Post # 1
I’m a natural blonde (level 7.5 for those of you who know the color scale) and I’ve been dying my hair a darker color for years. For engagement photos/the wedding and also for the sake of saving money since I’m tired of dying my roots every 4 weeks, I’m trying to get back to my natural color. NOT super light bleach blonde or anything that requires alot of maintence, just a nice dark blonde.
I went to the salon about a month ago after not dying my hair for a couple of months (previously I dyed it light brown which still shows my light roots especially in the sun). I explained how I wanted to go back to my original color and get away from dying so much. She said she couldn’t just highlight my hair back to the original color because the roots would come up even lighter so she suggested dying the roots the color I had it then doing highlights. A very high salon bill later, my hair looked very nice, kind of ombre with darker roots and lighter ends. However, barely a month later and I know have light roots growing in again! She said when I come back we’d do the same again. I don’t understand how I’m ever going to get to my natural color when we keep dying my roots darker! Not to mention I’m not looking forward to spending 200+ dollars again!
So blonde out there, help? Suggestions?
Post # 3
Ooh, I’m too scared to risk going darker!
Post # 4
I’ve been just about every shade at this point! I’ve been super dark to super light, this is frusterating becauase I’m only maybe a shade and a half or two darker than my natural color I don’t understand why it’s so difficult to fix 🙁
Post # 5
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
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 # 7
@BooRadley: I believe she dyed it maybe a level 6? It’s deffinitely a light brown still, but it still contrasts quite a bit with my dark blonde roots. It’s also alot warmer/redder than my natural color comming it. It’s annoying because then I also having blonder highlights comming down about a half an inch to an inch below the darker dyed part.
Post # 8
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
@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
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
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
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 # 13
@hotpinkbride: I hear you! I did a “demi” dye for an auburn color (not even a shocking or really bright red) back in summer and I have to use Color Fix two times over the course of six months and even to this day it still comes out warmer when it’s been dyed! Most stubborn hair color I’ve ever had! I liked it but I’d never go back just because it was a pain to get rid of!
Post # 14
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
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
Post # 16
@discokitty: I totally understand! That’s my problem! My stylist with dying my roots was like “darker contrast at the roots is trendy right now” I’m like but I have the opposite problem I have light roots contrasting with the new color when they grow back in!
Does anyone think perhaps if I dye my roots myself soon a dark blonde (because it usually comes out a light brown color when I first dye it anyway) then scheduled for more highlights that might do it?