FAQ: Dark Roots After Highlighting My Hair

I have my hair highlighted about every two months. However, after my hair is done I feel like it has not been highlighted at all. My roots are still dark, but rest of my hair is light, especially ends. What's wrong?

From your description you get an improper color application - it is put on an entire length of each strand (if foil is used) or on an entire head (if a highlighting cap is used), and that is wrong. The longer your hair the more it gets re-colored on already highlighter hair and it becomes actually double processed, which can be also very damaging to the hair shaft, making it prone to breaking.
 (FYI - double process is when entire hair is bleached with an on-scalp lightener and then toned if needed, thus the expression "double process").

  • If you highlight your hair at home, you need to start applying the mixture only on the regrowth. But you must realize one thing, your hair will not be as blond as your hair from your mid section to the ends. It will be blend of your natural hair and your highlights, thus "darker" and more natural looking. Also with a blend of blond and natural hair you would be seeing your roost less prominent.
  • If you you are having your hair highlighter by a colorist, you need to find one who knows how to apply color properly.

If you want your hair as light as your mid section or ends, then you need to ask your colorist to switch to a double process (if your hair is dark) or a high-lift color. He/She should do a touch up on your roots and then blend it with the rest of your darker area (just next to your roots). After that you will need to do the root touch ups only on the regular basis, about every 3-6 weeks, depending on how blond your hair will be.

Credit: The above image of Pixie Geldof is from the UK Glamour magazine.


This post should be taken as a first step for a discussion with your hairdresser and/or colorist about your ideas, desires or problems with your hair. Under no circumstances, you should act upon this post ONLY. I strongly advice you to have your hair done by a skilled and reputable hairdresser/colorist in your area.