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Bye Bye Bleach: A Guide On Growing Out Bleached Hair

Elizabeth Hall
18 January 2019
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We know all too well that the process of growing out bleached hair is as tedious as watching grass grow - but luckily for you, we’re here to ease the painful process and we’ve called upon pro L’Oréal Professionnel UK Editorial Ambassador, Adam Reed to chime in on the matter. With these tips, you’ll be on your way to hair that’s anything but lacklustre. No need to fret, we’re here to help you deal with the inevitable task. Keep calm and read on!

Why Do People Bleach Hair, Anyway?

Being addicted to dyeing your hair is a thing and we totally get it - trying out Pinterest-worthy pastels has a lot of allure! Colour chameleons are well acquainted with bleach, but growing out bleached hair is a whole different ball game. So why do people choose to grow out bleached hair if they’ve worked so hard to get it? Well, besides the fact that more natural hair colours are trending at the moment, bleached hair requires maintenance. For some, it’s nice to enjoy a break from the bleach every once and awhile and see what colour is hiding under years of dye.

So what happens when you’re two months down the road after your fab dye-job and those pesky roots show up like an unwanted guest at a party, but you don’t want to just touch them up? Panic station! Don’t stress, we’ve got you covered… next, we talk how to grow out bleached hair in style.

How To Grow Out Bleached Hair: 5 Pro Tips

1. Blends Are Your Friend

So you’ve decided that the platinum hair life isn’t for you anymore, but you just can’t cope with the overly contrasted rooty look. If this is true, consider getting subtly blended babylights to softly blend your bleach into your natural hair colour.“If you’ve got harsh and obvious roots, ask for a ‘root stretch’ which will blend the roots into your hair colour for a softer finish”, advises Reed. While this can require further lightening, once your look is in place, all you have to do is sit back, relax, and watch them grow out while actually looking good. To keep your hair in tip top shape during this process, allow us to introduce the service hair has always needed: the L'Oréal Professionnel Smartbond treatment. 

“If you’re using Smartbond, you’re always going to have stronger hair”, says Reed. It works by reconstructing the bonds of the hair that are damaged during the bleaching process - who said beauty had to be pain?

Adam Reed Founding Partner & Director, Percy & Reed, London

2. Go Darker (At The Salon!)

If you’re on the hunt for a quick fix and are dying to see the back of your blonde streaks, you may have considered just dying it all a different colour. This is possible, but beware - make sure you hit up your stylist! Why choose a professional hair colourist: these experts know how to balance the right amount of red pigments whilst avoiding the horror that is a brass-attack. Going from light to dark is a drastic change, and the colour will need to be toned up in order to get it looking nice and natural. It’s important to plan your breakup with bleach appropriately, and your colourist will be your trusted ally when embarking on this adventure. Be sure to tell the stylist your entire hair colour history so that they can work with you to create a bespoke solution that will get your on your way to the minimalist/low-maintenance look you’re craving.

3. Salon Rehab

So, colour correction, tick - but have you checked in with your hair health? A surface-level patch-up won’t suffice when it comes to growing out bleached hair. To get your locks well and truly back to their heyday, you’ll need to whip those strands back into shape health-wise. And there’s no better place to start your road to recovery than in the salon! A treatment like Kérastase Fusio-Dose represents personalised hair care at its finest - your hair wizard (stylist) will identify your two main hair concerns and literally concoct a bespoke hair treatment for you before your very eyes. Unlike a generic treatment, your exact hair hungers will be addressed and fed, leaving you with gorgeous locks you never even thought were attainable. *Hair flip*.

4. Shower Power

Your hair TLC programme won’t end in the salon! Now you need to bring the love home - you’ll need to adapt your daily routine so that your post-bleach locks get the attention they need. “Don’t forget to keep your hair in good condition whilst your hair is growing out”, says Reed.

The don’t-shampoo-your-hair-every-day rule still applies because natural oils are damaged hair’s best friend. When you do wash your locks, Kérastase Bain Extensioniste shampoo will help keep your post-bleach hair long and strong. Follow-up with Kérastase Fondant Extensioniste conditioner (always condition after shampooing), which will envelop your strands in all the nourishing good stuff to keep your hair looking healthy.

woman getting hair treated in salon

Alternatively, if you’re looking for an extra bout of colour care, “use L’Oréal Professionnel  Vitamino Colour Shampoo and Conditioner, which is incredible for maintaining colour”, advises Reed.

5. Time To Mask

In addition, using a hair mask once a week will deeply penetrate your bleached hair with the nutrients it needs. “It is really important to deeply condition your hair whilst growing it out to keep it strong”, notes Reed. “I would recommend using L’Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil all the way, it will keep hair nourished whilst you are growing it out”.

Kérastase Masque Extentioniste promises a uniform shiny result from lengths to tips. The ingredients in hair masks are generally more potent than ordinary conditioners, thus they should be integrated into your hair care routine to help grow out your bleached hair. Besides your sworn abstinence from bleach, a hair serum that offers heat protection should also be in product arsenal. Apply some Kérastase Sérum Thérapiste to damp ends and lengths of hair to give your tresses a fighting chance to combat post-bleach damage.

Whether you’re following the au naturel trend or you’re weaning off the bleach bottle to give your hair a break, follow these tips to make the process more bearable (and easier on the eyes!).

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