4 Genius (and Easy!) Ways to Cover Your Roots

Roots running wild? Unless you’re going for the ombré look, those grown out streaks are in need of some serious camo. Fix them yourself (seriously!). While only temporary, these tricks are super simple and you can do them right at home. Whether you’re skill set includes coloring your own hair or not, Team MDC has you covered on all hair fronts. Now let’s get those roots into hiding!

 tricks for hiding roots

1. Pump Up the Volume.

A salon-quality blowout creates body and volume that can temporarily camouflage roots and strays, so that you can go a few weeks longer between coloring appointments.

2. Color Your Own Roots.

 L’Oréal Paris Root Rescue is a touch-up hair color you can use at home that matches up to your salon color and all it takes is 10 minutes! Or use Garnier Nutrisse Nourishing Color Creme for an easy root touch-up. Here’s how-to!

3. Dry Shampoo.

Use a dry shampoo based on your current hair color (whitish powder for blondes and brown tint for brunettes), to not only add body and lift, but disguise those pesky roots until your next wash!

4. Smart Styling.

Here’s an idea — how about simply wearing your hair in a style that hides your roots, too? Here are some options!

Slicked Back Pony. Wet looking hair appears to be darker, thus blending in your color mismatch!

Headwrap Hairstyles. If you can’t beat ‘em, hide ‘em!

Hat Hair. Same goes for stylish and chic hats — cover it up, cutie!

Milkmaid Braids. Create some braids around your crown to disguise those bad boy roots!

Flower Crowns. Turn your overgrown hair into an overgrown garden!

What are your tricks to covering up roots? Let us know in the comments below!

Photography: Natalie Faye
Model: Karlee Eldridge

Source:  https://www.makeup.com/how-to-cover-roots

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How to color hair at home

Trying to fit regular salon visits into a hectic schedule isn’t always realistic—which makes some of us shy away from experimenting with hair color. But you can take matters into your own hands these days! The latest at-home color products have less harmful ingredients than they once did, and are relatively quick and easy to use. In fact, the trickiest part is figuring out which shade is best for you (hint: you only want to go 1–2 shades lighter or darker; check out our guide to picking a color here!). Once you’ve nailed down your color choice, the rest is easy! We turned to Vidal Sassoon Pro Series experts to lay out as many tips, tricks, and all the steps you need to achieve salon-worthy color, all in the comfort of your own bathroom.

You Will Need

• at-home hair color kit; we used Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Permanent At-Home Color Kit in 5G Medium Golden Brown, which comes with gloves, VS PrecisionMix Permanent Color Crème, VS PrecisionMix Developer Crème, and VS HydraBlock Color Preserving Conditioner.
• clock or timer
• button-down shirt
• old towels
• large tooth comb
• petroleum jelly
• hand mirror
• plastic clips
• small plastic bowl
• aluminum foil
• white paper or paper towel 

Part 1: Prep

For best results, don’t wash hair prior to coloring. When your hair isn’t freshly washed, your scalp creates a protective barrier that helps reduce the chance of irritation. We suggest wearing a comfortable button-down shirt, preferably one that you’re not attached to, in case of any dye misfires.

Part 2: Strand Test

Before you commit to a color on your whole head, it’s best to test it out on an inconspicuous strand. Here’s how.

1: Unscrew the VS PrecisionMix Permanent Color Crème cap. Next, unscrew the entire VS PrecisionMix Developer Crème cap (don’t pull off the tab just yet).

2: Mix small equal parts of each into a plastic bowl.

3: Tightly recap both bottle and tube.

4: Pull a strand of hair from behind your ear and apply the desired color from the roots down through the hair shaft.

5: Wrap the strand in foil to keep the dye off the rest of your hair, and let it sit for 30 minutes. Check on it throughout to note its progress. Depending on your texture, you may decide to slightly alter the amount of time you leave the color on. 

6: Rinse and dry the strand. Hold a piece of white paper towel or paper towel as a background, to note the end result (the white helps you really see how the color came out). If you’re pleased with the shade, you’re ready to do the rest of your hair.

Part 3: All-Over Color

1: Rub petroleum jelly around the hairline to protect skin from staining. If any dye does get on your skin, quickly wipe it away with a facial wipe.

2: Put on the included gloves, take the tab off the VS PrecisionMix Developer Crème applicator, and unscrew the bottle cap. Add the VS PrecisionMix Permanent Color Crème to the VS PrecisionMix Developer Crème applicator bottle.

3: Place gloved finger over the applicator tip, point it away from your face, and shake well—a minimum of 20 seconds—until thoroughly mixed.

4: Using your clips, divide hair into two to four sections, depending on the length and thickness.

