Are you thinking about growing out your gray hair? Many women are taking the plunge and embracing their roots – literally. But the biggest barrier to embracing gray hair is of course the awkward transition phase. Keep reading to learn our top tips for growing out gray hair.
Embracing Gray Hair: 5 Tips for Growing Out Your Grays
1. Go Short
The fastest way to grow out your gray hair is to cut your hair short. The idea is simple: allow your roots to grow out for a certain amount of time. Then visit your hairdresser to cut off your colored ends.
How short you will have to cut your hair depends on how long you are willing to grow out your roots. Since hair grows about ½ inch per month, two months of growth will leave you with enough hair for a short pixie cut. Longer looks require more root growth.
So if you’re ready for a big chop, great! You’ve got your gameplan. But if you don’t want to cut your hair short, keep reading.
2. Support Hair Growth
Anything you can do to support hair growth will also ease your transitional period.
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3. Try Transitional Color
Another option is to strategically add color to disguise your line of demarcation. Your line of demarcation is where your roots end and your colored hair begins. If you have a lot of grays or if your colored hair is a drastically different color than your roots, you will have a strong line of demarcation.
To blend that line of demarcation, ask your hairstylist to add thin highlights or hair color with foils throughout your hair.
Then repeat this process two or three times with six to eight weeks between.
Keep in mind that since you are changing the color of your roots, it will take you longer to grow out your gray hair. However, you may find it easier to do so because the transitional color creates a more natural look than a harsh line of demarcation.
4. Wear Your Hair Up
If you have long hair, wearing your hair up in a ponytail or bun can also help to soften a harsh line of demarcation.
Plus, taking a break from heat styling is always a wise move for healthier hair.
Hint: to avoid breakage, always use metal-free hair elastics. And change your ponytail placement from day to day (i.e. wear a high ponytail one day and a low ponytail the next).
5. Seek Out Community
Growing out gray hair is a major commitment that requires months if not years of patience.
That’s why many it helpful to seek out inspiration and support from other people in the same situation.
As more people grow out their grays, we’ve been seeing communities springing up all over social media. Filling your Instagram feed with images of beautiful gray hair can help you keep your goal top-of-mind. Who knows? A little inspiration may be what you need to avoid throwing in the towel and coloring your roots again!
Have you grown out your grays? How did you get through the transition period? Share your tips with other readers in the comment section below!
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