- In order to lighten your roots without bleaching them, all you’ll need is peroxide, preferably in cream form.
- If your hair is very light, you should use a 30 volume peroxide and leave it in for 20 minutes max.
- If your hair is mediumly light, you should use a 20 volume peroxide and leave it in for 20 minutes max.
- If your hair is dark, unfortunately, you’ll need to bleach your roots because if you just lighten them, then you’ll run the risk of them turning orange.
Let me tell you that the fact that you’re lightening your roots instead of bleaching them does not mean that you’re looking at a simple process that you can do as easily as changing your nail color.
Because you need to keep in mind what volume peroxide or developer to use on your hair depending on what color your roots are as well as consider how long you need to leave it in your hair.
And just so you understand what I’m trying to get across, let me tell you a little story…
This story is Cynthia’s story. Her hair was a bright, light blonde color, 8.0, but her roots grow in a light brown 6.0 color. She always comes to the salon to get her roots touched up.
But, the last time she visited me, she broke my heart because she had destroyed her hair. That day when she got into the salon and pulled her hat off, I saw that her roots had grown in an inch to an inch and a half. But, that wasn’t the worst part.
The worst part is that her roots were orange. I mean orange like the carrots you put in your salads.
What marvelous idea did Cynthia have that turned them that color?
She decided to lighten her roots, but to do it, she used a 30 volume developer in her hair for more than 40 minutes. The result?
She “over-processed” her roots. And that’s why they turned orange in addition to having lost their moisture.
What she should have done to even her roots out with the rest of her hair used a 20 volume developer and leave it in for 10 or 15 minutes.
So what did we have to do to fix her mistake?
I had to bleach her roots to get rid of all that orange and then even out the color with dye.
It’s very important that before you start to lighten your roots, you understand the difference between two distinct processes.
- To lighten your hair, you can use different tools, like peroxide, chamomile, lightening shampoo, etc.
- To bleach your hair, you use peroxide and bleach powder (ammonia).
It’s true that bleaching your hair damages it more because peroxide mixed with ammonia makes a chemical reaction that breaks your hair cuticles. That way, your hair fiber expulses all of its pigment, natural or artificial.
On the other hand, when we talk about lightening your roots, what we’re looking to do is fade your hair fiber, degrade the color, and therefore lighten it 1-2 levels.
That’s why, if you have dark hair, you’ll need to bleach your roots because peroxide alone won’t be enough to work on your pigment, and your hair will end up orange.
If your hair is very light or medium light, then you’ll have the option to lighten your roots.
That said, let’s get to what we’re trying to do. Don’t move from your spot, because I’m going to tell you:
- How to lighten your roots without bleaching them in very light hair
- How to lighten your roots without bleaching them in medium light hair
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How to lighten your roots without bleaching them if you have very light hair
If your hair is within the range of light blonde, 8.0, or 9.0, then you should use a 30 volume developer on your roots and leave it in for 20 minutes max.
That way, your roots will end up even with the rest of your hair.
If you use a weaker developer, then your roots won’t lighten enough for your color to turn out even.
Here’s how you should use it:
- Part your hair down the middle and comb it out so you can see your roots clearly.
- With gloves on, use a cream 30 volume developer only on your roots, applying it with a dye brush.
- Leave it in for 10-20 minutes, but you should take a close look at the color every 5 minutes. This is very important – please don’t let yourself get distracted for any reason at all!
- When you get to the same color as the rest of your hair, rinse with plenty of water.
If after this process, you want to use a dye, you can do it no problem. And if you want to lighten your roots again, then you can repeat this process.
But you can only do it up to two times in a row to avoid excessively damaging your roots.
How to lighten your roots without bleaching light or medium-light hair
If your hair is with the range of light or medium colors, you should use a 20 volume developer and leave it in for 20 minutes max.
And this would be your case if your hair is light brown 6 or blonde 7.
At the store, you’ll be able to find different forms of peroxide – it comes in liquid or cream, with essential oils or aloe vera. I recommend using a cream peroxide with oils or aloe.
Because your hair will receive less damage than if you use a liquid peroxide and it’s easier to use cream since it won’t drip or run the same way liquid peroxide does.
Now, all that’s left is to use it on your roots and leave it in for 10-20 minutes. And don’t forget to check on the color every five minutes!
Once your roots have lightened to the color you’re looking for, all you’ll need to do is rinse your hair.
I recommend that after using it on your hair and rinsing it out, you should nurture your hair with a few drops of coconut oil or a hydrating, reparative mask with keratin.
And if you want, you can use your normal dye on your hair, so the color is completely and totally even.
- If your hair is very light and you want to lighten your roots, then you should use a 30 volume cream peroxide and leave it in for 20 minutes max.
- And if your hair is medium-light, then you should opt for a 20 volume developer and leave it in for 20 minutes max.
Now if your roots are a dark color, then you don’t have any option except to bleach them.
And now you tell me: What will you do with your roots? Will you lighten them or bleach them, depending on your hair color?
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