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. 

Growing out highlightsDark Brown, Chestnut Brown, Dirty Blonde Highlights Luxy Hair Extensions

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

Taiwanese Beauty: How SH-RD is Shining a Light on Taiwan as Asia’s Hidden Treasure

Asia has long been known as a destination for all things beauty, with brands like Shiseido, Tatcha, and Glow Recipe. Now Taiwan has given us a new ingredient that we didn’t know we needed in our lives: Deep-sea water.

What is deep-sea water?

As the name implies, it is water from the deep part of a sea or ocean. Deep-sea water is a rare and natural resource that is beginning to be utilized in a variety of Taiwanese products.

SH-RD, a Taiwanese hair-care brand, which has gained acclaim developing a line of incredibly fragrant, ultra-nourishing hair care products featuring rosemary and D-panthenol, recently launched their SH-RD Protein Cream: Gold Deluxe Edition, a luxury leave-in treatment combining actual gold leaf with deep-sea water sourced from the Eastern waters of Taiwan, along with their signature blend of rosemary and D-panthenol. The cream adds rich, organic materials to the scalp, strengthening follicles, stimulating hair growth, and leaving hair ultra-light and soft to the touch for hours.

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In addition to innovative product developments like the use of deep-sea water, here are some more reasons to start shopping “Made in Taiwan”:

1. The country is agriculturally rich

a. Compared to its Asian counterparts of South Korea and Japan – the country of Taiwan is very agriculturally rich. This allows for the country to use products that are grown in its backyard to produce their products.

2. The country has long manufactured your favorite brands

a. Taiwan has been no stranger to cosmetics manufacturing. It has been both formulating and manufacturing for many international beauty brands for decades. Since Taiwan has become a leader in medical technology in Asia, this has helped drive skincare brands to perfect their advanced formulations.

3. The culture is rich

a. Did you know that Taiwan was the first country to legalize same-sex marriage? Did you know Taiwan was recently ranked 8th within Asia in last year’s Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs? Taiwan is a beautifully progressive nation that has been fighting for many people’s rights and equality – a great reason to support and shop those creating products from Taiwan.

Tri-Banded Brassy Bleach & Tone to Flawless Platinum

Color corrections come in many shades and levels of complexity. For starters, the hair typically has been compromised, whether by being pushed too far, cared for incorrectly, or the service just wasn’t up to par. Whatever the origin may be, we are here for any and every kind of OLAPLEX transformation, which is exactly what Los Angeles colorist, Sara Lim @slim_color gave us with this compromised, tri-banded bleach and tone correction.

First things first, the consultation. Slim determined the client has about a 3 1/2” grow out. Before discussing any results, Slim told the client she couldn’t move forward with the correction unless the client planned to touch up her re-growth no more than 7 weeks apart. Any longer, gives a corrective line of demarcation as seen on the client.

We hope this transformation inspires you whether you’re in or behind the chair!

Here’s the process:

First things first, Leslie came in for a consultation knowing her situation was a color correction. Before any color work, she came in for an OLAPLEX Stand Alone Treatment. Once the treatment was applied, Slim braided her clients hair and sent her home with the Stand Alone on so she could keep it on longer and wash out once the product dried out. This period to rebuild essential bonds before her highlight appointment was crucial to the success of what was to come.

Highlight formula:

Regrowth: Redken Flashlift 30 vol + OLAPLEX No.1

Mid shaft through ends: Redken Flashlift 10 vol + OLAPLEX No.1

After rinsing Slim applied OLAPLEX No.2 as the rest of her highlights continued to process.

Shampoo using Fanola No Yellow for 5 minutes, then condition with OLAPLEX No.5.

Later, Slim towel dried and applied the diluted OLAPLEX No.1 with water and left on while she applied the root shadow.

Root: Redken Shades EQ 5NA

Slim applied OLAPLEX No.2 on the client’s ends so she could comb through her hair without the root toner coloring her ends. Pro tip!

Process for 15 minutes, then comb down the last 5 minutes.

All over gloss Redken 9nb + clear for 7 minutes.

Shampooand condition with OLAPLEX No.4 and No.5.

Cut and style by Tim Morrison @tim.morrison

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Multi Tasking At Home with OLAPLEX

At a time where most of the world is being asked to pause, there’s no better time than the present to start practicing those YouTube style tutorials you’ve been eyeing! You might want to master fishtail braids, spend more time communicating with loved ones, or be working from home. Whatever the case may be, take this time to be productive and check off that to-do list! The best part is, while you’re doing all these things, you can also use OLAPLEX to rebuild the bonds in your hair simultaneously!

Any OLAPLEX product could work to rebuild the bonds in the hair, from a Stand Alone Treatment for our beloved hairdressers staying at home, No.3 for clients, and even No.5 for a bond rebuilding conditioning treatment.

Here are some of the many ways you can keep your hair healthy and fabulous with the tasks you do at home:

Exercise.

