How to Grow Out Your Hair Color

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We’re the first to admit that we love a good hair color switch-up, whether we’re after that on trend rose gold hue or just running some subtle highlights throughout, nothing says new me more than a new do. Sometimes, however, it’s best to put down the bottle and give your hair a breather, and this step can always be a tricky one. Whether you want a change in color or just feel like your locks have had enough, we’ve lined up our best tips on how to make growing out your hair dye that much easier.

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When it’s Time to Stop

The benefits of ditching the dye are pretty much endless because no matter whether you’re bleaching or coloring your hair, strands will suffer. The chemicals in hair dyes will dry your hair out and cause it to be brittle and prone to breakage – not quite the glossy locks we’re all after. 

Whilst regular visits to the salon and repair masks will help lock in moisture, eventually, the only way to really solve your haircare problems will be to go au naturale. So if you’re finding that no matter how many masks you try and inches you trim that your hair is still looking lacklustre, it’s time to go back to your natural hue.

Alternatively, you may just be fancying a change, sometimes it’s nice to see what color your hair actually is under all that dye. Plus you’ll save a lot of time and money, it’s a win-win really!

The good news is that colorists are loving that natural look at the moment, it’s all about lived-in locks. So whilst you may be ditching the Pinterest-worthy pastel tones, you’ll be even more on trend with your new do. And don’t worry, you can always play around with clip-in hair extensions to add in color if you’re looking for a change but don’t want the long-term commitment or damage. 

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Get Planning

The biggest mistake you can do when reverting to your natural hair color is to pick a shade that you think looks how your natural color used to and just slapping it on. If you want to gracefully ditch the dye, it’s going to be a fairly long process that takes a decent amount of planning. Don’t dive headfirst into a world of coloring, instead take baby steps and listen to the experts. 

Work alongside a colorist to find out the best process, and be sure to let them know your entire hair history so they can know exactly what your hair has been through. That spontaneous moment when you bleached your entire hair five years ago really does matter. With a colorist you can plan the route, and while it may take a few salon visits, it’ll be worth that extra time to ensure minimal damage to your hair and top notch results.

Ditching the Highlights

Highlights are a great way to inject dimension and radiance to your hair color, however, it can be all too easy to go a step too far. If you suddenly feel like your stripy highlights are taking over your entire style, then it’s definitely time to re-assess.

If you’ve gone for subtle babylights or opted for balayage, you don’t have to worry too much about growing these out, but if your highlights go right to the scalp then it’ll take a little more effort to keep things looking on point. 

The aim of the game is to create seamlessly grown out locks, you can even say you’re going from the ombre look when you’re a few months down the line. Your colorist should use lowlights to space out your highlights, letting your natural color blend more easily into the lightened hair for a multi-tonal look. This will darken your entire hair color and reduce the effects of the highlights.

A gloss or toner can also be used on the roots to create a middle color between your natural locks and your highlights. This will soften the harshness between the roots and highlights and ease your natural hair color back into the equation.

Reversing the Bleach

Bleaching your hair is one of the most disastrous things you can do in terms of hair health, it may look great but it probably doesn’t feel all that healthy. Platinum hair can very quickly look dry and damaged, so while it’s always fun to try the look at least once, sometimes it’s best to shut that door quickly and go back to natural.

In an ideal world, we would just go darker over the bleach blonde hair and that would be it, but unfortunately things don’t work all that easily. Dyeing to your desired color will just leave hair looking patchy, potentially going green, and will fade in days. Going from bleached to natural is another slow process. 

The best way to reverse the bleach is by applying an all over dye in a color just a few shades darker. Start with a natural caramel blonde shade, then at the next treatment go darker again. Repeat until you’ve got those locks you want. Using regular hair masks at each stage is crucial if you want to add hydration and softness back to your damaged hair strands. One of our go-to favorites? The DIY Coconut Hair Repairing Mask.

Alternatively, add some lowlights to break up the color as your hair grows. This will reduce the contrast of your roots for a softer and natural look. 

From Dark to Light

While you can disguise dark roots and light hair as an intentional ombre, light roots and dark hair is a more difficult story to tell. While it may be tempting to bleach your locks to get them nearer to your original hair color, this will only cause more damage and who knows what color that bleach will come out? It’s a better idea to take things slowly and work with highlights to subtly blend your multi-tonal hair.

Ask your colorist to create a base that is lighter than the dye but darker than your natural hue, and then subtle highlights can be added to lighten your look. You may also want to consider balayage on the lengths of your hair to balance your roots and ends. 

Saying Goodbye to Pastels

We’ve all done it – spent a bit too long perusing Pinterest and deciding we too want unicorn hair. Whether you’ve gone electric blue or pastel pink, these striking shades take up a lot of time and upkeep so you either fully commit or give it a miss altogether.

Surprisingly, these colorful hues aren’t the hardest to ditch, most likely because dyes this bright are temporary and wash out so you don’t have to worry about growing out your entire length of hair. Faded hair strands, however, can look dull and you may still end up with a slight tinge of color.

Once your hair color has faded, apply an all over dye in your natural shade to your hair to minimize any discoloration. You may also want to add in some highlights and lowlights to add back the depth to your locks. To restore shine and vibrancy, apply an oil treatment or gloss to your hair.

Enjoy Your New Locks

Growing out your dye is never going to be easy but if you follow our tips and tricks you can enjoy a less painful process. Remember your natural hair color is always going to suit you to the tee. If you do, however, ever want to change up your hair color with no long-term commitment or damage, try Luxy Hair clip-in extensions to get those lowlights/highlights or ombre you’ve always wanted to try out! 

Written By: Sally O’Kelly