How to Fix Hot Roots or Bleached Roots



Over bleached roots happen. Just google "hot roots," you'll see that many notable ladies (and a few not so notable men) have suffered this same fate. We mere mortals can't afford a trip to the salon, which is what most sites suggest as a fix for this home highlighting fiasco. After much trail and error, I found a cheap, quick, damage free fix that I could find nowhere else on the Internet; I'm sharing it here.

Steps

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    Read all the steps before starting!
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    Stop thinking whatever it is you are now considering to fix your roots.
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    Running to purchase another box kit in a darker shade is a waste of money and it's going to fry your hair even further. Also, it's not going to work. Semi-permanent color may work, but it still has developer. Developer = more damage.
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    Just get your wits about you and take a deep breath.
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    If your hair is still wet, dry it.
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    Evaluate the dry hair color situation:
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    If your hair started out in any shade of brown, and is, apart from the blotchy highlights, still mostly brown;
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    Put a cute hat on your head and jump in your ride.
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    Get to any supermarket, Walmart, or chain pharmacy, and purchase John Frieda Colour Glaze Gloss in Brilliant Brunette;
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    If your hair started in any shade of blond, purchase the same product in one of the two blond shades that works for you, AND Brilliant Brown;
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    Redhead? There's a red shade too. But don't use the red shade alone, purchase the Brilliant Brown also so you can mix them or you'll end up with light, really RED roots (if you like that, then go for it, but you've been warned).
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    If you don't own rubber gloves, purchase them.
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    If you don't own an old toothbrush, buy a cheap .99 cent version.
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    Head back home (or to a trusted girlfriends home).
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    Grab a stain proof bowl.
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    In the safety of the bathroom, lose the hat.
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    Rub some Vaseline, conditioner, oil or whatever around your hairline.
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    Put those gloves on, (the brown and red really stain--you NEED the gloves, and should wear "hair coloring" clothes).
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    Squeeze enough Colour Glaze to cover all your hair into the bowl (if you need to mix a custom shade, do that, but combine well. No matter what shade you are attempting, you want enough brown in there to darken the roots).
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    Dip the toothbrush into the glaze and brush it onto the roots ONLY. Try not to rub it into your scalp. Brush it all along your hairline and over any too light sections, parting your hair if needed to get all those roots.
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    Let the glaze sit on your roots for 3-5 minutes (you can always apply again to deepen if needed, but you can't undo too dark without drying out your locks).
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    Rub what's left in the bowl between your gloved hands and quickly work that into your hair from roots to tips.
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    Rinse your hair immediately until the water runs clear, do NOT wash your hair.
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    That's it. Dry your hair and re-evaluate. If needed, repeat the process until the desired level of correction is achieved.
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    I hope right now you're saying "hey! it worked!" If you are, and it did, give me a "like" or whatever the equivalent is on this site to show gratitude for a working wikiHow.
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    The color glaze rinses out after multiple washes, so you may want to use it as directed on the label until your hair grows in.
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    The good news is, you'll add shine, dimension, and lose the hot roots without drying or frying your mane. You may even end up with lovely, natural looking highlights like I did. I went from total panic (I had pumpkin orange roots, sorta blond tips and auburn everywhere else) to "wow, I really like the color I ended up with." Trying to re-create that great color is another wikiHow altogether.

Tips

  • You can find purple / blue shampoo at Sally Beauty Supply, some Walmarts / Targets and some chain drugstores.
  • If you're a light redhead or a blond and have brassy stuff going on, purple shampoo cuts down on yellow brass; blue shampoo will counteract orange brass.
  • Alternate between glazing and the purple / blue shampoo; don't overdo it, 3x a week is plenty.

Warnings

  • I'm not a hair professional, I'm a professional, broke writer who could not afford the salon fix, found a 13 dollar solution, and shared it. I make no claims that this will work for you. It worked for me and a few "trusted testers." I hope it works for you too.
  • Take precautions to avoid staining stuff.
  • Throw away the toothbrush when done.
  • Read the glaze bottle directions before using.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubber gloves
  • Color glaze in brown and / or blond and / or red
  • Cheap, disposable toothbrush
  • Non-staining or disposable bowl
  • Old hair coloring clothing
  • A towel
  • A blow dryer
  • A hat

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