There is no instant solution or immediate answer to how to go back to your natural hair colour. You have to be patient. You need to allow your natural hair to outgrow your coloured hair. The only quick solution you can resort to is dyeing your hair with a colour that is closest to the natural hue of your hair. Then again you would be using an artificial colour, which may or may not cause damage. Such experimentation is needless if you are sure that you wish to continue with your natural hair colour. The best way to get rid of the artificial colour is to allow natural hair to grow substantially so you can cut the coloured portions. How long it would take and what type of transition you would experience depend on various factors, not limited to how fast your hair grows and the difference between your dyed hair and natural hair colour.
Consider a short hairstyle
If you already have a short hairstyle, then you are lucky. You would soon get rid of all the artificially coloured hair and your natural hair colour would be restored in all its glory. If you have medium or long hair, then you should consider a haircut and go as short as possible. This will allow your natural hair to quickly outgrow the coloured hair, as there wouldn’t be much of the latter to begin with. Additionally, you would be able to limit the damage caused by dyes. Most types of hair undergo some damage when they are bleached and dyed, especially those who have darker hair and it is bleached to make way for a lighter shade.
Trim your hair frequently
For most women, hair barely grows by an inch in a month. Hair grows faster when it is short and the growth slows down as the hair gets longer. This is also why you should consider a short haircut. According to one study published in International Journal of Dermatology, the rate of hair growth among Caucasian women is just over five inches per year, for Asian women it is almost six inches per year and for African women it is around four inches per year.
You have to factor this is when you prepare for a patient resurgence of your natural hair colour. If you have coloured more than six or seven inches of your natural hair, then you may have to wait a year for your natural hair colour to completely replace the coloured hair. This is why regular trimming is imperative. As you grow an inch or so of natural hair, trim an inch or more of the coloured hair. This will speed up the process and also make the transition look much more pleasant. There is another advantage of trimming your hair frequently. You would have fewer split ends and your hair will grow faster.
Assist the transition
You may have dark hair so you might have opted for something lighter or you may have light hair and hence you had opted for something darker. Your present hair colour may be platinum blonde, light ash, beige, buttery or silver, natural blonde, strawberry blonde, summer blonde or creamy blonde, bronze or golden, auburn or copper, dark blonde or cherry blonde, caramel blonde or chocolate blonde among others. Figure out the shade that is closest to your natural hair colour. You can get your hair dyed with this colour so the transition seams almost natural. You would not have contrasting or conflicting hair colours for months.
The same rule applies to dark hair. If you have brown hair and you have opted for some shade of black, brown or others, such as milk chocolate brown, dark chestnut brown, medium brown, light chestnut brown, walnut brown or caramel brown, light ash brown or light golden brown, lightest brown or maple brown, then you need to restore the colour that comes closest to the shade of brown you naturally have. If you have opted for a dramatically different shade, which is to say you have gone against the spectrum of colours, then you should definitely consider a short hair cut. Do not opt for any dramatic treatment as that would further damage your hair.
Opt for healthy remedies
There are some healthy remedies to help natural hair growth. Exercise every day. Go for jog if you cannot find time for anything else or a planned workout regimen. Exercising and especially cardio workouts will increase blood circulation and that assists hair growth. Keep your scalp clean and hydrated. Do not shampoo frequently and try to avoid wetting your hair every day. Let the hair retain the natural oils. Avoid using all kinds of hair products, from fancy conditioners to serums that would settle down on your scalp. Don’t presume shampooing frequently will lead to fading of the artificial colour. Instead, spend time in the sun which will reduce the dominance of the artificial colour.
Nourishment or nutrition is an essential element. You should eat well for optimum hair growth. The secrets of the trade are the usual. Eat more veggies and fruits. Increase your consumption of dietary fibre. Avoid processed foods and too much sugar or salt. You should maintain a healthy body mass index and have an active lifestyle. Sedentary lifestyle, excessive stress or anxiety, lack of sleep and dehydration will limit hair growth. It would take longer to go back to your natural hair colour.
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Patiently allowing your natural hair to outgrow your artificially coloured hair is the best solution. The remedies discussed in our guide will be of immense help to facilitate the transition. If you have a secret mantra, we would like to learn. We would also love to hear your experience.
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