After talking to master stylist Meredith Venesile-Spiros about getting back to your natural color in a budget friendly manner, it was clear that this job was one for a professional — at least for the initial change.
While it may be tempting to do a little kitchen sink coloring at home to save a few bucks, stop before you break out those plastic gloves and make an unintentional mistake. "The fact of the matter is, hairdressers want to help. They are actually saving you money in the long run."
To learn more about Meredith's advice on going back to your virginal (er...in the hair sense, of course) ways, read the how-to below:
If going from an artificial darker color back to your natural lighter or gray color:
- Your stylist will have to take out the artificial pigments by "gradually putting in some super fine highlights," says Meredith. This helps subtly blend your colors without overly damaging your strands. If you were to go all light at once, it could be too much for your hair to take.
- You'll probably have to return in a few months to finish off the job, but your healthy hair will thank you.
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If going from an artificial light color back to your natural darker color:
- Your stylist will apply something called a filler on your lighter pieces. What this does is create a "deep pure pigmented" base for your hair so that, "once color is applied it lasts longer and won't wash out of your hair," Meredith says.
- Unless your hair is very porous, you probably won't have to return to the salon for another process.
For tips on keeping your hair fresh throughout the process:
- Maintain shine with a glazing treatment every 10-12 weeks either at the salon or with a clear at-home glazing product such as John Frieda's Luminous Color Glaze Clear Shine ($10).
- Use a color enhancing shampoo and conditioner to help boost fading hues. Meredith recommends Aveda's brown bottled plant-based color shampoos ($3.50 to $26.50) and conditioners ($17).