Prevent Dark Roots When Dying To A Lighter Shade

It is common to end up with dark roots, resulting in noticeably uneven hair color, after dying the hair to a lighter shade.

It is common to end up with dark roots after dying one's hair to a lighter shade. This happens for several reasons.

How did I end up with dark roots?

- You may end up with dark roots after a dye job if the dye is not applied to the roots first. When the dye is applied to the length of the hair first, the roots may not have time to catch up.

- When the roots have not been coated thoroughly, the dye is not as effective.

- Natural oils that secrete from the scalp can coat the hair at the roots, preventing the dye and bleach from working properly.

How do I prevent and fix dark roots?

- Start by applying hair dye to the roots, first. The goal is to work quickly, yet efficiently, coating and saturating all of the hair. It helps to divide the hair into sections before applying dye.

- Hair dye works effectively when it coats and saturates each strand of hair. Use a brush to work the dye into the hair. These brushes work very well to coat the hair, much better than just using your fingers. The brushes are thin, and wide, and they usually have a thin tool used to part and divide the hair at the opposite end. Look for them at beauty supply stores. Some hair coloring kits come with them.

- Natural oils that secrete from the scalp may form a barrier, preventing the bleach and dye from working effectively. The hair may contain the most oil at the scalp. If the length of the hair is not as oily as the hair at it's roots, the result can be that the length turns out lighter than the roots. To prevent this, try washing the hair a day or so before dying it.

Sweat can bring out the oils in the scalp. It's also worth mentioning that damaged hair dyes more effectively. All hair acquires some damage, so new growth at the roots may be more resistant to bleach and dye than the length of the hair.

- So, you've applied dye to your hair, and you see that the roots are not as dark as the length. It may help to apply some heat to the roots of your hair. Heat will activate the dye, speeding up the process. Use a hair dryer on gentle heat. Sweep it around the roots, without holding it too close to the scalp.

- Suppose that you lightened and colored your hair 2 months ago. The hair at the scalp has grown out, and it is darker than the length. Adding hair dye, even when combined with bleach, will not even out these two layers of light and dark in the hair. You put in red dye, and yes, your hair will come out red, but you will have a darker red at the roots, and a lighter red throughout the length.

Prevent this by bleaching and dying the hair separately. This is a great thing to do, especially if you plan on lightening the hair more than three shades. Purchase liquid activator, and powdered bleach. Mix, and apply them to hair according to the directions.

If you are not satisfied with your hair after it is bleached, you can touch up certain areas, before adding dye. Suppose that you left bleach in your hair for 30 minutes. If you end up with a spot that has only bleached up to about 2/3 of the rest of your hair, apply bleach to the spot for 10 minutes.

When you choose hair dye to use on hair that has already been bleached, you won't need a kit that contains bleach. All you need is the dye.

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