How to grow out your hair color (when you can’t get to the salon)

Being in quarantine has its pros and cons. On the one hand, you have extra time to sleep in, get a workout in before work, and even take up a new hobby. On the other hand, your beauty routines may suffer as hair and nail salons remain closed. What’s a girl to do? If you have highlights or were looking to go back to your natural hair color for the spring, you may have come to realization that you’re going to have to grow out your hair color all on your own, without your trusty colorist to guide the way. No problem though, that’s why we’re here.

Growing out highlights

The good news? Going back to your natural hair color will do wonders for your pocketbook and hair health. No longer with you have to slather your scalp in harsh chemicals and fork over good money for the privilege. And don’t worry. If you live in fear of that awkward transition phase, we have you covered. Here are some tips on how to successfully navigate your color change and come out of quarantine with a whole new hair color.

Before you embark on any drastic hair color change, it is important to do a few key things first. You need to begin by developing a plan and preparing yourself for a transition phase, and ensuring that you possess realistic expectations. Remember, Rome was not built in a day. And, your return to your natural hue will take time as well. 

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How to grow out highlights

If you have been highlighting your hair for years and want to break the habit, there is good news. You can grow out highlights with very little effort at all! 

Begin by letting your hair grow for a few months until much of your natural shade has returned. Remember, your natural shade may have changed over the years, so don’t assume that you know exactly what it is, particularly if you have been adding highlights for eons. It is also recommended that you get your ends trimmed to remove all of your split and over-processed bits—while you can’t make it to the salon, skip this bit until things are back to normal. In a few months, your highlights will gradually grow out and you will be left with a much healthier mane in your natural hue. Easy, right? 

Growing out highlights

If your highlights start at the top of your scalp or you simply don’t have the patience to grow them out, you do have another option. Garnier offers that you could opt to introduce lowlights in a shade closer to your natural color every 8 weeks until the highlights are completely gone. 

Are your highlights drastically lighter than your natural hue? If so, plan to visit your colorist for a tint back—otherwise known as filling or re-pigmenting. This is when color is applied to your hair to restore the lost pigments that make up your desired darker shade. It sounds like a complicated process, but your trusted hair professional will know exactly what to do. 

Do you love your highlights but hate the effort and expense involved in maintaining them? Well, you don’t have to kiss your beloved splashes of light goodbye. You can, instead, use lighter colored hair extensions to create the exact same effect. If you aren’t sure if your current highlight hue is the right one for you, you will want to check out this handy guide to choosing the best highlights for your undertones.

Growing out highlightsSeamless Dirty Blonde Highlights Luxy Hair extensions

Bye Bye Balayage, Adios Ombré

One of the nicest things about balayage is the fact that you can grow it out naturally and look great in the process. Why? Royal and celebrity hairdresser, Richard Ward, explains that there are no strong re-growth lines, making it grow out beautifully. Furthermore, little maintenance is required as the color doesn’t start at the roots.

Once you have a grown out balayage, you may miss it. If you really love your balayage look, but want to avoid chemicals and repeated hair salon visits, you can achieve the same style with balayage hair extensions.

Growing out highlightsBlonde Balayage, Dirty Blonde Highlights Luxy Hair Extensions

Ombré is another easy-to-grow-out style due to its natural transition from one hue to another. Simply let it grow out and maintain regular trimmings. And here’s some good news. It has been said that ombré can even look better the more it grows out, creating the appearance of naturally sun-kissed ends. If you really want a drastic change, you may even be able to have the ombré cut out and rock a shorter hairstyle. 

Going back to your natural hair color

If you have been sporting a shade that is a huge departure from your natural hue, don’t dismay. There are ways to make the transition from light to dark and vice versa without resorting to lopping it all off. 

How to grow out bleached hair

Have you grown weary of maintaining fair locks? Keeping up platinum blonde or other equally light shades can be a tedious endeavor, especially when your natural hair color is dark. You do have options, however, that will enable you to kick the dyeing habit and embrace the color God gave you. 

