Those in the know (aka professional hairstylists and hair colorists) are familiar with the term “hot roots.” Others, however, may have never heard of this term, or may have heard of it but might not know what it means. Hot roots is the term that professional hair colorists use to refer to the roots of hair that are a significantly and unintentionally warmer color than the rest of the hair. Read this article to find out more about hot roots, learn how to avoid how roots, and get info on how to fix hot roots if they appear.
What Are Hot Roots?
Hot roots are a warmer, redder, even orangey root color that appears at the hair’s root of colored hair. Hot roots can appear with any shade of colored hair, whether it’s blonde, brown, red, black, or another hair color. While natural roots are always a different color than dyed hair (i.e., a brunette’s roots will be darker than the blonde color that the hair was dyed) hot roots are different because they are a warmer color.
Why Do Hot Roots Happen?
There are several reasons hot roots can happen, but the leading cause is due to heat from the scalp. The scalp is always a little warm and the heat generated from the scalp naturally lightens and warms the hair closest to it. That is why the term “hot roots” is not only literal in the visual sense of a warmer color but is also true for what is happening on a physical level.
Trying to color previously colored hair an even lighter color is also another leading cause of hot roots. This goes in line with the heat from your scalp. Mix in the new hair color and the faster speed at which the hair closest to the scalp develops color, and you have a recipe for hot roots.
How Do You Prevent Hot Roots?
One of the best ways to prevent hot roots from forming in the first place is to keep your color the same or go for a shade that is slightly darker than your existing color-treated hair. Pro-tip: people with previously color-treated hair should really only color their roots and not the entire head unless the goal is to go for a total color change.
If you’re dyeing your hair yourself, another suggestion for avoiding hot roots is to make sure you have a clean application. Use an applicator bottle or tint brush to avoid overloading your hair with extra hair dye.
How Do you Fix Hot Roots?
There are several remedies that can help fix hot roots in the event you find yourself in this situation. Using a toner at your regrowth line could help soften the contrast. At Rootflage, we have just the thing to fix hot roots! Instafix was specifically made with this issue in mind. This product neutralizes orange tones in hair, without damaging it! Instafix will instantly color correct unwanted brassy or yellow blonde color, and comes in two shades (Platinum Pop or Brass Neutralizer).
If you’re looking for a temporary solution in between hair appointments, we recommend using a root touch up powder like those available at Rootflage. With over 30 shades to choose from, we are confident that you will find just the right root touch up solution to fix hot roots.