Traditional beauty junkies might beg to differ, but growing out your dye job and showing off your roots isn’t as horrific a thought as it used to be. But before I get into that, let’s take a walk down memory lane, shall we?

Before, you’d hear about Gwen Stefani touching up her roots every 10 days (which I think she still does) to maintain her perennial platinum dye job. Style stars would cringe at the thought of being spotted with darker (or in some cases, lighter) roots.

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Today, what a difference! Hair color trends like ombré, rainbow gradients, and even cotton candy tips utilize your original hair color and incorporate the growing-out stage into the total package. Take Rihanna, for instance:

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And Rita Ora:

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And Kylie Jenner:

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It’s a bold statement, but with the right attitude, these risk-taking beauties manage to pull it off.

Now, don’t be afraid—there’s also a way to grow out a subtle dye job (meaning, brown) in a classy, understated manner. It’s really okay to “let go and let grow,” especially if you’re a new or expecting mom and being cautious about the products you’re using, like me.

I mean, Blake Lively managed to do it:

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So did Jaime King:

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I think these new moms have carried the look with such elegance—it seems effortless and looks beautifully undone. And in case you were wondering, salon experts say it’s completely safe to color your hair while preggers (and some moms and moms-to-be swear by it). But if you’d rather err on the side of caution, by all means, grow your roots out. I did!

GROWING OUT GRACEFULLY

If you decide to do the same, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

1. Talk to your colorist. Not quite adventurous? Opt for a shade that’s not too far from your real hair color so the growth is seamless and restrained.
2. Use the proper hair care. You can make your current dye job last longer with color-care products, like Vidal Sassoon’s Premium Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner. These smell really yummy, to boot.

3. Shine makes everything look better. If you’re going for a two-tone color gradient, keep the vivacity of your hair even by applying a glossy-hair treatment. I like The Souq’s Really Good Hair Oil, which is as beneficial as its name suggests. It nourishes and moisturizes your tresses to lock in shine, which tends to fade at the same rate as your hair color.
4. Go for sleek, simple styling. Show off your growth by giving your hair a pronounced part, whether right down the center or very deep on one side. Creating that line on your mane really shows where your hair roots begin and end. And that’s the whole point, isn’t it?

Celeb photos via Instagram: @gwenstefani, @badgalriri, @ritaora, @kyliejenner, @blakelively, @jaime_king. Product photos and selfies courtesy of Lyca Puno-Roa.