How to Hide Light Roots

Written by tabitha harwell
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How to Hide Light Roots
Keep light roots away with a root cover-up. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Sure, you love your hair colour, but every four to six weeks your light roots start to show up. Roots expose your true hair colour, a reminder that you really are not a brunette or natural redhead. Light roots, especially those that pop against dark hair, are annoying; however, instead of dropping a small fortune at the hairdresser before your next appointment, head to the drugstore. Over-the-counter hair colour manufacturers offer temporary solutions for women facing the root problem. These solutions are for the root area only, and they are available at a store near you.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Root colour cover-up
  • Old T-shirt
  • Hairbrush
  • 4 hairclips

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  1. 1

    Purchase a root cover-up hair colour in the same shade as your hair. The colour will be visible on the exterior of the box; however, when in doubt, go slightly darker.

  2. 2

    Wear an old T-shirt that can be ruined if hair dye drips. Brush your hair to remove any tangles around the root area before applying the mixture.

  3. 3

    Find the plastic gloves in the box and put them on your hands. Read through the manufacture's directions and mix the colour accordingly.

  4. 4

    Section hair into four separate areas --- front left, front right, back left and back right --- and secure with hair clips. You will apply the root cover-up in sections to ensure you cover all the roots.

  5. 5

    Apply the hair colour to your entire hairline and massage in with your fingertips. You only want to massage the root line, about an inch from the scalp, not the entire strand of hair.

  6. 6

    Release the left front section of your hair. Apply the root cover-up directly down the centre of your scalp and massage the cover-up into your roots. The cover-up will only extend 1 to 1.5 inches from your scalp, not the entire strand of hair. Move 1 inch to the left of the line you just covered. Apply the cover-up and massage. Continue moving over the entire left section of the hair until all the roots are saturated.

  7. 7

    Release the right front section of your hair and repeat the same as the left side. On the right side of the head, you will be moving 1 inch to the right of the centre part.

  8. 8

    Release the back left section of your hair and saturate the roots from the peak of your crown to the nape of your neck. Continue moving throughout the back of the head, just like the front of the head, until all the roots are saturated.

  9. 9

    Wait the allotted time, typically 15 minutes, to rinse the cover-up. After 15 minutes, turn the water on to warm.

  10. 10

    Rinse all the hair completely, using your hands to rub the scalp as the water runs through. Once the water runs clear, apply the conditioning treatment that comes with the cover-up formula. Dry and style as usual.

Tips and warnings

  • Add volume to the hair to conceal roots if you do not have time to colour.
  • Add additional highlights to your hair to help intertwine light roots with dark hair.
  • If the cover-up begins to sting your scalp, rinse the mixture off immediately.

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