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As you may know, in August 2015 I enrolled in the Cosmetology program at my local community college. I did this both to be able to do makeup in South Carolina but also to help my blog and YouTube channel grow. During the Fall semester in 2016 I decided to start experimenting with hair color and decided to do a two-color style on my hair. I highlighted strands in my hair, lightened the bangs, and then colored over everything but the bangs with one color. This made it where there were different shades in through my whole head and then the lightened bangs. I was set to finish Cosmetology school in December 2016, and I did, however, I haven’t been able to take the state boards yet due to some paperwork issues while I was trying to sign-up. I am not able to take the theory portion of boards until the end of May and I won’t be able to take the practical portion until I pass the theory. Due to this, that means I have to do something more “practical” until I am licensed…and a lot of “practical” places don’t like the “Crazy Hair Color” trend and want the hair to be more “natural”. That’s why I’m going to walk you through how to go from crazy hair colors back to natural colors!
Before we get into how to go from crazy hair colors back to natural colors, I wanted to share what my hair looked like before I colored it. As you can see my roots are already starting to grow in, the blonde in the front has actually started to turn brassy, and there are parts of the rest of the hair that are really dark and parts that are really light. While alternating lowlights, darker strands, and highlights, lighter strands, is somewhat natural, when partnered with the other aspects it makes the overall look to busy. Now let’s see what we can do about that!
Step 1: Choose a Color
One of the first things that you want to do when going from crazy hair colors back to natural colors is to choose the color you want to go to. This may seem obvious but hear me out. You need to keep a couple of things in mind when doing this. First, you don’t want to pick something that’s still not going to seem “natural.” Since you’re going to be damaging the hair by applying color to it, you’re not going to want to go back in a day or so later and do it all over again. Thus picking a color that still isn’t to crazy is a good idea. Secondly, you need to decide how often you’re going to want to do maintenance on your hair. Obviously, the crazy hair colors require a lot of upkeep, however, if you’re going back to a natural hair color (especially if you’re doing it slightly unwillingly) you may not want to have to do constant root touch-ups. If this is the case, choose a shade that it’s similar to your own natural color. It doesn’t have to be exact just close so that as your roots grow in they’ll blend in with the color. For my color I chose the Schwarzkopf Color Ultime Flaming Reds Hair Coloring Kit, 5.28 Cocoa Red. I chose this because the Schwarzkopf Color Ultime line is known for having vibrant shades, color results that match what’s on the box, results that last awhile, and it really makes the hair shine. I do also want to mention that there’s a Schwarzkopf Keratin Color line as well. This line advertises 100% gray coverage, a pre-treatment so that color results are more even, a formula for less hair breakage, and intense results.
Step 2: Get Materials
Once you have picked out your color, the next thing you need is your materials. Now how extra you go on this step is entirely up to you. For this round of coloring at home I decided to just go with some clips section off my hair to make things easier, if you have anything but short hair you will want these, and a coloring brush with a pointed tip. I went with a coloring brush with a pointed tip and no bowl because I wasn’t wanting to paint color on my whole hair as it’s grown back in since my last cut. Instead I wanted to paint the color on by the roots and use the pointed tip to section as I went. However, if you are wanting to brush the color on then you’re going to want a PLASTIC bowl. Please, please, PLEASE do not use a metal bowl. I also grabbed a plastic shower cap to put over my hair while the hair color was processing. I chose this for a couple reasons; first, I would be able to put it on and protect everything from my long hair being all over the place; second, I’d be able to adjust my hair as it slipped during processing without messing up my hands; and lastly, the cap over the hair helps to keep the warmth of the head in which speeds up processing a bit. If you’re someone that has a hard time with color processing on you, you might want to give that a try!
Step 3: Read the Instructions
Again this might sound obvious, but not all hair colorings are made the same. Some brands require shorter processing times, some brands require longer processing times, and some brands require shampooing after rinsing out the color… Yes you did read that right, the Schwarzkopf Color Ultime that I picked up actually requires you to shampoo the hair after rinsing the color at the end of processing! I had never seen this before and was a bit shocked but I did it… and let me tell you this is some of the BEST color results I’ve gotten (you’ll see down below) I kid you not! Oh and I did make sure to use a sulfate-free color protecting shampoo when I shampooed.
Step 4: Prep the Solution
This one is another one that is pretty obvious, just read the instructions on how to mix things and then do so. I do, however, have some tips for you on this one. Make sure to check what kind of tip your applicator bottle has before mixing. DO wear gloves when mixing the solution if your brand has the kind with the hole that they want you to snip. DO make sure to mix with hands free as if you have the instructions in your hands when mixing you can potentially dump developer on the floor. DO remember where you set the nozzle cap if your brand has a reattachable nozzle cap like the Schwarzkopf Color Ultime does.
Step 5: Color the Hair
Close your eyes. Take a deep breath. Open your eyes. Dive in. Seriously that’s the best advice I can give. Take a second to calm yourself, remember that it’s just hair, and then get going. I will suggest sectioning the hair before you color it and then working in sections as you go. Also make sure you read the instructions to see if you should be starting at the roots or leaving some roots and then going back in and filling those in at the end.
Step 6: Enjoy Your New Color
Once you’ve applied the color, sat through the processing time, rinsed and conditioned, and let the hair dry you have gone from crazy hair colors back to natural colors. Congrats! Now take a selfie, post it on social media, and let everyone ooh and ahhh over the results. As you can see from my hair, the shade that I chose made the hair mostly brown with a reddish undertone… which is actually quite close to my natural hair color. Due to this being a close color to my natural color the roots will blend better as they grow in, as I mentioned above. Plus, the brassy blonde has been covered but doesn’t look so light that it contrast with the new overall color. Wasn’t that fun?!
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I almost forgot! If you want to purchase Schwarzkopf Color Ultime or Keratin Color for yourself you can do so at your local Walmart. I actually picked this shade up at a Walmart in Aiken, SC because the Walmart that’s a little closer didn’t have this shade in stock! Make sure to look for Schwarzkopf Hair Color in the hair color aisle of the beauty section at your local Walmart and click here for available shades!