How to: Get Regrowth Right
Mon, 2 July 2012 3:58PM
I blame SJP.
Back in her Sex and the City heyday, she encouraged regrowth out of the closet, championing dark roots and light mid-lengths-to-ends as acceptable, inspirational and eventually, enviable.
With whiplash speed, naturally dark females everywhere were scribbling out their diary appointments at the salon and quite literally, getting back to their roots.
Finally, there was a Carrie trend that was far more doable than wearing Mr. Big’s business shirt as a dress or a corsage the size of a Chihuahua on ones lapel.
These days, the trend has faded slightly. Replaced by two-toned hair à la Nicole Ritchie – the line between good and bad regrowth is no longer black and white.
Or blonde and brunette for that matter.
So I asked Belinda Jeffrey – who nails the colour of Sarah Murdoch, Rose Byrne, Kylie Minogue and Jennifer Hawkins, every time – just how to get regrowth right.
Just an inch at a pinch:
“I feel an inch is generally acceptable and actually can look quite like it’s meant to be there,” Belinda says of on-trend roots. “I think this looks fine and regrowth can be maintained around six to eight weeks.”
Don’t break the colour code:
“If you are going really light or platinum on the lengths and ends, this will need to be maintained every four to five weeks and same goes with disguising grey roots!” she says, to avoid grey roots simply looking dirty and dull rather than directional.
“Reds and rich browns, caramels and chocolate browns lengths and ends can look cool and on-trend with slight regrowth and gives the hair a nice variation in tone.” Maintenance of the roots is also not as frequent as the contrast is not as drastic.
Tone it up. But not too loud:
“Whatever colour you go on the lengths, you wouldn’t want the roots to be more than four shades deeper,” explains Belinda.
Slow the whoah factor?
You can’t slow down the natural growth of your hair, says Belinda, but there are tricks to disguise:
- Dry shampoo will fill in and dust over the roots and regrowth and work as camouflage short-term.
- Hair colour crayons, which are like a makeup pencil in different shades, are great to draw into the regrowth and great for blending and disguising grey.
- Another trick is changing your parting, as people tend to have more grey areas on one side.
Try: Nice ‘N Easy Root Touch up, $12.59, 1800 028 280
Wash and wear it well:
To help disguise roots, Belinda suggests washing the hair as dirt and excess scalp oil can give the hair a darker appearance.
What about you, Primpettes? Do you use a root touch-up product?
Or do you embrace the regrowth?
Posted by: ecb