5: Immediately apply color to your hair. Start with one section and continue until you get all sections done. Generally, you should start at the roots and move down the hair shaft (this is especially important if you have any grey hair to cover). If you’re going lighter (rather than darker), and don’t have any greys to cover, apply color to the mid-lengths and ends first, and then work up to the roots.

6: Leave the color on for about 30 minutes, or the time indicated by your strand test. 

7: Toss any leftover mixture.

8: Once the time’s up, rinse hair thoroughly in warm water until water runs clean, without any bubbles from the color formula.

9: Gently towel dry your hair and use a large tooth comb to get out any tangles.

10: Slather on about a quarter-size amount of included conditioner. Be sure to coat hair all over and leave it on for five minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. 

11: Save the leftover conditioner so you can continue to use in the coming weeks. Use it once a week in place of your usual conditioner. 

12: Blow-dry hair and style to your liking!

Note: if you feel that the color is too dark after it’s completely dry, re-shampoo your hair to ensure that you’ve removed all of the color product and conditioner.

Maintenance Tips

Generally, color fades due to two factors: the condition of your hair or excessive shampooing. The minerals in water can potentially have a negative impact on the longevity of your color. So don’t shampoo every single day. Go for every other day or, if you can, every third day. Also, use a color-care conditioner—not only does it keep the color in longer, but it also improves hair quality and health, too!

This story was sponsored by Vidal Sassoon Pro Series

Source:

https://www.beautylish.com/a/vxgvy/how-to-color-hair-at-home

At-Home Hair Color: How To Get The Shade Right

The right hair color can enhance your skin, cover pesky greys, and most importantly, give you a confidence boost. But sometimes visiting a salon just isn’t in the budget (time- or money-wise). But how to navigate the wide selection of at-home dye products available today? How much can you really expect to achieve without a pro on hand? The thought is kind of overwhelming. That’s why we called in the experts from Vidal Sassoon Pro Series, who shared tips for choosing a product and shade. Before you make a purchase or reach for the plastic gloves, this is a must-read! 

Be Reasonable

If you want to color at home, it’s recommended to go only one or two shades lighter or darker than your natural color and to stick to a monochromatic hue. If you want highlights, lowlights, balayage, ombré, etc., book a salon appointment. Trained colorists have more freedom to experiment because they possess the necessary tools, products, and, perhaps most importantly, experience. Some things should simply be left to the pros, including color techniques that require multi-applications—unless you (or a trusted friend) has training in hair color processes. 

Mind Your Hair Type

The texture can actually make a difference in how color absorbs into locks. So understanding your hair type prior to coloring will make a big difference in the end result. If its coarse and thick, you’ll likely need an additional box of dye and a few extra minutes beyond the recommended time for processing. Fine, curly, or textured locks tend to need less time for color to process, and should be able to get by with one, single box.

Determine Your Skin Tone

When you’re deciding on what color to go with, you have to take your skin tone into account. All example color swatches shown below are pulled from Vidal Sassoon Pro Series’ Permanent At-Home Color Kit product line.

Fair skin tones

Someone with fair skin should pick a shade that’s either neutral or cool-based, like ash or beige. Look for the terms “ash,” “beige,” or “cool” in the shade name.*

Medium skin tones

Unlike fair skin, those with a medium complexion should avoid neutral and cool colors, and instead go with something that’s warm. Look for copper and golden shades. Look for the terms “copper,” “golden,” or “warm” in the shade name.*

Darker skin tones

A person with darker skin can choose almost anything within the brunette color family. Look for the terms “brown,” “brunette,” “chocolate,” or “black” in the shade name.*

*This will not necessarily always the case in every product line, but these indicator terms might help you find shades within the color family you want.

Start Shopping!

Hair colors fall within categories like semi-permanent, demi-permanent, and permanent. An easy way to figure out which is best for you is to decide how committed you are to the change.

If you want: slight upgrade to enhance your natural color
Try: semi-permanent
It’s the most temporary of the three, typically lasts 8–12 shampoos, and won’t leave noticeable roots.

If you want: to go a shade or two darker and more obvious change
Try: demi-permanent
Demi’s are best at darkening hair and suitable for someone looking for a more obvious change. While the color usually lasts through 28 shampoos, it will begin to fade before that. Keep that in mind if you’re looking to cover greys—it will only blend them into the color, not fully cover them.

If you want: to go lighter or darker and/or cover greys
Try: permanent
This is only option that allows you freedom to go lighter or darker (but remember: still sticki within two shades of your natural color one way or the other). Permanent dyes can also cover 100% of greys.

Stay tuned for our step-by-step guide to coloring hair at home!

Photo: Coffee &Milk

Source:

https://www.beautylish.com/a/vxgvr/at-home-hair-color-how-to-get-the-shade-right