Roots are a hair color addict’s worst enemy, but when you’re trying to grow out your natural color, they can be especially distressing. Growing your hair out completely, as opposed to a few centimeters of regrowth that can be controlled with a quick salon session, implies roots that grow constantly on your head, not a nice look in general, especially if you’ve been dyeing your hair a shade far from your natural hue. The growing-out process will always be a pain, but these simple techniques will help you avoid some of the drama.
If you’ve colored your hair several (or more) shades lighter than your natural hue and are trying to grow out much darker roots, ombré is your best option, as long as you’re ready to return to the salon for a coloring session. Blending your natural color and your dyed color into a type of gradient effect actually helps to take the sting out of growing your hair out, as it eliminates the hard demarcation line of grown-out roots.
FINISH WITH A GLAZE
You might not want to keep dying your hair which is presumably why you’re growing out your roots! But you might want to.
A semi-permanent colored finish, on the other hand, can work wonders in making roots less visible as they grow. A glaze over the entire head will mix your dyed color with your natural color, so while it won’t completely disguise your roots, it will make them less noticeable.
CONTINUE TO CUT IT
Because the more hair you cut, the sooner your natural growth-out meets your artificial color in the middle, you’ll spend less time with roots altogether. We’re not proposing you go to the salon and shave it all off (unless that’s what you want), but frequent cuts will not only keep your hair healthy and encourage better development, but they’ll also help to minimize the distance between your roots and the rest of your hair.
MIX IN THE DYE
Applying a one-step color that matches your roots over your entire head for a quick fix can get the job done quickly. This procedure can be used until your hair has naturally grown to the length you wish, making the process virtually painless.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I TOUCH UP MY ROOTS?
So you’ve got your hair trimmed, styled, and colored to perfection. It looks great, but you’re left wondering how often you should touch up your roots. Recoloring your regrowth too frequently results in dry, brittle hair, as well as a waste of money. On the other hand, you don’t want to ruin your new look by trying to disguise a root problem with a hat! What’s the best way to get the timing just right? You’re in luck, since we’ve already figured it out!
Every 4 to 6 weeks, but no later than 8 weeks, you should see your stylist for a root touch-up. This isn’t just for aesthetic reasons; it’s also for biological ones.
Your scalp produces heat, but it doesn’t travel much further than 2 centimeters past the root. When your hair dye is forming on your head, the heat might help speed up the process. It won’t work as quickly because the temperature on the rest of your head isn’t as high.
If you wait too long to have them done, roots can grow past the point where the heat will assist the color in developing. If your roots are 8 cm long rather than 2 centimeters, there will be a difference of 6 centimeters in development due to the lack of heat. The color will be raised at two distinct speeds, resulting in an inconsistent outcome.
Technically, your stylist might produce a more uniform finish by balancing two separate formulae or applying the dye at different times. They could potentially employ a two-step procedure. However, these are frequently far more expensive and might take up to four hours to complete. Sticking to the 4–6 week timeline is significantly simpler for you, both financially and in terms of time.
MAINTAINING THE BRIGHTNESS
Your hair’s vibrant color won’t last forever, so take steps to keep it that way for as long as possible before recoloring. To that end, we’ve compiled a list of helpful pointers and tips for you to consider.
Use shampoo and conditioner, especially for colored hair.
You’ll want to utilize sulfate-free products – vegan shampoos are fantastic! Consult your stylist for ideas on the best shampoo for retaining your hair’s color.
Rinse well with cold water.
Hot water opens hair follicles in the same way that it opens skin pores. This will cause the color to wash out more quickly, which is something you don’t want. You’ll be amazed at the difference between using cold, lukewarm, or room temperature water instead.
Apply an excellent leave-in conditioner afterward.
It’s critical to keep your hair moisturized in order to keep the color vivid. To keep your hair in tip-top shape, use a leave-in treatment or conditioner after you’ve finished washing it.
Washes should be spaced out as much as possible.
Over-washing your hair is the quickest way to damage your gorgeous color job. Use dry shampoo in between washes and wash it twice a week.