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There’s no denying that walking out of the salon with a new (or refreshed) hair color is one of the best feelings. But after nearly a year of practicing social distancing with limited accessibility to the hair salon, we’ve had to get creative when it comes to maintaining our hair color. That being said, whether you can’t get to a salon because of COVID-19 restrictions or you’re trying to see how long you can manage between appointments (let’s be real, it can get expensive, quickly), rest assured that there are some easy tips that can help you camouflage your outgrown roots. From styling suggestions to products that act like concealer for your hair, keep reading because these root cover-up tips are seriously worth trying.
A temporary root concealer spray 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 lasts until you shampoo your strands again, so you control when your roots become visible. The formula is free of ammonia, peroxide, and synthetic dyes. To use, first shake the can well. Hold it four to six inches from your hair and spray onto new growth and partly through the length of your hair so you can blend in the color.
Touching up your roots doesn’t have to take up a lot of time. Use the L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Precision Pen to quickly conceal them minutes before your virtual meeting or on those mornings when you’ve hit snooze one too many times. This precise touch-up option is also perfect for hiding scattered grays when you don't need to cover a lot of surface area. Lightly dab the brush onto dry hair using gentle, swift strokes to blend in the color. Allow it to dry for one minute and you’re all set.
A hair color spray not only helps you hide your roots until you can dye your hair again, but it lets you experiment with a fun shade for a day, too. If you’ve ever considered trying the purple hair color trend or wanted to see how you’d look in pink hair, you can try it with the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray. If you already have a bold, bright color like one of these then it’s a great wash-out solution until you can touch up your color permanently.
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 fully disguised, then wash it out in the shower at the end of the day.
Another easy tip to hide roots is to change your part. Try a deep side part for maximum root coverage. As a bonus, a deep side part will add some major volume to the look of your hair. This is a particularly great idea for those with fine or thin hair, 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 without sacrificing movement.
Who says you can’t score permanent root coverage at home? Pick up the L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Rescue 10 Minute Root Hair Coloring Kit to get a top-quality color job between salon appointments or at-home colorings — all in 10 minutes. Perfect for those who haven’t played with hair dye within four to six weeks, this pick provides instant color for refreshed-looking roots. Available in several colors from jet black to dark auburn red, this offering will save your strands. Just make sure to follow the instructions listed on the packaging to achieve desired results.
Overgrown roots offers the perfect opportunity to experiment with new hairstyles. 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 its base to form a bun. Secure it with bobby pins and you have an easy, chic look.
Another hairstyle that can help hide roots is a fishtail braid. The twists and turns of a braid will make roots less noticeable. Not sure how to do a fishtail? We’ve got you covered. 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 the ends of your hair and secure your fishtail braid with a mini clear elastic. For a step-by-step tutorial, here’s how to do a fishtail braid.
Try blow-drying your hair to pump up the volume and hide your roots. The best way to do so is by using a round brush. But first, apply a heat protectant that doubles as a volume booster, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT Volume Inject Mousse, to damp hair before going anywhere near your blow-dryer.
When all else fails a stylish option for concealing roots is by hiding them underneath a trendy headband. Choose a headpiece that complements your outfit. Not only will your hair accessory hide your roots and take your ensemble to the next level, but it can also help disguise frizz and flyaways, so consider this a win-win.
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