How long does a root touch-up take at a salon? Between 1 and 2 hours

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  • To touch up your roots at the salon takes between one and two hours.
  • If you don’t need to bleach them before, the colorist will take one hour.
  • In turn, bleaching them before applying the dye will take two hours.


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Do you have an appointment at the salon to touch up your roots and run to an event later?

I understand. It happens to many of my clients.



They ask me to retouch their roots, and when they show up at the salon, they tell me: “Alejandra,  I need you to retouch my roots as soon as possible because I have to leave in half an hour. 

I gawk at them.



Because coloring process times can’t be accelerated.

 It usually takes between one and two hours to touch up your roots at a salon. The timings depend on the experience of the colorist and the work your roots need. 


Applying brown hair dye to cover your hairline doesn’t take as long as working an extra light blonde if your base color is very dark.

If your base color is very dark, the first thing your colorist will have to do is bleach your roots and then apply the dye.

And you can’t speed up the time.


If your colorist gets carried away by your rush, you’ll only end up with is a two-tone hair.


However, it won’t be your colorist’s fault. You should respect the stylist’s recommendations.

Do you want your colorist to rush to touch up your roots because you have a date with the most handsome man in the world?


In that case, you have two options:

  •  Postpone the root touch-up at the salon, and show up at the romantic date wearing a hat. After all, if the beau loves you, he’ll love you with or without a hat.
  •  Listen to your colorist, be patient, and wait as long as it takes to touch up your roots.  Again, if the beau loves you, he can wait two more hours to see you.


Leaving humor aside, take my advice.



The colorist should take the time she needs to touch up your roots.

it takes one hour to touch up roots

This is the voice of experience speaking. I have touched up the roots of hundreds of heads over the years.

So, when a client wants her roots retouched in half an hour,   I have only one piece of advice: reschedule the appointment for another day. 


I prefer to get the job done right. If I don’t take the time to touch up your roots, your hair will have two distinct colors: one at the roots, and another one on the lengths.

If you’re going to touch up your roots at the salon, forget about the clock.




If you only have to touch up your roots in the salon, the stylist will take an hour.

In this case, it is not necessary to bleach the roots.

What steps will the stylist follow to touch up your roots?

How long will each step take?



  • The stylist will comb your hair and separate it into sections: 10 minutes.
  • Prepare the dye and start with the application: 10 minutes.
  • Let the roots absorb the dye. As the roots are virgin hair, they will absorb the color much faster than previously colored hair: 30 minutes.
  • Rinse and dry your hair: 10 minutes.
 Approximate total time: 60 minutes. 

Of course, these times may be slightly longer depending on other factors.


  • The colorist isn’t very experienced

In this case, it’ll take longer to divide the hair and apply the coloring mixture at the roots.

But in all fairness, we all deserve patience in our first jobs.


  • Appointments at the salon are running late

This is out of our control. Sometimes, clients take an appointment, and arrive fifteen minutes late.

Of course, when one client is late, it’s not such a big deal. But when five clients are late, the last one will leave the salon an hour later.

If you take an appointment at the salon, you must be on time as a sign of respect for the work of the colorist and the other clients.


  • You want to flat iron your hair after the root touch-up

This involves blow-drying and flat ironing your hair strand by strand.

Even the best hairdresser in the world couldn’t do this in five minutes.


Do you want to touch up your roots and flat iron your hair?


 Set aside at least two hours  of your day to go to the salon.


If you have to bleach your roots, and then color them, it’ll take the colorist two hours.

match roots with the rest of the hair

Yes, just like that.

 If you have to bleach your roots,  the colorist can’t work magic and will need at least two hours to work on your hair.


So, start an “Om,” bring your favorite book to the salon, and prepare posts for your social media.

You’ll need at least two hours to touch up your roots at the salon.

Why will your colorist need more time?



Look at your hair.

What color is it?

It’s blonde, right?


It’s that light blonde you’re so proud of and your friends envy.

Well, to keep your blonde flawless, you’ll have to pay a price: more hours at the salon.



 As you have a very light blonde, and your base color is dark, the colorist will have to bleach your roots to even out your hair. 


Bleaching the roots is a twenty to thirty-minute process.

What steps will the stylist take to bleach and touch up your roots? How long will each step take?

  • Comb and divide your hair: 10 minutes.
  • Prepare the bleach and apply it on your roots: 10 minutes.
  • Bleach process: 10 to 20 minutes according to the levels you need to lift.
  • Rinse and dry your hair: 20 minutes.
  • Comb your hair again and divide it into sections: 10 minutes.
  • Prepare the dye and start the application: 10 minutes.
  • Leave the dye in for 30 minutes.
  • Rinse your hair and dry it: 10 minutes.
 Total time: Two hours. 



If you schedule an appointment at the salon for a root touch-up, you need to have enough time.


The colorist will need to work on your hair for between one and two hours to achieve a perfect job.

Take it easy and enjoy the moment. Maybe you can take advantage of this time to calm your mind from the stressful moments we live in.

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