Whether you’re giving your color-damaged hair a break, needing to decrease your hair care budget or are simply interested in going all-natural, learning how to embrace your natural hair color is a journey to self-love and understanding out what your vibe is — and VALLEY is here to help. Here are some tips and tricks for the transition, and some products that might help out along the way.
Establish a Goal
Like any journey, you need to find an end-point. Is your goal to completely eliminate hair dye? Decrease the amount of bleach you’re using in your hair? Find a way to reduce the number of trips taken to the hair salon? No matter what it might be, figure out and define what your end goal is in your haircare self-love journey.
A good way to start is by looking at photographs with similar natural hair colors to yours and deciding what you feel most comfortable with. Then, talk to your stylist, and figure out the best way to accomplish that goal.
Transitioning into Your New Look
Once you decide what your goal is, and you’ve talked to your stylist, it’s time to “transition” into your natural hair. Usually, this transition will involve your stylists adding highlights or lowlights, creating an ombré effect or utilizing a balayage technique. Adding more color to your hair may seem counterproductive, and the transition may take some time — especially if you’re going from a darker color to a lighter color — but the right stylist will have suggestions for you that will make the process worthwhile. It’s important to put that trust into them, and let them help you through the transition.
With the transition comes the need for products that keep your hair healthy. Products like Redken’s Acidic Bonding Concentrate Shampoo, Joico’s Defy Damage Protective Masque and other hair toners make a significant restorative difference while also providing welcome side effects, like thick, healthy length.
Embrace the Change
As stated above, the transitional timeframe may take some time and will vary based on your color goals, but give the color some time to settle in. Remember what your goals are in the process, remind yourself what you’re doing it for and put your faith in that self-love journey. Embracing the all-natural look is a big step forward, and it shouldn’t be overlooked. Don’t give up on yourself or the process — the more comfortable you are with yourself, the more confident you will appear (and feel).