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DIY Back to Natural Hair Color

For one reason or another, you’ve colored your hair. Some color it to mask gray coloration. Others change it completely, achieving a great, new style. If you’re looking for a change of pace, and if you’re looking to step back to the “original” you, you can go back to natural hair color. The process is a transition, and you’ll need to make sure your re-coloration takes form based upon your original shade. If you’re ready, check out the tips below to rework your style, reacquire your old hue and recreate your hair’s best shades.

DIY Back to Natural Hair Color

Going Back from Dark Color

If you’ve tinted your hair black, added dark low lights or have otherwise lowered your hair’s overall color, you can still go back to natural hair color with little effort. The process will be a bit different from normal reworks, however.

Go to your stylist, and request a soap cap application. Soap cap applications remove deep colors, lifting out heavy colors from your hair’s roots. Once the darker color has been lifted, your hair will return to the desired natural level. You’ll need to follow up with a color toner and color supplement, too. Pick a product close to your hair’s original color, and work your hair as it grows out.


DIY Back to Natural Hair Color

Going Back from Light Color

If you’ve lightened your hair, highlighted it or have added lighter shades, you can easily return to an all-natural look. First, however, you’ll need to grow out your hair for at least two months. In doing so, you’ll give your stylist a viable sample of your hair’s natural color.

Next, have your stylist add a tint back shade. The tint back shade should also contain your hair’s natural color. Tint back is typically done with gold or red copper tones to to fill darker natural hair. For lighter natural hair tint back is done with gold tones. The tint back process will lower the overall shade of your hair, readying it for overall re-coloration. Next, you’ll need to apply a filler. Select a semi-permanent or demi-permanent color for the filler, and use it to fill in any spots.

By filling in these spots, you’ll ensure an even hair tone. You’ll also prevent muddy coloration. Depending on how much you’ve lightened your hair previously, your hair’s overall health might deserve multiple color appointments. You should additionally supplement the process with a repair solution. Repair solution products can restore your hair from damages induced by repeat lightening.


DIY Back to Natural Hair Color

Going Back to Gray

If you’ve lightened or darkened your hair to cover gray coloration, and if you’re ready to fully embrace a naturally gray style, you’ll need to blend and match the color slowly. The process is a little different, but it’s not at all inaccessible. First, you should cut your hair often. Keep it short to prepare for the grow-out process. If you’ve ever considered a pixie cut, now is a great time to do it.

Next, use lowlights and highlights to blend the gray in. When you’re first growing out your hair, experiment with different highlight and low light colors to assist the transition. Demi-permanent hair color, here, will be your friend. Rather than using a permanent color, use a demi-permanent color to “fade in” your current color to original gray. While demi-permanent color won’t fully cover your gray color, it’ll allow for a much smoother transition. Once the demi-permanent color fades, your natural gray will come through.


Each natural color restoration deserves time and attention. Natural hair color saves time and money. It also lets the sun create natural highlights throughout your hair. Sometimes, going back to natural hair color is simply the best choice!


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