Bored of your hair colour? Here’s how to grow it out

We’ve all been there. You’ve taken the plunge and gone for a colour makeover and loved the results at the time, but now you’re done with that look and want to get back somewhere near your natural colour. But how do you do that? The experts tell us the best way to get rid of the old and in with the new.

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Colour the colour

Whether you’re bored of the colour you’ve had or didn’t like what you went for, don’t worry. It can nearly always be changed with more colouring. “Nowadays the products used in salons are very gently and designed to create minimal damage to the hair so maintaining the integrity, strength and quality of the hair shouldn’t be an issue,” says Harriet Muldoon, Head Colourist and Technical Director at Blue Tit Salons and Academy.

Your hair type might help you out

“Some pigments last longer in certain hair types. The less porous your hair the quicker your colour will fade, but if you have extremely porous hair – fine hair tends to be more porous as does very white or grey hair – then the colour will take longer to get rid of naturally,” says Harriet.

There’s no need to chop

“Expert colourists should be able to correct colour without needing the client to grow their hair out or cut it off,” says Hayley Gibson-Forbes, Director at S J Forbes. “However if your hair is in poor condition then it might be worth having a cut to help it look healthier, but you don’t need to do it to get rid of the colour.”

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Blondes don’t have more fun

“It will generally take less process to get someone back to a dark shade than a very light blonde,” says Harriet. “Of course each case is different but generally what happens is a colour removal product is applied to the hair, this is then followed by a high-lift tint or overall lightening, to further remove any colour and create a neutral base. Then a permanent tint, in one or more shades can be applied to recreate the effect of the natural hair colour.”


Prevention is better than cure

If you’re thinking of going for something that’s very different to your usual hair colour, take your time and don’t rush it. “Consider a temporary or semi-permanent colour instead as they allow flexibility so you can see the effect but not have the commitment factor,” says Hayley. “Alternatively you could consider coloured hair extensions which allow creativity of colour without affecting the quality or structure of your own hair.”