Have you ever colored your own hair, just to find out that your roots are a completely different color than the rest of your hair? Well, congratulations, you just discovered what us hairstylists like to call “hot roots.”
Usually, when you color your hair, your previous hair color has already grown out somewhat. At this point, your outgrowth is a different color than your colored hair. This means that you are starting with two different base colors. This is one way to get hot roots…
There are a few different ways you can get hot roots:
If the color that is already on your hair is darker than the new target color, you need to remember the golden rule of hair color, color won’t lift color. Therefore, only your roots are going to get lighter, and you will just be adding more pigment to the previously colored hair, which can actually make it darker. This can create quite the contrast. An example of this phenomenon would be if you were naturally dirty blonde, but dyed your hair medium brown. Then, lets pretend that one month later, you put a golden blonde over your whole head. The roots would turn perfectly golden blonde, but the medium brown would stay brown.
On the contrary, if your hair is already pretty light, and you touch up your roots with a lower-level color, they will not match the rest of your hair. For instance, let’s say you have a level 10 ultra-blonde already on your hair, but you touch up your roots with a level 8 golden blonde. This will result in two different colors. Especially if your hair is already light and your roots are dark.
Aside from the level of the color, if you put a color with a different tone/ base color to your new outgrowth, you can also achieve some beautiful hot roots.
So what can you do to prevent this epidemic?
Obviously, the best thing you can do is have your hair done by a trained professional. They can match the tone and level of your roots to the tone and level of the rest of your hair.
If you are still persistent to try it yourself, you can lightly bleach your roots and freshen up the rest of your hair with a “color-balancing” pre-treatment. Keep in mind that this can add to the overall damage of your hair, but it will give you more of a clean slate to work on. Also, note that if your previously colored hair is already pretty dark, this will not completely help. You can also just try to make sure that you match your tone and level, which requires some research in basic hair color knowledge.
But really, if you are worried about hot roots, let the pro’s handle it 😉
Have you ever experienced hot roots? Do you have any questions about hair color? Please leave your stories/feedback/questions in the comments section below. I’d love to help as much as I can! 🙂