View Full Version : Any tips on getting back to my natural hair colour??
07-24-2010, 07:10 AM
For as long as I can remember I have been having my hair dyed every couple of months. I really want to get out of this habit and grow my hair out back to its natural colour (I'm not even sure what that is now)! I have long hair so it will take a long time to grow out fully but cutting it short isn't an option as it wouldn't suit me at all.
I've tried doing this a couple of times before but everytime my roots get to a certain length it looks ridiculous and I feel really self concious so I go and get it dyed again.
Has anyone else gone back to their natural hair colour and if so, how did you do it? :confused:
07-24-2010, 08:26 AM
I let it grow back.
I let mine grow out this year, however my hair's short. And I was transitioning from blondish to now all gray, so I didn't have a huge root contrast...
If my hair was long, I would probably use a temporary color, one that washes out to cover my roots. Here we have temporary and semi-permanent, both wash out - the temp. washes out quicker.
Something like that might tie you over during the process. *Ü*
07-24-2010, 01:07 PM
I have long brown hair with only one teensy patch of gray - on top and in the front, of course - but my natural brown is kind of blah so I color a little darker.
My colorist uses something she calls "demi" color - it is not permanent, and normally I have it touched up every 6 to 8 weeks. That might be the easiest way to transition back to natural because it washes out gradually.
When I go too long before re-coloring, I wear my hair pulled back and kind of "slick" - this hides a multitude of sins! People think it is fancy when really it is a desperate attempt not to look scary! Might be a good strategy for you in the meantime (see photo).
I will be 49 soon and have been 99% raw (I count spices and nutritional yeast in the 1% non-raw) for almost a year, and I notice my gray is diminishing - the teensy patch is getting even smaller!
07-24-2010, 02:03 PM
According to the hairdresser who helped me grow my hair out, bladder cancer and its tie to hair dye makes this worth while. I went from long blond to now long grey/brunett in two years.( I'm now 49) And have never received more compliments! We tried to match highlights to my natural color but with poor results. The thing that worked the best was to put a temporary color matched to my darker natural color. Blond to brunett in two hours..yikes! As the color faded and new growth came in, there was still a noticeable line but not as bad as before. I finally layered it at shoulder length. The hairdressed went from hip length dyed black hair to a 1 inch pure white spiky doo!! She had developed severe chem. sensitivities. Now its back to hip length snow white and gorgeous! How ever you choose to do it..natural/gray hair rawks!!
07-25-2010, 03:03 PM
is there a henna dye that matches your natural hair color? you could try that until it grows out
07-25-2010, 06:03 PM
Thank you for the suggestions :)
I like the idea of using henna or temporary hair colour until it grows out.
07-26-2010, 02:47 AM
I was going to suggest using henna too but Jenna got there first. :)
I had super long hair (I could sit on it) and I let my hair simply grow out, roots be buggered!
I had dyed my hair black for so long that some friends had never seen me without black hair and expressed surpised that this was not my natural colour!
The regrowth was dark (I have dark brown hair) and honestly I just didn't care.
07-28-2010, 12:01 PM
Henna is NOT temporary, just so you know. And has it's own set of problems as far as color hold. It often turns brassy, which just adds another dimension to "ick" and just prolongs the process.
Honestly, this is not a diy project except if you choose to just let it grow out and use temporary color (Rioux foam in the can at Sally's is the easiest and probably best, too, no runs or drips and gives good coverage).
If you want to do color to help the situation: Do some research and really find the best colorist you can afford. Make sure your goals are the same.
08-20-2010, 04:48 PM
I've used Naturtint for years, always lighter than my natural color. My hair was blond till I had children and then went dark. I am 53 and have tried to let it grow out and have gotten to the point where the roots are about two inches long and then have had some kind of family function, ie...wedding to go to (my sons) and wanted to look "better". Tonight I have gone a shade darker than what I think my hair will be and hopefully as it fades my roots will blend in...........and I can leave it alone...there is always a very pretty little splotch of silver at my temple.looking forward to seeing how it goes so I can stop this nonsense.........that's my story and I'm sticking to it!!:rolleyes:
09-03-2010, 09:19 AM
If you want to use henna, this site is THE site to read.
It explains why some henna jobs fail (they aren't using all henna).
"How can you find out if the henna hair dye you've been using has toxic metallic salts?
Harvest some of your hair.
Mix one ounce (30 ml) of 20-volume peroxide and 20 drops of 28% ammonia.
Put your harvested hair in the peroxide-ammonia mix (this is in synthetic hair dye).
If there's lead in the henna you've used, your hair will change color immediately.
If there's silver nitrate in the henna you've been using, there will be no change in hair color, because silver is coating the hair. However, silver nitrate leaves a greenish cast to your hair, so you can tell by that.
If there's copper in the henna you've used, your hair will start to boil, the hair will be hot and smell horrible, and the hair will disintegrate.
With all that crap, frequently unlisted, in some henna products, no wonder henna's gotten a bad rap!"
09-08-2010, 12:26 AM
The best way to getting back to your natural hair color is that just stop doing any of the hair color on your hair and wait for 2 or three months then you will get your natural hair color, this is the best way for getting natural hair back. Another option is that dye your hair the same color you are naturally and then you would have minimal root color difference.
11-08-2011, 10:57 AM
i think it would make it easier for u if u had the hairdresser just dye all of ur hair the closest to ur natural root color and then just let it all grow out . it might be a different color then ur used to but u will get used to and by the time ur hair grows out all of the dye u wont have to worry about it matching ur roots anymore . it should bother u less too . thats what i did . i havent touch hair dye in over 4 or 5 months and im an addict to home hair dyes !!! good luck to u !!
12-19-2011, 06:00 PM
Wow! I actually did not realize that Henna could be tainted like that. I buy my henna from a company that is completely and totally organic, vegan, raw, wild-crafted, natural and all that. They really mean it. Check out Morrocco Method on the internet. You order right from their website and some stores carry them too.
01-01-2012, 08:24 PM
A while ago I started to think carefully about poisonous chemicals which we expose ourselves to.
Then, when 2 women recently died after using hair color after having an allergic reaction (it is very rare, though), it spurred me on to go natural.
About 2 months ago I dyed my hair the same as my natural color, and I got a really good match. No visible
regrowth, and the natural hair coming out is so shiny and healthy looking. Brunette now, will have to put up a new profile pic!
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