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biene16
March 14th, 2016, 02:19 AM
Hi everyone!

I'm trying to grow out my natural hair color so I dyed it to light brown but when it grew out it looked odd so I waited a few months and colored it light blonde. I've been growing my hair out now for two months and I want to return to my natural hair color and just let my natural hair grow out. Does anyone know what specific color my natural color is? My roots look different in different lighting: http://m.imgur.com/gIy8HfW?r and http://m.imgur.com/0YEgXJG?r and http://m.imgur.com/y1pB7bD?r

I'm not sure right now if I should just let my hair grow out with how it looks right now or if I should go to a salon and have someone dye it something closer to my natural color? Right now my hair is fine and thin and a little past my shoulder and I get a trim every three months. Would cutting it into a bob be a better idea while I grow out my natural color? Does anyone have any suggestions or any tips that have helped with growing out your natural color?

Arctic
March 14th, 2016, 02:47 AM
You'll get better and more precise suggestions soon, but to me it looks like light-medium natural blonde, which at this length seems a tiny bit on the cool (ashy) side, but with length it will most likely become lighter and possibly less cool (more neutral or even warm), as it's exposed to elements and washing (etc).

The contrast isn't very big so I would try to stay away from salons since your hair is already processed multiple times. There is always a danger that salon visits might sabotage the growing out, that you would be forever more tweaking the colours to match. The growing out is a bit of a pain but after a while the colour become more ombre than rooty. It needs some patience and pushing through but it can be done. Look for the growing out dye support thread, that might be helpful!

ETA: In general it's extremely difficult if not impossible to know the natural colour when one has only so little roots showing, which are on top of that, being contrasted with more vibrant artificial colour. You will see the colour better with length.

khryz
March 14th, 2016, 06:10 AM
I agree it looks some sort of ashy medium blonde. I can see why the demarcation line bugs you. Perhaps you can consider picking up a box dye close to your natural color and do a wash with it. I can't remember what it's called exactly. Basically, you apply the color but for a very short while, like 5 minutes, then shampoo it out, this helps to blend in the contrast. There's a support thread for those growing out dye/bleach (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/showthread.php?t=51155) where you'll get some cool ideas on how to deal with the growth. :)

diddiedaisy
March 14th, 2016, 07:07 AM
It looks exactly the same as my natural colour. I class myself as dark blonde. If you get a dark blonde dye it should blend in really well and you shouldn't have much of a demarcation line as it grows. It will usually fade a bit but this will cover you if it's more of a medium blonde as it grows. :)

Just to add I'm in the uk and we do classify the blondes differently to the US, just in case you live there!!

lapushka
March 14th, 2016, 07:11 AM
It really is difficult to tell with so little root growing out. I think it's a light to medium ashy blonde, from the looks of it. It's perfect to grow out. I'd not have it colored *any* further. You'll have no issues growing that out as the color difference really is minimal. I'd leave it alone now and just focus on growing it out.

Nellon
March 14th, 2016, 07:14 AM
I have almost the exakt same situation as you colourwise :D I've a light blond ashy natural colour that looks like yours pretty much, and I matched it as closely as I could with a level 8 blonde hairdye. Now it's growing out and I'm just letting it grow, knowing that with some sun, summer, and time it'll blend quite nicely I hope.

If it was me I'd just let it grow and see after a summer or two if it hasn't grown in nicely and looks like a subtle beautiful sun kissed ombre. I bet it might!

If not you could always go see a hairdresser and blend it with a few balayage highlights/lowlights. But for now I'd say just let it grow, let sun and time do it's work, and reassess in a year or two.

Wearing it up helps the transition from "roots" to "ombre" I find. Good luck!

Btw it looks nice!

ETA: I wash with silver schampoo once in a while to help the golden blonde tones blend with the ashy roots a bit better. Might work for you too?

Kake
March 14th, 2016, 07:15 AM
I think your roots look fine, and my guess is your colour will grow out nicely without intervention. I agree that it is hard to see the colour properly just now, there's not enough there, plus the blonde beside the roots may make the colour look more ashy than it really is.

I've been growing mine out for 5 months now and I know how hard it is. I haven't dyed at all in that time and I think the line is kind of blurred now, individual hairs must be growing at different rates. I've been thinking about a semi, but I'm not sure, I'm very indecisive.

I just realised this is your first post. Welcome! As the OP said, the growing out dye thread is great, lots of useful tips and advice there. The 2 week rule/suggestion is a good one; it helps us make thoughtful decisions, not impulsive ones.

