Going Back to Natural Hair Color After Bleaching?

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Once your natural hair color has been removed it is not quick and easy to return to your actual hair color. You can try dyeing with permanent, temporary, or herbal products while it grows out or see a professional for their advice. This is a page about going back to your natural hair color after bleaching.

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May 3, 2017

So I went bleached blonde about 3 months back. Now I'm pregnant and can't be bothered to keep on top of the roots. I can't afford the hairdresser and would really like to go back to brunette, but I'm scared it will go green. What dye do people recommend or colors? Anything has to be better than bleached blonde hair with pure black roots!

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May 3, 20171 found this helpful
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You can only darken 1-2 shades at a time at home. Once you dye your hair, wait 2-6 weeks and repeat. You will have to be patient.

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May 4, 20171 found this helpful
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You really shouldn't be treating your hair/scalp with chemicals while you're pregnant. If you need something done (if the look is killing you) there are plenty of awesome temporary/herbal dyes for you.

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September 3, 2020

So, what do I do when I had highlights at a salon. I kept them for about 2 months but I didn't like them so later on, I bleached my hair and then dyed it dark blonde. It also came out bad still I kept for about 1-2 weeks then I dyed it back to dark brown and it pretty much looks black but still you can kind see some of the blonde in random strips.

I just want to know how I can get my natural hair color back and what helps with hair growth.


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September 3, 20201 found this helpful
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There are several options you can consider. The first option is growing out your hair with natural highlights. Balayage highlights are very low maintenance and easy to use and take care of. You can get these done at a hair salon. The highlights will be used on the roos only and this helps to blend in your natural color roots to the color your hair is dyed now.


The second option is to dye your hair back to the original hue your hair color is now. This can be done at a salon so when the roots grow out and your hair grows your natural color will return.

The third option is to strip out the color in your hair and then allow it to grow out again. This is not such a good option because when you remove the color you have put in your hair now, your hair normally won't be the same color as before.

You can always get a short hair cut and allow your hair to grow out naturally. Normally people do not like this option and they try to do the highlight or dye their hair back to their natural hue.

Keep in mind that you have done a lot of dying on your hair and this can cause major damage to your hair. Whatever option you choose you will need to do regular trims on your hair and cut off the damage on the ends of your hair. Hair can only grow so fast and this all depends on the person. You can't make your hair grow any faster than your hair naturally grows right now. You'll just need to wait and allow your hair to grow out and try one of these options while it is growing out.

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March 5, 2015

Dyed hairSo I have naturally medium brown/ashy-ish hair color. Over the years I've highlighted it and added more and more highlights to where most of my hair is light blonde, but all different shades. I'm tired of bleaching and maintaining it. I'm wanting to go to a color that will blend well with my natural hair color. I like colors with red/eggplant tones. But I'm open to anything you think would look best. I have relatively tan skin and brown eyes.

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March 6, 20150 found this helpful
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If your hair is already damaged and different shades from frequent home box colors, it will be very difficult to approximate a return to your natural color on your own. You should consider seeing a hair stylist for a professional color recommendation and treatment.


At this point, you can't expect immediate perfection when starting with damaged hair so a stylist may be able to help in stages and over time.

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