Should I dye my roots first or last? It all depends on what you want to achieve

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  • You should only start coloring your hair at the roots when you’re touching them up.
  • You should consider two things to know where to start coloring your hair: your base color and the color of the hair dye.
  • If your roots are dark and you want to apply a light color, you should start with the lengths.
  • If your roots are light and you want to apply a light color, you should also start with the lengths.
  • And if your roots are light and you want to apply a dark hair dye, you should apply the hair dye from roots to ends.

 

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Do you know what the most important thing is once you’ve decided to dye your hair?

 

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Of course, the color, obviously. However, after that, what’s next? Think, think.

Exactly! It’s exposure time and where to start applying the hair dye.

 

Your hair has three sections: the roots are where the new hair growth comes from.

Then, the lengths, and, finally, the ends that are about 5 centimeters up from the end of your hair.

 

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 Why is it important to know which of these sections to start with? Because the hair dye is processed differently in each of them 

 

Of course, if you’re just touching up the roots, you don’t need to apply color all over the hair.

In fact, you shouldn’t apply the hair dye to the mid-lengths and ends because that can make the color too dark and dull.

 

However, if you are coloring your hair for the first time or changing the shade, you should do it according to your base color and the chosen hair dye.

The processing times will also be different. Permanent hair color is applied using a developer. It’s a chemical that can play tricks on you.

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Why?

 

Let’s look at an example.

If you apply a blonde hair dye on dark hair starting at the roots, you can get a very unpleasant orange.

If your hair is light and you dye it too blonde, your roots can turn white.

Therefore, to avoid making mistakes, you have to pay attention to your roots and the hair dye color. Then, you’ll know where to start.

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If your roots are dark and you want to apply a light hair dye, you should start coloring the lengths.

Permanent hair color is applied with a 20-volume developer, which has a lightening effect of its own. If your roots are dark, you have to start with the light color on the lengths.

 

Women usually come to my salon with orange roots and the rest of their hair blonde. That’s because the roots are the youngest hair, and the lengths have already gone through other coloring processes.

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As the roots are young and virgin hair, when you start applying the hair dye at the roots, they lighten faster resulting in an orange tone.

So, how should you apply the hair dye?

 

  • Comb your hair with a middle parting and hold each section with a hair clip.
  • Prepare the coloring mixture. Wear your gloves and apply the hair dye to the lengths of only one of the sections. Repeat the procedure on each section.
  • Once you have finished applying the dye to all the sections, leave it on for 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Then, apply the rest of the mixture to your roots, using a tail comb.
  • Leave the hair dye on for another 15 to 20 minutes. Then, rinse your hair thoroughly with lukewarm water.
  • Dry and style as usual.

 

If your roots are light and you want to apply a light color, you should start with the lengths.

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Do you know why?

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The roots are very young hair and lose color more quickly. On the other hand, the permanent hair color contains developer. So, if you apply the light color on your roots first, your hair runs the risk of turning two-tone.

Even the growth can turn white!

 

Another tip: don’t leave the hair dye on longer than indicated because the color won’t get any lighter. If you want a lighter color, buy a lighter color.

The application on the lengths is always easier than on the roots because you don’t have to be very detailed.

 

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  • Comb your hair with a middle parting and hold each section with a hair clip.
  • Prepare the coloring mixture. Wear your gloves and start applying the hair dye only on the lengths of one of the sections you separated. Continue to the other sections.
  • Leave the hair dye on for 25 to 30 minutes. Then, apply it to the roots leaving it on for 15 to 20 minutes.

 

Where do I start if my roots are light, and I want to apply a dark hair dye?

In this case, if your roots are light and you want to apply a dark color, you should dye your hair from roots to ends simultaneously and leave the hair dye on for 40 minutes.

This way, you’ll achieve an even color without tone differences between lengths and roots.

 

The application is easier because you don’t need to wait to apply the hair dye to the different sections.

  • Comb your hair and separate it into 4 sections from forehead to nape and from ear to ear, holding them with a hair clip.
  • Mix the hair dye and developer together until it’s smooth.
  • With gloves on, start applying the dye to one of the back sections, from root to tip. Repeat the application on each section.
  • Leave the hair dye on for 40 minutes. Then, rinse with plenty of lukewarm water. You can also use shampoo and conditioner.

 

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Conclusions

You should only start coloring your hair at the roots when you’re doing a color touch-up on the growth.

For all other cases, whether you apply a lighter or darker shade, you should consider the base color and the color to be applied. Remember to respect the exposure time of the hair dye to avoid over-processing your hair and damaging it.

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