Silverbleed
March 14th, 2016, 07:20 AM
Looks similar to my own hair when it just grown out. It brightens and may get warmer over a period of time. The hair near my scalp is always appearing a little more ashy.
You could also consider waiting a little longer before you go to a salon if you'd like a good blend. You want to avoid your previous dyed hair to be touched so it's easier if your natural roots are a little bigger to work with.

JustPam
March 14th, 2016, 07:39 AM
I second what Arctic said and just leave your hair alone until more of your natural colour grows out, then you will be able to see the colour more accurately. When I started growing my hair out my roots looked almost grey, however it's actually more of a caramel colour now. Once your roots are longer you should use daylight to determine the real colour rather than indoor lighting.

spidermom
March 14th, 2016, 09:19 AM
Let it grow, let it grow, let it grow!

In time, it will be a very nice ombre, I think.

biene16
March 14th, 2016, 10:11 AM
Thank you all so much!! :)

I did grow it out before for about eight months without coloring it but then I wanted to match my roots more so I dyed it light brown ... which didn't match at all so I went back to how it looks right now. My growth then looked like this in daylight outside: http://m.imgur.com/ZajvEBH?r and like this indoors: http://m.imgur.com/1pKSZSj?r and http://m.imgur.com/saxsuAH?r

I definitely do want to grow it out so I thought about getting lowlights too - instead of coloring my whole head again (I wanted to use this color: http://www.johnfrieda.com/en-US/homecolour/precision-foam-colour/Sheer-Blonde/7G/Sheer-Blonde-Dark-Golden-Blonde but then again I don't want to have to start from scratch if it won't match). If it doesn't look too bad then I think I'll try just leaving it how it is and maybe cut it a bit shorter (it's shorter than in the pic right now - about shoulder length). Thanks so much for suggesting silver shampoo too! I recently started using one by One-n-only but I saw a lot of people use Naissant on youtube so I'll give that one a try. Again, thank you all for all your feedback and suggestions! It means a lot :) If anyone could link the growing out dye thread as well, that'd be awesome!

Nellon
March 14th, 2016, 10:44 AM
Just to make the whole roots to ombre transition easier you could also just use a semi permanent colour (the kind without any peroxide or ammonia), fex a foam toner like wella or swarskopf. I'm personally not soo fond of them because they have parabens in them, but they do help with the blending without leaving any permanent colour on your hair.

diddiedaisy
March 14th, 2016, 11:25 AM
Thank you all so much!! :)

I did grow it out before for about eight months without coloring it but then I wanted to match my roots more so I dyed it light brown ... which didn't match at all so I went back to how it looks right now. My growth then looked like this in daylight outside: http://m.imgur.com/ZajvEBH?r and like this indoors: http://m.imgur.com/1pKSZSj?r and http://m.imgur.com/saxsuAH?r

I definitely do want to grow it out so I thought about getting lowlights too - instead of coloring my whole head again (I wanted to use this color: http://www.johnfrieda.com/en-US/homecolour/precision-foam-colour/Sheer-Blonde/7G/Sheer-Blonde-Dark-Golden-Blonde but then again I don't want to have to start from scratch if it won't match). If it doesn't look too bad then I think I'll try just leaving it how it is and maybe cut it a bit shorter (it's shorter than in the pic right now - about shoulder length). Thanks so much for suggesting silver shampoo too! I recently started using one by One-n-only but I saw a lot of people use Naissant on youtube so I'll give that one a try. Again, thank you all for all your feedback and suggestions! It means a lot :) If anyone could link the growing out dye thread as well, that'd be awesome!

After seeing your outdoor picture your colour would be classed as light ashy brown in the uk. I agree with other posters that you leave your roots to get a bit more growth before deciding to dye again.

lapushka
March 14th, 2016, 11:36 AM
I definitely do want to grow it out so I thought about getting lowlights too - instead of coloring my whole head again (I wanted to use this color: http://www.johnfrieda.com/en-US/homecolour/precision-foam-colour/Sheer-Blonde/7G/Sheer-Blonde-Dark-Golden-Blonde but then again I don't want to have to start from scratch if it won't match). If it doesn't look too bad then I think I'll try just leaving it how it is and maybe cut it a bit shorter (it's shorter than in the pic right now - about shoulder length). Thanks so much for suggesting silver shampoo too! I recently started using one by One-n-only but I saw a lot of people use Naissant on youtube so I'll give that one a try. Again, thank you all for all your feedback and suggestions! It means a lot :) If anyone could link the growing out dye thread as well, that'd be awesome!

