I have just had my hair dyed by my sister. However, it turns out red roots black hair! I dyed my hair and only my roots change color. I followed guidelines from the internet but it didn’t work. Now I want to fix my hair color without wasting money in hair salon. What should I do now?
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What causes hair color not to take the ends of hair as light as the roots?
Heat from scalp
Normally, the roots, which newly grow haven’t affected by any chemical and other outside force yet. It means that this part is stronger than other parts of your hair. Therefore, they need more time to absorb hair dye. However, every colorist usually applies hair dye to this part lastly. Why?
In dyeing, temperature can influence on the dyeing process a lot. Meanwhile, your scalp will emit heat which enhances the hair dye to appear earlier and faster.
As mentioned above, professional colorist will dye mid-lengths and the ends of your hair at first then touch the root up at last. In contrary, some people will apply hair dye to all of your head at the same time. Due to the heat of your scalp, the roots are lighter the ends.
Put light shade on roots
Many people take a mistake to put light shade on the roots. Because it is common knowledge that new hair gets more time to have right color. Thus, some people add light shade on roots at the same time with darker shade on other parts to shorten time. Yet, this will make “hot roots” to your hair. The roots will look like they have just got burnt.
Color all your head every time you dye
6-8 weeks after dyeing, your new hair will grow up. So, to have even color, you need to touch the roots up. Remember, just touch them up, do not dye all your hair with already-dyed color.
Meanwhile, your hair color will fade out as well but it is not the reason for you to dye your hair again. If you do, your hair color will be uneven or lighter than the new roots after dyeing.
How to dye roots darker the rest of hair?
In your case, you need to have light root dark ends fix. We will show you some methods to fix your fault.
Apply darker shade dye to your roots
It is easy to fix light roots dark ends by this way. However, you should have a professional colorist touch the roots up. They have skills to make your hair color even. If you do it by yourself at home or ask an amateur person to do it for you, it will be a risk, because the color can be uneven or get worse.
Use tinted dry shampoo
This type of shampoo has ability to make your hair color look more vibrant and can even cover up your roots. However, remember to apply shampoo to your roots only. Try to limit the contact of shampoo and other parts of hair, or it will cause the lack of humidity to your hair. But sometimes, for brunettes especially, dry shampoo can leave a white, powdery cast which is not much better than greasy hair.
Blending at the roots
There are some products in the market can help you to disguise the lighter roots. You can search for a suitable product for your hair color and hair materials. However, this method is a short-term fix. You need a long-term one instead.
Use mask to your hair
There are many tips to make hair mask at home. These types of masks below will help you have a lighter color.
- Honey is a really useful method to make your hair color up and shine bright. Honey has hydrogen peroxide and iron which release free oxy and brighten your hair color. You should mix honey and conditioner together and apply the mid-lengths and the ends of your hair. After leaving this mixture in your hair about 10 minutes, rinse with cool water.
- Another mask for your hair is lemon. Put lemon juice and water with the ratio 1:3 relatively and add an olive spoon to this mixture. Apply this mixture to your hair and let it dry naturally. Then, you should rinse with conditioner and cool water to make sure that acid in lemon won’t hurt your hair.
- Because lemons are acidic, don’t use pure lemon juice on your hair.
We all know that vitamin C is really good for your hair growth. Lack of vitamin C may lead to split ends, dry hair and so on. Vitamin C has ability to help hair against the oxidative which can maintain the color and prevent hair from aging process. Now, we know another use of vitamin C in hair caring. You can apply vitamin C to your “hot roots” to darken them.
You have to pulverize Vitamin C pill and dissolve it in water to have a very thick mixture. Smear it to your hair roots and leave it in your hair for an hour. Then rinse with cool water. This method will make your hair roots less light than the origin.
If you dyed your hair and the roots are lighter than the ends, you can try these tips above to darken the roots. All of the above methods have been tried and succeeded on many subjects. However, due to use on the human body, each person will have different deviations.
If you have sensitive skin or have other problems, consult your doctor. If you are not confident and lack knowledge, you should not try it at home. Salon with reputable professionals is a good choice for you.
Hope that this post is useful for you. Don’t hesitate to contact us when you have any question or problem about hair. You can follow our website to get more advices in hair caring and hair beauty. Good luck!
I am Thomas Taw, the CEO of CITIZENSNIPS. I have experience in hair product development and chemical research, as well as sustainable resource engineering. In 2009, I co-created Sunsilk, one of the world's leading haircare brands. More recently, I was the CEO of SMOKINGPANDA LTD. I am a professional with a strong track record in delivering tangible results.