Shadow roots are the best thing that has happened to colored hair girls like myself. In a few moments, you’ll discover precisely why.

Root Melt Blonde

A lovely shadow at the top, transitioning to a platinum blonde. When her hair grows out, the balayage effect will stay. This gives another definition to timeless hair.

Brunette To Blonde

No such thing as touching up roots with balayage and shadow roots. If you’re a brunette wanting to experiment with blonde hair, shadow roots are perfect for you. The shadow transition will also limit the amount of bleaching you’ll have to do, also perfect for first time bleachers.

Minimal Shadow Roots

Keep your roots minimal if you love a bold color, and leave only an inch of your hair natural and transition immediately to the next lighter shade. Explore with different shades of rose gold to give your locks more dimension, in effect you’ll find your locks will carry more volume.

Rose Gold Shadow Roots

Check out this number with rose gold and purple shadow roots. Rose gold tones are evenly distributed to the body of the hair, making this spectacular rose gold tone look so natural!

Fiery Red

This redhead is a challenge even for hair color veterans, so read up on our article about how to care for freshly colored hair. To keep this color this vibrant, wash your hair twice a week at most. When you do wash your hair, use shampoo and a hair mask made specifically for colored and treated hair.


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♬ Hair – Little Mix

Cool Blonde

We’re all about aging gracefully here at MakeupTutorials, so I recommend this shadow root idea to beauties with white or graying hair. When you wash your hair, reach for purple toning shampoo instead of shampoo for colored hair. Shampoo made for blonde and white hair will keep your locks from turning brassy or yellow.

Very Berry Pink

This is the only way I’ll rock pink hair, with minimal natural shadow roots with a slight transition from brown to pink. Once my roots grow out, I’ll still end up with a beautiful balayage hair.

Purple Shadow Roots

If you’re just looking to explore with different hair ideas, check out this purple shadow root number! It may need some touch ups after three weeks, but this such an adorable take on shadow roots.

Rose Roots

Earlier we talked about how shadow roots are also applying a color to the roots that contrasts the color of the body. Try coloring your roots a bold yet delicate color, while keeping the body natural. Don’t forget to apply your favorite hair masks and serums to keep your hair texture soft and bouncy!

Cool Color

Yes, the shadow root for short hair is possible. We can see three different colors dominating the locks, but all colors melt together despite the shorter canvas. The trick is to distribute all three colors evenly, overlapping each other so that they melt together without harsh lines

Lemon Lime With Black Shadow Roots

This is a shadow root masterpiece, combining black and vibrant green hair so that they look like the same tone. If at the start of the year you resolved to be more adventurous, this is the ticket honey.

Lovely Lavender

If you want a bold color but dread the roots growing out, then this is the proof in the pudding that shadow roots are the way to go! Dark tones of purple mix in with the black and to create this dimensional hairdo. Wear your hair with loose waves to show off all those tones.


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Silver And Green Color Melt

Don’t get stuck with quarantine hair, and avoid the awkward root growth with a shadow root and balayage combo. This hair color is also perfect for beauties with graying hair, no touch ups needed!

Check out Gal Biller’s DIY tutorial to achieve shadow roots at home:

Shadow roots are perfect for avoiding that awkward stage when your roots grow out, or when you want to give your hair much needed body and volume. It’s the trendiest hairstyle this summer that literally gives your hair room to grow!

Put down that box dye and discuss with your stylist what you can do with shadow roots!

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