Embracing Your Roots

Hair with visible roots
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Let's be real here: we don't always have time to cover up the roots of our hair. The truth is, sometimes we forget that six to eight weeks have passed in the blink of an eye, so it's time for a touch-up. But now, we are booked up solid and can't get to a salon. There is no time and possibly, a lack of funds, to go and get your hair professionally dyed so what is one to do?
How do we naturally conceal our roots when they start to show, especially if our natural hair color is much darker than the color we have chosen? If you are a natural brunette but have opted for blonde hair, you could end up with an unintentional eighties Madonna throwback look that is not what you desire at all.
There is nothing wrong with having visible roots. Even those who do not color their hair can get them simply as they age or as hair lightens in the summertime and progressively grows out in the winter. So, what are some simple solutions and hacks that anyone can use and don't cost an arm and a leg?
Change Your Part
Let's start with the easiest: changing the way that you part your hair. Parting your hair down the middle is a surefire way to say "hey, look at my roots," especially if you are prone to oily hair. But a side part or a slicked-back ponytail can help to mask the excess root growth and even spice up your daily look.
What if you have short hair or a pixie cut? You can change the way you style your hair by making a zigzag part and it will liven up your look enough so that your roots won't even be an issue. So, that's one of the free ways to hide your roots until you can get a touch-up.
Madonna hair with visible roots
Madonna - Photo: Denis Makarenko/Shutterstock
Volume and Accessories
Another great and inexpensive way is to emphasize the volume of your hair because that will draw attention away from the roots and put the focus on the crown to the ends. You can also add some salt spray and give yourself beach waves which easily make roots blend in with your colored hair for the time being. So, there really is no need to stress out.
If you already have too much volume (it happens), have some fun with curls and take them over the top because the more you play up the rest of the hair, the less anyone will see the untouched parts, and that is exactly what you're looking for.
Dakota Fanning hair with visible roots
Dakota Fanning - Photo: Featureflash Photo Agency/Shutterstock
As for accessories, they can play a huge role in disguising your roots. Use headbands, wraps, funky clips, and in the summer, floral side pieces. They will style your hair in a fun way and give you a good reason to experiment with hair accessories that you might not have otherwise considered trying. Roots can actually be a lot of fun now that you think about it!
If you are lazy when it comes to coloring your hair, the best idea is to keep the color you have chosen within a few shades of your natural hair color. If you are starting to go gray, you may want to consider lightening your hair to a nice shade of blonde which will always downplay any pesky grays that pop in.
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