Root Remedies: Easy Ways to Extend the Life of Your Color

Did you know your hair grows about a half-inch per month? That means after coloring, your roots start to become visible after 3–4 weeks. No worries, with these tricks, you’ll save money, avoid over-processing and extend the life of your shade.

For single-process colorers: freshen your roots

You don’t have to do a full color to touch up your roots. Root coloring kits match your salon or at-home hair color and come with specific applicator tools that target your roots for each and precise application. Just apply the formula where you need it: along your part, hairline and temples.

Extends ‘do: 3+ weeks
Try: Root Rescue 10-minute root coloring kit

No time? Hide your roots.

Running out the door and noticed some root? There are easy tricks to hid early root growth. Add some lift to the roots by styling with more volume. For instance, if you straighten, wear it curly. Or if you part your hair one way, part it the other. When your hair isn’t flat up top, it helps disguise your new growth.

Extends ‘do: 1-2 weeks

Touch-up grown out highlights:

When your highlights start growing out, you can easily keep them looking fresh by touching up the roots with an at-home kit. Make sure to be careful when applying! If you highlight over existing highlights they will get even brighter, becoming over- processed and possibly damaged.

Extends ‘do: 2-4 weeks depending on the color
Try: Frost & Design Highlight Kit in Caramel

Try the ombré look:

If your highlights are within a shade or two of your natural hair color, don’t sweat the roots. With a little bit of growth, your hair graduates into a beachy, sun-kissed look known as ombré hair. This gradual dark-to-light effect is the hottest hair color trend among top celebrities. Choose to enhance this look by lightening additional pieces starting two-thirds the way down.

Try: Féria Wild Ombré

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