Beauty How-To: Color Your Roots

Coloring your un-coated roots is a costly necessity, but not when you take matters (or a bottle of hair dye) into your own hands.
Select the Right Color:
If you’re not sure what color to buy, ask the help at a beauty supply store (after you’ve checked out her color, of course).

Gather Your Supplies:
In addition to your hair-color kit you’ll need fitted rubber gloves, butterfly hair clips, a comb, an old towel, an old tee- or button-down shirt, a shower cap, a timer and a wide-toothed comb.

Start with a Clean Canvass:
You know the drill: lather, rinse, repeat.

Dress for the Mess:
Slip on your gloves and an old shirt.

Protect Your Work Area:
Cover your counter tops and floor with an old towel to prevent permanent stains.

Divide and Conquer:
Section your hair into four quadrants. Pin up each section with plastic clips.

Create a Barrier:
Spread some petroleum jelly, a.k.a. Vaseline, along your hairline to keep the dye from staining your skin.

Mix Well:
Blend hair color ingredients as directed.

Brush on the Color:
Unclip one section and brush on hair color mixture from the roots to the colored hair, overlapping the slightest bit.

Time to Relax:
Put on a shower cap to keep your hair from dripping. Set a timer for 5 minutes.

Comb it Out:
After 5 minutes, remove your shower cap and comb the color from the roots down to the ends.

Rinse:
Hop in the shower and thoroughly rinse your hair with lukewarm water until the water runs clear.

Condition:
Apply a good conditioner to prevent your hair from getting dry and brittle..

Fast fix:
Short on time? Just spritz your hair with a little hairspray and dab on some colored eye shadow to mask the roots (brown for gray hair; gold for blonde).

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