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Your Guide to Root Touch-Up for Blonde Hair

Blondes have more maintenance.
July 11, 2022

If you’ve dabbled in the art of blonde then you know that this hair color isn’t the most low-maintenance. Unless you’ve opted for a lived-in look like blonde hair with dark roots, it can be difficult to keep up with the constant touch-ups and maintenance needed to keep your bleached blonde strands looking their best. 

But somehow the presence of fresh blonde roots makes you forget about all of it and the cycle continues. Fortunately, there’s an affordable way to ease the pain between dye jobs that’ll help you keep your blonde hair looking bright, healthy and brilliant. Below, we’re sharing everything you need to know about blonde root touch-ups, from permanent hair dyes to temporary fixes. 

How to Touch-Up Roots With Permanent Color

If you have a bit of outgrowth that you need to cover, or simply want your roots to be out of sight for good, you’ll want to opt for a permanent root touch-up. This means using permanent hair dye to color your roots to match the rest of your hair. While you can book an appointment at the salon for this, it’s totally possible to DIY your blonde root touch-up with the help of the right at-home hair coloring kit

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Permanent Root Touch-Ups for Grays or Light Hair

The L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Rescue 10 Minute Root Hair Coloring Kit is a permanent root touch-up kit that comes in four blonde shades: Dark Blonde, Medium Blonde, Medium Golden Blonde, and Light Blonde. This low ammonia gel color is formulated with a built-in conditioning treatment and is a great option to touch up roots with less than three weeks of outgrowth. 

Thanks to a quick precision applicator, you can easily conceal 100 percent of your grays and grown-out roots in just a few minutes without having to worry about an uneven application. Be sure to follow the instructions inside the box before applying your color.

Permanent Root Touch-Ups for Dark Hair

Dark hair has fewer options when it comes to permanent root fixes. The L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Rescue is targeted for concealing grays and lighter roots — if you have dark brown roots, you’ll likely need to bleach for your touch-ups. Reach out to a professional or try a bleaching kit like the L’Oréal Paris Feria Hyper Platinum Advanced Lightening System Bleach. Remember to follow the instructions inside the box before applying the bleach to your roots.

How to Touch-Up Roots With Temporary Fixes

Whether you can’t get an appointment with your salon in time or you want to refresh your roots — sometimes you need a quick fix so try to temporarily conceal roots with a root cover-up spray. It’s such a time-saving hack that really makes a difference.  

Root Cover Up for Gray Hair

If you have gray roots, reach for the L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Cover Up. This temporary hair color spray is available in two blonde shades and conceals grays in seconds for flawless roots. The lightweight formula won’t smudge or leave a sticky residue once it dries, not to mention it’s ammonia and peroxide free.

This quick fix will last until your next shampoo, so you can apply it daily until your next salon visit. To apply, shake the can well, hold it four to six inches from your hair, and spray the color onto new growth and partly through the length of your hair to blend it for a seamless look.

Root Cover Up for Dark Roots

We know new growth is especially noticeable when you’re a blonde with naturally dark hair so the right root touch-up product is key. Concealer for eye bags and dark circles is a must so why not treat your dark roots the same way? If you have dark roots reach for the L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Concealer Spray, Blondes with Dark Roots, specifically formulated for blondes with dark roots so you can conceal grown-out roots instantly.

The color spray has a lightweight formula that won’t smudge or leave a sticky residue on your strands. It naturally blends with your hair color, dries quickly, and lasts until your next shampoo. The spray comes in two shades — Light Blonde and Medium Blonde — making it a great option for highlighted blondes or multi-dimensional shades like expensive blonde

To use, shake the can well and keeping the product upright, apply onto dry, clean hair. Hold the can four to six inches from your hair and spray your roots in a light stream. Don't overspray — a little goes a long way.

Dry Shampoo for Blonde Hair

Tinted dry shampoo, like a root spray, can be a really easy and quick way to conceal roots. Perfect for grown-out roots and day three hair alike, the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Tinted Dry Shampoo for Blonde Hair easily brightens dark roots while eliminating oils.

To apply, shake the can well, hold it six to eight inches from your hair, and spray the dry shampoo onto sections of your roots. Give it 30 seconds to settle before brushing your hair or fixing any strands. In most cases, you would want to massage any white powder into your roots to absorb oil but to conceal roots, embrace it and let the powder camouflage any outgrowth.

Editor’s tip: To keep your blonde strands refreshed and ultra-shiny, add a gloss like the L’Oréal Paris Le Color Gloss One Step In-Shower Toning Gloss, into the mix. Perfect for correcting brassy tones, rejuvenating faded color and adding high shine to your strands, it’s a great option to distract from grown-out roots.

Next: 5 Ways To Upgrade Your Blonde Hair

Edited by: Reece Andavolgyi, Photo: Ari Wodarcyk, Design: Crystal Simone

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