Don't keep dyeing it or you'll *never* grow it out. Trust me on that. Been there, done that. You need to leave it alone at some point and now is an excellent time as the dye matches your roots *very* well, as close as possible. Even a hairdresser can't get you a closer match - don't believe it. You don't need the lowlights. You just need patience and a severe lack of impulsiveness. ;)


Just to make the whole roots to ombre transition easier you could also just use a semi permanent colour (the kind without any peroxide or ammonia), fex a foam toner like wella or swarskopf. I'm personally not soo fond of them because they have parabens in them, but they do help with the blending without leaving any permanent colour on your hair.

This is a possible option if you really can't stand the root growth. I'd go with a natural color, though, not a bright veggie dye that probably won't ever come out (it will stain a light blonde forever).

Deborah
March 14th, 2016, 12:02 PM
Looks light brown to me.

Anje
March 14th, 2016, 12:10 PM
I'd call it a medium ashy blond. (Seems like what's blond and what's brown varies a lot with culture and location, though, so you'll always get some variable answers if you're anything but platinum.) I'll bet it's really pretty when it's grown out.

mermaiden_hair
March 14th, 2016, 12:14 PM
It looks like a light ash brown to me, but then again, I can hardly see it since it is very little growth between that and the dyed blonde.

Nellon
March 14th, 2016, 12:34 PM
This is a possible option if you really can't stand the root growth. I'd go with a natural color, though, not a bright veggie dye that probably won't ever come out (it will stain a light blonde forever).

Very very good point there lapushka! And that's also what i meant, to use a semi very close to her own natural "root" colour. Thanks for helping me clarify!

biene16
March 14th, 2016, 01:10 PM
Here's another outdoor pic when it was grown out a while: http://m.imgur.com/EvgaJiN?r

It looks different in almost every lighting but I'm not sure either it if's blonde or brown

Anje
March 14th, 2016, 01:31 PM
I call that "blond". You can always join the Tawny club around here if you feel like it's a little dark to be claiming that, though. :D

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/showthread.php?t=6685

Kiiruna
March 14th, 2016, 01:31 PM
It doesn't need to be either blonde or brown - it can also be blon(d)ette, also known as bronde :) Here's also Blonette Pride (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/showthread.php?t=80416&page=164) thread for those whose colour is something in between. However, to me it looks like medium blonde.
But for real it doesn't matter if it's blonde or brown - it's a very beautiful colour, very rich and full of different shades. :o EDIT: as Anje suggested, you can check out our colour "support" threads for reference.

Nellon
March 14th, 2016, 01:35 PM
I'm guessing around level 7 blonde perhaps? In the indoor pictures it looks quite light, almost around 8 and in the outdoor pics a bit darker. But I'm by no means an expert, just my unqualified guess :D Whatever it is, it's stunning!

endlessly
March 14th, 2016, 01:38 PM
I agree with many saying it looks like an ash blonde, but again, it's very difficult to tell. My recommendation is to grow it out quite a bit more - several inches, actually - and then you might have a better idea of the color.

blue_eyes
March 14th, 2016, 01:56 PM
I second what Arctic said and just leave your hair alone until more of your natural colour grows out, then you will be able to see the colour more accurately. When I started growing my hair out my roots looked almost grey, however it's actually more of a caramel colour now. Once your roots are longer you should use daylight to determine the real colour rather than indoor lighting.

I second this! I've been growing out dye for nearly 3 years and my roots looked horribly dull and ashy for at least the first 6 months. Now my hair is clearly a very rich, multi-dimensional light brown. It's very hard to tell what your actual hair looks like until it gets longer.

It is very tough to give up dye and deal with a demarcation line, I had dyed black hair and roots that looks blonde in comparison...wasn't pretty. However, I left it alone and just grew it out, and I honestly think it was the best choice. Now it has blended so beautifully that I can barely tell where my natural color ends, and the dye begins. The first year is tough, but it gets a lot easier after that. The "growing out dye" thread is also extremely helpful & supportive! :)

diddiedaisy
March 14th, 2016, 04:45 PM
Still looks light ash brown to me hehe. I can't understand why some are calling it mefium blonde!!! Go with blonette it covers you then :)

lapushka
March 14th, 2016, 05:25 PM
Still looks light ash brown to me hehe. I can't understand why some are calling it mefium blonde!!! Go with blonette it covers you then :)

According to colorist charts, that is a light to medium blonde.

Type medium blonde into Google, and this is what you get:
https://www.google.be/search?q=medium+blonde&biw=1238&bih=765&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjzmJafnMHLAhWCHxoKHRv8DG4Q_AUIBigB

diddiedaisy
March 14th, 2016, 06:26 PM
According to colorist charts, that is a light to medium blonde.

