How to Dye Bleached Hair Back to Natural Color (step by step guide)

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  • I’ll tell you how to dye bleached hair back to its natural color.
  • You’ll need to wait at least two months to do it. During that time, your hair will grow out and you’ll be able to see what your natural hair color is at your roots as they come in.
  • Once you can properly see your natural hair color, you can choose from the huge range of box color kits and use the one you pick on just the part of your hair that is bleached. Never on the roots.


How long ago was it that your bleached your hair? One year? Two? Three?


If it’s been that long, then you might be fed up with the maintenance. I get it. Bleaching your hair is just the first step on a long and tedious path of maintaining it as light as you want it.

It really is a lot of work: touching up your roots, using products specifically made for bleached hair, watching out for the sun and chlorine and constantly wanting to escape from those dark inches that creep in at your roots.


 And so, one day you wake up feeling nostalgic, you pad into your bathroom to take a look in the mirror, and you wish you saw yourself looking back not with your bleached hair, but with your natural hair color, the one you had before you bleached it.  

And you ask yourself: Can I go back to my natural hair color?


The answer is: “Yes, of course you can.”

You can decide to let your hair grow out and as your natural color shows through in your roots, you can cut off the bleached ends.

Of course, if you go down that path, it might be years before your natural hair color is any significant length.

Don’t let disappointment overcome you yet!


 There is a quicker alternative for getting back the natural color of bleached hair. And, it’s as easy as using a dye. 

How can that be so?


Because when you bleach your hair, your hair fiber loses all of its pigmentation, both natural and artificial. That means your bleached hair will never be the same, since it lost the pigments that gave it its natural color.

But, the key for getting back to your natural color is using a specific color, and in order to do that,  you need to be very precise about which color your choose. And in order to be that precise in choosing the color, you need to let your roots grow in.  

Do you want me to reveal the details behind successfully going back to your natural hair color?


If so, keep reading, because I’ll tell you:

  • What to do before dyeing bleached hair back to its natural color
  • How to dye bleached hair your natural color

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What to do before dyeing bleached hair back to its natural color

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The first thing you need to do is wait.

And you need to wait at least two months. You don’t need to end up like Penelope, waiting 20 years for her beloved Ulysses, but you do need to wait a little. Because the process of going back to your natural hair color takes time.



My impatient darling, if you want to go back to your roots, you’re going to have to literally wait for your roots, because that is where the secret of your natural hair color hides.

That part of your hair like your DNA, and in it hides your natural hair color. Trust it, because it will reveal to you what your color was before the bleach and any other dyes you used on it.


 Your roots will give you that information, but they will make you wait two months to get it. After those long months go by, the 1.5-2.5 inches that grow in will reveal your natural hair color.  

The exact rate at which your hair grows varies from person to person, but it’s about an inch to an inch and a half a month, so I recommend letting your hair grow in at least 1.5-2.5 inches so you have enough to work with.


That might seem like a difficult wait, but life has its ups and downs.

Waiting might seem like a down, but don’t let it get you down. Don’t forget there are beautiful hats and headwraps you can use to hide those roots. And, if you have a really special party or event, you can turn to a root touch up spray that will last until you wash your hair again.

The up in this whole situation is that your hair will be healthier in the long run. It won’t have to suffer through any more harsh color processing, and it will recuperate from the damage caused by bleaching it.


You can also nurture it by using hydrating masks and reparative oils, and you’ll have time to trim off damaged ends, making your hair grow faster.

It’s very important not to use any kind of pigments on your hair during this time. None. No toning shampoo or temporary dyes that could alter your natural color.


 Once your natural color shows at your roots, you’ll be able to perfectly identify what your natural hair color is, and from there, all you need to do is choose a dye in exactly that color. 

Have two months already gone by?


Time flew, and it’s time to go back to your natural hair color.

Do you have your dye on hand? Onward and upward!


How to dye bleached hair back to your natural hair color

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The big day has arrived. I’m proud of your patience because you’ve finally gotten those roots to grow in 1.5-2.5 inches, and you can see your natural hair color perfectly to choose the exact right dye for your hair.

All you’ll need is a dye kit, which you can get it any pharmacy, hair care store or even supermarket, depending on what kind of dye you use.

Do you have it on hand? Let’s get started!


  • Brush out your hair, sectioning it into four parts and keeping them separated with clips.
  • Put on gloves and squeeze the dye into a plastic container, mixing it with the 20 volume developer until you have a smooth cream.
  • Take one of the four sections down and use the dye on your ends.  DO NOT USE THE DYE ON YOUR ROOTS,  since you only need to use the dye on the bleached part of your hair, without covering the natural color that has grown in.
  • Repeat on each section of your hair, and once each part is covered in dye, leave it in for 40-45 minutes.
  • Once that time has gone by, rinse your hair with cool water, and you can wash it with your normal shampoo. I’d also recommend using the post-color treatment included in the kit, which you can leave in your hair for 5-10 minutes to help moisturize it.


Now take a look in the mirror! Do you recognize yourself?


Now the time has come to maintain your natural color. In order to do that, you’ll need to touch up the dye every 4-5 weeks because the part where your hair has been bleached will look lighter as you wash your hair.

Remember that you should only use the dye on the part of your hair that was bleached. That means you shouldn’t use the dye on your roots, and as the months go by, you’ll have more hair with your natural color, and after a few more months, you won’t even have to dye it.



In order to go back to your natural hair color after bleaching your hair, you’ll need to wait at least two months so that when your roots grow in, you can see your natural color.

Once you’re sure of the exact shade of your natural color, you can use a dye in that exact color, avoiding your roots when you dye it. You should only dye the part of your hair that you bleached before.

Going back to your roots – your natural roots, that is – is just a matter of patience.

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