Ordinarily, we are happy to see our hair grow – unless it is color-treated that is. Every little bit of hair growth adds to the increasingly obvious color step between new and colored hair.
Hair grows between one half to one inch ever month. The color step is therefore quite obvious as early as one month after coloring. Regular color treatments are therefore a must if you want your hair color to look well maintained. Professionals have some tricks up their sleeves, which will help you bridge the interval to the next time you color your hair.
Instant Help: The Color Touch-Up
Don't despair if your hair desperately needs a color touch-up and none of the "regular" touch-up aids are at hand. Most women will find one of the following coloring tools right in their home:
- Darker roots against bleach blonde hair: Flesh-colored eye shadow can help to even out the color differences.
- Lighter roots against black hair dye: You can easily conceal the new lighter hair growth with brown or black mascara. The touch-up will last until the next shampoo. Be sure to apply the mascara to your hair only after carefully removing excess color solution from your mascara brush.
Instant Help: Root Touch-Up Kits
Touching up roots is easy as pie! Simply apply the color along the part and the visible hairlines. Allow the color to set for ten minutes before shampooing your hair. It takes only one application to achieve reliable coverage.
Tip: It is smart to look for a suitable root touch-up kit before selecting your hair color. You can then be sure that the proper touch-up color will be available when you need it. Root touch-up kits are available in colors ranging from medium to dark blonde, in reddish brown, medium to dark brown, black, and red hair color. You can even find a touch-up kit to blend darker roots into blonde hair.
Long-Term Color Touch-Up: Color Matching Systems
The color matching system allows you to blend the natural color of new hair growth with your color treated hair without noticeable transitions. The effect lasts for quite a while. The color matching system is designed to color the newly grown hair in several matching nuances to create a seamless transition. Every color matching set contains a spectrum of colors, which harmoniously blends with the base color. The package insert shows you the color scale so that you can find the set, which best creates a transition between the colors of your natural and dyed hair.
While the matching color lasts as long as permanent hair dye (up to six weeks), their developing time is only 10 minutes. Thanks to the nourishing oils, the application is particularly gentle on your hair.
Tip: The color matching system is particularly suitable for touching up the root portions of light and gray hair.
Accessories Conceal Hair Color Differences
Solutions by design: An Alice band conceals the unsightly transition between natural and artificial hair color. Left: Cotton On, right: Oscar De La Renta.
Newly grown hair of a different color conveniently hides underneath Alice bands and bandanas. Your hairstyle should allow you to cover visible hair roots with the hair accessory of your choice. Hairstyles of the fifties and sixties may inspire your own "under cover" hairstyle choices.