How long should you leave dye in when you touch up your roots?

  • If what you’re looking to do is just cover up your roots to even out your color, you should leave the dye in about 45 minutes.
  • If you have a lot of white or gray hair at your roots, then it’s best to use the dye on them first without mixing it with developer and leave that in about five minutes. I’ll tell you how the whole process works in a bit in more depth.
  • If what you need to do is touch up your roots and you have a balayage, you should also leave the dye in for about 45 minutes, but during the last 10 minutes, you should comb the dye toward the middle of your hair to mix the color of your highlights with the color at your roots.

 

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Touching up your roots is one of the easiest dye jobs to do, but the fact that it’s easy doesn’t necessarily mean that you shouldn’t take it seriously.

Because you need to consider more than just your roots, like for example, what happens if you have a balayage or if you have a lot of white or gray hair at your roots.

 

Because in those cases, it won’t just change how long you need to leave the dye in your hair, but also the way that you apply the color to your hair, which will be different in a few ways.

But don’t worry because today you’re going to find out all of the secrets to touching up your roots, so they turn out perfect. I’ll tell you:

  • How to touch up your roots, especially how long you need to leave the dye in your hair
  • How long to leave the dye in your hair if you have lots of white or gray at your roots
  • How to touch up your roots if you have a balayage

 

How to touch up your roots and how long you need to leave the dye in your hair

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When you need to touch up your roots, the first thing you need to do is find a dye in the same color as your hair.

 Because, if you don’t – if you choose a lighter or darker color – what you’ll when up doing is create a dividing line between your roots and the rest of your hair.   And, after all, I don’t think you’re looking to have two-toned hair.

 

Once you have the right color dye, you’ll start to use it on your hair.

  • Mix the developer and the tube of dye according to the instructions provided by the manufacturer, until you have a creamy consistency.
  •  Start by applying the dye to your roots, covering about one inch of hair with dye. Then, leave it in for 45 minutes. 
  • Rinse your hair with cool or cold water, and once the water runs clear, wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner.
  • Now, it’s very important that after that you avoid washing your hair for about 72 hours so the color sets in the deepest part of your hair.

 

Now it is possible that after you touch up your roots several times, the color starts to look dim and dull.

In that case, you should follow these instructions:

  • Prepare the dye mix and use it on your roots, leaving it in for thirty minutes.
  • After that time has gone by, wet your hair from the middle to the ends and use the rest of the dye on it, using a comb or dye bush to cover all of your hair.
  • Once you’ve finished distributing all of the dye into your hair, rinse and wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner.

 

How long to leave the dye in if you have lots of gray or white at your roots

without staining highlights

In this case, I’ll tell you a little hair stylist’s secret. It’s one of the best-kept secrets when it comes to hair dye.

Do you have a lot of white or gray hair at your roots? When I say a lot, I mean that almost all your entire roots are white. If that’s the case, you should use dye on them without developer first. Do you know why?

 

  •  Because what we’re doing is a pre-pigmentation of your gray or white hair. 
  • Once you’ve used the dye on your roots, you should leave it in for about 5 minutes.
  • Once that time has gone by, you should mix the rest of the dye with the developer and use it on your roots, leaving it in for 45 minutes this time.
  • Remember that if the color of the rest of your hair is looking kind of dull, you can always brush the dye into the rest of your hair using a rat tail comb to brighten up the color at the middle and ends of your hair.

Now, what happens if you have really stubborn gray?

 

I don’t know if you already knew this, but a gray hair’s texture is completely different from the texture of the rest of your hair. For that reason, sometimes some gray hairs can be a lot harder to cover.

If you have some of those stubborn grays, what you can do is, when it comes time to touch up your roots, add a product that softens these hairs to your dye and developer mix. That will help you completely cover the gray.

 

How to touch up your roots if you have balayage or highlights

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Touching up your roots if you have balayage is very important, and the amount of time you leave the products in your hair is also extremely important.

Because  if you don’t do it right, you can end up making the lightening effect in your hair disappear. 

 

The first thing you should do is choose a color that is the same as your base color. Once you have a dye in the right color, you can use it on your hair

  • Mix the dye and developer until you have a creamy consistency.
  • Then, apply the dye only to your roots, ensuring that you don’t touch any hair below that area because if you do, you’ll end up covering your highlights.
  • Leave the dye in your roots for 40 minutes.
  • Then, wet the middle and ends of your hair without rinsing out the dye. Comb the dye downward, leaving it in 3 more minutes.
  • After that time has gone by, wash the dye out of your hair.

 

This procedure won’t leave any stark dividing line between your new dye and the rest of your hair, which will leave your new color perfectly faded into the color below.

 

Conclusions

When it comes time to touch up gray roots, you must use pure dye on your roots for 5 minutes, then finish the color job by mixing the rest of the dye with the developer and using that on your roots, leaving it in for 45 minutes.

If you have balayage or you just want to do a simple root touch up, then you must choose the right color so you can’t tell the difference between your old color and the new one. You should leave the dye on your roots for 45 minutes.

Now you shouldn’t have any questions left about how long to leave dye in your hair to touch up your roots.

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