How much coloring is too much?


One of the downsides of coloring your hair is the persistent problem of regrowth. Even if you have the most concentrated dye, no one can prevent your roots from pushing through. So after about four to six weeks (depending on the speed of your hair growth) you notice the pesky roots finding their way back. Of course, the natural response is to just add more color, but first we want to make sure you know the rules of recoloring.

How it works

Permanent hair color works by opening your hair cuticle, lifting out the current color, and depositing a new one. But if you do this on the same hair too much, the hair may get porous and lose protein, which will lead to damaged hair and can affect how future color applications turn out.

The solution?

When you notice your roots growing in, don’t jump to apply more color to your whole head. Instead, just color the root regrowth.

But beware…

When you “touch up” your roots, remember this: if you apply color to the root area and the new color overlaps onto your previous color application, the overlapping area may become darker. This is called “banding” because it creates a dark band between the previous color job and the retouched one.

You can prevent banding by waiting until you have a large enough root section to color. It will be easier to touch up the roots, plus you’ll get a more even color application. This is why our stylists suggest a minimum of four weeks, instead of touching up the minute you notice a root.

Give it time

If you do need to change the color of your whole head or want to brighten a fading color, it’s really important not to do this less than about five weeks after the previous color application. Frequently coloring the same part of the hair (i.e. the ends) can make it swell and dry out. Furthermore, if you keep adding different colors, the overall color may get “muddy” and turn out different from what you want.

Another factor

Always remember that the condition of your hair should determine how often you color your hair. If your hair is damaged, thin, or chemically treated, you should give it a break in between colorings. Don’t color any more frequently than four weeks, and try to last as long as six weeks.

An alternative

If you’re someone who likes changing your hair color often, we suggest using a demi-permanent dye instead. This kind will fade after about 24 washes, so you can easily do a brand new color application without worrying about root regrowth or damage.

Choosing the perfect color

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