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How to Get your Natural Hair Color Back

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Sometimes it’s fun to change hair color, it gives us a sense of change and a unique way to express ourselves. But what happens our sense of adventure wears off and you want your natural hair color back? Well lets roll up our sleeves and look at our options.

The Waiting Game

Patience is your best ally if you have colored your hair with a temporary, semi-permanent, or demi-permanent hair color. These types of hair colors will wash out over time. On the other hand, permanent hair color is permanent and will fade, but it will never wash out.

Here is a list of approximately how long you can expect each type of hair color to last until your natural shade of hair color returns.

Temporary hair color – Lasts until the next shampoo

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Semi-permanent hair color – Lasts anywhere from 5-12 shampoos

Demi-permanent hair color – Lasts up to 28 shampoos

Permanent hair color – Lasts forever

How to Artificially Achieve your Natural Hair Color

Don’t want to wait? Here are the DIY how-to on how to get back to your natural hair color results at home.

Determine your natural level and tone. The level describes the lightness or darkness of your hair, and the tone is the shade of the hair color. You can determine these factors by comparing your new growth to swatches of hair color in a beauty supply store.

Next, Determine the level and tone of your current hair color.

Calculate the difference between your current level and your natural level.

Compare both tones to determine which shade of hair color will compliment or neutralize your current tone. For example, if you currently have ash blonde hair and would like to return to a natural brown shade, use a hair color with red tones to neutralize the ash tones.

Tips to Remember

New growth has not been exposed to as much sunlight as the ends of your hair. So you’ll need to compensate to insure the most natural results, choose a hair color that is one level lighter than your new growth color.

Hair that is more than two levels lighter than your desired level may have to be filled to create rich, natural looking results.

Hair that has been artificially colored darker than your natural hair color will have to be lightened first because hair color will not lighten artificial hair color.

When in doubt get some professional advice from the beauty store team member, the 800 number on the product box, a hair stylist or a hair colorist. The further away you are from your natural hair color you are the trickier this becomes.

If your attempts don’t go as well as you hoped go to my article Hair Color Dyes Gone Bad? Hair Colorist 911.

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Barb Quinn
By: Barb Quinn

Barb Quinn has been a professional hairstylist for over 30 years and was a pioneer as an Internet hairstyle commentator starting her first hairstyle web site in 1999. Since then Barb has established herself as a nationally recognized hair designer, educator, and freelance writer. Thousands of women each day follow Barb's hairstyling wit and wisdom on her highly successful blogs The Hairstyle Blog and Visual Makeover In 2011 The Hairstyle Blog was selected as Top Beauty Blog by BeautySchool.com.