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Geting Hair Back to Natural Color After Dyeing

I dyed my hair blonde in September of 2016. My natural hair is light/dark black. Because my hair was dark, the color didn't come out to be too bright, but more of a honey brown and I was more than okay with it. That was my first time ever changing the color of my hair and I have not retouched my roots. Now almost 7 months since changing to honey brown, I've decided I want to go back to a color similar to my natural hair. I don't know if I should just go to regular black and allow the color to fade after washing a couple times, or just do a dark brown?


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March 2, 20171 found this helpful

As your hair has already been subjected to chemical treatments, any of the darker shades will more than likely go darker than the color shown on the box. It is good that you are taking this into consideration.

A good permanent color should not fade appreciably after just a few shampoos. I think a darkest ash brown might be your best bet, as your original black is not a warm color.

Wouldn't it be nice if you could take the guesswork out of your hair coloring? I mean like, know in advance what the results will be before you apply the color over your entire head?

Well you can!! Do a strand test from scalp to ends. Then you will know whether to go lighter or darker, or use the same color you used for the strand test. This test is so simple, most people overlook it or don't want to be bothered, and then spend months regretting they didn't do it. Such a shame.


(Are you readers paying attention??? In my early years as a hair burner, I made the mistake of using a certain chemical on my sister's hair. Within two minutes her hair turned to the texture of ABC chewing gum (ABC=already been chewed). I rushed her to the shampoo bowl and rinsed and rinsed and rinsed. Actually, I rinsed most of her hair right off her head.

She was kind about the whole matter and graciously accepted the money I gave her to buy a wig. She wore that wig for months. A simple strand test would have saved her hair and prevented a big hole in my wallet, not to mention my feeling like an imbecile for quite a while).

I learned my lesson. When in doubt, DO A STRAND TEST, FIRST!!

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March 2, 20171 found this helpful

you don't have to commit to a whole new permanent color. i use clairol natural instincts. It's not permanent and gradually fades the more you wash it, but it covers up the roots from what you have in a natural way and you can change the shade every 6 weeks, especially if you're going lighter (dark brown) to black. it's what was called a cellophane in the 80's, and you can still pay for a professional one if you want to but it's super-easy to do yourself! it covers up my gray perfectly!

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