March 20, 2017 Crystal Kittrell

9 Hair Hacks for Covering Visible Roots

Looking for ideas to cover your roots between salon appointments? For those moments when life gets hectic or budgets become tight, we need other options to cover our visible roots. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to disguise gray hairs and root regrowth without booking a color appointment.

It’s always best to see your stylist for a professional root touch up. However, there are a few temporary fixes that can help camouflage your roots between salon visits. It’s all about getting crafty with your hair color. Now, don’t take this as an excuse to turn to harsh, generic box dyes or unsafe methods. It’s not worth damaging your hair in order to save a few bucks. Instead, turn to safer DIY options (ones that don’t require permanent markers) or utilize your favorite hair accessories to cover a faded hairline as a temporary solution until you can see your stylist. Stop struggling to cover your regrowth with these nine easy, at-home hair hacks for covering visible roots.

  1. HIDE YOUR HAIRLINE WITH A HEADBAND

 Woman wearing a headband to cover visible roots

Wonder why headbands have never gone out of style? Because everyone is using them to cover up their roots. These handy hair accessories are perfect for hiding your hairline, while still looking polished and chic. For optimum root coverage, reach for wider headbands or ones with more detail for extra coverage.

  1. COVER-UP WITH MAKEUP

Woman standing sideways with hair covering her profile
Photo Credit: Vanessa Cesario

If you’re in a pinch, reach for an eye shadow or face powder that matches your hair color and dust a small amount around your hairline. The color will help soften the discoloration, while also making the hairline look thicker. Just be sure to wash the makeup out thoroughly at the end of the day, as makeup can buildup on your scalp or come off on your pillow.

  1. MAKE DRY SHAMPOO YOUR BFF

 Pillow proof dry shampoo by Redken
Photo Credit: Redken Official

Soften the look of your hairline by applying dry shampoo to your roots. This trick works wonders for blondes and those with lighter haircolors as it softens the line between the visible regrowth and the rest of your hair. Dry shampoo also works wonders as a mattifying agent that can help absorb oils.

  1. SLICK BACK YOUR STYLE

Woman with her hair slicked back
Photo Credit: Redken Official

Blur the look of your roots by slicking back your hair. By creating a wet appearance, hair will look darker, which makes your regrowth less noticeable. Reach for Shape Factor 22 Sculpting Cream-Paste and a Sam Villa Signature Series Tail Comb to create a slicked back finish that’s entirely your own.

  1. THROW ON A HAT

 Woman wearing a hat to cover visible roots
Photo Credit: Redken Official

Just like headbands, hats are a quick and easy fix for hiding grays and discolored roots. Hats are also great for protecting your hair color as they help to block out color-fading UV rays—bonus!

  1. ADD A BRAID

Woman with a braid in her hair
Photo Credit: Holli Beauty

Braids are amazing at tricking the eye to see more dimension and texture in the hair. By adding a braid along your hairline you can disguise your roots and give the appearance of a more dimensional hair color.

  1. COLOR YOUR ROOTS THE RIGHT WAY

Redken hair color
Photo Credit: Redken Official

Generic at-home root touch-ups do not even come close to salon-quality haircolor. Get the best of both worlds by asking your stylist to prescribe you Root Fusion. It’s an at-home, root-touchup kit that is chosen by your stylist specifically to match your hair color. No trips to the drugstore and no challenge choosing a shade that almost matches your hair color. Root Fusion includes just the right amount of product to cover your hairline and part. It’s a quick, easy, professional way to refresh your roots in between color appointments.

  1. USE A TINTED CONDITIONER

 Woman with blonde hair and sunglasses
Photo Credit: Ryan Pearl

Using a tinted conditioner can help to adjust the tones in your hair color and help soften the look of faded roots. The tint in the conditioner works to adjust the various tones in the hair, which can help counteract your hair color’s more problematic issues. For warm blondes, turn to the Blonde Idol Custom-Tone Color-Depositing Daily Treatment in Warm. For cooler blondes, opt for the Violet shade as it will help to neutralize any brassiness in the hair.

  1. EMBRACE YOUR NATURAL TEXTURE

 Woman with curly hair
Photo Credit: Redken Official

Pin-straight hairstyles and tight up-dos can exaggerate the look of faded or regrown roots. Give your hair color some wiggle room by embracing its natural texture. Work with your curls and kinks instead of hiding them. The added texture and dimension can help soften the look of visible roots and regrowth.

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