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Hair Hacks: Tips And Styles For Hiding Your Dark Roots Between Touch-Ups

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After a few months overdue for your color touch-up appointment, that box dye sitting on your counter is likely starting to look pretty tempting (don’t do it)! We get it, many salons have been closed for months, and if you’re anything like us, you’re way too nervous to touch your overgrown roots with at-home color. The good news? Within the next few weeks, salons across the country will be reopening with restrictions—so you won’t have to wait too much longer to nix those dark brown roots. So, what should you do in the meantime? Get creative with root-covering hairstyles and techniques!

Searching for easy ways to conceal your regrowth? We’ve got you covered! Read on for our top tips plus 10 hairstyles to hide your roots.

Switch up your part.

Hair parted down the middle of your head tends to fall flat at the root, making dark roots more visible. Since middle parts are a no-go for concealing roots, try creating a messier part by gently tousling your hair to either side. It’s that simple!

Play with volume.

Pin straight styles can seriously emphasize the look of dark roots. Instead, pump up the volume. If you’re a curly girl, embrace the natural texture of your hair.

Looking to create a voluminous look in no time? For instant volume at the root, use a few spritzes of L'Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Volumetry Anti-Gravity Effect Volume Spray. Formulated with Intra-Cylane™ and Salicylic Acid, this product adds volume to the root of fine, flat hair.

Pro tip: To distract from your roots, be sure to style curls away from your face. Complete your voluminous look with a few spritzes of hairspray like the Matrix Total Results High Amplify Proforma Frizz Control Hairspray.

Spritz on some dry shampoo.

Dry shampoos are one of our tried-and-true hair products. They save us a lot of time between shampoos and help to extend the life of some of our favorite hairstyles. In addition to refreshing our blowouts, dry shampoos are also great for hiding dark roots. The powder formulas can work to blur the lines between your grown-in roots and your salon color. This trick works particularly well for blondes.

Looking for the perfect dry shampoo to add to your collection? We love Redken Deep Clean Dry Shampoo. To use, simply spray dry hair at the root and be on your way.

Invest in a root concealer.

If you’re looking for something more tailored to your hair color, ask your stylist about a salon-quality root concealer like L'Oréal Professionnel Hair Touch Up Professional Root Concealer.

Don’t have time to restore your roots before your next special event? Simply cover them up with your root concealer spray for a quick fix and rinse it out after your big night. Root concealers typically last until your next shampoo.

Cover your roots with a hair accessory.

Once you’ve finished styling your hair, complete your look with a killer accessory. A statement accessory like a hair bow, hat, or headband can do wonders for covering up roots.

Now that we’ve broken down all there is to know about hiding dark roots, it’s time to move on to styling. If you’re looking for the best hairstyles for grown-out roots, read on for 10 of our favorites.

The Best Hairstyles For Hiding Dark Roots To Try Now

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Messy Bun

Ah the messy bun, what would we do without you? Messy buns are our go-to lazy-girl hairstyle, and they’re also a great way to conceal grown-out roots. The higher you place your bun at the top of your head, the more coverage you’ll get!

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Roughed-Up Texture

Like we said earlier, sleek pin-straight hair will only make grown-out roots appear more noticeable. Instead, opt for beach waves with tons of texture. For effortless, textured waves, use a few spritzes of texturizing spray like Matrix Style Link Texture Builder Messy Finishing Spray.

Photo Credit: @chelseahaircutters.

Saturated Strands

Wet hairstyles are on-trend for 2020, and they’re also an ideal way to make dark roots look less noticeable. For maximum coverage, opt for the classic slicked-back wet look.

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Sleek Ponytail

While a sleek ponytail won’t exactly hide your roots, the slicked-back, polished look will draw attention away from your regrowth. Use a hair gel like Biolage Styling Gelee All Purpose Styling Gel to get your look as shiny and sleek as possible.

Photo Credit: @curly.azahara.

Pop On A Headband

Who doesn’t love hair accessories? Throwing on a classic knotted headband can be a simple and stylish solution to hiding dark roots no matter what hairstyle you choose.

Voluminous Curls

When it comes to hiding roots, the bigger the hair, the better! Whether you’re blessed with natural bouncy curls or love to style them often, voluminous ringlets are a go-to for keeping your roots as camouflaged as possible.

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Milkmaid Fishtail Braid

If you’re trying to hide your regrowth, hairstyles like braids are essential. Braids show off dimension and help blend your hair with the root so that regrowth will look less harsh. Try a milkmaid fishtail braid that covers your hairline and acts as a headband.

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Braided Ponytail

This well-placed braid goes right along the hairline and conceals the look of dark roots in a pinch. Don’t forget to apply a few spritzes of texturizing spray for added movement and style!

Photo Credit: @miggyhair.

Spiked Pixie

If you have very short hair, don’t worry—we haven’t forgotten about you! To hide dark roots on a pixie cut (while giving your look a bit of edge), try a spiked, textured look.

Deep Side Part

If you need to buy some time between salon visits, it could be as easy as changing your part. Wearing your part the same way every day can make your strands appear flatter, which will enhance the look of dark roots. Try switching to a deep side part, which instantly adds volume to your root and helps your regrowth look less noticeable. Wondering how to create a deep side part? Click here for our full guide.

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