Getting your hair dyed takes lots of commitment and hard work. First, you had to go through the rigorous task of dyeing (possibly even bleaching) your hair when you first got your color.
Then, you had to nurse it back to health from the damage of your initial dye job.
And in the months after, you continued on the same path of diligence as you did your monthly touch-ups for your roots. Talk about dedication!
But when you arrive at a snap decision to dye your hair a new color altogether, your diligence demands even more of you.
Now, you have to deal with dyeing your hair, which incurs at least some damage, plus think about what you’re doing to do with your roots.
If you don’t play your cards right, you could end up with uneven colored hair with a noticeable difference in your scalp area to the rest of your locks. What a nightmare!
Why dyeing your hair evenly up to your roots can be tricky sometimes
It’s easy to assume that as long as you use the same dye for your roots and the mid-lengths to ends of your hair, you’ll end up with a consistent color.
But if they’re even just a little bit mismatched from the get-go, you’re bound to see a stark difference in the outcome in those areas.
At best, you’ll see different tones in your roots vs. the rest of your hair. But this slight color difference isn’t very flattering and can leave you looking unkempt.
As you know, women can tell even the most minute of differences between two colors, especially if they’re right next to each other.
So if you’ve been thinking of dyeing your hair a new color but have roots that have a shade different from the rest of your tresses, you might be in trouble.
If there’s a discrepancy in your hair’s shades, you might get uneven color when you dye it.
For example, if you have blonde hair with brunette roots from regrowth, dyeing it purple without making any prior changes will leave you with purple locks and brown hair up top.
But what you should gun for is consistency from your roots to the ends of your hair.
Because of that, it’s essential to start with the same lightness and tone from the top to the bottom of your locks.
That’s where touching up your roots to match everything else comes into the picture.
How to even out your hair color before your dye job
The key to getting the best dye job possible is to ensure your starting shade is consistent from root to tip.
Without doing this step, your hair might end up looking unnatural because of an uneven color after you dye it.
There are different techniques to touch up your roots before your intended coloring session, depending on your situation.
If you have gray roots on dyed hair, you need to cover up the white strands before anything else.
You’ll need to add a neutral pigment to your roots so that the color you want to dye your hair with later on won’t be overly vivid and bright in that area.
Choose a hair dye with some ashiness, preferably one that’s similar to the lightness and tone of the rest of your hair.
When your locks are consistent in those departments, you can proceed with dyeing your hair a new color.
If you’re dealing with dark-colored roots on lighter hair, you need to lighten your regrowth so it matches the rest of your tresses.
Bleach only your regrowth, being careful not to apply it to the rest of your hair that’s been dyed to avoid double-processing, which incurs hair damage.
Just be careful not to brush the potent bleach onto your scalp, as this can cause chemical burns.
You also don’t need to leave the bleach in too long since the heat emanating from your scalp allows your roots to bleach faster than other parts of your hair.
If your roots end up looking brassy after you bleach them, use a toning gloss to neutralize the yellow and copper tones peeking through.
And lastly, if you have light roots on darker hair, you can deepen the color of your roots as you normally would during your regular touch-ups.
But if the color you want to switch to is lighter, you can consider bleaching the lengths of your hair instead to match the shade of your roots.
After your touch up your roots to match the rest of your hair, let it rest a week or two before coloring your entire head of hair with your new, adventurous color.
Don’t dye your hair twice in one day. Putting your hair under that much stress in a short period can cause immense hair damage.
Besides, the longer you wait between dyeing sessions, the more time you have to prop your damaged hair back to life with deep conditioning treatments and protein masks.
Dyeing your hair evenly from root to tip
And when your roots are the same shade as the rest of your hair, you’re ready to rumble. You can now color your hair from root to tip with the new color you’re envisioning for your tresses.
When applying the color to your hair, one thing to remember is to dye the mid-shaft and tips of your hair first.
They take longer than your roots to absorb color, so it’s crucial to start there and work your way up. Leave the roots for last since the heat from your scalp allows them to take color faster.
Go through the whole hair-coloring shebang—sectioning your hair, applying your dye while staying conscious not to touch your skin, and being patient as you wait for the color to take hold of your hair.
When you’re all done, you can rinse everything out with cold water and admire your gorgeous new color with zero patchiness, unevenness, and color inconsistencies.
So if you’ve got problematic root regrowth with a color different from the rest of your hair, don’t sweat it! There are tons of ways to dye your hair evenly, as long as you put in the effort.
And yes, I know. Coloring your roots and then dyeing your full head of hair sounds tiresome and tedious.
But doing that additional touch-up step beforehand is the only way you’ll be able to unlock those gorgeous locks in a new and adventurous color without any uneven patches up top.
As long as you follow the golden rule of evening out your starting shade throughout the lengths of your hair from root to tip, you’ll be good to go for a new dye job before you know it.