Go Back to Your (Hair) Roots

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Alina Dizik on Jun 3, 2009 at 1:41PM

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a Alina Dizik on Jun 3, 2009 at 1:41PM

Whether you're a blonde who wants to go back to brunette or vice versa, making a gradual transition is key. If your natural color is starkly different than what's on your hair now, Anthony Rocanello, senior colorist at Julien Farel Salon in New York City, suggests you add or strip away color in layers in several steps to make sure that the color deposits properly.

For example, if you're a brunette looking to go back to your natural blonde, dying your hair will require a "filler" step, which "actually replaces a layer of pigment that has been removed and allows you to go back to your natural color without the hair fading after a few weeks," explains Eva Scrivo, a New York City salon owner. If you're only a few shades away from your color, you typically only need a single process to get back to your roots.

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