Maintaining a full blonde or bleached hair for quite some time requires significant effort; and money, more so. And perhaps, you are here because your hair roots are starting to show now, and you want to know how to blend dark roots with bleached or blonde hair at home.
Good news! Because there are two easy and affordable ways to do that: first is to blend your roots into your bleached hair, and the second is to bleach your roots.
In this guide, I’ll teach you how to blend dark roots into your color-treated hair.
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Benefits of Blending Dark Roots at Home
Blending your root color into the bleached part of your hair is what I highly recommend. There are a lot of reasons why I love it. I list some of the benefits of blending dark roots at home below.
First of all, simply because it is easy. You do not need to be a pro or have a precise way to achieve the root blending technique’s effect. Take a hair dye with a shade the same as the natural color of your hair and apply it using a hairbrush.
Hence, you should be OK with this if this is your first time! The method suits first-timers like you very well. However, a little help from a friend or a family member is fine too! But apart from that, some also find the technique’s effect interesting. It creates a “fading effect of dark from light,” which looks more natural compared to bleaching your roots again.
Another thing that I love about it is it’s cheap, especially if you want to do it yourself at home. Going to the salon every week is pricey enough. You may need to go to the salon or bleach your hair every 2 weeks; bleaching correctly is more complicated. Bleach can cause irritation, so you should consider asking for help when you do it or go to a salon instead. This can cause you $50-$200, depending on the salon.
Blending dark roots to your blonde hair removes the demarcation line and makes your natural roots and bleached hair look more put together. It is low maintenance, and you can grow it as long as you can, as no one can tell which is which!
There will be times when you’ll get tired of your blonde color. You can incorporate a light shade or different colors like lilac, pink, and rainbow colors to blend your dark roots into your blonde hair!
Last but not least, I love that root blending produces less damage because you can grow your dark roots as long as you can! On the other hand, bleaching your hair can be too damaging on root ends, especially if you do this every week or every two weeks.
Proper Root Blending Techniques
First, let’s discuss the different techniques for blending roots into your hair.
A root tap is done by applying a small amount of hair dye of the same color to your natural hair and roots. You tap on the roots to erase the stitch lines and keep the soft look of the roots. Root tap is best for women who want to keep their hair blonde and doesn’t want any shadows.
Root Smudge or Shadow Roots
On the other hand, a root smudge, on the other hand uses a darker shade than your natural hair to create shadows near your roots. It’s best for someone who loves hair brightness but also wants depth and dimension. This is done by adding the dye 1-2 inches downwards from your roots.
If you love contrast, the root melt is the one for you. This root blending technique diffuses the line of demarcation and makes your natural hair blend flawlessly with your bleached hair.
5 Blended Roots Hair I Love
Dark Roots on Platinum Blonde
This blend starts with dark roots or the natural look of your hair. The roots should be high in contrast to soften the brightness of your platinum hair to make a flattering look.
Beachy Shadow Root
This type of blend uses the balayage root technique. This is achieved by sweeping or free-hand painting onto the hair to create a soft and natural gradation of lightness towards the ends. The result is the looks of many summers spent on the beach.
Ash Blonde with Shadow Roots
Ash blonde with dark roots combines the blonde balayage technique and root shadow. Keep the color of the roots close to your natural color. Then add a blend that visually creates shadow roots on your bleached hair.
Subtle Shadow Root
I love this subtle shadow root, and it’s the easiest to make of all these 5. You need to smudge your roots with a darker shade to make these shadowy roots.
Lilac Blonde with Dark Root
This hair type involves dark roots, blonde mid-lengths, and a fading lilac shade. Dark roots close to brown-black perfectly blend with this type of look. It is done with the balayage technique on dark roots through the blonde base and topped with lilac.
What You Need to Know About the Process
Follow my quick tutorial below, and you can recreate the same effect on your hair roots.
The Right Dye for Your Hair Roots
First, opt for the right (and nearly similar) hair dye for roots.
It is common sense to choose a dye kit with a color similar to hair. But following the same principle in terms of hair coloring might give you different results than you want.
So, how do you choose the shade for your hair roots?
- The first option is to opt for the natural color of hair.
- The second is to pick a color two tones darker than the area of your bleached hair.
