Transitioning from Chemically Treated Hair

Woman holding her hair

A study conducted in the year 2008 offered two results that stuck out to us; the first major result was that 75 percent of women in the US dye their hair on a regular basis. The second statistic which caught our attention as that a whopping 88 percent of American women feel that their hair has an effect on their confidence levels!

If you’re like the majority of women in the country, you’ve colored your hair for all kinds of reasons. Whether you’ve done so to hide a few grays or you just generally enjoy the ability to change the color of your hair, you may have finally decided that you’re ready to go chemical free and let your natural locks grow free. Many people find themselves at this point for a variety of reasons. Whatever your reason, we’re here to help; read on to find out how you can successfully transition from chemically treated hair.

Do you highlight your hair on the regular?
If so, your transition away from chemically treated hair is arguably the easiest. Simply work on growing out those locks without coloring them, keeping in mind that you’ll have to rock different colored roots for a few weeks. The roots aren’t all bad, though! Since the ombre look is in, you should totally embrace the look of your grown out dye job. If you can’t stand the outgrown look, that’s okay too. You can have low lights placed in, reaping the chemical benefits just once or twice more. The lowlights will give you more of a natural look as you let the color grow out.

Do you color your hair a darker shade?
If you darken your hair on your own, it is probably worth your while to visit a professional for this transition. You should allow your hair to grow out for about two-to-three months, this way the stylist is able to get a goof idea of your natural hair color. Depending how dark you typically dye your hair, the stylist will with lighten the color or strip the color, either way, they have the goal of “lifting” the color. Once the color has been listed, they will re-color your hair by applying a solution that will produce your natural color. After that, your hair will continue to grow out and match the dye-job.

Have you been hiding grays?
If you’re ready to embrace your natural silver streaks, understand that the process may involve a bit more their the first two. Unfortunately, there isn’t a magic gray shade that works for everyone because believe it or not, everyone’s shade of gray is different. That said, here are a few options for you to consider when transitioning from chemically treated hair.

– Depending on your current hairstyle, you will benefit from frequent, shortcuts. Obviously, your natural hair color will fully grow out much faster if you’re rocking a pixie cut.

– Assuming that your hair isn’t totally gray yet, you can have your stylist put in some highlights or lowlights (whichever suit the color of your natural hair) to help with the transition until your natural hair has grown all the way out.

– Instead of coloring your hair with a permeate color, use a demi- permeate. Demi colors don’t completely cover grays and they fade rather quick. Although many people avoid demi’s for these reasons, it makes them a great choice to cover your new-growth roots with, since they will allow the gray to shine through and over time all will fade to your natural color.

Rainbow Hair Secrets

Rainbow hair has become one of this year’s hottest beauty trends. Everyone from teen girls to grown women are opting for rainbow colored locks, and it’s no wonder – it looks so cool, so summery, and so bright – who wouldn’t want to be surrounded with the colors they love? Perhaps some do it to represent certain things that have meaning to them, and others do it because they love the colors they choose. Today, Lionesse would like to dive into some of the secrets behind rainbow hair and provide them to you in this article below.

Woman getting her hair bleached in a salon.

Hair Bleaching
Many people aren’t aware that when they decide they want to opt for a rainbow hairstyle or vibrant, unnatural color, they will need to complete the process of bleaching the hair. Whether they are opting for dyed rainbow tips, or streaks, or a full head of color, bleach is the go-to product to use before opting to apply the color. Without applying the bleach, the color more than likely will just wash right out and won’t even take to the hair. After you complete the bleaching process, it’s important to thoroughly wash the hair, condition the hair, and then blow-dry the hair or allow it to air dry completely before going in with any sort of rainbow hair color. If the hair is not dry, the dye will not take. Remember, bleaching the hair does damage the hair, but if you’re only dying the ends or tips of your hair, you don’t have much to worry about in terms of long term effect or damage – the ends can always be trimmed if need be.

Woman with bright rainbow colored hairstyle.

Choose Colors You Love
When it comes to choosing rainbow hair colors, you can feel free to choose colors you love. Rainbow hair is all about having fun. You can actually opt for just about any color you want, and combine them with other colors as well, without worrying too much about whether or not they suit you. That would be like holding a box of Crayola markers up to your hair and asking yourself, “Which marker would look better in my hair?” The point here is to love the colors you choose and just do it! If you are combining more than one color with another, just be sure those two colors go together well before beginning the application, such as light pink and light blue, fuchsia and teal, or sea-green and lavender purple.

Woman with sexy rainbow colored hair.

Choose a Rainbow Style that Suits Your Lifestyle
If you work in a respectable office position, chances are, they won’t take kindly to you showing up in the office with a hair full of Rainbow Brite. In this case, you can still dye the ends of your hair whatever rainbow colors you want to – and opt for wearing your hair up when at work, and down when you’re at play. If you work in an art studio, chances are, you will be able to get away with a full head of color. Be sure to make the right decision before going head first – literally.