What Shade Should You Use for Your Shadow Root Hair?
While root shadowing makes most people think of blonde hair with dark roots, it’s truly a universal and highly customizable hair trend. Here’s how to do dark roots and balayage with any hair color.
How to Have Dark Roots with Blonde Hair
Not sure what to use to cover dark roots on blonde hair? This will depend on how dark your natural hair color is. Consult with a professional colorist to ensure you don’t get color that's too dark. You’re going for a subtle “bronde: look—not a stark, obvious contrast between a platinum color and a too-dark brown.
Shadow Roots for Brown Hair
If you’re a brunette, go deeper with a cool dark brown shadow root. Or turn up the intensity with black hair color for your shadow roots.
Subtle Shadow Shades for Red Hair
Even redheads can take advantage of a sultry shadow root. Choose a rich cinnamon hue and let your dark root melt into your favorite fiery shade.
Gray Root Touch Up with a Darker Color
Not a fan of the silver hair poking out from your blonde? Instead of bleaching your roots, choose a darker root shade to add depth and hide those pesky grays.
How to Color Hair: Dark Roots to Light Ends
You’ve looked through all the dark root hair color ideas, chosen the look you want, and bought the dye. Let’s get this home salon experience started! Here are our tips on how to do a shadow root at home smoothly.
1. Use the right supplies. If you’re doing your own root shadow, we recommend using a bowl and brush (not the applicator bottle), and keeping the root color as close to your natural color as possible. Using the pointed end of the brush, be sure to carefully section thin slices of hair to get to the roots.
2. Remember: brush technique matters. Rather than having a severe line where dark roots end and lighter hair begins, you want your colors to blend gradually for subtle ombré hair. To achieve a soft transition, use the broad, flat side of the brush to apply your mixed color, dragging the edge of the brush further down in some places.
3. Finish strong. Once the color has had time to process, shampoo and condition your hair. Then, we recommend applying a cool hair toner to neutralize any overly warm tones. This can help create a subtle, deep shadow effect rather than too-bright, yikes-worthy hot roots.