If you do get an unfortunate result, we have some guidelines for color correction here.
Speaking of the right path; for some, the idea of getting in a salon chair and having a couple of hours of chemical service to restore their original haircolor is the way to go. It means that as long as you were careful
and prudent in your color choice, as the hair grows out, the new growth should pretty closely match to the color already outside the scalp. But, if you aren’t sure of the color match, or you want to avoid yet another
permanent color application, you can always opt for temporary or semi-permanent hair color. These are the mask and regrow techniques since they cover up the current color and give the hair time to grow out and reveal the
natural color. These are great for those with damaged hair since they are usually far less harsh on the hair.
Of course, let’s not forget the option for those who are very adventurous and care-free of simply cutting it all off and starting from scratch. Some women time this kind of thing when they can do so alongside showing
support for friends and loved ones battling cancer, and some just do it because they are okay with the idea of being bald. Of course, when you aren’t one of these rare women, you might choose to mix it up and cover
the new growth with temporary or semi-permanent color until the new growth is long enough to cut into a short and sassy hairstyle.
The condition of the hair is a factor that simply cannot be overlooked. The condition of the hair can make some other decisions moot. I once worked with a young woman who had decided for a year to keep her hair
bleached to an extremely PALE blonde shade. Her hair was naturally dark, and she would literally need to retouch her scalp area every weekend to make sure the color stayed uniform. Well, when the time came that she
wanted to return to her natural dark hue, she got the correct color shade and applied it, only to discover that all those months of bleaching had degraded so much protein from her hair that it wouldn’t hold any color.
The initial application was weaker than she’d expected, and after the second shampoo, the color was literally non-existent. We solved the problem by using a protein additive before the next color attempt, but she had
to switch to a mask and regrow effort, since the color even then faded quickly after each successive shampoo.
Finally, you have to remember that the natural color you had as a teenager may not be the natural color you would have as an adult some decades later. In the case of women who have colored or bleached their hair over
long periods of time the “new” natural color could be significantly lighter than it once was. You see, as we age, one of the things that happen is that our follicles produce less and less pigment in the hair we grow.
When it ceases altogether, we get gray hair, but even without going gray, your natural color will tend to fade over time. Any return to a natural color should take this into account, because one of the benefits of this
lightening effect is that it softens the other signs of aging (such as lines and wrinkles on the face). Also, the lessening in pigment production also occurs in the skin and going to the youthful darker shades can make
you look paler and even sickly. Therefore, when you choose your “natural color”, try a shade or two lighter than you initially think to use.
So consider your options and the important factors in returning to a natural color carefully before you start and you’ll find you can avoid some of the more tragic missteps.