Brilliant disguises: Smart ways to hide your roots

Want to conceal your root regrowth in a hurry? Try these six creative styling shortcuts to make your roots less noticeable.

By Bethaney Wallace

How to touch up root hair colour
We all want our hair colour to look great, but sometimes touching up our roots gets relegated to the bottom of our to-do list. But every four weeks or so, those pesky grey hairs surface again – whether you have time to deal with them or not.

The good news is that there are several simple tricks that can help rescue your roots between colour appointments and still get you out the door, fast.

We asked Patrick Melville, Aveeno hair consultant and a top Hollywood stylist who has worked with celebrities including Demi Moore and Catherine Zeta-Jones, to dish six insider tips on concealing roots.

1. Use a coloured dry shampoo
The benefits of using coloured dry shampoos are twofold: Not only do they hide roots, but they also extend the life of your overall colour. (Washing hair with water and regular shampoo can strip colour molecules from your once-vibrant shade.) "(Dry shampoos) protect the colour and preserve essential moisture and shine for long-lasting brilliance and superior colour retention," says Melville.

When your roots begin to emerge, start using a coloured dry shampoo instead of your normal lather-and-rinse routine. Not only will it zap greasy roots, but it will also mask any regrowth in a flash as coloured dry shampoos such as Bumble and Bumble Hair Powder come in blond, white, brunette and black varieties. So if you've got brown hair and your greys are peeking through, one shot of the brunette dry shampoo will mask them.

2. Invest in headbands

Wearing headbands is a fun way to hide your roots. They're inexpensive and they come in virtually every pattern, size and colour. But to avoid looking like you belong on the set of "Gossip Girl" – where the cast famously wear thick headbands – Melville suggests a different approach. "Try placing multiple skinny headbands together for a more grown-up look," he says.

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