For this one, you may want to wait until you have access to a hair salon before going the full mile, as it is extremely important that you discuss how to dye bleached hair back to your natural hair color with an experienced professional. After all, you cannot simply dye over pale blonde hair. In fact, you can expect it to take four coats of color for your follicles to absorb the darker shade. If you do opt to go this route, it is important to realize that the sudden switch from light blonde to dark brown may be a shock to both you and those around you. 

Should you decide to go for a more gradual change, you could add some lowlights closer to your natural dark color. Another option is to add shadow roots—a technique that stretches dye naturally from your roots to the tips of your hair. Ideally, that dye should be as close to your natural hair color as possible. This enables you to grow out your hair color easily while remaining on trend. The good news? While waiting for your salon to open, your hair will gradually grow out, adopting a shadow root all on its own. Own it, rock it, and pretend you meant for your hair to look this way.

Growing out highlights

Another option is to simply let your light hair grow out naturally, adopting the popular ombré style. Ombré is, after all, the gradual fading of one color to anotherwhich is exactly what happens when you’re growing out hair dye. Yes, that awkward “in between” color phase will make you the epitome of fashionable and make your dark roots appear intentional. 

Growing out dark roots with light hair

Do you long to shed your dark tresses and embrace your naturally fair hair? As long as you avoid a few major faux pas, you will be able to pull this off without a problem. Begin by stepping away from the bleach. And don’t even think about reaching for a bottle of light blonde hair dye. If you aren’t interested in simply letting it grow out, you will need the assistance of a trusted hair professional. Remember, reaching for the dye bottle could leave your hair looking patchy and could potentially make your hair turn green.

Growing out highlights

Your stylist may wish to introduce a color that is lighter than your dyed color, but darker than your natural shade and temper it with a few highlights until your transition is complete. Another option is to have them lift the dark hue with a color remover. If you can’t make it to a salon, hoewever, master hair colorist at New York’s Eddie Arthur Salon, Stephanie Brown, recommends simply letting the hair grow in and adding highlights every few months until you reach your color goal. 

If you’re currently stuck at home, can’t make it to the hair salon and want to avoid the addition of more chemicals completely, you can opt to sport the reverse balayage—a hot new trend that will enable you to grow out your color naturally. The reverse balayage graduates from light roots to darker tips. Streeters hairstylist, Tina Outen, offers that as your blonde roots grow in the darker hair will continue to grow out at the ends, or get chopped off during a trim. And, once you have a grown out balayage, you can reclaim the look without re-adding dark dye.  By simply using hair extensions, you can keep up your reverse balayage without ever visiting a salon. 

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You may also opt for the reverse ombré while growing out your locks. This style turns the traditional ombré upside down, graduating from light on top to dark ends. This en point style will enable you to navigate your color change while looking great. 

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How to grow out hair colors not found in nature

If you’re the adventurous type, you may have dyed your hair a bright candy-colored hue. While lemon yellow, hot pink, or Smurf-blue locks can be fun, they get old quickly. While you may be tempted to simply erase your vibrant shade by dying over it, the results could be disastrous, especially if you had to use bleach to get your follicles to hold your color in the first place. 

It is best to call in the professionals for this one, and let the hair grow out while isolating. Once you are able to make it to a salon, with the right color extractors, they can pull out a lot of that rainbow hue, making it much easier to cover. If you have an abundance of patience, you can wait for the hair color to fade out and, then, dye your hair back to its natural hue

Growing out highlights

If you wish to grow out highlights, dye bleached hair back to its natural color, or grow out balayage, we have complete faith in your success while at home.  By formulating a plan and exercising a wee bit of patience, you can enjoy a painless transition from chemically-treated follicles to a healthy, natural head of hair. Remember, you can always give your colorist a call or schedule a FaceTime appointment for some advice on how to tackle your hair growth. Be sure to pay them for a regular consultation, however, as many hairstylists are currently out of work. There is no better time to embrace your natural hair than right now. 

