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How do you go about stopping dyeing your hair if you've been doing it for years?

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2kidsintow Fri 09-May-14 17:17:16

I've been going grey for years and have been dying it lots over the years. First for condition and shine, then increasingly to cover the grey.

Now it seems I'm going white. Strangely, I'm happier with the idea of going white than with going grey. Within a couple of weeks my roots are really obvious.

I'm tempted to stop dying it. But I don't know how. If I stop and do nothing else then I will have a really clear grow out line. I'm gradually buying lighter and lighter shades of hair dye in the idea that hopefully will mean that the white will be less obvious. But there's a limit to how light you can go just with hair dye as there's no really light browns out there that will lighten brown hair.

How do I go about it, oh great mnet?

viagrafalls Fri 09-May-14 17:29:08

I had a friend who used to bleach her hair golden blonde when her natural colour was mousey brown. One day she just decided to stop - her roots got longer and longer but she kept trimming it to the same length IYSWIM and then one day the roots were longer than the bleached bit. Then on the final trim - it looked beautiful! Just go with it. (I say this with at least an inch of grey all over as I cant afford hair dye at the moment grin )

GemmaTeller Fri 09-May-14 17:32:24

I have dark brown hair and had mine bleach washed at a salon to strip off all the years of home colouring.

I'm rapidly going a lovely shade of grey and I love it smile

itsalottery Fri 09-May-14 17:33:04

A friend of mine dyed her hair brown. When she decided to stop dying it and let the white/grey grow through she had some highlights put in for the transition. It worked really well.

ChippyMinton Fri 09-May-14 17:37:29

I put myself in the hands of my hairdresser. Started as you had by lightening the base. Then gradually added blonde highlights. Dropped the base colour altogether having let it fade over the summer, with sun and saltwater. Starting using a purple shampoo to knock down the brassy tones. As the grey grew through, the highlights are ash rather than golden. It's now grey with ash blond lights, so overall impression is blonde rather than grey. I'm keeping it like this as the grey is uneven in tone, and at the back it's very dark still. I have it cut in a graduated bob so the underneath looks like a deliberate contrast.

Many people are brave enough to let it grow straight out, or cut it short, but I felt I had to keep up appearances smile.

2kidsintow Fri 09-May-14 17:38:42

Currently, highlights are my favourite suggestion, depending on whether tomorrow's home dye lightens the brown or not. Never been to a salon for a colour before, but think the advice might be good.

I'd go for the 'just grow it out' but I don't think I'd have the front to pull it off. My class of 9 year olds would find it amusing too I think, if they had a stripey teacher.

2kidsintow Fri 09-May-14 17:42:13

I don't know what the back of my head looks like - how grey/white it is. I need to investigate that. My colleague stopped dying it after being golden brown and it is slightly darker at the back. I wonder why that happens.

My husband is dead keen for me to stop dying my hair and 'go natural' and, until recently I've always thought 'bugger that!'. But now I'm fed up of keeping on top of it and quite like the lighter tones.

Chasingsquirrels Fri 09-May-14 17:49:40

What about a semi permanent dye? That will gradually fade and you can just keep doing it until the permanent dyed base has grown out then stop.

2kidsintow Fri 09-May-14 18:00:14

Once I get the base colour lighter, that could be a good idea.

I did once try the colour b4 stuff, but it wasn't a good look!

2kidsintow Fri 09-May-14 18:00:52

I had an inch of pure white with the rest this orange colour.

semolinaandgratedchocolate Fri 09-May-14 18:00:57

Semipermanent colour still leaves me with a horrible grey (increasingly white) stripe as my roots grow out. It does lighten a bit but nothing like enough to stop that stripe. I'm fed up of it and wish I could stop but I know in another couple of weeks I'm going to feel embarrassed with the roots and get it done again.

Watching this thread with interest.

LemonPipLimePeel Fri 09-May-14 18:14:48

I am just growing mine out, and being glad that ombre is a thing grin Mine is now 80% grown out, it has taken two years though!
It turns out I have a lot less grey than I thought, and it is more silver than anything. I like it, it looks good, and is so much less fuss.

2kidsintow Fri 09-May-14 21:51:52

There used to be a fab colour out there called lightest golden brown, that actually lightened your hair just a shade (without looking like you'd resorted to using sun-in) and was my favourite. It was stopped a few years ago, more's the pity because I think that would have been just the thing to slowly get lighter every 2 weeks month when I needed a root touch-up.

Shonajay Fri 09-May-14 21:58:32

I shaved mine all off, as I couldn't bear the stripe any longer. Of course, now one side is coming in grey, and one dark. Can't win!

2kidsintow Fri 09-May-14 21:59:51

Oh no!

weatherall Fri 09-May-14 22:08:18

I would use 2 packs of prelightener to take out the brown dye. Then give it 2 days rest. (Do this bit on Friday night)

Wear a hat or scarf over Saturday if it's a bit orange.

Then on Sunday put 2 boxes of one of those platinum/white shades recital do now on.

Your roots should show much and you can just occasionally (6monthly) put the dye through to brighten it up.

No stripes.

weatherall Fri 09-May-14 22:08:48


2kidsintow Fri 09-May-14 22:13:14

I think all my work colleagues (and the 200 children I stand in front of in assembly on Monday morning) would all be like this

shock shock shock shock shock shock shock shock shock shock shock shock shock shock shock shock shock shock

If I turned up to work platinum blond. smile

I'm currently quite dark brown at the bottom of my hair (bit of dye build up despite my best efforts to avoid it) and quite golden brown at the top - with white roots of course!

weatherall Sat 10-May-14 14:56:28

I was thinking more of Meryl Streep in the devil wears prada.

bonzo77 Sat 10-May-14 15:10:28

I'm going. Gone cold turkey. No colour since Christmas. It's tolerable, and getting more so. I might get the ends platinum blonde, but I think it won't work that well as there's a lot of colour build up on them.

2kidsintow Sat 10-May-14 19:04:10

Well, I dyed it the lighter colour. Despite it showing on the box that it would lighten my hair, I'm not sure it has. AND it hasn't really covered all my grey either.

What a waste of time and money!

Well I went to the salon and had the dye stripped out. Took 2 hours. I then had a bleach bath on for 20 minutes which lightened it by a couple of shades. It is now light brown, so the re growth is nowhere near as obvious.

I am not as white as I thought I was though. Only the sides are white, the rest is still medium brown. I was hoping to be white, or light grey all over.

2kidsintow Sat 10-May-14 19:21:23

How much did that cost, So ?

I've never had a colour at the salon as I've never viewed it as worth the time or the cost. But I may have to get some advice from them about going lighter.

It cost £75, which included the cut (and is more than I have ever spent on having my hair 'done')

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