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Dark Roots, Blonde Hair: The Perfect Low-Maintenance Haircolor

December 29, 2017

Dark roots, blonde hair? Why not! Dark roots used to be a blonde's worst nightmare, but in recent years a dark, smudgy root has become a blonde haircolor trend. The flattering look relies on proper root blending and hair toning, which should always be left up to your professional stylist. The looks is super low maintenance since your natural haircolor 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 haircolor techniques. 

Icy Blonde And Shadow Roots

Dark brunette haircolor base and balayage highlights.
Photo Credit : @sydney.scissorhands

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 haircolor brush to tap a dark haircolor formula at the roots to help it blend into the icy blonde haircolor. When going with blonde hair this light, use a three-step 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. 

Beige Blonde With Sombré Roots

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 haircolor at the roots with a lighter color from the mid-shaft to the ends for a subtler look. If your hair needs a little extra TLC after your haircolor service, you can try treating it to a deep conditioning mask for dry hair

Golden Blonde with Balayage Finish

Dark brown haircolor and blonde face framing balayage highlights
Photo Credit : @stephaniearagonhair

What makes haircolor 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 haircolor 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 color 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. Your stylist will be able to confirm for you, but this can be used as a general guide for figuring out which brunette haircolor complements your skin tone.  

Sun-Kissed Blonde And Root Smudging

Dark root smudging haircolor technique with sun-kissed blonde haircolor.
Photo Credit : @eric_j_ray

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 haircolor 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, make sure to maintain your new blonde haircolor at home by using purple shampoo. This will help to prevent brassy yellow and orange undertones from appearing in your hair.

Bronde Haircolor With Grown Out Roots

Dark brunette roots with blonde and brown haircolor mixed in.
Photo Credit : @giovannigiuntoli

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 color, like this sulfate-free shampoo for color-treated hair

HOT TIP: This guide can help you figure out which shampoo and conditioner you should be using to maintain your haircolor. 

Honey Blonde Hair With Classic Ombré Roots

Beige blonde haircolor with brunette roots and sombré blending technique.
Photo Credit : @melissahilights

If you want a high contrast haircolor 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 looking shiny at home, try using a vinegar rinse for hair.

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



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