Why are my roots not taking color? It has to do with these two reasons

roots not taking color

  • If this is the first time you dye your hair and the roots aren’t taking the color, it’s because your roots are virgin. Since it’s new hair, it’s healthier than the rest of your mane. Therefore, it doesn’t fully absorb the dye pigments.
  • In that case, you can wash your hair with clarifying shampoo to open the hair cuticles. Then, reapply the dye.
  • Alternatively, if this isn’t the first time you dye your hair and also see that the roots aren’t taking the color, you probably didn’t let the dye act long enough. Therefore, you’ll have to dye your hair again and follow the exposure times.


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Those are solutions you can go for   if you dyed your hair and the roots didn’t take the color.  


First, my advice is that you don’t make hasty decisions, such as applying bleach or increasing the amount of developer volumes.   You could severely ruin your hair.  


Secondly, to be honest,   if your roots didn’t take the color, you should go to a salon and ask a professional colorist about it.  

Why is that my suggestion?

  •   If you decide to use a clarifying shampoo to open your cuticles,   your hair will dry out. If you don’t have experience with those shampoos, you could severely damage your hair.


That’s why you should ask the colorist about it. Otherwise, you’ll spend more money on treatments to repair your hair than you would by having a professional color your roots properly.

  •      If you decide to re-color your hair so that the roots take color according to the recommended exposure times,   you could also damage your hair.


In fact, it is bad idea to dye your hair twice in the same day or in the same week. A colorist will be able to give you some alternatives after evaluating your hair.


As a professional colorist, I usually give general advice. To find the best option for each hair type, I should assess it “live.”

I have to be in front of the hair, observe it and even touch it to understand the problem it has and look for the best solution.


If your hair’s health is at stake, I think you and I should try to agree on the main situation.

For example, I’d like to avoid your roots breaking after applying a new dye.


If you still have doubts after reading my suggestions, you should visit a salon and ask a professional to offer you the best solution for YOUR HAIR.

Promise? OK! So, let’s see what could have happened to your hair roots that prevented them from taking the dye color. We’ll start with one of the possible reasons.


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If your roots didn’t take the color, it’s because they are virgin or very healthy hair

virgin roots not take color
I’m sure that calling your hair “very healthy” is catching your attention. Let me explain it. Unbelievably,   very healthy or virgin hair can be a problem during a coloring process.  


There’s a saying among stylists: “neither too healthy nor too damaged.”

What does this have to do with hair dye?


Hair dye penetrates several layers of the hair to change the color at both the roots and lengths.

It can change the color because it contains two chemicals: the developer, which opens the cuticles for the dye to penetrate, and the ammonia that locks the color into the hair core.

So, if the chemicals make the color penetrate the hair, why didn’t your roots get color?


  • For example, if your hair is healthy, the cuticles may not open and the dye doesn’t penetrate the roots, which is the newest and healthiest hair. There may also be differences between virgin and colored hair.
  • Alternatively, your hair may have low porosity. So, it can’t absorb the products you apply to it. It’s as if your hair is waterproof.

What can you do if you want the roots to absorb the dye?


You can wash your hair with clarifying shampoo to open the cuticles. Then, apply the dye.

remove color residue from hair

The clarifying shampoo removes the remains of hair products. For this reason,   is corrosive,   and its frequent use isn’t recommended.

To apply it, follow these steps:

  • Wet your hair with plenty of warm water and apply the clarifying shampoo all over your hair with a massage.
  • Rinse the shampoo with warm water.
  • Apply the shampoo again and   leave it on for 10 minutes.  
  • Rinse your hair and don’t apply conditioner.


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  After the application of clarifying shampoo, your cuticles will be flexible. This way, they’ll absorb the dye pigments.  


However, you shouldn’t use the clarifying shampoo every time you apply the dye. You won’t need to do it after your hair is colored.


Your roots didn’t take the color because you probably didn’t respect the exposure time of the dye

apply dye to roots to take color
  Dye exposure times are a exact.   You should time the dye exposure times.


The dye has a minimum exposure time of 30 minutes and a maximum exposure time of 45 minutes.

So, if you apply the dye to lengths and ends, and wait 30 minutes to apply it on the roots, the coloring mixture may lose strength.


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So, what’s the solution?

Reapply the dye.


In this case  you should at the roots.   I always recommend you apply the dye from roots to ends evenly and at the same time, for the results to be even.

If you applied the dye and the color didn’t take in your roots, reapply it from roots to ends.  Leave it on for at least 30 minutes.  


This way, your roots will take on the color you want.



Before I say goodbye, I want to give you a recommendation. If you decide to dye your hair again and the roots still don’t take the color, go to a salon.

Explain everything about the dye you used to the colorist. The professional will make a specific evaluation of your case and will offer you the best solution.

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