I've been coloring my hair for the last 6 months black. I'm done with it and I want to go back now.
Here is my advice as a professional stylist: You are going to have to strip the hair with bleach, that is the only way to remove black. I wish people would never color their hair black, because it is the most difficult thing for the hair when they decide they want their natural again... and can be the most damaging.
You need to go to a professional hair stylist. This is not something to do at home. Your stylist will be able to make something called a "bleach cocktail" -- also can be called a bleach soap cap, or just soap cap, depends on how they learned what the technique is called -- and they will probably have to do it twice. Just on the black, not on your outgrowth. This is to strip the black from the hair. The reason it might have to happen twice, maybe three times??, is because you have already layered
the black by coloring your hair multiple times the past half year.
After they cocktail your hair, it will have an orangeish tiny most likely, but it will no longer be black. It might also have color variations along the strand, depending on how well certain parts of the hair shaft let go of the black... meaning, it won't be all uniform.
So what you do next is have your stylist color your hair with a permanent color, not demi or semi -- it needs to be permanent to prevent fading -- and I would suggest choosing a color that is close to your natural. If you want highlights, or sunkissed looking hair, you're going to need to wait and work on repairing your hair after all that it will have gone through.
Also, get a professional deep conditioning treatment. This is a must. You cannot skip out on this, because your hair will be severely stressed and will require all the help it can get.
So, here are the bullet points:
- Don't dye your hair black anymore!
- Find a professional salon and inquire about their skills concerning corrective color
- Have a professional stylist bleach cocktail (or soap cap or bleach soap cap or whatever they call it) your hair until it matches your natural level, aka you're outgrowth. This might take two or three times. Hopefully only two.
- Have the stylist color your hair with an all-over permanent that is close to your natural.
- You must
do a deep conditioning treatment!!!
If you want to continue coloring your hair, or get highlights, or whatever, I would say to do at least
three deep conditioning treatments within the month and a half before you plan on coloring again.
Hope that helps.