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How often should one run color thru to ends of hair when doing root touch ups?

Started 1303764455.3 in Beauty Banter | Last reply 1303833152.55 by lulu2

I do my roots every four weeks. How often should I run the color thru to ends? And how would you go about doing this. Leave color on the entire 40 minutes- or just for a few minutes? I know you should not do it each time. Is there a time schedule to go by? Thanks for input!

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ladyroxanne1303765509.9211001 PostsRegistered 3/25/2008northern ca

i go and have my roots done every 4 weeks and she runs the color through when i have faded. usually every 3rd month approximately. (i'm a brunette). she lets the color sit for about 5 minutes before rinsing.

i would not suggest leaving your color on your whole head for the 40 minutes. the color will really grab your ends because it is not virgin hair and has already been colored. your roots and ends will not match.

Subject1303765593.33311269 PostsRegistered 2/24/2007

thanks! that helps a bunch!

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caligrl1303765860.8239049 PostsRegistered 7/17/2008

what lady said{#emotions_dlg.thumbup1}

ladyroxanne1303766217.62711001 PostsRegistered 3/25/2008northern ca
On 4/25/2011 newport said:

thanks! that helps a bunch!

you're welcome!

qvcnewbieg­irl1303770124.3836051 PostsRegistered 2/7/2009Denver, CO
On 4/25/2011 ladyroxanne said:

i go and have my roots done every 4 weeks and she runs the color through when i have faded. usually every 3rd month approximately. (i'm a brunette). she lets the color sit for about 5 minutes before rinsing.

i would not suggest leaving your color on your whole head for the 40 minutes. the color will really grab your ends because it is not virgin hair and has already been colored. your roots and ends will not match.

I didn't know that you needed to have color run through occassionaly...I have my hair color done professionally and she colors it lighter than my natural haircolor, but recently I noticed that my hair that has grown out has lightened...so I just need to ask her to color through to the ends? I thought I had done something wrong...whew!!

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LABoheme1303775397.32356 PostsRegistered 12/5/2010

I think pulling color through to the ends depends on how well the color is holding uo. Things may have changed since I went to beauty school, but the technique I learned to freshen the ends is called a "soap cap'. You mix some shampoo and some water to the leftover (oxidized) tint left in your tint bowl and run it through the ends. You have to do it over the sink since it's a bit messy. It stays on about 5-10 minutes. It's a good way to get color on the ends with no lift of color. If you apply fresh color to the ends, the developer (peroxide) opens the cuticle of the hair shaft. Since that hair already has been color treated, further lifting of the cuticle can cause the color to fade faster than it does on the virgin hair.

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TY1303778178.514055 PostsRegistered 3/22/2007

I do a root touch up every week. I have medium brown hair and I never pull the color through my hair to the ends. I have long hair and don't need to "refresh" the color. If you are refreshing your color, you would only leave it on for 5 minutes at the most. I would be really careful about pulling color through as long hair is porous and can grab color quickly, it's much more porous than the root area. I think pulling the color through to the ends and leaving the color on too long is a main reason why someone would be dissatisfied with their color coming out too dark.

jazzbabe1303779226.3032824 PostsRegistered 12/14/2007

I touch up my roots once a month and never run color through to my ends.

Icegoddess1303780944.8771638 PostsRegistered 3/19/2010

I touch up about every 4 weeks. Instead of pulling the color through, I use a demi-permanent on the length instead. Being red, which fades more than other colors, I usually do it every other time I do the roots. I used to do the roots every 6 weeks or so, but now the greys make that impossible.

Basicallly, I put the color on the roots and immediately follow with the demi. I time my processing from when I have completed putting the color on the roots.

I used to do the pulling through thing and I would add conditioner to the leftover color that I was pulling through.

baby burns1303789401.2478793 PostsRegistered 12/9/2007

newport, it really depends on your hair, look at yourself and your ends, they do get darker some times, i am very blonde and my girl, pulls it through everytime, or the difference in color would need it in week or two anyway. only leave it on five minutes. what brand of color are you using that says to leave your color on so long? its is longer then most for time. so judge for yourself, if you think you should do your ends, what color hair do you have?

JesusRocks1303826939.163261 PostsRegistered 1/9/2009

I have long blonde hair and do my own. I'm lightening from my natural dark blonde to light blonde. I touch the roots up every 4-6 weeks. I do just what the Loreal Preference package insert says : leave on roots 20 min, then full head for 5 min. Then rinse and wash.

The blonde hair on the ends tends to lighten with sun and oxidation over the weeks, so by pulling the color through each time it evens the whole head out to one shade. But I only do it for about 5 min as the color treated hair will absorb quickly.

Been doing my own hair for 18 years now and this seems to work fine for me. Blonde hair naturally has multi tones and it seems to retain it even with total head coloring, so the color looks pretty natural.

LipstickDi­va1303827380.77338712 PostsRegistered 4/22/2005On the Lake in Ohio

I color my sister's hair and I run it through the ends when it looks really faded which for her, isn't very often at all. I color her hair every 4-5 weeks and might run it through the ends twice a year.

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hungarian41303828731.9771423 PostsRegistered 8/28/2010

good advise

JENLOVESTO­SHOP1303829342.343937 PostsRegistered 6/2/2006

I have med/dk brown hair and do root touch ups every 10 days or so to keep the greys covered. I use the Ion Demi (Sally's) and since this color really doesn't fade much, I only color my length 3-4 times a year.

If I use permanent color on the roots, and need to retouch the length, I will only use demi for the retouch as demis are ammonia-free and used with a low volume developer so it's a little more gentle on the length/ends. I'll use the Ion Dem in a shade lighter than what I use on my roots (since longer hair is more porous and tends to grab color faster) and mix with the Ion Demi Clear to get a shiny color glaze.

Kathleen1303830534.2113150 PostsRegistered 8/7/2006East Side, West Side, All Around The Town ... London Bridge is Falling Down
On 4/26/2011 JesusRocks said:

I have long blonde hair and do my own. I'm lightening from my natural dark blonde to light blonde. I touch the roots up every 4-6 weeks. I do just what the Loreal Preference package insert says : leave on roots 20 min, then full head for 5 min. Then rinse and wash.

The blonde hair on the ends tends to lighten with sun and oxidation over the weeks, so by pulling the color through each time it evens the whole head out to one shade. But I only do it for about 5 min as the color treated hair will absorb quickly.

Been doing my own hair for 18 years now and this seems to work fine for me. Blonde hair naturally has multi tones and it seems to retain it even with total head coloring, so the color looks pretty natural.

I use Feria, and I follow basically the same routine when I lighten my short blonde hair.

bopper1303830639.2114105 PostsRegistered 8/5/2007

I worked in a salon for 12 years as their receptionist and they girls said do it every other time.

lulu21303833152.5521482 PostsRegistered 8/1/2007

I have my hair colored professionally every 3 weeks. My girl does not pull the color through to the ends now. My hair is extremely porous.

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