Beauty How-To: Color Your Roots

The Frisky | February 8, 2010 - 9:47 pm

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.

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

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).