1. FIND INSPIRATION ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Going back to your natural hair colour can feel scary if you’ve been dyeing it for a long time. So, to help you find courage, we suggest you find a few natural hair divas on social media. YouTube tutorials and Instagram celebs can give you the inspiration needed to love natural hair colours again.
2. MAKE THE TRANSITION
Now you might think: “Hang on a second – transitioning back to my natural colour must take years?” Not necessarily! All you have to do, is to let your roots grow back and then pick a hair dye to match. This way, the difference between your natural colour and the dye job will not be as intense. Still, this won’t happen overnight – expect to invest two to four months. Celebrity hairstylist and hair replacement specialist Hannah Gaboardi’s number one tip for blondes is to use a silver shampoo to brighten any brassiness - this can really lift the colour with no hassle. Then there are a range of root powders and concealers to cover up your re-growth easily at home, says Gaboardi. ”I recommend you visit a salon to take your hair colour as close to your natural shade as possible which can then be softened with highlights or have more depth added with low lights depending on your hair colour.”
3. TREAT AND RESTORE
Once you’ve decided to go back to your roots (pun intended), start with a little TLC. If you’ve been hiding your hair in breakage-prone braids, updos and product-intense styles, treat yourself to a new caring regimen. Start every shower with a moisturising shampoo, a rich conditioner and a hair mask. This will help you restore your hair’s natural texture and help repair any damage. Once out of the shower, apply a leave-in oil to help seal in moisture. This makes hair soft and manageable. ”When growing out your hair it’s important to think of the hair's health,” says celebrity hairstylist Bernardo Vasconcelos. “I recommend using nourishing keratin masks at home.''
4. TRIM OFTEN
After transitioning to your original colour, it’s crucial to follow up with regular trims. A good rule of thumb is to trim your ends every three to four weeks. ''To return to your natural colour as quickly as possible, I recommend a great hair cut which will also freshen up your style at the same time,” recommends Vasconcelos.
”If your face shape suits a fringe, a shorter bob or pixie cut this could be the time to embrace a new style whilst softening out the roots. If you want to keep your current hair style, I sometimes use a technique where we blend into the natural root which can be lifted with sun kissed balayage or colour over a period of months to enhance your beautiful, natural colour.”
The possibilities are endless – good luck!