Dear Color Crew is a monthly blog post where we answer hair-related questions–no matter how hairy they may be–from readers like you. Got a question? Email our team of professional colorists at ColorCrew@Madison-Reed.com.
Dear Color Crew,
I have highlights but I would like to go back to my natural color. How do I do this without the color coming out differently on the highlighted hair versus the rest of my hair? Can I even do this at home?
Great question! Especially coming out of the summer and into fall when many people are thinking of going from their summer highlighted hair to a darker shade. It takes a couple of steps, but going back to your natural color or darker can be done at home. Keep in mind that going to a darker shade might be a shock at first, so take your time.
First off, let’s talk about what’s happening with highlights and hair color. When you get your hair highlighted, you’re removing natural pigment from the hair by using a bleach or high lift permanent color. The lightening process can make your hair more porous. To go back to your natural color, you need to put back in what has been taken out. It should be a two-step process...
How To Get Your Natural Hair Color Back After Highlights
Luckily, it's easier than you think. First, apply a gloss, such as our award-winning Color Reviving Gloss, then a permanent color like our award-winning Radiant Hair Color. (Yep, both have won Allure Best of Beauty awards!) This will ensure that your highlighted color won’t look too dark or drab.
Not sure which shade is right for you? If you have any questions at all, you can always book a complimentary Video Color Consultation with a Licensed Colorist Concierge. Or just take our color quiz. We have stunning permanent hair color shades for:
- red hair