Friday 22 September 2017

Beauty Dilemma: How can I hide my dark roots?

Image posed. Photo: Getty Images
Image posed. Photo: Getty Images

Sinead Van Kampen

Having reduced the frequency of trips to the hairdresser I was wondering if I can top-up my highlights from home. Is there anything I can do?

When it comes to hair colour I always advise caution when it comes to DIY. Most of us are familiar with at least one person who has a bottle blonde disaster story. I think the horror tales you constantly hear might have a ring of truth to them.

Bottled products for blondes are a bit tricky and always seem to end up costing more to fix than the potential savings in trips to the salon. The best thing to do is try and minimise the appearance of your roots until it's time for a touch up.

Straight, even partings flatten hair and expose roots so a side or a zig zag parting can be a cunning disguise. Adding some volume to your hair will also help as it causes the hair to lift meaning your roots will appear shorter. Applying a volume enhancing mousse like Bed Head Tigi Catwalk Strong Mousse and blow drying with a diffuser should give you the oomph you're after.

It's also a good idea to avoid slicked back styles and tight ponytails which again will emphasis your roots. Loose, bouncy styles will work best and if you're really conscious accessorise with a headband or scarf to hide the re-growth.



When you do venture back to the salon ask your colorist to include plenty of low lights and maybe consider moving towards a shade of blonde nearer to the natural colour of your hair. That way the re-growth won't appear as dark and you'll get much longer between visits.

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