Touch Up Your Roots at Home
Once you learn how to touch up your roots at home, you’ll wonder why you ever bothered dropping all that cash at the hairdresser every 3-6 weeks. At first you’ll probably want a partner to do it for you, so grab a friend and do each other. After you get the hang of it you can do it yourself! This is easiest with darker colors and hardest with blonder, lighter colors.
1. Put on gloves and mix up the product according to the directions on the package. If you don’t have a TON of hair, you can try mixing up half of the product and keep the other unmixed half for next time. Keep in mind that the color on your hair may have faded, so make sure to pick up a color that matches. You can probably get away with only doing your full head every other application.
2. Divide your hair into 4 sections using a T-Part: part your hair down the middle vertically, and then again horizontally just behind the ears. Pin the sections securely. This may seem like a bogus step, but it’s crucial to be organized.
3. Apply the color WITH A BRUSH along your hairline and along the parts. Don’t be shy along the hairline; it’s the part you see the most. Try to keep the color on the roots and overlap with the pre-colored parts of your hair as little as possible.
4. Start in one of the two sections in the back. Take horizontal ¼ inch cross-sections starting from the top. Apply color along the top and underside of the cross-section, and then lay the hair down-- upwards and out of the way.
5. Take another horizontal cross section directly below the one you just touched up, apply color, and lay down on top of the previous section. Repeat for the entire section. Try to move quickly because the color results are most even when all sections process for the same amount of time. If it takes you 45 minutes to do the head, the back section will already be done when the front section is just starting. Repin the section.
6. Move on to the other section in the back. Then do the ones in front.
7. With gloved hands, gently massage the head, mushing the color around a little bit. Tie hair back and let it sit for however long it says on the package.
8. Hop in the shower and rinse it out! Use as little shampoo as possible because you don’t want to strip the color you just applied.