How To Retouch Your Roots

Retouching your roots will become necessary if you dye your hair. It is especially important to retouch if the dyed hair is a very different color from your natural shade. If this is the case, as your hair grows, your natural color will create a very sharp contrast at the roots when compared to the rest of your hair. Retouching your roots is the process of dying them as they grow so that they match the rest of your dyed hair. Here’s how to retouch your roots:

  1. Get the right dye. You’ll need hair dye of the same color, and preferably the same brand, as was applied to the rest of your hair when you dyed it. Some brands make kits specifically for retouching roots; otherwise simply purchase a box of the regular hair color you used to dye your hair. If you had your hair colored professionally or your dyed color is a drastic change from your natural color, you may want to consider visiting a professional for retouching your roots, because it may be difficult to get your roots to blend in with the rest of your dyed hair.
  2. Use only part of the bottle. Usually, 1/4 of the bottle is enough to retouch your roots. Be sure to mix the developer in the same proportion. This way you can save most of the color and developer for the next time you dye your hair, making retouching your roots more cost effective.
  3. Prepare to dye your roots. Start with clean, dry hair. Like applying allover hair color, you’ll want to wear gloves and pin your hair up in sections. Before applying dye to the roots, apply petroleum jelly along your hairline all the way around. This will keep the dye from staining your skin.
  4. Apply the dye. You’ll need a dye brush to apply the color just to the roots of your hair. This can be purchased at a beauty supply store; most color retouching kits also include a brush. You can wash it and reuse it each time you touch up your roots. Start with the crown of the head, because this area is generally the part that you want to be darkest. Work your way outwards in sections until all of the roots are coated in dye. You’ll want a little overlap with the dyed hair, but not very much. Applying dye unnecessarily to areas that have already been dyed can damage the hair.
  5. Let it sit. Follow the timing instructions on the dye package. Most boxes will tell you to re-dye the rest of your hair at the same time that you dye your roots. If your hair color has not faded since you dyed it, this is not necessary. Just before rinsing the dye out, comb your hair to gently pull the dye through to the ends of your hair. This should not change the color drastically, but should be just enough to refresh the color. Rinse the dye out after the proper amount of time.

Retouching your roots can usually be done at home. Although it’s a little trickier than applying allover color, it is definitely possible. If you have highlights, retouching your roots is more complicated, and can often give you an uneven look.


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