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November 8th, 2009, 10:02 PM
This is for henna or chem! :)

Was reading in some magazine that said you should only do the roots and comb out the dye to the ends. What about product build up? I don't know anything about henna but chem dying expands the hair follicle so if you only did the roots you could end up with bad ends. Thoughts?

I do my roots and some of my ends but would never rake a comb through my hair during the dye process!

November 8th, 2009, 11:57 PM
I look for areas of gray- could be roots only or could be a few areas that the gray moved down the shaft- and do those, and searching for those areas can take almost the whole dye time, so when I have all the hot spots covered, I finish off the rest of my hair in case there has been some color fade.
I would never comb it through, though. My hair is in a weird, tangly damp state when I dye so combing would be impossible; I would never be able to get a comb through the curls and tangles as the dye itself isn't slippery to help it along.

November 9th, 2009, 02:55 AM
I used to do whole head dying and it pretty much wrecked my hair.

Now I have around 11" of virgin hair and the other 18" is funky and porous. I put hendigo on from my chin down to get my un-virgin hair to blend with the virgin stuff. So I selected other on the poll.

November 9th, 2009, 04:35 AM
only the roots, only the roots. If I did my whole head all the time I would end up with burgundy hair. I use henna. But If I did chem dye I would do only the roots to. My few encounters with bottle dye wrecked my hair.

November 9th, 2009, 05:19 AM
Whenever I dyed my hair, I never ever used the same colour twice. So I always had to use the colour all over.

Ok. That was not really true. Because I used the same kind of brown twice. The second time I used it, because my lengths were turning green. Anyway I had to use the colour all over again.

November 9th, 2009, 05:30 AM
I dye my hair black (chemically) and I do the whole head. By the time my roots bother me enough to make me want to dye again, the black has usually faded to very dark brown on my ends. So I always do the whole head, to be sure to end with black everywhere.

November 9th, 2009, 08:29 AM
When I chemicalyl dye my hair, I do the roots first, then at the end I put dye on the rest of my hair. If you use dye that lightens, what happen is the hair get progressively lighter towards the ends if you put dye on all at once. If I don't do the ends at all, the color fades, especially now that I am using demi-permanent. However I have been using reds (burgundy mostly) for 20 some years and the red family is notorious for fading.

Since I am going to try henna, which shouldn't fade, I will probably do a full application until I hit burgundy, then do root only, with maybe a full application as needed to keep color even. Hoping it works.

November 9th, 2009, 08:36 AM
I will be doing the whole head each time because I am trying to diffuse the red from henna :)

November 9th, 2009, 11:28 AM
Whole head, non permanent dye. If it was permanent I'd do the roots, but no chance would I comb it.

Eden Iris
November 9th, 2009, 11:33 AM
Whole head. I do henna now, and it's easier to slop it on the whole head rather than try to do only roots, and my hair is so dark that the ends can't get any more burgundy.

When I used chemical dye, I also did whole head because the color on the length was faded and looked better with a fresh coat.

November 9th, 2009, 11:34 AM
I use a demi dye. I usually will just do the roots, but if the whole head needs it, on it goes! :)

November 9th, 2009, 11:49 AM
I used a semi-permanent on wet hair, so I don't get too intense a color. Just doing the roots seems to work out just dandy. :confused: I can't imagine running a comb through hair with dye on it, either. Wouldn't that squeeze a bunch of it out?

November 9th, 2009, 12:11 PM
I henna on and off, not regularly and not for color as it doesn't dramatically show on my hair. I apply it root to tip every time.

November 9th, 2009, 01:27 PM
I henna my roots, then after I wash that out, I do a gloss all over.

November 11th, 2009, 12:33 PM
I henna. I do my whole head now, but when I finally get the color I want, I'll probably start just doing my roots.

November 11th, 2009, 01:15 PM
I henna, and I love doing all-over hennas so much that I can't bring myself to do only the roots. :p

I sometimes do put it on the roots for a while first, then after a while unwrap my head, put more henna onto the rest, and rewrap for a while.

