Proper Care for Natural Hair Colour
- Proper care keeps natural hair healthy – and the colour rich and shiny
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Nothing beats the original: You want to go back to your natural hair colour? Excellent – showing your true colour is all the rage right now! We reveal great tips and tricks to ease the transition to your original look. What’s more, we tell you how to get the most out of your natural hue with proper care
What hue looks best on you? Simple: Your own natural hair colour. Thanks to Mother Nature, it is sure to harmonise with your complexion and eye colour to best advantage. You should however do your part to maximise this effect. Only healthy hair that is well cared for can show its true colour and reveal its full brilliance. We tell you how that’s done and explain the best way to transition from coloured to natural hair:
Natural Hue at the Hairline
First, the good news: Letting coloured hair grow out has never been so easy. Why? A hairline in a different shade is no longer considered a hairstyle faux pas. Quite to the contrary: A darker hairline with lighter hair is very popular among trendsetters right now. All you need to do is kick back and let nature take its course – the first few centimetres back to your natural colour are a breeze!
Skip the Stair Effect
Eventually your time is up and the trendy hairline turns into the stair effect: This refers to the hard transition between colours that generally occurs in the middle third as your hair grows out. The most elegant and simplest way to cover up this unappealing effect is the strand technique: Here the hairstylist adds highlights and lowlights matching the natural hue to the coloured lengths as your hair grows out. This softens the transition, making the colour gradient appear soft and natural. After some time you get the popular ombré or dip-dye look this way – with this leading trend, the ends are usually dyed lighter than the hair on top, making it ideal for letting coloured hair grow out.
Prevent Split Ends by Trimming
Cut to the chase: The last remnants of coloured hair are best removed with scissors. A haircut completes the transition to your natural hair colour. The positive side effect: Trimming the (stressed) tips really freshens up your hair.
Regular cutting is good for natural hair too. No matter how well you care for it, sunlight can easily bleach your hair, or rubbing against your shoulders can make it brittle depending on the length. The frequent demands of styling and blow drying can also increase the risk of split ends. This is unattractive in dark hair. A brown mane can appear strawy, a black one can become tinged with grey.
Most Important: Healthy
How sleek the colour ultimately appears not only depends on the pigments in your hair but also on the surface texture. If the outer cuticle is closed and smooth, the hair fibres reflect light more effectively. This make the natural hue brilliant for the most attractive appearance. How do you get there? With proper care for healthy hair. Be sure to select a shampoo that meets the needs of your scalp – it plays a leading role in hair washing. When your scalp is healthy (and thus the roots are too), your natural mane can keep growing intact. Also pamper the lengths and ends, which tend to be drier, with nourishing conditioners and treatments – this keeps all you hair silky and smooth with lasting, beautiful, natural colour.