Touch up roots for perfect platinum.

Want to touch up roots for perfect platinum? It has taken me years of practice to get my method down for perfect platinum in one shot. This video for confident DIYers will show you in the simplest way possible how to do it. Bleach is not to be messed with. Here is a little more on bleaching.

Be sure to read up before you dive in.

Do you want to try it? You can now purchase a more in depth how-to video of this look in the HTHG video store right now!. Try it on yourself or a lucky someone else. Don’t forget to send HTHG a before and after picture!

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HTHG’s DIY color job

 

Just a quick little post about my own color….By the beginning of July, my color was starting to look washed out and brassified. My hair is a natural level 6-7, and I generally DIY foil it or balayage it with bleach and 10 v, and just around my face, to brighten things up.

Halfway through an Arkansas summer, usually about the time I arrive in Seattle, my color is looking yuck. So what do I do? A HTHG DIY color job. To blend the roots and de-brass it, I mix up some Rusk semi in a 6-1 (ash) and slap it into the first 2 inches of my roots. And then a little on my brows, to darken those bleached out little hairs. If I don’t do my brows, I look like a lab rat by the end of the summer. I let it sit about 15 minutes, then I paddle brush it vigorously to bring the color further down towards the ends. This blends and diffuses the color, and Is a great trick if you are using semi-colors and translucent colors.

At the end, I literally *squished* Paul Mitchell’s Inkworks in Orange into my ends. This was a last minute attempt to truly brighten up the scheme and try something different. What I ended up with is a natural, shiny, interesting, and awesome ombre. Let’s hear it for experimental DIY coloring!

DIY root touch up

Every once in a while, even the best of us get in a pinch…. our roots are looking bad and we can’t afford to pay a professional, can’t get in with our usual stylist, etc. etc. Some of us just do our own color anyways.

Here’s a scenario that I see too often, and it makes me sad:(

Bright, shiny roots. Slightly darker and lusterless mid-strand. Dry and dead looking ends. This is a classic sign of an at home color-er. The most common at home coloring mistake I see is that when it comes time to do the roots, the box color gets applied haphazardly all over the hair, doing un-needed damage and screwing up the consistency of the color. Yuck!!

On that note, I made a DIY root touch up video. Here are two things to consider when touching up your roots.

  • When going lighter, only apply color to roots, no need to pull color through the mid strand or ends.
  • When going darker, apply color to roots, and then at the last 10 minutes of the process, comb through hair with a medium tooth comb to pull the color down the hair shaft a bit to blend. If the ends need a little freshening up, spray a bit of water through the hair before combing through, that will help bring the color down the shaft further when combing.

Do you want to try it? You can now purchase a more in depth how-to video of this look in the HTHG video store right now!. Try it on yourself or a lucky someone else. Don’t forget to send HTHG a before and after picture!

Don’t forget to subscribe to HTHG to keep up on all inspired DIY hair content. HTHG’s Facebook will keep you up on hair trends, tips, and tutorials from all my favorite stylists and bloggers so be sure to Like! Thanks for visiting. XO

 

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