Changing your hair color is fun; dealing with nasty root grow out isn’t. But roots are easier to cover up than you think. Whether you’re going back to your natural shade or just giving your hair a rest in between dye jobs, here are five ways to make growing out your roots totally painless. To see them, just keep reading.
We love Keri Hilson for shaking things up on the red carpet, and at the Critics' Choice Awards, she certainly did that. Her colorist, Rita Hazan, told us that a few darker pieces can make blond hair look more natural, but Keri's regrowth makes a statement. Do you think she's pulling off a fun look, or are you a bigger fan of overall color? Let us know, and don't miss her jaw-droppingly cool shoes on the red carpet.
We're excited to present this article by colorist Rita Hazan. It's from one of our favorite sites, Daily Makeover!
I am not a big fan of roots or the "rooty look." I get the whole ombre effect, but that's for if you're in your early 20s, otherwise it's aging and makes you look unmaintained and too busy to care for yourself. Not a very glamorous look!
Now, if you do color your hair, 4-8 weeks is an appropriate time to wait in between. I'd rather clients have bad roots than try to use at home color or go to someone new for a quick root touch up—those usually lead to hair color catastrophes.
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Visible roots have been trendy on and off for a few years now, but if you're not a fan, Clairol just introduced a digital touch-up tool that lets you "fix" pics of yourself with the offending exposed hairs. The tool, which basically overlays your roots with a color more similar to the rest of your hair, was released to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the brand's popular Root Touch Up hair color, and also offers color selection advice. I'll admit that scrubbing the touch-up tool over the model's head was pretty fun, though I don't know how great results will be if your picture has nonstandard lighting or is lighter/darker than the tool can read. If you need to look freshly dyed for your Facebook friends, though, this is a pretty fun and easy option.
I've been noticing these branch-base console tables at a few of my usual design haunts, and thought perhaps it's a growing a trend. I'm really loving the organic, textural quality they bring to a room, especially considering that many homes are leaning towards a more pared-down, modern look these days.
Good: Shown above is the Ballard Designs Faux Bois Demilune Table ($699, reduced from $1,495). I certainly love its half-moon shape and how the table top looks like a slice off of an old tree stump. But as the name suggests, the base is actually made from a concrete-like resin over a sturdy metal frame, not genuine branches. That's a turn off to me, although the price is more affordable than others.
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August can be a rough time to get in your colorist's chair because everyone's on vacation. Whether you're keeping up with grown-out Summer highlights or are battling some gray roots, you might be waiting a while — but no one has to know that. Here are some options that don't require plastic gloves, a baseball cap, or a wig:
- Change your part. This is an easy solution to many hair dilemmas. If you have highlights only on the top of your head, it can end up making your hair look darker — but the roots will look less severe.
- Spray on some hair powder. Usually used like dry shampoo, Bumble and bumble Hair Powder can also touch up roots. Tip: most blondes will actually want to use the white shade, not the "blondish" one.
- Use a wash-out color product. ColormarkPro is a marker-type product made to cover gray roots. In a major bind (like, your colorist's work visa got revoked and you're getting married tomorrow), try regular brown or black mascara to cover gray on black hair. Blondes and redheads can try Frederic Fekkai Hair Mascara.
The fine Miss Bynes reminds me of Alicia Silverstone here. Maybe it's her smile, or the sparkle in her eye, or the wavy hair. As cute as Amanda is, I wish she'd touched up her roots. Even though Vogue says they're in style, it just detracts from her otherwise put-together look. Or maybe it's just me. What do you think?
Oh, Debra Messing, what are you doing? For the most part, she's one hot mama at the unveiling of Saks' new shoe department: Her outfit is fantastic, her makeup is gorgeous... and then there's the issue of her hair. I never thought her red hair was completely natural, but these roots distract from everything else that's going right.
If you're ever in between color appointments, you can avoid this sort of root display fairly easily. Bumble and Bumble makes a aerosol hair powder ($39) that can be sprayed on roots. It's a fine, tinted powder that covers roots while adding volume and soaking up oil. While it's not cheap, it's less expensive than a color treatment—and a worthwhile investment if you know you're going to be photographed!