How to touch up red hair when it fades? You have 3 options

touch up when it fades

  • Once the red hair dye fades, to touch up the roots, you should apply the same shade of red you had used but only on the growth.
  • If you want to refresh the whole color, you can choose a lighter or darker red and apply it from roots to ends.
  • I’ll tell you all the details of each process below.


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Dyeing hair red is quite a statement.

As a colorist, I have to admit that I admire women who choose to wear their hair red.


  • Because red is a very striking color.
  • The  red color requires hight maintenance because it fades easily. 
  • Women who dye their hair red are usually willing to play with all the existing varieties of red.


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Yes, red is very versatile.

Although it requires maintenance, all you’ll have to do when it fades is make a decision.

  •  Renew the faded color  with the same or a different shade of red.
  •  Touch up the dye only at the growth  with the same color you had applied previously.


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Have you made your decision?

Do you still want to belong to that army of women who embrace red hair, but you’d like a lighter or darker red?

Then read on, because I have good news for you.


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If you want to color your red hair again, you have three options: choose a lighter red, a darker red, or the same red you previously applied

touch up red hair

You’ve probably noticed that the red dye fades after a few washes.

And when that happens, red hair looks dull.


How can you fix it?

 You need to renew the dye every three weeks. 


Renewing the color is very simple, but it puts you at a crossroads.

  • You can repeat the previous color.
  • You can choose a lighter red.
  • Or, you can choose a darker red.


As red pigmentation is very persistent, you can choose different red options without running the risk of having your hair different colors.


For example:

  •  If you applied 6.66 red, and you want a very light red , you can apply 8.66 without bleaching.
  •  If you applied dark red 5.66, and want a more intense red , you can apply a light red 7.66.


Once you have chosen the red tint you want, you can start the application.



  • Red dye kit.
  • Plastic container.
  • Dye brush.
  • Hair clips.



  • Comb your hair from roots to ends, separating four sections, from ear to ear and forehead to nape.
  • Hold each section with hair clips.
  • In a plastic container, place the developer and dye. Mix to blend.
  • Put on gloves and release one of the back sections.
  •  Apply the dye from root to tip  to this section to cover the hair.
  • Repeat the procedure on each section.
  • Cover your hair with a shower cap and leave the dye on for 45 minutes.
  • After the exposure time, rinse with lukewarm water until it runs clear.
  • Apply the post-color treatment included in the box dye and leave it on for five minutes.
  • Rinse and dry your hair.


Now look in the mirror.

Do you recognize yourself? You’re a Valkyrie again, and your red hair looks bright and vibrant.


If you want to touch up the roots of your red hair, you should choose the same red level and apply it only on the growth

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As hair grows between one and two centimeters per month, you should touch up the roots every four weeks.

That happens always, whether you color your hair red or brown.


Unfortunately, in the case of red, extra light platinum blonde, gray, and white, the growth is quickly noticeable.

That’s why, even after three weeks,  you may have to touch up the red dye. 


If this is your case, what you should do is buy the same number dye that you applied last time to avoid a color difference between your roots and the lengths of your hair.



  • Red dye kit.
  • Plastic container.
  • Dye brush.
  • Hair clips.


Step by step:

  • Comb your hair and separate it into two sections with a middle part.
  • Hold each section with a hair clip.
  • Mix the dye ingredients in a plastic container.
  • Release one of the two sections of hair. Take a brush,  start applying the dye from the hair growth extending it three centimeters. 
  • Separate that dyed part by making another parting in the middle, and apply dye to cover the roots.
  • Repeat the procedure until the first section is complete to make sure to cover all your roots.
  • Gather the colored section and hold it with the hair clip.
  • Release the other section and repeat the technique covering three centimeters from the roots.
  • When the roots are soaked with dye, cover your hair with a shower cap, and leave the dye on for thirty minutes.
  • After thirty minutes, rinse your hair and apply the post-color treatment included in the coloring kit. Leave it on for five minutes.
  • Rinse your hair again.


It wasn’t that hard to renew red hair, was it?

Remember that  you should touch up the roots every three weeks , so there is no color difference between your growths and lengths.



Red is a fantastic color, but unfortunately, it’s hard to maintain because it fades quickly and needs to be renewed frequently.

If you want to renew the whole color, you can apply any shade of red. But if you want to touch up your roots, you should choose the same red dye you applied last time.

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