Changing up your hair colour and experimenting with different styles can almost be as good as a holiday (almost!). There’s nothing better than walking out of the hairdressers with a completely transformed ‘do and a new colour to show off. However, maintaining hair colour can be difficult – from frequent salon trips to damage – and you might be at the stage where you are considering transitioning back to your natural colour. Not only can this be great for your hair if you are experiencing damage, it also requires a lot less upkeep. If you’re wanting to embrace the natural look, here are a few tips for easing into the transition.
Speak to your hairdresser
This is a super important one! Have a chat with your hairdresser at your next appointment if you are thinking about going natural. They are professionals and will be able to help you decide which is the best course of action to take. While it can be tempting to take matters into your own hands, they truly do know what will be best for your hair! It’s a great idea to bring along some photos of your natural colour so they know exactly what they’re working with.
Get a trim and let your highlights grow out
Getting a hair trim is the best first step to take after speaking with your hairdresser. While this won’t do anything to remove colour, it’s a great way to freshen up your locks and remove any dry or split ends.
If you have only been getting highlights, the good news is it’s very easy to transition back to your natural colour – it’s mostly just being patient! Let your hair grow out for a few months until you can really see your natural colour coming through. Even though it may seem counterintuitive, you may decide at this point to experiment with ombre close to your natural colour to help disguise the colour growing out until it’s eventually gone. Keep getting regular trims to maintain hair health and you will grow out your highlights before you know it!
Transitioning from a light or dark shade
If you are wanting to go from bleached hair to your natural darker shade, the process will be a little longer. Generally, you will colour your hair to a shade that is closest to your natural colour, until eventually, you grow out all of your bleached locks.
While this will take quite a few steps and feel like a process, your hairstylist will be with you along the way! You will be back to healthy, natural locks in no time at all.
The process is similar if you are naturally light-haired but have been experimenting with darker colours. If you are not wanting to wait for the dark colour to grow out, your hairdresser will be able to help you slowly transition from dark back to light.