Getting flawless color isn’t as hard as you think. Here are a few tips to help your hair color look perfect.
5 Tips for Flawless Hair Color at Home
Timing really is everything when it comes to cohesive hair color.
Think of your hair in three sections; Roots (new growth hair), Mid-lengths, and Ends. Hair color is meant to be on these sections at different times.
Roots: Many times this is where we start when applying our hair color whether it be for gray coverage or changing the tones of our natural color. This is the newest, freshest hair so it takes a bit more time for the color to perform when coloring hair roots.
Mid-lengths: This hair is a little more porous, it has had time to be exposed to natural and unnatural elements such as sun exposure, coloring, highlighting, and heat styling. This means the hair shaft is a bit more open than your roots to receiving color more easily.
Ends: The most porous of our hair, our ends have been through the most. They accept color very easily so they don't need as much time as your roots.
It is always a good idea to give your new growth hair the most time to absorb color - give it at least a 20 minute head start - after that, gradually comb color down through hair adding more color to you mid-lengths, then finally on to the ends.
When doing a root touch up, total saturation is really important. Part your hair into 4 sections and apply color patiently and methodically, really massaging the color into the new growth hair so that you don't miss any areas.
Know your limitations when going lighter. Say no to hot roots.
“Hot roots” is what you may get when you try to color your already-dyed hair a lighter color and the roots end up looking noticeably warmer than the rest of your hair.
Hot roots happen when the hair closest to the scalp lifts lighter and faster than the rest of the hair due to the heat coming off your scalp. This is also a result of of putting a lighter shade on it and through the lightening process exposing natural warmth. Remember my friends “color can not lift color,” so if you have any type of dye on your hair a lighter color will not be able to make your hair lighter.
Comb it down to escape the band.
When you color over hair that has been previously colored the hair color overlaps, creating a darker band where the new color is touching the previous color. You will usually see this band around your crown. Escape this by applying color just to roots and feathering down with a comb.
Did you know that you don't need to color all your hair every time that you color?
We talked earlier about how the different parts of hair absorb color at a different rate due to the porosity of the hair. When there is existing hair color in your hair, applying color over and over again leads to buildup on the lower portion of your hair. The result is darker ends than roots. Instead of coloring your whole head every time, just touch up your new growth. Until, of course, you feel like you either want to change your whole color, or your overall head of hair needs a refresh.
Be sure to see our hair color ideas page and hair color chart.