How To: Hide Those Roots

how to: hide your roots

Having hair that grows fast is a blessing, and a curse, because I went grey exceedingly early in life. Combine that with not being able to get a hair appointment for a month (!!!), and I've got grey roots. Instead of fretting (ok, I'm still fretting) about, I use these tried-and-true techniques to hide those roots temporarily until I can get into the salon:

M O R E :

L E S S :
F R E E :
  • Now we're getting really cheap, by using what you probably already have at home. First up is bronzer or dark powder, $5. Use an eye shadow brush to apply. 
  • This is going to sound completely crazy, but I've used cocoa powder as a dry shampoo/hiding roots in a pinch. And it works, assuming your hair is (a)cocoa-colored (b)you want to smell like chocolate.
  • Brown shadow is also a great way to hide the grey and works similar to the powder/bronzer. Use a brush to apply and brush through. I've used a cream shadow as well but found the powder easier for me.
T I P S :
  • Before I get the "just to to the salon" comments, these are options for the few random greys that don't need to be dyed yet or to tide you over until the appointment.
  • Minus the root touch up temp dye kit, all of these options are designed to last you until your next shampoo, or through the day at least!
  • Make sure the shade matches/close to your roots, otherwise it will look super obvious.
  • While I listed only brunette options, almost all of the products above come in other shades. Black and brown are easiest to disguise.
  • If I have highlights, I avoid the temp dyeing of my hair. This can be done (comment me for directions), but I avoid it because I'm a scaredy cat.
  • Most products come with a comb, so use it to help disperse product, so your roots won't look crusty/cakey.
  • Don't forget your temples/hairline!
  • Try a ponytail, bun, braided headband or any style that avoids a part in your hair. You'll be less likely to see roots that way.
  • Clean hair doesn't show roots as badly as greasy hair.
  • I steer clear of shadows/powders that are sparkly...unless you want sparkly, look-at-my-roots.
  • Is the color too flat and powdery? Use a shine spray on your hair.
  • This is common sense, but avoid nail polish on your hair!
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  1. I never would have thought of chocolate! That's an interesting trick. I've only dyed my hair once and I just let it grow out after that. I've thought about doing it again but didn't want to deal with keeping up with it.
    And I can't imagine anyone would try nail polish, but I'm sure some have haha

  2. I definitely wouldn't have thought of cocoa powder - smart trick!

  3. I have to say I can't possibly think of putting mascara or bronzer in my hair, though I've read about it on blogs and it seems to be quite a trendy practice these days.. I'd just go with a colouring shampoo or a root touch up, even if doing it myself at home instead of a salon.. but still, I have to give it to you, so many ingenious tricks! I might try the cocoa though, for the smell ;)

  4. cocoa powder... interesting.. i have black hair.. does that work? i switched from going to the salon to box color since my hair grows like freaking weeds and getting color done every 2-3wks instead of 7-8wks is way too expensive!!
    thanks for the tips!

  5. These are so interesting, I had no idea there were so many unique and easy ways to cover up roots.

  6. Mine are always covered.

  7. I'm like you, my dear. I have grey hair early...like high school-early! I colour my hair myself, but those coloured powders sound good! Imma gonna try those as a temporary solution.

  8. This is so smart! So many good tricks.


  9. Great tips! I need all the help I can get. :)

  10. You have the best tips! Eye shadow has so many uses!

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  11. I'm a natural blonde, so no such problems for me! But I might want to darken my hair one day, so then this will be very handy

    xoxo Sootjeelina <3

  12. If used the markers well in past, but you do have to comb it through carefully. Great post.

  13. Great tips! I am lucky and so far have no grays. But when I do, I will definitely use your tips.

  14. I think it's great that your hair grows so quickly. This is wonderful tips for hiding hair roots.

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  16. oh my gosh...thank you for these tips......cocoa...unbelievable!!

  17. I want to try the Rita Hazan!! Just to get me through while I'm waiting to get my next color.

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  18. i always learn so much from reading your posts, i love it! :)

    <3, Mimi
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  19. I've used cocoa as dry shampoo and felt like a little chocolate all day!

  20. where do you learn allll of this?!


  21. I've never tried a root touch up, probably need to though!

  22. Get out! Cocoa powder?!?! Totally brilliant idea! I'd be hungry all day long :) xoxo

  23. I've heard the mascara tip before, but I can imagine it leaving your hair feeling gross. I like the powder idea!

  24. you are the most knowledgeable person on everything! what great ideas. I have never tried one of the root touchups because unlike you - my hair grows SO slow... but I have always wondered if they worked.

    Cocoa powder! You don't say!

  25. Perfect. Now I need to hide the greys. Hahaha.

  26. Wow cocoa powder. Never would have thought.

  27. These tips are super brilliant for a quick fix!
    xo Josie

  28. I never would have thought of chocolate. Such a great tip.


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