So you’ve had your hair beautifully cut, styled and coloured. It looks amazing, but it leaves you wondering: How often should I touch up my roots? Recolouring your regrowth too often leads to dry, brittle hair – not to mention wasted money. On the other hand, you don’t want to spoil your stunning new look by having to wear a hat to hide a root disaster! How do you get the timing right? You’re in luck, because we’ve sussed it all out for you!
Root care 101
Ideally, you should be visiting your stylist for a root touch up every 4 to 6 weeks, and no later than 8 weeks. This isn’t purely because it’ll look better, but for biological reasons, too.
Your scalp gives off heat, and this heat won’t extend much further than 2 centimetres past the root. When hair dye is developing on your head, this heat can work to speed up the developing process. Since the temperature isn’t as high on the rest of your head, it won’t work as fast.
When you wait to have your roots done, roots can grow past the point where the heat will help the colour to develop. If your roots are, say, 8 centimetres and not 2 centimetres, there’s 6 centimetres that will develop differently due to the lack of heat. The colour will be lifted at 2 different speeds and the result will be uneven.
Your stylist could technically achieve a more even result by using two different formulas to balance it out or by applying the dye at different times. They could also use a double process. These are often much more expensive though, and can take as long as four hours to complete. Really, it’s much easier on you, both financially and time wise, to stick to the 4-6 week timeline.
Keeping up the brightness
The vibrant colour of your hair won’t last – and you need to take steps to ensure it stays bright for as long as possible before you recolour. To that end, we’ve got a few handy hints and tips for you to follow.
• Use shampoo and conditioner especially for coloured hair. You’ll want to use products labelled sulfate free – vegan shampoos are great! Talk to you stylist about their recommendations for the perfect colour-preserving shampoo for your hair.
• Rinse with cold water. As with skin pores, hot water opens hair follicles. This will result in the dye washing out faster, which you definitely don’t want. Use cold, lukewarm or room temperature water instead, and you’ll be amazed at the difference it makes.
• Follow up with a good leave-in conditioner. Retaining moisture in your hair is essential for keeping the colour looking vibrant. After your normal washing routine, try adding a leave-in treatment or conditioner to keep your hair in peak condition.
• Go as long as possible between washes. The fastest way to ruin your beautiful dye job is to over-wash your hair. Try washing it twice a week and using dry shampoo in between washes.
For beautiful cuts and colours, along with expert advice about how often you should touch up your roots, you can’t go past COEV Hairdressers Brisbane. Call us on 07 3844 4766 today or book online . You’ll be sure to turn heads!