Bleach Retouch
Las Vegas

A beach retouch is in the name. It's retouching the grown root from a previous bleach/blonding service. Bleach retouches differ from root touchups because bleach is needed, which makes it more complicated.

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All About Banding

Other than roots, bleach retouching is all about banding. Or, moreover, trying to avoid banding. It’s a delicate process. As your stylist lightens your roots to match your hair, they take extra care not to overlap the lightener on your previous blonding service. If it does overlap, your blonde will lift higher than your root, causing a ring of mismatched blonde hair. 

The Bleach Retouch Process

In essence, the process is an easy one. You apply lightener over the dark roots, ideally an eighth-inch grown, and process with time, heat, or both. 

The Hard Part

The complexities come in a few factors. One is longer roots. The longer the roots, the more challenging it is to get seamless. Two is how the lightener swells and expands as it processes. So, a stylist needs to anticipate and allow room for swelling. Finally, a hairstylist also considers the warmth of your scalp. Your scalp generates heat and processes the lightener just like sitting under a dryer.

Handle Those Hot Roots

Let your roots grow out too far, and the hair further from your scalp has less natural scalp heat and lifts slower, causing banding. So, I don’t have to tell you to get to the salon to handle those roots sooner rather than later.

Common Misconceptions (Bleach Retouch vs. Root Touchup)

Confusion around a bleach retouch also comes from the name. If we are touching up the root, isn’t that a root touchup? Not exactly. A root touchup is easier and primarily used for touching up greys or putting a color on the roots. A bleach retouch is lightening the roots and a more time-intensive and complicated process.

bleach retouch icy blonde

The Bleach Retouch Process

In essence, the process is an easy one. You apply lightener over the dark roots, ideally an eighth-inch grown, and process with time, heat, or both. 

The Hard Part

The complexities come in a few factors. One is longer roots. The longer the roots, the more challenging it is to get seamless. Two is how the lightener swells and expands as it processes. So, a stylist needs to anticipate and allow room for swelling. Finally, a hairstylist also considers the warmth of your scalp. Your scalp generates heat and processes the lightener just like sitting under a dryer.

Handle Those Hot Roots

Let your roots grow out too far, and the hair further from your scalp has less natural scalp heat and lifts slower, causing banding. So, I don’t have to tell you to get to the salon to handle those roots sooner rather than later.

So What About Root Touch-ups?

Touching up roots is a lot more straightforward. But to break it down, a root touchup involves applying hair color to the roots of your hair. Again, you’re concealing that hair has grown out, and the color is missing and needs refreshing. Root touchup helps your color last longer and look new again. Like bleach retouches, you’ll usually need a root touchup anywhere from four to six weeks after your last service.

The Difference Between Bleach Retouches and Root Touch-ups

The difference is either bleaching or dyeing your roots. Bleaching involves stripping the hair of all colors, while dyeing involves changing, enhancing, or adding color back in.

bleach retouch roots

When is a Bleach Retouch Needed?

You’ll need a bleach retouch when the roots at the top of your head are dark and noticeable. It would be best if you got to the salon for a bleach retouch before your roots have grown out less than an inch. After an inch, it comes back to banding, as we talked about before. 

Every Six Weeks on Average

The time frame for bleach retouches varies for everyone. But, on average, expect to see your stylist every four to six weeks. Unfortunately, your roots don’t wait for you. The longer you wait to get into the salon, the more your roots grow, and the more difficult seamless bleach retouches become.

How Long Does a Bleach Retouch Take?

The application can take thirty minutes to an hour. Depending on how fast your hair lifts, processing can take up to an hour too. And sometimes, you might need another application. So expect to be in the salon for at least two hours.

bleach retouch blonde curls

How Much Does a Bleach Retouch Cost?

The cost for a bleach retouch starts at $150 and goes up. Prices are subject to the length and condition of your hair. The darker your natural hair color and/or the longer the root, the more intense the bleach application has to be. These factors increase the cost of a bleach retouch.

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