Embracing your ROOTS (how to grow out your hair color)

Helloooo guys! How's the week? Crazy we are halfway into February, no? 

Okay, so my multi-tonal, multi-color hair has inspired me to write a post. I've been on the fence as to wether or not I go team root/growing out for ombre and I've decided to go full force and just see what my hair is gonna do without coloring it for as long as possible. 

Maybe six months?

I've gone about 3 months at this point (which is longer than I've ever done in my whole life pretty much) and want to see what a real deal ombre will be. I have also thoroughly enjoyed having it a bit darker at the top. I can then do a bold brow on my eyes, and embrace a different make-up palette than with bright blonde.

I've been getting my hair highlighted and colored since I was like 14, when I used so much sun in that something needed to be done to correct the problem that was my vitamin C hair.

I'm trying to find a photo of me when I had BLEACH BLONDE Playboy bunny locks in high-school and early college, but I think they are all photos stored somewhere on a high school party web shots pages or under my bed in a shoe box at my moms.

Anyways, so since I moved to NYC a few years back, I didn't realize that you didn't HAVE to get your hair done every 4 to 6 weeks and actually having a good hair colorist means that you can push it longer because the highlight. Meaning the color isn't RIGHT ON the root. It's as if you create a root which allows for the natural hair color to nicely come in. 

ALSO SO IMPORTANT. Is getting a GLOSS. This is EVERYTHING when having a hair color that allows your natural roots to show and not having the super stripe-y look circa 8th grade highlights. It's as if it gently erases the intenseness of the highlight and smooths it out to create an all over gloss. It's basically a semi-permanent color to lock it all in.

How do I know this? We'll I've probably spent about a year of my life in the chair getting my hair done. 

My girl in NYC was the first to do the gloss, an although it was expensive (I sweat now thinking of the price I paid...) it lasted 2x as long so I didn't need to go as much, and although the color would fade or change (all blondes seem to do that) it looked good until the day I went back to see her. Anastasia at Pas Deux Salon in TribeCa, by the way. She's amazing.

So here in L.A. I've finally found my girl (at Color Chroma Bar in Santa Monica - her name is Jenna), and I haven't been back since NOVEMBER. Which is huge for me, that's like 12 weeks and I am fully embracing the root/beach-y/slept-in hair that I have at the moment.

Thankfully my hair is longer now (thanks Viviscal) but it's sort of nice to have so much dimension in it. 

A few ways to embrace your roots and extend your time away from the salon:

Have an undefined part

Rock it to the side

Enhance the volume

Tease it out

Dry shampoo

Also something that really is SO important to keeping your hair color, is a good shampoo and conditioner. If you're buying nice clothes or bags, or whatever, buying shampoo at a reasonable price completely makes sense. It's the #1 thing that keeps your color and saves you the extra trip at the salon. I can't say enough about investing in good shampoo and conditioner. Kerastase and Oribe are my go-to's with some Bumble and Bumble mixed in.

I also LOVE the L'Oreal damage erasing hair balm which is super cheap. It's helped me to grow my hair out without getting split ends. It's under $10 dollars, buy it now.

Products that are key for lasting hair color:

 There's a point where, with the root, I don't LOVE my hair with it's pulled back tightly and up. Sadly, I'm there now. It's very obvious it's not ombre, but when it get's long enough it will be an easy transition from the darkness to the lightness of my ends. There are definitely hair styles that work well with a root, and it's almost like you just need to put it out there so it's like it's on purpose.

Hair styles to rock with a root:

The mini bun: 

  • Justin HATES when I do the mini bun, but I LOVE IT. I don't know why it feels so fashionable to me. I know like the mini poof, which I did for so long, it will go back out but right now it keeps my hair out of my face and works.
    • To do this look:
      1. Take a two inch section of your hair from the center, about 1/4 inch thick depending on your hair thickness, and twist from the top. 
      2. Bring down around to a bun, loosing a bit so it's not super tight.
      3. Pin down with bobby pins colored to your hair color (I use 4 of them).
      4. Loose wave curl your hair with a 1/2 inch curling iron.
      5. Spray to set!

Teased root low pony tail: 

  • This is a nice and easy switch-up and you can do a middle part or side part. I did a side part here.
    • To do this look:
    1. Lifting 1/4 inch sections of your hair and flipping it to the opposite side, tease your hair starting from the tip to the root until there is thickness created at the root.
    2. Continue this around the halo part of your head so that when you lay the top layer above it covers the teased part of your hair.
    3. Tease as much or as little as you like.
    4. Brush it out but not all the way.
    5. Pull your hair back into a low pony, using a clear ponytail holder to secure. (I didn't have any clear left - weh). 

Easy twists:

  • I like this look as a change for the day, and it's just something different. It's somethings hard because I want both sides to be the exact same, and they rarely are, so even just one twist works too.
    • To do this look:
    1. Part your hair, either middle or to the side.
    2. Tease your hair lightly around the crown to give it a bit of grip and height.
    3. Pick up 1/8th in sections of your hair, twist from the root to the tip as tightly or as loosely as you'd like. 
    4. Pin back with bobby pins of your hair color.

Et voila! 

I am trying to see how long I can go with this, possibly 4 months until it's looking like an actual ombre? But I'm not sure. I also think it's allowing my hair to grow out thicker and longer, because I'm not losing so much hair from highlighting...

Also, I use MAC Pro Sculpting Cream in Coffee Walnut to shade my more acceptable darker brows! It's a bit expensive but it STAYS and STAYS and I also use it to contour my face. 

^^^^^I was moving so quick I had a little wardrobe malfunction - oops hehe.

You can find a few more ideas for hairstyles and ways to grow out your hair color from The Daily Makeover, and Refinery29

What do you guys do when your hair color starts to grow out? Any tips? Also always on the lookout for good products if you know them!

LMK if you have any questions or anything - glad to chat or hear your thoughts!

Love ya, love ya face! Now off to meet some blogging babes in Santa Monica which I'm super pumped about!