So have you recently taken the plunge into bleached blonde colour or dyed your blonde locks into a sultry dark hue and have now decided its time to give your hair a breather and head back to natural looking colour?

If you feel like no matter how many treatments you use, how many vitamins you take or how long you go without shampooing your hair still feels damaged, dry and brittle it may be time to reconsider your hair colour.

Here are some tips to help you get there faster

6 Tips for growing out your Natural Hair Colour

1. Haircuts/regular trim:

Monthly visits to the hairdresser to trim away the dyed sections of your hair. Remember the longer your hair is, the longer it is going to take before you notice a difference in your hair colour. If you don’t like the idea of sporting short hairstyles, why not try a set of clip-in extensions while your hair grows?

2. Colour your hair one last time or try the ombre look:

If there is still a lot of your hair that is dyed, consider colouring it one last time to a shade that is closest to your natural regrowth. This will assist with a natural looking transition from your natural hair colour to your dyed ends, you could also in the mean time, give the ombre trend a test run if you haven’t already. Having your roots coloured dark with lighter hues at the ends is an easy and hassle free way to have the best of both worlds, it also saves you time and money on expensive colour touch ups.

3. Blonde hair back to dark colour

If you have been sporting platinum blonde locks for an extended period of time, it is not usually a good idea to go straight back to brown or black. It may be a better idea to transition slowly by adding a few low lights to your hair. While you may be sick of being platinum blonde, maybe you would enjoy a rich caramel blonde colour? Remember once your hair is dark again you will not be able to go back to platinum without causing some serious damage to your hair. Have a look at photos of your hair colour over the years and choose your favourite colour that is closest to your natural colour, before beginning the transition.

4. Dark hair back to lighter hues

Ah the challenge begins

If you have coloured your hair from a natural light colour to dark brown or black and have decide to return to your lighter shade it may be a little more challenging. There will be no damage free way to colour your hair lighter. You will need to bleach bath your hair and then use a toner to match your natural colour. This is not something you can do at home, and you will need to visit the salon (probably more than once). If your natural colour is extremely light it will take some time to get back and you may have to settle for a lighter version rather than your natural blonde colour. Once you have reached the lighter shade, regular trims will be necessary to cut off ends damaged by bleaching. Cutting your hair short can be an emotional experience. You can always use a set of FrontRow’s reasonably priced clip-in extensions to achieve longer styles while your own hair grows out.

5. Ensure that you are using good quality hair products:

If you are moving from blonde back to your darker roots, you may notice that your colour fades really fast. If you don’t like these lighter highlights showing through your newly dark coloured hair, try using a colour depositing shampoo and conditioner. It is vital that you are always making sure that your hair is in a healthy condition. Try to match the shampoo and conditioner that you buy with the type of hair you have, different products help care for different types of hair. Don’t think that the most expensive range is necessarily the best, there are a lot of reasonably priced products that do the job just as well. Such as the Dove Hair care range or try Toni and Guy or Lee Stafford available at Clicks. Lee Stafford has an extensive range of colour depositing shampoo’s and conditioners.

6. Don’t fall for false advertising:

There is no miracle product that will get your hair back to it's former colour instantly. Unless your hair is naturally very dark and can be dyed a dark colour. Your hair may end up orange, green or yellow if you use a quick fix product bought at a local pharmacy, so be careful.

If you have chosen to go for a shorter hairstyle while you grow out your natural colour, here are some tips to help you grow your hair out faster:

1. Don’t use too much shampoo:

Shampoo tends to dry out the scalp when used. If you can, avoid washing your hair everyday. Invest in some dry shampoo or even sprinkle baby powder on your roots and brush through thoroughly. Overuse of shampoo can lead to slowed hair growth, so giving your scalp a bit of a rest will help improve the natural oils in your hair and assist it to grow naturally and slightly faster than if you washed it every day. Shorting the time it takes to grow out those dyed ends.

2. Exercise:

As with most things, exercise helps hair growth because it aids in blood circulation. Don’t make exercise something that gets in the way of everyday life, rather find something that you enjoy doing and fits in well with your schedule. The more blood flow, the more healthy the hair growth!

3. Let your natural hair thrive:

If your hair is naturally curly, wavy or dead straight, don’t use heat stylers on a daily basis. Rather give your hair a break here and there and allow it to thrive in its natural beauty. Heat stylers can lead to hair breakage which will only slow down your goal of growing it out. Alternately, you could use styling products that won’t cause any damage such as curlers, plaiting your hair before you sleep and other nifty tricks that give your hair a break but still allow you to style it.

4. Be patient:

Growing out your natural colour won’t happen overnight. Allow the process to happen in its own time but avoid stress as much as possible as it has many negative impacts on our bodies including stunting hair growth.

Fun tip: Rinsing your hair with 1 tablespoon of white or apple cider vinegar mixed with 1 cup of water after shampooing and conditioning is a great way to clarify the hair, get rid of any buildup in the scalp, detangle hair, keep it shiny, give it volume, relieve an itchy scalp, reduce dandruff, tame frizz, and enhance curls.

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