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.

Tips to Protect Your Hair from the Sun

Spending time in the sun can really make you feel great. Vitamin D, absorbed from the sunlight, can help your overall body feel amazing and give you some much-needed energy and boost your mood. Using sun protection for our skin is so important, now more than ever, as the risk for skin cancer from the sun is at an all time high.

Many men, women and children aren’t aware that there are other things that need to be protected as well, such as eyes and hair. Have you ever noticed after spending time in the sun, your hair tends to look a bit lighter? Perhaps it’s even taken on natural highlights or somewhat of an ombre effect. This could be all or in part due to time spent in the sun. Below, find some helpful tips on protecting your hair from the sun, exclusively from Lionesse.

Woman applying hair sunscreen.

Sunscreen for Hair
Using a hair sunscreen will provide your hair with the protection it needs to be beautiful throughout the entire summer – and won’t allow harmful rays to screw with your ‘do.

Woman wearing a fashionable hat.

Wear Sun Hats
Wearing a gorgeous floppy hat can now serve two purposes. Not only do they look gorgeous, but they will also protect your scalp and hair from the damage that can be caused by spending too much time in the sun.

Woman shampooing her hair.

Color Protective Products
Color protective shampoos will help to keep artificial hair colors intact throughout the summer. You should still, of course, use a hair sunscreen and protect your hair with a hat of some sort if you intend on spending a significant amount of time in the sun.

Woman getting a hair treatment in a salon.

Deep Conditioning Mask
After spending a while outdoors and exposing your tresses to the elements, whether at home in the yard, or out at the beach, or perhaps taking a walk through the city and spending the day shopping – your hair will need a little TLC. That’s when you should opt for a deep conditioning mask will also help to protect the hair from the sun’s rays with a built in SPF. This nifty product also protects color fading as well.

Blonde woman posing.

Remove Yellow or Brassy Tones
Any blonde will tell you that after spending a day in the sun, they begin noticing a difference in their color – and it’s not for the better. Sometimes, blondes tend to turn a bit yellow – and that’s when you should give your hair a wash with a purple based shampoo to cancel out all yellow tones found within the hair from sun exposure. On the flip side, if you are a brunette, you know all too well the effects the sun can have on your hair, such as brassy tones. In this case, you will want to use something to tone down the brass and give you back your gorgeous dark hair.