Whether your natural hair is sun-soaked blonde, fiery red, or flawless mahogany, embrace the color your mane is meant to be. It’s chemical free. It’s inexpensive. And, it’s beautiful.

Written by: Kimberley Laws

How To: LisaLise’s Herbal Shower Shaker Scrub

Today, I’m going to share a formula with you that is so easy peasy you can eyeball the amounts of the ingredients and still get it right.

We’re going to make an exfoliating shower shaker scrub that can be made a zillion different ways.

I know you think this is an exaggerated amount, but I counted until I got to a million and there were still endless possibilities, so I made an educated estimate about the rest.

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How to Rework a Shampoo Bar

This is all because of Nika’s inspiring question. What you’re looking at up there is shampoo bar ‘first edition’ and shampoo bar ‘second edition’.

On the left: the original shampoo bar with chamomile and calendula. On the right, the reworked shampoo bar with added herbs.

Why would we want to rework a shampoo bar? Let’s start with Nika’s question.

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I tried Sugar Bear Hair for 90 days & here’s what happened

My hair and I have been through a lot. We’ve been through countless break ups and make ups—from bad haircuts, chemical cuts from over bleaching, thinning, and what feels like a lifetime of growing my hair out to recover from the trauma. 

I’ve been bleaching my fine, light brown hair since I was 14, and truly forgot what it felt like to have healthy hair. I hit a point where I looked at my hair and realized the beachy blonde I deeply adored was not worth the lifeless, dull, brittle hair I had. After years of this love-hate relationship, I just stopped. I didn’t even bother to dye my hair back to brown, or blend the harsh roots to mitigate the transition period. My hair looked super wacky for a good year, until I chopped it off and decided to start fresh.

Do sugar bear hair vitamins work

I tried everything to reach my hair goals of growing long, healthy, strong hair after this, and have often been desperate to find a quick fix. DIY hair masks, Biotin supplements, chewable vitamins, head massagers…the list goes on! I even put raw egg in my hair once as part of a DIY experiment—gross! After all these “quick fix” methods continually let me down, I’ve become the ultimate cynic on improving hair quality beyond good old patience and genetics. It’s been 18 months since I decided to embrace a natural and shorter look, and my patience greatly paid off. 

Do sugar bear hair vitamins workSugar Bear Hair Vitamins

When I began this experiment, my cynicism got the best of me and I was super excited to debunk all of the hair growth claims I’ve heard and believed time and time again. While I love chewable vitamins and the fact that Sugar Bear Hair vitamins are vegan, I was also very skeptical of the brand’s bold marketing tactics. After all, I was once a vulnerable person who fell for similar “quick fix” schemes and overpriced products. Not to mention, a little insider secret: most of the influencers who advertise hair gummy products wear hair extensions

Do sugar bear hair vitamins workBeginning of the experiment.

I don’t think there is a magic pill (or gummy) that will solve hair loss or stunted hair growth, unless there is a bigger health issue, of course. Regular trims, a healthy diet, and cutting heat and damage is the cold hard secret to this mystery. My pre-existing thoughts on Sugar Bear Hair itamins had me entering this experiment from a biased perspective, but I promised myself I’d give it a fair shot. So, do Sugar Bear Hair vitamins work? I tried them for 3 months and here’s what happened.

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December 2019: Month 1

From the first bite, I was charmed by these delicious little blue treats. The Kardashians were right about the taste, I’ll give them that. My boyfriend wanted to try them, and ended up eating 3 days worth of my supply. I had to scare him off, and got to a point myself where I Googled “Can you OD on gummy vitamins?” Turns out that consuming too many of these bad boys can actually cause some serious side effects, so I promised myself I’d stick to the recommended serving. 

I can’t really speak too much on my first month results, as the progress was minimal. I honestly noticed no difference. What I can speak to is that I found that forming a ritual geared towards loving your hair allowed me to create other healthy habits without realizing it. Consuming the gummies everyday made me feel so accountable, before I knew it I was cutting down on hair washing, embracing heatless hairstyles, and overall treating my hair with more kindness.

