Dramatic hair changes are having a moment with people in many states still under stay-at-home orders: We’re seeing pink hair, mullet cuts, even buzz cuts. Those with professionally-dyed hair, however, are dealing with the inevitable phase of growing out their roots. Luckily, grown-out roots are trending, require minimal effort, and have an inherent cool factor — just ask Dua Lipa, who has no problem hiding hers. But if contrasting hair colors aren’t exactly your thing, there are a few easy steps you can take at home to hide your roots while many salons across the country are still temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you try dyeing or lightening your hair yourself, it can be hard to get the color just right, not to mention damaging to your hair if done wrong, and pricey to fix if you make a mistake. We’ve asked a few hairstylists for their tips on how you can minimize the appearance of grown-out roots using what you might already have at home.
Do a deep side part
“Avoid sleek, straight, and center-parted styles,” says Moroccanoil hairstylist Bryce Scarlett. “The center part brings the focus straight to the root.” Instead, try a deep side part. Whether you choose to do a left or right part, doing so has another perk: it helps give you the appearance of fuller hair. To lessen the color contrast even more, part your hair in a zig-zag style (as opposed to a straight line) and be light with dry shampoo if you use it. “Too much can amplify the appearance of roots,” he says.
Pump up the volume
“Textured hair — meaning wavy, curly, kinky, or coily — is great for covering those grown-out roots,” says Takisha Sturdivant-Drew, hairstylist and owner of TSD Hair. “The texture adds volume, which means it expands the hair and will camouflage it well. A twist-out hairstyle will do the job.” She recommends applying TSD Hair Flower Extract Conditioner evenly on damp hair and leaving it on to reduce frizz. We also love the Aphogee Curlific Moisture Rich Leave-in Conditioner for this.
Have straight hair? Turn to tools to get your volume fix. Hairstylist and Tigi Copyright brand ambassador Andrew Fitzsimons says, “If you typically wear your hair down, try adding in waves using a flatiron, like the Dyson Corrale Hair Straightener.” To style, bend in alternating directions as you go down the section of hair to make it look more natural.