How to Go Back to Your Natural Hair Color at Home After Dyeing It

June 01, 2020
By: Alanna Martine Kilkeary | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
How to Return to Your Natural Hair Color After Dying It

So, you finally took the plunge and dyed your hair that amazing pastel hue you’ve always wanted. You love it but realize it’s just too hard to maintain and you’ve decided that you want to get your hair back to its natural color. But how do you do that without damaging your strands? “It really depends on what your natural hair color is,” says Matrix Celebrity Stylist George Papanikolas. “It's much easier to make it darker and look good. Lighter hair colors are tricky because of the potential damage from highlighting.” But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Here, Papnikolas walks us through the process of getting your hair back to its natural color at home. 

How to Go Back to Your Natural Hair Color If You’re a Brunette 

If you’re naturally a brunette or redhead, it usually takes two steps to get back to natural. It’s important to not only get most of the outer pigment removed from your hair, but to also get the underlying pigments restored. 

STEP 1: Dye Your Hair a Lighter Color With an Orange Undertone

“This is necessary to ‘fill’ the hair so that the color doesn’t look flat and hollow,” explains Papanikolas.

STEP 2: Use a Neutral Hair Color 

“Next, go over the hair again with a neutral tone for a balanced end result,” says Papanikolas. For brunettes, we recommend the Garnier Olia Ammonia-Free Hair Color in Medium Neutral Brown, which is an at-home hair color kit that offers vibrant color and visibly healthier looking hair.

How to Go Back to Your Natural Hair Color If You’re a Blonde

STEP 1: Follow Up With Highlights

Papanikolas adds that if you’re a blonde with highlighted color and want to get it back to natural, you’ll have to follow it up with highlights once again. Try using the Garnier Nutrisse Nourishing Color Creme in Golden Blonde, which is a highlighting kit that can help you create subtle contrast and highlights in your hair. This shade is best for anyone with natural hair between dark blonde and light bronde. “It’s important to be super gentle as the hair is very delicate and fragile in the pre-lightened state,” he says.


What to Avoid If You Want to Go Back to Your Natural Hair Color 

“I would avoid getting highlights at first for two reasons,” Papanikolas says. “The cuticle of the hair has been swelled a lot from the pre-lightening, so the chance of fading at first is very high. You will need to come back to the salon regularly for the base color to adhere. Second, the hair is super fragile, so going over with more lightener increases the chances of damage.”

But have no fear, there are products specifically formulated to help get your hair to revert to its natural tone and shade, like the Matrix Bond Ultim8 Step 3. As an extra layer of protection, “I also love spraying the Biolage R.A.W. Replenish Oil-Mist on the ends  overnight before you wash your hair.”