3 Tricks to Hide Roots

When I was in high school, I used to dye my hair blonde. I thought I was really cool back then, but now when I look back at the pictures I cringe. Blonde hair made me look so washed out! I wish I had realized that at the time, but back then the only problem I had with my hair was the outgrown roots.

Being a student meant that I couldn’t afford to dye my hair as often as I needed to so I had to resort to other tricks to hide my natural hair color growing back again. These same tricks can also be used by people who are battling with gray hair and want to cover it up. Here’s what you can do:

1. Use mascara

Hair mascaras are useful, yet less known products, to touch up hair roots. They come in different shades and all you need to do is swipe the wand on your roots and wait till it dries. If you have brown or black hair, your regular brown or black mascara will do the trick too. Just be careful not to get your hair wet or the mascara will smudge and make you look a right mess!

2. Baby powder

If your hair is light-colored, applying some baby powder on the roots can help to disguise them. If you don’t have baby powder at home, dry shampoo will work just as well. In addition, these powders will also help absorb excess oil and are therefore great for days when you don’t have time to wash your hair.

3. Wear some hair accessories

If you don’t have time to retouch your roots with any products, you can always hide them with a stylish headband or scarf. There are many types available on the market in any color and design, so you’ll surely be able to find something that you’ll love. If you’re spending time outdoors, you can choose to wear a hat instead. The result will be the same: covered roots and a polished look.

How do you cover up your roots?

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  1. beautifulwithbrains says

    Jamilla, that sounds like a nice product and is available in so many shades! I’m glad it works well for you :)

  2. Sarah says

    I have a question about hair dye (I didn’t see another hair-dye page… I’m probably too stupid to see it though) but I heard to make permanent hair-dye fade, you can use anti-dandruff shampoo. Does it work, and how long after I dye my hair will it still have an effect?

  3. beautifulwithbrains says

    Sarah, hi and I’m sorry it took me a few days to reply. For some reason your comment didn’t go through straight away and needed to be approved and I’ve only just seen it, sorry!

    You’re not stupid! I haven’t got round to writing about hair dye yet, although I’m planning to in the future. But to answer your question, anti-andandruff shmapoo should strip the dye from your hair. You should see a small improvement after the first wash but it may take a few days and several washes to remove it completely. Make sure you condition your hair well or, together with the dye, the shampoo will remove moisture from your hair as well leaving them dry and brittle. Hope this helps.

  4. Sarah says

    Okay, thank you. I was a little paranoid about dying my hair as it was a brand I wasn’t sure about. But everything was fine so I don’t need to worry about it. But thank you! I’ll know what to do if my next hair dye doesn’t go well. =)


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