If I start feeling like my hair is getting too dark, I suppose I'll have to switch to roots-only. I will, however, be grouchy about it if the time comes. :)

November 11th, 2009, 01:33 PM
I henna my roots and smear the leftovers on my length. With my ends I clean out the bowl.

November 11th, 2009, 03:41 PM
I put it first on the roots, and the on the length on the hair. And I never use more than one package. :p

November 11th, 2009, 09:25 PM
When I was highlighting my hair last year, I was going every 8 weeks to do the roots only.

November 12th, 2009, 12:26 PM
Permanent on Roots, and Demi on Lengths.

November 12th, 2009, 12:49 PM
Just the roots for me, id never be able to do this myself so trying for every 4 months. The ends cannot get damaged if no colour is getting on them but will do if not cared for properly due to the ends being the oldest part of the hair. All those years of wind, rain, sun, combing, manipulation all cause damage.

November 12th, 2009, 03:52 PM
Roots first, ends for the last 5 minutes only if they need to be touched up. I dye it black. Sometimes it fades enough down the length to require more black. I don't do the full length every time and I don't comb it through. I just squish the dye in using my gloved hands. It's not the most precise method but I don't need it to be.

Kris Dove
November 12th, 2009, 04:59 PM
When I used to dye my hair, I'd do the roots first, then after a certain time(usually specified on the pack) I'd do the ends as well as they'd have started to fade slightly.

November 14th, 2009, 09:47 AM
In the times when I've dyed my hair, I usually did only certain chunks of hair because I liked it that way. Mostly crayola colors.

November 15th, 2009, 07:43 PM
I do all of it, since I henna-- it helps strengthen the ends, and refreshes my color. I also like the color people get when they've henna'd their hair many times! I hope one day my hair is that dark, rich color.

November 17th, 2009, 06:48 PM
I do both roots and length because I henna every 2 months (somewhat infrequently), and I'm still building the color I want. I also have porous, damaged length from 3 misbegotten years of box dye (curse you, box dye!), so the henna fades on the box-dyed stuff because my natural color has been lifted. It fades, and that "tidewater mark" is how I know I need to re-do my henna :).

November 18th, 2009, 02:24 PM
I answered "other", because it varies.
I do roots about twice between full-head applications.
When I do roots, "roots" sometimes means 3-5" into "non-root" territory.

November 18th, 2009, 03:44 PM
When I re-henna, it's only the roots and scalp. It's just too exhausting and too heavy to do any more on a regular basis.

November 18th, 2009, 03:47 PM
I henna. I usually just do my roots but when it starts to look dull I'll do a full head application.

November 18th, 2009, 04:11 PM
Roots only, until the auburn turns into strawberry blonde, then the whole head :)

November 18th, 2009, 07:26 PM
Roots every 3-4 weeks and about every 3 months a full head application of henna. Most of my hair is completely henna saturated, so I don't worry about how dark it is anymore since I can't change my ends. I just go wth it.


November 29th, 2009, 08:24 PM
Until now, I only dyed (chemically) my roots to prevent further damage. I'm soon going to use henna and I plan to dye all of the hair, hoping henna'll do my haar good.

December 1st, 2009, 09:25 AM
I do the whole head usually because I go more than 3 months between dying and the color fades a lot in that time, which is why I end up coloring it again. I am only dying it so that it blends in with my natural color. The blonde bleed-through bothers me so I've been dying every 3-4 months. I know at the salon my mom goes to, they do the roots first then do a lighter gloss on the length for the last ten minutes so that the color is brightened, but the hair isn't as damaged. It has been working loads better for her than the routine at her old place where they would leave the dye on her whole head for nearly an hour. I think they were trying to fry her hair to a crisp!

December 1st, 2009, 11:21 AM
I henna my whole head. I want burgundy hair. :)

December 2nd, 2009, 08:00 PM
Chemical dyer here. I just slather the dye all over my hair, then massage it in a bit to make sure everything is covered.

(Actually, let's talk about cheesecake...)

