How to Hide Roots Without Dyeing Your Hair

With so many of us at home right now and all salons closed for the foreseeable future, for those of us who usually color 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, we’re here to let you know how to hide roots.

Dyeing your roots at home can be problematic as it’s easy to make mistakes. Anything you can do to minimize the appearance of them until you’re able to get them done professionally is helpful. Keep scrolling to learn ways you can cover up your roots at home, without having to reach for the dye:

1. How to Hide Roots Using Dry Shampoo

roots hairstyle
Dry shampoo is a lifesaver. Photo: Craig Alexander

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. We love Dove Care Between Washes Clarifying Dry Shampoo.

For those who color their hair darker, there are also tinted dry shampoos, like TRESemmé Between Washes Brunette Dry Shampoo. A tinted dry shampoo can help blend your roots in with the rest of your hair.

2. How to Hide Roots With Texture

blonde with dark roots
Texture can make a huge difference!

Having flat roots will only draw more attention to your regrowth. So, it’s best to disguise your roots with styles that have 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

side part with dark roots
Changing up your part creates a whole new look. Photo credit: Suzanne Cohen Photography

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

4. Try a Braid

dutch braid
This style is great for hiding roots.

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? When deciding how to hide your roots, a tousled Dutch braid like Hailey Beiber’s is a good place to start.

5. Use a Root Concealer

There are a wide variety of root cover-up products on the market to tide you over between salon visits. From sprays and powders to colored hair mascaras, you’re definitely able to conceal your roots. If you have dark hair, use TRESemmé Root Touch-Up Spray for Black Hair. We love this spray because it’s easy to apply, quick-drying, and doesn’t budge until your next shampoo.

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

6. Wear a Headband

statement headband
Stylish, yet practical. Photo credit: Craig Alexander

Our favorite thing about hair accessories? Yes, they look cute, but they’re also fantastic at distracting from any roots-related issues. When figuring out how to hide your roots, pop on a statement headband and no-one will notice a thing.

7. Try Slicked Back Hairstyles

winter weekend styles hide roots slicked and smooth
Tame frizz (and camouflage those roots) with some gel and go for a slick and sleek look. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

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 Emerge Style Goals Gel, through your strands before brushing it back into a slick pony or bun.

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