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Bring on the roots! If you’ve ever coloured your dark hair blonde, then you know that the grow-out process can be a sight for sore eyes, to say the least. There was a time not too long ago (cough - the 90s - cough) when dark roots were our hair’s worst enemy. Then, the hair world has gone into somewhat of a colouring renaissance with the birth of colouring techniques like balayage and ombré.
That was just the beginning. One decade later, it’s all about them roots, girl! The new colouring technique coined by LA stylists as “root smudge” or “root blend” is taking over the hair world. The new trend has made the fear of roots a thing of the past. Creative Ambassador at Headmasters UK, Jonathan Soons helps us get to the root of this seamless root blend technique that is hailing over the hair world! Keep reading because we’re serving major colour goals.
Just as it sounds, a root blend involves blending the roots with a toner or gloss for a more seamless transition into your colour. It makes your roots part of the overall package, in the most au naturel, stunning root smudge that we can certainly get on board with.
Dark roots with blonde ends may be nothing new, but root smudge is a modern twist on our favourite hair trend. The experts say this only works when going lighter. How does a root blend work? Simplified: after the hair is lightened, rinsed, and toned, the real alchemy happens. At the colour bowl, your stylist will root smudge a coloured gloss at the roots using a brush for a beautifully blended effect. The result? Pure hair aesthetic. The root smudge technique is great whether you’re refreshing existing colour, or using it as a colour intro, because the effect appears natural and is very low maintenance.
Having dark roots with blonde ends is a trend that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon: it’s being reinvented. There should be a distinct difference between your roots and ends, but with a certain mystery to it - where exactly does it begin and end? Here are 6 top tips on how to live that seamless kinda life!
We couldn’t agree more. No two heads of hair are the same, and in the hair colouring world, there’s never a one-size-fits-all approach. Team up with your colourist to get the exact root blend look you’re after.
If you’re after a more subtle root smudge look, Jonathan has a pro tip:
Dark roots and blonde ends can seriously benefit from the wonders of a toning/purple shampoo. L’Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Blondifier Cool shampoo emits pigments of purple (known to help neutralise yellow tones) to keep brass at bay.
Not only will a root blend help hide harsh transitional lines, the root smudge will also make your hair glossy AF. Ask your colourist to apply a hair gloss after you’ve lightened up your locks (the secret to the au naturel look).
Babylights are precise lil’ highlights that can be strategically placed around the face, or anywhere, to help stretch the time in between hair appointments. The trend looks lovely when paired with a root smudge … people will think your lightened ends came from the sun! L’Oréal Professionnel Instant Highlights is a service that can take you to your childhood roots in just 45 minutes. Hair appointment squeezed in on a lunch break? Hair yes!
Your blonde ends will need a little extra TLC - as all lighter locks do - and ignoring your hair’s needs is the surest way to lacklustre locks. Indulge in a hair mask to ensure your blonde stays bright and radiant. Experts recommend L’Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Blondifier Masque. Apply evenly to towel-dried hair with a comb and rinse thoroughly. The results will do the talking - hello multidimensional shine!
Time to upgrade your dark roots with blonde ends with a root blend. See ya never, grow-out!
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