December 2nd, 2009, 10:07 PM
I used to do all of my hair but now I'm not doing my roots anymore because I don't want the chemicals affecting healthy hair from growing in. I'll keep my dark roots because I don't mind being multicolored anyway. like bleach isn't supposed to be applied to the roots anyway

December 4th, 2009, 03:38 PM
I henna my roots, add some conditioner to my left-over henna and gloss the lenght. Else I would end up with purple ends - not good. I do the full head henna maybe twice a year, do the "full henna on the roots & gloss the ends" in once in between and a little gloss when the color seems to need it. I use about 600g henna / year.

December 4th, 2009, 03:58 PM
When I used to dye my hair red, I'd redo my entire hair.

December 4th, 2009, 11:54 PM
The bottom half of my length is fried from too many times dyeing it and pulling it through to the ends. I quit doing that 2 yrs ago and I'm slowly cutting off the damaged bits. I dye only the roots and keep my length coated in coconut oil during the root bleach to protect it. Now that I've seen the long term damage, I will never "pull through for the last 5 minutes" again. This doesn't apply to those who colour but do not lighten, of course. It's the bleach that does the damage.

December 5th, 2009, 03:18 AM
I henna and usually do roots and mix the leftovers with conditioner and put it in the rest of my hair. Sometimes I just do a really strong gloss when I'm too lazy to dye my roots carefully. But then I have to henna again pretty soon because I hate it when my roots seem lighter than the rest of my hair D: I would do full head henna if I wasn't so lazy and wasn't afraid of too dark hair.

December 5th, 2009, 06:25 AM
I used to bleach and the use semi. perm. hair dye to get some really cool colors. So I would only put the semi. perm. dye one the bleached or faded areas, some times the whole head. But never just the roots.

December 5th, 2009, 08:24 AM
Well, since I intend on doing henna for a long time, to prevent the build up of colour (also because I'm using frozen stuff so don't always have enough for my full head) I've been doing full henna to cover my roots then adding conditioner to do the rest of my hair so I get the benefits, but only a tint of the colour thus it won't build up as fast.

December 7th, 2009, 07:00 AM
ooooh, I've only redone the bleach twice and both times I ended up doing both roots (longer) and the rest of the head (last 10 mins). But in my case I had leftover bingo-stamper dye that had stuck to my hair and wouldn't wash out. I hadn't noticed that the bleaching left my hair more porous when it came time for my favorite cheap temporary colour infusion (Manic Panic = 13$ bingo stamper = 1$). I don't know if bingo stampers are all that bad for my hair, I think the bleach was worse for drying it out.

December 10th, 2009, 11:51 PM
I put my hair up, then squirt henna on the roots, and when I can't suck any more into the root shooter, I put what's left on the buns or braids. I also put a little on my fingertips and sometimes toes.

January 5th, 2010, 08:05 PM
I use permanent on the roots, and then occasionally use a semi on the rest of it if I think the color needs some 'freshening up' (chem redhead). I would NEVER comb it through....I can't even think of how that would be possible, at least with my hair. It always tangles when I dye it.

December 11th, 2012, 10:35 AM
I'm a chem redhead and put it on the roots first, then put it on the ends for just about 5 min to refresh the color. Red washes out so quickly so I need to do the whole head but the ends usually just need a small pick up. As for combing my hair with dye in it, I've done it in the past but because of the tangles I end up pulling out some hair so i don't do that anymore.

December 12th, 2012, 10:21 AM
I henna the ends, I do some henna highlights, or all of my hair. Depends.

December 15th, 2012, 04:23 PM
When I used permanent hair dyes I would do my whole head unless the colour was lightening, in that case I would apply to my roots for twenty minutes then apply to the whole head of hair for forty minutes so that there was even lightening. When using semi-permanent veggie dyes I still do my full head of hair but I DO comb it through very gently because it is recommended to both emulsify the dye and to get an even colour. No matter what though, I always thoroughly massage the dye in after application because patchy, uneven hair colour is a huge faux pas for me and drives me utterly nuts.