How to grow out your hair color and go natural

Updated November 21, 2016

Hair dye contains many toxic chemicals, and some people suspect it may cause health problems. Some dyes can leave hair brittle and dry, which may lead to breakage. Growing out previously coloured hair to its natural colour can be a difficult task. The process may take a lot of time, depending on the length of your hair, and you may experience a lot of frustration. With the right solution, however, you can grow out your hair colour and go natural without anyone noticing the process.

Dye your hair with a semi-permanent hair colour that matches your natural hair colour. Semi-permanent hair colour washes out and can be used repeatedly until your natural hair colour grows back in. It is less damaging than permanent hair colour. If you have bleached your hair, a semi-permanent darker hair colour will work, but it may fade faster. Semi-permanent hair dye is not an option for natural blonds. Since hair colour strips the hair cuticle of any pigment, a blond shade will be permanent.

Ask your stylist to give you a "tint-back." The stylist will match your natural hair colour with a permanent dye and colour it. You will not have to dye your hair again, since the permanent dye will match your roots.

Highlight your roots if you have dyed your hair a colour darker than your natural hair colour. This will also work if you lightened your hair by getting lowlights done on your roots.

Grow your hair out for a few months and then cut it short. A pixie cut is a short hair style that looks cute on many women.

Disguise regrowth with styling. Use a messy part, tease your roots and curl your hair.

Things You'll Need

  • Semi-permanent hair dye
  • Tint-back
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