How to Grow Out Blonde Hair Color
by BRENDA L. / JUL 27, 2023
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If you went through a blonde phase and are now kind of growing out of it, don’t fret – growing out your blonde tresses and getting ready for a new hair colour isn’t too difficult. Whether you've been rocking gorgeous blonde highlights or a total blonde makeover, this can be a journey of patience and learning new things, including colour theory! In today’s blog I’ll explore with you everything you need to know in order to grow out your blonde hair in style, whilst gracefully embracing your natural hair colour or preparing your hair to become a canvas of new shades.
Transitioning From Highlights
If you have a full-head of blonde highlights that you want to grow out, the key to a seamless blend is harmonising your roots with the rest of your bleached streaks. Ask your hairdresser for a shadow root or root drag, a technique that consists in applying a darker colour on your roots creating a gradient effect that will help your natural shade transition softly into the lighter bits. This will help you avoid any harsh lines, recreating a soft ombre effect that will allow you to keep the blonde on your lengths and ends whilst allowing you to let your natural hair grow without worrying about root touch ups.
Growing out highlights means you automatically embrace a brand new look with a fresh new style. This means you can also look into getting ombre hair extensions to match your new colour combination, so that you don’t have to miss out on looking fabulous even whilst going through a regrowth process.
Growing Out Dyed Hair
For those that have gone through a full-bleach blonde job, growing out your hair can seem a bit daunting at first – after all, any root blend job seems too high-contrast, and dark roots coming out can be a bit too much for some people. Although roots are very much in (you can read more about it in this blog: How To Hide Your Roots And Make It Hot), not everyone is a fan – understandably. Let’s have a look at the steps you can take to make this an easy and bearable process:
Regular Trims: keeping your trimming routine regular (every 6 to 8 weeks for quicker results, or every 10 weeks or so to allow your hair to grow longer) will help you maintain healthy hair throughout the growing out process, getting rid of dead ends.
Balayage or Ombre Techniques: just like for highlighted tresses, you can request a balayage or ombre hairstyle to minimise the detachment between your blonde hair and your natural hair colour.
Use Colour-Depositing Products: in order to maintain a consistent blonde tone while your natural color grows in, using colour-depositing shampoos, conditioners or hair masks can help you keep brassy tones at bay.
Adding Hair Extensions For Colour: adding balayage hair extensions to your hair can help you boost your hairstyles and add a touch of light and colour to your ‘do without contrasting too much against your natural roots, thanks to the balayage effect.
Cover Up With A Full Colour: ask for a tint that matches your natural roots if you’re tired of your blonde – or perhaps, why not? Experiment with a whole different shade.
Maintaining Hair Health during the Transition
When you're growing out blonde hair colour and welcoming back your natural roots, it's essential that you prioritise your hair’s health to make sure it has everything it needs to grow healthy, shiny new hair. Here are some tips for maintaining healthy hair during the transition:
Deep Conditioning: deep conditioning once a week (or even twice, depending on how dry your hair is), is an essential step to keep your tresses soft, shiny and manageable. Looking for some inspiration? Have a look at the best hair masks for hair extensions in our blog: The Best Hair Masks For Extensions.
Minimise Heat Styling: avoid heat-based styling tools when possible, and learn the art to do a heatless blow dry on your tresses. Or, why not, even air drying your hair and extensions.
Stay Hydrated and Eat a Balanced Diet: drinking plenty of water and following a balanced, healthy diet rich in vitamins and minerals will promote optimal hair growth from the inside out. Find out more about the foods that support healthy, gorgeous hair: #Healthyhair Foods To Eat For Healthy Hair.
Embracing Your Natural Hair Colour
Growing out a hair colour to go back to your original, natural shade doesn’t happen overnight – it’s a long journey of self-discovery and acceptance that will sometimes give you great joy, and sometimes feel challenging. But this doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with it in the meantime! Experiment with headbands, scarves, updos and hair pins to hide the double-colour whilst you wait, or – why not? Opt for a radical haircut once the length allows it. You could find out that your long hair had its time to shine and you may now be a proud bob wearer. Having shorter hair can actually be one of the most versatile options for you, allowing you to play around with length, volume, and colour whenever you’d like – with the aid of clip in hair extensions.
With patience and care, growing out your blonde hair will be a smooth process that can give great satisfaction. Remember to follow a healthy hair care routine, and have fun with hair accessories and hair extensions during those days in which you’re not feeling the double shade that much. Looking into getting a balayage job or shadow roots can help you conceal the regrowth process with style and glamour!