What is the Best Way To Fix Roots That Turned Grey After Colouring?

"I don't want to have to go back to a hairdresser and pay heaps just to get the grey out."
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"I don't want to have to go back to a hairdresser and pay heaps just to get the grey out."
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If blonde hair dye made your roots turn grey, you can fix them at home.

Got a hair question for celebrity hairstylist Tony Chaar? Send it to info@beautyeditor.ca with "Tony Chaar Hair Question" in the subject line.

Q: I've had dyed blonde hair for a while now, and my roots come in brown every few weeks or so. I went to my hairdresser and she toned my hair to a pretty ashy blonde, so I decided to try doing it myself at home.

I bleached my roots and they went really white, while the rest of my hair was a yellowy-orange colour from the previous toner fading. I then proceeded to put the hair dye in, and the lengths went the colour I wanted—but my roots went grey!

How do I get rid of the grey without losing the rest of the colour, which I actually like? Will the grey roots fade? I want my hair to be all the same colour, but I don't want to have to re-do the strands, only the roots. And I don't want to have to go back to a hairdresser and pay heaps just to get the grey out. Is there a cheaper DIY option? Please help me! — Tahnee

A: Tahnee, the only way to remove the grey out of your roots is to lift them again, but not for so long. 

After seven to eight minutes, the grey will be gone and you’ll end up with your blonde roots again.

Then, you will have to do a different toner on your roots versus the ends. 

In order for them to match, a warmer toner should go on the roots and a cooler toner should go on the ends. Most likely, it will be a natural blonde toner on the roots, and an ash or cool blonde toner on the ends.

Tony Chaar is one of Canada's top celebrity hairstylists and the owner of Tony Chaar Salon at 11 Hazelton Avenue in Toronto. Call 416-920-9965 to book an appointment.