How Often Should You Touch Up Roots?

Allison Schmidt | 15 December 2016
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There’s a reason behind that magic 6-to-8 week period.

Walking out of the salon rocking your sassy new color is one of the best feelings in the world, amirite? And, if you can replicate a blowout at home, you get to hold on to that feeling twice as longer! That is, until your hair grows out  and it’s time to touch up roots a few weeks later. But, when exactly is the right time to touch up roots? Although obviously the level of regrowth we’re comfortable with varies from person to person, there is actually a lot more that goes into touch ups than you may think. Read on to learn exactly when you should touch up roots:

Keeping Color Perfect: When To Touch Up Roots

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Want more wiggle room? Ask your stylist for a rootier look to begin with.

1. Hair growth patterns

In general, it’s accepted that hair grows about half an inch per month. Also, you’ve probably heard your stylist say to have your touchups done every six to eight weeks. That means if your hair grows at the average speed, in six to eight weeks your hair will be about one inch longer.

2. A note for bleached hair

So what is the big deal with six to eight weeks? It may sound totally arbitrary, we know, but it’s actually more scientific than you may think. If you have bleached hair, or permanently dyed hair, it is important to head back to the salon to touch up roots before your hair grows out one full inch. This is because your roots develop faster than the rest of your hair, all thanks to the heat on your head. But that doesn’t reach much farther, so if you let your roots grow out a few inches, you may open up your hair to some inconsistencies in color even with a fresh batch of color.

3. How your hair is colored

Going to the salon to touch up roots depends a lot on how your hair is colored. Are you a bleached platinum blonde? Do you have an all-over darker color? What type of dye being used makes a difference in how long it stays in hair and how it will look as it grows out. If you tend to go for semi-permanent hair dye, you may need to visit the salon more often as your dye washes out quicker. The good thing about this is that you have an easier time switching out to a new color. There’s always a bright side!

4. Highlights vs. Balayage

If you have highlights on your natural hair color, that will affect when you need to go in to touch up roots as well. Since balayage hair highlights tend to not go all the way to the roots, you don’t really need to touch up unless you want a brighter color. If you have regular highlights that start tighter on the scalp, on the other hand, you will need to stick to that six-to-eight week general guideline as your hair grows out.

5. Keeping color vibrant between touchups

One way to spend less time in the salon chair is to make sure you’re treating your dyed hair with love. Color can fade away all too quickly if you are rough on your hair or use products that strip color from your strands. When your hair gets that all-too-familiar dullness a few months after a color job, try a gloss to help you make it to your next appointment, shiny hair intact. We like Nexxus New York Salon Care Color Assure Glossing Tonic, as it works for all colors and gives you crazy-shiny hair.

You should also make sure you’re washing your hair with color-safe products. These typically have a lower-sulfate formulation to get your hair clean, leaving your color intact and making you look fabulous for longer! Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Color Care Shampoo and Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Color Care Conditioner are a great duo for when you want to suds up daily or every other day.

Need more hair dyeing information? Check out what you need to know before bleaching your hair. 


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