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Walking out of the salon with a new (or refreshed) 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 before you know it, you’re faced with the need to tackle root cover-up. 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 takes serious dedication (and money). Luckily, there are a few easy tips and tricks you can follow to help camouflage your roots in between hair color appointments (or box dye sessions). Here are 15 root cover-up tips worth trying—find the ones that work for you, then put them to good use!
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. 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.
If you want something that can last slightly longer than a temporary root cover-up spray, this could be a good option for you. Since semi-permanent hair color fades away instead of growing out like permanent dye, you shouldn’t have to worry about that harsh line of demarcation that can occur as your hair grows out. Sounds pretty good, right? Just note, semi-permanent hair color can help to blend the grays with your base color but may not cover them entirely.
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 its base to form a bun, securing it with bobby pins. So chic!
One option for hiding roots: Pick up a trendy headband. Choose a headpiece that complements your outfit—it’s the perfect accessory! 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.
Use this as an opportunity to have fun with your hair hue! Take trendy hair colors for a test drive with a wash out hair color, like the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray, which comes in a variety of gorgeous shades including rose gold and pastel mint and can be sprayed directly onto your new growth. Ready to give it a shot? Make sure to place a towel around your shoulders to protect your clothes and shake the can well before spraying. Then hold it four to six inches away from your head and spray. Keep in mind, the color will become more visible as it dries, so less is more. If you don’t love your experimental color, no worries, it will wash out in one shampoo!
There’s one other option for embracing this tip: the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color. The hair makeup can be applied with your fingertips, comes in fun colors like grey and neon yellow, and lasts until your next shampoo.
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 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 and 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 fully 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 Colorista Bleach in Highlights. 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.
Editor’s note: Dying to know more about this root coverage method? Click through to our article, How to Blend Gray Hair with Highlights and Lowlights.
On those days when you don’t want to put a whole lot of effort into 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 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.
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 wash the dry shampoo out.
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. Once you’ve handled that step, grab your round brush, and get to work. A gorgeous blowout and root coverage? Sign us up!
We mentioned hair accessories and hats, but we can’t forget about hair scarves and head wraps! Not only are these two items seriously on-trend, they’ll also perfectly disguise your roots. Here’s How to Wear a Head Wrap or Hair Scarf.
You don’t have to be at home to touch up your roots. Use the L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Precision Pen to conceal them on-the-go! 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! The pen is small enough to toss in your purse for an impromptu touch up whenever you need it.
Headed to the biggest festival of the year and don't want your roots to show? Sounds like an occasion for glitter roots! Use a bit of gel and hair glitter to cover your new growth with major sparkle, and no one will be the wiser that you're overdue for a hair appointment.
There you have it—15 easy ways to hide roots. For your next hair color lesson, head on over to our article on How to Transition to Gray Hair Gracefully.
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