Do sugar bear hair vitamins workMonth 1 vs Month 2.

January 2020: Month 2

I started experiencing results in the second month, yay! My skin felt extra hydrated, especially in the cold Canadian climate. I actually wasn’t expecting an improvement to my skin while eating Sugar Bear Hair vitamins so this was a nice surprise. I also noticed that my hair felt stronger, had great elasticity, a nice shine, and was holding a style really well. I definitely got a lot of compliments on how healthy my hair looked, but no one noticed a difference in length. 

Like I mentioned before, taking these vitamins made me create a healthy hair routine in other ways. I was reducing my wash time, and using heat on my hair only once every 2 weeks, which is a huge win for me. Could these awesome results have been from my entire new haircare routine as a whole, or was it the magic gummies? I’m not totally sure.

Do sugar bear hair vitamins workMonth 1 vs Month 3.

February 2020: Month 3

In my third sugary month, I experienced the most promising results. I didn’t think my hair had actually grown all that much, but after comparing my Month 3 photo to Month 1, I definitely noticed a difference in length. My hair also felt and looked a lot better! I noticed more weight in my hair, and my ponytails were looking super thick compared to normal. While I’d love to credit Sugar bear hair vitamins for these improvements, it’s hard to isolate this one product in determining the end results, due to the healthy hair habits I had also created. 

Do sugar bear hair vitamins workMonth 2 vs Month 3.

So…do Sugar Bear Hair vitamins work?

I found the results to be very similar to my experiment with Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin, Nails gummies. Both greatly improved my skin, influenced healthier hair habits, and gave me a boost of daily essential vitamins, with some hair growth as a bonus.

Do sugar bear hair vitamins workSugar Bear Hair Vitamins

Compared to Nature’s Bounty, Sugar bear hair wins for me in the Vegan department, but Nature’s Bounty wins in terms of affordability (less than $10 USD for a month’s supply compared to Sugar bear hair’s $29.99 USD.) Both are equally yummy in my opinion, however, gelatin doesn’t bother me too much. If you want to avoid gelatin and chewables all together, you’ll be fine with a basic women’s multivitamin.

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In my opinion, when you purchase Sugar bear hair, you ultimately pay for the marketing and viral appeal. I’m sure you’ve all seen the infamous Instagram images of The Kardashian clan, Emily Ratajkowski, Vanessa Hudgens and more, nibbling on these sweet treats. It works as well as other similar products on the market, but if you give into the big bear named Sugar, you get to be part of the “cool girl (bear)” club! 

In all honesty, I would never be able to recommend a product that does the same job as a basic women’s multivitamin. Take care of yourself, treat your hair with love, take your vitamins, and always do your own research before you give in to the hype. While I’m grateful for the 20 seconds per day of deliciousness I was blessed with, I will not be ordering these again.

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Healthy foods to revive damaged hair

The first step in knowing how to fix damaged hair is knowing the root of the damage.

From coloring, to split ends, UV damage to over styling, damaged hair is caused by both our own actions and external environmental factors. Damaged hair repair also comes in a variety of treatments and products, but before adding to cart on the best-reviewed hair products, make sure you understand what your hair needs.

It is important to note that hair is technically already dead. The hair follicle is the only “living” portion of the hair. Hair that has grown out contains no biochemical activity which is science speak to say that it is considered “dead”. The root of each strand of hair is where the living cells are that produce the hair shaft and the hair we visibly see. This is why fully repairing damaged hair is so difficult – but not impossible.

The best damaged hair repair is building healthy hair habits, helping to prevent further problems. We’ve rounded up the five most common causes of damaged hair and how to fix them.

How to fix damaged hair from an unbalanced diet

A balanced diet isn’t just good for your hair, it’s just plain good for you. Specific ingredients, however, such as protein omega-3, and biotin are all essential for long, thick, healthy hair. Think whole foods, fruits and veggies, and whole grains. Not only do these provide you with great hair, but skin, digestion and heart health also. Protein is essential for luscious hair, as well as iron, Vitamin A, and C. Daily supplements can help provide you with what your diet may be missing, but be sure to check with your doctor first.

