Toe the line with some forgiving roots.
Whether you’re doing it on purpose or were just too caught up in your summer #YOLO to make that salon trip, you’re in luck: Rooty blonde hair is still a thing. And what a fun, edgy thing it is: A few parts dishwater, a few parts ombré, blonde hair with grown-out roots is a cool, offhand way to wear this light-ish shade while still giving a nod to the colder new season ahead.
Rooty blonde hair can be a graceful, transitional look while you’re cusping between seasons—not to mention that damage-wise, it’s also way gentler on your strands than having your hair literally change overnight. Smudging out a lighter shade is like saying “okay, I get it, but let me just play with this a little bit more,” and it comes with a certain rough-around-the-edges feel that’s actually quite chic. Yes, some may think it’s the version of a snooze button for your hair color, but we think it’s a majorly cool, thoughtful look in and of itself. Read on for a few style-savvy inspirations of how to wear the rooty blonde hair trend:
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1. Ashy Blonde Roots
It’s all about that gritty/pretty balance when it comes to platinum blonde hair that has a bit of a black root creeping in. Many fans of this notoriously high-maintenance blonde hair color have found a way to enjoy it longer without going crazy with upkeep: Embrace the contrast—highlight it, even, with more rockstar details such as a totally on-trend matte texture and chunky layers. Ed’s tip: Unless you’re a natural blonde, you will get noticeable regrowth in the blink of an eye (or, fine, maybe a week), so to stretch out your ~lewk~, master the perfectly diffused side part, as above.
2. Bronde Base
A medium brown or brown-blonde base does wonders in freshening up that summer-weary color. It’s also a cleaner, more natural-looking way to wear your darker roots, which you may (or may not) end up growing out. If you’re ever in the market for a classic transitional look, the search is over: There’s no telltale color line to tell where the blonde stops and the brown begins with this ‘do, making it the perfect Missing Link of hair color. Plus, points for styling it in waves, which democratically hide any telltale demarcations.
3. Same-Tone Ombré
A brown-to-blonde ombré still looks crisp when kept in the same undertone family. Confused? Just keep it simple… and very, very sweet: Match those sugary dessert colors such as warm-toned browns, like chocolate and mocha, to blondes like caramel, toffee and honey. The high-contrast results also get more street cred when worn higher on the head, right at the golden point of ombrés as seen here: Carefully diffused starting at ear level, with the ends just a tone lighter than the mid-lengths.
4. Loose Blonde Pixie
Short, cropped pixie hairstyles already offer a lot of punctuation to your overall look. Rendering them in a white blonde or platinum color can make this abbreviated hairstyle even more stunning. They can also however be maddening to maintain, and in some cases, make the wearer look washed out especially near the hairline and brow area. Letting the hairline grow out a millimeter or two can help give a looser, more relaxed feel to your blonde hair (not to mention give your scalp a break from the bleach). Wearing it with a rounded, blown-out side part adds to this look’s classy-with-an-edge appeal.
5. Skinny Highlights
Here’s where it pays to pre-plan: If you’re more of a low-maintenance bottle blonde and want more leeway between color sessions, ask your stylist to give you a thinner, more democratic balayage right from the start. The effect is more of a soft-focus blonde that, as above, can go to either extreme when the mood strikes. Regrowth also comes in more naturally and you can easily style around the roots with some lazy waves, as well having them diffused enough for a middle part.
6. Pink Tints
A faint pink ombré accentuates the alterna-cool aspect of this grown-out blonde—as in, it’s meant to look different. Maintaining the pink as a light and dainty hue, instead of loud, keeps things looking pretty and fresh. A medium-brown base also warms it up and complements the pink shade better than dusty black roots. This style is best worn on healthy-looking strands with a nice, bouncy length such as in a lob haircut.
7. Strawberry Balayage
Ribbon out some warmth by rocking some strawberry blonde highlights. Not quite red and not quite yellow either, these quiet, coppery streaks are still light enough to give you that blonde-ish feeling while echoing some of the color depth we get in the fall season. New to the hue? Stick to a subtle balayage on your mid-lengths, and style with some easy waves—the flashes of red on your bends will help you slowly get used to having some warmth around your face.
8. Lightened Curls
Curly or natural-textured hair achieves more dimension and depth with the addition of some blonde highlights. Thick curls tend to get lost in the fray, which is where an artfully grown-out honey blonde ombré steps in: It defines the ringlets without overwhelming your overall base with a shocking hue. A root with around two to three inches of traction before lightening up offers a good balance.
9. Punky Ombré
A starkly contrasted brown-to-pink-to-blonde (!) ombré quiets down when rendered with some breezy texture and an easy-wear length. The medium brown half of the hair gets a reprieve from looking too top heavy, as its tapered off by a touch of bubblegum pink at the middle. Update a similar growing-out bob by dusting off the ends and asking for some cheekbone-grazing layers. Bonus: An off-center part ties in with the relaxed, indie vibe.
10. Dip-Dye Blonde Hair
A longer ombré hairstyle, as above, has a dip-dyed bleachy effect that can otherwise seem jarring on other color combos. Here however, the same ashy blonde hue on the ends is mirrored in subtle highlights around the face, giving it a more put-together feel. This blonde hair look wears really well with some staticky texture throughout the lengths—the modern, tousled finish adds to its appeal.
11. Natural Blonde Dimension
Lighter-haired ladies can also play with the dishwater trick by lightening their ends to a baby blonde hue, or simply letting their natural ash blonde grow out to a reasonable length. Maintenance is fairly simple: just the occasional glossing treatment to keep brassiness at bay, and a few scrunches with a leave-in to keep those ringlets shiny and frizz-free.
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