Tips on Lightening Roots

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You don't have to pay a professional hundreds of dollars just to lighten your roots. Get tips on lightening roots at home with help from a fashion designer in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Summer Spence. I'm a Cosmetologist and at The Wedding Cottage Hawaii. I'm going to show you how to lighten roots. You're going to need four clips, an alligator comb, a weaving comb, gloves, foil and your color bowl and brush. The first way that I'm going to show you how to lighten roots is to do an all over application. So, start with the T part, parting down the center of the head and then down the back of the head. So, you're parting the entire head into two sections. Then, take another section on the top of the head down to the ear. So, you're creating four sections total. And then, down to your ear again over here. So, now, you have one, two, three, four sections. Now, when lightening your roots, if you're line of demarcation is more than an inch away from your scalp and you can go ahead and apply the color directly to the scalp and up to the line of demarcation. If your line of demarcation, meaning the lighter ends of your hair have grown out more than two inches, then the application will start about half an inch away from your scalp to the line of demarcation. So, I will show you how that's done. To apply an all over color, if you're just lightening the roots, you're going to start with a part and around the hair line. So, holding that hair away from the face and going right to the line of demarcation and not beyond it. I like to apply using a brush instead of a bottle because you have more control. If you have previously lightened ends and then you put lightener on the roots and it happens to overlap, then you're going to begin to get breakage. So, it's much more difficult to control that with a bottle than with a brush. So, following all the lines around your first section and then working on this side, you're going to do the part and the hairline as well. So, now that you have the hairline and the parts, you're going to start with the section. Your section should be about one fourth, depending on how light you're going. If you're using a bleach, then you definitely want to do more of an eighth inch section. If it's a color, then a fourth inch section is fine. And you're going to touch that line, figure section with your brush and continuing this throughout the entire head. Now, after you've applied over the entire head, then you're going to time however long the color tells you that you need it to process. When it's time to wash it out, the first rinse you're going to use a cool temperature. Once you've rinsed the color out, then when it's time to shampoo, you can warm the temperature up and then you'll want to, after the shampoo, then you'll condition. I'm Summer Spence and I just showed you how to lighten roots.

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