Hair dye is one of the most common cosmetic procedures that can be done either at a professional salon, or at home. Most people love the results they end up with, while others may be left horrified, or simply want to change their look. How long does it take to grow out hair dye?
The average strand of hair takes 1 month to grow approximately 0.5 inches. In a year, the hair grows approximately 6 inches. The time it will take a person to grow out hair dye depends on several factors, however generally to grow your hair to a mid-long length of 18 inches, it would take around 3 years.
To change the color of hair dye, it is not necessary to completely grow out the hair. There are other alternatives to changing the hair’s appearance, without needing to wait a few months to a few years for your hair to grow out completely.
Alternatives to Growing the Hair
There are a few alternatives you can attempt if you are desperate for a quick solution to growing out hair dye:
- Ombré: If you were left discontent with your hair dye results, or are simply bored and want to try something new, consider ombré as an alternative. You can lighten the ends of your hair, or simply wait for the first few centimeters to grow and show your natural color. This will create a natural and subtle ombré effect on your hair. To speed up the growing out process, consider getting regular haircuts until the shade is evened out.
- Highlights: Highlights consist in lightening a few strands here and there all over the hairline, with a natural finish. Consider getting highlights if you were left unsatisfied with your results, which could greatly improve the overall appearance.
Tips for Growing Hair Quicker
There are a few tips that could help boost healthy, and lengthy hair quicker than usual. While many consider some of these tips a myth, and there are many speculations, there are a few that have been scientifically proven to work:
- Scalp treatments: The hair grows from the scalp, therefore treating this particular area could help speed up the process. It is suggested to apply a mask or scalp treatment; by promoting circulation in this area, you could be promoting hair growth.
- Get frequent trims: Cutting your ends consistently will remove split ends, preventing them from causing breakage further up the strand and will maintain hair health. Some people refuse to get frequent cuts since they feel like cutting their hair will not make it longer, but instead shorter. However, in the long run, the hair will grow length much quicker when frequently trimmed as the ends will be healthy and won’t break off.
- Castor oil: Any essential and carrier oils are great to use to promote healthy hair follicles and in turn promote hair growth. Castor oil is known to help with hair growth and even thickness. Make sure to choose one that is organic and unrefined for the best results. You can even mix it with coconut oil and leave this on as a deep conditioning mask overnight. Don’t forget to double up with the shampoo when washing it out the next day.
- Use natural and organic shampoo and conditioner: Paraben-free, sulphate-free, chemical-free. Try and opt for shampoos and conditioners that don’t contain harsh chemicals as these can dry out your strands leaving them even more prone to breakage.
- Rinse with cold water: Few people like to take cold showers, and most prefer hot water to defuse stress after a long day. However, rinsing your locks with cold water at the end of a shower can make a big difference in terms of speed in hair growth.
- Cut down on hair wash days: Okay, this one might sound a little gross, however, hear me out. Still shower every day. Just don’t shampoo your hair every day – this will give your hair a break from the trauma it has to go through that is a shower. Basically, when your hair is wet it is much more vulnerable and easily snaps if tugged at, brushed or towel-dried. This way you will also be reducing the chemicals that you put on it as well as the heat and styling that you may put it through post-shower (such as a hair dryer). It doesn’t even have to be a crazy switch; try washing your hair every other day or every 3 days.
- Brush hair gently: The way hair is brushed can affect its health, and how fast it may grow. Gently detangling from the bottom and working up can improve the natural state of your hair.
- Decrease use of hot tools: This is such a big one. Hot tools, such as hair dryers, curling irons, and hair straighteners, will lead to damage, dryness, and can negatively affect healthy hair growth. Consistent use will leave you with damaged, dehydrated, unhealthy hair which can ultimately stump hair growth.
Most of all, it is important to remember to be patient.
Remember: hair grows from the scalp, not the ends, and hair growth rate from your roots usually comes down to genetics.
There is no formula or way to grow hair overnight, and the lengthy process may take time. However, consider other alternatives as the ones mentioned above to improve your hair’s appearance if you are not satisfied.