Methods for Touching Up Roots: Part 1 – Color Brush and Hands

Henna Paste and Color Brush

When it comes to methods for touching up roots, it can be tough to know where to start. It’s a struggle to make sure to cover only the regrowth and definitely harder to get it perfect in the back. Even when you’re a licensed stylist, touch-ups on yourself don’t come easy.

In this article, I’m going to go over a couple of methods for touching up roots using your hands and a color brush. For my demonstration, I’m using Ancient Sunrise® cassia mixed with water and applied immediately. I did my application on a mannequin head to show a better view of how you can part your hair and apply the paste on the back section of your head since that is where people have the most trouble.

Utensils used:

  • gloves
  • comb
  • clips (2 different kinds)
  • color brush

You want to make ¼ inch sections when applying your paste. I’m using bigger sections for demonstration purposes.  I start by parting the hair into 4 sections and clipping the hair.

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Method: color brush

With a brush, you can be a little bit more precise on placement than applying the paste with your hands. If you use 2 mirrors, one in front and one behind you, it’s easier to see your sections in the back of the head.  It’s no harm if you apply freely and go by feel since the roots on the back of the head aren’t as visible. Usually, bristles on a color brush are about an inch or 2 in length, the same length as the average regrowth, so that can be your guide.

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Method: Hands

Using your hand(s) to apply paste can be a bit messy, so if you’re okay with that, this method may be for you. For this demonstration, I’m not using a comb as it’s not needed.  For some people starting at the top may be a better choice, which is where I’m starting for this method.

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Hopefully, my methods of touching up roots can help you when you’re ready to do your next root touch up. Everyone will find a way that can work best for them. Don’t worry if it will take some time for you to find your way. You got this!  If all else fails, friends and family can always come in handy, if they don’t mind a little chatting and playing in some paste.

If you’re looking for assistance with applying Ancient Sunrise® henna to your whole head, check out this article:

I look forward to seeing another article in the future on more techniques to use for root touch-ups. Happy Hennaing!

  Damaris • Ancient Surnise® Specialist • LPC

4 thoughts on “Methods for Touching Up Roots: Part 1 – Color Brush and Hands”

  1. So happy I have a pixie and I can just slop it on now but this tutorial will come in handy when I’m ready to grow this cute out. Thanks so much!

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