Type medium blonde into Google, and this is what you get:
https://www.google.be/search?q=medium+blonde&biw=1238&bih=765&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjzmJafnMHLAhWCHxoKHRv8DG4Q_AUIBigB

I've looked at the charts and I still don't think that colour is blonde. To me blonde hair should have some gold or similar colour running through it. Maybe it's a U.K. thing as I noticed another member from here also thought it was light ash brown. Or maybe I'm just daft as a brush and colour blind lol. There are so many shades oh blonde hair that when you fall into that grey area that swaps to brown I suppose it's comes down to matter of opinion.

My hair which I class as dark blonde is much lighter than what you are calling medium but people who had not seen me in years would say to me (before I dyed) "where's your blonde hair gone" or "oh you've gone brown".

Ps I'm not trying to hijack being obstinate about my opinion of blonde lol :flowers:

spidermom
March 14th, 2016, 09:23 PM
I see a mid-range neutral blonde. It's really hard to match colors with dye because dye is so limited. I think you'd be best to bite the bullet, be patient, and let it grow. Learn to french braid it; the interplay of colors will be gorgeous.

meteor
March 14th, 2016, 10:07 PM
Thank you all so much!! :)

I did grow it out before for about eight months without coloring it but then I wanted to match my roots more so I dyed it light brown ... which didn't match at all so I went back to how it looks right now. My growth then looked like this in daylight outside: http://m.imgur.com/ZajvEBH?r and like this indoors: http://m.imgur.com/1pKSZSj?r and http://m.imgur.com/saxsuAH?r

Wow, it's very interesting: your hair color looks a lot lighter indoors (I'd consider it light/medium blonde) vs. outdoors (I'd consider it light brown or maybe dark blonde, in the bronde/blonette range) - for most people, the reverse usually happens (darker indoors than outdoors).

I agree with others - I'd try it out without any additional dye first! :flower: Seeing that last picture (with roots going down to eye-level - and it looks great!), that blonde against your natural roots should get pretty easy to grow out a-la ombre. :D
But if at some point the demarcation line gets too difficult to handle, introducing a tiny bit of balayage highlights/lowlights (in strategic spots around canopy/temple hair) might help break up the demarcation line.

Other things that help deal with demarcation line are:
- headbands, scarves woven into hair, buffs,
- braided headbands,
- half-ups,
- braided / bun faux-hawk styles,
- crown braids,
- accent braids,
- French/Dutch/lace braids...

A couple threads that should be of help:
Giving up the dye/bleach and growing out natural: http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/showthread.php?t=51155
Blonette Pride: http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/showthread.php?t=80416

Oh and welcome to the LHC! :cheer:

CreatureBailey
March 14th, 2016, 11:20 PM
What I do is I take a strand when I go in pharmacy and I go where they have all the hair dyes with strands and name of color, and I search until the strand matches my color and I read the name of the color. According to it I'm like copper blonde... o.O o.O o.O o.O o.O

...it's not very..accurate. Even if I have a bit of copper in my hair. But...Like dark dark brown are called chestnut. o.o

biene16
March 15th, 2016, 12:31 AM
I took a picture in daylight earlier today of how it is now (I also didn't wash my hair today): http://i.imgur.com/H79VHJ8h.jpg

The oher pictures that were taken in the daylight are from last year when it was grown out a bit more and I didn't wash it then for a few days either. Maybe it looks darker because it was fall or because I didn't wash it but I'll see how the color will change with time :)

Arctic
March 15th, 2016, 02:39 AM
Seeing the new pics, I might put you in a little darker category than I did in my first post. I'm not good with hair colour naming, but I'd put you in the dark blonde/blonette maybe. But even is we Finns are maybe used to more light hair colours than many people elsewehere, I don't think you quite have what I would call light brown. People call my hair light brown (although I think it's on the medium range) and your is much lighter. It also looks like, like I said prior, that your colour probably will lighten in the summer and with length, it looks like one of those colour prone to natural highlights. And that having the bleached hair next to your natural will always make the natural seem darker and ashier.

Salt
March 15th, 2016, 01:18 PM
So far your roots look a lot like my colour. I don't think I'm able to post pictures yet but I think mine will end up (once all the bleach/dye is grown out) like Taylor Swift's current (natural?) colour.

biene16
March 17th, 2016, 11:08 PM
I found a really old picture of my hair when it wasn't dyed - yay! Haha http://m.imgur.com/6krqN1t?r

To me it looks like light brown but that's def great motivation to contine growing it out :)

khryz
March 18th, 2016, 03:53 AM
Your original hair color looks just as good! Happy growing!