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Hair Coloring: Root Touch-Ups At Home

Updated on May 7, 2015

Color Your Roots

You can save a lot of money if you learn to do your root touch-ups at home. Besides there's so much to do while your color is developing. You can sit back, have a cocktail and a little snack, and watch a movie.

If you don't want to be alone while you're coloring your hair at home, have a "Hair Touch-Up" party. Each person brings their own products and they can take turns covering grown out roots. It's a fun way to take care of a duty that's got to be done on a regular basis.

Everyone's hair color is different, and what each person is trying to achieve with color is different. Today what I'm addressing is at-home root touch-ups.You may need to cover the grey at the roots. You may want to maintain a great color you've found for yourself. Doing this at home is possible.

Before you try it it's a good idea to watch a stylist at the salon so you get an idea of what they're doing. Some of them will be happy to tell you how to do color projects if you ask. If you can't afford a regular salon try visiting a beauty school. They might let you sit in on a coloring session.

You will be able to get a lot of information at the beauty supply store when you buy your products. These are the supplies you'll need to do root touch-ups:

  1. 2 oz. of permanent color
  2. 2oz. of developer (ask if you need 20, 30, or 40 volume for your hair color)
  3. 8oz.plastic bottle with a pointed tip with measurements on it
  4. plastic gloves
  5. wide tooth comb
  6. beauty cape or an old shirt

When you're ready to get started:

1. Put on an old shirt and place a towel on the floor.

2. Comb unwashed dry hair back.

3. Mix the color and the developer and shake.

4.Slowly squirt the mixture all around the hairline, and smooth over with finger.

5. Make a part just above the ear at the hairline. Pull the comb back separating the hair and letting it fall to the sides. Make sure to go over the top back of the head.

6. Slowly squirt the liquid on the part from the temple to the back of the head, and smooth finger over the top.

7. Make another part about 3/4" above the first one. Apply the color and smooth Continue this pattern until you reach the top of the other ear.

8.Make a part on the top back part of the head from side to side and put liquid in it and smooth over from one side to the other.

9. Make a part below the first horizontal part about 3/4" and continue the pattern until you reach the base of the neck. Make sure your parts on this back part go from the back of the ear to the back of the other ear. The point is to cover every inch of your root area.

10.Use your research or the instructions that come with the color to decide on the appropriate amount of time to let the color work.

11. Wash the color out using special shampoo for colored hair and put on a conditioner.

12. Dry and style as usual.

At the beauty supply store they'll help you choose the color that best fits your needs. Also they be able to tell you about how long to leave the color on. They usually give you a minimum amount of time in which you should check the hair to see if the color has blended with the longer hair color. You do this by smoothing over the root area toward the ends of the hair and looking to see if the color looks blended. You can tell if your roots have changed in color. If they haven't gotten to the point where they are perfect, usually the stylist will leave it on a little longer. An average amount of time is about 45 to 50 minutes. Make sure you know the maximum amount of time to leave on the root color your using.


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