9 Tricks to Stretch the Time Between Your Hair Color Appointments
Most of us don’t have the time or money to run back to the salon at the first hint of root re-growth, so we talked to industry experts to learn how to keep hair color looking fresher and brighter for longer.
Don’t stray too far from your natural hue
The closer you are to your true shade, the less color maintenance your hair will require. If you naturally have jet black strands and you bleach them Gwen Stefani platinum blonde, regrowth is going to be swift and glaring, meaning you’ll probably need your salon on speed dial. Unless you’re commited to upkeep, stick to a color within two shades of your natural base. (Hairstylists reveal the worst things you can do to your hair.)
Change your part
Switching up your part can make roots look less obvious. Rita Hazan, celebrity colorist and owner of Rita Hazan Salon in New York City, recommends flipping hair so it falls in a different direction, or creating a zig-zag part, which helps break up the root area, making re-growth less apparent.
According to Clairol Color Director James Corbett, an at-home gloss can be used to tone color and add luster. “While a gloss won’t change your roots, it will make your hair shiny and pretty,” says Hazan. She suggests using her True Color Ultimate Shine Gloss in the shower two to three times a week. Also try Madison Reed Color Reviving Gloss, a line of sheer tints that rehab faded color (it comes in seven shades, plus a clear gloss). Check out these tips for healthier, more attractive hair.
Try a temporary root concealer
“My Root Concealer Touch-Up Spray is the best when it comes to covering grays in between salon visits. You simply spray it on and it stays put until you shampoo it out,” explains Hazan. It comes in five colors. If your roots are gray, consider a formula designed to cover this more stubborn hue. Try Ever Pro Gray Away Temporary Concealer, with three universal shades that come in a spray or a touch-up powder.
Use an at-home root color
Whether your goal is to cover grays or mask dark re-growth, giving your roots a little TLC (tender love and color) can make a big impact. “Apply a product like Nice’n Easy Root Touch-Up to your roots, focusing on the hairline and part, and let the color develop for 10 minutes. This will keep your regrowth and grays covered for up to three weeks,” Corbett says. Learn what stylists do to make hair color last longer.
Rock a braid
It’s OK to get twisted! “Braids and knotted styles are a quick and a stylish way to hide hair that may be due for a touch-up,” says Corbett. And Hazan notes that braids create dimension in hair—similar to the zigzag part—which helps to break up the harsh line of visible roots.
Don’t straighten your hair
When you straighten your hair, the roots become more obvious. “When hair is wavy or curly, the roots appear shorter and not as noticeable,” explains Hazan. Since heat styling and constant coloring can make hair dry, consider using these home remedies to repair damaged strands.
Opt for a blowout or beachy waves
Did you know a great bouncy blowout or loose waves can help make roots appear less visible? Styles with more movement separate harsh lines, so you’ll see more of the style and less of the roots. Check out these tricks to make your blowout last for days.
Keep strands clean
When your hair is dirty, it tends to looks darker (dirt and oil flatten tresses and give it that greasy look). Dry shampoo is a wonder for soaking up oil, while adding texture and lifting strands. Try Klorane Dry Shampoo With Oat Milk, which mops up grease and adds amazing volume. Find out the best shampoo for your hair type.