A fan favorite from the likes of the Kardashians is to use OLAPLEX No.3 while working out. Apply No.3 to damp hair, comb through, and put into a bun. As exercise does induce sweating, we recommend putting a headband or bandana at the hairline to avoid any product getting into your eyes. Although OLAPLEX is non-toxic and completely safe, no one wants product in their eyes!

Working from home.

Our previous article discusses tips from Team OLAPLEX for working at home and one of them included treating your hair while you work! A couple of times a week swap a Stand Alone or No.3 for a moisture treatment with No.5. Your hair will thank you!

Organizing the house.

Okay, okay. This may not sound so fun for some, but what if you make it a ‘treat yourself’ cleaning moment? Pop a treatment on while you get your house in order, clean up, or do the laundry!

Meditation and wellness.

As you find ways to calm and center your mind, with meditation and breathing techniques, put yourself front and center by treating your hair simultaneously. It feels amazing to work on your inner self while working on your outer self. By the end, you’ll feel healthy inside and out!

Phone or video-call a friend.

Why not do an OLAPLEX treatment together! If you can’t make it to the salon, bring the salon home. You can both do a No.3 treatment for rebuilding, or a No.5 treatment for conditioning and bond rebuilding!

Online courses.

Many of you are schooling from home with online classes. Take time while working hard to let OLAPLEX do some of the work upstairs for you! Execute projects and problem solve while rebuilding bonds in your hair.

Spa Day.

Maybe you just want to relax for the day. You deserve it! Whether it’s Netflix and chill, reading, pampering, or playing board games with the family; we want to be there with you. You can go for a double whammy and rebuild the bonds in the hair with No.3, then rinse and put on a No.5 conditioning treatment! There are so many ways you can use the OLAPLEX system to get the most out of your day, more on that featured in our next post.

Whatever you’re doing while you treat your hair, we can’t wait to see your OLAPLEX journey. Use this time to watch how-to videos and practice air dry styles to keep your hair healthy! For daily bond rebuilding maintenance and moisture, reach for OLAPLEX No.6 and No.7. Both No.6 and No.7 are our secret weapon to combat bed head, which many of us could use a little help with right now. Show us your OLAPLEX at-home journey by using the hashtag #olaplexjourney on social media!

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OLAPLEX’s Tips for Working From Home

Since inception, OLAPLEX has been a team of amazing individuals who help run the company working from home. The bond our team has built within the company and our customers worldwide by working remotely has been one of the attributes we feel makes our company special. During these trying, unprecedented times, all of us are experiencing change. For many it means working from home. For those new to working remotely, this may present its own challenges. Here at OLAPLEX love it, but know that in the beginning some may feel out of balance transitioning to working remotely. It’s been over five years of us working this way, and in light of the worlds’ headlines, we thought we thought rallying together with some helpful tips for at home productivity could only help some of you during this transition. We hope they help you stay balanced, motivated, and inspired! Here we go!

Get your house in order.

As a collective, we’ve agreed that one of the biggest distractions at home is disorder, whether it be an unmade bed, dishes in the sink, or a mess on the table. A great way to promote a clear mind, is to have a clear space! Tidy up before your work day, whether the evening before or early morning before you start the work day!

Clear your mind prior to starting the work day.

Many people on our team have a morning ritual. This gives them time to start the morning each with in their own special way to start their work day feeling balanced and centered!

Some morning rituals include: coffee (well, most rituals!), no social media for the first 15 minutes of the day, meditation, exercise.

Get ready for work as if you’re leaving the house.

This tip is essential! All of us here have at one point or another started the work day in pajamas and let us tell you, there’s a big difference between staying in PJs and getting dressed. Getting ready as if we’re leaving the house and going into the office, makes for an overall better mindset. It will help you feel motivated, and ready to start the day!

Set up a workspace. 

It’s important to set up a place or two you can call your “desk”. For some it might be an area of the kitchen table, some it may be a desk, or even a counter top for those who prefer to stand! Many of us even like to designate a few spaces to change scenery during the day. The only exclusion being working from bed. Save bed for relaxation time!

Schedule breaks for yourself.

Don’t work the whole day straight! Schedule in a time for lunch, snacks, connecting with fellow team mates or friends. Call someone for 5 minutes and ask how their day is going. These little acts can give an abundance of balance into your work home life. We’re all big fans of taking 5 minute stretch breaks throughout the day, some of us even take dance breaks!

Treat yourself.

That’s right. We love a good multi-tasking moment with OLAPLEX No.3 or even OLAPLEX No.5 for a conditioning treatment. Work on a project while also working on the integrity of your hair. It’s a win win!

Set boundaries.

Have a clear start and stop time. Communicate this to your team and manager. Once you have, share with them how to contact you in an “off hour” emergency.

Stay healthy and hydrated.

It’s never too soon for a hydration check. If you’re the type who zones deep into a project, set alarms to remind yourself to check in on your wellness. Whether it’s water, a healthy meal, a supplement, or exercise.  Just because you’re home, doesn’t mean you’re home working all day, so use the “set boundaries” tip to schedule in time for wellness! It’s the most important tip!

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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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