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Fall Hair Color Trend Alert: Root Shadowing

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Root Shadowing

Root Shadowing...also called root shading, stretching, color melting, or just downright beautiful, root shadowing is a hair color trend perfect for helping you transition from summer to fall.

What is Root Shadowing?

Root shadowing is a low maintenance hair color technique in which a darker shade is applied directly to the roots giving a soft, seamless contrast. It’s a great way to refresh your look, giving your hair color depth and dimension. Root shadowing is often seen with balayage highlights...think blonde, highlighted hair with dark roots, although it can truly be done with any hair color.

Why You Might Want to Root Shadow

First of all, root shadowing does not break the bank. On the contrary, root shadowing is budget-friendly hair color at its best. Because it’s a blending of dark roots into lighter hair color and the look is intentionally “lived-in”, you don’t have to touch up your roots every few weeks, saving you money...and time.

Yep, root shadowing puts the whoa in low-maintenance. You can embrace your forever-growing roots rather than rally against them, cutting down on the amount of time spent coloring your hair. Plus you get to avoid the stark growing out phase. Root shadowing is incredibly easy to maintain. A simple sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner should suffice.

So Can You Root Shadow Yourself?

In a word—YES. 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 comb, be sure to carefully section thin slices of hair to get to the roots. Use the broad, flat side of the brush to apply your mixed color, dragging the edge of the brush further down in places so that there is not a severe line of demarcation. Use a light hand when applying the color. That is, make sure not to glop on too much product. Apply sparingly, and when it seems there is not much product left on the brush, drag it down a little farther to really blend the color. The key to root shadowing is in not being precise.

When you are done, shampoo, condition, then we recommend applying a cool toner to neutralize any warmth, as you want to create a deep shadow effect, not hot roots!

What Shade Should You Shadow Your Roots?

While most people think of blonde hair with darker roots, root shadowing is truly a universal and highly customizable trend. Brunettes can go deeper with cool dark brown roots, even black, while redheads can get richer with dark, intense hues of cinnamon. Even those with pastel-colored hair can get in on the root shadow trend, with bright, Technicolor roots.

Have questions on root shadowing? Reach out to our Color Crew for advice on which shade to use, as well as tips and tricks for root shadow application. Then bring out those cute boots and cozy sweaters, because you are ready for fall.

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