hair color tutorials How to Strip Hair Color to Get Back to Your Natural Hair

Perhaps it’s time to get back to your roots 一 literally.

March 30, 2022
How To Get Back To Your Natural Hair Color

When you opt to dye your hair, caring for and maintaining your hair color can require a lot of work. It can become overwhelming having to stock up on a system of hair care products formulated for color-treated hair and potentially needing toning and root touch-ups every few weeks. At some point, you or your lifestyle might require that you simplify things and switch back to your natural hair color. Or maybe you’re just tired of your new hue. 


Of course, that raises the question of how you can strip hair color to reclaim your starting shade. We’re here to help you get back to the basics from the comfort of your home with tips on how to remove hair dye and get reacquainted with your natural hair color once again.


How to Strip Hair Color 

We’ll be the first ones to say that stripping hair color isn’t always easy, especially if you’ve used a hair dye that’s meant to last. With temporary hair color, you can easily wash it out, but with the other types of hair dye, it’s usually not so simple. Here’s what you need to know about how to remove artificial color from hair.


How to Remove Semi-Permanent Hair Color 

If you colored your strands with semi-permanent hair color, like the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color, there are at-home hair color removers you can use to rid your strands of the color. Because semi-permanent hair color typically only lasts for a few weeks — L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color fades in four to ten shampoos — it’s easier to remove than most other types of hair dye.


If you choose to use a hair color remover, be sure to follow the instructions included with the product and keep in mind that your color may not completely return to its original hue immediately. You may be left with a slight tint, but you’ll be that much closer to having your natural hair color back. 


How to Remove Permanent Hair Color 

When it comes to removing permanent hair color, there are at-home hair color remover options for that too. Again, you’ll want to follow any instructions very carefully and be aware that your color may not look exactly the same as it did before dyeing.


Beyond at-home options, you can also visit a professional. If you’re not experienced with DIY hair color or you’re worried about the state of your strands, your best bet is to head to the salon so a colorist can strip your hair color with minimal damage. They’ll take the time to bleach and lift your hair dye, then tone and highlight your hair to ensure it has an even color all over. 


3 Additional Ways to Get Back to Your Natural Hair Color

If stripping your hair color using hair color remover isn’t the route you want to take, we’re sharing a few more ways to get back to your natural shade. 


1. Grow Out Your Hair 

It may seem obvious, but another way to get back to your natural hair color is by growing your hair out. It can be a useful and low maintenance strategy if you do it right. Depending on the shade you’ve been coloring your hair, there may be a harsh line of demarcation between your new growth and the dyed portion of your hair. You can opt to use a wash out hair color spray, like the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray, to cover and blend the demarcation line until your hair is grown out and you’re ready for a cut. 


2. Dye Your Hair Your Natural Hue 

This is the easiest and quickest fix when it comes to returning to your natural hair color. You’ll essentially be faking it ‘til you make it. As the color grows out, it’ll be replaced by new growth that matches your dye job.


If you aren’t making too major of a change, you may be able to cover up your color with an at-home hair color kit. On the flip side, for more dramatic color changes, it’s a good idea to seek out a professional colorist who can manage your expectations. Depending on the change you’re making, you may need to have your hair lightened with bleach — and that could take multiple sessions, something a pro can help you plan. 


3. Opt for a Short Hairstyle 

If you find yourself feeling impatient waiting for your dye job to grow out, consider taking short hair for a spin to help speed up the process. The shorter your hair, the less growing out you’ll have to do. The good news is, there are plenty of gorgeous short hairstyles to choose from, ranging from chic buzz cuts to pixie styles.


Next: How the Color Wheel Can Help You When Dyeing Your Hair


Edited by: Alyssa Kaplan, Photo Credit: Chaunte Vaughn