As for those supplements that promise long, luscious hair specifically, be sure to carefully read the labels and ask your health professional.

How To Fix Damaged Hair

How to fix dry damaged hair

The lack of moisture makes hair prone to breakage. Dry hair is caused when there isn’t enough natural oils or moisture being produced and this is most commonly caused by over-washing your hair. Over washing can strip your hair of the natural oils it needs for optimal moisture. So, skip the daily wash and keep it to 2 to 3 times a week if possible.

Take a good look at the shampoo and conditioners you’re using too. Look for products that contain ingredients that pack in the moisture; avocado, olive oil, and argan oil are all great for helping moisturize (and strengthen) hair. Conditioner is especially important in preventing dry hair, but also fixing damaged hair. Focus conditioner on the mid-shaft to the ends of your hair, massaging it and leaving it in a minute or two longer than your shampoo. Be sure to rinse all the product out et voilà—one dry damaged hair repair tip that doesn’t require too much.

The weather is also a big factor in causing dry hair. In the winter, the air is obviously colder but also drier than those hot summer months. These environmental factors strip the hair of natural moisture and cause further problems like static. It’s good to adjust your conditioning routine slightly in the winter months to ensure your hair is getting the moisture it needs. If you want to know how to fix dry, damaged hair in the winter, add a hair mask or deep conditioning treatment to your hair routine for healthy hair and a little dose of self-love too—you deserve it, sis.

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How to fix heat damaged hair

Oh, styling tools, how we love each and every one of you. Be it a blow dryer, hair straightener, curling iron – we all have our favorites and our go-to tools when we really want our hair style to turn heads. Yet, these amazing and useful tools are also one of the biggest causes of heat damaged hair – it’s no secret.

Do you use a heat-protectant every time you blow dry or flat iron your hair? Probably not, but it is an absolute must. Exposing hair to high heat without any protectant product creates damaged hair quicker and makes it harder to fix. Try limiting heat styling to once or twice a week and always, we repeat, always use a heat protectant serum or spray.

Another way to fix heat damaged hair? Fix the way you blow dry. It’s best to blow dry your hair after letting it air dry for a few minutes, and not when it is dripping wet. Blot your wet hair (do not rub!) with a microfiber towel if you don’t want to wait for it to air dry. If you’re using a brush when blow-drying, don’t pull too hard on the hair and look for a brush with smooth synthetic bristles for faster drying and less damage to the hair than those big, round brushes. Finally, pull the nozzle away from your head. Keeping the blow dryer about two inches away is effective in terms of drying and styling, but also much safer for your hair.

How To Fix Damaged Hair

Hair extensions are also an option to help prevent heat damage to your natural hair. With hair extensions, you can also style them pin-straight, blow them out in waves, or curl them. Alternating these styles between your natural hair and hair extensions will allow you to save your hair from heat styling damage and experiment with new looks. With clip in hair extensions like Luxy Hair, you can hang extensions from the Luxy Hair Extensions Carrier and easily style them ahead of work, going out with the girls, or a date. Having your har extensions pre-styled, saves time and your natural hair. Remember to spritz your extensions with heat protectant and keep your styling tools on low heat to help them last longer.

Coconut oil is a savior for heat damaged hair. Its makeup absorbs into the hair cuticles, helping to hydrate from the inside out. Pro tip: Use coconut oil before and after heat styling. There are many heat protectant products with coconut oil which will help preserve the hair’s natural moisture, while also providing a layer of protection. You can also use coconut oil as a mask or treatment post styling or washing. It also smells like a vacation, so why not?

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How to fix damaged hair from coloring

Whether you go for regular dye jobs or love keeping up with the latest hair color trends, chemically treating the hair does serious damage. We get it – it’s hard not to go for a little or a lot of color (mermaid hair, anyone?) but there are steps that can help reduce the amount of damage.

