Quitting Hair Dye
I quit hair dye. Well, I actually quit hair dye 2 years ago. I used to dye my hair monthly with a dark brown hair dye from Garnier. I had been dying my hair since I was 13 which, since I’m now 23, that was 10 years ago. Yikes! I decided to quit hair dye after deciding to switch to naturals and clean my routine. I didn’t like the idea of the toxic chemicals from the dye sitting directly on my head. And since the scalp is one of the most porous areas, I realised it could have real health implications in later life.
Quitting hair dye wasn’t an easy journey for me. If you’ve seen my earlier blog images you’ll see I used to have very long dark hair that I would blow dry straight and dye this dark brown colour. So, when I decided to quit, I was letting go of an identity that I had for a few years. I was letting go of my dark hair as well as the length since I cut it all off as part of my natural hair growth journey. I actually had a bit of an identity crisis after that. Especially when I was 6 months into the growth process. I had short, thick hair that was both dark brown at the ends and light brown from the regrowth.
Overall, it took me 18 months to grown my hair dye out to shoulder length. After that, I decided to keep my hair short because I grew to like it. Now, however, I’m on a journey to grow my hair again. I’m doing this whilst embracing and liking my hair every step of the way. This hasn’t been easy. There are in-between lengths that just don’t cooperate, but drastically wanting the hair to grow isn’t the best way. Nurturing it, taking care of it and keeping it healthy is the way. I have hair growth tips further down this post.
How I Quit
Quitting hair dye is not easy. Especially if you are going from dying your hair dark (like me) and have a much lighter natural colour. When I was growing my dye out I couldn’t find anyone talking about growing out almost black hair to be lighter! Only people growing out blonde hair to their darker natural colour which would be much easier as the blonde could be blended.
What helped me was holding onto my end goal: healthy natural hair. I decided to find realistic pictures of my natural hair colour on other people as inspiration. However, I wasn’t even sure what my hair colour would grow back as as I had heard stories of people having their hair colour grow back grey! Don’t be scared though, this is not the case. Other things that helped me were tying my hair up as the regrowth is less obvious when the hair is tied back. Or, just embrace the whole journey! And know that you always look beautiful no matter what colour or length your hair is. 2 years isn’t a long time in a grand scheme of life and your natural colour will look amazing on you. You were born with it after all.
Embracing Natural Hair Colour & Texture
When growing out my hair dye I wanted my hair to grow. It started growing when I stopped paying so much attention to it. But one thing I did to help with growth is to stop styling it with heat and toxic hair products. I went cold turkey on hair dye, heat and switched my products to natural. Over the last 2 years, as my hair has been growing back natural, I have decided to continue to embrace my natural hair texture. My hair is a wavy texture but is very inconsistent. Some areas are curlier and some are straight. My hair is also very thick so can be a “frizzy mess” in some people’s eyes. However, I love my hair these days. Leaving it to dry naturally in it’s own texture has helped it thrive. My biggest tip for acceptance is telling yourself “I APPROVE OF MYSELF” however you look.
Hair Growth Tips I’m Using
- Quit toxic hair care.
- Low poo products.
- Scritch and preening techniques of pulling hair oil through the hair.
- Cooler water when washing hair.
- Wash hair less.
- Quit or lower use of heat on the hair.
- Coconut and castor oil hair mask weekly or monthly.
- Increase fat in your diet: avocado, coconut milk tinned, olive oil cold etc.
- Eat nutrient dense foods such as lots of green and orange foods.
- Take omega 3 supplements.
- Wooden hair brush.
- Don’t brush hair when wet unless with a wide tooth comb.
- Using a t-shirt on wet hair and not a towel.
- Drinking lots of water always.
- Hair trims every 3-6 months if you feel like you need one.
- Switch to invisibobbles or silk hair scrunchies.
- Silk pillow case.
What are your hair growth tips?