Posted August 1st, 2019 by Zen Hair

Dark roots, blonde hair: The perfect low-maintenance haircolour

Dark roots, blonde hair? Don’t care! Dark roots used to be a blonde’s worst nightmare, but in recent years a dark, smudgy root has become a blonde haircolour trend. The flattering look relies on proper root blending, which should always be left up to your professional stylist. The looks is super low maintenance since your natural haircolour grows in nicely and without any harsh lines. If you’re thinking about going blonde (or blonder), take a look at these dark roots with blonde haircolour techniques.


A good rule of thumb for matching dark roots to light hair is to reduce any harsh contrast. This means you shouldn’t pair light platinum blonde hair and jet black roots without the right technique, like a shadow root technique. This is when a stylist uses a haircolour brush to tap a dark haircolour formula at the roots to help it blend into the icy blonde haircolour. When going with blonde hair this light, use a strengthening treatment in the first two weeks after your lightening service. This can protect your hair from breakage and help your icy blonde look healthier overall.


To help beige blonde hair and dark roots look good together, ask your stylist about using a sombré technique. Think of sombré hair as the subtler sister of ombré. It literally means soft ombré, so it pairs a dark brunette haircolour at the roots with a lighter colour from the mid-shaft to the ends for a subtler look. If your hair needs a little extra TLC after your haircolour service, you can try treating it to a deep conditioning mask for dry hair.


What makes haircolour with caramel and copper tones so appealing is its ability to instantly brighten up and warm your complexion. Redken Artist Patricia Applegate explains that this is key when it comes to determining how well the haircolour will suit your overall look. “First, you need to know which brunette haircolor complements your skin tone. This will determine if warm or cool tones work for you and would be your base colour as a brunette. Then, you can play around with warm and cool toned caramel or red shades. If your skin is warm-toned, then add the pieces of warmth around the face,” she said. An easy way to determine if warm or cool tones will work for you is to figure out your skin’s undertone. You can do this by flipping over your wrist and taking a look at your veins. If your veins are green, then you have warm undertones and if your veins are blue you have cool undertones.


If you’re a natural brunette itching to go lighter, asking your hairstylist to keep your roots dark can make the transition look seamless. In this look, a root smudging technique is used to blend the haircolour which prevents unwanted lines from forming against the highlighted pieces. Since the rest of your hair will require lifting to go from brunette to blonde, ask your stylist about using pH-Bonder during your appointment.


When you can’t decide whether you want to go completely blonde or keep your natural shade of brunette, there’s bronde hair. Here, dark roots are applied down to eye level and the rest of the hair is kept a light shade of brown or blonde. By using this technique, the grown-out roots look intentional and not like you missed a hair appointment. When it comes time to wash your hair, opt for a gentle cleanser that won’t strip away your colour.


If you want a high contrast haircolour that’s noticeably dark at the top and light at the bottom, consider going for a classic ombré. For this honey blonde hair, an ombré technique was used to bring the dark roots down to the chin area and transitions into a honey blonde gradient at the ends. To help keep your two-tone hair feeling soft at home, try using an argan oil infused shampoo.

Want more haircolour inspiration? Stay up-to-date on the latest blonde haircolour trends by following @zenhairskinbodyau on Instagram!

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