Shadow Root Toner
A shadow root toner, also called hair toner, is a type of hair product that adds tint, color, or gloss to your hair. If you are afraid of using dyes because its more permanent, you can use a toner instead to blend your roots. The disadvantage of root toners is that they fade more quickly compared to hair dyes. But if you want to experiment and if you need more confidence with your hair coloring skills, a root toner is a safer choice.
Have you already decided which one to follow? Then let’s move on to the next step.
Prepare the Materials
Of course, you will need materials to carry out the task. But do take note that you should not just get hair coloring materials but the correct ones.
Here’s a list of what you will need:
- Dye brush
- Color kit
- Plastic container
- Old cloth or plastic to cover your body
How to Blend Roots with Bleached Hair at Home
Now that you have all the materials ready, we can move to the most crucial section: the application.
The first thing to do is to prepare your hair. Brush your hair out until all knots are gone. Aside from making it difficult to apply the dye to your hair, it could also cause uneven color for the rest of your hair. Make sure to comb and part your hair in the middle.
The second thing to do is to prepare the mixture. The color kit you bought contains three materials: hair dye, hair developer, and a pair of gloves. Using a plastic container, patiently mix the dye and developer until the mixture is smooth.
The next part is—which is also the most crucial step—the application. For this part, you do not need to focus on the accuracy of your application. Brush the hair dye into your hair roots repeatedly.
To achieve the technique’s fading effect, hair coloring enthusiasts recommend the application to be irregular and not-so-neat as much as possible. So, when you brush the mixture into your roots, the best way is to add some longer parts and some that should be shorter.
The irregular application of the dye creates a fading and blended effect, making your roots and bleached hair look natural. Once you are done applying all the mixture, leave it in your hair for about 40 minutes.
Lastly, rinse your hair after the 40 minutes time limit. Rinse it using lukewarm water until the dye is completely gone. Afterward, wash your hair with a sulfate-free shampoo and dry it using a hair blower with a low heat setting.
And that’s it! Your hair looks new and is back to being fully blonde now.
FAQs about Blending Grown-Out Roots
How to Touch Up Roots on Bleached Hair at Home?
Compared to root blending, bleaching or root touch-up is more complicated and trickier. There are so many things that could go wrong if you do it by yourself. If you want the brightness in your hair and don’t want a shadow root, I suggest you get a hair appointment with your hairstylist to get it done.
How long does root touch-up last?
Root touch-ups could last 2-8 weeks, depending on your hair regrowth rate. After this time, you will notice your hair has grown 1-2 inches. That is the time you need to go to your stylist. Blending your dark hair into bleached hair will have a longer effectivity than just bleaching your roots.
How to fix orange roots to blonde?
Orange roots are a result of incomplete bleaching of hair. This can be easily fixed if you increase the developer strength or repeating the bleaching process. You can apply the smudging roots technique to achieve a more natural blended blonde look.
If I have black roots, is the process the same when blending dark brown roots?
Blending roots with black hair is similar when you have colored roots or natural dark roots. You have to take note of your natural hair color or the color of your roots since it will be your standard for choosing the dye color for blending roots on bleached or highlighted hair.
Balayage vs. root melt: What’s the difference?
Balayage technique is a French hair coloring technique that means “sweeping.” This is done by freestyle sweeping of coloring the hair instead of using foil and cap highlighting. Root melt is technically “melting” the demarcation line of roots and blonde area of hair. This creates a soft tonal diffusion from the dark roots to the hair ends. The traditional way of root blending can be used in this process.
How to dye roots without ruining highlights?
By choosing the right tone for blending your roots, your highlight will stay the way you like. Best to choose a color that is nearest to your natural hair color. Carefully blend roots with your chosen dye up to the regrowth of your hair. Using the balayage technique may help to achieve the best results.
How to blend a line of demarcation in the hair at home?
Blending demarcation lines is the same as blending roots into your bleached hair. Choosing the right color is crucial as you want to blend or melt the demarcation line into your bleached hair.
How to go back to natural hair color from blonde?
You can always return to your natural hair color if you find the right product. Choose a hair dye that is the same as your hair color when applied. Because of this, your roots will blend into your dye-colored hair, and growing out your hair won’t be a problem anymore.
Gen is a Master Stylist in Tampa, Florida who specializes in extremely thin hair and hair loss care. Working with hundreds of clients with hair loss/thinning concerns allowed her to recognize products and routines that can cause damage. She has discovered what hair products work and what doesn’t and shares all of this info to the readers of Union of Barber. When she’s not writing, you can find Gen hiking or at home with her army of cats!