How long to wait between dying and highlighting hair?



I have about 20% gray hair. Instead of doing a root touch up, I apply the hair dye all over my head every 8-9 weeks. Is this damaging/drying to my hair? Should I be doing only root touch ups?
Also,I would like to highlight my hair. How long should I wait after dying my hair before applying the highlights? And how would I touch up the highlights?

It would seem to me that I would need to dye my whole head, then apply the highlights every time, as done in the first process. Otherwise, I may be pulling different hairs out of the highlighting cap, not getting the exact ones to touch up. So how should I do all this? Thank you for any info you have for me.

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Coloring your hair from root to tip every time you color is a big hair color no no. Yes, you are likely to damage your hair and the color changes over time if you keep reapplying it all over your hair. You can use any leftover color you have to refresh your color, once every few months. You can get more information about this by purchasing my hair color ebook.

So yes, you should only be doing a root color. Color your roots once every 4 to 5 weeks for best results.

After you do highlights once, there is no way to exactly touch up the ones you've already added. You would simply just have to add more. When using a cap, sometimes you will grab previously highlighted hair, sometimes you won't. Most of the time though, you won't... if you don't add too many each time you highlight.

Apply your regular hair color to your root growth as your hair grows out. Your highlights will still blend in with your hair just fine!

If you aren't using really dark hair colors, you can apply highlights almost immediately after coloring your hair. If you used a darker hair color, you'll need to wait until the color isn't still coming out of your hair anymore, and then add the highlights.


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by: Chad C. Sanchez

I just crossed thirty in age and I got too much white hair which is looking too awkward. I wanna convert them into at least brown or burgundy.

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Good post
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Hello! Your site is awesome!

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