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Walking out of the salon with a fresh hair color is one of the best feelings ever. A shiny new coat for your mane is like an instant confidence boost and can put you in a seriously happy mood. But sadly, all good things come to an end—and why does it always feel like, before you know it, your roots are showing again? Whether you have a colorist who you visit on the regular or you’re an at-home hair dye kind of person, consistently having to touch up your hair color when your roots grow in takes serious dedication (and money). Luckily, there are a few easy tips and tricks you can follow to help camouflage your roots in between coloring. Here are 12 root coverage tips worth considering, whether you have blonde hair, brown hair, or red hair. Find the ones that work for you, then put them to good use!
This is the quickest way to help cover gray roots. Try the L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Cover Up, which is available in eight shades. The lightweight, quick-dry spray helps conceal gray roots in just three seconds without any smudging or sticky residue once it dries. One application can last until you shampoo your strands. The formula is free of ammonia, peroxide, and synthetic dyes. To use, first shake the can well. Hold it 4-6 inches from your hair, and spray onto new growth and partly through the length of your hair so you can blend in the color.
If you want something that can last slightly longer than a temporary root cover up spray, this could be a good option for you. Note, semi-permanent hair color can help to blend the grays into your base color, but may not cover them up entirely. Plus, since semi-permanent hair color fades away instead of growing out like permanent dye, you shouldn’t have to worry about that line of demarcation that can occur as your hair grows out. Sounds pretty good, right?
Think outside the dye box. Why not take your roots as a signal to try a new hairstyle? Putting your hair into a slicked back bun can help hide roots. Apply a hair gel, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Clean Style Gel, then pull your hair into a high ponytail and wrap the ponytail around into a bun, securing it with bobby pins if needed. So chic!
One option for hiding roots: Opt for a pretty jeweled headband or a scarf. Pick a headpiece that complements your outfit—it’s the perfect accessory! Plus, this will also help disguise frizz and flyaways, so consider this a win-win.
Take trendy hair colors for a test drive with a temporary hair color spray, like the L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Spray, which comes in a variety of gorgeous shades including rose gold and pastel mint. Spray color over your roots to hide them and through the lengths of your hair. You can mix and match shades to create an on-trend look. Make sure to place a towel around your clothes and shake the can well first. Then, hold it 4-6 inches away from your head and spray. The color will become more visible as it dries, and it washes out in one shampoo.
Another easy tip to hide roots is by changing your part. Try a deep side part for maximum root coverage. As a bonus, a deep side part will add some major oomph to the look of your hair. This is a particularly great idea for those with fine or thin hair who deal with a mane that falls flat, but just about any hair type or texture will look beautiful with a deep side part. Spritz with the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Precious Oil Satin Hairspray to help keep your hair in place but still retain movement.
How’s this for a hack? You can hide roots with mascara—well, hair mascara that is. Hair mascaras are available in a variety of shades, so pick the one that’s closest to your hair color and brush it on until your roots are full disguised, then wash it out in the shower at the end of the day.
One of the best ways to hide your roots is by adding highlights to your hair. You can head to the salon, or pick up an at-home hair color kit, like the L’Oréal Paris Féria Multi-Faceted Highlights, L’Oréal Paris Touch-On Highlights, or L’Oréal Paris La Petite Frost. Make sure to follow the instructions included with the packaging and keep in mind that the darker your starting shade, the more work may be required to achieve your desired level of highlights, because highlighting your hair requires bleaching.
On those days when you just want to put in a whole lot of effort to hiding your roots, this next tip is going to be ideal for you. Simply wear a hat and no one will know that your roots are growing in. From berets to baseball caps to bucket hats, there are plenty of stylish options for you to choose from. Place one on your head and you’re ready to go about your day—no root growth in sight.
Another hairstyle that can help hide roots is a fishtail braid. The twists and turns of a braid will make roots less noticeable. Pretty neat, right? Not sure how to do a fishtail? We’ve got you covered. It turns out it’s actually probably much easier than you thought. Split your hair into two sections. Then, take a small piece from the outside of one section and cross it over the other. Now repeat this on the other side. Keep going until you reach then ends of your hair and secure your fishtail braid with a mini clear elastic.
When it comes to dry shampoo, you probably look for one that won’t leave behind any residue—but when it comes to hiding roots, you’ll want to do the opposite. Reach for a colored dry shampoo and spray it onto your roots and lightly through the rest of your hair, but don’t rub it in. When the day is over, hop into the shower and shampoo and condition the dry shampoo out.
Last but not least, try blow-drying your hair voluminously to hide roots. The best way to do so is by using a round brush. But first, apply a heat protectant, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Thermal Smoother Cream, to damp hair before going anywhere near your blow-dryer. Once you’re done doing that, grab your round brush and get to work. Gorgeous blowout and root coverage? Sign us up!
There you have it: 12 easy ways to hide roots. For your next hair color lesson, head on over to our article, 4 Best Tips for Touching Up Your Roots.