Hair color is one of the most transformative and effective techniques in our beauty arsenal to achieve a total makeover. That effect, however, is reversed by visible roots two months into your hair color.
Luckily there’s a way to outgrow the pesky growth! Grow out natural hair color with these quick tips.
For Blondes: Embrace Platinum
It’s a hair color that’s both modern and classy, perfect for the urban woman you are. Don’t forget your purple shampoo to turn those gray hairs silver or platinum. It will also keep the brass and yellow tones at bay. Color your hair to a silver or platinum blond using a semi-permanent dye. Semi-permanent dye is formulated without ammonia and is far less damaging than permanent ones.
For Brunettes: Explore With Highlights and Lowlights
Transitioning to gray hair is exceptionally troublesome for brunettes because the sheer contrast makes your gray hairs that much more visible. Experiment with highlights and lowlights every six to 12 weeks. This will help mask the growth and allow you to seamlessly transition to a full gray head of hair over time. The most powerful technique for transitioning is patience. Doing anything rash without first consulting a stylist (or this blog) may set your further back from your natural hair goals. Expect to wait six months to a year for your gray hair to fully grow out.
Get Regular Cuts
With hair growing only half an inch each month, soften the blow and blur the demarcation line with regular haircuts in addition to highlights or lowlights. Cutoff your colored hair regularly until you amputate it completely. Eliminating split ends is a great way to grow your hair beautifully, healthily.
Use a Toning Shampoo
If you haven’t already read our article on the best purple shampoo, you should know that brass on gray hair is not a good look. A good toning shampoo will neutralize yellow tones with purple pigments. A great toning shampoo will reveal a more brilliant and luxurious finish.
Let It Grow Out
Sometimes, you can’t fight fire with fire. Lay down the hair dye and wait for your hair to grow out. Removing hair dye isn’t a process that can be done at home without the touch of an expert. It’s not as easy as coating your hair with a blonde box dye either. If it can be helped, give your strands time to recover from the dying process.
Ask Your Stylist About Soap Cap Application/Color Remover
If going natural is on today’s schedule, ask the salon about color removal or a soap cap application. It’s a process to remove dyes from your tresses, but note that it’s still a chemical process. It’s less damaging than bleaching itself but still contains bleach and peroxide. Color removal will take a toll on your hair, so if your hair isn’t in good condition round back to our previous tip above.
Mask those over-grown roots with lowlights at the crown of your head to create a subtle transition back to your blonde hair. Choose a transition shade that will bridge your original color to your dyed one. You’ll end up with three shades on your hair and plenty of volume and texture! Opt for a shade close to your natural hair color and create a gradient effect in the midsection for a balayage style. Choose a shade or two lighter than your own if you miss your natural color, but want to maintain dimension and style.
Treat Your Hair Like Colored Hair
Even if your hair looks like it’s back to its original shade, don’t forget that it still took some dye and treatments to get it there. Stick to your favorite color-safe shampoo, give your hair time to heal in between salon sessions, and easy upon the styling tools. Invest in treatments that were made to rehydrate colored and chemically-treated hair. Sulfates are known to open up your hair shafts and release pigments in the process, but there’s no need to be afraid of them. You will still find expert and quality formulations with sulfate that are color-safe and hair-loving.
Apply UV Protectants
Heat is damaging to hair, but it’s important to keep in mind that styling tools aren’t the only source of heat. The sun is just as damaging especially under long exposure. If you find a shampoo or a leave-in conditioner with UV and heat protection, grab it!
Balayage is a gradient coloring technique, and a 3D balayage is synonymous to contouring and highlighting your hair. It creates dimension and the illusion of body. For hair growing out, it’s a smooth way to transition from your natural tones to your dyed hair.
Your stylist will apply a shade close to your original color from your roots to the midsection and a apply a darker or deeper shade towards the lower section. As your hair grows out, it will look like an extension of your balayage hair. A seamless and effortless transition.
If you haven’t caught up to our article on shadow roots, read about them first there! This is one is for the dark-haired beauties. Shadow roots are a low maintenance technique that allows natural dark hair to grow out seamlessly. Your hair color will be darker at the top and transitions to a lighter shade towards the end, creating the illusion of a shadow. Imagine highlights, but reversed.
Blondes that dyed their hair dark will benefit from highlights or lowlights. Apply highlights every six to 12 weeks to assist in the transition from your blonde to dark hair. This will eliminate the harsh line between your original hair and dyed hair.
If you’re done with hair dyes and chemical treatments and your dyed hair has reached a certain point, it’s time to amputate. Chop off your hair and rock a fun and flirty pixie cut! You will need to visit the salon monthly if you’ve fallen in love with the look, but this will help you work your way back to virgin hair.
Layered Bob and Lob
Textured layers will work with the different tones in your hair to create dimension and body. Layers will also give you an excuse to cut off the last of the bleached sections of your hair – goodbye demarcation line!
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If you read this before your first color session at the salon, I hope this informs your decision before you take the plunge. If the straight line on your tresses is what brought you to this article, then take comfort in the fact that there’s still a way.
Natural is one of the best looks you can cop, and it pairs best with confidence! Grow out your natural hair color and embrace what your mama gave you.