Hot roots in dark hair: How do you fix them if the rest of your hair is fine?

rest of the hair looks good

Did you dye your hair and your roots ended up a different color than the rest of your hair?

Did your roots turn out orange or red?


We call that “hot roots.”

Do you know why it happens?


Because you used a dark dye with a higher volume developer than what your hair needed.

If you use a dark-colored dye, you should use a 10 or 20 volume developer.


 30 volume developer actually lightens hair all on its own, so for that reason, when you use dark dye with 30 volume developer, your roots with lighten, leaving them “hot.”  


Believe it or not, this is one of the most common hair dye mistakes I see in my beauty salon.

I’ll tell you about Jennifer’s story, who came to my salon so I could fix her hot roots.


It was Friday afternoon and I was getting ready to close up the salon when Jennifer came.

Jennifer is a client that always comes n ito get a trim. She keeps up perfectly with the maintenance for her bob every single month.

At first, I thought it was strange to see her, until I noticed her hot roots. Her roots were a reddish color while the rest of her hair was dark brown.

I was shocked.


Jennifer told me that she saw some white hair in the mirror and wanted to hide it with dark brown dye, but her roots ended up red.

I told her to be calm, because the solution to the problem was going to be easy.


All we had to do was use the same dark dye on her hair, but this time with a 10 volume developer.

Jennifer was relieved.


While we did that, I explained to her that her mistake was using the dark dye with a 30 volume developer.

 You can use colors like dark brown and black with just 10 or 20 volume developers. 


So, I mixed the dark brown dye with a 10 volume developer and used it on her roots.

40 minutes later, all of Jennifer’s hair was even and her red roots were gone.

  • Did the same thing happen to you as what happened to Jennifer?
  • Do you want to know what color dyes you should use with 10 or 20 volume developer?
  • Do you want to fix your hot roots?


I’ll tell you all about it here.


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Hot roots in dark hair: What volume developer should you use based on your hair color?

on dark hair

If you have hot roots, then you already know that something went wrong.

Like I said at the beginning, the problem was in what volume developer you used with your dye.

You should mix dark and very dark colors with a 10 or 20 volume developer.

Do you know why?


 10 and 20 volume developers don’t lighten your hair, they just open your hair cuticles so your hair fiber will absorb the pigment. 

On the other hand, 30 and 40 volume developers do lighten your hair during the dye process, which is why you should only use those kinds of developer with very light blonde dyes.

Which color dyes can you use with 10 or 20 volume developer?


10 volume developer:

  • Black 1
  • Very dark brown 2
  • Dark brown 3


20 volume developer:

  • Dark brown 3
  • Brown 4
  • Medium brown 5


If you follow these guidelines, you’ll never have hot roots ever again.


How to fix your hair if it ended up two different colors

color kits for home use

If you have hot roots, the only way to fix them is by using the same color dye you have in the rest of your hair on your roots.

But, be careful not to make the same mistake with the volume of your developer.


You should use a 10 or 20 volume developer, NOTHING STRONGER.

You can base your choice on the list of colors and developers that I gave you above.


All right then. What do you need to fix your roots?

  • Hair dye
  • 10 or 20 volume developer
  • Dye brush


Once you have all of these materials together, you can start:


Step 1: Prepare your hair

Part your hair down the middle so you can see your roots well.


Step 2: Prepare the dye mix

Mix the developer and tube of dye in a plastic container.

Stir until you have a smooth consistency.


Step 3: Using the mix on your hair

Using the dye brush, apply the mix ONLY on your hot roots.

If you get a little bit of the dye on the rest of your hair, it’s not a big deal.

But, what you should not do is use the dye on all of your hair. That could actually ruin your color.

Completely cover your roots in the dye mix.

Once you’ve finished, leave the mix in your hair for 40 minutes.


Step 4: Rinse and dry

Once those 40 minutes have gone by, you should rinse your hair with plenty of cool water.

You can use your normal shampoo and conditioner if you want to.

Towel dry your hair.

Dry your hair with a blow dryer on medium heat and make sure your color is even.


If you follow these instructions to a t, your hot roots will turn into just a bad memory.


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