Is that your natural hair color

How you can best let your natural (gray) hair color grow out

There are tons of reasons why you should take a break from dyeing your hair. Swearing off colorations not only saves you time-consuming sessions at the hairdresser's or in the bathroom at home, but also lets your hair grow back healthy and shiny. In recent years, the trend has been towards more natural hair colors, in which gentle gradients or highlights replace the complete coloring. But how do you manage, after years of regular hairdresser visits, to go to hair coloring less often - or not at all - without running around with a greasy approach for at least a year?
Morgan Parks works as a color professional at Nine Zero One and recommends that you come up with a stringent plan. And that shouldn't just involve coloring your hair the color you think is closest to your natural one. Because that almost never works. Instead, Morgan suggests taking it slow. The approaches should be blended into your current, colored hair color step by step. Less color is used with each re-dyeing, so that a smooth transition occurs over several months. This not only protects your hair, but will also make getting used to it a lot easier for you. But different hair colors require different processes. That's why we asked Morgan to explain the perfect procedure for each type of coloration.
Some highlights grow out without much effort, for example babylights or sombre. But if your hairdresser has applied the highlights directly to the scalp, it takes a bit of skill so that the highlights can grow out gently and seamlessly. “It's my favorite job,” says top colorist Morgan. "Nine times out of ten, when someone with streaks that are way too wide, way too light, sits on my chair, the zebra look hides a very beautiful natural hair color." That makes it easier, of course.
“I edit the roots so that the natural hair color can flow into it more easily. For this I use a glossing that works a bit like an eraser for the highlights. ”Either this is only applied to the roots to soften the hard transition between roots and highlights. Or you can use it all over your hair to soften the light strands a bit and create a more uniform look. In this variant, Morgan then adds a few gentle highlights to blend everything into one another a little better.

Glossing works a bit like an eraser for highlights.

Light approach with dark tips

One of the trickiest situations is when the tips are darker than the approach growing out. First of all, you should resist the impulse to want to color everything lighter at once. That can only go in your pants. "It's better to go step by step than bleach your hair in one fell swoop," advises hairstylist Morgan. "You should rather go for a color that is lighter than what you have dyed so far, but not as light as your roots." To do this, prime your hair in this mixed shade between roots and tips and then add a few light highlights. Over time you will get rid of the dark ends and your natural hair color can grow out.
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Let platinum blonde grow out

Some people believe that when they get tired of blonde, they can just dye it over. “But that's not how it works. It will take some time for your hair to absorb and retain the dark color. That's why several sessions at the hairdresser's are necessary, ”explains the color professional. Typically, your hair will need to be dyed four times before the darker color stays in. There should be several weeks between the appointments. If you dye your blonde hair much darker in one fell swoop, an unsightly green cast will otherwise quickly emerge. Morgan says: “Instead of shocking yourself with an extremely dark hair color, you should start with darker highlights, so-called lowlights. Lighter, fine babylights then help to soften the transition. ”And you have a beautiful ombré look.

Go step by step. The most important thing is that your hair stays healthy.

You took the plunge and dyed your hair in trendy candy colors, but now you're kind of tired of seeing yourself. And now? “You can try staining over it. But whether that works depends very much on how damaged your hair is, ”said the hairdresser. To make pink, blue or purple look really brilliant, you have most likely bleached your hair beforehand. This ensures that you will now absorb dark colorations much worse and very likely irregularly. If, on the other hand, you just want to get blonde again, it's much easier. Since the colors - for example pink, blue or purple - fade relatively quickly, they will disappear again after a while with simple hair washes. “There are also special color removers that gently remove the colored tint. You may not be completely out of all the paint, but at least you have most of it, "says Morgan.

The right care for bleached hair

Morgan's final tip has less to do with coloring and more to do with grooming. Colored hair is more prone to damage, hair breakage and dullness. This is why it is particularly important to always use a conditioner after washing your hair and a treatment at least once a week. Hair oil and an Olaplex treatment also help to keep the hair supple.