How to Hide Your Roots Without Dyeing Your Hair

Easy ways to conceal grown-out roots for when you can't get to the salon.

With so many of us at home right now and all salons closed for the foreseeable future, for those of us who usually colour our hair, roots are going to be an issue. Now, grungey grown-out roots are actually pretty on-trend right now, so you could just embrace them, but if that’s not your vibe, there are things you can do to help disguise them.

Dyeing your roots at home can be problematic as it’s easy to make mistakes, so anything you can do to minimise the appearance of them until you’re able to get them done professionally is helpful. Ahead, we’re sharing 7 ways you can cover up your roots at home, without having to reach for the dye.

1. Use Dry Shampoo to Blend Your Roots

Have you ever noticed that sometimes dry shampoo can leave you with a little white cast if you don’t rub it in properly? If you’re blonde, you can use this to your advantage by using any dry shampoo that sprays out as a white powder to hide dark roots.

For those who colour their hair darker, there are also tinted dry shampoos like the TRESemmé Day 2 Dry Shampoo For Brown Hair, which will help blend your roots in with the rest of your hair.

2. Add Texture

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Having flat roots will only draw more attention to your regrowth, so the best way to disguise this is to choose styles with lots of texture at the roots. Adding volume to your roots, either by adding in some soft waves or teasing your roots, is a great way to give your hair a boost.

3. Flip Your Parting

When you wear your hair in the same parting every day, over time the hair just becomes naturally flatter in this area. Use a tail comb to flip your parting to the opposite side or to switch a centre part to the side instead. It’ll make your roots less obvious, and give you more volume too.

4. Try a Braid

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Braids are really great at showing off the different tones in your hair, so if your roots are getting a bit much, why not use it as an opportunity to get experimental with your braiding styles? A tousled Dutch braid like Hailey Beiber’s is a good place to start.

5. Use a Root Concealer

These days, there are a wide variety of root cover-up products on the market to tide you over between salon visits. Formats range from sprays and powders to coloured hair mascaras and are available in various shades so that you can get as close a match to your colour as possible.

Looking for a free alternative? If you’ve got an eyeshadow that matches your hair colour you can use an eyeshadow brush to pat the colour into your roots.

6. Wear a Headband

Woman with bronde hair in a sleek low ponytail with a headband
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Our favourite thing about hair accessories? Yes, they look cute, but they’re also fantastic at distracting from any roots-related issues. Pop on a statement headband or some hair slides and no-one will notice a thing.

7. Try Slicked Back Hairstyles

Gelled, slicked-back styles make the hair look darker, making your roots look less obvious while also looking ultra-polished.

Make your look extra sleek by raking a small amount of gel, like the VO5 Mega Hold Styling Gel, through your strands before brushing it back into a slick pony or bun.


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