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How to Fix Your Dark Roots Without Banding


Dark Regrowth Needs Lifting & Toning

Bleaching Dark Roots - Without Banding

  • Our model waited a little too long to come in. So we have a huge, extremely dark regrowth. although her lengths are super white blonde.
  • This is going to be a little tricky, because there could be banding issues unless we do it right.
  • In this tutorial Elona Taki is going to show us how to bleach and tone.
  • Note: this is an extreme case! We have another case, less extreme down below.

Step One - Lifting the Regrowth

  • We mix Brilliant Blonde Lightener with 30 Vol. Make it fairly pasty, so a little less developer than usual, say 1 part lightener to 1.5 parts lightener.
  • In this case as we want to deposit a lot of mixture and really saturate and lift this extremely dark regrowth.
  • Start working on the back. With bleach you really need to work fast to give all the hair an equal processing time.
  • So some hair stylists may decide to start off with 20 Vol on the back, and then move on to a fresh mix with 30 Vol on the top, as this area is going to get less processing time by the time you get around to the top.
  • Alternatively, stay with the same mix, but move really really fast.
  • Stay just a little (1/8 inch) away from the scalp, the mixture will travel up. The scalp creates heat, and this can lead to overprocessing on the root area, leading to banding issues.
  • At the same time you need to be careful in this case not too overlap over the lengths as they are really really white.
  • Place a lot of product on the hair with the brush. Hold it firmly and press because you do need to really saturate the product.
  • Work section by section and re-saturate. Take down piece by piece and go over it one more time.
  • Don't just leave your client and walk away, with bleach you need to check, check, check!.
  • If you have overlapped with the lengths, now is your chance to take a towel and rinse off on those parts to avoid banding (bleaching onto already white hair will make it very very white) and even to avoid breakage.
  • In this case, we took around 20 minutes of processing.
  • Make sure you get it all the way up to a true pale yellow. Don't wash off too soon!
  • You can rinse off a piece from the back to check.

Step Two Rinse and Apply Toner

  • We are going to tone with Silver Blonde toner (10B) and Pearl Blonde toner (10V), mixed 50/50.
  • We are going to use 10 Vol developer.
  • We can apply these toners straight away on wet hair. You can even apply at the back wash if you prefer.
  • After rinsing you can see that the heat of the scalp got the hair really blonde near the scalp, but lower down it is a little more yellow.
  • So we are going to have to adjust with our toner application, and be sure to really apply and re-apply on the yellow parts.
  • Our aim is to get the whole head right up to a beautiful white blonde hair color result.
  • We section and apply, starting from the back. Remember to work really fast - this is important!
  • Wait about 10 minutes and rinse.
  • Wash and blow dry and you're done!

Final Result - Consistent Ultra White Blonde Hair with No Line of Demarcation

After Bleaching & Toning

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Products Used:

  • Brilliant Blonde Lightener
  • Silver Blonde (10B) toner and Pearl Blonde (10V) toner
  • 10 and 30 Vol Developer


  • Cases of Dark Roots may be less extreme. 
  • In the one below, our model has a regrowth of level 6 which she needs fixing.
  • We only need 20 Vol developer using our Bond Protect Bleach to lift this right up.
  • Afterwards we toned with 10.2, once again with 20 Vol developer.
  • We also used purple shampoo to achieve consistency between roots and ends.

Hair by Elona Taki.

Fixing Dark Roots

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Products Used:

  • Brilliant Blondexx Bond Protect Lightener
  • 20 Vol Developer
  • Toned with 10.2
  • Purple Shampoo
About the author

Sally has been a hair colorist and trainer for many years in both the US & Europe. She currently does hair color training for Ugly Duckling. She also helps develop new & awesome products for the brand.