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5 Ways to Get Your Natural Red Hair Color Back: Inspired by Laura Prepon

Redhead Laura is Back!

Laura Prepon, better known as Donna from That ‘70s Show or Alex from Orange is the New Black, is back to being a redhead. Laura is a natural redhead and sported her natural hair on the beloved That ‘70s Show. 

In 2006, amidst the final seasons of That ‘70s Show, Prepon starred in a film called Karla, where the producers asked her to dye her hair blonde. Prepon kept up the blonde through the end of That ‘70s Show and it was even written into the plot. In 2013, she took a left turn and dyed her hair black for her role as Alex in Orange is the New Black. Prepon rocked that same jet-black look for a decade… until now!

In a recent Instagram post, Prepon shared how excited she is to get back to natural red hair, and shared how she has been on a hair transformation journey for quite a while now. “I’m officially back with the redhead crew,” Prepon told Instagram.

Watch Prepon’s excitement here: 

If you’re inspired by Prepon and want to return to the redhead community, here’s how you can make your way back even if you’ve dyed it for years:

1. Budget-Friendly Option: Grow it out

Depending on what color dye was used in your hair, you might want to try to simply grow it out. It could look a little strange for a while, but it’s worth it to get back to your natural roots. It’s also a free option!

2. Time-Consuming Option: Have the color stripped

If you’ve dyed your hair a dark color like Prepon did, you might need to have the color stripped. This can be damaging to your hair, but it will help you get to a lighter color for recoloring or growing it out. Make sure to visit a salon and work with a colorist who has ample experience in this area. They will help guide you through the process and it will feel less stressful.

3. Most Natural Transition: Try re-coloring it red

If you’ve had black or dark brown dye on your hair, you will probably have to go through a lot to recolor your hair back to your natural color. Even if you can dye it red, the chances are slim that you will attain your natural red shade at the salon. But, this process can help if you’re growing your hair out at the same time and don’t want drastic roots.

4. Most Expensive Transition: Get a balayage

If you do dye your hair again, consider a balayage. Ask your stylist to get it as close as possible to your natural color with blended roots to help with the grow-out. This option will have you looking your best through the transition.

5. Bravest Transition: Shave it off

If you’re ready to ditch your old color ASAP, shave it off! Or cut it short if you have enough red re-growth. It will give you a nice fresh start, no damaged hair and you’ll be all red in no time. 

Rock it like a Redhead!


READ: This Is Why Red Hair is More Difficult to Dye and What to Do About It

READ: Dyed Your Hair Blonde? Here’s How to Get Back to Your Red Roots