For those with severely over-processed hair, the only damaged hair repair may be a big chop. For others, let’s follow these steps so it doesn’t get that bad.

Stick to more natural or close to natural colors, the rule of thumb is within three shades of your natural color. This will prevent you from having to bleach or over-process to achieve drastic colors (sorry, platinum and millennial pink). There’s no other way to say this – bleaching will always damage your hair, it’s best to minimize bleaching, or not do it at all. It strips the hair of its natural melanin that gives your hair its natural pigment. Those who’ve done it know it makes your hair dry, brittle, and prone to breakage. Bleach is usually an essential step when going from dark to light colors, but really should be done sparingly for the health of your hair.

Ditch the bleach and increase the time between dye jobs so you’re not exposing your hair to chemicals so frequently. You can help maintain your color by using hair color-specific products, washing your hair less frequently with cooler water and washing your hair less frequently.

Other common chemical treatments such as chemical straightening causes the same type of damage as coloring. Many of the same rules for dye apply—increasing the time between appointments, and also opting for safer options such as keratin straightening.

Another way to combat damage from coloring and other chemical processes is hair extensions. With a variety of colors and even styles such as ombre to choose from, wearing color-treated hair extensions saves your natural hair from damage, while giving you longer, fuller hair that looks like you just came straight from your colorist’s chair.

How To Fix Damaged Hair

How to fix damaged hair from skipping the salon chair

Let’s just put this myth to an end now. Skipping regular haircuts or trims to let your hair grow out isn’t making it any healthier – in fact it’s creating the opposite effect. According to one study, women on average get their hair cut about three times a year. Depending on your hair type and the overall health of your hair this may not be enough. Skipping regular haircuts can create split ends and eventually, those unfixable strands break off. Without regular trims hair can also become dry and look dull. If you use chemical treatments, not getting rid of the damaged hair weighs on the rest.

The best clip in hair extensions also give you longer, fuller hair you sometimes can’t achieve with natural hair. Being able to play with length and volume makes hair extensions an easy and stylish way to deal with poor growth or split ends between hair cuts. You don’t have to grow out your hair into dry, split ends to achieve length. Choose the right type of hair extensions that can help you achieve the length you want.

Let this be a friendly reminder to schedule your next cut. Regular hair appointments don’t have to be dramatic changes every time, getting frequent trims can help keep the hair healthy, avoid dry, split ends and make for hair that looks fuller, shinier, and longer.

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Other causes of damaged hair, and how to fix them

Cotton pillowcases and towels – Everyday house essentials, major culprits of damaged hair. Both fabrics cause friction in the hair, especially when you’re using the towel to (gasp) rub your hair dry. Swap out your cotton pillowcase for silk or satin ones, to protect your hair while you sleep. Bonus: They are proven to be good for your skin too. Instead of terrycloth towels, swap for microfiber and even then, blot or pat hair dry.

UV damage – Like cold air, environmental factors like sun exposure can make hair more prone to breakage. Lighter hair such as blonde or grey are also more susceptible to UV damage. Reach for sun or UV protectant product when in sunny climates and/or wear a hat if you’ll be out in the sun for a while. Consider this a great opportunity to accessory shop.

Over-styling and the wrong products – Whether it’s too much dry shampoo, blow drying or “extra hold” products, over-styling can dry out the hair and cause serious breakage and shedding. Skip or limit these products to once or twice a week and avoid over-brushing and styling to save your strands.

How To Fix Damaged Hair

Knowing how to fix damaged hair may not mean getting your hair back to 100% perfect health and that’s totally ok. But when you treat your hair right you can make it the healthiest it can be. Getting regular haircuts, limiting heat styling, chemicals, and adding healthy whole foods to your diet don’t have to happen all at once. Start with one really good hair habit and build on the rest – you’ll see a difference in how your hair looks and feels.

Written by: Rosalyn Solomon