I stopped dying my hair last year. I have not seen my real hair colour since I started experimenting with box dyes and Manic Panic in grade 6 and it was a mixture of things that have me back au natural.
I stopped dying my hair but that does not mean I will never dye my hair again or that I judge you for dying yours. Quite the contrary. I love how colour can help you enhance or completely change the way you look. If something makes you happy and makes you feel like your best self then you need to do it. You probably should have already done it. Girl, take care of yourself and your happiness.
But if your roots are already what is considered a reasonable length for roots and happily settled into what I like to call ‘mombre’ this post may give you the push to stop dying it.
9 Reasons to Stop Dying Your Hair
You Can Get Adventurous With Cuts. Once my ‘mombre’ got so big that I reached a point of no return I chopped off a good 6 inches in one cut. I knew that I was going to have months when my hair was shorter than I was used to because I wanted to get rid of the blond as fast as possible. I chose a blunt bob or a ‘blob’ and just went with it. Was it scary? Yes! Did I hate it? Yes (as did my husband). But hair grows back and now it’s hitting my shoulders and I can almost get it into a ponytail. Once you get to the point of no return each and every cut gets you to your goal. Maybe you’re a total risk taker and get the pixie cut you’ve always secretly wanted. Or you play it safe and just trim a couple inches here and there until its all gone. I prefer ripping the band-aid off and going the dramatic route.
Growing It Out Ain’t That Bad. I love the look of a good ‘mom bun’ but when you are growing out your roots you can experiment with all sorts of different hairdos. My personal faves are messy braids that combine the perfect mix of messy chic.
It Looks Good. Genetics know what is up and you were given the best colour to match what you are already packing. My daughters were actually a huge push in me breaking up with hair dye. I love their hair colour and I don’t want them seeing me dye my hair another colour because I wasn’t satisfied with the one I (and they) have.
It’s In Better Condition. My hair has natural sheen now and it is so soft. I have about an inch left of blond hair at the ends and it is a mess of split, dry ends. I can’t wait to chop it off and have a completely natural look.
Your Hair Dries Fast. When I wash my hair I can almost completely towel dry in minutes. If time is of the essence then au natural is for you.
Saves You Money. Maintaining coloured hair is expensive. I don’t care if you are splurging for monthly visits to keep your tresses in tip-top shape or buying boxed hair colour off the clearance rack at the grocery store, it’s still costing you money. Add in all the fancy shampoos and hair care products to keep them coloured strands looking good aren’t cheap either.
Saves You Time. How long does it take you to get your hair done? When I was doing all over colour it took a couple hours but sometimes when I was feeling fancy I could easily spend half the day at the salon. Colour, highlights, trim, treatment, style and then you have to peel yourself out of a chair and do something. You can’t let a fresh ‘do go to waste so you know you were going out to show it off, even if it meant taking an extra lap around the grocery store.
Bed Head Is Not So Bad. When my hair was colour treated I used to wake up with a MANE of bed hair. It needed constant washing and styling to look good. Now I can straighten my hair in minutes and go on with my day.
It (Surprisingly) Helps With Your Self Confidence. Being comfortable in your own skin (and hair) gets easier as you get older. I always felt like having blond hair made me visible to others but I realized that I am visible to those who matter no matter what my hair colour is. Currently, it’s a beautiful shade of mouse blond.
Whatever your situation is there are some real benefits to stop dying your hair. Or not. You do you. You do what makes you happy.