Growing out grey hair

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We’ll go straight in here, it takes time to transition to grey hair if you’ve been colouring it. Depending on the length of your hair it could take a year or two to grow out. But you’ve got options on how to go about this:

1.) Go cold turkey

Wash, dry and style – basically do everything you’d normally do but skip the dye and wait it out.

World leading colour expert Josh Wood say’s “When you do decide you want to start to grow the grey out, you’ve got to be committed as there will be a period of hard regrowth and realistic about the timeframe. The quickest I’ve ever seen anybody be able to transition was around nine months, but realistically, it probably takes around 18 months to get to a point you’re happy with.

“The first step in the process is to purposefully leave a little bit of grey regrowth around the hairline, so it starts to break up that harsh regrowth. It looks a bit more natural and helps to introduce a bit of grey gradually. If you’re going to a salon, you should talk to your colourist about having a lighter tint around the hairline for a few weeks, then introduce some kind of highlights or balayage. This will help break down the demarcation (the line between the grey and your coloured hair). It’s much less noticeable to grow grey out into a lighter blonde shade.”

2.) Get regular trims

A lot of hairdressers recommend that you get your hair trimmed every 4-6 weeks to keep your hair looking its best.

3.) Consider cutting your hair shorter

When transitioning to grey hair some women use the process as an opportunity to try out a shorter hair style. 

4.) Consider highlights

If you’re not ready to stop colouring your hair completely then lowlights or highlights can ease the transition by blending some colour in with your greys to soften your overall look.  Josh advises: “There’s probably under 10% of people who have grey that’s silky and beautiful, silver platinum. Most people will need a little bit of help after they’ve grown out their colour as it’s rare to grey evenly. I would always advise that adding some highlights or lowlights for contrast will always make your natural grey hair look more premium.

5.) Accessorise

If the regrowth looks too dramatic for you then try experimenting with headbands and hair accessories. We’ve put together an article full of gorgeous hair accessories just for you over here.

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