If you've been coloring your hair and want to go back to your natural color,

I think it's a wise move, it was for me - although it took me a while to get my head around not being a blonde anymore. I love my hair color now because it's less maintenance and my hair feels so much better! Here's everything you need to know if you want to 'go there'...

• Picture it. After years of coloring your hair, it's easy to forget what you looked like with your natural color. Examine your face with your hair pulled back so only the roots show. Or take a picture of yourself wearing a wig. Don't experiment with temporary coloring shampoos, since many leave a permanent stain, and the result tends to look dull and lifeless.

• Switch gradually. Going back to your true, natural shade doesn't mean letting your roots grow out (that could take many months). Instead, blend in lowlights until the overall color matches your roots, at which point you can stop dyeing altogether. Depending on the length and thickness of your hair, this could take two or three appointments, spaced four to six weeks apart. But keep in mind that not everyone should return to their original shade exactly—it may not flatter your skin tone. If that's the case, ask your colorist to suggest alternatives, such as a warmer version of your natural shade.

• Glisten up. When your hair is mostly one color, it often seems flat. To create some shine, blow-dry it on a low setting (high heat strips away moisture) and apply a gloss-enhancing spray afterward. If you have fine hair, you'll lose some body when you stop highlighting, so find a good volumizing shampoo and styling spray.

• Make adjustments. As you settle into your colour, consider other changes like adding layers where you once had highlights. And if you decide to dye your hair again, make sure it's in good condition. Otherwise, you'll wind up with breakage—which isn't a good look in any shade.

Did you find these tips helpful? What are your ways of going back to "natural?"

Guest blog submitted by bellaMUMMA