either do an all over color as close to your natural color as possible, or more likely do a color match and have a mix of high and low lights as close to that color as possible. The reason I would still go with some highlights, or maybe ombre, is because I don’t think you’re going to get a color match that’s so exact you can just stop coloring. I think that’s going to take some growing out and maybe some minor highlighting or ombre so that it looks good.

I used to get my hair highlighted very light blonde and I was tired of the maintenance so last summer I got a darker golden blonde color with various shades of highlights and lowlights and it’s growing out so that its hardly noticeable. I think what you want is doable, but you have to find a stylist who is on board and understands you want to eventually stop coloring (or have the option). 

Post # 9
8040 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@Birdiebaby4:  You need to stop coloring your hair. That’s the only way to truly get it back. It has to grow out.

At the most, I’d go to a different salon, have highlights done (as long as it’s safe to do so – I know sometimes bleach over color isn’t recommended), and then leave it.

It sounds like your hair color isn’t drastically different than your roots so it would just look ombre/intentional when you grow it out.

You could chop your hair after the wedding so you get rid of the colored part faster. At least you’re not trying to go from black to blond… that would be a much more painful process!

Post # 10
89 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

If you want to go back to your natural color the only thing you can do is color your hair as close to your natural as possible and wait it out from there (this will take years; especially if you have long hair). Sorry but that’s the only way to do it. With a wedding coming up I’m sure you will want your hair freshly colored for photos and whatnot so this may not be an option for you.


The best thing for you to do is stick to as close to your natural color as you can to extend the length of time between salon appointments and grow it out after the wedding.


There are a few things you can do to increase the rate that your hair grows but that increase will be minimal.

Post # 11
1582 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I am a blonde who went red a few years ago. I will tell you it is a very long and difficult process to get back to your natural color. My colorist started the process by putting in blonde highlights and then finishing with a darker blonde rinse to cut brassiness. I went through all shades of the yellow/orange spectrum to get back to blonde and had to deal with some funky hair colors for a while. Not fun. Once we got most of the red out, I stopped highlighting and started growing. Overall, it took me 2 years to get back to my natural color. I would never do red again if I could go back.

Post # 12
156 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Oh, I have been there. It’s not fun.

I have natural dirty blonde hair, and I dyed it a light brown at the salon. Then I got lazy and just used boxed color. Well, after a while of doing it myself, my hair was pretty much almost black. I kept it that way for a while, and then I decided I wanted to go back to my natural color.

Off I went back to the salon, they stripped my hair, and the dyed it as close as they could to the color of my roots. Luckily for me, the colors weren’t too far off. And I haven’t touched it since. I think it’s been about… 5 or 6 years now.

Post # 14
237 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m currently doing the saem thing. I tried to lighten it myself with boxed colors, but it wasn’t getting any lighter and was brassy.  To save money, I did an all-over color to try to get it lighter, then went in for my first round of all-over highlights and low-lights and a toner. The goal is to get as many foils on my head in each sitting, but it will probably take 2-3.  I really didn’t want to strip it or do a full-on bleaching.


My hair is naturally a medium-dark ash blonde, so I have the opposite problem of dark roots growing in.  Not cheap, but it’s working.

Post # 15
6842 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I agree with the pp who have said basically you need to stop dying your hair. I have dyed my hair on and off for over 20 years now all different colors.  As PP said it will take a long time if you have long hair. I would just color it as close as you can to your natural color and go from there

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